I am very excited that today I get to share with you the cover for Feast of Sparks, book two in the Thornchapel series! Book one, A Lesson in Thorns was a beguiling and sensuous read and the story continues on August 1st.
Blurb:Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love
Blurb:In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
That would have to be a tie between Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and Los Nefilim by T Frohock. I love them for different reasons but both are amazing, full of wonderful characters and superb writing.
The best sequel of the year so far
Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly. Technically is the third book in the trilogy but I’m making it count because this is how you do a finale. It was just everything I could have hoped for, after Amberlough and Armistice, and more.
A new release you haven’t read yet but want to
Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. It’s sitting on my shelf and I’ve been hearing such good things about it that the hype is real. I just need to find the time for the 800+ page epic that it is.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
One would most definitely have to be Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. I mean. Leasbian. Necomancers. In. Space.
Also on the list is Heartsong by TJ Klune, I may not be ready but at the same time Heartsong and Brothersong are all I want from life.
Your biggest disappointment of the year so far
Enchantee by Gita Trelease. I was expecting to love it but it just really wasn’t my thing. I found it really slow and it was a long book as well, I felt like it could have been a lot shorter to help keep it from lagging.
Your biggest surprise of the year so far
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons. Going in I was excited but mostly intimidated because of its size and complexity but I really enjoyed it and it wasn’t anywhere near as difficult as I expected it to be. Plus Khirin was a unexpected disaster bi delight.
Your new favourite author
T. Frohock, author of Los Nefilim & Where Oblivion Lives and others. I discovered her books this year and promptly fell in love. She’s such a great writer and a lovely person to boot. And you can probably tell she’s my new favourite author by how many times she and her books appear here 😅
Your newest favourite character
Amastan from The Perfect Assassin by KA Doore. He’s such a soft wonderful character. Deadly, because that man is an assassin, but so soft. You can never have enough soft, ace, assassin marshmallows in your life.
Your newest fictional crush
I wouldn’t necessarily call it my newest fictional crush, but it was reignited with the release of Amnesty. Aristide Makricosta (on the left), he is an absolute darling with fingers in many different pies, having clawed himself out of nothing. I wish I had half as much style as him. Honestly, I think its a friendship crush than romantic but to brush shoulders with him would be an absolute riot. A Sinnamon roll.
Ravensong by TJ Klune. No one can quite break my heart and leave it full at the same time quite like Klune can. The Green Creek series leaves me in tears, both happy ones and sad ones.
A book that has made you happy
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan. It’s just a goddamn delight, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face.
The most beautiful book of the year so far
Where Oblivion Lives. I mean the cover is beautiful in and of itself but it’s the most beautiful book in terms of the writing. Frohock really has a way with words that casts a spell over you and has a dreamlike quality.
Some books you need to read before the end of the year
Ooh boy, is that a list. There’s so many and there’s no way I’ll get to them all but for the tag, here’s a random and very much nonexhaustive selection:
Blurb:The revolution has come and gone, with Amberlough City striving to rebuild itself from the ashes. The Ospies have been ousted, and the very face of the nation has been changed in the process.
Now, a rising politician is determined to bring Amberlough’s traitors to justice.
Including double agent Cyril DePaul.
Everyone believes Cyril deserves to suffer for his crimes… except an old lover and an estranged sister. Soon, they become entangled in another web of high-stakes politics, underground crime, and personal deceit. Only the most extreme actions can save them from the iron reach of the law, before it is too late.