Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland (2018)
YA Fiction | Historical | Paranormal | Horror
“Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. Continue reading
War (The Four Horsemen #2) by Laura Thalassa (2019)
NA Fiction | Apocalypse | Romance | (TV-MA)
“They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.
The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp. Continue reading
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness (2011)
Fiction | Paranormal
“Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.”
I’ve read all of Peckham and Valenti’s books so I was thrilled when I found out that they would be teaming up to write a new series that blended their respective genres and even more excited when they sent me eARCs to review! Normally I’d write an individual post for each book as it’s released but since this will be a binge-release and I’d been given the opportunity to read them all at once I figured I’d save us all the time and give you my non-spoiler thoughts on the series as a whole! If you enjoy the dark allure of vampires, the thrill of unexpected romance, as well as the rush of dystopian rebels, then you really ought to check this one out. Keep reading for my review and more on each book plus the authors! Continue reading
Julian by Anna Katmore (2013)
YA Fiction | Fantasy/Paranormal | Romance
“He was never a part of my plan…
Twelve years ago, when my mother chose her violent lover over me, my end of the deal was a room in an orphanage. Thank God, in six weeks, I’ll be eighteen and free!
Except, a certain stupid sweater in my backpack—okay, okay! I didn’t actually pay for it—lands me at court. And, look at that…my mother is back, too. Continue reading
A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) by Laura Thalassa (2017)
NA Fiction | Paranormal/Fantasy | Romance | (TV-MA)
“Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there. Continue reading
Vengeful (The Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab (2018)
Fiction | Sci-Fi/Paranormal
“Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.
Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.”