Paranormal Romance, Recommended Fantasy, & More
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Articles / January 26, 2020

Ninth House Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo is $3.99! This deal could poof at any moment because it was one of the biggest releases of last year and could be a Kindle Daily Deal leftover. This is Bardugo’s first adult fantasy novel and I want to warn of some graphic depictions of violence and body horror. The first chapter or so should give you a good picture on what you can/can’t handle. The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Leigh Bardugo Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities…

Lightning Reviews: Some Disappointments & Nonfiction
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Articles / January 26, 2020

Welcome to Lightning Reviews! This is where we put our smaller reviews for books that don’t warrant more than a few hundred words in commentary. This time, Catherine has a couple disappointing reads. Meanwhile, Sarah has some more nonfiction to recommend!   B F*ck No! author: Sarah Knight I’m familiar with Knight’s other No F*cks Given guides and have recommended a few to friends, particularly The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. Based on the premise that boundaries are important, but setting them is half the battle and defending them with Honesty and Politeness (H&P) is the the other, each book in the series embraces the idea that you are in charge of your life, and you get to decide how it will be. They’re written with a fair amount of profanity (which I very much enjoy) and a definitive sense of character from the perspective of the person giving the advice. The writing isn’t meant to appeal broadly and blandly to every reader; this is a person who is Very Much Herself telling you what she thinks you need to know. The latest in the series, F*ck No, builds on the same core foundation of the others but the specificity…

Even More Upcoming Romance Book Clubs, Events, and Gatherings!
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Articles / January 26, 2020

Last weekend, we featured some upcoming romance book clubs and gatherings that we knew of, and invited y’all to submit your own. Well, hot diggity: we’ve got more, so have a look through this list, organized alphabetically by state, and perhaps there’s an upcoming event near you! I’ll be doing this type of post every month on the last Sunday, so if you’ve got an event coming up, please let me know using the form at the bottom of the post. I want to help romance fans connect with one another in as many places as possible! Colorado | DC | Illinois | Kentucky | Missouri | Pennsylvania | South Carolina | Virginia |   Romance Readers’ Night Out at Anythink Brighton Library, Brighton, CO Date and Time: February 10, 2020 at 6:00pm Where: Anythink Brighton Library, 327 E. Bridge Street, Brighton, CO Details:  Do you love romance novels? Celebrate your favorite genre with trivia, treats, and book giveaways. Registration appreciated, but not required. You don’t need a library card to register.     Really Reading Romance Book Club at East City Bookshop, Washington, DC Date and Time: February 21, 2020, at 6:30 pm, and every third Friday Where: East City…