WWW Wednesdays | October 2nd

Happy Wednesday Storytellers! Today you are getting hit with double the content, because it’s Wednesday, and we are extra 💁🏽‍♀️. I’m super excited to be continuing WWW Wednesdays here on the blog as a way to saddle more of that bookish chit chat that I’ve missed having with you all! If you don’t know what WWW Wednesdays are–it’s a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, in which you answer these three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Shadow Frost

Author: Coco Ma | Genre: Fantasy, YA | Publish date: October 1st 2019

Shadow Frost (Shadow Frost, #1)IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

From young author Coco Ma comes a dazzling new tale of adventure, power, and betrayal, weaving together a stunning world of magic with a killer cast in an explosive, unforgettable debut.

This is a buddy read with a group of my friends on Bookish Collision Discord for September–yeah I know its October, but better late than never!

All That Compels the Heart

Author: Erin Bowlen | Genre: Romance | Publish date: February 13th 2018

All That Compels the HeartAoife O’Reilly had the perfect life: her dream job working in a publishing house, a successful boyfriend, and the two best friends she could ever ask for. But, when tragedy strikes, she begins to feel like her life is unraveling. Seeking some sort of divine answer to what she should with her life she seemingly finds her answer in the charming village of Ballyclara, and in a bold move, Aoife uproots her cozy life in Dublin and moves to the Irish countryside.

Purchasing the long-abandoned Aldridge Manor, she throws herself into the task of renovating her new home with the help of local pub owners and contractors, Michal Flanagan and Brendan McCaffrey. While Aoife easily becomes friends with the other residents of Ballyclara, she finds herself perpetually at odds with Michael, who seems to have a deep dislike of her she cannot explain. But somewhere beneath his stubborn and irascible exterior, Aoife slowly uncovers a man she feels she may have misjudged at first, and who may have misjudged her. As the two try to find common ground, her old life begins to intrude, and she has to choose between her life in Dublin with her boyfriend, Danny, or the possibility of a new life here with Michael.

Just as Aoife finally finds peace with her choice, a career opportunity in New York presents itself and she is left with the question: will she choose to stay in Ireland? Or should she take the job in New York and leave everything behind?

This has been sitting on my Review Obligations list for a HOT minute and it’s needs be demolished. I think this week is setting up to be a “better late than never” reading week 🤣.

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back

Author: Adrienne Young | Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, YA | Publish date: September 3rd 2019

The Girl the Sea Gave BackThe new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

I listened to this bad boy on my way back home from Oklahoma on Monday and wow was this a time. When I started the book via reading I found it was super slow and dragged, so I decided to switch over to audiobook at about 20% and by golly the difference! I was flying through this one and entranced during the entire drive. You can check out my full review of this hopefully next week!

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The Grace Year

Author: Kim Liggett | Genre: Science Fiction, YA | Publish date: October 8th 2019

The Grace YearA speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power. Optioned by Universal and Elizabeth Banks to be a major motion picture!

“A visceral, darkly haunting fever dream of a novel and an absolute page-turner. Liggett’s deeply suspenseful book brilliantly explores the high cost of a misogynistic world that denies women power and does it with a heart-in-your-throat, action-driven story that’s equal parts horror-laden fairy tale, survival story, romance, and resistance manifesto. I couldn’t stop reading.” – Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

This month is basically a get-your-shit done month, and this goddess of a book is on the list of demolishing! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this gem and I’m excited to be able to jump into this one! Huge thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this in exchange for my honest review!

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6 Comments

  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    October 2, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    The cover for The Grace Year is stunning. I hope you enjoy it Sam!

    1. fictionallysam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      It is, isn’t it! I hope so too! Thank you! <3

  2. Kate @ Cover to Cover Book Blog

    October 2, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    This is a fun idea! I’ll have to look into this 🙂

  3. Meeghan reads

    October 2, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    OMG I still haven’t started Shadow Frost (I am the worst!!).
    I hope you enjoy All That Compels the Heart. I really liked it… for the most part!!

    1. fictionallysam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      LOL its okay! Take your time with Shadow Frost, I unfortunately had to DNF it but I hope you end up loving it! <3

  4. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    October 10, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Better late than never is forever a mood – speaking of which, we really need to get around to DOTC becuase uh… we very late, LMAO.

    I also read Shadow Frost, though it turned out to be a DNF and dropping for the blog tour unfortunately, but then I finished Jade City (I HAVE WORDS) and started a few other books. Oh, and I realized I have a lot of books from the library and I just want to cry and wonder why the actual fuck did I do it to myself.

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