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Happy Halloween! It is our favorite time of year here at The Book Bratz and between Halloween and the mysterious Mercury Retrograde both happening in the same day we are super hyped. To celebrate we are sharing some of our favorite spooky reads to help us celebrate. So relax, eat some candy and check out some spooky books you can dive right into! 

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What are some of your favorite spooky reads!? Let us know below!


Waiting On Wednesday: The Betrothed by Kiera Cass


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read! 

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Title: The Betrothed (The Betrothed, #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Hardcover, 400 Pages
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020



Summary: Hollis Brite, a daughter of nobility has captured the heart of the king. But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she’s dreamed of. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she wants is one she never thought to imagine.

As an absolutely MASSIVE fan of The Selection series, I was jumping for joy when Kiera announced that there were going to be more books from her! So, needless to say, I immediately went and put this book on my TBR, and I've been counting down the days until May 5th ever since. Who else is excited?!

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Spotlight: The Delinquent Crown (Olexia Legends, #1) by Sydney Faith

Today we are super excited to have Sydney Faith on the blog, so we can show you all about her newest release, THE DELINQUENT CROWN! So before we hit you with all of the need-to-know information about the book and Sydney herself, let's get into the excerpt...



EXCERPT TIME! 
*Drum roll*

“Are you sure… are you sure it’s safe?” Miri asked, wringing her hands. “Aren’t there… creatures?”

“Nothing to be scared of, you beldurra!” Kayta chided, floating on her back. The black makeup on her eyes and cheeks ran down her face when she dunked herself under the water.

“Only small harmless fish,” Siymin assured her, wading to the center of the pool.

Miri chewed her lip for a moment, untying her boots and taking off her socks. She dropped her jumpsuit on the ground, leaving her in shorts and a shirt as well. She walked to the edge of the water, stutter-stepping at the end of the grass.

“Miri, it’s fine,” Nick said, holding his arms out to the sides. He stood near the side of the pool where the water came up just below his armpits. “And the water’s great!”

Glancing to her right, Miri found a long, flowered vine growing on an overhanging tree. She reached for it with a smile and backed up, running toward the pond. She soared over the edge and let go, free falling into the water with a squeak.

“Look at you!” her brother said as she emerged from the clear water. She soaked in the pleasant sensation of warm water, rinsing away the dirt and grime on her skin. Miri laughed, swimming around the natural pool. It was droplet-shaped, the small edge draining to a brook that snaked through the forest and merged with the river.

“I miss that laugh,” Nick said quietly, more to himself than to his sister.
They swam and splashed each other until they became tired, sitting in the sandy shallow part of the water at the widest end of the pool.

Kayta was the first to hear the noise over the splashing of the waterfall. She shushed the conversation, pointing up with a single finger. A buzzing hum grew in the air. Kayta stood as quiet as possible, followed by the others.

“LaKaio?” Nick whispered. Following Kayta and Siymin’s lead, he crouched behind arching tree roots and overgrown bushes, trying to peer around them without being seen.

Siymin nodded with a tight upper lip, pointing out to the woods. Three LaKaio zipped by on their boards followed closely by six more.


About THE DELINQUENT CROWN! 

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Title: The Delinquent Crown (Olexia Legends, #1)
Author: Sydney Faith

Summary: Olexia is a wild and dangerous world filled with magic. Miri and Nick find Olexia by chance but choose their fate when they step through the portal. A shard of glass and a hastily-written letter from their mother are all they have to solve their puzzling past. In Olexia Miri and Nick find danger and unlikely allies, and with their help, they learn to wield their newfound powers and find out the truth about Olexia's buried secrets. When the ruthless Council leader learns the siblings harbor a powerful artifact, he sends his bloodthirsty LaKaio soldiers to hunt them down at any cost. With time running out and secrets about their past being revealed around every corner, Miri and Nick must decide if they're going to hide away or rise up against the sinister leaders of Olexia.


About Sydney! 


Sydney Faith

Sydney Faith is a young adult author who, after a lifetime of living in her make-believe worlds, decided to start sharing them at 17 in the form of books.When she’s not writing, Sydney enjoys creating YouTube videos about writing and books, baking and eating chocolate chip cookies, and thinking about writing. As a Midwesterner, you’ll find Sydney pointing out cows on road trips, enjoying the state fair, and complaining about the snow.



Doesn't this make you super excited for THE DELINQUENT CROWN? As fantasy fans ourselves, putting this post together was really exciting -- thank you to Sydney for sharing the excerpt and for being willing to work with us! And lucky for all of you, the book is already out, so you can read it RIGHT NOW!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—

Review: With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Title: With The Fire on High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Hardcover, 400 Pages
Published May 2019


Summary: With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

When I first saw the cover of this book, I knew I absolutely had to have it. I know, I know, I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes a gorgeous cover is what it takes to draw me in. So as soon as I looked into this book, I added it to my TBR, because it sounded really interesting, and -- like I just said -- the cover was absolutely gorgeous. I also read Elizabeth Acevedo's debut novel, THE POET X (you can read my review here!), so I had high hopes for this one. And let me just say, she definitely didn't disappoint.

As the summary explains, Emoni is a teen mom who is trying to chase her dream of becoming a chef, but things such as school, strict teachers, nasty girls at school, college (and the tuition it requires) are all standing in her way. But when she gets the opportunity of a lifetime to join a culinary arts class at her school, she's feeling a bit daunted by all of the challenges (both mentally and financially) that come with it. But when she takes that leap of faith and chases her dream, some unexpected things happen.

I absolutely LOVED this book, just as much as I loved THE POET X, if not more. For starters, the imagery of the food was absolutely gorgeous, and I loved the little recipes at the beginning of each section. I definitely am considering trying a few of them! As for what else I enjoyed in this book, I also loved Emoni's character and how she acted as a mother to Emma, on top of everything else she has to juggle, because no matter how stressful her life got, she always put her daughter first. I think seeing a teen mother in a YA book whose teen pregnancy is NOT the crux of the story was a really refreshing and positive change. 

Okay, now onto Malachi. He is just so adorable, and such a good friend and a good person to lean on, and every time he showed up on the page, I felt my heart flutter a little bit. He seemed like one of those genuinely good guys that everyone wants to get to know, and by the way everyone else in the book interacted with him, that certainly seems possible.

Seeing the way that Emoni worked so hard to make her dreams come true was really, really inspiring. If there's anything that I can take away from this book, it's definitely the idea that there is no situation too difficult to make your dreams shine through, even if it requires a lot of hard work and even some sacrifice. I was cheering Emoni on from the beginning of this book until the very end, and seeing everything she accomplished made me feel really warm and glowy inside.

Overall, I absolutely loved With The Fire on High. Not only does it have a gorgeous cover, but it also has some gorgeous imagery, characters, and themes. And it made me pretty hungry, as well! So if you haven't read anything by Elizabeth Acevedo yet, or you read THE POET X and wasn't sure if you should pick up her prose novel, I definitely recommend picking it up. I can't wait for more of Elizabeth's work!



 

Blog Tour: Forgotten by P.C. & Kristin Cast (Interview + Giveaway)

Happy Saturday! Today we are super excited to be sharing an interview with P.C. Cast as part of the FORGOTTEN blog tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! All three of us have read the HOUSE OF NIGHT series and are ecstatic to learn that there is a spin off to continue you on with. We have been Stark fans since 2011 and here we are 8 year later! Make sure to read through the interview and then to enter the giveaway to win a copy of FORGOTTEN and some swag! (I am filled with nostalgia now, I first began House of Night when I was 13 and now I am 21! *Insert shocked emoji*)


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ABOUT FORGOTTEN
Title: Forgotten (House of Night Other World #3)
Authors: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal 
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: October 29th 2019 
Summary: Before he was freed by Neferet, Kalona was imprisoned within the earth for centuries because of the Darkness in his heart. But what happened to the Other World’s Kalona? It’s as though he’s been forgotten, or maybe he never existed at all …  In the present, Other Neferet may have left her House of Night, but she has far from given up her goal of immortality and world domination. As she operates in secret to gain access to Old Magick, the new High Priestess, Anastasia Langford, works toward peace and acceptance for the vampyres of the Other World. But just as Other Kevin’s broken heart will take time to heal, peace in that world will also take time and work—and not all of the Other World vampyres want peace. After all, why should they return to being shunned by humans, especially when they’ve had a taste of how it feels to be in power? Meanwhile, Zoey is desperate to help rid the Other World of Neferet once and for all, and not knowing what’s going on over there is eating away at her. But, as the Nerd Herd warns, it’s far too dangerous to call on Old Magick time and again. As a distraction, she throws herself into her work and attempts to bring the humans and vampyres of Tulsa closer together with the first human-vampyre swim meet in history! It’s too bad that something always seems to go wrong whenever the stakes are high. What happens when worlds clash and powers that should be left alone are awakened? Can Other Kevin and his world heal from the wounds Neferet continues to inflict? Can Old Magick ever truly be harnessed and used for good? Or will Darkness extinguish Light and leave our heroes broken, hopeless, and as forgotten as Kalona of the Silver Wings? Don’t miss this second to last volume in the House of Night Other World saga!

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INTERVIEW!

TBB: There is always one thing that I’ve wondered since I’ve read your novels. I’ve been a fan since I was 13, what is it like being a mother/daughter writing team?
PC: I do all the writing in the HoN. Kristin has always been my frontline editor. When we do write together on other series we divide up the characters and whichever character is in the forefront of the chapter decides which of us writes the chapter. I love working with Kristin. I know she’ll always be honest with me and she definitely has my back.

TBB: What made you come back to the House of Night world? 
PC: When I realized the 10th anniversary of the publication of MARKED was near (actually, Kristin reminded me) I thought it would be lovely to write a surprise book – like a love letter to HoN fans – thanking them for a decade of loyalty. That book inspired a spin-off that’s been a lot of fun to write.

TBB: Did you ever have a struggle with creating new problems for your characters?
PC: Definitely not! It’s one thing that makes writing YA so much fun. Teenagers always have LOTS of drama in their lives.

TBB: Do you have any plans on staying with the Nerd Herd any longer?
PC: That’ll depend on whether another storyline speaks to me or not. I’m always happy to return to the HoN. It’s like coming home. 

TBB: One last question, my co-blogger Jessica, would love to know if she could take Stark out for a cup of coffee? She’s idolized him since she was 14 and she is now 21.
PC: Absolutely! Stark’s a sweetie and always open to making new friends.

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About P.C. & Kristin!
PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses. House of Night Other World, book 1, LOVED, releases July 11th. SUN WARRIOR, book 2 in the Tales of a New World series releases October 17th.

Keep Up With P.C.: Website / Goodreads / Twitter


Kristin Cast is a #1 NY Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful HOUSE OF NIGHT series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her French Bulldogs (Grace Kelly and Sir Laurence Olivier), and discovering new hobbies. This year she'll work on handstands, gardening, and taking her new puppy (Baloo) to puppy classes.

Keep Up With Kristin: Website / Goodreads / Instagram / Twitter


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Giveaway!
Win (1) of (2) HOUSE OF NIGHT OTHER WORLD bundles: a copy of LOVED, LOST and FORGOTTEN by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast and some swag (US Only)


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Blog Tour: Angel Mage by Garth Nix (Spotlight + Giveaway!)



Hi! Hello and happy Friday! Today we are super excited to be part of the ANGEL MAGE blog tour being hosted by the Fantastic Flying Book Club! 

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ABOUT ANGEL MAGE!
Title: Angel Mage
Author: Garth Nix
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: October 1st 2019 
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Summary:

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara. A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding. Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives. But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest. The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .

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ABOUT GARTH!

Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth’s books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, comprising Sabriel, Lirael; Abhorsen; Clarieland Golden hand; SF novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic,Newt’s Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence;The Keys to the Kingdomseries and others. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and the forthcoming sequel Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. A contributor to many anthologies and magazines, Garth’s selected short fiction has been collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge.More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists ofThe New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and his work has been translated into 42 languages. His most recent book is Frogkisser! now being developed as a film by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation. 
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GIVEAWAY!


Prize:2 finished copies of Angel Mage by Garth Nix(USA)


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