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Analiese Rising Excerpt Tour

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Today is my stop on the Excerpt Tour for Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake! Be sure to check out the other blogs to read more excerpts, and of course preorder now or pick up a copy of Analiese Rising on January 8th! Here’s my excerpt:


I press the doorbell and wait.

And wait.

I press it again.

When no one answers, I turn to leave but then pause. A faint bass comes from around the corner of the house. The stone pavers on the lawn lead me to the front of the garage.

The doors are open, and a guy about my age works a tattered punching bag hanging by a chain attached to the ceiling. He’s shirtless, and his shorts are slung low on his hips. Tall, with dark, wavy hair, the boy isn’t bad to look at.

With each throw of his fist or kick, his muscles flex then go slack. The way he’s hitting the bag, he’s definitely letting off steam. Maybe I should come back later when he’s calmer.

This is a bad idea. I could just leave the bag at the front door. But then I won’t find out why my name is on that list. Or why the man crossed my parents off that same list. The guy needs some cooling down. I can go find a coffee shop somewhere and come back when he’s less angry and more dressed.

His music is so loud, he hasn’t noticed my approach, so I ease around and head back the way I came.

“Hey,” he shouts.

Crap. He spotted me. I turn back around.

He’s walking my way. His bare chest rises and falls with heavy breaths. A nautical star medallion with a silver chain rests just below his collarbone. “You need something?”


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American Gods meets the Da Vinci Code in ANALIESE RISING (Entangled; 01/08/19), a suspense-filled novel by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake. This first book in a new fantasy series offers a new take on the paranormal romance genre—with a mythological spin. Gone are vampires and werewolves; in are descendants of the God of Death.

Brenda Drake is known for creating addictive, entertaining series with strong female characters (Library Jumpers and The Fated) and her fans will not be disappointed.

ABOUT ANALIESE RISING: When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

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ABOUT BRENDA DRAKE: Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Devouring Gray

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It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week, my pick is The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman.

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On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?

Review: The Nutcracker Curse by Margo Ryerkerk (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Nutcracker Curse (Cursed Fairy Tale #1)

Author: Margo Ryerkerk

Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Publication Date: December 1, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

12 days.
4 realms.
Break the curse.
Or turn into a nutcracker.

Princess Clara thought she knew the main threat to her freedom.

She was wrong.

At seventeen years old, Clara isn’t ready to marry, and yet that’s what she must do as the crown princess of Austria.

However, getting to know the foreign princes visiting her kingdom becomes the least of Clara’s worries when she picks up a bespelled nutcracker and unleashes a deadly curse. She has twelve days to find and feed the nutcracker the magical nut Crackatook. If she fails, her soul will be trapped inside the toy for all eternity and her body will turn to wood.

Instead of relying on her suitors or the king’s men to find the cure, Clara saddles her unicorn and sneaks out of the palace. Her childhood friend Philip notices her leaving and makes her choose between returning to the castle or allowing him to come along.

Reluctantly, Clara agrees to him joining her, and soon, they are off to lands filled with mythical creatures.

Will they survive all trials and find the Crackatook in time? Or will Clara’s soul become trapped in the nutcracker and her body turn to wood?

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Playlist: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

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This playlist has been a long time coming, as I made it shortly after reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein in October. I finally am sharing it with you guys. I actually really, really like this playlist and I’m super satisfied with it. I think it’s a bit longer than usual because I found so many songs that were perfect. The relationship between Elizabeth and Victor was super fun to explore through music. Like always, I’ll link YouTube and give a few lyrics that really made me think of the book. Let’s jump in.

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December 2018 New Releases

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So, somehow 2018 is nearly over already. I’m not really sure how that happened, but it’s time to talk about the last batch of new releases for 2018! This month isn’t too overwhelming in quantity, but there are some seriously exciting titles hitting the shelves. I’ll let the books speak for themselves.

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November 2018 Wrap Up

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This wrap up is going to be pretty short because ya girl was busy this month and barely got any reading done. Whoops. I will say that I’m writing this post with a few days left in November, so I might finish a book or two before the end of the month. For example, I started Outrun The Wind by Elizabeth Tammi this morning and I’ve already read almost 50 pages of it. I’ll throw anything I finish after this point in with December’s wrap up. In November, I read 6 books with an average rating of 4.5 stars. My favorite read this month was definitely Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, though I also adored Pulp by Robin Talley. Do y’all want a discussion post/review of Song of Achilles? I don’t usually review backlist titles, but I definitely would love an excuse to gush about it. Anyways, here’s what I read this month:

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Waiting on Wednesday – Killing November

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It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week, my pick is Killing November by Adriana Mather.

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It’s a school completely off the grid, hidden by dense forest and surrounded by traps. There’s no electricity, no internet, and an eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes include everything from Knife-Throwing and Poisons to the Art of Deception and Historical Analysis. And all of the students are children of the world’s most elite strategists—training to become assassins, counselors, spies, and master impersonators. Into this world walks November Adley, who quickly discovers that friends are few in a school where personal revelations are discouraged and competition is everything. When another student is murdered, all eyes turn to November, who must figure out exactly how she fits into the school’s bizarre strategy games before she is found guilty of the crime…or becomes the killer’s next victim.

Review: Pulp by Robin Talley (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Pulp

Author: Robin Talley

Genre: YA LGBT Historical Fiction/Contemporary

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.

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November 2018 New Releases

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This post is a little late in the month so some of these are already out, but that just means you can enjoy those books ASAP. November isn’t an overly crazy month for new releases, so your wallets can relax a bit just in time for Black Friday and Christmas shopping. As always, if I forget anything you’re excited for, be sure to tell me in the comments! Here’s some new books I’m excited for this month:

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