Welcome to Darkest Night – A Demonathon Adventure created by the fabulous Yumi The Book Dragon. As you know, I love to participate in readathons. The more interactive, the better. The Demonathon might be the most immersive one I have ever undergone. It has already run several times before and this year, it’s the newbies vs. returnees in one hell of a spooky, bookish challenge! On February 1st, the website launched a brand new, intricate story with all of the prompts to prepare you for February 14th – when the reading really begins! It ends February 28th. Click here to access Darkest Night.
Quick note: in order to get the most out of this readathon, I highly recommend reading everything and immersing yourself in the story before you make any decisions. Your choices have consequences! Get into it!
THE DARKEST NIGHT – A DEMONATHON ADVENTURE TBR!
The demon I decided to summon is Lord Loss – the infamous villain from The Demonata Series by Darren Shan. After travelling through the magical forest, I picked up my 6 prompts for the readathon. If you get lost or stuck, you can ask some of the returnees for help. I did it alone and it took a while but was fun. Don’t forget to share your TBR and demon on the Twitter page. You can also join the discord group, record your stats on the spreadsheet and undergo HARD MODE to win a big prize. Please navigate the website and explore! I am not going to share what the actual prompts are as you need to find them yourself. I will reveal what they are in my wrap-up next month. You gain 10 points per prompt completed, you gain one point per page read and 5 points if any of the books are written by a POC author. Here is what I’ll be reading over the upcoming two weeks:
1.) The Miracle Sin by Marcus Hawke
Have you ever wondered if there’s more to life? If we are destined for something great, part of a divine plan rather than just subjects of random chaos? Mason Cole has wondered these things. And he has the answer…no. How could that be when his parents were killed in an earthquake that destroyed the city of Jerusalem, yet he alone survived? How could he be destined for great things when he’s stuck in a town-shaped rest-stop where nothing he does makes a difference? And why would God do this to him in the first place? Then one day a stranger passes through town, bringing with him a unique explanation of his past, one he never could have imagined, and wishes he could forget. It sounds like something from one of his books, only this time it’s happening to him, and it becomes clear that not every miracle is a blessing. Now, with a red-haired devil hell bent on possessing him for his own sinister gains, Mason must discover the answers to these questions if he ever hopes to survive in a world where the dark no longer hides that which dwells within.
My friend Marcus Hawke wrote this book! I’m so excited to read and review it! Order a copy here.
2.) Check, Please! Book 2 by Ngozi Ukazu
Bitty is heading to junior year of college and though he has overcome his fear of getting “checked” on the ice, he and Jack now face new challenges. They must navigate their new relationship while being apart and also decide how they want to reveal their relationship to those around them. Not only that, but Jack and the Falconers are now a big part of the NHL-and Bitty’s life! It’s a hockey season filled with victories and losses.
I’m obsessed with this adorable graphic novel series. Pick up a copy here.
3.) September Love by Lang Leav
A poetry book that will change the way you think about love, relationships, heartbreak, and self-empowerment. Breaking the rules, challenging perceptions, and exploring the secret desires we keep hidden from the world.
There is nothing more comforting than some beautiful poetry. Order a copy here.
4.) Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon
Jordan Collins doesn’t need a man. What he needs is for his favorite author to release another one of her sexy supernatural novels and more people to sign up for the romance book club that he fears is slowly and steadily losing its steam. He also needs for the new employee at his local bookstore to stop making fun of him for reading things meant for “grandmas.”The very last thing he needs is for that same employee, Rex Bailey, to waltz into his living room and ask to join Meet Cute Club. Despite his immediate thoughts-like laughing in his face and telling him to kick rocks-Jordan decides that if he wants this club to continue thriving, he can’t turn away any new members. Not even ones like Rex, who somehow manage to be both frustratingly obnoxious and breathtakingly handsome. As Jordan and Rex team up to bring the club back from the ashes, Jordan soon discovers that Rex might not be the arrogant troll he made himself out to be, and that, like with all things in life, maybe he was wrong to judge a book by its cover.
This sounds cute, steamy and fun. Order a copy here!
5.) The Haunting Of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates
Some spirits linger. Elle is thrilled to spend a month minding the beautiful Gillespie property. Over an hour’s drive from the nearest town, the aging mansion is ideal for someone seeking solitude. But as she explores her new home, Elle makes a startling discovery: there’s a graveyard nestled deep in the woods, containing a generation of the house’s residents…all who died the same year. Then things start to go very wrong, very quickly.
I am hyped to read another Darcy Coates book! I keep seeing it on my shelf, beckoning me. Order a copy here.
6.) Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
In Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white people are afraid to ask – yet which everyone needs the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation and ‘reverse racism’. In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity – but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the anti-racist fight.
7.) Short Story Group Book – Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers
You will find the group books on the Darkest Night website. You can either choose the one above or Hello Moto.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you’re participating or planning to try out the Demonathon. I’m so excited for this one!
Thanks for reading! Peace & Love xoxo
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