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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Gravemaidens is a debut novel by Kelly Coon — and again, you guys — I am blown away by the talent these debut novelists have this year! I’ll be honest, I mainly wanted to read this book because of that cover! Y’all, I’m a sucker for beautiful covers, and I’m happy to report that the story inside matched all its beauty and more.

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove is a story that features enemies to lovers and good versus evil — two of my favorite tropes in literature and pop culture. In this book, there is basically war between the church, kingdom, and witches. The church is burning witches for their crimes against humanity, while the witches are trying to reclaim the land they lost to the royal family. Mixed up in all of this, is Lou, a witch who has abandoned her coven and is living on the streets. She is both feisty and hilarious, and her brazen actions put her in the path of Reid Diggory, the captain of the church’s Chasseurs.

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

You guys, I am shocked! The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White was so much more than I could have hoped for. Pretty much all I know from the King Arthur stories I learned from the show Once Upon a Time, and even that is a little hazy for me, because my memory is lacking. But, I am down for any and all retellings, especially those surrounding Kings and Queens from long ago and fae magic! I just saw the new Maleficent: Mistress of Evil movie this weekend, and all I kept thinking about was this book! So, even before reading the rest of my thoughts, if you’re into that kind of thing, too, then add this to your TBR immediately!

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Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn

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Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn

Every year, I try to get out of my comfort zone and read something a little spooky for Halloween. So, when I saw Resurrection Girls floating around my bookstagram feed I thought I’d give it a try. I’ll admit I didn’t know anything about it, but the cover has a skeletal hand, which to me screams “spooky season”. Guys, I was wrong. This book does have its moments that left me feeling uneasy, but overall it is just a depressing and confusing story.

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Soulwalkers by Cassidy Thomas

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Soulwalkers by Cassidy Thomas

I really wanted to like this book, you guys! The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis promised everything I love from an urban fantasy/paranormal book. But, upon reading the story I was completely let down, which is a shame because there was so much potential. The whole idea that someone could walk another person’s soul and see their past, present, and future, with the touch of their hand is so intriguing. Add in the fact that Kia physically experiences what happens on those walks, and that there is a time limit on her life, really adds to the story and kept things exciting enough for me to continue reading when all I really wanted to do was the dreaded DNF due to the writing style, lack of setting, and unlikeable characters.

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

Book friends, I have been in such a mystery mood lately. I don’t know if it’s just me taking in the spooky season, or if it’s a new trend happening in YA. Books tend to come in waves, and Songs from the Deep was very reminiscent of The Wicked Deep and House of Salt and Sorrows — which if you follow me over on Bookstagram you may know what that means — yep, I really enjoyed this one!

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Oh my gosh you guys! Shea Ernshaw has done it again!! Winterwood is a deliciously magical book that I am head over heels in love with. There was so much magic, suspense, and mystery woven together by the absolutely gorgeous writing. I will admit that it was a slow start, and for a while it felt like I was being hit over the head time and time again with the fact that Nora is a witch and nobody likes her for it. But, during those first few chapters we learn through entries in the family’s spell book all about the generations of Walker women, born with magical gifts and destined to be alone. There are also spells included that correlate to each of the Walker women that are just that little something extra that I adored. I may have to let my inner witch shine through and try out some of these spells for myself!

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

Hello, world! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to say when you start a blog? Well, if you’re here because you follow me, Shannon, on Instagram — then hello, book friends — and welcome to our blog! My husband, Jamey, and I are so excited to start this new adventure with all of you. So, let’s get on with the introductions and what you can expect from us over here in our little corner of the internet.

I’m Shannon, a 33-year-old stay at home mom and professional reader. Yeah, that’s right, I work my butt off on the daily with no pay. But that’s ok, because my better half, Jamey is a 34-year-old Senior Application Security Engineer for a major financial institution here in the United States. He’s a Certified Ethical Hacker working the long hours protecting people’s livelihoods from the bad guys, all while making enough for us to live comfortably. Jamey and I have been together for the last 14 ½ years, and we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this past Valentine’s Day. We share two beautiful children together, as well as two cats (and if you really want to get technical, we also have two fish that live under our roof).

Jamey has dreamed of us starting a joint blog about books and coding for as long as I can remember. I personally didn’t think anyone would care about what I had to say. For a while my life was full of dirty diapers and sleepless nights. Yeah, I could have shared my thoughts on books, but without an IV of caffeine the posts would have been those of a madwoman. Well, two months ago my life completely changed. Both of our children were about to start school full time, and I decided it was time for me to get my feet wet in the book blogging world. So, I started my bookstagram page, and y’all, I was (and still am) blown away by all the support I have received from the bookish community. Your kind words and encouragement have helped me to finally feel ready to dive into this whole blog idea, and Jamey couldn’t be more thrilled.

So friends, Jamey loves all things computer-related, and if I’m being perfectly honest, I care nothing for technology. He will be a vital part of our team making sure the blog runs smoothly, and he will also provide information to any of you that are interested in the magical world of coding, hacking, and computers. Jamey is also a reader when he can get a spare moment, so be on the lookout for his thoughts on the books he reads and if we happen to read the same book — lucky you — because you’ll get two reviews for the price of one click!

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