Bookish News: More September/October 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Releases to Get Excited About

You might have noticed the start of a pattern. I do a "Month/Month Releases" post, and a month later I do a "More Month/Month Releases" post. You're probably thinking, "Why doesn't Kristen just do these posts one month at a time if she's doing one a month? This seems overly complicated, and also, these post titles are way too long." You are not wrong about the titles, dear reader, but the...
 

Book Review: Obsessions of a Djinni (The Djinn Chronicles Book 1) by Claudia Herring

Hundreds of years ago, the djinni Yasir was separated from his love and bound to an urn to be a wish-granting slave. In 1811, Peter finds the urn on an expedition, and Yasir is reunited with his love, who is also his new master's wife. Yasir will do nearly anything to get his life back, and Lavinia gets caught in the middle of two dangerous men while struggling to reconcile with memories of her...
 

Book Review: Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox Book 1) by Julie Kagawa

Half-kitsune Yumeko has lived her whole life in the temple where she was raised, until one night demons attack and she flees, the sole survivor, with a mission to deliver part of a special scroll to another temple where it can be protected. Tatsumi, an assassin sent to steal the scroll, believes Yumeko that it was sent away and agrees to protect her on her journey in exchange for information....
 

Author Chat: Interview with Cheryl Low about the Crowns & Ash Series

The Crowns & Ash series has easily become one of my favorites after only two books, what with its unique, decadent fantasy setting and its complex, interesting characters, so I was delighted to be able to interview the author, Cheryl Low! I'll spare you from more raving because you can read my reviews if you want to hear about all the things I LOVE, but I will say that if you're not already...
 

Book Review: Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound Book 1) by Annette Marie

Thanks to her temper, Tori has a hard time holding down jobs, so, in her desperation, she answers an ad for a bartender only to discover the place is a guild and the members are mages, sorcerers, psychics, and other types of magic practitioners. Tori takes the job, despite being human, but it turns out to be a lot more dangerous than she...
 

Bookish News: Bang! Bang! BOOM! Kickstarter + 5 Things Readers Might Not Know about the BOOMverse

This is the first time I've ever promoted a Kickstarter campaign, but that's because this is the first time I've ever been so excited for one! I won't talk too much about my thoughts on this incredible webcomic series because I'll review Volume 1 once I get my hands on a print copy, but what I will say is that if you like any of the following: - magic and the supernatural - lovable...
 

Book Review: Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Every seven years, the people of Strange Grace send a willing sacrifice into the forest in exchange for health, crops, and a comfortable life, but it's only been three years, and the Slaughter Moon has risen. Rhun has always known he'd be next, but Arthur wants to be the one to go, and Mairwen is inexplicably drawn to the forest, and each will have their part to play in uncovering the secrets...
 

Blog Tour + Book Review: Keeper of the Bees (+Black Bird of the Gallows) by Meg Kassel

Harbingers of death, creatures with bees in their chest---this series sounded way too unique for me to pass up, what with my love of unusual paranormal creatures. I couldn't resist joining the blog tour, courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours and Entangled Teen. I enjoyed both these books, and hopefully you all will too, so keep reading for more information, my reviews, and a giveaway, and be sure to...
 

Update: Life and Books (9/9/18)

It's been another month since I've done one of these updates, and a while since I've done any discussions, because I've still been exhausted and, quite honestly, upset. I need to vent (When did my blog become my diary? I have no idea, but apparently it has.), and hopefully you'll forgive me for being so negative when I explain. (Or you can skip the intro if you don't want to read about more...