Earls, Urban Fantasy, & More
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Articles / May 4, 2020

The Royal We RECOMMENDED: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan is $2.99! Elyse and Redheadedgirl did a joint review of this book and they gave it an A: RHG: So I’m giving this an A, because it was delightful and I adore the Fug Girls’ version of Harry and Kate and Wills that they’ve created in their heads (“He’s basically Great Britain’s answer to a red squirrel anyway”) and I like how they used that in writing this book.  It also passed the “Did I stay up until 3 am to finish this?  YES I DID” test.  How about you? Elyse: Totally an A. It wasn’t as heavy in the romance as I wanted but made up for it by being addictive. I too pulled the 3 a.m. read. Plus it’s really funny and heartfelt. In their first adult novel, authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan take on a story of romance and rivalries inspired by today’s most talked-about royal couple: Will and Kate. “If I’m Cinderella today, I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.” American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy-tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the…

Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher
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Articles / May 4, 2020

A Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher February 11, 2020 · Red Wombat Studio RomanceScience Fiction/Fantasy The first time I read Paladin’s Grace, I finished it, turned back to the beginning, and immediately read it again. This is partly because it’s very good, which I’ll get into later, and partly because for me, it was the right book at the right time. I’ve been having a hard time reading this year because of, you know … (*jazz hands*) everything. It’s hard to connect with Happily-Ever-After when we’re in the middle of Disastrously-Right-Now. Serotonin? In this economy? My brain thinks not. As a romance reviewer, this is A Problem. (As a human, also not great.) In the middle of my reading slump, I saw on Twitter that T. Kingfisher had released a new book, Paladin’s Grace. (Side note: The ebook was released before the print version, which just came out on April 28th.) I’ve been a fan of Kingfisher’s work for a long time, especially her more romance-adjacent fantasies, Swordheart and The Clocktaur War duology. They’re standalones, but they’re all set in the same world as this one, and I loved that world. So, I one-clicked it even though I knew I…

Cover Awe: Puppers, Cozy Atmospheres, & More
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Articles / May 4, 2020

How long has it been since we did Cover Awe? Too long! Cover artist: Monique Aimee Amanda: I know illustrated covers are a hot button topic, but I love the art style on this one. And the series name is a pun. Carrie: I LOVE IT. The colors, the combination, the way those two are checking each other out – and of course anything with books makes me happy. Aarya: The color scheme seems… ambient? Is that the right word? I feel relaxed when I look at it. Amanda: It definitely creates a sense of place rather than just having two illustrated figures floating in a colorful void. Sarah: I totally agree. The background makes such a difference. I’d buy a notebook or card with this image on the front. Mad applause to the artist. Elyse: My husband and I met in a bookstore and I want to get a print of this and frame it. Catherine: I agree with Aarya – it just looks so comfortable and cosy, and I feel more relaxed just looking at it. Lara: I want to live in that world. AJ: It does such a great job of telling you why you would want…