What if you had one year to save everything you loved?
ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her
family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets— and
her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the
same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge – maybe even, someday,
TWO GODS. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest
by way of Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot
and stagnation, who appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to
demolish the realm – and everyone within. Only the intervention of the
Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation, gives Merida a shred of hope:
convince her family to change within the year – or suffer the eternal
THREE VOYAGES. Under the watchful eyes of the gods, Merida leads a
series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire
revolution within her family. But in her efforts to save those she loves from
ruin, has Merida lost sight of the Clan member grown most stagnant of all –
FOUR SEASONS TO SAVE DUNBROCH – OR SEE IT DESTROYED, FOREVER.
About Maggie Stiefvater:
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The
Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young and adult readers. She is
also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley
with her husband, two children, and an assortment of fainting goats.
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Grumpy bad boy tattoo artist, Conor Mac Haol, doesn’t trust anyone. Least of
all the new juvie apprenticing at his beloved Dublin Ink as part of her
She is way too pretty and way, way too young.
Coming from a broken home, Aurnia has had to grow up faster than most girls.
She doesn’t need anyone telling her what to do.
Least of all Conor, her new (very hot, very muscled, very tattooed and
very, very rude) boss who obviously hates her.
But Aurnia’s troubles reminds Conor too much of his dark past. He becomes
obsessed with keeping her safe. Keeping her protected.
Even from him. Especially from him.
Soon sparks and insults turn into broken rules and forbidden moments—until one
final mistake seals their fate.
About Sienna Blake:
Sienna Blake is a dirty girl, a wordspinner of smexy love
stories and an Amazon Top 20 & USA Today Bestselling Author.
She lives in Dublin, Ireland, where she enjoys reading,
keeping fit and adding to her personal harem of Irish hotties
Best-selling author Rick Riordan
presents Daniel José Older’s music-and-magic-filled YA urban fantasy about two
teens who discover each other and their powers during a political battle within
a unique diaspora community.
Almost sixteen years ago, Mateo Matisse’s island homeland disappeared into the
sea. Weary and hopeless, the survivors of San Madrigal’s sinking escaped to New
While the rest of his tight-knit Brooklyn diaspora community dreams of someday
finding a way back home, Mateo–now a high school junior and piano prodigy
living with his two aunts (one who’s alive, the other not so much)–is focused
on one thing: getting the attention of locally-grown musical legend Gerval.
Mateo finally gets his chance on the night of the Grand Fete, an annual party
celebrating the blended culture of pirates, Cuban Santeros, and Sephardic Jews
that created San Madrigal all those centuries ago.
But the evil that sank their island has finally caught up with them, and on the
night of the celebration, Mateo’s life is forever changed when he witnesses a
brutal murder by a person he thought he knew.
Suddenly Mateo is thrust into an ancient battle that spans years and oceans.
Deadly secrets are unraveled and Mateo awakens a power within himself–a power
that not only links him to the killer but could also hold the key to unlocking
the dark mystery behind his lost homeland.
From the author of the award-winning Shadowshaper Cypher series comes the
first novel in the Outlaw Saints duology–a brilliant story that will transport
readers to a world where magic, myth, and gods reign over the streets of
About Daniel José Older:
Daniel José Older is a New York Times
best-selling author and story architect. He has published fourteen novels and
numerous short stories and essays, and he is a regular comics writer for Star
Wars: The High Republic Adventures and Marvel. He won the
International Latino Book Award and has been a finalist for the Kirkus Prize,
the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World
Fantasy Award. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his
decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at http://danieljoseolder.net, as well as on
YouTube, @djolder on Twitter, @danieljose1 on Instagram, and @danieljoseolder
on TikTok. He and his family live in New Orleans.
Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls. Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:
Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances–most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.
Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she’s been working to support the family following her husband’s breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.
Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she’s working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.
As they interact with various literary figures of the time–Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others–these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.
Narrated by esteemed stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, enjoy the full unabridged edition of Bloomsbury Girls. “Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish.” —AudioFile Magazine
“Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information… Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem.” —Booklist (starred review)
“An illuminating yarn… Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed.” —Publishers Weekly “Bloomsbury Girls is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!” —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold “Bloomsbury Girls is a book lover’s dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man’s world. You’re in for a treat.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary
“In a London still reeling from the ravages of World War II and the changes war has brought to English society, three young women take their futures into their own hands. With Bloomsbury Girls, Natalie Jenner has penned a timely and beautiful ode to ambition, friendship, bookshops, and the written word.” —Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Library
“In post-war London, Bloomsbury Books survived The Blitz until Vivien Lowry, Grace Perkins, and Evie Stone set off their own bomb on the stuffy all-male management. What ensues is the most delightful, witty, and endearing story you will read this year. Natalie Jenner, bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, proves that she was not a one hit wonder. Like Austen, her second book is even better than the first.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who had to leave school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie
Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.
Bloomsbury Girls is an intimate look inside a London bookstore. The daily comings and goings of famous authors, American customers, and elite society. Three women are set to make their mark in the workplace of the 50’s, typically dominate by men. They must overcome prejudice, rude interactions and insinuations of crime. One has lost her fiance to war,another is unable to gain a prestigious position in the academic world, and another is a wife and mother. When their general manager Mr. Dutton suffers an epileptic seizure, the bookstore employees are shuffled into new positions.
I listened to the audio book via Netgalley’s shelf app. The narration was a bit slow for my taste, so I upped it to 1.5 speed. I’m so glad for this feature! It was a pleasant way to pass the day. English accents, rich characters with quirks and the building of a publishing empire. Historical fiction set in postwar England for lovers of all things bookish. Thanks to Netgalley and Austenprose PR for the complimentary audio book for review!
A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen’s Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.
The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.
Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In this tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang.
“Had Jane Austen sat down to write a country house murder mystery, this is exactly the book she would have written. Devotees of Austen’s timeless novels will get the greatest possible pleasure from this wonderful book. Immense fun and beautifully observed. Delicious!” —Alexander McCall Smith
“What a splendid conceit! . . . Gray provides plenty of backstory and enough depth to her characters that even those who mix up their Pride and Prejudice with their Sense and Sensibility will delight in the Agatha Christie–style mystery. . . . There’s so much fun to be had in this reimagined Austen world—and the mystery is so strong—that one can only hope, dear reader, that more books will follow.” —Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred review)
“[An] enchanting mystery. . . . Gray perfectly captures the personalities of Austen’s beloved characters. This is a real treat for Austenites.” —Publishers Weekly “Who would NOT want to read a book in which one of literature’s most notorious rakes meets his final demise? . . . A delightful Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen romp.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose
Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent. She is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernight series, the Firebird trilogy, and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars and Bloodline. She makes her home in New Orleans with her husband Paul and assorted small dogs.
Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy following the lives of the characters as they grow into marriage and family. Mr. Darcy, Mr, Wickham, the Knightleys are all included in the lineup. The Knightleys are hosting a house party with bachelors and debutantes as well as married guests. Claudia Gray fleshes out each character and their interactions, inner thoughts in varying perspectives. Each carries their own story line. Pride and Prejudice meets Clue in a whodunnit mystery. Readers will have to tease out motive, inner conflict and marital strife.
I enjoyed hearing from all of our beloved literary heroes and villains. In the beginning it took me a bit to sort out who is who and what is what, but things smooth out as the story develops. It is interesting to trace their lives forward to see how relationships evolve over time. Atmospheric tension and conflict with an air of mystery spur on the slow moving plot. Readers of Emma and Austen will love this! Thank you to the author, publisher and AustenPR for the complimentary copy of The Murder of Mr. Wickham for the tour.
peace-loving senator faces a time of war in another thrilling Padmé Amidala
adventure from the author of the New York Times best-sellers Queen’s
Peril and Queen’s Shadow!
adjusting to being a wartime senator during the Clone Wars. Her secret husband,
Anakin Skywalker, is off fighting the war, and excels at being a wartime Jedi.
In contrast, when Padmé gets the opportunity to see the casualties on the
war-torn front lines, she is horrified. The stakes have never been higher for
the galaxy, or for the newly-married couple.
Meanwhile, with Padmé on a secret mission, her handmaiden Sabé steps into the
role of Senator Amidala, something no handmaiden has done for an extended
period of time. While in the Senate, Sabé is equally horrified by the
machinations that happen there. She comes face to face with a gut-wrenching
decision as she realizes that she cannot fight a war this way, not even for
And Chancellor Palpatine hovers over it all, manipulating the players to his
REVIEW: Having watched all of the Star Wars films multiple times, reading YA literature that supports the main storyline was a new experience. I enjoyed hearing the backstory behind Padme and her handmaidens as well as the political machinations of Palpatine’s puppets. In this installment, Padme and Anakin are on the verge of marriage, which must be done secretly. Her handmaiden must take over for her in the Senate and their world is on the verge of the Clone Wars. There are all of the characters Star Wars fans will recognize as well as rich world building and slowly developing side plots which add to the original storyline. While this book was outside of my typical reading selections, I found the world immersive and it added to my experience with a well known movie series. It was well written and the political intrigue as well as believable characters make this a rich supplement for fans of Princess Leia. Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and the publisher foe the copy as a part of the official book tour. Put this canon on your to be read list!
About E.K. Johnston:
E.K. Johnston had several
jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned
anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you
can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because
it’s about a pairing she likes.You can follow her on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to
learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know, on
Tumblr (ekjohnston) if you’re just here for the pretty pictures, or online at
Heather Stanhope wants to despise the man who now owns the ranch her family lost. But Matt Burton is raising his late sister’s adorable twins, loves horses, and is known for his loyalty and honesty. Sneaking into Adelaide Creek for her friend’s wedding, Heather hopes to avoid Matt, but fate and family have them crossing paths. Heather knows falling for Matt means risking her heart, but it’s a risk she can’t resist.
Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky
enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the
coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in
nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and
coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business
owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share
or a story to tell.
Virginia’s books feature characters who could
be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with
everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always
include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown
children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails
or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off
for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about
hope, healing, and second chances.
bully and a chance to bring him to justice. Can Kiara and the Spyglass
Kiara, traditionally a loner, doesn’t hesitate to say exactly what’s on her
mind. But she’s found good friends among the Spyglass Sisterhood members who
appreciate her keen observations and incredible smarts.
When a fellow classmate starts to get bullied online, Kiara is determined not
only to find the perpetrator(s), but also to bring them to justice. To do that,
she’ll need help from her friends and from the Sisterhood’s magical spyglass to
gather evidence and put the pieces together.
The best-selling author behind the Gifted series and the Replica books, Marilyn
Kaye delivers a story filled with light magic and heart in this third book in
the Spyglass Sisterhood series. Centered on four best friends–Ellie, Kiara,
Rachel, and Alyssa–and a magic spyglass that reveals people’s feelings, the
Spyglass Sisterhood series mixes classic friendship themes with fresh
conversations on community and responsibility. Each girl takes a turn at the
spyglass, confronting fears and sticking up for her peers.
Marilyn Kaye is the author of over 100 books for young
readers, including the Gifted and Replica series. Born in New Britain,
Connecticut, she grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a master’s degree in
library science at Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the
University of Chicago. Kaye also taught children’s literature at St. John’s
University for over twenty years. She lives in Paris, France.
Kiara and the Spyglass Sisterhood are at it again. This time their spyglass is seeing others’ feelings and insecurities, which come to fruition in the case of one of their classmates. Their group doesn’t typically participate in any of the school clubs or groups. They don’t use social media. Leader Kiara isn’t afraid to speak her mind and say it like it is. But, someone at their school is being bullied online via a new app. The Spyglass Sisterhood is determined to stop it.
A fun middle grade read about taking a stand and pulling together as friends and allies. Installment three in the series teaches about the harm that can come from improperly using social media and the power of words. It highlights the difference one person can make in defending another.
Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and Holiday House for the complimentary copy for the book tour.
Content and trigger warning: bullying, same sex parents.
The only way to beat death is to chase it.
Newly crowned, Red blames one person for his father’s murder: the secret sorceress sworn to protect the king.
Alyana Barron, Royal Sorcerer to the throne of Tandera, fears her magic is weakening.
When Red is cursed, his life entwines with Aly’s in ways neither of them expected. Together, they chase after a cure that will heal the king and restore her magic, but the closer they get to a cure, the nearer they step toward death, for the path to the cure is as dangerous as the curse itself.
Blade of Ash is the first in a new, epic YA fantasy series perfect for fans of enemies-to-lovers romance packed full of royal intrigue, legends, and plenty of ballgowns. If you like female bodyguards and forced proximity with life-and-death stakes... this story is for you!
Red has inherited the kingdom after his father is killed by a curse. His royal protector Aly has remained invisible in his life until now, and Red feels she is to blame. There are new responsibilities to take on, the king and sorceress are grieving, and both of their magic seems to be weakening. The source of the magic is a truthwell. Lies and distorted truth weakens the power while truth feeds it. I loved this unique system. There were several moments through the storyline where both Red and Aly have to learn to put aside what their brain is telling them to instead rely on hope, and on the magic they can strengthen by working together.
Blade of Ash is a clean YA fantasy adventure with an underlying theme of putting aside fear and relying on another. There were moments in the world building that reminded me of the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’m a fan and now that I know there’s a prequel, as well as a series, there’s more to add to my pile of future reads. This is a series I will be watching as it has a positive message and a wonderful set of strong characters.
Thanks to Prism Book Tours and the author for the complimentary copy for the tour.
Content: clean, mild violence, grief
About the Author
C. F. E. Black loves to get swept away in books, both reading and writing them. When she’s not writing or chasing her son, she’s teaching high schoolers and trying her best to be a light in their lives. She lives in beautiful north Alabama with her superhero husband, sons, and fur-family. Connect with her and find free stories at http://www.cfeblack.com.
Bridgerton meets Werewolves Within in
this sparkling shapeshifter Regency romance mixed with humor, steamy chemistry,
The Duke said he’d never get married…
The Prince Regent insists his cousin and fellow bear shifter, Arthur Humphries,
the Duke of Osborn, take a mate to ensure the continuation of their species.
After all, Arthur is an Alpha, so he must set a good example. The duke would
very much prefer to continue his comfortable bachelor lifestyle, but the Prince
Regent is not a bear to be poked.
Beatrice, the widowed Marchioness of Castleton, is in possession of a powerful
secret. She knows all about Shifters, her horrible late husband being one of
them. At any moment, Beatrice could reveal the secrets of the Prince and those
like him—unless the Prince can make sure she marries another Shifter.
A marriage between the Duke of Osborn and Beatrice is far from ideal for either
one, but at least they won’t fall in love…right?
Witty, fantastical, and entirely unique, A Most Unusual Duke is
perfect for readers looking for:
• A delicious Regency romp with a paranormal twist
• A devilishly handsome Alpha hero
• A marriage of convenience
• A magical world to sink your teeth into
continues to make this unusual genre mash-up sing.” ― Publishers Weekly
Allen Writer’s writing is SO GOOD. It sucked me right in. I think you’ll love
it, too.”- Julia
Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of
the Bridgerton series.
REVIEW: A Most Unusual Duke is book two in the Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde Series. Arthur Humphries, the Duke of Osborn is a cantankerous shifter who gets called in to court by the Regent, his cousin Georgie. Also present is a widow, the Marchioness of Castleton. She has been under the protection of the Regent for knowing too much about the customs and brand of species which rules the Beau Mode. The Duke of Osborn and Beatrice are forced into a union to strengthen and continue the line. Neither ever planned to marry, both are adverse to the arrangement, but the Duke needs financial and emotional backing and Beatrice needs protection. A mash up of Regency era romance and paranormal shapeshifters, this book is unique. The pacing is a bit slow and the language formal, so it takes some getting used to. There’s also a complicated secret structure to the animal society and flowery prose, so pacing doesn’t pick up until about three quarters fo the way though the book. When it finally does, I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters. I wish Beatrice were a little bit less frosty and more playful. She comes across as competent and independent, which is fantastic, but it makes her seem older and cold as her character later arcs toward a carefree woman in love. I liked the the book addresses familial loyalty, especially the scenes where the surrounding Dukes and the Regent come together to fight a threat to their lineage. I also enjoyed the little bits and pieces we see of the Duke of Osborn’s true personality. When he shifts into his bear, hesitancy fades away. I’m glad the roaming extended family moves in and adds snippets of humor. Unlike anything I’ve recently read! Thanks Sourcebooks Casablanca for the complimentary advanced reading copy for review.
About Susanna Allen:
… moved to Ireland for twelve months — in 1998. Having
gained a Master of Philosophy in Irish Theatre Studies from the Samuel Beckett
Centre, Trinity College, she embarked on a career in theatre criticism,
eventually moving into feature writing on all things cultural, as well as
lifestyle-oriented subjects for major Irish titles across newsprint and
Writing as Susan Conley, she is the author of Drama
Queen and The Fidelity Project, both published by Headline
UK, and the soon-to-be republished That
Magic Mischief. Her memoir, Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction,
Dysfunction, Codependency… and Horses is published by Trafalgar Square
Books and recounts the growth and insights she acquired after having taken up
horse riding as an adult, post-divorce.
Susan is living her life by the three Rs: reading, writing
and horseback riding, and can generally be found on her sofa with her e-reader;
gazing out a window and thinking about made-up people; or cantering around in
circles. She loves every minute of it!