Waiting on Wednesday: 07/06/22

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme originally hosted on Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. This is a great way to share upcoming releases you’re excited about!

Cover links to Goodreads

CRUEL ILLUSIONS by Margie Fuston
Release Date: November 1st, 2022

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Waiting On Wednesday post, but when I was reminded of this YA release, I had to do a post. Not going to lie, the cover was a big draw for me – look at it! Absolutely gorgeous. The story itself is about Ava, a girl whose mother was killed ten years ago by a vampire. Ever since, Ava’s been determined to seek revenge, but finding vampires is easier said than done. But when Ava stumbles across a secret magical society, they offer to train her in the arts of hunting vampires – if she can survive their deadly competition. This sounds like a fun book to devour, and even better, it appears to be a standalone!

Synopsis:

Caraval meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this deliciously dark young adult fantasy about a girl who makes a deal with a magical secret society to enter a potentially deadly competition for the chance to avenge her mother’s death.

Ever since a vampire murdered her mother, Ava has been determined to get revenge. This all-encompassing drive has given her the fuel she needed to survive foster home after foster home.

But it’s been ten years since anyone’s seen a vampire, and Ava has lost hope that she’ll ever find one…until she stumbles across a hidden magic show where she witnesses impossible illusions. The magicians may not be the bloodsuckers she’s hunting, but Ava is convinced something supernatural is at play, so she sneaks backstage and catches them in acts they can’t explain.

But they’ve been waiting for her.

The magicians reveal they’re part of an ancient secret society with true magic, and Ava has the same power in her blood that they do. If she joins them, they promise to teach her the skills she needs to hunt vampires and avenge her mother. But there’s a catch: if she wants to keep the power they offer, she needs to prove she’s worthy of it. And to do so, she must put on the performance of her life in a sinister and dangerous competition where illusion and reality blur, and the stakes are deadly.

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