Here are some of my February favorites!
I was lucky enough to purchase The Fever King for free — one of the perks of being a Prime member. 😁 It tells the story of a technopath, whose family was killed by viral magic, now determined to infiltrate the magical elite and use his magic to take down the government. The Serpent’s Secret — a middle grade book about a 12-year-old girl who finds out she’s an Indian princess — promises a magical adventure full of Bengali folklore. And I’ve been eagerly anticipating The Priory of the Orange Tree ever since it was announced. I’m thrilled that it’s finally out in the world! It’s an epic fantasy full of assassination plots, forbidden magic, and dragons. (And I know I say this a lot, but have you seen the cover? SO BEAUTIFUL.)
I added Serpent & Dove to my Want to Read list after reading the first line of the synopsis: “For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife, and a wicked scar.” There’s an ancient war between the Church and witches, a young huntsman, and a marriage plot. I’m definitely intrigued! The Lady Rogue also features a hunter of sorts — a treasure hunter. The protagonists, Theodora and Huck, are not only trying to find Theodora’s father, but also a magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler. You might know him as Dracula… 😈 It might be a while until Monstrous Gods hits shelves, but the brief synopsis promises a girl chosen by the gods, a heretic sorcerer, and a ghostly presence. Having enjoyed Hodge’s Cruel Beauty, I’m looking forward to seeing what dark, magical tale she weaves in this book!
CANDLE: Victor Vale from Icey Designs
My husband is currently reading one of my favorite V.E. Schwab books — Vicious — and it reminded me of this candle. The label is perfection and mimics the blackout poetry Victor Vale is known for creating. And the scents — bergamot, pine, tobacco, and sandalwood — work together to create an alluring, smoky impression. In some ways, it reminds me of my favorite candle from last month. It seems that I might be partial to stronger, spicier scents during the winter. 🤔 Or maybe I just have a weakness for candles inspired by villains. (Let’s be honest. It’s probably both.)
BOOKISH MERCH: Book Sleeve from Story Time Sleeve
I own several book sleeves from Story Time Sleeve, but this one is my favorite. ❤️ Lately, I’ve been using it to carry around my ARC of Wicked Saints. It keeps books — especially paperbacks — secure, and the shop always stocks a variety of prints. These are quality sleeves that are made with care and lined in such a way that they don’t feel flimsy. If you’re someone who travels often or just likes to carry a book with them on the go, check out their Etsy shop and see if there’s something you like. I think they accept custom orders, too!
OTHER THINGS I’VE LIKED:
- After having a terrible reaction to a face mask last year, I’ve been hesitant to try anything new. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Pixi Glow Mud Mask. It’s helped my skin look brighter and clearer, and it doesn’t dry it out too much.
- I recently caught up on reading The Devil is a Handsome Man — a webcomic that follows a demon named Xolia as she makes a deal with the devil and begins to unravel not only a mysterious plot, but also her own past. The artwork is phenomenal, and the story grows more intriguing with every new chapter.
- Speaking of demons, I’ve been binge-watching the anime Black Butler. I’m very late to the party, but it’s a story about a young earl who makes a deal with a demon — a demon who makes it his mission to be one hell of a butler. (His pun, not mine.)