Goodreads Monday: Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin (4/12/21)

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Title: Stalking Shadows
Author: Cyla Panin
Genre: YA Fantasy / Retellings / Gothic
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Publisher: Amulet Books

A gothic YA fantasy debut about a young woman striving to break her sister’s curse and stop the killing in her small French town

Seventeen-year-old Marie mixes perfumes to sell on market day in her small eighteenth-century French town. She wants to make enough to save a dowry for her sister, Ama, in hopes of Ama marrying well and Marie living in the level of freedom afforded only to spinster aunts. But her perfumes are more than sweet scents in cheap, cut-glass bottles: A certain few are laced with death. Marie laces the perfume delicately—not with poison but with a hint of honeysuckle she’s trained her sister to respond to. Marie marks her victim, and Ama attacks. But she doesn’t attack as a girl. She kills as a beast.

Marking Ama’s victims controls the damage to keep suspicion at bay. But when a young boy turns up dead one morning, Marie is forced to acknowledge she might be losing control of Ama. And if she can’t control her, she’ll have to cure her. Marie knows the only place she’ll find the cure is in the mansion where Ama was cursed in the first place, home of Lord Sebastien LeClaire. But once she gets into the mansion, she discovers dark secrets hidden away—secrets of the curse, of Lord Sebastien . . . and of herself.” (Goodreads)

I am really looking forward to this one and am happy I was approved on Netgalley. It’s not my favorite cover but I do like the sound of it and I am hear for gothic retellings.

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (3/29/21)

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Title: Within These Wicked Walls
Author: Lauren Blackwood
Genre: YA Fantasy / Retelling / Paranormal
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books

What the heart desires, the house destroys…

Kiersten White meets Tomi Adeyemi in this Ethiopian-inspired debut fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre.

Andromeda is a debtera—an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, Andromeda quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, but leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option. Evil may roam the castle’s halls, but so does a burning desire.” (Goodreads)

I got an email from Netgalley yesterday about books that were a “read now” for 48 hours. This was one that I had been eyeing so I was happy to get it!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (3/22/21)

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Title: You’ve Reached Sam
Author: Dustin Thao
Genre: YA Contemporary / Magical Realism
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books

If I Stay meets Your Name in this heartfelt novel about love, loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.” (Goodreads)

I found this one on Netgalley and couldn’t resist requesting! I absolutely love the cover and really need more contemporary books in my life.

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: Sisters of the Snake by Sarena and Sasha Nanua (3/15/21)

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Title: Sisters of the Snake
Authors: Sarena and Sasha Nanua
Genre: YA Fantasy / Retellings
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Publisher: HarperTeen

“A lost princess. A dark puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.

Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive.

When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical.

A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.

Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Crown’s Game and The Tiger at Midnight.” (Goodreads)

I found this one on Netgalley and couldn’t resist requesting! I love reading YA Fantasy and this one sounds good and unique! The cover is also super gorgeous.

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: The Hollow Inside by Brooke Lauren Davis (3/8/21)

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Title: The Hollow Inside
Author: Brooke Lauren Davis
Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: May 25th, 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

A gripping, twisty, thought-provoking YA debut about a girl caught in a web of betrayal and revenge, for fans of Sadie.

Phoenix and mom Nina have spent years on the road, using their charm and wits to swindle and steal to get by. Now they’ve made it to their ultimate destination, Mom’s hometown of Jasper Hollow. The plan: bring down Ellis Bowman, the man who ruined Nina’s life.

After Phoenix gets caught spying, she spins a convincing story that inadvertently gives her full access to the Bowman family. As she digs deeper into their secrets, she finds herself entrenched in the tale of a death and a disappearance that doesn’t entirely line up with what Mom has told her. Who, if anyone, is telling the whole truth?

Debut author Brooke Lauren Davis explores the murkiness of right and wrong, of choices and consequences and heroes and villains, in an eerily compelling and wholly satisfying small-town saga.” (Goodreads)

I found this one on Netgalley and couldn’t resist requesting! I love reading YA Mystery/Thrillers and this one just sounds too good to pass up!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: Float Plan by Trish Doller (2/28/21)

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Title: Float Plan
Author: Trish Doller
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance / Mental Health
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Critically acclaimed author Trish Doller’s unforgettable and romantic adult debut about setting sail, starting over, and finding yourself.

Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has spent the last year foundering on land, shipwrecked by her grief and inability to move on. But when a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take, she impulsively sets off in their sailboat, intending to complete the planned voyage around the Caribbean that Ben had mapped out for them.

But after a treacherous night’s sail and a brush with an ocean tanker, she decides she can’t do it alone, and hires a professional sailor to help her get to Puerto Rico. Much like her, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned, and he can’t refuse her offer. Together they find a way to rebuild their lives and the possibility of new love.” (Goodreads)

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I was asked to be a part of a blog tour for this book and I couldn’t refuse! I haven’t read it yet but it sounds like one I will really enjoy. I can’t wait to start it today.

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads: The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

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Title: The Ivory Key
Author: Akshaya Raman
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 4th, 2022
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

“In this epic YA fantasy debut, magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces. The first in an Indian-inspired duology that’s perfect for fans of There Will Come a DarknessThe Gilded Wolves, and We Hunt the Flame.(Goodreads)

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I stumbled across this book while browsing Netgalley and I am in love with the cover and the blurb (even if it’s short!). It sounds like a great fantasy. I honestly didn’t realize it doesn’t come out until next year. Hopefully I will be lucky enough to be approved because I want it! 😍

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni (2/15/21)

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Title: The Prison Healer
Author: Lynette Noni
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.” (Goodreads)

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I have had this one for awhile now from Netgalley but haven’t got to it yet. I am hoping to get to it in the next couple weeks as it is rumored to be in a book box and if I like it then I need it!

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Goodreads Monday: The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din

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Title: The Descent of the Drowned
Author: Ana Lal Din
Genre: YA Fantasy / Mythology / Retelling
Publication Date: March 15th, 2021
Publisher: White Tigress Press

She is bound to serve. He is meant to kill. Survival is their prison. Choice is their weapon.

As the sacred slave of a goddess, Roma is of a lower caste that serves patrons to sustain the balance between gods and men. What she wants is her freedom, but deserters are hunted and hanged, and Roma only knows how to survive in her village where women are vessels without a voice. When her younger brother is condemned to the same wretched fate as hers, Roma must choose between silence and rebellion.

Leviathan is the bastard son of an immortal tyrant. Raised in a military city where everyone knows of his blood relation to the persecuted clans, Leviathan is considered casteless. Lowest of the low. Graduating as one of the deadliest soldiers, he executes in his father’s name, displaying his worth. When he faces judgement from his mother’s people—the clans—Leviathan must confront his demons and forge his own path, if he ever hopes to reclaim his soul.

But in the struggle to protect the people they love and rebuild their identities, Roma’s and Leviathan’s destinies interlock as the tyrant hunts an ancient treasure that will doom humankind should it come into his possession—a living treasure to which Roma and Leviathan are the ultimate key.

Set in a colonised Indo-Persian world and inspired by pre-Islamic Arabian mythology, The Descent of the Drowned is a tale about power, identity, and redemption, and what it takes to hold on to one’s humanity in the face of devastation.” (Goodreads)

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I got this one from Netgalley last week and I am very excited to start it today! The cover is awesome and I love exploring different mythology from around the world. I don’t think I have read anything with pre-Islamic Arabian mythology before so it should be interesting!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

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Title: What Beauty There Is
Author: Cory Anderson
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller / Contemporary
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

An exhilarating, emotionally powerful and superbly written thriller that’s Winter’s Bone meets The Road

Winter. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack Morton has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d do anything for. Even die for. Now with their mother gone, and their funds quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. He chooses the money.

Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Trust no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or help the brothers survive.

Choices. They come at a price.(Goodreads)

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I got an email from Netgalley and this one was included and a “read now” for the first 100 people. I hadn’t heard of this one before that but I’m so glad I have now because it looks so good! I love reading mystery/thrillers and this one looks like one that will be worth the read.

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)