TOP 5 WEDNESDAY | Most Recent Additions To My TBR

  1. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand.  To be honest, I’m most excited about Gifford.

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?

2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.  Doesn’t this synopsis sound awesome?  I really can’t wait to get my hands on this.

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

3. Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder.  NO QUESTION I am so freaking excited for this book ~flailing forever~.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bondand a familythat transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person’s resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thralland Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magicianand his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

4. And I Darken by Kiersten White. Oh the woes of siblings becoming rivals.

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

5. The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter. I enjoyed Elizabeth’s writing in her series Elemental Mysteries, so I was really excited to see that there was another series by her!

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

THE SCRIBE is the first book in the Irin Chronicles, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.


I actually found 4/5 books from others here on WordPress, so I am too excited!  These books sound so gooooood.  What’s new on your TBR?  Do any of the books I listed appeal to you?

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY | Books I Want Sequels For

OH GOOD PUGS I LOVE THIS TOPIC.  I’ll make this short and sweet because I have so much to dooooooo ~flailing forever~.

  1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.  Is this even a question?  I feel like Rowling could have definitely pulled a Cassandra Clare or Maria V. Snyder and made the HP world a chronicle and just followed different characters throughout time.  I really think that she would have done an exquisite job, and that’s partially why I’m SO excited for the “American” wizarding world.
  2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.  Okay, this standalone book should have DEFINITELY had a sequel.  It was so. freaking. good.  At least teenage-me thought so.
  3. The Queen of All That Dies (+2 sequels) by Laura Thalassa.  I just wanted more.  I really loved the MC and King Montes and I really loved the progression of their love and the character development.
  4. Tiger’s Curse (book 5 in Tiger’s Curse series) by Colleen Houck.  Yes, hello, Ms. Houck?  WHERE THE F IS TIGER’S DREAM?  DO I HAVE TO TURN 30 BEFORE IT’S RELEASED? THIS THING HAS BEEN A “SECRET PROJECT” FOR 30947504973 YEARS.
  5. Saving Wishes by G. J. Walker-Smith. Truth be told, this contemporary book (YES, I actually read and loved a contemporary book) is already part of a series but I loved the characters and the world.  It truly was a romance that went through hell and it was just so well done to me.

And that’s it!  If you did a T5W send me over your link.  If you didn’t, what books would you like to see have a sequel/prequel?

Top 5 Wednesday | Settings You Want to See More Of.

Good evening, y’all!  If you didn’t see my post yesterday, my utter lack of reviews was because I would have metaphorically(?) shit on the books I read this past month.. I’ll go way more in detail tomorrow but for now I’ll do Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s post is alllll about settings I want to see more of in books, and I have QUITE a few settings I would absolutely love.  Let’s get started!


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Faerie realms

If you haven’t followed my blog for long, you might not know that I am a fantasy junkie.  Whether it be young adult, new adult, etc. I am all about it.  Like most people in my generation, I grew up with Harry Potter.  During my formative years I dreamt of spells, potions, mythical creatures, and fantastic lands where anything is possible.  I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and when I got into the “book world”, fantasy was where I felt happiest.  I loved the vampires, werewolves, magical powers, etc., but I always felt like the faerie realm was never really done justice.  The world that Sarah J. Maas has created for ACOTAR really satisfied this desire for me, but I am so waiting for more.

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Time Travel into History

You’re probably thinking “But Cat, there are soooooo many time travel books”, and I would kind of agree with you but it’s not the kind I mean.  A couple years ago I read this series by Lisa T. Bergren called River of Times (check out the first book, Waterfallhere) and it’s basically about two sisters who touch this ancient wall and travel back in time.  There’s romance and historical fiction and it’s just such a fun read.  I have tried really hard to find more books like it but haven’t really succeeded.  I recently read Intertwine by Nichole Van and it was kind of similar, but didn’t completely do it for me.

High Fantasy Assassin anything

Ohhhhh I’m still on this bandwagon and I’m probably sitting right at the front.  I want more high fantasy assassin stories with strong FEMALE characters.  I freaking loved Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study / Chronicles of Ixia series and Throne of Glass (how could you not…?).  I am just WAITING for the next strong female MC who will just knock my socks off.

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Dystopian Power Houses+Romance+Strong MC.

FYI I had no idea how to classify this, LOL.  So when I first thought of this, I realized a lot of people would think I’m referring to the fluffy Selection series by Kiera Cass, but that’s not really what I’m targeting.  I’m thinking more along the lines of The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel (see my Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel) or The Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa.  I REALLY enjoyed those books and I think it was because the female MC’s weren’t so fucking pathetic ~pardon my factual crudeness~.  I loved that the romances weren’t easy, I loved that tensions were high, and I loved that these women were fighting for something.  Unlikely love is a love I completely stand behind and cheer for.  There were undertones of abuse, so bear that in mind if you have triggers.

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Books that start with the MC in prison + ends up serving the Guard

Calling all  of you who have read Throne of Glass and Poison Study, you know exactly what kind of vibe I mean.  I just LOVE this setting and I so want to see it explored more.  Some of my top book series are based on the fact that two strong ass female MC’s began as criminals and became something epic.  They had shit handed to them and made everything out of nothing.


Okay, that’s it everyone!  What do you think of my choices?  Are there any that you would like to see or wouldn’t like to see?  If you did this post, send me over your link!

Top 5 Wednesday | 5 Rainy Day Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes. This weeks theme is “5 Rainy Day Books” and I LOVE this option.  To be honest, rainy day reads make me think of contemporary books (which I don’t read a lot of, unfortunately).  With that in mind, I did include a couple contemporary, a paranormal romance, and a couple dystopian.

  1. Saving Wishes

For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.

She’s been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she’s stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.
Thankfully, it’s temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.

When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.

Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn’t quite fit the life she’s living, and the boy who helps her realize why. 

2. The Book of Ivy

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. 

This year, it is my turn. 

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. 

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

4. The Unearthly

The first time I was declared dead, I lost my past. The second time, I lost my humanity. Now I’m being hunted, and if I die again, my soul is up for forfeit.

After enrolling in Peel Academy, an elite supernatural boarding school on the British Isles, the last of the sirens, Gabrielle Fiori, only wants to fit in. Instead, the elixir meant to awaken her supernatural abilities kills her.

When Gabrielle wakes up in the morgue twelve hours later, something wicked is awakened in her, something even the supernatural community has never seen before. Now the only person who can help her is Andre de Leon, the community’s infamous bad boy and the king of vampires.

Yet even his help can’t prevent the repeated attempts on Gabrielle’s life. Someone is after her, and they will stop at nothing to end her short existence. Only Gabrielle cannot let that happen now that her soul hangs in the balance, because she may have met the devil. And he wants her. Bad.

5. The Queen of all That Dies

In the future, the world is at war. 

For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can. 

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. 

Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.


 

That’s all everyone!  I hope one of these books spark your interest. :).  I think they’re all pretty great for a rainy day.

Top 5 Wednesday! | Five Popular Books I DNF’d

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes. This weeks theme is “Books I didn’t finish”.  I thought I’d amp it up a little and choose 6 books that fell totally flat for me and are – surprise – super popular.

  1. Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson – this book bored me so much.  I didn’t get the book, nothing drew me in.  I only read about 40 pages and gave up.  I KNOW IT’S TERRIBLE.  Maybe I’ll pick it up again one day.
  2. The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – I really, really dislike Holly Black’s writing.  It just grates me.  I have DNF’d every book she has ever written.
  3. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – Okay, I confess, I really wanted to like this book.  Unfortunately, a Mary Sue MC and unbelievable romances / attitudes just blew it over my head.  Maybe I’m just too old for books like these?
  4. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – AKA the journal of a whine-y teenage girl who has to talk about every god damn thing in the whole universe.  DNF and I had NO REGRETS.  NOTHING HAPPENS.
  5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – There was 0 appeal with this book.  I tried it, it fell flat, I gladly DNF’d.  I definitely feel like this is a hit or miss in the bookish community.
  6. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Ahhhh…. So this one I kind of feel bad about.  I definitely feel like to fully enjoy and love this book you need the physical copy.  I just couldn’t stand reading it on my iPad and honestly it’s so freaking long.  I don’t got time for that.

Top 5 Wednesday! | Books That Feature Time Travel

Whoop whoop I know this is a favorite book theme for some of you (YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE).  So I dedicate this T5W to you, my friends.

As a note: Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes. This weeks theme is “Books that feature time travel”.

  1. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (CHECK OUT THE MOVIES IF YOU HAVEN’T!!!)
  2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  3. Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
  4. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  5. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

 

And there you have it, guys!  I’ve read all of these EXCEPT for Passenger.  I’m hesitant to read it because of so many mixed reviews but I will read it eventually. 🙂  Are there any other book rec’s on time travel you know of?  I feel like these have all been pretty popular these past few years.

Top Five Wednesday! | Biggest Book Hangovers

Hey everyone! Hope your day all went by great!  My new foster pup has thrown up probably 20 times today.. It’s been terrible. x_x.  We’re going to the vet in the morning.  Until then, it’s time for another post!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes. This weeks theme is “Biggest Book Hangovers”.

I loved all of these series SO DAMN MUCH! Harry Potter definitely left the biggest hangover, hands down, no questions asked.

As a side note, Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren is the shit, and super underrated.  It’s a medieval time travel novel and it’s honestly so good.

What are your guys top fives?  I’m pretty sure HP will be on 95% of all lists, haha.  It’s a no brainer :]

Top Five Wednesday! | Worst Love Interests

Yes, I’m making a post.  I took a mental day yesterday and just tried to understand the new truths in my life.  It fucking blows, my heart hurts, I didn’t eat for probably 30 hours.  I just needed a day, I’m sorry I didn’t keep up with anyones posts.  Thank you for the love and kind messages.  I really just.. don’t know.  I feel like an idiot, and I feel betrayed. So freaking betrayed..

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes. This weeks theme is “Worst Love Interests”.


 

1. Devlen from the Glass series by Maria V. Snyder

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Addicted to blood magic. Murderer. Torturer. Kidnapper. Manipulator.

2. Violet from Haven by Kristi Cook

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Just… no.

3. Harper Price from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Seriously I hated this book, and the heroine AND love interest just grated my gears so much. Ugh.

4. Bethany from Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

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Seriously cringe worthy. Oh my god it was cringeworthy.

5. Shade from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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THE. WORST. He’s a freaking SHADOW.


 

Okay guys this is it.  Honestly 3/5 of these are MC’s, so the fact they’re such terrible love interests makes it worse.  Their significant others were more digestible than they were. Any who, I need to go eat.  Have a good day everybody.

Top 5 Wednesday! | Best Suggested Books

So I just realized I joined this meme ages ago and completely forgot about it? #howdoesthishappen #mybad

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes.  This weeks theme is “Best Suggested Books You Loved (books recommended to you)”.


 

1. The Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa

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Guys, I praise this book FOR DAYS.  I LOVED it!  Seriously a 4.5-5/5 stars for me.  Such a freaking awesome book and Thalassa isn’t big yet.  She seems so kind when reached out to.

In the future, the world is at war. 

For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can. 

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. 

Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

2. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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Definitely like a New Adult/Supernatural/Urban Fantasy book.  It’s pretty vulgar in some areas.  Best for mature audiences.  The sex scenes are very detailed.  It’s really good, big series too.

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

3. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Okay it took me ages to read this book.  So many people recommended it and I just kept avoiding it until I learned the movie was coming out.  (I still haven’t seen the movie….).  It’s a really good read.  I need to continue on with the series though.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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No surprise here if you’ve been around for awhile, but I do not read contemporary.  If I do it’s on a blue moon and a sacrifice is being held by the fae. That’s how rare it is.  Everything was recommending this book, so I read it after months of avoiding it…. And I really enjoyed it.  It honest to God is a “becoming a teenager” kind of book.  Short and sweet.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Abdieh

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Recommended by Booktube!  This was a really good read, I loved how it was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.  It takes a while to grow on you, though.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Valentine’s Week Day 3: Stunning Book Covers

Let’s face it, thinking of topics for blog posts can be incredibly hard.  So far for my Valentine’s Week theme I’ve done a shopping guide and my ultimate couples moments.  Today I wanted to make a post showing some freaking beautiful covers that the world needs more of.  Some of these books I did not like, some of these I did.  It’s a complete toss up.  But let’s face it – you judge a book by its cover.  No, no, don’t lie.  I see through them – I AM LOOKING INTO YOUR SOUL.

I personally believe that the cover should speak volumes (ha) about the book.  When you go to a business meeting, an interview, a presentation, you dress your best.  A book is an authors legacy, and I firmly believe it deserves that same courtesy.  And yes, we’ve all been duped by that super pretty book that wasn’t so great inside.  But it worked.  The cover drew you in and made you put faith in the book gods that it was going to be a thrilling ride.

So let’s get started because these are lovely.