Have you bought or received any new books recently?
October was a good bookish month for me. I found several free kindle ebooks on Amazon, I was pleasantly surprised to have won two giveaways, and I attended a book fair. What’s also exciting about this haul is that all of the books are by new-to-me authors.
The books I’m most looking forward to reading are Class Act, Turning, and Wildfire Griffin. Probably not this year but hopefully next year I can set aside a month to binge read some of the unread books on my Kindle because I have WAY too many and it’s easy for me to forget them. That’s the bookish life!
Here are the new additions to my bookshelves:
Scholastic Book Fair
Class Act by Jerry Craft
Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood
Sunny Makes A Splash by Jennifer L. Holm
Goodreads Giveaway Wins
The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober
Turning by Joy L. Smith
Free Kindle Reads
Alien Lord’s Captive by Mina Carter
Before Dawn by Suzanne Halliday
Falling for Zeke by Sara Blackard
Meant to Be by Melody Grace
Seaside Summers Box Set (books 1-3) by Melissa Foster
How I feel about having gotten more books so soon: 😑
But also: 😆💕😆
Another book haul? Yes, indeed! In my humble bookish opinion, this ebook haul is overflowing with epic and awesome. I am ecstatic that I now own a copy of these stories. Did I go overboard? *pretends not to notice the many many many unread books* Nah! Especially since I saved a lot getting them as ebooks.
Here are the next books I’ve added to my e-bookshelf:
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis
I know the author and I wanted to support her debut novel. Such a lovely cover too!
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When an ambitious female artist accepts an unexpected commission at a powerful earl’s country estate in 1920s England, she finds his war-torn family crumbling under the weight of long-kept secrets. From debut author Courtney Ellis comes a captivating novel about finding the courage to heal after the ravages of war.
Alberta Preston accepts the commission of a lifetime when she receives an invitation from the Earl of Wakeford to spend a summer painting at His Lordship’s country home, Castle Braemore. Bertie imagines her residence at the prodigious estate will finally enable her to embark on a professional career and prove her worth as an artist, regardless of her gender.
Upon her arrival, however, Bertie finds the opulent Braemore and its inhabitants diminished by the Great War. The earl has been living in isolation since returning from the trenches, locked away in his rooms and hiding battle scars behind a prosthetic mask. While his younger siblings eagerly welcome Bertie into their world, she soon sees chips in that world’s gilded facade. As she and the earl develop an unexpected bond, Bertie becomes deeply entangled in the pain and secrets she discovers hidden within Castle Braemore and the hearts of its residents.
Threaded with hope, love, and loss, At Summer’s End delivers a portrait of a noble family–and a world–changed forever by the war to end all wars.
Awakened by Moni Boyce
It’s been a long while since I’ve read books featuring vampires and witches. It’s a short read and was a free kindle book.
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Secret lineage, a ruthless vampire, and forbidden love.
Willow Stevens dreams of stardom are eclipsed by the real nightmares of a sinister man haunting her dreams. Unbeknownst to her, Eli Walker, her hot but snobbish co-worker, may know the reason nightmares plague her, but their history shows he is more prone to reject her, than help her.
Then Willow passes out at work only to wake in Eli’s apartment. There she has her chance to learn more about her heritage. But, knowing why the vampire king stalks her doesn’t make the nightmares disappear. If anything, they become more real as she now faces off against a slew of creatures she’d always believed were myth.
That Eli is one of those creatures is just her luck. Secret witch guild or not, his natural ways are casting spells her heart can’t escape. As a Protector his only focus should be her safety. Anything else is forbidden. He plans to stay in task, but some women break a man, or tempt him to break the rules.
Can Eli keep Willow alive and safe from the vampires long enough for her to grow her own powers or will both cast aside rules for a reckless passion that will only lead to danger?
Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert
A free kindle read by an author I want to read more from.
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Second chances shouldn’t be this sinful.
Laura Burne‘s husband is a monster, her diamond ring is a trap, and her pregnancy is the push she needs to finally escape. She runs away seeking safety… and finds Samir Bianchi, her long-lost teenage sweetheart.
With his kind eyes and dirty smile, Samir’s still hot as hell—and he still treats Laura like a goddess, baby bump and all. The wild boy she spent one magical summer with is every inch a man, and he’s more than ready to care for her tiny family.
But Laura’s been keeping a secret Samir might never forgive. When she finally confesses, will he remain by her side? Or is this fairytale ending too good to be true?
Endure by Sara B. Larson
This concludes the trilogy and I’m already on the edge of my seat wondering how Alexa will prevail.
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At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.
When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
I need more of the wonderful Brown sisters in my life. Plus this was an irresistible $1 that I saw by chance😂
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Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…
The Highlander’s Pirate Lass by Heather McCollum
This was a review buy after reading Julie @ One Book More’s reviewand Ashley @ Red-Haired Ash Reads’sreview– thank you, thank you! 💙 – but also I’ve been wanting to read Heather McCollum’s books for a while.
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Eliza Wentworth is no lady. After the notorious pirate Jandeau murdered her family, she vowed to spend the rest of her life at sea, saving others. She’d rather be firing cannons than embroidering pillows—or worse, bowing to the demands of a husband. But when she’s stranded on an island off the coast of Scotland, now she is the one in need of help. And, annoyingly, that help comes not only from a man, but a man she struggles to resist.
Highlander Beck Macquarie has never met a woman like Eliza. He hasn’t met many women, period, thanks to the blasted curse set upon Wolf Isle decades ago. To save the clan, he needs a wife and bairns, and rough-around-the edges Eliza is anything but wife material. She has no intention of staying once she’s able to set sail again. He should let her go. But the desire between them is impossible to ignore.
When she asks Beck to teach her the ways of the bedroom while she bides her time on his island, he can’t say no. As they learn more about each other, though, past trauma and secrets resurface. Now, Eliza must choose between the freedom and comfort of the only life she’s ever known and sacrificing it all to save the people she loves…including Beck.
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
A free kindle title that I just had to get because the plot sounded super interesting – I might read it really soon. Also, the cover of this edition is glorious.
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She never felt like she belonged…until magic pulled her into a world beyond her wildest imagination.
Sixteen-year-old Aurora wishes she were anyone else. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she believes things can’t get any worse. But when she’s kidnapped and dragged through an ancient tapestry into the magical world of Avalonia, she soon discovers that some dreams can easily turn into nightmares.
Hunted by the evil tyrant Queen Morgana, who will stop at nothing to get rid of the last surviving heir to the powerful Firedrake dynasty, Aurora struggles to fit into her new life as a mage at the prestigious Academy of Evolon. Threatened by treachery at every turn and desperate to prove herself worthy, she uncovers a dark, complicated web of political intrigue that threatens the very existence of the seven kingdoms of Avalonia.
Aided by the powerful Duke of Silverthorne, a fae friend, and a handsome but mysterious outlaw called the Black Wolf, Aurora struggles to master her magic and get her rare powers under control before it’s too late.
If she fails, her new home and her family will be enslaved forever…
Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons
A highly anticipated 2021 release and conclusion to a duology described as Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator.
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Two gods are dead. The Mother Goddess has returned. War is rising.
Fleeing the ruins of Deimos, Ash and Madoc sail across the ocean toward their only possible allies: the water and plant gods. But when Anathrasa attacks on the way, Ash leaps to the defense—by using a power she didn’t know she had.
When Madoc made the fire and earth gods mortal, he inadvertently transferred their magic to Ash. Now, if Ash can get energeias from the other four gods, she will be powerful enough to end Anathrasa once and for all.
But not all the gods want the Mother Goddess defeated. To stop her, Madoc will have to become the obedient son his mother always wanted, and Ash will have to take a merciless place among the gods.
To defeat an immortal, Ash and Madoc must fight like gods—even if it means sacrificing their humanity.
Have you recently added any new books to your shelves? Also, if you’ve read any of these, what were your thoughts?
I found some great books to add to my tbr that I am super excited about, especially since they were all free Kindle books.
Last week I was scrolling through bookstagram and an author I followed posted that one of her books was free, so of course I headed straight to Amazon and bought it. Honestly, I meant to buy just that one book but then things quickly snowballed and I hauled away with 8. 😂
This haul includes fantasy, fantasy romance, and paranormal romances. A bonus was all of the absolutely gorgeous covers that are cover buy worthy.
I am one happy bookworm! 😊
Soulforge by Brian Zeeff
In a quest for truth, two reluctant heroes reignite an ancient war, and discover a threat that may destroy all magic.
Five years after a mysterious explosion killed their fathers, Lord Draxian Kalenthos reunites with his lifelong friend, Prince Arros Nemendes, to discover the ‘real’ truth behind the tragic accident. However, when their search leads to the discovery of a portal to another world, hidden amongst an ancient ruin, reality disintegrates around them, transporting them from the peaceful, magic-fearing land of Ellandor, to the land of Kohr – a world without sun, and the nexus of all magic.
They must quickly learn to survive in a world pulled partially into the Realm of Shadow by a fallen god, and corrupted by the insidious touch of the Spirit Realm. They join forces with two deadly Hunters, a Blade Master of legendary skill, and Kyreena, an escaped slave with an unknown past. As the group navigates the horrors spawned by Kohr’s violent red storms, Draxian and Arros uncover dormant powers within themselves and the disturbing realization of their true destiny.
Prince of Desire by Donna Grant
Lucian, a prince of a secret kingdom, must find his mate and return with her to Drahcir before time runs out. He’s unprepared for Isabelle and the insatiable appetite he has for her. But will the passion they feel be enough to convince her to venture to a hidden kingdom where magic is a way of life?
Isabelle has resigned herself to her life until a fascinating, devilishly handsome Lucian walks into her life. He shows her desire and adventure that shakes the foundations of her world. She can’t live without him, but can she give up the life she knows for one she can’t begin to imagine?
Love and Danger (box set)
TEN dangerous books from bestselling suspense authors fill this limited-time boxed set! If you love powerful heroes and strong heroines, this one’s for you…
LOVE AND DANGER will only be available for one month (February 2021).
Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade
You think it’s safe to walk alone at night. It’s not.
You think the only threat is other humans. It’s not.
Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real.
And I’m about to become one of them.
My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there’s a way to save her. There’s something the princes of hell want more than my mother.
So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live.
I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn’t expect beauty. I didn’t expect magic.
I didn’t expect love.
But the princes are keeping secrets from me.
Secrets that could shatter everything.
Blood Laws by Lexi C. Foss
The lines between illusion and reality blur as a dark romance brews between two unlikely soulmates…
Stas isn’t your average human. She can bend others to her will, a psychic talent she’s kept hidden since the brutal murder of her parents.
Issac isn’t human at all. He’s an immortal masquerading as one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors while secretly seeking revenge against a former ally.
A fateful meeting ends in a seductive proposition. As their lives intertwine, secrets are exposed and passion ignites. It’s a bond built to last a lifetime, if they’re willing to risk everything to protect it.
Kiss of a Dragon by Alisa Woods
LUCIAN I am a Dragon Prince of the House of Smoke… and I am dying. Five hundred years is truly enough for a man like me. A monster. Yet a ten-thousand-year treaty will die with me, if I don’t spawn a dragonling to take my place. My two brothers are no use in this task. It falls to me, the eldest by a hair’s breadth, and yet, I cannot face the horror of another sealing. Another death. Another woman’s blood on my hands.
ARABELLA I was saved from death in a dark Seattle alley by an impossibly beautiful man who swooped in on golden wings. Now he’s taken me to his lair, opened my eyes to a world of immortals I didn’t know existed, and given me an impossible task—find him a mate. Then, and only then, will he set me free.
He needs her more than he wants; she wants him more than she should; and the fate of both the mortal and immortal worlds depends on not just repairing their hearts, but finding a Love that’s True…
Charm by J.A. Armitage
You think you know the story of Cinderella… The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. With a hundred men to choose between and her wedding planned, all she has to do is pick one. But love can sometimes be found in the most unlikely of places and at the most inconvenient of times. Cynder knows about the impending war between the people of magic and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch supporter of equal rights for his own kind, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. When the two meet, sparks fly and not just the magical kind… Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.
Ruins on Stone Hill by F.P. Spirit
What do you get when you mix a novice wizard, a reckless warrior, a sharp-tongued thief, & a saintly cleric? Swords, sorcery, & sarcasm.
Glolindir thought he knew all about magic until he came face to face with his very first monster. He only survived thanks to his new friends: a gallant warrior as talented as he is reckless, a mysterious halfling whose knives are nearly as sharp as his tongue, and a saintly gnome whose very touch can heal.
Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of their troubles. Strange things have been happening around the little town of Ravenford. Before they know it, they are up to their necks in monsters and worse.
From eerie ruins to underground caves to a ghostly forest devoid of life, they encounter the forces of darkness. Can they overcome their faults and work together to save the town, or will they die trying?
Enter a world of magic and adventure in this fun tale of heroes in the making.
Have you bought or checked out from the library any new books?
Last week was rough for me but the highlight was getting three new books that I’m really excited about and have had my eye on for a while. I happily embrace these beautifully covered books 💙
Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass LGBTQIA+ Fiction, Middle Grade, Sports
Twelve-year-old Ana-Marie Jin, the reigning US Juvenile figure skating champion, is not a frilly dress kind of kid. So, when Ana learns that next season’s program will be princess themed, doubt forms fast. Still, Ana tries to focus on training and putting together a stellar routine worthy of national success.
Once Ana meets Hayden, a transgender boy new to the rink, thoughts about the princess program and gender identity begin to take center stage. And when Hayden mistakes Ana for a boy, Ana doesn’t correct him and finds comfort in this boyish identity when he’s around. As their friendship develops, Ana realizes that it’s tricky juggling two different identities on one slippery sheet of ice. And with a major competition approaching, Ana must decide whether telling everyone the truth is worth risking years of hard work and sacrifice.
Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Now That I’ve Found You is a YA novel about searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places.
Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .
Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.
With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.
Tarnished Empire by Danielle L. Jensen Dark Shores #0.5 Young Adult Fantasy
DEFIANCE IS TREASON. TREASON IS DEATH.
A siege is laid against the last resistance to the Senate’s rule. As the battle rages, a commander, a soldier, and a rebel will decide how far they are willing to go for victory. THE COMMANDER
Marcus is forced to choose between destroying the rebel forces and liberating his legion. He must face the true cost of being a leader. And an oppressor.
Agrippa sets his sights on glory to fill the deepening void within him. He discovers that the price of fame might not just be paid in blood, it might be paid by his heart.
Silvara joins the rebel forces to fight against the legions who would see her family dead. While she dreams of being a warrior, she finds her sharpest weapon is seduction. But to defeat the Empire, she’ll have to betray the young man who now has her heart.
Inspired by the harsh world of ancient Rome, readers are obsessed with this martial tale of fiery romance, friendship, and enmity. Told from three points of view, TARNISHED EMPIRE is filled with twists you’ll never see coming but will keep you turning the pages all night.
TARNISHED EMPIRE is set in the world of Danielle L. Jensen’s DARK SHORES. But readers new to the world can begin here.
I’ve been thinking about this question lately because it often comes up in bookish circles. Much like learning we have different ways to read and enjoy stories. I thought then to maybe write a blog post on my thoughts about audiobooks, physical books, and ebooks.
A U D I O B O O K S
I used to listen to audiobooks during my early days as an avid reader. I remember listening to (and liking) books by Tamora Pierce and John Flanagan. I read more than listened to books back then. Nowadays I don’t listen to audiobooks anymore. I wouldn’t be able to focus on the story. If I did decide to listen to an audiobook, it would have to be a book that I’ve already read and loved so that I don’t miss out on anything.
E B O O K S
When I first started getting into books I didn’t like ebooks. I didn’t think I could enjoy a story the same way I would with a physical copy. Then one year, I was gifted a kindle and decided (with some trepidation) to use it. As the years went by I used my kindle more and more. Now I’m a fan of ebooks and its many benefits.
Ebooks are definitely a money saver and I like being able to carry a bunch of books around with me in one convenient device. I also like that I can read on my laptop or tablet, an added bonus to ebooks. I receive most of my NetGalley arcs as ebooks, so in that regard my kindle has been very beneficial to me.
P H Y S I C A L B O O K S
I will always prefer to read a physical book. I love holding a story (tangible magic) in my hands. I love the feel and look of it. And how can I resist that new book smell?! There’s just this special connection I get when reading from a physical book. I also love seeing some of the books I’ve read on my bookshelves. Books are the perfect room decor.
All in all, I prefer physical and ebooks but am not opposed to audiobooks. I’ve recently seen some rave audiobook reviews of books I love, such as for TJ Klune’s “Tales From Verania” series. Now I’m kind of interested in maybe trying a few. NetGalley recently added audiobooks to their site, which was big bookish news this month.
What are your thoughts on books, ebooks, and audiobooks? What is your preferred way to read?
I’m still on a book buying ban, which has been excruciating. BUT I figured it’d be okay (though it’s hard-core cheatsiedoodling) if I bought books that didn’t cost any money. Last month I browsed through Kindle books for who knows how long and found a few that sounded appealing.
Here’s my belated April mini haul:
#TheRealCinderellaby Yesenia Vargas
A modern-day teenage Cinderella. An all-star varsity basketball player. Will the chemistry disappear when they go from anonymous to face-to-face?
Geeky Ella Reyes is at the bottom of the totem pole at Westwood High. Her ultra-popular stepsisters refuse to be seen with her at school, and every day she comes home to a mountain of chores.
Ella’s only friend (and maybe crush) lives on the other side of her phone’s screen. She and Baller929 know everything about each other, except their real names.
When they have a chance to meet at her school’s Halloween ball, Ella must figure out a way to get there without her stepmom or stepsisters finding out.
Is revealing her identity to Baller929 worth risking the one good thing left in her life? Or is he too good to be true?
Believe In Meby Amy Sparling (Jett #1)
Jett Adams is the fastest sixteen-year-old motocross racer in the state. Growing up as the kid prodigy of famous racer Jace Adams, Jett has lived in a world of dirt bikes, money, and everything he could ever want. With more than enough girls to choose from, Jett prefers to stay single and live in the moment.
Keanna Byrd’s life has been one broken home after another. When her mom dumps her with the Parks for the weekend, Keanna is pretty sure her mom may never come back. Now she’s stuck overstaying her welcome with Park and Becca, who are nice enough, but she doesn’t exactly know them.
The Parks own a dirt bike track with the Adams and while Keanna is waiting on her mom to return, she spends a lot of time hanging out alone. Jett is under strict orders to make her feel welcome, but they’re from two different worlds and everything he does seems to get under her skin. Keanna has known guys like Jett before and she’s smart enough to stay away from someone whose looks can get him anything he wants. After just a few days, Jett can’t stop thinking about her. But if he wants her to see him as anything other than some cocky rich guy, he’ll have to show her his true feelings and make her believe in him.
Alphaby Regan Ure (Forever #1)
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Hayes is living her life by her own rules. Losing her parents at a young age has made her strong and fiercely independent. She knows exactly who she is and nothing is going to change that. Everything starts to change for her when she moves to a new town. She meets Cade Presley. He is domineering and arrogant which makes her detest him at first sight. She learns a secret that will unravel her perfect life and lead her into a world she never knew existed. Embracing her new life is difficult when it pulls her closer to Cade. Finding out you are destined to be with someone forever is hard to handle especially when you want to throttle them every time you see them. The attraction she feels for him is undeniable and there is no fighting destiny.
Deceptionby Stacy Claflin (The Transformed #1)
What if your whole life was a lie?
Alexis Ferguson thinks she has everything figured out, but has no idea how wrong she is. Set up on a blind date, she meets a gorgeous stranger and feels that she’s known him her entire life, but she has never seen him before.
He awakens in her long-forgotten dark memories, and now she must face the one who ordered her death years ago. Will she learn to use her strange new powers in time to save herself? Will she let him help her? Should she trust him?
Here’s my last book haul of 2019, then it’ll probably be a long while before I get more books. In this mega haul, I got 8 books, 3 ebooks, and 3 e-ARCs via NetGalley.
BOOKS THESE REBEL WAVES by @sara_raasch GLOW OF THE FIREFLIES by Lindsey Duga (@linzduga) THIRTEEN RISING by Romina Russell (@rominagarber) ROAR by @coracarmack THE ROYAL TUTOR (Vol. 12) by Higasa Akai BACKSTAGE PRINCE by Kanoko Sakurakoji THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca Ross (@beccajross)