In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Timesbestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
Why I Can’t Wait:
It is soooo close now!!! Next Tuesday to be exact. Muse of Nightmares is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer (review) and also the conclusion to this amazing duology. Laini Taylor is such a lyrical writer, with outstanding world building, and memorable characters. I read Strange the Dreamer earlier this year and I have been dying to get my hands on Muse of Nightmares. I already have it pre-ordered on audible and in hardcover. I will start listening to it first thing on Tuesday morning during my morning commute to work and that afternoon on my way back home. Then I will alternate between the audiobook and hardcover before going to sleep. I cannot tell just how happy that makes me!
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was a hard realization of just how many books I have on my TBR. Will I ever be able to catch up????
Here’s the list:
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas was fantastic!!!!! Catwoman is the third book in the DC Icons series, a project that has multiple authors writing their own young adult origin story of some of our favorite DC comic characters. The first in the series was Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer (review) followed by Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker (review). The fourth and final book in this series, Superman: Dawnbreaker written by Matt De La Pena will be released on March 5, 2019.
I have been in love with the idea of this series as soon as it was announced. Taking some of my favorite authors and giving them such iconic characters for them to put their own stamp on was a very appealing concept to me and I have not been disappointed with any of the books. I have loved all the books in the DC Icons series, but Sarah J. Maas’ Catwoman is hands down my absolute favorite. I absolutely adored this book and I can’t wait to re-read it. The story was filled with many Easter eggs that had me super excited, but I know there are many additional Easter eggs I probably missed and a re-read is absolutely necessary.
As always, my reviews are spoiler free but I will say it was great seeing so many iconic DC characters in this story. The dual perspective of Catwoman and Batwing was a perfect blend. Their unique voices and beliefs had me very conflicted, especially when they were on opposite sides of what was right. Selina Kyle’s origin story that Maas wrote was absolutely heartbreaking and amazing.
My favorite thing about this book was the way Maas touched on several crucial and relevant social issues such as: racial discrimination, child abuse, PTSD, exorbitant cost of healthcare for people with severe health issues, and poverty.
I cannot stop talking about how much I adored this book. I am a huge fan of Sarah J Maas’ but this was a departure from her fantasy worlds and I will admit that I was a bit nervous. However, with this novel she proved that she can basically can write anything, and I will definitely read it. If I had to sum up Catwoman: Soulstealer in one word I would go with puuurrrrrfection. :D
A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader.
Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.
Heidi Heilig creates a vivid, rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including the bipolar heroine. Told from Jetta’s first-person point-of-view, as well as chapters written as play scripts and ephemera such as telegrams and letters, For a Muse of Fire is an engrossing journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure.
Why I Can’t Wait:
This sounds amazing! For a Muse of Fire is the first book in a new trilogy that promises an amazing story that “blends Asian cultures with French colonialism”. This will be my first read by author Heidi Heilig and I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed. I think I mentioned this before (a few hundreds of times HAHA), but fantasy is my absolute favorite genre and For a Muse of Fire sounds like something that will completely captivate me and keep me reading into the late hours of the night. Do you guys plan to read For a Muse of Fire?
P.S.: I am hosting a giveaway for a personalized signed copy of Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco that you can enter here.
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. My take on today’s topic is not so much hidden gems but books that I loved and was shocked didn’t get more recognition. For this list I went back to good ol’ Goodreads to see which books I loved but hardly see on blogs or any lists. Here are my top ten books/series:
Timebound trilogy by Rysa Walker
You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
Something Strange and Deadly trilogy by Susan Dennard
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix
Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier
Defiance (Courier’s Daughter trilogy) C.J. Redwine
The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith
In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?
Why I Can’t Wait:
I love this series and characters so much!!! I am currently reading Hunting Prince Dracula and I am loving it even more than Stalking Jack the Reaper. Escaping from Houdini is the third book in this quartet and it seems that the series gets better and better with each book so I cannot wait to see what will happen next. I am originally from Romania and right now I am enjoying seeing my beloved country in Hunting Prince Dracula. I am also super excited to see Kerri Maniscalco on one of her tour stops later this month. I had the pleasure of meeting her last year when Hunting Prince Dracula was released and am looking forward to seeing her again.
Since I am attending her book signing I am also hosting a giveaway for a personalized copy of Escaping from Houdini ~ ENTER HERE.
There is also a pre-order campaign offered by the publisher that you can check out here.
Hello, Booknerds!!! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This topic was kinda easy and hard all at once. Easy because I have lots of shows I love, hard because I had to narrow it down. J Between working full time, having a 2 year old, and reading, there is little time left for TV these days; however, when I do have time to watch I enjoy binge watching shows so that I don’t have to wait for the next episode. The list I put together includes some shows that I didn’t finish watching yet but I love so much that I felt they should make my list. So without further ado, here are my top ten bingeworthy TV shows.
Game of Thrones
Have any of these shows made your list? What’s the one show you keep telling people they need to watch? Mine right now would be Stranger Things because I just finished season 2 and OMG it’s one of the best shows ever!!!