Thursday, June 23, 2016

Books for Fans of The Prince & Me

Do you remember the movie The Prince & Me? It came out in 2004, and it stars Julia Stiles as Paige Morgan, an American college student who unknowingly falls in love with a prince.

We took our cue for this post from The Prince & Me and gathered a collection of books that feature American girls who fall in love with real-life princes, have royal weddings, or learn they are noble themselves. Here's to all of us who enjoy a modern fairy tale romance.


The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan:
When American Rebecca Porter begins her year abroad at Oxford, the first person that she meets at her new school is Prince Nicolas, heir to the British throne. Falling in love is the easy part. What comes next--the royal obligations, the paparazzi, the royal family--is much more difficult. This book is snappy and just pure entertainment. I highly recommend the audio book.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright:
Evie Gray is attending Oxford, her deceased mother's Alma Mater. Prince Edmund, the younger of the two British princes, is also attending Oxford, and the two soon start dating. Encouraged by letters her mother wrote long ago, Evie is also investigating her family history. What she discovers will change everything.

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot:
The first adult installment in Cabot's ever popular Princess Diaries series, follows Princess Mia and her prince charming as they plan their royal wedding. Of course, there are a few bumps along the way. Pesky press, meddling grandmothers, and scheming politicos, to name a few. With all of the quirk and snap of the rest of the series, here's Princess Mia all grown up,

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase:
Hardworking Samantha Rousseau has her life turned upside down when she learns she's an heiress to a duchess. Alex D'Lynsal, crown prince of Lilaria, is tired of scandalous headlines and having all his relationships scrutinized by media. He goes to America to try and escape all of that. There he meets Samantha and realizes that maybe he's not so ready to swear off relationships. Sam must navigate this new world of politics, wealth, and her feelings for a prince.

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton:
Becca is not very enthusiastic about the family trip to Europe because no one in her family seems to have time for her. She's lonely and miserable until she meets the mysterious Nikolai. She begins spending every spare moment with him never knowing that he is the runaway prince of Mondovia. Love gets complicated when royalty is involved, especially when the royalty in question is lying about his identity.

The Runaway Princess by Hester Brown:
Amy Wilde's new boyfriend, Leo, is secretly a prince and heir to the throne of Nirona. Dating a royal has quite a few perks, but the downsides are pretty hefty as well. As Amy stresses about meeting Leo's parents, staying in a castle, and dealing with the press, she starts to wonder if falling for a prince means losing herself. Sweet and fun, The Runaway Princess, features charmingly relatable characters, even if they are royal.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Favorite Reads of 2016 (the halfway mark)

We are joining with the big The Broke and the Bookish crew and their Top Ten Tuesday this week. This week's topic? Top Ten Books of the Year So Far. The year is almost half over, and we have read so many great books already.

We didn't want to spill the beans too much on our Favorite End of the Year Reads, so Paige and I each picked five of our favorites. And let me tell you, sticking to just five was not easy.




JoLee's Top Five


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows: This book is so much fun. YA is flooded with super serious books, and it was nice to read something so charmingly, self-consciously funny.


Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse: I bought this book on a whim from Audible, and I ended up loving it. It's about a group of teenagers working for the resistance in Amsterdam during WWII.


A Room with a View by E.M Forster: I've loved the movie for years but didn't read the book until recently. I found it just as charming. I love the fusty, early-20th-century British humor.


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: This book is powerful, beautifully written, and contains so much heart. It does what historical fiction must do it it's to be done well: it gives a face, a name, and real emotions to the individuals who experienced the events we read about in history books.


Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup: With its gorgeous prose and tight framework, this book is the quiet kind of book that I love best. It handles big issues like racism, class, and sexuality on a personal level.


Paige's Top Five



The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet: A story about two teens who believe they are responsible for the deaths of people they love. This book is full of secrets and mysteries, and I loved watching them unfold.


Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead: The concept behind this book--can three friends survive middle school--is deceptively simple and doesn't begin to convey the depth of detail and heart within its pages.


Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt: Beautiful, tender, heartbreaking. Gary Schmidt captures things so perfecting. Truly lovely.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I'm a little late to the Fangirl party, but I have to admit, you guys were right. It's just really great in every way.


The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: Once again, I wrest a favorite away from JoLee. What a fabulous conclusion to one of our favorite series.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Recently Acquired Books from All Sources

We are joining the folks over at Tynga's Reviews for their Stacking the Shelves feature.



From the Library:


When We Collided by Emery Lord: I read Emery Lord's debut, Open Road Summer, before it was released, and it was such a great find. I've been following her newest publications ever since. When We Collided came out in April of 2016, and I recently picked it up from the library.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain: I really am enjoying this trend of writing fiction based on the lives of extraordinary historical women. Circling the Sun is about Beryl Markham, airplane pilot, racehorse trainer, and African colonist. (Featured here)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: I read an early copy of Red Queen last year, and I just had to know what happens next. Glass Sword has some second-book problems, but I finished it wanting more, which is always a good sign.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan: The story of an American girl who falls in love with the heir to the British throne. I don't know a whole lot about this one, but I do know that Janssen over at Everyday Reading loved it.


From Audible:


Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse: I picked this one up during an Audible sale, and I am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed this book. It's the story of a group of young people who are part of the Nazi resistance in Amsterdam during World War II. I highly recommend the audio version.

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster: Here's proof that I sometimes read classics. A Room with a View was the book club pick for May, and I absolutely adored it. It's so funny in that fusty early-20th century British way.


For Review:


With Malice by Eileen Cook: A teenage girl wakes up in a hospital room and can't remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend. This sounds like a fast-paced thriller, and I recall that Eileen Cook's last book also involved memory loss. Interesting... (Out June 7, 2016)

The Graces by Laure Eve: The Grace sisters are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They are also said to be witches. This book sounds like a really fascinating mash-up of a couple of popular YA themes. I'm definitely eager to crack it open. (Out September 6, 2016)

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge: I've read all of Hodge's books to date. Her first, Cruel Beauty, is a retelling of Beauty the Beast and her second recasts Red Riding Hood. She excels at world-building, and I can't wait to see what she does with Romeo and Juliet. (Out September 27, 2016)

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter: This newest book in the Jackaby series is my most-anticipated book of the summer. This series is clever and spooky, and I so excited to find out what happens next. (Out August 23, 2016)



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Reading on a Theme: Set in Baltimore

To celebrate the release of Karen Hattrup's gorgeous Frannie and Tru, I've gathered books that are set in Baltimore. Luckily, there are many. I didn't even have to do much digging (although you know I did some, just for kicks). I picked these YA novels because they represent a number of genres. We've got Baltimore in past and in the fantastical past and in the present and the in the fantastical present.

I've actually wanted to put together a Baltimore post for quite some time. It's really fun for me to read books that are set so close to home, and, as I've been thinking about this post, I've realized that Baltimore is probably the only place I've lived that could support a post like this. I can't think of very many books that are set in Colorado Springs (although Percy Jackson does visit that city twice!), Provo, or even Kansas City. I think that makes me like Maryland even more.

Have you read any novels set in your hometown? I'd love to here about them.

Historical Fantasy:
In the summer of 1889 Amelia van den Broek, from small town Maine, goes to Baltimore for the Season to find a husband.  There she begins to see visions at sunset; visions that come true. And these visions are not always pleasant. As the summer progresses the fortune telling gets more and more out of control, and Amelia has moments where she fears her gift. She also is drawn to Nathaniel, an artist who is not her social equal. This book started out kind of rocky for me but soon the plot started to really suck me in. It builds to a feverish climax. Amelia visits a number of city sites (Druid Park stands out). The Victorian romance is all very proper, and Nathaniel and Amelia fit


Realism:
Frannie lives with her parents and her twin brothers in a row house in Baltimore. This book is set during the summer before her sophomore year when her cousin Tru comes to stay with her family. I fell hard for this book. Debut author Karen Hattrup does such an excellent job evoking the feel of the city in the summer. With its gorgeous prose and tight framework, Frannie and Tru is a quiet kind of book. But it's the good quiet; the quiet that I love best. While it handles big ideas, like racism, class, and sexuality, it does so on a personal scale, through Frannie and her engagement with the world, and I thought that Frannie, with her youth and naivete, was a really refreshing character. Frannie and Tru is out May 31, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley.

 
Paranormal:
Those born after The Shift can see and talk to ghosts. Aura has never enjoyed this part of her life very much. Between working for her aunt's law firm that frequently goes to court for ghosts and being accosted by desperate ghosts everywhere, Aura's more than a little sick of it all. Then Aura's boyfriend, Logan, dies, and Aura actually wants to spend time with a ghost. Jeri Smith-Ready created a fascinating alternate reality in Shade. One of the scenes that has really stuck with me is when Aura and Zachary go tour the ghost-filled submarine in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. I wasn't crazy about the love triangle in this book, but I did love the melding of fact and fantasy.

 
Contemporary: 
The Sullivans are an old, affluent Baltimore family, so it comes as a shock when, on Christmas Day, Grandma Sullivan, known as Almighty, declares that someone in her son's family has deeply offended her, and she is cutting the whole family out of her will unless that person confesses. Each of the three Sullivan sisters, Norrie, Jane, and Sassy, has done something to offend their grandmother. Told in three parts, the confessions overlap in time and, with each confessional, more secrets are revealed. Natalie Standiford's Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters is a lot of fun. I like how each confession builds on the last and how each sister has her own voice, and, of course, I love that it takes place in Baltimore. 

 
Historical Fiction:
Joan Skraggs lives a life of drudgery on a Pennsylvania farm in 1911. After her father forces her to drop out of school and burns her books, Joan decides she's had enough. She runs away to become a hired girl in Baltimore. I love that Laura Amy Schlitz's book offers a glimpse into Baltimore's past. For Joan, Baltimore is like a whole new world with its elevators and streetcars and electric carpet sweepers. Joan writes of her new life in her journal. Bright, curious and eager, but also naive and prone to imaginings, she reminded me of Anne Shirley. She, like Anne, gets herself into a number of scraps. Funny and insightful, The Hired Girl is a delightful read.


All books reviewed by JoLee.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blog Tour: Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel and other Girl Spies

Welcome to the next stop on the Lies I Live By blog tour! Callie, from Lies I Live By, is a psychic and a government spy. To celebrate the release of this fabulous espionage-filled book, we have gathered nine additional YA books that feature girl spies. We have girl spies in historical fiction, steampunk, fantasy, and contemporary. Truly something for everyone.

It felt like the sky was the limit with this topic, and I had a hard time narrowing down the list to just ten girl spies! So, if you have a favorite spy novel, please share it with us in the comments!

And, don't forget to enter the giveaway below. We are giving away THREE finished copies of Lies I Live By! Best of luck!


Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel

Publisher / Year: Katherine Tegen Books - May 31, 2016

Genre: YA Paranormal

Source: Review copy from the publisher

 
Callie Sinclair is literally out of her mind; as the government’s youngest psychic spy, she finds valuable information for top-secret missions. Her work keeps her headaches at bay, but it means she must lie to everyone she loves, including her longtime boyfriend, Charlie.

When a new psychic arrives at the office, Callie can’t help but flirt; Jasper already knows her in a way Charlie never will. But as her love life gets more complicated, so do her visions. People halfway around the world seem to be in danger...and people in her own backyard, too. If Callie can’t find a way to alter future events, she could lose the people she loves—and her mind. Literally.






Callie from Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel:
Callie is the youngest psychic spy in the San Francisco office, but keeping her work a secret is especially challenging for a teenager living at home. I really liked how Callie was an official government agent, but that she is also not against bending the rules a bit when it comes to protecting her loved ones. The psychic powers are definitely a fun twist on the traditional spy novel.

Peggy from Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel:
Peggy poses as a lady in waiting to Princess Caroline in the court of George II of England where she becomes embroiled in court politics. I am always up for court intrigue, and Sarah Zettel's series is just a lot of fun. It's set during an interesting period of history, and it inspired me to do a bit of research into the Jacobites and the Hanoverian era.

Verity from Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson: 
In this alternate history, the British still rule the American colonies in 1888. Verity Newton uses her position as governess for a upper class family to spy for the rebels who hope to overthrow the magic-wielding British with steam-powered machines. I love a good alternate history, and I thought this one, with its great characters and interesting premise, was a lot of fun.

Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir:
After Laia's brother is taken by the Martials, Laia seeks the help of the rebels, but their price is steep: she must spy on the Commandant, the head of Blackcliff Military Academy, for them. And let me tell you, the Commandant is insanely scary and violent and basically a complete nightmare. This book is addictive, and the sequel comes out in August, so now's the perfect time to jump on this bandwagon. 

Samantha from Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown:
Near the beginning of the Great War, Samantha Donaldson is recruited by La Dame Blanche to infiltrate the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Her mission is to extricate another LDB agent. Among the many complications is the the fact that Samantha only knows the agent's code name: Velvet. WWI historical fiction definitely takes a back seat to WWII fiction, and I enjoyed reading about an earlier era.

Sophronia from Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger:
When Sophronia Temminnick's mother enrolls her daughter at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, she doesn't know that the school really exists to train young ladies for covert operations, and that Sophronia is their ideal recruit. Carriger's Finishing School series is the epitome of a riotously good time. With steampunk perfection, boarding school antics, and a cast of clever and humorous characters, this is a series for every spy-girl lover.

Wilhelmina from The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: 
Wilhelmina Korte is an outlaw, but she should be a queen, and she has a plan to take back her kingdom. For the first step, Wil and her best friend Melanie infiltrate the palace posing as refugees from Liadia. There, as spies, they will gather the information they need to launch their attack. There's so much good stuff in this book: illegal magic, a deadly magical fog, a dying king, a stuck-up prince, a handsome guard, and the Black Knife, a vigilante who fights crime in the city of Skyvale.

Verity from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein:
Set during World War II, Elizabeth Wein's tells the story of spy Verity and her best friend Kittyhawk. Trapped in Nazi territory on the wrong side of the English Channel, Verity, in order to buy time, draws out her interrogation by writing the story of their friendship in the guise of a confession. All the praise you've heard about this book is well deserved. The writing is superb. The action is harrowing and horrifying. The friendship is so real. This book is crazy good. 

Cammie from I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter:
The Gallagher Academy may look like a typical boarding school for upper-class families but, in reality, it is a spy-training school. The Gallagher Girls Series is six books strong, and it chronicles the education, adventures, and misadventures of Cammie Morgan and her friends from her sophomore year to her senior. The Gallagher Girl novels are fun and quick reads. They also get increasingly more sophisticated as the series progresses.

Persis from Across the Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund:
In a gender-swapped retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel set in a post-apocalyptic world, Persis Blake is the Wild Poppy, the greatest spy of her time, but no one would ever guess it due to her carefully constructed Persis Flake persona. This book is a true beauty. Peterfreund's worlds are so intricate, interesting, and well-described. Her characters are smart and incredibly complex. The whole thing comes together just beautifully.


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ABOUT LAUREN SABEL:


Originally from the Rocky Mountains, Lauren Sabel has returned to the cool mountain air of Boulder, Colorado after living in several wonderful cities that she will always love and continue to visit year after year.

Lauren loves her husband, her family, her friends, and stories that end happily. (Unfortunately, hers never do.) She also loves digging into her mind and revealing tiny gems she didn’t know were there. 

Lauren learned to mind dig while getting her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa, a Buddhist college in Boulder, Colorado. Before Naropa, Lauren studied film in Rome, where she developed her love of crypts and other beautiful creepy things. She also worked in the film industry in New York and San Francisco, focusing mainly on film festivals, as she can never pass up a good party. In San Francisco she worked for Chronicle Books, where she was inducted into the fascinating world of book publishing. 

For the past eight years, Lauren has been teaching college students the joys of creative writing, whether they like it or not.

In 2008, Lauren was published in Undiscovered Voices, an anthology of the best new writers for children in the U.K., where she was living at the time. Then life got very exciting very quickly. She signed with Jodi Reamer Esq. at The Writer’s House Agency in New York, and they made magic happen, and that magic is named Katherine Tegen. (aka: Katherine Tegen Publishing, Harper Collins).

Lauren's first book, Vivian Divine is Dead was published June 3 2014. She's currently working on her next book, which she can't wait to tell you about (but has to wait just a little while anyway).

Lauren believes that being a teenager is an act of courage, and is proud of anyone who manages to stick through it, despite the pain. :)



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reading on a Theme: A YA Summer Romance

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means that summer is officially here. (Does it feel like summer where you live? We have had such a rainy spring that I'm still wearing sweatshirts most days.) There's just something about summer that calls for a little romance, and, since I love a seasonally appropriate read more than most, that's what I've got for you today. Don't these covers just scream summer? Pick any one of these books and settle in for a romance-filled summer.

On the Farm: 
Ever since her mother passed away, Rose Darrow has done everything she can to keep her family's farm running, sacrificing her own plans to do so. Bodhi Lowell is the Darrow's hired help for the summer, and he has his own rough past. At first, Rose is resentful of his intrusion, but soon the two can't deny their attraction. I am a sucker for a good setting, and A Walk in the Sun has it in spades. Michelle Zink paints the Darrow farm with a soft rosy glow and transported me to another world. The pacing in this novel is fairly sleepy, but, to me, that set the tone perfectly for both the setting and the romance. I read it in two sittings. A Walk in the Sun is out May 3, 2016. Review copy from Edelweiss.

 
On the Road:
If you've fallen in love with Emery Lord's newest book, When We Collided, might I suggest you give her debut novel a go. Not only is Open Road Summer wonderful, but it's also a perfect summer read.  Reagan's spending the summer on tour with her best friend Dee, otherwise known as teen country star Lilah Montgomery. It's suppose to be a girl's only summer, then a PR disaster forces the tour to bring on Matt Finch, formerly of the Finch Four, to open for Lilah. I absolutely adored Emery Lord's debut novel when I read it in 2014. This book excels at both romance and friendship. Matt Finch is pretty dreamy, and Reagan and Dee have a real friendship that's deep but not idealized. 


On the Page:
Summer Days and Summer Nights is the perfect seasonal read. With stories by Leigh Bardugo, Cassandara Clare, Jennifer E. Smith and many more, there's something for everyone in this collection. The tales explore all types of summer love from first loves to lost loves and breakups to makeups. There's also a good mix of straight and LBGTQ relationships. I especially enjoyed the wide range of settings and genres in this collection with both contemporary and futuristic settings and stories that fit squarely in the horror and paranormal genre. Stephanie Perkins and Libba Bray's tales were among my favorites. Summer Days and Summer Nights is out May 17, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley.


On the Island:
On the eve of her annual summer trip to visit her mother in Hawaii, Sloane McIntyre learns her best friend and her boyfriend have betrayed her. One broken hand and broken heart later, Sloane arrives in Hawaii determined to escape the mess she left behind. Finn McAllister proves the perfect distraction until Sloane realizes her distraction has grown into something much truer. The Hawaiian setting, the warm, summery cover, and the promise of surfing in Summer of Sloane were too enticing for me to pass up. I also really liked that Sloane was a competitive swimmer. This is Erin L. Schneider's debut novel, and I'll be interested to see what she does next. Summer of Sloane is out May 3, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley.


On the Charts:
Wilamena Carlisle's mother was an astrologist, and, after her death, Wil became obsessed with the zodiac. This summer her planets will align, making it the perfect time for her to find love. If she doesn't seize this moment, she's going to have to wait another seventeen years. Soon Wil is entangled in a love triangle with one boy who perfectly matches her astrological tables and one who does not at all. Darcy Wood's debut is a cute summer read, especially if you are at all interested in astrology. I enjoyed Wil's quirky character traits and understood her desire to honor her mother's legacy, even if it did get a little out of hand. Summer of Supernovas is out May 10, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley.

All books reviewed by JoLee.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book Bargain: Jackaby and Beastly Bones by William Ritter

I love William Ritter's Jackaby series with a fervor that I reserve for just a few books. Jackaby made my list of favorite debuts in 2014. I read Beastly Bones in 2015 and loved it even more than the first in the series! It easily secured a spot on my favorites of the year list. I just about fainted from excitement when I got an early copy of the upcoming Ghostly Echoes. All that love, my friends, is why I had to shout to the world this fabulous ebook deal. 


Jackaby by William Ritter

Published: September 2014 by Algonquin Young Readers

Genres: History Fantasy / Paranormal

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.


Jackaby is featured on Intellectual Recreation in Reading on a Theme: Serial Killers and the Supernatural.


Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Published: September 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers

Genres: History Fantasy / Paranormal

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“I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.


Beastly Bones is featured on Intellectual Recreation in Reading on a Theme: Historical Detective Duos


Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

To be Published: August 23rd, 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers

Genres: History Fantasy / Paranormal

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Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancĂ©, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.



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