I hope everyone is doing great and staying safe.
This week I’m going to read a book that an author sent to me, an arc that a publisher sent to me, a book that’s going to take me back to Fear Street, and a book that I recently received in the mail.
What are you reading this week?
Gabriel is Cursed- Julia Goldhirsh
I helped Rose escape her glass prison, but at what cost?
With each passing day it gets more difficult to tell fantasy from reality. Nightshade’s warning of a curse keeps lingering on my mind. Can he curse me if he’s dead? Rose should leave me behind. I couldn’t live with myself if she died because of me. Gabriel rescued me, but now I need to save him. He’s behaving strangely, but he won’t tell me why. I need to cure him and defeat Nightshade’s allies before time runs out, but how?
What if this is a battle we can’t win?
This 20th century fairy tale retelling is filled with dark curses and a battle between humans and nymphs. If you liked Jen Calonita’s “Mirror Mirror,” you’ll love this second book in the Nymph’s Revenge series. Buy Gabriel is Cursed today!
Trigger warning- Rose deals with a physically and emotionally abusive parent in the book.
Children of Chicago- Cynthia Pelayo
This horrifying retelling of the Pied Piper fairytale set in present-day Chicago is an edge of your seat, chills up the spine, thrill ride. When Detective Lauren Medina sees the calling card at a murder scene in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, she knows the Pied Piper has returned. When another teenager is brutally murdered at the same lagoon where her sister’s body was found floating years before, she is certain that the Pied Piper is not just back, he’s looking for payment he’s owed from her. Lauren’s torn between protecting the city she has sworn to keep safe, and keeping a promise she made long ago with her sister’s murderer. She may have to ruin her life by exposing her secrets and lies to stop the Pied Piper before he collects.
Drop Dead Gorgeous (Return to Fear Street #3)- R.L. Stine
Morgan Marks is the new girl—and nobody can stop talking about her. She’s popular, smart, and beautiful. Everyone wants to be her friend. But her past is veiled in mystery, and no one, not even her boyfriend Ben, knows where exactly she came from. But Shadyside Homecoming is just around the corner. And Morgan’s dark secrets are about to be dug up for all the world to see.
Blood of Zeus (Blood of Zeus #1)- Meredith Wild & Angel Payne
An ancient grudge. A forbidden love.
The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari. As an undergraduate at Los Angeles’s Alameda University, Kara Valari can sometimes succeed at forgetting she’s both. Lost between the pages of the classics and tucked into the shadows of lecture halls, she can dodge the paparazzi’s lenses as well as her family’s publicized dramas—not to mention their private expectations. She has one more year to feed her true passions. Then she’ll be expected to fulfill a much darker destiny.
Cursed with inexplicable strength and god-like stature, literature professor Maximus Kane knows all about darkness. Every day he’s reminded of the missteps of his childhood and the devastating consequences they’ve had on those dearest to him. To atone, Maximus spends his nights alone and his days submerged in the quiet life of academia. His existence has become a study in control, and he’s become a master at it—until Kara Valari walks into his toughest course.
Viscerally, Kara’s everything he craves. Logically, she’s everything he rejects. She’s a starlet of privilege. She’s also a student. And after one touch, he can’t deny that she’s awakened something in him that may never go dormant. Nothing about her makes sense, but everything about her feels right. Especially in the deepest strands of his DNA, which are still shadows of mystery to him—a mystery Kara seems determined to uncover.
She’s Hollywood royalty. She’s forbidden fruit. And he’s pretty sure she could be the answer to everything.