Amanda Recommends Books With Magical Libraries

Hey, lovelies! I love a good magical library or otherwise bookish book. And I know lots of other readers love those things in their stories as well. I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite books that have magical libraries in some sort of way (and one with a magical book).

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
“The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…
– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.”

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
“Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing—a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell … and Earth.”

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
“Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.”

The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
“When a child goes missing in Edinburgh’s darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She’ll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?
When ghosts talk, she will listen…
Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children–leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world. She’ll dice with death (not part of her life plan…), discovering an occult library and a taste for hidden magic. She’ll also experience dark times. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets, and Ropa’s gonna hunt them all down.”

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
“All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them. As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.”

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
(This is a magical book, but I’m including it anyway.)
“In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.”

This list isn’t as long as I’d like it to be. There are quite a few books with magical libraries that are on my TBR list, so I’ll be sure to do a part two of this list once I read some of those. What books with magical libraries or other bookish themes do you love?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Traveling Library: Unhauling, Selling, and Donating Books

Hello, lovelies! I’m back with another moving update. I have done my first big unhaul as I talked about in my first moving post. So, I wanted to come share a bit more about that. And also, I’m selling these books that I’m unhauling so I will be sharing the details for the information of where you can check out which books I’m selling at the end of this post. (But you can find the books for sale here.)

Let’s have a quick storytime! I have made quite a mess of my basement (pictured on the right), which is where my bookshelves live. I was rearranging my bookshelves. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but reorganizing my books is really calming for me. Life is pretty chaotic these days, so I will take some calm anyway that I can get it. I changed my books from being sorted by genre and then by age range, and then alphabetical within each age range. I decided that I wanted to try to make rainbow shelves again even though it was a lot of work the first time and I ended up not liking how difficult it was to find books when looking for something specific. But, I love how it looks and I wanted them to look pretty for the last bit of time that we live in this house. I don’t know what our house will look like that we’re moving into, so, my shelves potentially won’t all fit on one wall like they do now.

While I was reorganizing, and close to being finished (after two days of working on this), I started seeing some books that I just don’t think I’ll reread or that I can without a doubt get at any of the libraries I will have available to me. I cannot wait to find the local library after we are settled. There were some books that I will probably only reread via the audiobook. Moving my books around like this was making me realize that I had quite a few books on my shelves just to use in pictures.

I really want my collection to be books that I truly love and will read again and again for years to come. We also will be moving again in another three to four years, so I want to cull my collection as much as I possibly can so that I have a bit of room to collect other books after we move. I already have a few in the back of my mind that I want to preorder as soon as I have my new address.

Having noticed this trend with a few books, I started unhauling. I finished shelving and looking at my books from a new perspective, I was a little ruthless with thinning out my collection. Because I wasn’t looking at series or author’s collections next to one another, it felt like I was more easily able to say whether I liked each book or not.

Let’s talk about selling books.

Where do I sell my books?
I sell them in a few places. I send them to friends and post them on social media (find my bookstagram and Twitter, if you’d like).
I also am a part of several BST book groups on Facebook where I post my books for sale.
Most recently, I made an account on Pango Books where I’ve completed my listings for all of the books I’m currently unhauling.

What do I do with books that no one wants to buy?
I have a really, really great local library system (that I’m so sad to leave!) and I donate all of my books that I don’t sell to them. I’m not sure what they do with them honestly, but they get a decent amount of books from me.

Why do you buy so many books just to get rid of them later?
First, don’t judge my reading or buying habits, please and thank you.
Second, I buy many of my books second-hand, so it’s not the end of the world for me not to love them and then get rid of them again later.

That’s all I have for you today, lovelies. Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions about my unhaul or moving!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell

Summary:
Esta isn’t a stranger to high-stakes heists. She’s a seasoned thief who has no reservations about using her affinity for time to give her an edge, and she’s trained her whole life for one mission: travel back to 1902 New York, steal the ancient Book of Mysteries, and use its power to destroy the Brink and free the Mageus from the Order’s control.
But the Book held a danger that no one anticipated—Seshat, an angry goddess was trapped within its pages. Now that terrible power lives within Harte, and if given the chance, Seshat will use Esta to destroy the world and take her revenge.
Only Esta and Harte stand in her way.
Yet in their search to recover the elemental stones needed to bind Seshat’s power, Esta and Harte have found themselves stranded in time with a continent between them. As Esta fights to get back to Harte, the Order is no longer the only obstacle standing in her way.
Saving Harte—and magic itself—will put even Esta’s skills to the test. And all the while, another danger grows, one more terrible than both Seshat and the Order combined… 

Review:
The Serpent’s Curse is the third book in the Last Magician series. I’ve loved this series since it first came out, but honestly I’ve lost a little interest having to wait so long for the books. This third book was an enjoyable one.
I’m going to be honest. It wasn’t an overly memorable story. But I enjoyed it. Esta and Harte had adventures, both together and apart. Things were incredibly serious, but everyone was alright in the end.
I think I’ll finish this series since the final installment is out later this year, but I don’t think things needed to drag on as long as they have.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas and Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Nightwork by Nora Roberts and Artificial Condition by Martha Wells.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- Yesterday, I finished reading Nightwork by Nora Roberts.

Antonia- I most recently read All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Today, I’m going to start Into the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland.

Antonia- I’m not sure yet but am going to keep working my way through my physical TBR.

Share your answers or your post in the comments below!

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Time in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books With a Unit of Time In the Title (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, eternity, etc.)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Year One by Nora Roberts

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

Duchess by Night by Eloisa James

High Noon by Nora Roberts

What books have you read with units of time in the title?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books With Time in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books that have a unit of time in the title.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
A season is a measurement of time, right?

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
Night is also definitely a way to measure time, right?

A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
This one was too perfect.

The Year They Fell by David Kreizman

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

The Never Tilting World by Ron Chupeco
Okay, I might be pushing it, but ‘never’ could totally work for this one!

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
So, if I can use ‘season’, can use the actual season names?

This was way harder than I thought it was going to be. What did you come up with for this weeks topic?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Traveling Library: Amanda’s Moving!

Hello, lovelies! I’m here today to share a new blog feature with you all. This one will only be lasting a short while, but it will likely be back in the future. I’m moving a fair amount of miles away from where I’m currently living. So, I will be unhauling, packing, unpacking, and whatnot with my books while this moving period is going on. I thought it might be fun to share some of that with you all while I’m dealing with this big transition and doing all of the things to make it happen. I’m mostly going to keep it just bookish things, but I might share bits and pieces of other things with some of my posts.

First up, is unhauling. Pictured on the right, I have a bit of a preview of my unhauling post. This is a part of the aftermath of my first unhaul. I don’t think that any future unhauls will be as big as this one, but I may have one or two more smaller ones as I will read books right up until we move.

Second, all of my books will need to be packed and moved, and then unpacked and organized one we’ve arrived. I think I will do several of these posts for each of the steps and then probably a before vs after sort of post.

Next, I have a few moving TBRs planned as well. I want to share some books I want to read before we move. I’ll probably share something about audiobooks for the several days of driving that I will have to do. If there’s interest, I might do a wrap up for what I read while my books we’re packed and enroute.

Finally, I will do at least one ‘wrap up’ style post where I’d like to write down my thoughts and overall whatever from the whole moving process.

Here’s a picture of some of my bookshelves because I just rearranged them to be rainbow shelves which I will talk more about in my next post where I talk about my first moving unhaul.

Have any of you had to move with a large book collection? I’ve done it several times, and it’s hard as hell. This time we will be using a moving company thankfully. Are there any other kinds of moving posts that you would be interested in seeing me post? Let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s June 2022 TBR Jar Picks & Clear Your Sht Readathon TBR

Hello, lovelies! We have officially made it to the halfway point of 2022. Hopefully, the second half is as good as I’m expecting it to be! I hope 2022 has been treating everyone well and we’re all about to read some great books this month.

Romance
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Favorite Author
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Reread
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Young Adult
The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Most Recent Purchase
Book Lovers by Emily Henry

As usual, I’m going to share the books I need to read this month to try to keep up with my NetGalley eARCs.

Always Jane by Jenn Bennett
An Unreliable Magic by Rin Chupeco
Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire
The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper
Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler
Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White
Breaking Time by Sasha Aslberg
January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky

Clear Your Shit

Walkman // a book you’ve been avoiding the longest
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

Breakfast Club // read a book with food themes or items
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Love & Food edited by Elsie Chapman

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun // read a book with multiple POVs
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

NES // read a sci-fi, or a book with technology in it
The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Polaroids // read a book with characters on the cover
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Care Bears // read a comforting book
Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Manic Monday // read a book you can finish over the weekend to avoid a manic monday
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Rainbow Brite // read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

I’m definitely being a little bit ambitious with this TBR, but I think if I get some of the audiobooks from the library I can manage it. What are you hoping to read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Youngbloods by Scott Westerfeld

Summary:
Frey has spent her life in a family of deceivers, a stand-in for her sister, manipulated at her father’s command. Free from them at last, she is finding her own voice — and using it to question everything her family stood for.
Tally was once the most famous rebel in the world. But for over a decade, she’s kept to the shadows, allowing her myth to grow even as she receded. Now she sees that the revolution she led has not created a stable world. Freedom, she observes, has a way of destroying things.
As the world is propelled further into conflict and conspiracy, Frey and Tally join forces to put a check on the people in power, while still trying to understand their own power and where it belongs.
With Youngbloods, master storyteller Scott Westerfeld decisively brings back his most iconic character and merges his Impostors and Uglies series into a breathtaking tale of rivalry, rebellion, and repercussion.

Review:
Youngbloods is the final book in the spin off series of my childhood favorite, Uglies. This series stands up well on its own. If you haven’t and don’t want to read the Uglies series, then you will enjoy this fun dystopian series. But if you’re reading this because you’re a fan of the original series. Well, friends, do I have some bad news for you. Youngbloods essentially shits on the original series in a way that made me so mad I almost didn’t finish this book. I continued reading anyway, but Westerfeld really does Tally Youngblood dirty in this book. She’s so unlike the Tally we know and love from the first series. I’m very, very upset by how Tally was shown in this book and I don’t know if Westerfeld can make up for it.
Outside of my huge issue with Tally, I liked this book. I think the overarching plot issues were wrapped up in ways that I was happy with. I liked the action and adventure. I liked getting to see the places we know and love from the first series.
Overall, I liked this book least of all for this series. I don’t like what the author did to the original Uglies characters, but I liked how this story was wrapped up. I’ll go and reread my favorites now.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody. It’s the only book I didn’t manage to finish that I started in May.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Nightwork by Nora Roberts.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- Last night, I finished For the Throne by Hannah Whitten and it was everything I wanted it to be.

Antonia- I most recently finished All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next, I plan to read some of my just TBR (post coming about that Friday!)

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.

Thanks for reading another weekly reading update! Share your answers or your post in the comments below!

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Comfort Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Comfort Reads.

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Graveling by Kristin Cashore

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

What are your go-to comfort reads?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Comfort Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books that I pick up when I need a comfort read.

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

These are some books I like to reread when I need something comforting. What books are on your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s May 2022 Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! May is somehow already over. I had a great start to the month and tried to stay strong. Here are all the things I read this month!

Physical Books
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata – 4 stars
The Suite Spot by Trish Doller – 2 stars
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 4 stars
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars

eBooks
Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin – 2 stars
Hide by Kiersten White – 2 stars

Audiobooks
Youngbloods by Scott Westerfeld – 2 stars
The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell – 3 stars
Book of Night by Holly Black – 3 stars
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – 3.75 stars
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten – 5 stars
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 4 stars

What was your favorite book you read in May?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

10 Retellings Amanda Recommends

Hi, lovelies! I always say that I don’t really read that many retellings anymore, but my reading history has determined that was a lie. I just don’t read the same kind of retellings that I used to read so often. I’ve started trying to read more than just Beauty and the Beast and the “traditional” fairytales, and I’ve found some really great books this way.

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
“Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love–and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself. The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed. Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.
Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series, crafts a delightfully irreverent retelling of “The Goose Girl” about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both.”

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana’s parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family she’s got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana’s freshman year culminates with the class’s weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it’ll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives. But wait, there’s more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshmen are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.”

And I Darken by Kiersten White
“No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.”

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.”

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
“The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar. From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.”

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton
“Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown… Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended… Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified. The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?”

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
“Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target. They picked the wrong girl. Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.  Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.”

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
“It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one. Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.”

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire… But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.”

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
What the heart desires, the house destroys… 
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.
Kiersten White meets Tomi Adeyemi in this Ethiopian-inspired debut fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre.”

Do you like to read retellings? Share your favorites with me in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Summary:
King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is. Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.
Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?

Review:
Hook, Line, and Sinker follows Fox Thornton, the local playboy, and Hannah Bellinger, sister to the main character of the first book in this series. I really liked Hannah. I liked Fox but didn’t love him.
I liked their romance well enough. I definitely liked It Happened One Summer better, but I still had a good time reading this one. It was nice to be back in this small town that we’ve come to love from the previous story.
I’m going to keep this review short because I don’t have too much to say. I waited too long to write this review and there isn’t anything specific that II remember sticking it while reading. It’s a Tessa Bailey romance novel, so you know what you’re going to get.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.