Snowdrop (2021)

The blossoming of radiant first love

Snowdrop takes place in 1987, a pivotal year in South Korean history that included the June 1987 Democracy Movement, a mass protest movement with the purpose of forcing the dictatorship in South Korea to hold fair elections, and the resulting December 1987 democratic elections, which led to the end of the authoritarian Fifth Republic of Korea and the establishment of the democratic Sixth Republic of Korea.

Snowdrop is set in November and December 1987. Lim Soo-ho (Jung Hae-in) plays a graduate student who is found covered in blood by Eun Yeong-ro (Jisoo), a female university student and hides him from the government in her dorm room. However, it is revealed that Soo-ho is not who he appears to be. Against the backdrop of political upheaval, the pair's story unfolds and the two develop a romantic relationship.

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The Altruist and the Assassin: A Standalone Fated Love Fantasy Romance (The Book of All Things Book 3) – Sarah M. Cradit

She’s searching for redemption. What she finds is her destiny.

Disappear into this tumultuous tale of revenge and redemption, as two fated souls are thrust into each other’s paths once more.

Rhiain enjoys a charmed life as the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the realm. Spoiled and vain, she has never met a need or want she couldn’t attain. The dark spots in her memory have been tucked away, with all other unpleasant things.

Then a terrible mistake brings her entire world crashing down around her. Her life shifts in an instant; her fate, uncertain. Her father’s punishment for her is forcing her to train for a life as one of his prized assassins.

But a chance encounter in a familiar tavern will change everything.

Everything she knows.

Everything she feels.

Everything she is.

As Rhiain gets closer to handsome, enigmatic Asterin— a man she doesn’t remember but claims to possess the truth about her dark spots—she begins to accept there is much more to these gaps in her understanding of the past.

Because these memories were taken from her for a reason. And there are those who will do anything to stop her from remembering.

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Pride (The Call for Finis Book 1) – A.J. Torres

Seven sins. Seven hosts. One city purged. After everything you've learned, can you still stand with your faith, or finally rise up against it?

Salvia VerdaderaFe has signed a pact with Ultor, a demon of Infernos, to enact the end of all and purge the world of sin. Ultor and six others were granted permission to enter the middle world of Eldara, bound to mortals by the Seraphim of Hevellum. Upon his arrival a messenger of Hevellum should have been waiting to assign him his task, unfortunately the messenger did not appear and thus his mission is a mystery. Along their journey through the country of Marlela, they are set upon by a group of Templar Equitums, bearers of virtue and enforcers of the Cirine faith. From their encounter their destination is revealed. Their journey to Lumen Magnum begins.

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Wish Marked (Stones & Curses Book 1) – Lissa Bolts

Hi. I’m Nora, and I bring people’s worst nightmares to life.

Everyone needs a hobby, right?

Gah. Don’t look at me like that. It’s not like I do it on purpose. I’m cursed. Like bonafide needle-pricking, frog-kissing, poison-apple cursed. Except worse because in addition to slowly chipping away at my soul, this thing will eventually kill me too.

Let me start over…

It all goes back to wishes. The damned things come true around me but in the worst possible way. And I don’t mean that lightly because, well… sometimes people wind up dead.

The kicker? Once I grant my quota of ill-fated desires, that’s it for me. Finito. I know because there were others before me. Just our sick family heritage. We screw people over, and then we die. Hell of a way to live, right?

I think I might be the last one too. I’ve searched my whole life and found nothing. No answers. No cure. Not one hint of magic in this entire world besides me.

Well, that is… until today.

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The Dark Tide: Gifted Blood Academy, Sophomore Year (Ytherynia Book 2) – Maria Vermisoglou

They said the academy was safe.

Now I’m wondering if it’s my job to keep it that way.

Oh, I haven’t introduced myself? I’m Yuri Finn, Prince of Liquiris (and humble sophomore student at Gifted Blood Academy) at your service.

All I want is to get through the school year at Gifted Blood unscathed, but when magic mysteriously disappears, we get stuck in our human forms. And if that wasn’t enough, Mavuto, a freshman shifter, has his mind set on making everyone miserable this year.

If I lose control of my powers, the spirit will awaken. Then it’s game over.

Can’t a prince get a break?

Now I’m supposed to band together with the shifters who made my life hell and all the other species who obviously have their own agenda.

Yup, I’m probably going to die.

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The Last Tide: Gifted Blood Academy, Freshman Year (Ytherynia Book 1) – Maria Vermisoglou

🔱You’d think being a prince would make life easier. Hell, no.🔱

I am a merman, the third prince of Liquiris, and my uncontrollable powers give my brothers an excuse to bully me.

And my father? He hates the sight of me.

My escape comes unexpectedly when a letter arrives from Gifted Blood Academy.

With promises of potioneering, water binding, foreign languages and other classes suited to a prince of my status, this school seems like a paradise.

But strange incidents start plaguing the school and students disappearing.

If I don’t get to the bottom of the problem, I’ll lose the life I’ve built.

Betrayal.

Friendship.

And more…

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[Book Tour] Kingdom of Essence (Kingdom of Essence Book 1) – Holly Karlsson

Elitsa Serlov only cares about two things — earning enough money to start a new life and finding the rogue mage who murdered her mother. But years without leads have left her jaded, and she won’t let anyone — friend or foe — get in her way.

In Casekraia, anyone can use magic if they’re desperate enough to rent relics from the Tower, a corrupt guild of mages more concerned with their own wealth than the welfare of the people. Elitsa has spent the last three years as a reclamation agent for the Guild, hunting down her own people for precious coin and the hope of uncovering what happened to her mother.

Just one week before her contract with the Tower is set to expire, Elitsa is coerced into a dangerous conspiracy by a gang of rebellious thieves. With her loyalty to the Tower in question, Elitsa must decide between her quest for revenge and charting a new course for her life.

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Seduced by Death (Vegas Immortals: Death and the Last Vampire Book 3) – Holly Roberds

Night after night, I meet Death

He turns me inside out and makes me feel things I never knew possible.

Day by day, his patience thins as I deprive the god of death the one thing he wants more than anything.

My heart.

But with my kind of childhood, one doesn’t just go dropping the L word unless it’s to a triple chocolate buttercream cupcake.

I’m an acts of service kind of vampire, so I’m showing I care by tracking down the only blade forged that can kill him.

Because if Grim dies, the whole world will go to hell.

And facing an eternity without him would kill me.

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Naiya’s Wish (Elisabeth and Edvard’s World #3) – Astrid V. J.

A Naiad makes an impossible wish, sending a ripple of effect through the land and binding to her magic the people from the nearby mill, and the village beyond. Unexpected twists of fate tie Naiya to Hilda, the miller's unhappy wife and, Amina, the baker's youngest daughter.

Amina is flung into a daring adventure when Naiya's wish ensnares the love of Amina's life. Can she find a way to save Phillip from the watery depths? And what will she have to sacrifice to do so?

Embark on a magical adventure of daring, determination, and heartbreak. Be enchanted by this retelling of the Grimm Brothers' lesser-known tale, The Nixie of the Mill-pond.

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Kissed by Death (Vegas Immortals: Death and the Last Vampire Book 2) – Holly Roberds

The Grim Reaper can bite me.

I'm bound to Grim by blood now, making me his vampire slave for all eternity.
But he'll find out there is only one will I abide by. Mine.

Now the rest of the immortals know I exist, and they want a lookey-loo at the only living vampire.

Except half the immortals want to possess me as their own vampire slave, while the other half wants to kill me outright.

Grim swears he won’t let anyone harm me, but he's been absorbing tainted, dark souls to the breaking point.

How can he protect anyone when his power is compromised?

This is fine, right?

Asking for a friend.

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Guardian Heir (Ruling Magic Book 3) – Lissa Bolts

She’s finally done it. Mother’s pushed me over the edge.

The woman has taken things from me. People. One of them I can never get back.

She started this war thinking we’d simply fall down at her feet. You know, kiss her expensive little stilettos. After all, she’s the most powerful mage in existence. And she’s got help.

We’re outnumbered and, to be honest, outmatched. But me and Rik? Together, we might just be enough. Fate has brought us together—irrevocably and in ways we never saw coming.

And that’s not all.

A darkness has awoken within me, and I have to admit, I kinda like it. It gives me power like I’ve never had before. I see the other mages, scampering out of my way like I’m some kind of monster.

Maybe I am.

Doesn’t matter. What’s important is that Mother knows I’m coming for her. Her reign? It’s ending.

And it won’t be the only thing I destroy when I get there.

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The Midnight Test (Rite World: Lightgrove Witches Book 1) – Juliana Haygert

An unprepared witch. A mysterious human. And a quest that will test them both …

Hazel always knew she was one of the weakest witches of her generation. For a moment there, she even cared about that status.

Not anymore. She’s determined to live her life as a normal human—with exception for the occasional ghost hunting. What can she do if the damn spirits won’t leave her alone?

But when she finally settles into a new routine, Hazel receives a message that changes everything: the Lightgrove Coven, one of the most powerful witch covens in the world, grants her a rare chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Friday the Thirteenth.

At first, Hazel wants to disregard the message. But who is she kidding? This is an opportunity she can’t say no to.

Everything is going unexpectedly fine until a human steps in Hazel's way. Sean is mysterious, hot, and inexplicably alluring. Despite Hazel’s best attempts to ignore him, she can’t. And when Sean’s fate entwines with Hazel’s task, it puts everything at risk—not just her test, but also their own lives.

Author’s note: this book was first published in 2014 in the Midnight Kiss anthology. In 2015, it was published for free with a new title, Tested. This 2021 version is reedited and 50% longer!

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