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The Nemesis by S.J. Kincaid

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The Nemesis by S.J. Kincaid

Today, I want to talk about The Diabolic series by S.J. Kincaid. I just finished the third and final book in the series, The Nemesis and holy Toledo this conclusion was amazing! But before I say anything else about this last book, I need to say that every time I am in Books-A-Million, I see multiple copies of The Diabolic (and now also The Empress) in the bargain section for $3 or less. Heck, I even got my copy from that bargain section 3 years ago! It really just boggles my mind that this amazing series is just flying under the radar. I mean, in the year that I have been on Bookstagram, I have seen The Diabolic talked about twice, which is a damn shame. I love this series so much, that it was one of the very first series I talked about on the Bookstagram platform, and whenever someone asks for an underrated series, this is the one I recommend they should read.

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The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

I know nothing about Les Misérables (shame on me), but I am a sucker for French historical fiction. So, when I saw The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant pop up on my radar I knew I just had to read it, and boy oh boy was it good! I seriously couldn’t put it down!

This story is about a girl named Nina. When her sister, Azelma, is sold off to the cruel Tiger, Lord of the Guild of Flesh, Nina is thrown into the secret underground world of thieves, ghosts, assassins and more. Nina becomes the Black Cat of the Thieves Guild, and as the Black Cat, she makes plans to save her sister from the life of drugs and prostitution that the Guild of Flesh is notorious for. However, with the cost being another girl’s life, Nina is not able to follow through. She then spends the next few years scheming and planning to not only save her sister’s life, but also the life of the girl she almost lost-her adopted sister, Ettie. Nina’s adventures take her deeper into the Guilds, to the court of French royalty, and onto the streets of Paris, where there’s unrest and an uprising being planned.

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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of YA contemporaries. It’s not the genres fault, it’s just that I’m not in the age range these books are targeted towards. So, when I first saw that this book was being released, I wasn’t dying to get my hands on a copy, but it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and being someone who loves a good retelling, I thought why not give it a chance. I’m so glad I did!

I have read so many Beauty and the Beast retellings, and Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon one was so refreshing to me. It may be because this one is not set in a fantasy world, but at an elite boarding school. Also, I think the introduction of Indian culture and superstition surrounding the curse may have played a big part in my enjoyment of this book. Plus, the characters were such a treat. They had their moments, when all I wanted to do was knock some sense in them, but they ended up growing and changing for the better.

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

by Jamey
John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

Just to be clear from the start — John Dee and the Empire of Angels is not a book for everyone. It provides an excellent and remarkably granular history of John Dee and Edward Kelly, and for that reason alone I would recommend it. However, this book (unlike any other historical record of John Dee), goes balls deep into Dee’s angelic scrying sessions with Kelly, and then goes even further to relate how those scrying sessions went on to influence the realms of science, as well as the Western Esoteric Tradition in its entirety. If you are interested in occult studies, it is extremely interesting to follow the thread of Dr. John Dee and see how his impact inspired countless esoteric teachings and philosophies of the modern era.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House absolutely blew me away. I have read Leigh Bardugo before (The Grisha Trilogy) — Six of Crows is still on my TBR — but this book was entirely different from “The Grishaverse.” When comparing The Grisha Series against this first book in The Alex Stern Series, I would compare the Grisha series to a child perceiving the fantasy of what magic might be, which developed over time into Galaxy Stern, a real world, hardened survivor, whose very being and situation pulled her into a world she never expected to be in; a world where she eventually blossomed into a darkly-enlightened real-world practitioner of the occult — but not to meet her own ends — to act as one of the shepherds who oversees the other practitioners and holds them accountable in order to keep the magic in order and to keep the ritualists in check.

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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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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

I promised a follow-up review to This Mortal Coil for the sequel, This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada. I also promised to follow up on the technological themes posed by this series, and how in the very near future, we could easily see this work of fiction merge more into an account of fictional events based on non-fiction technology. Personally, I think this series to be slightly ahead of its time [in a good way], as to show readers what kind of scenarios could play out in our future. For readers who are not tech-savvy, this would probably be a 3-star read. For me, knowing about the underlying technology and just how realistic this book is, boosts that up to a 5-star read. Emily Suvada knocked it out of the park with this one, which was equally as good (if not better) than This Mortal Coil.

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

There are not many books that really “get” me. I tend to get bored easily by fiction of any type, especially if it is not very realistic. Also, the virus trope got old in the early 2000s. That being said, this book really resonated with me in a strong way, and I officially got “got.”

This Mortal Coil is a book about DNA, the brain, hacking DNA, hacking the brain, and everything in between. Being a Certified Ethical Hacker and Information Security professional, this was right down my alley. It helped that the viruses in this book were both physical and virtual, which allowed me to ignore the played-out trope and focus on how realistic the scenarios in the book actually were, and could possibly foreshadow a very real potential future.

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