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Articles / November 4, 2019

Hollow Kingdom RECOMMENDED: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton is $3.99! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals. Carrie gave this one an A-, but warns it’s definitely not a romance: This book broke my heart but it also made me so happy. One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author. S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®. Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the…

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
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Articles / November 4, 2019

C+ The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams November 5, 2019 · Berkley Contemporary RomanceRomance There is nothing I adore more than a grovel in a romance novel. Flirting, sexual tension, meet-cutes, meet-disasters, declarations of love… you name it, I love it. But none of those things are better than an epic groveling scene, especially when it has an alpha protagonist brought down to their knees and desperate beyond measure. It’s when you can really feel how much one protagonist (usually the one who has screwed up royally) loves the wronged party. The stakes are similar to fighting for the fate of the universe. They have to get regain the trust of their beloved by groveling and expressing sincere remorse for their (definitely shitty) actions. And if they don’t — well, nothing matters anymore. Yeah, these stakes might be even higher than the fate of the universe. Imagine my delight when I realized that The Bromance Book Club featured a marriage-in-trouble story that is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT grovelling. Not an exaggeration! Y’all, I don’t even gravitate toward sports romance and I was ready to one-click this sucker to infinity. This book was pretty much written for me. Gavin, baseball…

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
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Articles / November 4, 2019

B- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern November 5, 2019 · Doubleday Science Fiction/Fantasy Is Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea the most anticipated sophomore novel of 2019? Based on the exhilarated book noises on my Twitter feed, the answer is yes. I was a high school freshman when The Night Circus came out and picked it up because it was on my library’s “new and exciting” shelf (thank you, awesome school librarians). I adored it — it was magical storytelling from start to finish. At the time, I made a mental note to purchase Morgenstern’s next work in a year’s time. Unfortunately for me, it would be eight years before the next book. After what seemed like eternity, I wondered if The Starless Sea could possibly live up to eight years of bubbling yet excruciating anticipation. Graduate student Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a mysterious and mishelved book in his university library collection. Bursting with interwoven tales of guardians, acolytes, and keepers by the starless sea, the book also contains an anecdote from Zachary’s childhood. As a young boy, he came across a magical door that called to him; wavering between the urges to tip over into the unknown or cling…