It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 2/10/20

 

This week I’m going to read two books that I picked up at ALA Midwinter and two books that I recently purchased from Barnes and Noble.

What are you reading this week?

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We Unleash the Merciless Storm- Tehlor Kay Mejia

40522133In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, La Voz operative Carmen is forced to choose between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion she’s devoted her life to.

Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and desperation. On the other side of Medio’s border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause.

Carmen Santos is one of La Voz’s best soldiers, taken in when she was an orphaned child and trained to be a cunning spy. She spent years undercover at the Medio School for Girls, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of civil war, Carmen returns to the only real home she’s ever known: La Voz’s headquarters.

There she must reckon with her beloved leader, who is under the influence of an aggressive new recruit, and with the devastating news that her true love might be the target of an assassination plot. Will Carmen break with her community and save the girl who stole her heart—or fully embrace the ruthless rebel she was always meant to be?

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The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy- Elizabeth Kendall

47875636Elizabeth Kendall’s 1981 memoir, detailing her six-year relationship with serial killer Ted Bundy, long out of print, now reissued with startling new material from the author and her daughter. Elizabeth Kendall’s memoir, The Phantom Prince, was originally published in 1981. Molly Kendall, her daughter, considered Bundy a father figure between the ages of three and ten.

Ted Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers in American history and one of the most publicized to this day. However, very rarely do we hear from the women he left behind—the ones forgotten as mere footnotes in this tragedy. This updated and expanded reissue of Elizabeth Kendall’s 1981 book The Phantom Prince chronicles her intense, six-year relationship with Ted Bundy and its eventual unraveling. Featuring a new introduction and a new afterword by the author, never-before-seen photos, and a new chapter from the author’s daughter, Molly, this gripping account presents a remarkable examination of obsession, intrigue, and the darkness that love can mask.

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Harleen- Stjepan Šejić

47357622Dr. Harleen Quinzel has a theory: mental illness is a survival mechanism. As she seeks to help the broken souls of Gotham City piece together their sanity she will become the one thing she fears the most: one of them. A bold new retelling of the tragic origin of Harley Quinn told through the eyes of the only person who knows her better than anyone: Harleen.

A young psychiatrist with a potential cure for the madness that haunts Gotham City, Dr. Harleen Quinzel must prove her revolutionary theory to a skeptical establishment by delving into the disturbed minds of Arkham Asylum’s deadliest inmates. But the more time she spends with her criminally insane subjects, the closer she is drawn to one patient in particular–and the further she falls away from reality. The birth of legendary antihero Harley Quinn and the shocking origins of her twisted romance with the Joker are revealed in Harleen, a stunning new tale of love and obsession written and illustrated by renowned comics storyteller Stjepan Šejic (Aquaman: Underworld, Sunstone).

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Shades of Magic Volume One: The Steel Prince- V.E. Schwab

43404416. sy475 Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this all-original comic book prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic is perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy!

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

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Till Death- Jennifer Armentrout


“A finger had hung from each dress. And I knew then I was going to die in that room, like so many others. I’d screamed and screamed until my hoarse voice went out….”


Just reading the description, I knew this was going to be a book that shocked and shook me to my core. It leaves you guessing right up until the end. And that is my favorite kind of story. 
Whenever you read a mystery, whodunnit, you think you found all the clues and solved the great mystery of who was The Groom. I had my top two creepy choices and was disappointed when I thought my main choice was right. And then…. out of left field came an all time hauntingly shocking twist and you come out as being so totally wrong. That the actual psycho was someone you thought you knew and could trust. And whoa! What in the actual hell!!? 
Can you imagine what your life would be like after you escape the inescapable? Being the only survivor of a serial killer. Sasha has to live with the dread of those days every single day of her life. And after ten years, it doesn’t get any easier. 
One day after leaving the side of Cole, she makes her way to her car. Only to be kidnapped by a mysterious guy that parked his van next to her car. The Groom was looking for another victim and thought Sasha would make the perfect bride in his murderous game. After believing that her life is over, she gets one more feat of strength and fights back. Blindsiding her captor and getting away. Not being ale to live in the same town as where this all went down, she moves away. 
Ten years later and she decides that maybe it’s time to move back, help her Mom with her Inn and move on with her life. Seeing everything brings back old memories. Some good and some extremely traumatizing. But she pushes through and rekindles an old romance with Cole. The one who got away.
Trying to start over with Cole and taking over the Inn, things start happening that bring up the past. Someone is tormenting her for being the sole survivor. Taking girls that come into the path of Sasha at one point and making them his next victim. As things start creeping closer and closer to home, things spiral out of control for Sasha as she meets the repeat Groom and he has come to take her breath away…..
This is one of the better suspenseful novels that I have ever read. I made my husband travel out of town to a bookstore just to pick this up and it was worth every penny, every mile, and every earth-shattering twist and turn. If you love romance, serial killers and heart-stopping moments then this is for you. Will have you guessing all the way through. 
Remember to really watch who you keep close to you….
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