Best of 2020

Lightbringer – Claire Legrand

After being rejected by her friends, family, and particularly Audric, a heartbroken Rielle has finally turned to Corien embracing the role of Blood Queen. Meanwhile in the future, Simon’s betrayal has crushed Eliana, and she is trapped and tortured by the Emperor, desperately trying to keep her power at bay so that he cannot use it to travel back in time. But there is still one more opportunity for things to change as the Prophet finally reveals themselves, giving Eliana and Rielle a chance to alter events and step away from the path that will lead to the destruction of the world.…

The Tower of Nero – Rick Riordan + 2nd Blogversary!

The conclusion to The Trials of Apollo series brings Apollo’s final challenge, and the most daunting one of all. He and Meg are on their way back to New York to confront the last Emperor of the Triumvirate, Nero. But even if they manage to defeat Nero, Apollo’s old nemesis, the serpent Python, still waits in the shadows, having taken over the sacred shrine of Delphi, the last and most powerful oracle.…

As the Shadow Rises – Katy Rose Pool

Jude has returned to Kerameikos in disgrace, set to face a tribunal to determine his punishment for breaking the Paladin’s Oath. Anton, now revealed as the last Prophet, is safe with the Order, but struggles to deal with the weight of the responsibilities that now lay upon him – the most important of which is to figure out the meaning of the horrific visions of destruction he has seen and find a way to stop the Age of Darkness. Ephyra is determined to find Eleazar’s Chalice and use it to save her sister Beru no matter the cost. Beru, on the other hand, has had enough of leading a cursed life and resolves to atone for the lives Ephyra has taken in what time she has left. Hassan has returned to Nazirah with no real plan to take back his throne, but willing to do whatever it takes to keep his people safe – even joining up with some questionable allies. As the Hierophant and his fanatical followers, the Witnesses, continue to persecute the Graced, the prophecy is well underway and the Age of Darkness and the end of the world is fast approaching.…

The Silvered Serpents – Roshani Chokshi – ARC Review

The Fallen House was successfully thwarted in the catacombs of Paris, but the terrible events that followed still haunts Séverin and his crew. Tristan’s death has hit all of them hard, and they have mostly gone their separate ways. Desperate to put things right, Séverin gathers them together for one last job – to find the legendary Sleeping Palace where the lost treasures of the Fallen House are rumoured to be hidden, and with it, a tome known as The Divine Lyrics which supposedly grants it’s owner the power of God. But as their hunt leads them out of Paris and into the icy expanse of Siberia, they must face not only the deadly obstacles and traps laid by their enemies, but also the demons of their own pasts in this sequel where the stakes are higher than ever.…

Code Name Hélène – Ariel Lawhon

The day is February 29th, 1994, and Héléne is parachuted from an RAF plane into France in 1944 on a mission to aid the Maquis – the French Revolutionaries – ahead of the Allied landing, armed with vital information to aid the resistance and of course, her red lipstick. Flashback to eight years in the past when the first stirrings of war are in the air and Héléne is the Australian journalist Nancy Wake, witnessing a horrifying example of Nazi cruelty in Vienna. This one experience has a profound effect on her and she vows that if she can ever do anything to subvert the Nazis she will – and eventually, a few years later when she is settled down into a socialite’s life in Marseille, an opportunity appears. The two storylines run in parallel, tracing the many transformations she goes through – Nancy, Mrs. Fiocca, the smuggler Lucienne Carlier, the infamous White Mouse hunted by the Nazis, the spy Héléne, and finally Madame Andrée – painting a portrait of a remarkable woman who became one of the most powerful leaders in the French Resistance.…

House of Earth and Blood – Sarah J. Maas

Bryce Quinlan is a half human, half Fae content with her party lifestyle in Crescent City until the day she returns home to find her best friends brutally murdered, leaving her broken and alone. Hunt Athalar is a Fallen angel who is basically enslaved to the Archangel Micah as punishment for his attempt to rebel many years ago, and acts as his personal assassin until his debt is paid. When, two years after the murders, the killings start again with the same pattern despite the accused having been put behind bars, he is offered a deal – work with Bryce to track down the murderer and his sentence will be reduced with freedom within reach. The mystery of these brutal murders is far more than tracking down one demon however, and as Bryce and Hunt unwillingly partner up to descend into Crescent City’s darkest places, the secrets they begin to uncover make it very clear that nothing and no one is as they seem.…

The Light in Hidden Places – Sharon Cameron

Sixteen year old Stefania Podgorska’s life changes when bombs fall on the Polish city of Przemsyl and the Germans invade. The kind Jewish family she worked for, the Diamants, are forced into the ghetto, and she and her younger sister Helena are left alone in a German occupied city that grows more dangerous by the day. Then Max Diamant appears at her door one night, having jumped from the train taking him to a death camp and begs her to hide him and his remaining family and friends. Fusia agrees, though she is risking both her life and her sister’s, and sets out to find a larger house and a job to support and feed them all. She soon finds herself hiding thirteen Jews in her attic, when the Nazis show up to requisition her house for the army.…

Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs arrives in London, hoping to establish herself in Shadowhunter society and build relationships to prevent the family’s ruin as her father prepares to stand trial in Idris, accused of a terrible crime. Reconnecting with their old family friends, the Herondales – in particular her dear friend and soon to be parabatai Lucie, and James, whom she is secretly in love with, Cordelia is quickly drawn into the world of the London Enclave. But with the appearance of a terrifying new demon that can apparently attack in daylight with fatal results, Cordelia is about to have much greater worries than her father’s trial, as the streets of London, which have been quiet and trouble free since the end of the Clockwork War are once more beginning to stir.…


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