Being Remade (Ruling Magic Book 2) – Lissa Bolts

So the entire mage world is looking for me. Who cares? 

I’m not going back. 

I’ve finally tasted freedom, and even though I hate that I accidentally left my sort-of-boyfriend behind, there’s no way I’m giving this up.

Not yet. 

I’ve got things to do here. If I’m going to change the world, I’ll need to see it first. Preferably before Mother reduces everything to dust, waging her deadly war.

So, I’m blending in. Learning what it takes to be a regular mage. Pretending I’m not the missing Heir plastered all over the news.

The only problem is, keeping my Ruling Powers hidden is proving tougher than I thought. The other mages? They’re starting to notice I’m different.

Sooner or later, they’re going to figure me out. And while not everyone looking for me wants me dead, one thing is clear. If I don’t see this mission through...

It’s game over. For all of us.

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Death Kiss – Naomi E. Lloyd

Death Kiss is an adult, dark fantasy, romance novel which draws you into a world of magic, deception, seductive twists, and desire.

Will it be your turn to die today? A witch’s kiss may hold the answer.

Set in a dark vision of the near future, the world lives under the control of a violent group of mercenaries called ‘scrapers’ who are culling the population like animals to ‘save’ the planet.

Innocent people are being murdered every day at random, and each attack is more brutal and more unpredictable than the next.

There is nothing anybody can do to stop them.

Except…

The girl with the death kiss. 

One kiss from Silver and you are shown exactly when, where and how you will die.

But her gift is her curse as she is held captive by three identical triplet brothers who abuse her gift to survive.

Silver believes slavery is preferable to death and as long as she’s saving people with her kiss, she can endure, but little does she know her kiss holds a much darker agenda.

*This book is intended for readers 18+ as it features dark themes that may be upsetting or triggering for some readers.*

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[Book Tour] Love and Other Moods – Crystal Z. Lee

Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world.

Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country.

Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai.

This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships——familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships——in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.

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A Trial of Sorcerers – Elise Kova

Ice is in her blood.

Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira secretly meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.

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The Counterbalance (Ruling Magic Book 1) – Lissa Bolts

Mother can’t kill me. Not that she hasn’t tried.

I’m the heir to a modern-day magical dynasty, daughter of the most powerful mage in existence. From day one, Mother made it apparent that she never wanted me—never wanted an heir at all.

That’s why she’s forced me into the shadows, where I remain invisible. Nobody even knows what I truly look like. Locked away, I dream of ordinary things. You know. Friends. A boyfriend. A purpose for my existence… 

But I’ve got secrets too. Things she can’t find out. 

For years, I’ve watched her scheme to expand her grip on the mage world. Like a snake, she waits for the right moment to strike. If she succeeds, there will be deadly consequences.

As my powers grow, I think Mother and I have both come to the same conclusion. 

I might be the only thing that stands in her way.

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An Heir Comes To Rise – C.C. Peñaranda

In a clash of steel, a mortal body may fall. But in a clash of dreams, a powerful heir may rise.

A SWORD…

In the impoverished outer town of a kingdom where fae outrank humans, Faythe, an orphan with a talent for swordplay, knows the importance of keeping her head down around the fae patrol. She and best friend Jakon long for a better life, and her desire to swing her sword in combat may bring the purpose and coin she’s yearned for. 

A DREAM…

When she draws the attention of royal guard Nik, she soon learns that her mortal nature isn’t the only reason to remain out of sight. Nik is a Nightwalker, a silent assassin of the mind with the power to enter others’ dreams, and whether she trusts him or not, he’s about to awaken abilities in Faythe that shouldn’t exist in a human. Nightmarish abilities. Deadly abilities. Abilities that will teach Faythe blood really does run thicker than water…and if she doesn’t trust in higher powers soon, blood will run indeed.

AN HEIR…

For this is no battle Faythe can fight with steel. Within the city walls, suspicions are arising, and here in the outer town she has deeper bonds to protect. It seems everyone will die with a dark secret to tell, but what if one unlikely human girl was born harboring the darkest secret of all…?

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Lia Fail – Stone of Destiny (The Four Keys Book 3) – J.C. Lucas

A relentless evil. An impossible choice.

“Despite all the heartache, the injuries, the terror and the unknown, you forge ahead without hesitating. This is why you were meant to find the Keys.”

Andie expected everything to be the same when she and her team returned home from finding the second Key, but she didn’t realize she’d find herself in a nest of loss and unexplainable connections.

Now her world is crumbling. She must learn to be a leader and navigate the magical world without her best friends. Where everyone wants something from her—and an unbreakable bond shakes her to the core.

Time is running short and an army of darkness gathers, preparing to destroy the Fae and perhaps, even the human world.

Little does she know there is another player behind the scenes. An old evil is rising up, more powerful than anyone can imagine, and Andie is called to take up a path she had never thought possible, and that she never wanted…

PLEASE NOTE: This is book three in The Four Key series and is best read after books one and two. This is not a standalone novel.

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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Bennet couple have five marriageable daughters between the ages of 15 and 23. Getting them settled with a good marriage is the only hope the mother can have, knowing that her daughters will lose their meager fortune when their parents die.
The arrival of a rich young landowner, Charles Bingley, revolutionizes the small society of suitors. He is accompanied by Fitzwilliam Darcy, who soon gains a reputation for being distant and unfriendly. The presence of the two young people will be the trigger for a torrent of passions that will also reach Elizabeth Bennet, the center of the history.

Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's best known work. In its day it constituted an entire argument against the marriage of convenience and the social conventions that valued the value of women in the amount of their dowry. Through her protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, the writer showed for the first time what it meant to be an intelligent woman in a world ruled by men. Unlike her sisters, the protagonist of her story is a young woman determined to marry for love and not to safeguard her financial future. The arrogant Mr. Darcy crosses her path, with whom Elizabeth will establish a particular relationship, full of pride and prejudice, which will lead to the discovery of true love.

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The Curse and The Prince (Kingdom of Curses and Shadows Book 2) – Day Leitao

A troubled prince. 
A deadly curse. 
A mysterious cup.
And the power to save or doom the kingdom. 

Of course things didn’t go as planned at the Royal Games. When do things go as planned? 

Now Zora is on the run, and has to join a disgraced prince in order to retrieve a powerful magical artifact that might undo her valley’s curse. For the first time in her life, she has real hope for her people.  

Problem is, for the second time in her life, she’s falling for someone she shouldn’t. Finding a hidden object is hard enough on its own, she could do without the heart palpitations and lack of air. And she could certainly focus better without the constant memory of his lips on hers, his arms around her… Gaah! See? How can she avoid pursuers and decipher enigmatic writings when her brain has been turned to mush? Painful, hopeless mush. 

But the real trouble is that there’s more than one curse in the kingdom. And not enough objects or time to get rid of them all.  

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Elemental Outcast (Paranormal Outcasts Book 1) – Sean Fletcher

In this paranormal world, her death is just the beginning…

All I wanted for my seventeenth birthday was a fun night out. But when a knife-wielding psycho attacks my best friend, of course I try to stop him. 

Take it from me, a knife through the heart isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

Apparently, neither is death.

Instead of pearly gates, I wake up alive and ensnared in a witch’s curse with twelve paranormals known as the Outcasts—including the inhumanly beautiful, totally-hates-my-guts vampire Jasper. Supposedly, an ancient prophecy says the thirteenth Outcast will be the one to break our curse. 

That means me. Lucky number thirteen.

Between attempting to control my unstable new magic, figuring out what the deal is with broody Jasper, and learning more about the Outcast’s prophecy, it becomes clear that I’m a target. A dangerous paranormal knows about my connection to the prophecy and wants me dead. Only this time, dead means dead

There’s only one thing to do: I’ve got a destiny to fulfill. 

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The Calling (The Andovia Chronicles Book 1) – Tiffany Shand

Meet Nyx Ashwood; sentenced to death for supposedly murdering her foster father, saved by Darius Valeran—but why did he help her?

Nyx, a fae mind whisperer, has no idea she has magic. When Darius saves her from certain death, she knows there’s more than he’s telling her about herself, his motives, and his plans for her.

Darius is the son of the Archdruid; a position of privilege and power. Along with everyone else, he believed the mind whispers to be extinct. None have been seen in a generation after the Archdruid wiped them all out. Yet here is Nyx, living proof they’re not all gone. His brother believes Nyx is part of an ancient prophecy that could either save their world… or destroy it.

When a rift opens to the underworld, Darius realizes that Nyx might be the only one that can help him discover who opened it and why. Except not only does she not know she has powers, she has no control over them. But if they don’t work together, evil spirits and monsters will destroy their world.

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Dragon Rider (Rise of the Dragon Master Book 2) – Stephany Wallace

I have the gift of Dragon sight…

At first, I thought I was going crazy, but now I’m training among warriors in a world I’d never been. Except, I know it like the back of my hand.

Coming to Caelisium—the Sky Paradise—promised to reveal the truth about my parents and the ring’s power, but with Evie no longer by my side, I’m forced to search for answers on my own. With each secret I uncover, more questions arise. Was my illness ever real, or is it connected to this place? And did the Warlock King truly kill my father?

Falling for Braxton is a weakness I can’t afford…

Being abducted by Raithian revealed a bitter truth. The girl who wants Braxton, cannot become the queen my people need to end the war. I have lost so many, sacrificed too much to let my heart distract me from my duty.

Yet, our Dragons are pulled to him in an impossible way, causing some kind of reaction. Something else is happening to him, and I don’t know how to stop it. I thought Braxton would be safe here, perhaps I was wrong.

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