Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #436, September 18th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder
Expected Publication: November 18th, 2019
From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder returns with the next page-turning instalment of the new sci-fi series: Sentinels of the Galaxy Year 2522. Lyra Daniels is dead. Okay, so I only died for sixty-six seconds. But when I came back to life, I got a brand new name and a snazzy new uniform. Go me! Seriously, though, it's very important that Lyra Daniels stays dead, at least as far as my ex-friend Jarren, the murdering looter, knows.

While dying is the scariest thing that's happened to me, it morphed my worming skills. I can manipulate the Q-net like never before. But Jarren has blocked us from communicating with the rest of the galaxy and now they believe we've gone silent, like Planet Xinji (where silent really means dead).

A Protector Class spaceship is coming to our rescue, but we still have to survive almost two years before they arrive - if they arrive at all. Until then, we have to figure out how to stop an unstoppable alien threat. And it's only a matter of time before Jarren learns I'm not dead and returns to finish what he started.

There's no way I'm going to let Jarren win. Instead I'll do whatever it takes to save the people I love. But even I'm running out of ideas...

Oh, yeah, I'm really excited for this book! I love Maria V. Snyder's writing, and this series started off with a bang, and I can't wait to read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #440, September 18th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm currently reading Wickedly Unraveled, and I'm really enjoying spending more time with these characters!
I read Jane Doe, and wow, it's different and dark but I enjoyed it so much much!
I'm going to be reading Siren's Song and I can't wait, because I love this series and her writing!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

My Epic BookOutlet Order

Yeah, I recently made my biggest BookOutlet order, like, 70 books big, snagged during the day with the YA 10% off sale. Here's the before:
 And here's the after:

Books to the left, I haven't read. And the stacks on the far right, I have read before. At least there's more books that I haven't read, vs ones that I have. So that's a good thing! But yeah, there are a lot of books, and I'm really happy! Can't wait to read these books, especially the ones that I had ARC's for, so I can actually read them. Can't wait!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

We Have the Cover of Courting Darkness Duology #2!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers! And it's so fantastic!

Seventh Born, Mirror Bound: Reviews

From Goodreads:
Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she's the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium's Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he'll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she'll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn't the only thing that makes a witch burn. 

From Goodreads:
Conspirator. Failure. Murderer.

Seraphina Dovetail is used to being called all these things. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, and the cause of her mother losing both her powers and her life, Sera has always felt isolated. Until Nikolai Barrington.

The young professor not only took an interest in Sera—he took her into his home, hired her for his moonlighting detective agency, and gave her the one thing she'd always dreamed of: a chance. Under Barrington's tutelage, Sera can finally take the School of Continuing Magic entrance exam to become an inspector and find her family. Now if only she could stop her growing attraction to her maddening boss—which is about as easy as this fiery elementalist quitting setting things on fire.

But when ghosts start dragging Sera into possessions so deep she can barely escape, and then the souls of lost witches and wizards appear trapped in mirrors, these two opposites will have to work together to uncover a much deeper secret that could destroy the Witchling world…

My Review:
Wow, I enjoyed reading these books so much! Sera was really easy to relate to, even if her exact circumstances being a seventh born which meant her existence killed her mom, isn't the most common. But the anger and frustration that she felt, oh, boy was that relatable!

I really enjoyed the magic system in this book, with the different focuses like air or earth. And the whole, if you have seven girls, then the 7th one kills the mom. Yeah. I enjoyed learning alongside Sera about her magic, as she learns control over her magic and her fiery temper.

I did read the synopsis of the 2nd book before I read the first book. So knowing that she'd be attracted to him, I really devoured their interactions, and they were so much fun to read! It was like, are they really interacting like that? It was epic!

Both of these books had pretty interesting mysteries. Both are mixed in with the magic, because that's the world. Sera is 18, and with the nature of the crimes, I would categorize this series into upper YA, and depending on the length of this series, NA. It's not totally dark, but it could be pretty intense!

Yeah, these books were such great reads, I really enjoyed them!

Author: Monica Sanz
Series: The Witchling Academy #1, 2
Read: September 16th, 16th, 2019
Source: YA Bound through NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: September 3rd 2019, September 10th 2019

Seventh Born:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Mirror Bound:
4/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars
Monica Sanz has been writing from the moment she could string together a sentence. Her stories have come a long way from mysterious portals opening in the school cafeteria, transporting classmates to distant worlds. A classic by the name Wuthering Heights is responsible for that. She's been lost to dark romances and brooding fictional men ever sense. Now she writes about grumpy professors, cursed ringmaster, tortured soul collectors, and the girls they fall in love with. Monica’s books have received many accolades on the social writing website Wattpad. She’s accumulated over six million reads, eighty thousand votes, and fifteen thousand comments since posting her books on the website. She is also a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.

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Teaser Tuesday #440, September 17th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone, page 12.

"He shakes it gently, his fingers barely pressing mine. I despise men who shake a woman's hand as if their masculine power might crush her inferior bones, but I beam up at him."

Oh man, there's some heat to this teaser! This is really only page 2, but I'm on the ebook. But if you've read the synopsis, then you'd know why she beamed when she didn't like his actions. Must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, September 16, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #432, September 16th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #431
Teaser Tuesday #439
WWW Wednesday #439
WOW #435
Will the Time Come #432
Third Sentence Thursday #422
Random Reads #408
First Lines Friday #435
The Reward Challenge Update #417
Book Blogger Hop #101
How Well I Stuck to It #269
Wrote that Review Update #266

Week 37 Reviews:
The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts from an EPIC Autobiography
School for Sidekicks
A Brush With Shadows
An Artless Demise
A Madness of Sunshine
Magic Outside the Box

A Twist of Oleander: Review

We Have the Cover of Chronicles of Elantra #15!!!!
OK, so I got 20 posts in 7 days, it was a pretty good week, lots of great books, and I enjoyed it! Can't wait for next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read The Bone Ships, Dry, Fortuna, Hood Academy, Leviathan, Siren's SongThe Survival List, and Wickedly Unraveled.

A brilliantly imagined saga of honor, glory, and warfare, The Bone Ships is the epic launch of a new fantasy from David Gemmell Award-nominated RJ Barker.

Two nations at war. A prize beyond compare.

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.

The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.

Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.
When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone's lives have become an endless list of don'ts: don't water the lawn, don't fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa's quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don't return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she's going to survive.
Fortuna launches a new space opera trilogy that will hook you from the first crash landing.

Scorpia Kaiser has always stood in Corvus's shadow until the day her older brother abandons their family to participate in a profitless war. However, becoming the heir to her mother's smuggling operation is not an easy transition for the always rebellious, usually reckless, and occasionally drunk pilot of the Fortuna, an aging cargo ship and the only home Scorpia has ever known.

But when a deal turns deadly and Corvus returns from the war, Scorpia's plans to take over the family business are interrupted, and the Kaiser siblings are forced to make a choice: take responsibility for their family's involvement in a devastating massacre or lay low and hope it blows over.

Too bad Scorpia was never any good at staying out of a fight.
Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?

A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.

When Mia's father is murdered, it's her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.

Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.

Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.

Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn't want to play.

Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?
On an Icelandic Island, an illegal experiment intended to create the perfect biological weapon has transformed a once-innocent creature into the biblical Leviathan that once terrorized the world. Able to shatter steel and granite as easily as it can melt the strongest containment shields, Leviathan escapes from its pen and is loose in a vast underground chamber harboring soldiers and scientists.

The installation cannot allow Leviathan to reach the surface. For if Leviathan reaches the world, it could well be the end of the Earth. They must hold the line, here, and destroy it… even if they must detonate a last-chance nuclear failsafe built into the chamber itself. But, first, they must fight with every weapon at their disposal to discover if the beast can be killed at all.

It is a battle many will not survive.

As soldiers and scientists are vaporized by Leviathan's hellish flame, or ripped apart by the dragon's claws and fangs, a lone electrical engineer is forced to join the fight. And in the midst of what might well be the last battle for Mankind, Connor must find a way – any way – to save his family and kill this powerful, bloodthirsty Beast of Legend that has never been killed before.

Before it feasts upon the world.
War mages are the magical equivalent of tanks: tough, powerful, and deadly. They have to be, in order to defend the supernatural community from the dangerous threats it sometimes faces. But what happens when the threat is them?

John Pritkin has been trying to recover from a demon curse that separated his body and soul and almost killed him. The reunification has left him with a flood of memories to process, some that he recalls from his past and some that he doesn't, as well as wonky magic, fluctuating power levels, and a splitting headache. Something that only intensifies when he finds himself stuck in a city under siege—by his fellow war mages.

As the only one not overwhelmed by a massive enthrallment spell, John must find a way to free his fellow mages before they destroy themselves, and take a city of a million people along with them.
Fans of I Was Here by Gayle Forman and Far from the Tree by Robin Benway will be floored by this heartbreaking yet uplifting teen novel about a grieving girl who follows a mysterious list across the country after her older sister's death.

Sloane Weber is devastated when her older sister dies by suicide. Talley was a bright light who made everyone want to step closer. Why had she made that unthinkable choice?

The only clue Talley left behind for Sloane is a puzzle—a list of random places and names, along with the phone number of a boy named Adam, who lives in California and claims he didn't know Talley.

Sloane heads west, enlists Adam's help, and together they search for answers. But while Sloane is drawn to Adam, she can't shake the feeling that he's hiding something. Is Sloane ready to learn the truth—about Adam, her sister, or the secrets her family has been hiding for years?
Barbara Yager is used to traveling alone as she tends to her duties as a Baba Yaga. She sometimes brings Babs, the adopted daughter she is training, but her sheriff husband stays behind. This trip, though, she has made an exception. After all, the task seems so simple, and shouldn’t take long to accomplish. When it is done, the three of them can indulge in a long-overdue family vacation. What could it hurt?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. What Barbara thought was a minor problem ends in a violent magical confrontation she never expected. The resulting backlash sends them all into a warped timeline where Barbara and Liam never got together, and only Barbara and nine-year-old Babs remember the truth. Liam is still trapped in his grief and all the good they’ve done together in the past few years has come undone.

Even worse, her Baba Yaga sisters, Beka and Bella, don’t believe her, and the wicked Brenna is still out there, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The children stolen by the rusalka Maya are trapped in the Otherworld and she is loose in this one and up to no good. It is up to Barbara, Babs, and their faithful dragon-dog companion Chudo-Yudo to knit together the unraveled timeline and make things right again, before it is too late and Barbara loses her one true love forever.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Wrote that Review Update #266, September 15th

Create your own banner at!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for A Twist of Oleander, The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts from an EPIC Autobiography and School for Sidekicks, A Brush With Shadows and An Artless Demise, A Madness of Sunshine, Nevernight, Magic Outside the Box, so I have 6 of 6 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #269, September 15th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 38:
The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker, Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman, Fortuna by Kristyn Merbeth, Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson, Leviathan by James Byron Huggins, Siren's Song by Karen Chance, The Survival List by Courney Sheinmel, Wickedly Unraveked by Deborah Blake

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 3. Check.

Edelweiss: 1. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 3. Check.

Yeah, this is a pretty great week, there's a few different books! Can't wait to read them!

Week 37:
The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken, Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett, Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux, Seventh Born by Monica Sanz, Mirror Bound by Monica Sanz, Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton, A Twist of Oleander by Raven McKray


The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts from an EPIC Autobiography by Kelly McCullough, School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough, A Brush With Shadows by Anna Lee Huber, An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber, A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh, A Twist of Oleander by Raven McKray, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Magic Outside the Box by Honor Raconteur

I only read 1 of what I wanted to read, but then I read 6 books that I didn't plan on. So it works out! Can't wait for next week! Happy reading!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Week 37 Review: Magic Outside the Box

From Goodreads:
Henri is quite accustomed to dangerous and unusual cases landing in his lap. Being partnered to the Shinigami Detective likely has something to do with it. What he is NOT accustomed to is the queen herself marching into his lab and handing them such a case. 

Former Royal Mage Joseph Burtchell was found dead in his home, all signs pointing to murder. However, it's in question as to how the murderer accomplished the deed—the house was locked, the wards fully up, and the body bearing a peculiar wound. 

It's a locked room mystery, one with a suspiciously absent murder weapon and lack of suspects. Henri's left baffled. Jamie's excited, relishing the challenge the case represents. 

Who's powerful enough to thwart a royal mage's wards and murder him undetected?

My Review:
Of course, this book was utterly amazing! I enjoyed reading it so much! From the mystery and the characters, to the little notes that they left each other in the case file notes, which is this story...yeah, this book was such an excellent read!

I had thought that this book was a bit shorter than the others. And according to Goodreads, the first two books were 280 and 250 pages long, to this book's 200 pages. I would've loved to have had more story, more time with these characters, but better to be shorter and not have potential filler.

The mystery is of a locked room, and given that it's magic, that adds another layer of complication to the mystery. Because the victim was a powerful mage, well, how did the murderer get in and out of the wards? Also, the way he was killed was somewhat of a puzzle, because they'd never seen something like that before!

After this book, things are going to be different, they're going to be consultants for the Kingsmen, though I wonder if that means they won't work for the police anymore....I can't wait to see what new mysteries they'll encounter in their new jobs!

Loved this book so much, and yeah, can't wait to see where this series goes next!

Author: Honor Raconteur
Series: The Case Files of Henri Davenforth #3
Read: September 13th, 2019
Reason Why: Love this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Raconteur House LLC
Published: August 28th 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 37 Review: Nevernight

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church's halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.


My first review of Nevernight
My Review:
Wow, it was really fantastic to read this book again! It's been a while, and while I didn't remember everything, I remembered some of the broad strokes. Like the big betrayal, though not all of the specifics. So it was fantastic to read this book again for Darkdawn!

This book is dark and bloody and wonderful! Mia has so much sass, I love her and Mister Kindly's pokes at one another. She's such an interesting character, not all the way good, after all, she kills people, but not evil, either.

Also, this world is utterly insane in the amount of details. From the hilarious footnotes which added that that extra bit of knowledge, well. There's so many fascinating details, and I can't wait to see them slide together with the next 2 books! 

We learn a lot in this book, from the nightmares that Mia faces, to the first step on the path to finding out more about darkin. I can't wait to learn more, to find out how it's all going to end! I'm just so darned excited for Darkdawn!

Loved this book so much and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicles #1
First Read: August 1st, 2016
Read: September 11th, 2019
Reason Why: Love his writing and this series so much, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Novels
Published: August 9th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 37 Review: A Madness of Sunshine

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh welcomes you to a remote town on the edge of the world where even the blinding brightness of the sun can't mask the darkness that lies deep within a killer…

On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors; the children, more than schoolmates.

That is until one fateful summer—and several vanished bodies—shatters the trust holding Golden Cove together. All that's left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships, and a silent agreement not to look back. But they can't run from the past forever.

Eight years later, a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if their home shelters something far more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape.

It's not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light. 

My Review:
Wow, this book was really fantastic! I've really enjoyed Nalini Singh's books, but this is her first contemporary mystery. I'd argue that a lot of her paranormal books often have mysteries, but this is the first straight up mystery. Though I haven't read her contemporary romances...

One of the biggest parts of this book is the atmosphere. This book is set in a small town, Golden Cove, on the edge of the world, it seems, in New Zealand, where it's rough and survival isn't a almost certain guarantee. The atmosphere is a reason behind almost every decision, like the search for the missing girl.

Both of our main characters have secrets, of awful things in their pasts. It's why they're here in this small town. Anahera grew up in the town and couldn't wait to get away as a child, and she did. And now she's back. Will is a newcomer, and I really enjoyed watching them navigate this town together!

The mystery, wow, it took some pretty interesting twists! I was not expecting that, and yeah, it was fantastic to read! I wouldn't mind more contemporary mysteries from Nalini Singh, if it didn't affect getting more books from her Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunters series!

Loved this book so much, it was a really fantastic read!

Author: Nalini Singh
Read: September 10th, 2019
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing so much! And it's a SAC 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Berkley
Expected Publication: December 3rd 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 37 Reviews: A Brush With Shadows, An Artless Demise

From Goodreads:
Sebastian Gage returns home to battle the ghosts of his past and prevent them from destroying his future with Kiera in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series.

July 1831. It's been fifteen years since Sebastian Gage has set foot in Langstone Manor. Though he has shared little with his wife, Lady Kiera Darby, about his past, she knows that he planned never to return to the place of so many unhappy childhood memories. But when an urgent letter from his grandfather reaches them in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit, Kiera convinces him to go.

All is not well at Langstone Manor. Gage's grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage's cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. He wandered out into the moors and never returned. The Viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred's disappearance. And when Alfred's brother Rory goes missing, Kiera and Gage must concede he may be right. Now, they must face the ghosts of Gage's past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes to expose what has happened to Gage's family before the moors claim yet another victim... 

From Goodreads:
November 1831. After fleeing London in infamy more than two years prior, Lady Kiera Darby's return to the city is anything but mundane, though not for the reasons she expected. A gang of body snatchers is arrested on suspicion of imitating the notorious misdeeds of Edinburgh criminals, Burke and Hare—killing people from the streets and selling their bodies to medical schools. Then Kiera's past—a past she thought she'd finally made peace with—rises up to haunt her.

All of London is horrified by the evidence that "burkers" are, indeed, at work in their city. The terrified populace hovers on a knife's edge, ready to take their enmity out on any likely suspect. And when Kiera receives a letter of blackmail, threatening to divulge details about her late anatomist husband's involvement with the body snatchers and wrongfully implicate her, she begins to apprehend just how precarious her situation is. Not only for herself, but also her new husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, and their unborn child.

Meanwhile, the young scion of a noble family has been found murdered a block from his home, and the man's family wants Kiera and Gage to investigate. Is it a failed attempt by the London burkers, having left the body behind, or the crime of someone much closer to home? Someone who stalks the privileged, using the uproar over the burkers to cover his own dark deeds? 

My Review:
Oh, man, I really enjoyed reading these books! This series has just been getting better and better, and I really enjoyed both of these mysteries! They're both extremely personal, with Shadows dealing with Gage's past, and Demise with Kiera's. So that definitely caused conflict that they had to deal with in their marriage!

In Shadows, we learn about Gage's childhood, where his mom was pretty much banished, and he was only let in to be educated. Yeah, he wasn't treated the most fairly, and that brought up questions about his mom for Kiera, that his mom would stay in that situation where he was being treated like that.

Then in Demise, well, we have the burkers, which calls back to Kiera's past as her husband was why burkers had demand for their services. We learned just how bad it could be, and a clear view of how her first husband was like, instead of just hints. Yeah, he was awful!

Of course, in both books there's excellent mysteries. From a missing cousin to the sons of the elite who are made to be seemed to be burked, yeah, they were such fascinating mysteries! I really enjoyed watching the investigations!

Loved reading this series, I've caught up with what's currently been published, and I can't wait for more!

Author: Anna Lee Huber
Series: Lady Darby Mystery #6, 7
Read: September 8th, 10th, 2019
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Historical Fiction 2019 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Berkley
Published: March 6th 2018, April 2nd 2019

A Brush With Shadows:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

An Artless Demise:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 37 Reviews: The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts from an EPIC Autobiography, School for Sidekicks

From Goodreads:
Before O.S.I.R.I.S, before the betrayal and the drinking and "the Incident at the Tower," before Captain Commanding (that jerk!), before the new powers and the super suit, there was Rand, a teen boy with a few family problems and a gift for inventions... Then the Hero Bomb went off. For the first time, the Fabulous Foxman tells his own origin story in his own words (no matter what that silly ghostwriter says).

From Goodreads:
Being a hero isn't always what it's cracked up to be in this funny and genuine novel from adult fantasy author Kelly McCullough.

Evan Quick is a GIANT superhero geek who dreams of one day becoming a superhero himself. Every morning he checks to see if he's developed his powers overnight, and every day there's nothing. No flying, no super strength, no invulnerability—that always hurts to check—no telepathy, no magic. Not even the ability to turn off the alarm clock without smacking the switch.

But then Evan somehow manages to survive a supervillian's death ray, and is sent to the Academy for Metahuman Operatives. Unfortunately, his new school is not what he expected, and instead of fighting bad guys, Evan finds himself blacklisted, and on the wrong side of the school's director. If Evan ever wants to realize his dream, he must convince his "mentor" Foxman, a semi-retired has-been, to become a real hero once again.

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading these stories! I enjoyed being in this world, it's a great one of Masks and Hoods, and the mystery of their start with the Hero bomb! It was so fun to read, these characters could be pretty hilarious, and I enjoyed reading about them!

The Origin story was a bit confusing. Because he would mention something that conflicted with what was going on. He started the story over a few times, going further and further back in time. And then it was straightforward, and made sense, and yeah, it was pretty excellent writing!

When first started School for Sidekicks, I was afraid it was edging into middle grade, that I wouldn't enjoy it. After all, Evan just turned 13 at the beginning of the book. But if it was a YA/middle grade split genre, it was mature enough that I did enjoy it!

The way that Sidekicks ended, well, it's open for the possibility for a sequel. It's unlikely that we'll get one, given that it's been 4 years since it came out. I would've loved to have more, but while it was open ended, the plot threads were pretty dealt with in this book, so I'm satisfied!

Really enjoyed these two stories, and I have to check out more of Kelly McCulloguh's writing!

Author: Kelly McCullough
Series: Academy of Metahuman Operatives #0.5, 1
Read: September 7th, 8th, 2019
Source: Free Online, NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Tor Books, Feiwel and Friends
Published: July 22nd 2015, August 4th 2015

The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts from an EPIC Autobiography:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

School for Sidekicks:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars