Shelf Control is an original feature hosted by Lisa on Bookshelf Fantasies!
It’s basically an invitation to gaze at your shelf, think about the reasons why you bought a particular book, and why you haven’t read it yet!
For this week’s post I’ll be talking about The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska! This is a YA fantasy, very paranormal leaning, coming in around 338 pages, published by Sourcebooks Fire.
It’s Karnawał season in the snow-cloaked Kingdom of Lechija, and from now until midnight when the church bells ring an end to Devil’s Tuesday time will be marked with wintry balls and glittery disguises, cavalcades of nightly torch-lit “kuligi” sleigh-parties.
Unbeknownst to the oblivious merrymakers, two monsters join the fun, descending upon the royal city of Warszów in the guise of two innocent girls. Newfound friends and polar opposites, Zosia and Marynka seem destined to have a friendship that’s stronger even than magic. But that’s put to the test when they realize they both have their sights set on Lechija’s pure-hearted prince. A pure heart contains immeasurable power and Marynka plans to bring the prince’s back to her grandmother in order to prove herself. While Zosia is determined to take his heart and its power for her own.
When neither will sacrifice their ambitions for the other, the festivities spiral into a wild contest with both girls vying to keep the hapless prince out of the other’s wicked grasp. But this isn’t some remote forest village, where a hint of stray magic might go unnoticed, Warszów is the icy capital of a kingdom that enjoys watching monsters burn, and if Zosia and Marynka’s innocent disguises continue to slip, their escalating rivalry might cost them not just the love they might have for each other, but both their lives.
I first heard about this one last December, very close to it’s release date. The niche I’m in on Twitter and IG have one thing in common and that’s them both being mad about sapphic books!
So I get a ton of recommendations!
What drew my attention, aside from the colourful cover, was the setting, a sort of wintry wonderland inspired by Polish history, rife with villainy and magic!
And the tagline line — “two enchantresses secretly compete for the heart of a prince, only to discover that they might be falling for each other”— is immediately intriguing!
I love a bit of warring loyalties, and unapologetic ruthlessness! Which this book, according to the reviews, has in spades! I just hope that the romance is handled with a deft hand, not too reliant on tropes instead of craft.
Another point for the plus column is that it’s a standalone! After all, one can only follow so many series at a time!
I was going to just grab an ebook of this, as this is a new to me author and I had already preordered my hardcover quota for the first quarter of 2022, but then The Bookish Box announced that they were doing this book in their February Monthly Box!
I decided to go ahead and get the whole box as a treat! I’m so happy I did too because I really liked the exclusive touches they did for the book!
With a pretty edition and a captivating plot, why the heck haven’t I read it yet?
Welllllllll, as a mood reader in need of reformation? The answer is obvious!
But writing about it now, is really amping up my interest, and with my silent pledge to read more of my physical TBR this month, I really hope I get to it soon! *fingers crossed*