Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cover Reveal Roundup #14

Either there were less covers revealed this week, or I'm slacking on my duties. My money is on the latter because work and life have been so draining, and the last thing I want to do sometimes is scroll through my feed. BUT I did catch these beauties during the past week!

omg I LOVE it! Maybe even more than the first book's cover? just. GAH.

Art by: Sarah Jones
Designed by: Mallory Grigg
Pub date: December 3rd, 2019!

*****

omgggg this is GORGEOUS! I love the colors and the patterns, the birds. I also love the way that the title and author's name are positioned. It's cool!

Designed by: Leo Nickolls
Pub date: January 2020!

*****

This is super cute!

Cover art by: Michelle Lamoreaux
Pub date: October 1st, 2019!

*****

All my friends hate this one, but I actually like its simplicity and the colors and the keys. I do, however, agree with them that after the beauty of The Night Circus, this one could've been SO much better. 😬

Designed by: John Fontana
Pub date: November 5th, 2019!

*****

omg this cover is adorable!!! the queer rep and the faded, quiet colors. ugh, love. ALSO. THIS IS A CONTEMPORARY RETELLING OF THE ORPHEUS MYTH? AND NO ONE TOLD ME? HOW FUCKING DARE!

Illustrated by: Dana Ledl
Pub date: October 8th, 2019!


So many good covers this week! I think my favorites are Orpheus Girls and Reverie. What about yours? :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

From the Den: March Edition

From the Den is a feature to showcase the books that I don't post reviews for on the blog, whether I liked them or not. I read so many books that never make it onto The Fox's Hideaway, so I wanted a feature where I could still tell y'all about them. :)

*****

Apparently I just don't want to write long, full reviews at the moment, which is why there are more books on here than usual. But I also spent much of March reading more non-ARCs than I should have. LOL WHOOPS. Anyway, here's what I devoured last month!

I don't know how invested I am in reading the sequel, but I do find this trio's relationships with one another deliciously complicated. I just. I wish the beginning had been different? Because it was completely insta-love for both Greer/Ash, and Greer/Embry. Embry and Ash had a solid, complicated romance spanning a decade, but not with Greer. And I wanted more to those ones. I wanted more time for them to be believable. Something about that just made it hard to care enough, because I was like LOL y'all have known each other all of two seconds. But throughout the story, you can feel the realness with the three of them, and the way that they all love each other, and how difficult it is trying to navigate that. And I didn't always love Ash, and sometimes I wondered why the fuck Greer and Embry cared so much for him. But there are revelations, and he's a layered character, and somehow it just WORKS with them together. I enjoyed this a hella lot! However, I could have done without the addition of the incest. NEVER HERE FOR THAT.
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


I'm so grateful this ended up in a previous OwlCrate because it wasn't really on my radar. It seemed like a picture book to me? And I don't read those. But omg this was one of the cutest things I've ever read. The artwork is gorgeous, the story is beautiful, and I want my own tea dragon! And it really packs a punch for only being 60 pages. LOVED. 
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


I was not sure how this one would go, and I'm glad to say that I liked it! I wish it'd felt stronger, though. Everything seemed to be going fine, almost too fine. But I was happy with how it ended. I really liked both Josse and Mirabelle, and I could understand their motivations and reasons, and I liked watching them start off as enemies and then turning into allies, and then lovers. My favorite romance trope! And the other characters were great as well, especially the orphans and the terrible but charming Desgrez. But yeah, I just didn't love this, and I kept setting it aside for more exciting books. This one was a lot quieter, even with how much action there was, and I just wanted something more from it.
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


I liked this! It took awhile to get into the story, though. The beginning was A LOT, and there are many different characters and things going on here. Almost too much for a novella. I wish the characters and relationships had been more developed. But I liked them all, and I'm interested in the sequel. It didn't feel like Ryder's story was done, so I'm curious to see what happens since the next book is Liam's.
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


This was SUPER fascinating, in a psychological standpoint. But the lead-up to how Jane got her revenge just didn't really satisfy me? And the way that it was written made it a tell book instead, which sometimes hindered the thriller aspect. (Oh, and the reason for the revenge wasn't my favorite. I liked Jane as a character, though, and I don't want to get into it too much here, but she was so different from a lot of people. And I loved the exploration of human beings and emotions and grief. Definitely glad I ended up giving it a try!
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!


What books did you read in March? Have you read any of these yet; what'd you think of them? Let's talk! :)

Monday, April 8, 2019

Blog Tour: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

I'm STOKED to be on the blog tour for the one and only Wicked Saints. I'd hungered for this book ever since the announcement, and I fucking LOVED it. And I'm already dying for the sequel. giveittomenow.gif

*****

Title: Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019!
*eARC kindly provided by Wednesday Books via NetGalley*

Find it on Goodreads.

“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

“This book destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

*****

My Review!
You ever like build up a book so much in your head that when you finally read it, you kind of don’t even know what to think? Not in a bad way, just in a way where you have to sit on the book and your feelings because there is just so much going on, and you’ve wanted it for SO long that you almost can’t believe you even read it? Yeah, that’s where I’m at here with Wicked Saints. It feels like I’ve been waiting literally forever for this book, because I’ve been following Emily since it was announced. And she posts about it ALL THE TIME that I already felt like I knew the characters and the story, and it made me hunger for it. So this book felt almost like coming home, in a way. It felt like reading about people I’ve known and loved all this time, this unholy trio who dares defy gods.

Nadya: willing to risk the gods’ disapproval and anger to save people she cares about, Not Here For Your Heresy, can’t stop won’t stop calling Malachiasz in particular a heretic, is a bit self-righteous but who wouldn’t be when the gods only choose to listen to you, not afraid to fuck shit up and punch people (re: Malachiasz) when they prove distrustful. She’s also not afraid of her feelings, and she spends a lot of time in the book seeing how far she can go before she hates herself. It’s something about her that I loved, because here was this girl who had such a weight on her shoulders but who still chose the hard way out, who still fought for what she believed in. Even if those beliefs started shattering the moment her monastery was destroyed.

Malachiasz: smiles a lot more than I was expecting to be honest, offers girls jackets in the cold, fluent in sarcasm, a Tranavian abomination who has no business invading Kalyazin, has no problems lying and manipulating, turns into a monster when he’s fighting his own kind, would prefer you think him cold and uncaring rather than a boy who just wants to stop a war and take back control of his life. *flails because Malachiasz is a disaster* and he [REDACTED], [REDACTED], and [REDACTED]!!! I’m not sure what to THINK about him, but I do know that love villains, and I’m so ready to see just how far he goes before he can’t find his way back to himself. And to his people. *screams because ALL THE FEELINGS! but spoilers!*

Serefin: not actually a cinnamon roll prince omg, would rather be anywhere than his family’s palace, drinks too much, hates showing his weaknesses, is self-deprecating but has a charming wit, loathes his father, wishes people would take him seriously even when he won’t do it for himself, probably better at blood magic than you are, my precious queer boy. You get so many glimpses of Serefin as the book progresses, from the bloodthirsty general to the playboy prince to the drunk who can’t seem to stop getting himself into situations that Sober Serefin would yell about to the son of a bastard king who only cares about keeping his power. He’s got pain and rage behind that loathsome exterior, but he refuses to show you that.

There was just a big group of characters, but they were all easily their own person. Parijahan and Rashid are Malachiasz’s travel companions, and they become friends with Nadya. I ADORE them. Rashid is funny and comforting, and Parijahan has a sharp intelligence that hides so much that I want to know. There’s also Kacper (my baby) and Ostiya and Zeneta, Tranavians who are some of Serefin’s closest confidantes. The only people he can trust, tbh. I’m a bit sorry to say I paid more attention the main three (even though Malachiasz doesn’t have a POV, but I never said I wasn’t biased, I am just saying here).

I shipped Nadya and Malachiasz so damned much omg. Their banter and intensity and hate-to-possibly-love was just *chef’s kiss* It was slow burn, but not slow burn. It was a lot of back-and-forth anger and calling each other names and generally stating how much they despise one another while also freaking out if the other’s in trouble. *whispers* my jam. And if I’m not mistaken, I think Serefin and Kacper are in love??? Listen, I want this ship, and it better fucking set sail in book two! Anyway, since there are so many characters you can basically ship them all together, and that’s really the best thing about it.

jk there’s more, the book is so immersive without adding too much information too fast, and the author weaves in the elements of the worlds effortlessly. I loved the little paragraphs at the beginnings of the chapters, the stories about the saints and the gods. And there are religious tones to the story, but it takes those and twists them and reminds you that things are far more complicated than just right or wrong. I was also really happy Emily has a pronunciation guide on her website because that helped SO much. (I kept having to look at it every few pages because I’d forget how the names went, but shhhh).

DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THAT ENDING. EMILY DUNCAN WHAT HAVE YOU DONE. I’M STILL IN SOME SHOCK EVEN THOUGH I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE SEEN THAT COMING. omg what a sharp move to shake the very foundations of what usually happens and go for the throat. There is nothing I love more than being thrown around like that, even if it’s k i l l i n g me. It’s kind of how I felt about The Wicked King, to be honest. I want more books that see your absolute adoration and raise you total devastation in the form of characters who have no qualms about going after their own twisted ambitions.


*****

You can buy the book here, and you can find a pronunciation guide on Emily's website! And trust me, you WANT this story. :D

About the Author:
EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

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