Review: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 387 pages
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Doubleday
Source: Borrowed via library
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.

Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Blog Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Today I'm thrilled to host Kerri Maniscalco for the "Stalking Jack the Ripper" blog tour hosted by the inimitable Hannah @ Irish Banana Tours!

Stalking Jack the Ripper features a badass, feminist main character, Audrey, and an oh-so swoony male lead, Thomas. This historical mystery thriller novel based on the Jack the Ripper murders will chill and excite and does not hold back on the gore. 

Rachel's Fear of (Book) Commitment

I am notorious for starting things and never finishing them. Most notably tv shows and books. I have read so many first books in series, yet often I lose interest before I can pick up the subsequent books. Or I have to wait for the next book, and I detest waiting. My attention span is quite short, so if the next or final book isn't out within a year, my interest usually wanes, and I move on to another book obsession.

A Torch Against the Night Gif-y Review

I'm thrilled to join the TORCH blog tour today! TORCH was somehow even better than AEITA, and I'm already yearning for book 3. TORCH really brought out all of the emotions, so today I compiled a collection of GIFs that I think perfectly captures my feels and emotions and actions while reading this book.

August Wrap Up

I totally dropped the ball again. I forgot to post a July wrap up! Now I've completely forgotten everything that happened. Oh but I went to Canada (Montreal and Quebec) with my brother, and it was such fun. Highlight: we went zip-lining across waterfalls taller than Niagara Falls! 

Review: A Torch Against The Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: AEITA #1
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 452 Pages
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC via publisher
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Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own - one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape... and kill them both.