Here’s the thing about writing Happily Ever Afters: it helps if you believe in them.
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
Beach Read, much like it’s name, is not at all what I anticipated it to be. Neither did I anticipate loving this book as hardly as I came too when I read the first couple of chapters. It crept up on me slowly as I became more entwined with January and Gus, much like they become entwined with one another and slowly, fall in love.
Spoiler Free Review Title: An Illusion of Thieves Author: Cate Glass Series or Standalone: Chimera, #1 Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Adult Publication Date: May 21st 2019 Publisher: Tor Format: eArc Source: Netgalley Star Rating: ★★★★☆ GOODREADS
3 1/2 stars. I knew very little about An Illusion of Thieves when I requested it from Netgalley. Honestly, it was the divine cover that drew me in and I was happy to escape to a new, Italian inspired fantasy world.
An Illusion of Thieves centres around Romy, who at ten years old was sold by her mother to a procurer for the Moon House; an establishment where anonymous, unblemished girls and boys are transformed into courtesans to please men or women of wealth in both seemly and unseemly ways. For nine years, Romy was the companion and favoured courtesan to the Shadow Lord – a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all.
Although it was not a life Romy chose, she is not ashamed and enjoyed the privileges of being a member of the Shadow Lord’s palace. But when her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy’s aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life—and the price is her banishment.
Back in Beggar’s Ring, she has just her wits and her own long-hidden sorcery to help her and Neri survive. But when a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and incite civil war is uncovered, only Romy knows how to stop it. To do so, she’ll have to rely on newfound allies—a swordmaster, a silversmith, and her own thieving brother. And they’ll need the very thing that could condemn them all: magic.
Out of the Ice follows Laura Alvarado as she ventures to the South Safety Island base in Antarctica. Her mission: to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment on Fredelighavn, an old whaling station that is now an Exclusion Zone. But this ghostown, a treasure trove of 1950s culture, isn’t as it vacant as it seems.