Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Release Spotlight: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore (Kelly Jones) | A Poison Dark and Drowning (Jessica Cluess)

Today I spotlight an enchanting standalone, and a solid sequel!

The first is Murder, Magic, and What We Wore, a delightful alternate Regency mystery standalone by Kelly Jones. I thoroughly enjoyed the fun and fashionable read with its engaging story, endearing characters, and enchanting magic, and highly recommend it for fans of Gail Carriger and the Glamourist Histories series by Mary Robinette Kowal.

The second is the second book in the Kingdom on Fire series by Jessica Cluess: A Poison Dark and Drowning. I found it a solid and entertaining sequel with enchanting magic, vivid description, and dark twists (you can check out my 4 Scribble review here), and I look forward to the final book in the series with a little dread but great interest. Recommend for alternate historical horror fantasy lovers looking for a chilling and thrilling read.

If you haven't yet checked out these titles, see below for more info and order links!


Murder, Magic, and What We Wore
Title: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore
Author: Kelly Jones
Publisher: Knopf BYR
Release Date: 9/19/17

The year is 1818, the city is London, and 16-year-old Annis Whitworth has just learned that her father is dead and all his money is missing. And so, of course, she decides to become a spy.

Annis always suspected that her father was himself a spy, and following in his footsteps to unmask his killer makes perfect sense. Alas, it does not make sense to England’s current spymasters—not even when Annis reveals that she has the rare magical ability to sew glamours: garments that can disguise the wearer completely.

Well, if the spies are too pigheaded to take on a young woman of quality, then Annis will take them on. And so she crafts a new double life for herself. Miss Annis Whitworth will appear to live a quiet life in a country cottage with her aunt, and Annis-in-disguise as Madame Martine, glamour artist, will open a magical dressmaking shop. That way she can earn a living, maintain her social standing, and, in her spare time, follow the coded clues her father left behind and unmask his killer.

It can’t be any harder than navigating the London social season, can it?

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A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, #2)
Title: A Poison Dark and Drowning
Series: Kingdom on Fire #2
Author: Jessica Cluess
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 9/19/17

The magicians want her to lead.
The sorcerers want her to lie.
The demons want her blood.
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?

In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.

Henrietta doesn't need a prophecy to know that she's in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook's system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

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My Review

Check out the first book in the series!

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)
Book 1: A Shadow Bright & Burning

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