Fantasy

Crownchasers – Rebecca Coffindaffer – ARC Review - Emperor Atar Faroshti is on his deathbed, and his final wish is a surprising one. Instead of naming an heir, he instead initiates the first crownchase in centuries, a race across the galaxy to locate the royal seal which has been hidden somewhere in the vast empire. Each of the empire's prime families send a representative, and the Faroshti family's is the Emperor's niece, Alyssa Farshot. Alyssa is not pleased to be pulled back into the family legacy she has long been trying to outrun, and she would rather be out there in her ship, exploring the galaxy as she has been for the past several years. But seeing it as her duty to fulfill her uncle's dying request, she prepares herself to take part in one last adventure even though the throne is the last thing she wants. More pieces are at play around this crownchase however, from political maneuvering and power plays by the prime families to the supposedly neutral religious group that holds the stewardship of the empire until the race is won, the crownchasers are getting into much more than they anticipated as the already competitive race through space turns deadly.…
As the Shadow Rises – Katy Rose Pool - Jude has returned to Kerameikos in disgrace, set to face a tribunal to determine his punishment for breaking the Paladin's Oath. Anton, now revealed as the last Prophet, is safe with the Order, but struggles to deal with the weight of the responsibilities that now lay upon him - the most important of which is to figure out the meaning of the horrific visions of destruction he has seen and find a way to stop the Age of Darkness. Ephyra is determined to find Eleazar's Chalice and use it to save her sister Beru no matter the cost. Beru, on the other hand, has had enough of leading a cursed life and resolves to atone for the lives Ephyra has taken in what time she has left. Hassan has returned to Nazirah with no real plan to take back his throne, but willing to do whatever it takes to keep his people safe - even joining up with some questionable allies. As the Hierophant and his fanatical followers, the Witnesses, continue to persecute the Graced, the prophecy is well underway and the Age of Darkness and the end of the world is fast approaching.…
Kingdom of Ice and Bone – Jill Criswell – ARC Review - Lira and Reyker are separated, each believing the other to be dead. But they are determined to complete their missions: to defeat Draki and save their homelands. Reyker could not save Lira, but he is determined to honour her memory by protecting her people by doing the one thing he never thought he'd do - return to being a Dragonman. Lira on the other hand, takes a different path. Imbued with the power of the Fallen Gods, she accepts the chance they offer her to take down Draki and sets off on a journey that takes her to Iseneld. Though they don't know it, Lira and Reyker's paths are destined to cross once more, but the cost of defeating Draki will be higher than either of them have imagined.…
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix – ARC Review - Aspiring art student Susan Arkshaw arrives in London to search for the father she has never known, and falls headlong into a world of myth and monsters when she witnesses Merlin St. Jacques use a silver hatpin to turn Frank Thringley (who she calls Uncle, but is apparently a crime boss and a sipper) to dust. One escape from a dangerous black fog and an attack by a warden, it becomes clear that Susan is a target for some reason - and that has something to do with who her father is. The booksellers, the ancient organization to which Merlin belongs, are tasked with policing the boundaries between the Old World and the modern, but incursions are now increasing to an alarming extent. Merlin himself, however, is investigating the circumstances behind his mother's death, certain that the someone in the Old World instigated it. When it quickly becomes clear that these two mysteries are linked, they team up to follow the path of a long closed police investigation while trying to figure out how Susan's past ties into all of it.…
The Silvered Serpents – Roshani Chokshi – ARC Review - The Fallen House was successfully thwarted in the catacombs of Paris, but the terrible events that followed still haunts Séverin and his crew. Tristan's death has hit all of them hard, and they have mostly gone their separate ways. Desperate to put things right, Séverin gathers them together for one last job - to find the legendary Sleeping Palace where the lost treasures of the Fallen House are rumoured to be hidden, and with it, a tome known as The Divine Lyrics which supposedly grants it's owner the power of God. But as their hunt leads them out of Paris and into the icy expanse of Siberia, they must face not only the deadly obstacles and traps laid by their enemies, but also the demons of their own pasts in this sequel where the stakes are higher than ever.…
The Faithless Hawk – Margaret Owen - Having bargained Hawk protection for her band of Crows in exchange for delivering Prince Jasimir to safety, Fie and her Crows take to the road again. But when the plague beacons are lit for King Surimir, Fie knows that this is part of Queen Rhusana's ploy to seize the throne, using the King's death to turn Sabor against the Crows. On top of it all, Fie discovers that she has been reborn many times over and failed to fulfill an ancient oath, which still hangs over her head. Faced with an unexpected betrayal, Fie must venture into enemy territory - the capital city of Dumosa - and keep the Prince safe even as the plague continues to spreads across the land.…
Majesty – Katharine McGee – ARC Review - Following the death of King George, Beatrice, Sam, Nina and Daphne are all adjusting to the new status quo. Beatrice begins to step into her role America's first queen, but obstacles are already popping up and her engagement to Teddy looms over it all. Sam, used to being the spare, is now unexpectedly the heir and subject to even more unwelcome scrutiny, making her even more determined to live up to her party princess persona. Nina, well, she is resolutely trying to put recent events behind her - especially Jeff - and avoid the palace to live as normal a life as she can, which definitely did not include Jeff's best friend suddenly trying to get close to her. And where royalty is, Daphne is not far behind, and she is determined to get back together with Prince Jefferson, but her darkest secrets come back to threaten everything she has worked for.…
Unravel the Dusk – Elizabeth Lim - Maia Tamarin returns to the imperial court with a dark secret. She has created the legendary dresses of Amana, but her expedition to the Forgotten Isles to retrieve the blood of stars and her encounter with the demon Bandur have left her cursed - and slowly turning into a demon herself. Edan is gone, travelling to learn how to use what magic he has remaining after severing the oath, unknowing of her situation. When the imperial wedding goes sideways, Maia is forced to don the dress of the sun and take Lady Sarnai's place in order to keep the peace and alliance between the Emperor and the Shansen, but Maia can only hold out for so long. The demon inside her is eager to take over and day by day, she is visibly losing control over her magic, body and mind, and as war breaks out, Maia is determined to find Edan and bring peace to A'landi before the change is completed.…
Queen of Volts – Amanda Foody – ARC Review - Jonas Maccabees of the Scarhands has been executed, but with his last breath, has plunged New Reynes into chaos (yet again) by outing Enne as the last living Mizer. But Enne's identity being revealed quickly becomes a minor worry, as one last deadly Shadow Game has been initiated. The field has rapidly changed as a result of the election and recent street wars, and twenty two of New Reynes' most influential from all walks of life are chosen, and they have no choice but to play. The most dangerous opponent yet has appeared, seemingly stepping straight out of legend, and as the game grows more vicious by the day, it's not about winning or losing anymore - it's about surviving.…
The Storyteller’s Daughter – Victoria McCombs - Ever since magic was invited into the land, every child in Westfallen has been born with a Gift that eventually defines their path in life - except Cosette, who remains Giftless. When her father, whose Gift is storytelling, narrates a fantastical tale of Cosette being able to spin straw into gold one night, the rumour spreads like wildfire, reaching the King himself, who orders Cosette to use her non-existent Gift to make gold for the kingdom during the war. In a desperate attempt to save her life, Cosette calls out to the spirit in the castle she has heard whispers about, and Rumpelstiltskin answers. As he willingly spins gold for her night after night, Cosette learns of his past and a curse he is under, and is determined to break it. But he is not the only one in danger - she is virtually a prisoner in the castle, and every day that passes is one where her secret might be revealed, placing her life in danger. Cosette must find a way to not only break Rumpel's curse but also gain her own freedom before time runs out.…
Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayron - Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, but to the people of Lille, it is their history, and in the two hundred years since Cinderella's death, the fairytale has warped their daily life into something unrecognizable. Young girls are now required to attend a yearly ball to be chosen as a bride by one of the men in the kingdom. The catch - if they are not chosen within three years, they disappear and are never heard from again. This year, Sophia is of age to attend the ball, but she would rather marry her best friend Erin. A turn of events leads to her fleeing the ball and taking refuge in Cinderella's mausoleum, where she meets Constance, the last remaining descendant of Cinderella's stepsisters. Constance has been on the run her entire life from the king's soldiers, and together they come up with a plan to overthrow King Manford and end his tyrannical rule and oppression of the Lille's women. But first, they must first uncover the true story of Cinderella, which holds more shocking revelations than they ever dreamed of.…
Where Dreams Descend – Janella Angeles – ARC Review [300th Blog Post!] - Kallia has lived in Hellfire House, a private club, for most of her life, perfecting her performing magic under the master of the House, Jack. But she yearns to see the world outside the House, particularly the city that lies beyond the Dire Woods that surround it - Glorian. Jack has always been staunchly against it, stating that Glorian is no place for magicians until one day, Kallia discovers a flyer announcing a magician's competition in that very city. Uncovering some shocking secrets Jack has been keeping from her, Kallia escapes, determined to prove herself capable as she faces off against nine other magicians displaying their feats of magic in a city whose past is mired in mystery to win and become the headliner of the famous Conquering Circus. But she soon finds out that there might have been some weight to Jack's words after all, as competitors start to go missing and danger seems to lurk in the shadows.…
Ignite the Sun – Hanna Howard – ARC Review - Siria Nightingale lives in an island kingdom which has been shrouded by shadow for fifteen years by the witch Queen Iyzabel according to whom the light of the sun is dangerous. She has always been fascinated by stories of the old days when light still shone over the kingdom, something no one understands, especially her parents. But determined to please them and win their approval at long last, she sets out for the royal court, hoping to be chosen to serve the Queen. At the Choosing Ball however, she finds out that she is the last living sunchild, a fire nymph, capable of bringing back the sun. Siria must now journey north with a group of rebels and train her powers before the vernal equinox to lift the Darkness once and for all.…
The Damned – Renee Ahdieh - Following the horrific events at the end of The Beautiful, both Sébastien and Celine's lives have changed forever. Bastien is now a vampire, the last thing he ever wished to be. His changing is against the treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood and war is on the horizon. Meanwhile, Celine is attempting to recover from the trauma of events she cannot remember, and desperately seeks out more information, leading her straight back into the supernatural world. Nicodemus' memory wipe seems to be failing by the day and Celine's quest to find the truth will reveal far more secrets than those she sought.…
Star Daughter – Shveta Thakrar – ARC Review - Sheetal Mistry is accustomed to secrets - after all, she's been hiding her true self all her life. Unknown to any but a few, Sheetal is the daughter of a star - her mother who returned to the celestial court many years ago. But her abilities have been acting up of late, and it is getting harder to hide by the day. When her starfire flares up and her father is accidentally injured in the process, she knows there is only one medicine that can heal him - a drop of blood from a full star. Accompanied by her friend Minal, Sheetal journeys to the celestial court where she hopes to reunite with her mother and finds that the competition to determine the next ruling house of the skies is about to begin. The flares of power she has been experiencing were in fact a summons, calling her to be her family's champion in this contest and in order to return to Earth with what she needs to save her father, she will need to win.…
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin – Roseanne A. Brown - The Solstasia festival occurs in Ziran once every fifty years and brings with it a grand competition between six champions. Malik is hoping to use this opportunity to escape his war-torn home and start a new life in Ziran with his sisters. But things go wrong and his younger sister Nadia is captured by an evil spirit. Desperate, Malik strikes a deal - for Nadia's freedom, he will have to kill Princess Karina. But Karina is far from the spoiled girl most believe her to be. Unknown to the people, Karina's mother, the Sultana, has just been assassinated and Karina must step into her place and take up responsibilities she is not remotely prepared for, surrounded by a council she cannot trust. Upon learning of an ancient magic ritual for resurrection, Karina decides that she will bring back her mother, but the ritual calls for the beating heart of a king. The competition provides a perfect source - Karina offers her own hand in marriage as the prize to the victor. Malik tricks his way into the contest in order to get closer to Karina, unknowingly setting them on a path to destroy each other.…
Set Fire to the Gods – Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons – ARC Review - In a world ruled by six gods, each possessing a specific type of energeia - elemental power - there are the Divine, who have inherited energeia from their god, and the powerless Undivine who are second class citizens. In the domain of the earth god Geoxus, Madoc has grown up fighting on the streets to support his family, but he guards a dangerous secret - his elemental power is not of the earth as it is supposed to be, but something that has never been seen before. Ash is from a line of gladiators directly descended from the fire god Ignitus himself, and has seen her mother fight in arenas all her life. When Ash interferes in a fight to help her mother, it sets off a disastrous chain of events, and Geoxus declares war on Ignitus. But war in this world is more of a festival, a two week long spectacle of gladiator fights, ending in a fight to the death between the champions of the two countries. Ash swears to avenge her mother by killing Ignitus and upon meeting Madoc, realizes at once that his power is unique and would be a useful weapon, but Madoc's priority is keeping his family safe and he is determined not to get involved. But there is a plot afoot as a famous gladiator disappears and turns up dead under mysterious circumstances, leading Ash and Madoc to suspect that not only are the gods involved somehow, but are in fact plotting something much bigger - something that will place Madoc at the center of an ancient war.…
Knightmare Arcanist – Shami Stovall – The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour - Volke Savan dreams of becoming a famous arcanist like his idol, the legendary Gregory Ruma. To become an arcanist, he first needs to bond with a mythical creature, but as the gravedigger's apprentice, his opportunities are rather limited, until he comes upon the chance to bond with a knightmare, a creature made of shadows. Bonding with the knightmare, Luthair, comes at a price though - he seeks to avenge the murder of it's former master and the murderer is none other than Gregory Ruma himself who is spreading corrupted magic. As the plague continues to spread, Volke must master his magic, a task made more complicated due to him being the Luthair's second bonding, in order to protect his adopted sister Illia and seek out the truth of the matter.…
Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir – ARC Review - After the chaos that was the end of Gideon the Ninth, Harrow is now a Lyctor in the service of the God Emperor, fighting what seems to be a war on multiple fronts. On one hand, there are a group of rebels who are anti-necromancy, determined to take down the Emperor and on the other, a set of dangerous creatures known as Resurrection Beasts that are actually the ghosts of dead planets seeking revenge against the Emperor and his Lyctors for stealing their thanergy. Under the guidance of the other three Lyctors, she and Ianthe train in the Mithraeum, the Emperor's space station, in order to prepare for the battle against one of these beasts that has found their location. But settling into Lyctorhood is not easy for Harrow - her ascension has gone hugely wrong, she can't even trust her own mind, oh and one of her new teachers is actively trying to kill her for some reason.…
The Court of Miracles – Kester Grant - Il était une fois...in a world where the French revolution failed and the instigators were made a harsh example of, Paris is now split between the royalty, who are more ruthless than ever and the nine criminal underworld guilds who form the Court of Miracles which runs on its own law. Éponine 'Nina' Thenardier joins the Guild of Thieves to escape her violent father and eventually becomes the Black Cat, one of the most skilled thieves in the guild. When her adopted younger sister Cosette catches the eye of the Tiger, the lord of the Guild of Flesh, Nina is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her, refusing to lose her to the cruel lord as she did her sister Azelma years ago. But the laws of the Court of Miracles are strict, and Nina's actions and thirst for revenge could set off a war between the guilds as they bring face to face not only with the various Masters, but also revolutionaries and Royalty.…
Incendiary – Zoraida Cordova - In the kingdom of Puerto Leones, the Moria people who can wield magic are persecuted for their abilities. As a Robari, Renata's feared power to steal memories saw her kidnapped and brought to the palace as a child to serve the King's Justice. Years later, Renata is part of the rebellion that rescued her, the Whispers, who help the surviving Moria all over the kingdom to escape - but she is still an outcast due to the nature of her powers, friendless except for the commander of her unit, Dez. When Dez is captured by the Prince and a rescue attempt goes disastrously wrong, Renata must now step in and complete his mission - which means returning to her former captors in the palace. But what she finds is not what she expects as the familiar surroundings stir memories of her childhood that have long since been locked away, and Renata will have first find the answers to her own past even as she works to help her people.…
Queen of Coin and Whispers – Helen Corcoran - Aurelia ascends to the throne of Edar following her Uncle's death and finds that she has inherited not only a bankrupt kingdom, but also a scheming court filled with enemies at every turn. An idealist, Lia begins her rule with the intention to root out all the corruption and aid the common people - but first, she needs someone who can keep an eye on the politicians at court and warn her of any dangers. Xania is a young noblewoman of a lower ranked family seeking the truth behind her father's death, sure that he was murdered by Lord Vigrante, the Head of Government. Xania agrees to become Lia's Whispers, or spymaster, to uncover who in the Government is plotting against her. Matters quickly become serious - just as Lia is figuring out how to handle the failing harvest and juggle a court that doesn't think much of her yet, there is an assassination attempt upon her and the girls must work together to unravel the plot before it is too late.…
House of Dragons – Jessica Cluess - Emperor Erasmus is dead and the fight for the throne is about to begin. One representative from each of the five royal houses of Etrusia will be selected to compete, and traditionally, the eldest son or daughter is chosen. This year though, the unforeseen is about to happen. Emilia of the Aurun hides her ability to wield chaos magic which would spell a death sentence for her. Lucian of the Sabel has had enough of war and death and has vowed to never lift a sword again. Vespir, who is chosen for the Pentri, is not even of the family, and is their dragon trainer, but these might be the very skills that will keep her alive the challenges to come. Bastard born Ajax of the Tiber is chosen over his true born brothers and thirsts to prove himself. And Hyperia of the Volscia will stop at nothing to claim the throne and ruthlessly removes all obstacles in her path - even her own sister. These five unlikely candidates must participate in four challenges, knowing that the price of failure is death.…
The Crow Rider – Kalyn Josephson – ARC Review - After narrowly escaping Illucia, Thia, her storm crow Res, and her friends are seeking alliances with the other kingdoms in an effort to take down Queen Razel. With Res exhibiting a variety of powers not typical of Storm Crows, and Thia has to learn the extent of his abilities and train with him which will prove critical in the upcoming battles. Razel continues to relentlessly seek vengeance, but that's not all - an old enemy, long dismissed as mere myth, has risen in the shadows and is working with Razel to destroy Rhodaire and Thia for their own reasons. Thia must now step up into a leadership role to save her country and people and win the alliances they desperately need to survive.…
Hunted by the Sky – Tanaz Bhathena – ARC Review - A prophecy foretells the downfall of the cruel Raja Lohar of Ambar at the hands of one who bears a star-shaped birthmark and ever since, girls across Swapnalok with this mark have been disappearing. As Gul, who bears such a mark, flees her home, hiding from the Sky Warriors who murdered her parents, she runs into a group of rebels known as the Sisterhood of the Golden Lotus who take her in and train her in magic. Two years pass and though Gul can only just barely wield her magic, her thirst for revenge has not abated, and she is determined to find a way into the palace. Enter Cavas, a non-magus boy who lives in the tenements with his ailing father and is considering leaving his position in the royal stables to join the king's army. A chance meeting at the bazaar on the night of the moon festival ends up with both of them being drawn into the plot as reluctant partners.…
Sisters of Sword and Song – Rebecca Ross – ARC Review - Evadne of Isaura is eagerly awaiting the return of her sister Halcyon who left to join the queen's army eight years ago. But when the time comes for the sisters to be reunited, Halcyon appears earlier than planned, on the run from her commander and charged with murder. At her trial, Halcyon is sentenced to a harsh punishment, but Eva is determined to find out the truth behind what happened and volunteers to take on part of her sentence. Eva begins her five year servitude in the commander's household, she quickly realizes that there is much more at stake than is initially evident.…
Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo - Having pulled off an impossible heist, Kaz and his crew ought to be swimming in their hard earned money. But double-crossed by Van Eck, Inej has now been taken captive in an attempt to get them to turn over Kuwei Yul-Bo. Worse yet, the knowledge of the jurda parem's existence has spread and everyone is after its secrets. It seems that all of Ketterdam is against them now, but Kaz is not one to give up and concocts his most complicated plot yet - to rescue Inej, get their 30 million kruge and ultimately take down Van Eck's entire empire.…
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo - Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at the heist of a lifetime, that would make him rich beyond belief. But this is no ordinary heist - a Shu scientist who has developed a deadly drug that enhances a Grisha's power to deadly effect is in hostile hands and needs to be rescued from the Ice Court in Fjerda, a fortress prison that has never been breached. Unable to resist the opportunity, Kaz assembles an unlikely crew in whose hands the fate of the world now rests.…
The Jewel Thief – Jeannie Mobley – ARC Review - The Jewel Thief takes us back in time to 17th century France, to the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, who has just acquired the diamond called the Tavernier Violet that is today known as the Hope Diamond. The Crown Jeweller, Jean Pitau, is entrusted with cutting this precious gem to make it shine, a herculean task, considering its odd shape. His daughter Juliette watches as the seemingly impossible demand the King has made sends her father into a deep depression and she resolves to do whatever it takes to get the job done. From her cell in the Bastille, Juliette narrates her story as she stands accused of stealing the diamond, and the court-appointed scribe, her lost love Rene, records the confession upon which her fate rests.…
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor - Lazlo Strange is a war orphan who has never really felt like he fit in, except for in the Great Library, surrounded by stories of magic and monsters that he loves. He has always been fascinated with the tales of the mythical city, and one day, its true name vanishes from all memory and is now simply known as Weep. He is only a junior librarian, but Lazlo has always dreamed of travelling the world in search of this city shrouded in mystery to discover what truly happened two hundred years ago - a seemingly impossible dream, until opportunity presents itself in the form of the legendary Godslayer himself, and Lazlo manages to join his group on their quest to save the city that has become the stuff of legend.…
The Archer At Dawn – Swati Teerdhala – ARC Review - Now allies in the quest to find the long-lost Princess Reha and rescue her from King Vardaan's clutches, Kunal and Esha undertake the next steps in the rebels' dangerous plan to take back the throne and restore the magical bond to the land. The Sun Mela, a grand yearly spectacle of games and celebrations provides the perfect opportunity - Kunal returns to his soldier's life, now as a newly promoted Senap, infiltrating the citadel as a Mela champion, while Esha accompanies the Dharkan delegation as an advisor to Prince Harun. But more forces are at play in the Jansan capital of Gwali than any of them realize - Vardaan has some surprises planned on top of the excitement of the festivities, not to mention the Scales, led by the mysterious Dharmdev, who have their own plans to topple Vardaan. The Sun Mela is about to prove to be a test of loyalty for both our heroes.…
The Traitor Prince – C. J. Redwine - Javan Najafai, Crown Prince of Akram, has finally completed his studies at an elite boarding school and is eager to return home to his father. But there is a deadly plot afoot, and after barely escaping an assassination attempt, he makes his way to Akram only to find that an imposter has taken his place. Having not seen Javan in the last ten years, no one is ready to believe that he is the true prince, and he is thrown into the dangerous prison of Maqbara. There is only one way to get out and reveal the truth to his ailing father - to fight in the prison's yearly tournament which involves some of the deadliest creatures in the world. Sajda, a slave of the warden, agrees to help him gain the skills he needs to win, but she has secrets of her own, but she has secrets of her own, and Javan will need to find trustworthy friends and allies to make it to the end.…
The Wish Granter – C. J. Redwine - The second book in the Ravenspire series brings us to the kingdom of Sundraille where the King's illegitimate twins, Thad and Ari Glavan, have just had their lives changed in the blink of an eye. One moment, they were being pursued by the queen's hunters who had already killed their mother, and the next, the royal family has mysteriously died, leaving Thad to take the throne. Ari soon begins to suspect that these events weren't mere coincidence, and finds out that Thad has made a bargain with the Wish Granter Alistair Teague for her safety. But every wish comes with a price, and it is Sundraille's people that are paying it as Teague's criminal empire terrorizes them. Ari is determined to outwit him and recruits the weapons master Sebastian to train her even as she works to find Teague's weakness before she loses not only her brother and Sebastian, but also her own soul.…
The Shadow Queen – C. J. Redwine - This retelling of Snow White begins with a prologue narrating how the evil Queen Irina took over Ravenspire and how the Crown Princess Lorelai and her younger brother became fugitives in their own kingdom. Years later, Lorelai is training in secret, honing her magic and skills as she plots to take back her throne, avenge her father and put an end to the suffering of her people. Meanwhile in the neighbouring kingdom of Eldr, second-born Prince Kol finds himself ascending to the throne he never wanted after his family is killed during an ogre invasion. These are magical ogres however, and only magic can destroy them, so he sets out to seek aid from the only known Mardushka, Irina, Queen of Ravenspire. The Queen offers him a deal - in return for her aid, Kol must bring her Princess Lorelai's heart.…
House of Earth and Blood – Sarah J. Maas - Bryce Quinlan is a half human, half Fae content with her party lifestyle in Crescent City until the day she returns home to find her best friends brutally murdered, leaving her broken and alone. Hunt Athalar is a Fallen angel who is basically enslaved to the Archangel Micah as punishment for his attempt to rebel many years ago, and acts as his personal assassin until his debt is paid. When, two years after the murders, the killings start again with the same pattern despite the accused having been put behind bars, he is offered a deal - work with Bryce to track down the murderer and his sentence will be reduced with freedom within reach. The mystery of these brutal murders is far more than tracking down one demon however, and as Bryce and Hunt unwillingly partner up to descend into Crescent City's darkest places, the secrets they begin to uncover make it very clear that nothing and no one is as they seem.…
Mini Reviews #11 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about: The Kingdom of Back, Girls With Sharp Sticks, Sword in the Stars and Aru Shah & the Tree of Wishes.…
Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas [REPOST] - This was one of two most anticipated books of 2018 for me (the other being Cassandra Clare's Queen of Air and Darkness), and it most definitely did not disappoint. Kingdom of Ash was well worth the wait, and definitely worth the time it took to read too. Sarah J. Maas has a knack for absolutely epic conclusions, and I have never loved the final book in a series as much as this one.…
The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu - Set during City of Fallen Angels, Magnus and Alec are off on a tour of Europe, just getting settled in their first destination, Paris, when Magnus is implicated in a demon-worshipping cult known as the Crimson Hand - a cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. With their vacation shelved, their romantic getaway turns into a race across Europe that takes them from Paris to Venice to Rome, as their work to uncover the secrets of this cult and stop them before they cause any more damage.…
Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare - Tessa is preparing for her wedding to Jem, but the threat of an attack by the clockwork army looms and the Shadowhunters of the London Institute are desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. Everything changes however, when Mortmain kidnaps Tessa. Jem's condition is steadily deteriorating as his stock of the drug yin fen has run out and there is no more to be found since someone has bought up all the available stocks in London, so it is Will who must save her. But unknown to all of them, Tessa's powers are more than any of them every imagined, and she is the final piece Mortmain needs to carry out his plan - the destruction of the Nephilim.…
Ruthless Gods – Emily A. Duncan – ARC Review - Since the end of Wicked Saints, when the plot to kill the King of Tranavia went awry, Malachiasz has retreated to the Salt Mines in his new monstrous form following his failed attempt to become a god. Serefin is now king, but the suspicious circumstances behind his ascension to the throne has done him no favours with the nobility and his young reign is already under threat - and that's not even considering the new voice in his head, possibly a God's. Nadya is still at the Tranavian court, posing as a minor noble - but the deception is coming apart and if it is revealed that she is in fact a Kalyazin cleric, her life will be in danger. The war between Tranavia and Kalyazin still rages, but they are the main players anymore. A darker and more dangerous force is taking over, and they are now merely pawns in the game. …
Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare - Following the attack upon the London Institute, Charlotte's position is in jeopardy for her recent missteps - going after DeQuincey, being duped by Nate and letting him get away with the pyxis - and the Clave gives her and Henry two weeks to capture Mortmain to keep her position as head of the London Institute. The Shadowhunters come across a lead that sends them to Yorkshire as they begin to unravel the secrets of Mortmain's past. With Nate's betrayal, Tessa is desperate to find out more about her parentage and the situation grows more perilous by the day as the Shadowhunters realize that one of their own has betrayed them.…
Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare - Title: Clockwork Angel Series: The Infernal Devices #1 Author: Cassandra Clare Genre: YA, Fantasy Published: August 31st, 2010 (Margaret K. McElderry Books) Goodreads
Mini Reviews #10 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about: The Shadows Between Us, Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta and The Warrior Queen.…
Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare - Cordelia Carstairs arrives in London, hoping to establish herself in Shadowhunter society and build relationships to prevent the family's ruin as her father prepares to stand trial in Idris, accused of a terrible crime. Reconnecting with their old family friends, the Herondales - in particular her dear friend and soon to be parabatai Lucie, and James, whom she is secretly in love with, Cordelia is quickly drawn into the world of the London Enclave. But with the appearance of a terrifying new demon that can apparently attack in daylight with fatal results, Cordelia is about to have much greater worries than her father's trial, as the streets of London, which have been quiet and trouble free since the end of the Clockwork War are once more beginning to stir.…
Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas - In this parallel story to Empire of Storms, Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq arrive in Antica, the capital of the Southern Continent with two aims: forge an alliance with the Khagan to gain the aid of his armies for Erilea's cause, and seek healing for Chaol's injuries with the renowned healers of the Torre Cesme. Yrene Towers, who met the assassin Celaena Sardothien in Innish, has since made it to the Torre Cesme and is one of their most talented healers, second only to the Healer on High. She is less than pleased when she finds out her prospective patient is an Adarlanian lord, one who was in service to the King who killed her mother. But the darkness of Morath might have already reached the streets of Antica, and Chaol, Yrene and Nesryn find themselves in a race against time to unravel secrets held by the ancient civilizations predating the khaganate that may help in their fight against the valg, all the while navigating the delicate political situation in a royal court that doesn't have a very high opinion of Aelin and sees no reason to send aid.…
Cloak of Night – Evelyn Skye - With the completion of the Ceremony of Two Hundred Hearts, Sora, Daemon, Fairy and Broomstick are the only taigas in the kingdom not under Prince Gin's mind control. Now that Zomuri is the patron god of Kichona, the ordinary people too are being affected, and their personalities are changing, making them cruel and selfish. With Empress Aki still missing, time is running out fast as our heroes discover that the price of using ryuu magic is far more dangerous than anyone realizes.…
The Devil’s Thief – Lisa Maxwell - Picking up right after the shocking ending of The Last Magician, The Devil's Thief finds Esta and Harte somehow managing to cross the Brink and make it off the island, as they begin their quest to retrieve the four stones scattered across America. But the world beyond the Brink is very different from what they have been told. With the book's power now inside Harte, and Esta's affinity also affected by it, an attempt to make a short jump in time to save themselves from Jack results in an accidental two year jump into the future, landing them in a much changed world of 1904 where they head to St Louis and the World's Fair to find the first of the stones. Back in 1902, Violet and Jianyu find themselves in very precarious positions after Dolph's murder, no longer under the protection of the Devil's Own in a city increasingly controlled by the Order, the gangs, or in certain cases, an alliance of both. With Nibsy Lorcan manipulating events in both the past and future, the stakes are about to become higher than ever.…
Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas - Aelin and her newly formed court are ready to head home at last - north to Terrasen. But ten years under the cruel yoke of Adarlan has not endeared her to many of the remaining lords of the realm and the welcome they receive is less warm than they expected. With Rifthold captured by the enemy in a surprise attack by the witch legions and Dorian barely escaping, Aelin knows it won't be long before war comes to Terrasen. Even as she sets off across the continent, calling in old debts to raise an army to defend her country, her greater concern is the Wyrdkeys, and how they might be used to seal the Wyrdgate and defeat Erawan. But something bigger is at work here, and there are yet more secrets of the past to be uncovered which will change everything.…
Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo - Following the Darkling's devastating attack on the capital, Alina, Mal and a handful of Grisha have escaped and are now under the questionable protection of the Apparat in the tunnels below Ravka. But Alina finds herself no longer able to summon, and is not certain whether this is the price of wielding the merzost stolen from the Darkling that left her near death. Without her power, she is effectively a prisoner underground, and up on the surface, the Darkling has taken over, and is planning a final move to crush the last of the resistance. Finally escaping the White Cathedral, Alina and her friends set out to find Morozova's last amplifier, the legendary firebird. The urge to gain the third amplifier is stronger than ever, but power always comes at a cost, and Alina might not be willing to pay this one.…
Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo - Following the battle on the Fold, Alina and Mal have escaped and made it across the True Sea to Novyi Zem where they are now living in disguise. Not for long though, as the Darkling has survived, with a terrifying new power to boot, and soon tracks them down, with the aim of not only taking Alina back to Ravka, but also finding a second amplifier - Rusalye, the sea whip, a mythical water snake. The captain of the ship, who turns out to be Sturmhond, the notorious Ravkan privateer, has other plans however, and after a mid-sea mutiny, Alina is headed back to Ravka with a second amplifier - something unheard of for a Grisha - and in the company of none other than Ravka's second prince, Nikolai Lantsov. The country is gearing up for war, and the people, already uneasy in the company of Grisha, are now outright hostile towards the Second Army - or what remains of it after many deserted it for the Darkling's side.…
The Vanishing Deep – Astrid Scholte – ARC Review - The Vanishing Deep is set in a future where nearly all land has been submerged due to the Great Waves. One of many now surviving in floating cities built on reefs, Tempe is a diver who searches the ruins of the sunken cities for things she can sell, and ever since her sister Elysea died, she has been saving up for a very expensive program that will revive her for a single day so that she can discover the truth of what really happened to her parents. Elysea has other plans once revived though and she and Tempe break out of the facility on Palindromena in search of answers. Two employees are not far behind though. Lor and Raylan know they must get Elysea back before the twenty four hours are up or the consequences will be disastrous - for more than just Elysea, because the true cost of the revival process is a dark secret Palindromena has guarded all these years.…
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo - For many years, the kingdom of Ravka has been split in half by the Fold, a sea of darkness inhabited by monsters known as Volcra. Alina and Mal are orphans who grew up together in Keramzin, one of the many homes across Ravka for war-orphans, and eventually join the First Army. But when their regiment makes the dangerous crossing through the Fold, Mal is injured during an attack by the Volcra, and a power Alina never knew she possessed rises up and saves them. This power, the ability to summon light, makes Alina not only one of the Grisha, the magical elite of the Second Army, but also the first of her kind, the Sun Summoner - and the hope of Ravka, that she is destined to destroy the Fold which has wreaked havoc on the war-torn kingdom. Under the guidance of the enigmatic Darkling, Alina struggles to wield her powers which have lain dormant for so long, but the gilded world of the Grisha and the royal court holds many secrets, and no one is what they seem.…
Ember Queen – Laura Sebastian - Theo has survived her experience in the Fire Mine and come out with new abilities that may be her only hope against Crescentia, now the Kaiserin, who also holds Prinz Søren hostage. Her main advantage now is that Cress believes her to be dead, and Theo can plan her next steps to liberate her people in this brief reprieve. Meanwhile in the capital, Cress may have the throne, but there are still many among the Kalovaxians who are of the opinion that Søren is the true heir and are not truly loyal to her - only fearful of her power.…
Mini Reviews #9 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about three books: We Unleash the Merciless Storm, Blood Countess, and Scavenge the Stars.…
Of Curses and Kisses – Sandhya Menon – ARC Review - Princess Jaya Rao arrives at the elite St Rosetta's Academy with a single goal in mind - get revenge on her family's longtime enemies, the aristocratic Emersons, more specifically, the heir, by breaking his heart, in retaliation for slandering her little sister Isha in the media. Lord Grey Emerson has gone through life believing himself the victim of a centuries-old curse by a Rao matriarch, and his father has always told him that he was doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday, causing him to isolate himself. When Jaya, his known familial rival shows up at St Rosetta's, wearing a very familiar ruby rose pendant, he immediately questions her intentions. But time is ticking down for Grey, and with each day, the curse seems to be a step closer to coming true.…
Diamond City – Francesca Flores – ARC Review - Diamond City follows the story of Aina Solis, who is rescued from a life on the streets of Kosin by a gang lord and trained as an assassin. Years later, she is given her toughest job yet, but also the one that could be her way out of the gang. All Aina has ever wanted was to fulfill her debt to her boss, Kohl Pavel, and open her own tradehouse - and Kohl agrees, as long as she successfully completes this one last big job for him. But when the assassination attempt goes wrong, she finds herself for the first time in years, not only out of the boss' protection, at the mercy of Kosin's cutthroat streets, but also caught in an increasingly dangerous game of politics.…
Belle Révolte – Linsey Miller – ARC Review - Emilie des Marais is a Comtesse born to wealth and comfort, destined for finishing school to study the midnight arts of divining and illusion, but all she wants is to study the noonday arts and become a physician, something forbidden to women, particularly noblewomen. But when she meets Annette, a commoner, who wants nothing more than to study magic, Emilie devises a plan. Annette will go to finishing school in her place while she will head to the university to become a physician's assistant. But unrest is rife in the country with an underground resistance group against the king called Laurel , and when war is declared with the neighbouring country, the girls find themselves uncovering some very dangerous secrets and must work together to bring the truth to light and end the king's atrocities.…
Deathless Divide – Justina Ireland – ARC Review - Deathless Divide finds our characters fleeing the now overrun town of Summerland in search of safety to Nicodemus, another nearby town which is supposedly free of the inequality and discrimination that plagued Summerland. But Nicodemus has problems of its own, not counting those that have followed them from Summerland, and the horde is slowly, but surely making its way there as well.…
Nameless Queen – Rebecca McLaughlin - The city of Seriden consists of three classes: the Royals, who are like the aristocracy, the Legals, who make up the working class, and the Nameless, who basically don't have names, and hence no legal rights. When the ruler of the city dies, they speak the name of their successor out loud and hence transfer the crown tattoo, which grants magical abilities to the heir. But when the tattoo shows up on the arm of a Nameless girl, who goes by Coin, people are outraged, and things quickly get dangerous for her. She understands soon enough that there is no way the Royal Council is actually going to let her reign, much less do something about the Nameless who have been disappearing off the streets of late, but Coin must figure out the secret of how she, a Nameless girl, could have possibly been Named by the late King as heir.…
Spellhacker – M K England – ARC Review - Magic, known as maz, was freely available in Kyrkarta before an earthquake contaminated it with a plague, killing thousands, and a corporation stepped in and commercialized it. Years later, Diz and her friends are running their last job illegally siphoning maz when they accidentally siphon something they weren't supposed to find. Now they have said corporation, the MMC, wanting to kill them so that they don't expose the secret of what turns out to be the secret, fifteenth strain of maz. But the friends have stumbled onto something far more dangerous than just a new strain of maz - they've accidentally unearthed a conspiracy that will have massive repercussions and possibly destroy the world if the MMC is not stopped.…
Dark and Deepest Red – Anna Marie McLemore – ARC Review - In this retelling of The Red Shoes, a dancing fever strikes Strasbourg in the year 1518, and amidst accusation of witchcraft, the blame turns to the most easy targets - Lavinia and her aunt who are Romani in hiding. Five hundred years later, the fever strikes again, and this time, the victim is Rosella Oliva, whose family is famous for the red shoes they make. But the shoes seem to be leading her straight to Emil, who, unknown to her, is related to Lavinia, and uncovering the truth of past events may be what decides if Rosella will survive the dancing curse.…
Infinity Son – Adam Silvera – ARC Review - Adam Silvera's first fantasy novel takes us into New York in an alternate world where there are some people who are born with powers known as celestials and specters, who kill magical creatures to get powers. Brighton has always longed to be a celestial and join the heroic Spell Walkers, while his brother Emil wants no part in it and just seeks some peace in the middle of all the conflict. The fight between the Spell Walkers and specters is escalating by the day, and the people are beginning to turn against those with powers. But when the brothers get into a brawl with a specter, it's Emil who gains a power, one never seen before, and Emil, who never wanted to be a hero, or fight, finds himself catapulted into the heart of the conflict that is quickly turning into a fight for their lives.…
The King’s Questioner – Nikki Katz – ARC Review - Kalen, who has the gift of seeing people's memory with a single touch, is the King's Questioner, and assists in questioning prisoners for the King. But when Prince Cirrus falls into a coma one day and Kalen goes into his mind to wake him, he comes across a long buried memory that hides a terrible secret - the prince has a sister, who was sent away due to her terrifying gift. A sister, who was prophesied to be either the survival or destruction of the kingdom. And with unrest against the crown rising in the city, Kalen must now set off on a quest with his once-friend, Prince Cirrus, to bring home the princess.…
The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern - Meet the cause of my month and a half long reading slump. I was thoroughly frustrated with this by the first 100 or so pages and with much effort, struggled through the rest of the book since I really hate DNF'ing any book. Worse, after struggling through this 500 page book, I'm still rather confused as to what exactly this is about. It actually starts off quite interesting, when graduate student Zachary Ezra Rawlins finds a strange book in the library that seems to tell his story. This sets him off on an increasingly mysterious quest to find out where it came from and he descends into what seems to be a magical library of some sort in search of the Starless Sea.…
A Heart So Fierce And Broken – Brigid Kemmerer – ARC Review - Rhen's curse is finally broken, but Emberfall isn't out of trouble yet. Rumours of him not being the true heir continue to circulate and the people are discontent. Meanwhile, Grey has made it out of the modern world and back home, but is living in hiding, determined to keep the knowledge of his birth a secret. But when Karis Luran threatens to invade once again and his secret is revealed, the only way to save Emberfall might be to challenge Rhen after all.…
Mini Reviews #8 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about four books: The Last Namsara, An Enchantment of Ravens, The Satapur Moonstone, and One of Us Is Lying.…
A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer - A Curse So Dark And Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a darker twist on the tale. You know how the story goes, you know how it ends, but reading this feels like hearing it for the first time all over again – not an easy feat for such a classic fairytale. …
An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir - Laia is a Scholar, the class of people that the Martial Empire subjugated and enslaved, and she and her family live a life of poverty in the Empire's shadow. When her brother is arrested for treason and taken away by the Masks (the Empire's soldiers), Laia finds herself turning to the Resistance for help - help which they agree to give her on one condition - she must infiltrate Blackcliff Academy and spy on the ruthless Commandant. And it is at Blackcliff that she crosses paths with Elias Veturius, the Commandant's son, reputed as the Academy's finest soldier, but secretly, he grows ever more disillusioned with the life of a soldier he has trained for, and desires freedom from the regime.…
The Queen’s Resistance – Rebecca Ross - The revolution has succeeded, and a queen is poised to once more sit the throne of Maevana. Brienna now has to win the trust of the MacQuinn household, not all of whom are especially welcoming, prove that she is more than who her birth father was, and claim her right as Lord MacQuinn's adopted daughter. On the other hand, Cartier returns to claim a House he has few memories of and struggles to manage the weight of the responsibilities that now lie on his shoulders. Isolde's coronation draws closer, but before she can be crowned, there is still work to be done. Not all the Maevan Houses are fully in support of her, and the with the Lannons' trials coming up, Brienna and her allies must keep an especially wary eye out for any supporters of the old regime who might lie in wait and quell any signs of an uprising.…
The Guinevere Deception – Kiersten White - Arthur is the newly made king of Camelot and magic is now forbidden in the kingdom to the extent that the magician Merlin too, has been banished. Princess Guinevere arrives in Camelot to wed the King, except, she isn't Princess Guinevere at all, but a changeling, Merlin's daughter, sent to protect Arthur from his foes. Taking up the mantle of Camelot's Queen, Guinevere must adjust to a new world of court politics as she tries to find the threats to Arthur, working to protect him in the only way she knows how - forbidden magic.…
Dread Nation – Justina Ireland - American history is takes a darker turn in this narrative where the Civil War grinds to a halt in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Several years later, due to an Act passed by the government, Jane McKeene finds herself attending Miss Preston's School of Combat, where black girls train to become Attendants and learn to fight the dead so that they can protect rich white families from the zombies. All Jane wants, however, is to finish her education and return to her home in Kentucky, mostly ignoring the political tensions in Baltimore. But when families in the area start to go missing, Jane finds herself with a mystery on her hands and is quickly drawn into a conspiracy far more dangerous than anything she imagined.…
The Dark Prophecy – Rick Riordan - With the first of the oracles, the Grove of Dodona, restored, Apollo finally has a prophecy (though one in limerick form that apparently bodes ill), and with the newly returned Leo and Calypso along for the quest, Apollo heads west to Indianapolis to find the second oracle, Trophonius and face the next Emperor, Commodus. But his demigod master Meg betrayed him to Nero and has been ordered to find and capture Apollo before he can free the next oracle - and Meg can make Apollo do anything, even kill himself.…
The Queen’s Rising – Rebecca Ross - Brienna has grown up at the renowned Magnalia House, studying to be a Mistress of Knowledge and be chosen by a patron when her studies are complete. However, the solstice comes and goes, and Brienna is left without a patron.  Months later, Brienna is offered patronage by a disgraced lord, and as she learns about the history between Valenia and Maevana, she understands that certain abilities she possesses could very well help to unseat an usurper from the Maevan throne and restore the rightful Queen.…
Wicked Saints – Emily A. Duncan - Wicked Saints follows the story of Nadezhda "Nadya" who has been raised in secrecy in a secluded monastery in Kalyazin to hide the fact that she is a cleric, someone who can communicate with the Gods and wield holy magic. As the first cleric in thirty years she could potentially end the long raging war between the neighbouring kingdoms in favour of Kalyazin. On the other side of the war is Serefin, the High Prince of Tranavia, and a powerful blood mage, a magic seen as heresy by those who follow the Gods. He was sent off to war at a young age, not only to fight, but also keep him at a distance from his father who is threatened by his power. But there is more to ruling a country than fighting, and Serefin begins to realize that plots are afoot against him at home. When Serefin attacks the monastery and finds Nadya, she escapes and goes on the run, soon joining a group of rebels who aim to assassinate the king of Tranavia and end the war, and as the mission progresses, finds herself beginning to question everything she has always stood for.…
The Hidden Oracle – Rick Riordan - Following the events of The Blood of Olympus, Apollo is in trouble with his father. Zeus decides he's to blame for the war with Gaea, and as punishment, the glorious Apollo finds himself turned into a sixteen year old mortal with acne and flab named Lester, crash landing, quite literally, in a dumpster in New York, and to complete the indignity, enslaved to a twelve year old demigod named Meg. To complete his punishment and be restored to Olympus, Apollo has to regain control of the five oracles which will include facing his oldest and most deadliest enemy who can taken over the shrine of Delphi - Python.…
Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas - Following the events in Wendlyn, Aelin has returned to Adarlan, having embraced her true identity with the aim of settling some old debts, being Celaena Sardothien one last time, before she can finally claim her throne. But first, she plans to free her cousin Aedion who has been imprisoned by the king as a way to capture her. Then of course, there is also the matter of Dorian, who is trapped within his own mind by the Valg prince who is slowly consuming him. Having fought the valg before, Aelin knows that killing the host is the only way, but Chaol refuses to accept this and continues to believe that Dorian is still in there and can be saved without killing him.…
Crown of Oblivion – Julie Eshbaugh – ARC Review - Astrid is an Outsider, a class of people in Lanoria who do not hold citizenship or have access to magic, and serve the citizens as indentured servants. As a surrogate to the Princess, Astrid bears the punishment for any of her misdemeanours. There is one way out however - the deadly race of Oblivion, which grants the winner and their family citizenships and full rights. Circumstances lead to Astrid signing up for the race, and with her memory wiped clean by the drug Oblivion, she must make her way through the deadly race, all the while trying to figure out her past, and more importantly, why she has abilities - magic - that no Outsider should have, something that, if known to others, would get her arrested before she can win.…
The Beautiful – Renee Ahdieh - Celine Rousseau arrives in New Orleans, hoping to start a new life after fleeing her home in Paris. She is taken in by the nuns at the Ursuline Convent along with several other girls, but soon finds herself involved in the intoxicating city's underworld, in particular, with the members of the mysterious society known as La Cour des Lions. Meanwhile, there is a killer stalking the streets of New Orleans, bodies are found drained of blood, and Celine ends up stumbling onto a number of these crime scenes - or has Celine somehow become the next target?…
Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo - Alex Stern has always been different. Not only can she see ghosts, something normally possible only by taking a special elixir, but she has also had some pretty horrific experiences with them in the past, which in turn, is the reason her life went downhill. When she ends up as the sole survivor of a multiple homicide, she draws the attention of the House of Lethe, which monitors the occult activities conducted by Yale's secret societies. They are interested in her ability to see ghosts, or Grays as they are known, and offer her a chance to attend the elite university on a full ride if she will agree to join them. And that is how Alex winds up as a freshman at Yale, being introduced to a whole new world of magic under the guidance of her new mentor and member of Lethe, Daniel Arlington.…
Mini Reviews #7 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about four books: Suggested Reading, Love & Gelato, Daughter of the Siren Queen, and The Belles.…
The Tyrant’s Tomb – Rick Riordan - The Tyrant's Tomb opens with Apollo and Meg escorting Jason's body to Camp Jupiter for funeral rites in what is possibly the most heartbreaking sendoff in all the books so far. But neither Camp Jupiter nor Apollo can mourn overlong. The Romans are just recuperating from one battle and another is fast approaching - the Emperors intend to wipe out the camp and the Romans stand no chance - unless Apollo can find the answer to their problems in the tomb of a Roman king - who might just be the worst foe he has yet to face.…
The Memory Thief – Lauren Mansy – ARC Review - Etta lives in the city of Craewick which is ruled by the ruthless Madame. In this world, Gifted individuals can transfer memories through touch. Four years ago, after an accident that left her mother in a coma, Etta made a deal with Madame to keep her safe in the asylum. But now, Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, to sell all her memories, and the only way Etta can save her is to seek the aid of the rebel group known as the Shadows - the same group Etta was once sworn to, and betrayed. To prove her loyalty this time though, she must embark on a quest to steal a map of a dangerous prison known as the Maze from the mind of the cruel ruler of a neighbouring city and free someone she has thought long dead.…
Shadow Frost – Coco Ma – ARC Review - A mysterious demon has been terrorizing the kingdom of Axaria, and after several unsuccessful attempts to subdue it, Princess Asterin is unwilling to risk anyone else. She sets out with a set of trusted companions to kill it herself. But as their hunt progresses, they begin to realize there is far more at play than meets the eye - starting with an assassination attempt on the Princess herself.…
Angel Mage – Garth Nix – ARC Review - If there was one ARC I was hoping for this year, it was this one. I've followed the Old Kingdom series over the years and I completely adore it, so when I heard about Angel Mage, it was an automatic addition to my TBR. Like all of Garth Nix's other books I've read before, Angel Mage takes its time setting up the world, all the while building the mystery. The world itself is heavily influenced by The Three Musketeers, and I love how much attention has been given to detail in this aspect.…
Cursed – Thomas Wheeler & Frank Miller – ARC Review – Blog Tour - Cursed retells the famous legend, with one major difference. It isn't Arthur the Sword of Power chooses, but Nimue. Nimue belongs to the clan of Fey known as the Sky Folk, and due to a run in with a dark beast when she was young, she has a connection to dark magic which has always made her an outcast in her village. But when the Red Paladins, a section of the Church who have made it their mission to wipe out the Fey Folk, attack her village, Nimue finds herself journeying across England to fulfill her mother's last wish: to return the sword to Merlin. But knowledge that the Sword of Power has surfaced again has spread across the country, and Nimue is caught between multiple forces who all want to claim the sword for themselves - King Uther Pendragon, the Viking Ice King and the Catholic Church, all fixated on the ancient prophecy.…
Five Dark Fates – Kendare Blake - In the aftermath of the battle, Katharine still holds the throne and the rebellion has retreated to Sunpool to figure out how to handle Jules' unleashed legion curse. Fennbirn is gearing up for war, and with the rebellion to deal with on one front, the dead queens on another and the murderous mist on a third, Katharine already has her plate full even before Mirabella shows up.…
Mini Reviews #6 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about four books: The Red Scrolls of Magic, Ink, Iron & Glass, Mist, Metal & Ash, and The Everlasting Rose. It has been a while since I did one of these, but with the craziness of the summer releases finally over (for the most part atleast), I finally have time to catch up on these reviews.…
Tiger Queen – Annie Sullivan – ARC Review - As per an ancient law, Kateri, Princess of the desert kingdom of Achra must triumph over twelve suitors in the arena to prove her right and suitability to rule. But the situation in the city is far more troublesome. The King has decreased water rations again due to the continuing drought and the people are not happy. What's more, a group of thieves known as the Desert Boys frequently raid the wells and deplete the already low reserves of water. Kateri has now defeated eleven suitors, but the twelfth she knows she cannot beat - unless she has some outside help. And so she finds herself turning to the last person she ever thought she'd ask, the leader of the Desert Boys himself.…
Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir – ARC Review - Gideon Nav is an abandoned orphan who has been raised in the Ninth House, surrounded by skeletons and various undead, always considered as an outsider and she has had enough of it. Nothing is going to stop her from escaping, except for Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter and de facto Lady of the Ninth House - and also her chief nemesis. But when a summons arrives from the Emperor, inviting the heirs of the nine houses to face a deadly set of trials for an opportunity to earn the title of Lyctor, Harrow offers her a deal - if Gideon becomes her cavalier and accompanies her through the trials, Harrow will set her free. But there is something dangerous at work in the First House, and as adepts and their cavaliers start getting murdered, Harrow and Gideon find themselves fighting for their lives even as the competition continues.…
A Treason of Thorns – Laura E. Weymouth – ARC Review - Burleigh House is one of six great houses in England, and Violet's family have been its caretakers for generations. But when her father commits treason and is punished with House arrest, which can only end with his death, Violet is forced to leave her home. When she finally returns seven years later, Burleigh lies in ruin and it's magic has become corrupt, severely damaging the countryside. Violet is in a race against time to do what she can to fix things before the king burns it down, but the House holds many secrets, and the price to free Burleigh is far higher than she knows.…
The Lady Rogue – Jenn Bennett – ARC Review - Theodora Fox's father is a famous treasure hunter, and she has always wanted to travel the world with him, searching for these priceless artifacts, but is always left behind. But when Huck Gallagher, her father's protégé, arrives at her Istanbul hotel with the grave news that her father is missing, Theo and Huck set out on a journey across Romania, tracing his path to uncover the secret behind a magical ring that once belonged to the infamous Vlad the Impaler.…
Our Bloody Pearl – D. N. Bryn - Our Bloody Pearl follows the story of Perle, a siren who has been held in captivity by the cruel pirate captain Kian ever since she created a device to block out the sirens' singing. However, when the ship is unexpectedly captured by another pirate captain, Dejean, who unlike every other human they have come across, is kind to them. But even as they grow to trust their new human companions, Kian is on the hunt, determined to get Perle back at any cost, and Perle must decide whether to stand and fight or flee into the ocean to continue to hide from her.…
Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin – ARC Review - Louise le Blanc is a witch who left her coven, living as a pickpocket in the city of Cesarine and hiding her magic in a city where witches are hunted and burned. Reid Diggory is a Chasseur, a witch-hunter, in service to the church and he lives by a single edict - to hunt down witches. When a robbery goes wrong, Lou and Reid cross paths, and through a series of completely unforeseen events, end up in an arranged marriage. Now living in the Chasseur's Tower, Lou is in the heart of enemy territory. But it isn't just the Chasseurs she has to hide from. The coven she fled two years ago is still searching for her, and being found out by either side means death for Lou.…
There Will Come A Darkness – Katy Rose Pool – ARC Review – 100th Blog Post! - The Order of the Last Light has kept secret the final prophecy given by the Prophets before their disappearance for a hundred years. The prophecy speaks of an age of darkness, but also of a saviour, the final Prophet who may be able to overcome the evil threatening the lands. And now at long last the Prophet has been found, and the prophecy is in motion. Hassan, Ephyra, Anton, Jude and Beru, all from completely different walks of life, are brought together unexpectedly due to the prophecy. Which of them can cause the end the world and which of them can save it?…
Crown of Coral and Pearl – Mara Rutherford – ARC Review - In the ocean village of Varenia, beauty is everything. After all, the most beautiful girl of each generation is chosen to marry the Crown Prince of Ilara, to leave the village and see the world, something forbidden to other Varenians. It has long been expected that Zadie will be the chosen girl, but in a twist of events, it is her twin sister Nor who finds herself journeying to Ilara - pretending to be Zadie. But neither Ilara nor Prince Ceren are quite what Nor expected, and she finds herself adrift in a dangerous royal court where she must watch every step she takes.…
Rage – Cora Carmack – ARC Review - Aurora's adventure and brief freedom has drawn to an end as she returns to Pavan, now determined to retake the kingdom from the Lockes who have established themselves as the rulers following her "kidnapping". Still using the alias Roar, she ends up joining a rebellion even as fiercer and more violent storms descend on Pavan.…
Stepsister – Jennifer Donnelly - Stepsister begins with the ending of the original Grimm brothers' version Cinderella, immediately creating that delightful dark fairytale vibe. Ella and the prince ride off to their happy ending, but this story is about her stepsisters Isabelle and Octavia who are now stuck in a town which hates them for their mistreatment of Ella.…
The Merciful Crow – Margaret Owen – ARC Review - The Merciful Crow introduces us to the kingdom of Sabor which is split into twelve castes named after various birds. As the only caste immune to the fatal Sinner's Plague, the Crows' job is to act as a sort of mercy killers for those infected and safely dispose of the bodies. Fie, a future Crow chieftain, finds herself caught up in a conspiracy when, on their latest assignment, the bodies they are hauling away are not only alive, but the Crown Prince Jasimir of Sabor escaping the palace and his stepmother, Queen Rhusana, with his bodyguard Tavin in tow.…
Beasts of the Frozen Sun – Jill Criswell – ARC Review - Beasts of the Frozen Sun follows the story of Lira, daughter of the chieftain of clan Stone, and Reyker, a warrior from a distant, frozen land who is forced to fight for a warlord known as the Dragon.…
Kingsbane – Claire Legrand - Rielle may have succeeded in her trials and the church has accepted her as Sun Queen, but many still have their doubts. A visit to the Gate reveals that it is weakening, and it will take the seven original castings of the saints to repair it, all of which are well hidden, and those who guard them have a less than favourable opinion of Rielle. A thousand years in the future, Eliana struggles with revelation of her past - she is the daughter of the Blood Queen Rielle, and more than anything, she fears that she is destined to become like her.…