Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake was released on September 4, 2018, following up Three Dark Crowns (September 20, 2016) and One Dark Throne (September 19, 2017). This third installment promises intrigue, betrayal, and blood – though this is not unexpected from this series!

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne. Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.  Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Shadow of the Fox, released on October 2, 2018, is the newest book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Talon Saga and The Iron Fey  Julie Kagawa. Fans of Sarah J. Maas, Julie C. Dao, Marie Lu, Cassandra Clare and more bestselling YA fantasy will be captivated by book one of this enchanting new series.

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn. Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart. With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

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The Darkest Star (ARC) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Set to release on October 30, 2018, The Darkest Star is Jennifer L. Armentrout’s newest novel set in the Lux universe. In The Darkest Star, Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series, presenting readers with a girl confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear lives apart, and a swoonworthy romantic interest with dark secrets of his own.

DISCLAIMER: I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable. Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the stunning, otherworldly Luxen. Evie was just a kid when the aliens were defeated, but her life was forever changed when her father, Sergeant Jason Dasher, was killed during one of the deadly battles. When Evie is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more secret-and much more dangerous. Her growing desire to know about Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, revealing secrets long buried, a betrayal that could tear her life apart, and an attraction that could be the very end of her.

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Black Wings Beating (ARC) by Alex London

Set to be released on September 25, 2018, Black Wings Beating by Alex London promises to be full of epic thrills, heart-punching romance, and a marvel of a hero. With this first book in a new young-adult fantasy trilogy, Alex London launches a soaring saga about the memories that haunt us, the histories that hunt us, and the bonds of blood between us.

DISCLAIMER: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists. Brysen strives to be a great falconer-while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe. Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he’s long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother’s future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.

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Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram was released on August 28, 2018. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA. And what’s more? Darius the Great is Not Okay is the Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month for September! The Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month (Teen SPOTM) is a fun program that Indigo launched last September that highlights a great title chosen by store staff every month.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab.
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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas

Released in North America on August 7, 2018, Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas is sizzling with action and suspense. In Catwoman: Soulstealer, Maas delivers a coming-of-age Selina Kyle who will steal readers’ hearts. Catwoman: Soulstealer is the third of a series of DC Icons books, inspired by some of the most well-known DC Superheroes of all-time. This new series features megastar young adult authors Leigh Bardugo (Wonder Woman), Marie Lu (Batman), Sarah J. Maas (Catwoman), and Matt de la Peña (Superman).

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking. Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever–she may be Batwing’s undoing. In this third DC Icons book, Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

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September Reading List

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in August – in fact, I nearly completely my entire TBR List!

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

I am going to try and be realistic with myself this month – with an exciting new teaching job to navigate I am not sure how much time I’ll have to read, so I am under no illusions of believing I will actually be able to finish every book on the below list – even half would be an accomplishment!

  1. Nightblood by Elly Blake (Release Date: August 21st, 2018)
  2. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)
  3. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (Release Date: September 3, 2018)
  4. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (Release Date: September 4, 2018)
  5. Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn (Release Date: September 4, 2018)
  6. Imposters by Scott Westerfeld (Release Date: September 11, 2018)
  7. Rule by Ellen Goodlet (Release Date: September 11, 2018)
  8. Vengeful by VE Schwab (Release Date: September 25, 2018)
  9. The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli (Release Date: September 25, 2018)
  10. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig (Release Date: September 25, 2018)

Please note that all release dates reflect release dates in North America, as listed by Indigo.

WHAT WILL YOU BE READING THIS MONTH? LET ME KNOW!