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A Bookish Vacation πŸ“šπŸ˜Ž


“The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.”
― Patricia A. McKillip
Vacations are brilliant for lots of reasons, but most especially because they are so perfectly compatible with books. Having more time to read (and write) makes me very happy .
We’re in the middle of summer here in the UK, and I was lucky enough to escape to the south coast last week. Thanks to my Kindle and my laptop, I brought a lot of fictional worlds and characters with me, and I had the best time discovering their stories. By the time I came back to the reality of work, chores, and rush hour traffic, I felt like I’d had multiple vacations and met lots of new people.
These were my three reading goals:
Something new
Something from my TBR
Something written by an author attending YALC 2023

 Something new
OK, so this was supposed to be one book, but it turned into five, and I have no regrets. Also, the book that started it all isn’t even published until October, so technically, it’s six books…
I was browsing the top fifty new releases on Amazon, and I clicked on A Curse For True Love, by Stephanie Garber, because of the title and the beautiful cover. Then I read the tagline: Two villains, one girl, and a deadly battle for happily ever after. By the time I’d finished the description, I was invested. Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, sounds like an interesting character, I thought. (I had no idea.)
A little research revealed that A Curse For True Love is part of a spin-off from Caraval, a trilogy I’ve always been curious about. It seemed only logical to read that too. And now I’m counting the weeks until A Curse For True Love is released.
The Caraval Trilogy, by Stephanie Garber
Tagline: Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems…
“Legend brought people back to life. Legend stole kingdoms with lies. Legend wrangled the stars.”
“If I told you the truth it would spoil all the fun.”
“Would you have preferred me to make the kiss kill you right away?”

Once Upon A Broken Heart and The Ballad of Never After, by Stephanie Garber
Tagline: How far would you go for happily ever after?
“If you believe this is what you want, then you’re lying to yourself.”
“I hurt everyone, Little Fox.”
“There is nothing of equal value to me.”

 Something from my TBR
This particular book has been on my TBR ever since I finished reading The Folk of the Air trilogy. It was so great to return to the dark world of Faerie as seen through the eyes of Suren, and I’m really looking forward to Oak’s POV in the next book. To say that things between Suren and Oak are complicated would be an understatement, and I have no idea where the story is going to go next.
The Stolen Heir, by Holly Black
Tagline: A runaway queen. A reluctant prince. And a quest that may destroy them both.
“‘Is he your lover? Is this a ballad we’re in?’”
‘A murder ballad, maybe,’ I growl.
‘No doubt, by the end,’ he says. ‘I wonder who will survive to compose it.’”
“If we were capable of putting mistrust aside, we might be a formidable pair.”
“It can be brave to hate. Sometimes it’s like hope.”

 Something written by an author attending YALC 2023
YALC 2023 is being held in November, and I have tickets for Saturday 11th. I’d recommend checking it out if you’re in the UK (or can travel here) because the lineup of authors is amazing, and everyone is so friendly and positive. Last year was my first time attending, and I smile whenever I think about it.
I decided to create a shortlist of three books, but it was really difficult choosing only three. The research was fun because my youngest daughter is going to YALC too, and she has a shortlist of her own. Sometimes we love the same books, and sometimes we don’t!
To Kill a Kingdom, by Alexandra Christo
Tagline: The siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her.
“But now my memories are cruel dreams, twisting into merciless visions and accusing me of a past I can’t deny. The truth of what I am has become a nightmare.”
“Love and madness are two stars in the same sky.”
Influential, by Amara Sage
Tagline: Popularity comes at a price.
“How am I supposed to get the algorithm of being a girl just right when the rules keep changing?”
“Reality can be what we want it to be, sweetie.”
The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne, by Jonathan Stroud
Tagline: Where gunfights and monsters collide.
“‘The bank is closed.’
‘I know,’ the girl said. ‘That’s kind of the point.’ One side of her mouth rose in a half-smile that did not reach her eyes.”
“She was angry again; it seemed her default mode. The buzz of her thoughts beset him. But the boy, who had been in the power of people who were never angry, yet who did terrible things to him, was undaunted and even reassured.”

 Writing update
And finally, an update on the conclusion to Beyond Androva. Everything is on track, and it won’t be too much longer before I have a confirmed release date for Bound in Magic. Averine’s story is written, and in the next few weeks it will be edited, formatted, and wrapped up in a shiny new cover! In the meantime, here is an extract from the prologue, which is set in Phidiom during the timeline of Matched in Magic, the first book in the series.
“Gentus Bavois came here looking for something,” he said. “Looking for someone.”
“A magician with an undamaged force field.”
The woman’s gaze sharpened. “And? Is it another far-fetched story, or do we think this magician actually exists?”
He smiled. “Based on the bottle of unfiltered lumien Gentus waved in front of my face, I believe they do.”
Thank you very much for visiting my blog today πŸ’•. I hope you get the chance to do some vacation reading this summer, and if you’re going to YALC, maybe I’ll see you there .

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