Miscellaneous Magic || Warmaidens Cover Reveal

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Last year, Gravemaidens showed us what one healer can do.

This year, Warmaidens is going to bring Kammani’s story to a close, and the Warmaidens cover reveal is upon us for just that reason! If you think you’re ready, you’re not.

No, really. Remember how stunning the Gravemaidens cover is? Have a refresher, before we take the big plunge. Look at how beautiful and blue and delicate it is!

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Now, brace yourself. If you love bugs, get hyped. If you hate them, please look anyway. Because it’s here. It’s Warmaidens. And it is incredible!

And please, have a complementary scorpion emoji along the way. 🦂

Warmaidens Cover Reveal


Those jeweled scorpions? The busted bottle? All of that dark, dangerous pink? You can thank Sammy Yuen for this incredible cover (and view his outstanding portfolio here)! He was the designer for Gravemaidens, and he’s knocked it out of the park here with Warmaidens for sure! That cover has not come to play, not even a little.

But if you’re still on the fence about it, here’s a glimpse at what’s in store, complete with some scorpions… 🦂

Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage.

But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found.

Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.

But when do we get Warmaidens?

It’s coming October 20th, 2020! We’re only six months and change away (haha… only… 😭), and there’s already a whole bunch of ways you can get your pre-orders in! GetUnderlined has all the details and the purchase links right here, and if you follow Kelly Coon on Twitter, you’re bound to hear about more exciting things in the future. Like pre-order campaigns. Maybe tours, publisher permitting? Oh, and I’m almost certain there will be info about pre-ordering signed copies at some point…

(While you’re at it, you should follow me as well. I did a giveaway for a signed copy of Gravemaidens and a unique booksleeve last year, and mayhaps it will occur once more…)

And in the meantime, be sure to pick up Gravemaidens from your local library, or your nearest bookstore! But if you’re waffling over it, let me direct you to my review from October. There’s a girl who knows exactly what she wants, siblings to die for, and a cinnamon roll LI. Plus a hefty dash of murder, of course! Where would YA fantasy be without murder? 💛

So what do you think of the Warmaidens cover reveal?

Add more scorpions? More smoke? Enjoy it in its deep pink glory, changing nothing? Let’s chat!

Kelly Coon at Totem Books Recap

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Last Wednesday, in the final leg of her debut tour, Kelly Coon came to Totem Books in Flint to talk about Gravemaidens! Last Wednesday, I ALSO went to Totem Books because I wanted to hear Kell talk about her book. And also because I’m part of her Skeleton Crew. Moral support is what we do! 💙

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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

“No matter what, you take care of what’s yours.”

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In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

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



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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Gravemaidens (and a Pin Display How-To!)

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Though I’ve never participated in Can’t Wait Wednesday before (as hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and previously by Jill @ Breaking the Spine before her), now seems like a great time, because Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon is almost here!

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you probably know that I’m a member of Kell’s street team, and I am PSYCHED for this book (the bond between sisters? fending off DEATH? a cinnamon roll LI? count me in!). Today isn’t a review (keep your eyes peeled for that early next month!), but it is a sneak peek at the goodies that await you for preorders and library requests, and a fun how-to to celebrate one of those goodies, plus any other similar goodies you might already have: it’s an enamel pin display tutorial!

So grab a little bit of fabric, an embroidery hoop, and all the bookish pins you own, and I’ll walk you through a quick and easy way to display them!

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