The Beautiful was the perfect October read for me. A murder mystery, a forbidden romance, unexpected twists, and immersive world-building. The book is set in an alternate history New Orleans, shortly after the Civil War. The protagonist of the story, Celine, grew up in Paris, where her white father raised her to hide her Asian heritage. After killing the young man who was attempting to rape her at the dressmaker's shop where she worked, she flees to a convent in New Orleans. Arriving in the city is a revelatory experience for her.
Our friends at Hachette (think: Forever Romance) hooked us up with a review copy of the best/worst cookbook I've ever read. And we get to give away two copies! More on that below.
If you were obsessed with Greek mythology as a kid, Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters will have you riveted even as you want to look away. The myth of Adriadne, Theseus and the Minotaur is a common enough story that you may go into this book with a vague idea of the narrative. The twist, however, is that this is a retelling set in a vaguely modern Crete, complete with both Gods and Monsters and cell phones and social media. And reality TV. Ariadne's family has been organizing and hosting a yearly competition in which fourteen young competitors from Athens try to kill the Minotaur one at a time. This has gone on for ten years and no one has been successful. They air it like any good reality TV show, complete with parties and dramatic pyrotechnics, and an arena of blood-thirsty fans.
The third volume of the popular charity anthology, Heart2Heart is out today!
It's the most wonderful tiiiiiime of the year. *sings off key*
Are you ready to get your spoopy on? We are. These books aren't really Halloween-themed, but let's imagine ourselves reading them with a mug of mulled cider, some candy corn, a Pumpkin Spice Latte, or any of the other things that are awesome and people love to hate on. Ingest those treats, wear those boots, enjoy your October!
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Kingdom of Exiles is a promising fantasy romance debut with badass main characters, complicated worldbuilding, and a searing romance. And it has some issues.
CW: This review mentions unpleasant sex and rape.
No Judgments is two different books smushed together. One part is a fluffy tale about two stubborn people coming together during a hurricane and then rescuing animals in the aftermath. The other part is about a woman who's just run away from a toxic relationship and family. I'm going to give spoilers in this review, so if that's not your thing, go ahead and click away now.
Quick post today! We just wanted to let everyone know that our fundraiser for RAICES and The Young Center is live as of 10 am today! The silent auction runs through 9/21 and features nearly 200 items and services for both readers and writers.