Top Ten Tuesday!


I chose ten quotes this week from books I haven’t read but I would like to. I’m quite keen to get started on finishing this list this year. The actual theme for TTT this week is different, but I went about my own way. However! If you’re keen to follow the trend and partake. Here are the details, as usual. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Each Tuesday a topic is assigned and then you post your top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

And now…my list.

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The Moloka’i Series. (Double Spotlight)

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  • Series: Moloka’i
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin;
  • Publish Date: October 4, 2004

This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead, she discovers it is only just beginning.

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  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Page Count: 320
  • Publication Date: February 19, 2019

The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka’i

Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka’i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama―quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa―was forced to give up at birth.

The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II―and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel.

Daughter of Moloka’i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka’i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women―different in some ways, similar in others―who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka’i have been awaiting for fifteen years.

ALAN BRENNERT is the author of Honolulu, Palisades Park, and Moloka’i, which was a 2006-2007 BookSense Reading Group Pick; won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year; and was a 2012 One Book, One San Diego Selection. He won an Emmy Award for his work as a writer-producer on the television series L.A. Law.

Go High! {A Review}

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Point Books
  • Publish Date: February 19, 2019 (Tomorrow!!) 

Believe in the America that reaches higher.

Go High is a photographic collection of First Lady Michelle Obama’s warmth, wisdom, and belief in a future that is bright. As you move along these pages, you will find moments in time that spotlight Michelle Obama’s compassion, verve, and dynamic approach to unifying people from all walks of life. Beside these photographs of our 44th First Lady are some of her most compelling words―her earnest expression that the United States of America is a place of unity, fairness, vitality, and optimism.

Take a nostalgic look back through Michelle Obama’s heartfelt embrace of the American people, and her persistent encouragement to always lift one another up, reach higher, and rise to the occasion.


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Alright, before anyone accuses me of being political, this is not that. This is me appreciating a book about a woman who used to be First Lady, one whom I respect and admire for her intelligence, her wit, her appreciation of the little things. I love how she gets right in there and gives big hugs and chats about anything and everything. And I love how she loves her dogs, Bo and Sunny. ❀

She is an honest woman and I admit freely that she is a role model of mine. Michelle Obama is known for her many roles, her life and her willingness to speak firmly but with honesty and heart behind her words. She was sort of thrust into the spotlight and dealt with the cruelty of the press regularly. (I do believe the press plays favorites and demonizes one side.) She did a great deal with Dr. Jill Biden for veterans and their families.

Anywho. Do you miss Michelle? I do. (That’s the length of how political I’ll get.) She brought a down to earth vibe to the White House that I sorely miss. I always thought it felt like you could walk in and she’d probably greet you with a hug. I remember seeing that she would pop into White House tours with Bo and Sunny (or just Bo) and greet everyone. Still, this book encompasses that feeling; it features many of her more famous–and less famous–sayings. I think we all agree that ‘When they go low, we go high‘ is definitely her most famous and a personal favorite of mine.

If you’re looking for some positivity and a reason to smile? This book is it. I couldn’t help but smile reading some of the quotes, because they almost seem like mantras for living a happier life. I highly recommend it.


“When you are struggling and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember something
and that is the power of hope—the belief that something better is always possible if you’re willing to work for it and fight for it.”

—Final remarks as First Lady, School Counselor of the Year Reach Higher Event,
January 6, 2017


Renegade Women in Film and TV: A Review.

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I consider myself a feminist. Not the sort who hates men and thinks the world would be better without them, but one who believes in true equality between the sexes. In every


Rita Moreno.

Dorothy Dandridge.

field and every facet of life, I want women to have the same opportunity that any man gets. No matter where they started out in life, their race, religion, sexuality, anything like that, men can succeed. But a woman? Sadly, that doesn’t happen. Women are not yet equal despite all the progress we make. But I firmly believe that we’re on the trajectory to that true and real equality. That’s a whole speech for another day, but I do hope you understand.

However, there’s a new wave of encouraging girls and young women, which I think is fantastic. Girls can be anything, do anything. Don’t ever let anyone hold you back, ladies. To paraphrase Peggy Carter (MCU) and Captain America (comics): If they try to keep you from reaching your goal, it is your duty to plant yourself before them, like a tree, and look them in the eye and say, “You move.”

Basically, I’m someone who grew up with the Spice Girls and believed in ‘girl power!’ And I still do, thank you very much!

What does that have to do with this? A lot. You guys, this came up on a retweet I saw and it grabbed my attention. Renegade Women in Film and TV. Just that title intrigued me! I was delighted to get this copy because of the subject and also the obvious: that artwork. It grabs your eye right away and invites you in. If you love it and want to see more of it, you can visit Austen Claire Clements’ website.


This book includes 50 women who have made the film industry what it is today. We go from “19th-century iconoclast Alice Guy-BlachĂ© to 21st-century trailblazer Ava DuVernay.” There are names both familiar and unfamiliar; women who have put in the work, only to have history forget them or for men to get the credit and glory. Nowadays, more and more women will follow the lead–or make their own. And to that, I say, rock on, sisters!

Hattie McDaniel.

The beautiful thing about this book is that it includes all sorts of women. No one is left out. White, black, latinx, LGBTQ, trans, cisgender, Jewish, atheist…et cetera. The common theme is how they are breaking or have broken the glass ceiling. From women that some of us have likely never heard of to other powerhouses whom everyone knows. Each of them has paved a way for generations of women to come. My favorites were Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Barbra Streisand (who was interviewed for this book. Cue my fangirling.), Hattie McDaniel (Mammy from Gone With The Wind), Rita Moreno (also interviewed!), Laverne Cox, Oprah, Patty Jenkins (director of Wonder Woman)…all of them are amazing and I feel all the better for having learned who they were. Each bio, although short, is filled with just enough interest to have you going, ‘wow!’ You can’t help it; there’s such a great deal to learn.

I adored this book, which I’m sure is blatantly obvious. I love history and I love entertainment. I was most certainly a target for this book and I am so glad that I spotted it. I’m also thankful that I was granted a copy for review. It’s one that I will definitely recommend to friends and family. If Old Hollywood interests you or if you’re just in it for some of today’s big names, there is something here for you.

And if you think some names are missing, check the back! They get love too. Like Tina Fey for example. There’s plenty more to see and learn. There’s also a list of works you can check out to see the women mentioned, or that they directed or produced. I would highly recommend it. I also had fun looking on YouTube to see if I could find any more about these powerhouses.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll see.

Guest Post: Susana Aikin


Wilton’s Music Hall of East London

Music halls can be traced back to the taverns and coffee houses of 18th century London where men met to eat, drink and do business. Performers sang songs while the audience ate, drank and joined in the singing. By the 1830s taverns had rooms devoted to musical clubs. They presented Saturday evening Singsongs, and Free and Easies. These became so popular that entertainment was put on two or three times a week.

The Interior of Oxford Music Hall, London, late 19th century. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The taverns, saloons and supper rooms would have been noisy and difficult places in which to perform. The audiences chatted throughout the acts and could be very unruly, often throwing things at the performers – bottles, old boots, even a dead cat. Industrial towns favored hurling iron rivets.

Music sheet cover for ‘The Simple Pimple’, color lithographic print, published by Francis, Day and Hunter, late 19th century. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Locals made up the vast majority of East End audiences. Charles Dickens described the Britannia’s audience in 1860:

“Besides prowlers and idlers, we were mechanics, dock-laborers, costermongers, petty tradesmen, small clerks, milliners, stay-makers, show-binders, slop-workers, poor workers in a hundred highways and byways. Many of us on the whole were not at all clean.”

A pub in the late Victorian era, shown in ‘Behind the Bar’ by John Henry Henshall.

In some halls, bottles carried by the waiters were chained to the trays and the orchestra was protected from the missiles by steel grilles stretched over the pit.

An artist impression of trapeze performers in a Victorian music hall

Singing and the comic song remained at the heart of the music hall, but gradually the acts increased in diversity. All sorts of ingenious and strange specialty acts developed: contortionists, illusionists, acrobats, dancers, animal tamers, trick cyclists, and ballet girls. The music hall bills had fabulous combinations of every form of entertainment imaginable.

Lottie Collins, the singer/dancer who could make any song popular throughout London

While women were not allowed initially in the middle-class song and supper rooms, working-class women went to the taverns. In the early days, they would often accompany their husbands and bring along their children, and even babies. Charles Dickens declared in disgust that the pit had become ‘a virtual nursery’.

Lady’s Thursdays

Later women were encouraged to attend the music halls, believing they would have a civilizing influence on the men. Ladies’ Thursdays were introduced, where women could accompany a gentleman to the hall. However, gentlemen did not necessarily take their wives for a night out. Prostitutes would walk up and down the aisles of the auditorium touting for customers, and the halls developed a vulgar reputation.

Music sheet cover for ‘The Ratcatcher’s Daughter’, 19th century. Museum no. S.2768-1986, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

By 1875 there were 375 music halls in Greater London, which meant many performers were required. Throughout the 1860s it became more common for women to perform in the halls. Performing was a way of escape and independence for working-class women. Many women achieved, if not stardom, a decent living on the halls, and such was the glamour of Music Hall that several married into the aristocracy.

The Kaufmann Troupe circa 1900

If music halls were first born out of the pub song and supper rooms in the 1830s, by the 1850s they had evolved into something quite different. Housed in great, ornate, built-for-the-purpose buildings seating 700 to 1500 people, music halls signaled the new style of mass entertainment, particularly for the working classes. They were the first widespread mass entertainment to appear in Britain, they appealed to everyone, they drew in people from all walks of life.

Music sheet cover for ‘Bother the Men’, sung by Mrs Howard PaulMid to late 19th century

But something else took place in these venues. Through topical songs they kept their audiences informed of parliamentary bills, changes in the landscape of London, political intrigues, as well as domestic relationships and trials. The songs were witty, clever and occasionally stolen from the poetry of great poets. But above all, they educated audiences about their rights and kept them informed about the current social and political situation. And this began to be viewed as highly dangerous.

Music Hall audience, by ThérÚse Lessore

The last two decades of the 19th century saw steady efforts to control and regulate music halls; subversive tactics of alteration of song topics to drive them away from political information; enforcement of measures to reduce alcohol, the presence of prostitutes, and slowly introduced higher paying audiences.

Enter a captionToday, walking down Graces Alley towards Wilton’s Music Hall is a bit like stepping into another world – or rather back in time to the mid-19th century

After World War I, and with the advent of cinema, radio, and eventually television, music halls began their decline and those that didn’t incorporate these new forms of new media ended up closing down. But they will always be remembered as having had a special place in the history of mass media and having influenced generations of comedians and performers.

(a belated) top ten tuesday!

I meant to post this yesterday, but my old laptop died. It was pure luck that I was able to get another one. So, in the next few days, I’ll be posting things that I meant to post already! Without further ado…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. The theme thisweek was Favorite Couples In Book.


Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara. They are my forever OTP. Scarlett is a hellion. She’s blunt, feisty, single-minded, spoiled stubborn…and yet, she endures. She is determined and Rhett is her match in almost every way. Ultimately, we know he leaves but I have always liked to think Scarlett got her man back.

Melanie and Ashley Wilkes. These two are a pair that is perfectly matched. Forget that they’re distant cousins. Melanie’s more docile nature is a perfect fit for Ashley, who is quieter and a dreamer. He is a good man and Melanie is a good woman. They’re sweet together and they definitely warm your heart. One should hope that they have a happy marriage, though, it is tragically cut short.

Jo March and her sister, Beth. Hey, it’s my favorite pairings; no one said it had to be a romantic relationship. Like with Scarlett, Jo is a stubborn spitfire and Beth is like Melanie. She’s sweet and docile. They are opposites but Jo longed to be more like her. They complement one another, providing Jo with a tender side and a guiding light.

Alexander and Eliza Hamilton. They had their issues, this is very true. Alexander stepped out on Eliza and lord knows, he had put her through hell previously with his arguments and his position as Washington’s right-hand man. (People were jealous.) But ultimately, after his death, she lived for 50 more years. Most of what we know about A.Ham? (Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?) Eliza.

Lestat de Lioncourt and his confidence. The Brat Prince and his ego are one of the greatest love stories of all time. Let’s face it. Lestat knows he’s the shit and he doesn’t hide it. He is who he is and he owns it. So I definitely love Lestat and his self-confidence. However, if you are going to make me choose a person, he and Louis will always be my favorite pairing. They always come back to one another..

Also I love this fan cast of Tom Hiddleston as Lestat and I’m keeping it that way, lol.

Henry Sturges and Abraham Lincoln. Hey, don’t judge me. I don’t know if it was me, but there were definitely some curious vibes and I will not lie, I wondered. But as friendship, I loved the dynamic. Henry is a vampire, yes. Abe is a hunter. But he wouldn’t be that hunter if it weren’t for Henry. He has a sharp wit about him. and Abe is more deadpan with a dry wit. They simply work together well.

See the source imageDiana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont. Take a witch (who is spellbound and doesn’t really enjoy her power anyway) and an old, respected vampire…add in that their respective ‘kinds’ are not meant to be together, a lot of history, a missing book that a lot of people want, a lot of chemistry both awkward and hot…and yes, that is Diana and Matthew.

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Ned Stark and Catelyn Tully. I am going more off the TV than the book, admittedly, but I loved them. They say they looked at one another, how they trusted in each other…save for how she treated Jon Snow, I saw her as a good mother. Sadly, their union ended in bloodshed and in heartbreak.

However, the North remembers.

Harry and Hermione. Just putting it out there that Harry and Hermione are my OTP, but it is what it is. I just always adored their dynamic. She challenged Harry and he challenged her. But there were moments where they gave them a deeper moment, where it begged the question of ‘will they? won’t they?’ She seemed to understand Harry more and they just got on so well.

Queen Victoria and Lord M. Daisy Goodwin’s book had the pair wondering if they See the source imageshould or shouldn’t say anything. They clearly felt for one another and you can’t help but wonder what would have happened if they’d acted upon those feelings. I would have liked to have seen but, you know. History. And protocol, more than likely. And Victoria’s devotion to her husband, Albert, would never have allowed for such an affair. However, in the book, I did enjoy the possibilities.

Polaris Rising: A Spotlight.

  • Series: The Consortium Rebellion (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager
  • Publish Date: February 5, 2019

“Polaris Rising is space opera at its best, intense and addictive, a story of honor, courage, betrayal, and love. Jessie Mihalik is  an author to watch.”–Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.

Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battlecruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancĂ© captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for


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Jessie Mihalik has a degree in Computer Science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves. Her debut novel, Polaris Rising, comes out in early 2019 from Harper Voyager. Visit her at

The Sisters Hemingway: A Spotlight

  • Series: Cold River (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: February 12, 2019

For fans of Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, or Susan Wiggs, this is a novel for anyone who loves stories about sisters, dogs, and family secrets. 

 The Sisters Hemingway: they couldn’t be more different
or more alike.

The Hemingway Sisters of Cold River, Missouri are local legends. Raised by a mother obsessed with Ernest Hemingway, they were named after the author’s four wives—Hadley, Pfeiffer, Martha, and Mary. The sisters couldn’t be more different—or more alike. Now they’re back in town, reunited to repair their fractured relationships.

Hadley is the poised, polished wife of a senator.

Pfeiffer is a successful New York book editor.

Martha has skyrocketed to Nashville stardom.

They each have a secret—a marriage on the rocks,  a job lost, a stint in rehab
and they haven’t been together in years.

Together, they must stay in their childhood home, faced with a puzzle that may affect all their futures. As they learn the truth of what happened to their mother—and their youngest sister, Mary—they rekindle the bonds they had as children, bonds that have long seemed broken. With the help of neighbors, friends, love interests old and new—and one endearing and determined Basset Hound—the Sisters Hemingway learn that the happiness that has appeared so elusive may be right here at home, waiting to be claimed.

Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.

American Pop: A Spotlight.

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Publish Date: February 5, 2019

“The House of Forster is built on bubbles; watching each wealth-addled generation try not to blow the family fortune and/or disgrace its name provides not only excellent Southern Gothic fun but a panoramic tour of the American Century.”— Jonathan Dee, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Privileges

The story of a family.
The story of an empire.
The story of a nation.

Moving from Mississippi to Paris to New York and back again, a saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynasty—the Forsters, founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company—against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history.

The child of immigrants, Houghton Forster has always wanted more—from his time as a young boy in Mississippi, working twelve-hour days at his father’s drugstore; to the moment he first laid eyes on his future wife, Annabelle Teague, a true Southern belle of aristocratic lineage; to his invention of the delicious fizzy drink that would transform him from tiller boy into the founder of an empire, the Panola Cola Company, and entice a youthful, enterprising nation entering a hopeful new age.

Now the heads of a preeminent American family spoken about in the same breath as the Hearsts and the Rockefellers, Houghton, and Annabelle raise their four children with the expectation they’ll one day become world leaders. The burden of greatness falls early on eldest son Montgomery, a handsome and successful politician who has never recovered from the horrors and heartbreak of the Great War. His younger siblings Ramsey and Lance, known as the “infernal twins,” are rivals not only in wit and beauty, but in their utter carelessness with the lives and hearts of others. Their brother Harold, as gentle and caring as the twins can be cruel, is slowed by a mental disability—and later generations seem equally plagued by misfortune, forcing Houghton to seriously consider who should control the company after he’s gone.

An irresistible tour de force of original storytelling, American Pop blends fact and fiction, the mundane and the mythical, and utilizes techniques of historical reportage to capture how, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s words, “families are always rising and falling in America,” and to explore the many ways in which nostalgia can manipulate cultural memory—and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.

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Snowden Wright, born and raised in Mississippi, is the author of the novel American Pop, chosen as an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and for the “Discover Great New Writers” program by Barnes & Noble. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University and a former Stone Court Writer-in-Residence, he has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, The Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and previously worked as a fiction reader at The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. Wright was awarded a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the 2018 Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and his debut novel, Play Pretty Blues, was the recipient of the 2012 Summer Literary Seminars’ Graywolf Prize. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Bone Witch Trilogy Spotlight.

  • Series: The Bone Witch (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Publish Date: March 5, 2019

In the highly anticipated finale to the Bone Witch trilogy, Tea’s life, and the fate of the kingdoms, hangs in the balance.

In the Eight Kingdoms, none have greater strength or influence than the asha, who hold elemental magic. But only a bone witch has the power to raise the dead. Tea has used this dark magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost
and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass, to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world, threatens to consume her.

 Tea’s heartglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. Her work with the monstrous azi, her thirst for retribution, her desire to unmask the Faceless, they all feed the darkrot that is gradually consuming her heartglass. She is haunted by blackouts and strange visions, and when she wakes with blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power great than the elder asha or even her conscience.

In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

In the captivating start to the darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!
Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. Connect with Rin at