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    Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

    “The monster’s name was Izumrud, the great worm, and there were those who claimed he had made the tunnels that ran beneath Ravka. Sick with appetite, he ate up silt and gravel, burrowing deeper and deeper into the earth, searching for something to satisfy his hunger, until he’d gone too far and lost himself in the dark.” Alina and Mal must find the firebird, kill the Darkling and save Ravka. That is what pushes Alina to build her strength after a confrontation that nearly killed her. Hiding underground she must get stronger and survive the clutches of the Apparat who has built her into a saint for the people of…

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    Letterbox Love (#83)

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about. For Review: Darkness Hidden – Zoe Marriott  It doesn’t feel like a year ago when the first Name of the Blade book, The Night Itself, came out but at the same time it feels like longer. I have been eagerly awaiting this book and I am so glad I can now find out what happens next in Mio’s story. Thank you so much Walker…

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    Official Grisha Trilogy Re-read Announcement

    “In a lavish world where darkness reigns and science collides with superstition, Alina Starkov has the power to save her country…but it comes with a price. Join us as we cross the Shadow Fold, fangirl over the Darkling, discover untapped power, join forces with a pirate named Sturmhond, and come to the realization that Darkness. Never. Dies.  Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Orion Books are teaming up for a re-read worthy of RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo, on sale June 17. Soldier. Summoner. Saint. In the final battle, who will rise?” *** So I don’t usually post twice in one day but I just had to share with you…

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    Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo

    ***Please note that this is the second book of the Grisha trilogy and may contain spoilers for the first, Shadow and Bone*** “The boy and the girl had once dreamed of ships, long ago, before they’d ever seen the True Sea. They were the vessels of stories, magic ships with masts hewn from sweet cedar and sails spun by maidens from thread of pure gold. Their crews were white mice who sung songs and scrubbed the decks with heir pink tails.  The Verrhader was not a magic ship.”  Alina and Mal were on the run. Hiding in a bed bug ridden lodging house in the back streets of Cofton they…

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    The Gathering Dark (Grisha #1) – Leigh Bardugo

    “The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.” Alina has spent her live in Ravka, growing up in an orphanage then becoming part of the kings army she has always been close to Mal, another orphan boy. But one day the army are crossing The Fold, a swathe of darkness full of monsters – Volcra – that feed on human flesh and is slowly destroying the land. On their trip…