An author I followed on Instagram read an advanced copy of this novel, and since I'm working on a paranormal romance series set in New Orleans during Prohibition, I definitely wanted to sink my teeth into it!

There's something about the glamor and art deco of the 1920s that I absolutely adore. Pair that with a murderous angel, and I'm sold.


This novel starts with Ruby, high society daughter of Chicago's attorney, as she's in a bar, plotting to murder a man. The premise is great. We learn early on that Ruby can read minds, which is how she picks her victims. Not in a stalky-serial-killer way, but rather as an avenging angel. She only kills men that are already plotting to do the same to women.


Enter Guy. He's got a special gift as well. Though he's working in relative obscurity as a janitor in a lab, Guy is working there to get close to the one person that might be able to help him figure out his power: transformation. Guy can change his features, his size, his voice. He can completely become a new person.


Their paths collide unexpectedly, and what follows is a tale of murder, mayhem, and sweet romance.


This novel had a very YA feel to it, even though the main characters were adult ages. That was pretty much my only complaint. If anyone has any suggestions on 1920s flapper romances, please toss them my way!


Abbie

As a fan of Armentrout's From Blood and Ash series, I was very curious about some of her other novels. When I heard Wicked was being made into a movie on Passionflix, I decided to get a copy. It's been sitting on my shelf for a while, but I was in the mood to read something set in New Orleans, so off I went!

I didn't know what to expect when I started this novel. It felt strangely similar to a lot of the YA paranormal romance novels I read when I was in or just out of high school.


Ivy is a member of the Order, a secret group that hunts and kills fae that have crossed over into this world. New Orleans is a cesspool of the wicked creatures that feed off of humans. Early on, Ivy is on duty in the quarter when she catches a fae. As she's handling him, another man appears. He's fae, but he's not her usual fae.


Then he shoots her.


Ivy barely gets back to headquarters in time to have her wounds assessed. As she's recovering, she's introduced to Renald--Ren--a green eyes, dark-haired fellow from the Order in Colorado. The two are thrown together on patrols.


As Ivy and Ren work together, not only do they uncover secrets living just beneath the surface of New Oreans, but a budding romance between them.


Overall, I enjoyed the story. It wasn't as earth shattering to me as FBAA, but I will keep reading it when I get my hands on the next book. I'm excited to watch the movie now!


Abbie

The long anticipated sequel to The Witch King arrived through the library on release day! After adoring the first book, I knew this one would be just as good.

The story picks up two short weeks following the end of The Witch King. Still reeling from the betrayals in book one, Wyatt, Emyr, Briar, and friends are all trying to piece the world together while simultaneously hunting down those responsible for murdering Emyr in book one.


What follows is a beautiful story of trauma, love, and acceptance.


I really can't put into words just how much this novel meant to me. H.E. Edgmon wrote an amazingly diverse cast. From non-binary Jin, to the triad, to Emyr - fashion icon and king, to our main character, Wyatt, as he learns to accept himself for who he is. Not only is this an amazing novel with fun, fantastical elements, but the bigger story of acceptance of who one is was a beautiful message.


There was a lot of political intrigue as we saw a lot more interaction with the other fae courts, as well as witches and changelings.


As I said last time, this novel has beautiful representation of best friend relationships, the likes of which I have never seen written in another story.


All in all, this was the perfect read to happen during pride month!


Abbie