Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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The Wednesday Pen || May 2020 Writing Recap

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Does not updating writing progress for three months count as writing?

The Wednesday Pen has been a little absent these last few months. See, it turns out trying to write in the middle of a global pandemic is a lot harder than they tell you, even though they definitely tell you. Still, we’re back for the first time since February, and…progress is progress?

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Top 5 Tuesday || Summer Reads

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We’re teetering on the edge of summer, and it’s time to get those seasonal TBRs ready!

I’ll admit that I’m actually not great at crafting a seasonal TBR. Mostly, I organize my reading based on ARC review deadlines and which books have been sitting on my shelf the longest (or which ones are demanding my attention the loudest). But Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog decided that today’s T5T is for celebrating summer reads, so what do you know?

It’s about to get summery as hell here. Might want to go grab a beach towel and some sunscreen before you start, okay?

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The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee

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The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee

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Time changes things.

That painful fact of life couldn’t be truer for the Sullivan sisters. Once, they used to be close, sharing secrets inside homemade blanket castles. Now, life in the Sullivan house means closed doors and secrets left untold.

Fourteen-year-old Murphy, an aspiring magician, is shocked by the death of Siegfried, her pet turtle. Seventeen-year-old Claire is bound for better things than her Oregonian hometown—until she receives a crushing rejection from her dream college. And eighteen-year-old Eileen is nursing a growing addiction in the wake of life-altering news.

Then, days before Christmas, a letter arrives, informing the sisters of a dead uncle and an inheritance they knew nothing about. The news forces them to band together in the face of a sinister family mystery…and, possibly, murder.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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Tower Talks || Leverage

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“We provide…leverage.”

If you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter recently, you might have noticed a very brief blip where I mentioned a new show: Leverage. And by new, I do mean new to me, since Leverage first aired in 2008, and came to a close in 2012.

(And if you’re a couple of my friends who’ve already seen Leverage, bless your hearts for letting me yell in your DMs before I wrote this post.)

Whether or not you noticed my new interest, though, doesn’t matter. After all, that’s what today’s post is for. This morning, I’m here to introduce you to the anti-capitalist heist wonders of Leverage, not to mention gush about some of the sharpest character development I’ve witnessed in years. And to cry about the state of that finale, which is, again, one of the best things I’ve watched in recent memory.

And did you know a revival is coming?

Buckle up, folks. There’s a lot of ground to cover today!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Opening Lines

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The opening line of a book can make or break an entire story.

That first line is the first impression a book makes on a reader. Sometimes, it’s not the end all, be all, but other times, it packs a punch you can’t ignore. Thankfully, we get to appreciate opening lines a little extra right now, since Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog chose them as the focus of today’s T5T prompt!

And yes, one of them on the list is a V.E. Schwab line. You all knew this was coming. But the rest? Read on and find out!

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

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Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.

Worried that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli gets caught up with a group of human and witch renegades, and is given the most difficult and dangerous task in the worlds: capture the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom. 

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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