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Mini Reviews #22

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment I’m discussing Legendborn, The Undercover Secretary and Five Survive.

Book Review: All of Our Demise – Amanda Foody & C L Herman

The veil separating the tournament grounds from the city of Ilvernath has fallen, and the press is all too eager to get a good story. Hendry Lowe is alive – sort of – and no one quite knows what to make of the dead boy returning to life. One relic has been destroyed and as…

ARC Review: Stardust In Their Veins – Laura Sebastian

As the news of Sophronia’s death makes its way across Vesteria to her sisters, Beatriz and Daphne, who are in very tricky situations themselves, struggle to figure out the truth and whom they can trust. After the coup in Cellaria, Beatriz is desperate to find a way to get herself and Pasquale, both separately imprisoned,…

Book Review: Kingdom of the Feared – Kerri Maniscalco

Emilia has only just learnt that her sister Vittoria is still alive, but before she can come to terms with it and all that it implies, there is an assassination in House Greed, a high ranking member of the court, and the evidence points to Vittoria as the culprit. With a new mystery on her…

Book Review: The Golden Enclaves – Naomi Novik

El is finally out of the Scholomance, but even though she is back in the real world with her mom at last, she cannot forget that Orion sacrificed himself to face the maw mouth and is still inside the school, his fate uncertain. Meanwhile, the mystery of enclaves being attacked and simply vanishing is continuing…

Mini Reviews #21 – ARC Edition

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment is a little different, since all the reviews are for ARCs I received last year that I haven’t yet reviewed and I’ll be discussing The Secret Society of Salzburg, Seoulmates and…

The Ballad of Never After – Stephanie Garber

Following Jacks’ betrayal, Evangeline has vowed to never trust him again and turns her efforts to finding a cure for Apollo and waking him up. But when a deadly curse is cast on both her and Apollo, Eva has no choice but to ally with Jacks again. In return for her opening the Valory arch,…

Rust in the Root – Justina Ireland – ARC Review

Life has been hard in America ever since the Great Rust, which corrupted the arcane force known as the Dynamism, causing many areas across the country to become blighted and uninhabitable. The country is slowly rebuilding and the traditional mystical arts are giving way to the modern Mechomancy, with any kind of magic being highly…

The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey – Serena Burdick – ARC Review

In 1898 England, aspiring writer Evelyn, the well educated daughter of wealthy parents, marries acclaimed author William Aubrey, whose debut novel has brought him fame, but the initially happy marriage turns into something terrible. When William, in the midst of writer’s block and jealous of Evelyn’s talent, betrays her by stealing her novel and selling…

Pretty Dead Queens – Alexa Donne – ARC Review

Cecelia Ellis arrives in Seaview, a small coastal California town, to live with her estranged grandmother after her mother’s death. Her grandmother is a famous author who initially rose to fame when she wrote a murder mystery novel based on the real life events that took place in the town surrounding the death of a…

Children of Ragnarok – Cinda Williams Chima – ARC Review

In the Archipelago, life has been difficult ever since Ragnarok, and most people struggle to feed themselves, but Eiric Halvorsen works hard on his mother’s farm which continues to yield a good harvest, and he, along with his mother and sister, do well. But when Eiric is about to be convicted by a biased jury…

The Winter Garden – Nicola Cornick – ARC Review

Lucy Brown’s promising music career has come to an abrupt end after an illness and she goes to her aunt’s cottage in the countryside, to rest and recuperate. The cottage was originally a manor in Tudor times and is famous for having been the home of Robert Catesby, one of the gunpowder plotters. An archaeological…

If You Could See The Sun – Ann Liang – HTP Books Fall 2022 YA Blog Tour

Alice Sun is a scholarship student at an elite international boarding school in Beijing and despite being one of the top students, has always felt overlooked amongst the wealthy students. One day, she suddenly starts turning invisible, and uncontrollably at that. When her parents tell her they can no longer afford the fees for her…

The Empress of Time – Kylie Lee Baker | ARC Review

Ten years after the events of the first book, Ren Scarborough is the Goddess of Death of Japan’s Underworld, but the Shinigami still see her as a foreigner for being half Reaper. Her brother Neven is still lost despite her efforts to locate him and the greatest threat yet is about to arrive on her…

Bone Weaver – Aden Polydoros | ARC Review

The Kosa Empire is embroiled in a civil war as the Tsar has been dethroned and has had his magic stolen and a power struggle is ongoing between the magic wielding elite and the commoners. Seventeen year old Toma lives on the edge of the empire with her family of undead, completely unaware of the…

Book of Night – Holly Black

In a world where shadows can be manipulated for a variety of reasons, Charlie is bartender and former con-artist trying to leave her past in the dangerous world of shadow trading behind her. She supports herself and her sister by doing odd jobs for the bar’s patrons. When people start approaching Charlie about hiring her…

She Who Became The Sun – Shelley Parker-Chan

The year is 1345, and in a village struck down by famine on the plains of China, two children, a brother and sister are given their fates. The brother, Zhu Chongba, is told there is greatness in his future, while the sister is given a fate of simply nothing. But when bandits attack the village…

Babel – R. F. Kuang – ARC Review

After he loses his entire family during a cholera epidemic in Canton, Robin Swift is brought to London by Professor Lovell and trained to be fluent in many languages in preparation for the day he will join Oxford’s prestigious Royal Institution of Translation, better known as Babel. As the center of the magical art of…

Hotel Magnifique – Emily J. Taylor

Jani works hard to support herself and her sister Zosa ever since their mother died, and they are barely scraping by until one day, when Hotel Magnifique comes to town. The legendary hotel filled with magical enchantments travels from place to place and though they cannot afford the cost of a guest’s stay, the sisters…

Violet Made of Thorns – Gina Chen – ARC Review

Violet is the Royal Seer of the kingdom of Auveny and she uses her ability to see the threads of Fate to divine the future – and also people’s pasts – to make predictions, and occasionally less than truthful or twisted prophecies that allow her to influence the court. But when the King asks her…

The Dream Runners – Shveta Thakrar – ARC Review

Ever since she was taken to the realm of Nagalok seven years ago, Tanvi has been one of the dream runners, human children who collect mortal dreams that are greatly prized as entertainment in the naga court. Dream runners are made free of all emotions and memories of their lives on earth, but when one…

Katzenjammer – Francesca Zappia – ARC Review

Cat is trapped in her high school and she and many of her fellow classmates are transforming into monstrous creatures, while others are completely unaffected. The school building itself has been turned upside down, seemingly taking on a life of its own. When a killer begins to stalk the halls, picking them off one by…

Blade Breaker – Victoria Aveyard – ARC Review

Following their battle all manner of sea monsters in Ibal and closing the Spindle, the Companions are still shaken, but there is no time to lose. Erida and Taristan have already set their sights on conquering Madrence, and eventually, the rest of Allward, even as they search for the next Spindle in their quest to…

The Prison Healer – Lynette Noni

In the inescapable prison of Zalindov, Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years working as the healer. The sporadic messages from her family on the outside give her hope that she will one day be free. When the Rebel Queen is captured and sent to the prison, Kiva is charged with keeping the critically…

Blood Scion – Deborah Falaye

In a society ruled by the cruel Lucis, anyone found to be a Scion, a descendant of the Orisha, is immediately put to death. Sloane has spent her whole life concealing her abilities, which allow her to summon fire, but when at fifteen, she is drafted into the Lucis army, she has no choice but…

The Knave of Secrets – Alex Livingston – The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour

When cardsharp Valen Quinol is offered an opportunity to attend and play in the invitation-only Forbearance Game, a gambling tournament where players stake secrets, by a local gangster, he cannot resist. Valen does what he was sent there to do, beat another player who has an extremely valuable stake, and wins the secret too -…

Mini Reviews #19

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: Aru Shah & the Nectar of Immortality, This Golden State and Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak.

From Dust, A Flame – Rebecca Podos

All her life, Hannah has never stayed in one place for too long. Her mother always moved her and her brother Gabe every year or so with no explanation. When on her seventeenth birthday, Hannah wakes up to find that her eyes have changed in shape and color, her mother leaves to find someone she…

Eyes of the Void – Adrian Tchaikovsky – ARC Review

Following the second battle of Berlenhof, the Architects are indubitably back and causing chaos as they begin to destroy world after world. Where in the previous war, the presence of Originator artifacts on a world provided a certain amount of protection, the Architects seem to have found a way to circumvent its protection. Every planet…

Ballad and Dagger – Daniel Jose Older – ARC Review

When the island nation of San Madrigal sank into the ocean fifteen years ago, the survivors made their way to New York, settling in the Brooklyn neighborhood that has come to be known as Little Madrigal. The citizens of this community continue their way of life, whether it be their culture and traditions or the…

Mini Reviews #18

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: Terciel and Elinor, Crown of Cinders, Hush and Veil.

This Rebel Heart – Katherine Locke – ARC Review

Set during the Hungarian revolution of 1956, This Rebel Heart tells the story of Csilla, a young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust only for her parents to be murdered by the government. She and her aunt, her last surviving family member, plan to flee the country but her escape plans grind to a halt…

House of Sky and Breath – Sarah J. Maas

A few months after the events of the first book, Bryce is trying to adjust between her Starborn abilities and figuring out a new normal with Hunt. Both of them are eager to sit back and relax after everything that has happened, and are more than willing to heed the Asteri’s not so subtle warning.…

Only A Monster – Vanessa Len

On vacation in London visiting her mother’s family, Joan’s summer is turned upside down when, on her way to a date with her long time crush Nick, she accidentally travels to the future by stealing time from someone. Turns out, the fairytales her grandma used to tell her are entirely true, and her mother’s family…

The Long Weekend – Gilly Macmillan – ARC Review

Three couples plan a relaxing long weekend trip to an isolated, refurbished barn on a remote Northumbrian farm. When, for different reasons, the men, Toby, Paul and Mark are delayed, their wives arrive ahead of them for a girls’ night, and they feel this would be a good opprtunity for Emily, the latest addition to…

What We Harvest – Ann Fraistat – ARC Review

Hollow’s End was once known for its miracle crops that drew tourists to the small town from far and wide. But when the blight, a quicksilver, mercury like substance appeared, it first poisoned and destroyed the farms, then the animals, and finally the people, who it turned into zombie-like creatures. Among the last locals still…

The Righteous – Renee Ahdieh

Following the events of The Damned, Odette Valmont is grievously injured, and the Court of Lions has but one option left to save her – a healer from the Sylvan Vale. Arjun, being half fey, is the only one of them who can cross over into the fey realm, a world he hates, but for…

Mini Reviews #17

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. This installment, let’s chat about: Love at First Spite, Queens of Fennbirn and Love & Olives.

Edgewood – Kristen Ciccarelli – ARC Review

Emeline wants to become a famous singer and her hard work has finally brought her close to getting a big break when she receives a call from her hometown informing her that her grandfather has disappeared. She returns to Edgewood, a town where mysterious occurrences near the woods are not uncommon and the people are…

The Book of Living Secrets – Madeleine Roux – ARC Review

Best friends Adelle and Connie are huge fans of an obscure gothic romance novel called Moira. When the owner of an occult shop they like to frequent tells them of a spell that would allow them to enter the world of Moira and experience it for themselves, they are skeptical, but agree. But when they…

Gallant – V. E. Schwab – ARC Review

Orphan Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School with no knowledge of her past or family, save for her mother’s journal which is full of cryptic notes that seem to grow increasingly mad over the course of time. When she receives a letter from a long lost uncle, inviting her home to Gallant, Olivia…

League of Liars – Astrid Scholte – ARC Review

The use of edem, extradimensional magic that can be found only in the shadows, is illegal in the land of Telene. Ever since his mother was killed as a result of someone wielding edem, Cayder Broduck has always wanted to bring criminals responsible for such occurrences to justice. When he gets a summer internship with…

Bright Ruined Things – Samantha Cohoe – ARC Review

Mae has lived on the Prosper family’s island all her life and has never seen the world beyond it. But with her 18th birthday approaching, her future is uncertain and all she wants is to stay, and above all, have some magic of her own, magic which has been closely guarded and controlled by the…

The Excalibur Curse – Kiersten White

Camelot is safe behind the magical barrier Guinevere has created, but only as long as Lancelot stays inside it. Now a captive of her enemies, and with Arthur lured far away by false information, Guinevere is more determined than ever to find some answers about her past. She teams up with Morgana and Mordred and…

Castles In Their Bones – Laura Sebastian – ARC Review

Beatriz, Daphne and Sophronia, the triplet princesses of Bessemia, have just turned sixteen, and it is time for them to depart to the three neighbouring kingdoms to marry their betrothed. This is the first step in a plan that has been in motion ever since they were born, for Empress Margaraux’s intent is for the…

This Woven Kingdom – Tahereh Mafi – ARC Review

Alizeh is a Jinn, but one with ice in her veins, denoting her as the long lost heir to the Jinn kingdom. She works as a lowly servant in a noblewoman’s home, hiding her true heritage and doing her best to keep out of sight and notice of anyone important, but one day, when she…

Vespertine – Margaret Rogerson

In Loraille, those who possess the Sight are taken in and raised by the Clerisy to use their abilities to fight the dead in different ways. Artemisia is training to join the Gray Sisters at the convent in Naimes, who purify dead bodies to prevent them from becoming corrupted and rising as spirits to possess…

Echoes and Empires – Morgan Rhodes – ARC Review | Blogmas 2021: Day 21

Magic of any shape or form is evil and illegal in Ironport, and anyone found having anything to do with it is summarily executed. So when Josslyn Drake, the daughter of the former prime minister and the Queen’s favorite, stumbles into a robbery during a royal gala and accidentally gets infected by a piece of…

Once Upon A Broken Heart – Stephanie Garber | Blogmas 2021: Day 19

Evangeline Fox has always believed in the stories about happily ever afters and true love, until she finds out that her first love Luc is suddenly engaged to her stepsister. Desperate to get Luc back, she seeks out the Prince of Hearts and strikes a bargain with him – in return for him stopping the…

Defy the Night – Brigid Kemmerer | Blogmas 2021: Day 10

The kingdom of Kandala is in a precarious position. A dangerous and contagious fever ravages the land and the only cure, an elixir made from Moonflower petals, is severely rationed and available to only those who can afford to pay for it. The flowers themselves grow in only some parts of the kingdom, leading to…

Kingdom of the Cursed – Kerri Maniscalco | Blogmas 2021: Day 7

Following the shocking revelations at the end of Kingdom of the Wicked, Emilia has sold her soul – literally – to become Queen of the Wicked, going as far as accepting to marry Prince Pride in order to find the demon who killed her sister Vittoria and avenge her. But the world of the seven…

Into the Dying Light – Katy Rose Pool | Blogmas 2021: Day 5

After the events in Behezda, an ancient god has been resurrected and trapped in Beru. The Prophet Pallas holds her and Ephyra captive in order to wield the god’s power to take over the Prophetic Cities, but the battle of wills between Beru and the god continue and it will only be a matter of…

Daughter of the Deep – Rick Riordan

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a specialized high school that trains students for careers in marine fields. The freshman class heads out for the important weekend trial at sea that will determine their future in the school, but no sooner are they off campus when the school comes under attack and is…

The Postmistress of Paris – Meg Waite Clayton – ARC Review

Naneé is an American heiress but has always felt most at home in Paris, where she has lived for the past ten years. When war breaks out and the Germans invade, instead of escaping, she chooses to stay and join the resistance, gaining the nickname of Postmistress for her work in delivering secret messages to…

The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik

El has survived three years at the Scholomance and now faces her final year, with the dreaded and deadly graduation run just around the corner. She is no longer alone however, and in the past year, has gained a small group of trusted allies with whom she plans to make the run. But the school…

When Night Breaks – Janella Angeles – ARC Review

With the chaotic conclusion of the Spectaculore, Daron Demarco’s secret has been revealed and is headline news. But he is more focused on finding Kallia, who fell through a mirror during her final performance and is now trapped in another world with Jack, whose motives are still suspect. This mirror world is a dazzling place,…

All of Us Villains – Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman – ARC Review

In the remote city of Ilvernath, the seven leading families each name a champion to take part in a tournament to the death every twenty years when the Blood Moon Rises. Only one will survive and gain the prize for their family – exclusive access to a cache of high magick, powerful and extremely rare…

Within These Wicked Walls – Lauren Blackwood – ARC Review

Andromeda, a debtera who cleanses houses of the Evil Eye, is hired by wealthy heir Magnus Rochester. But she quickly realizes that this job is very different from others she has handled in the past. The castle is filled with dangerous Manifestations, and staying to complete the job almost certainly means death. But leaving, apart…

The Bronzed Beasts – Roshani Chokshi

Following the events in the Sleeping Palace and the revelation that Séverin alone is capable of playing the Divine Lyre, he now plays a dangerous game as he balances a delicate alliance with Ruslan, the Patriarch of the Fallen House to discover the location of the temple where the lyre can be played. Meanwhile, Séverin’s…

Gods & Monsters – Shelby Mahurin

Gods and Monsters picks up where the story previously left off, as Lou and company make their way towards Chateau le Blanc, still in shock from the confrontation with Morgane and the horrifying consequences. What they don’t know yet is that Lou has been possessed by Nicholina under the orders of La Voisin, who has…

The Hawthorne Legacy – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Following the shocking events of The Inheritance Games, Avery and the Hawthorne brothers continue to seek out Tobias Hawthorne’s motive in leaving his entire fortune to a random girl. Being the Hawthorne heiress is no joke however, and with a fortune in the billions at stake, things are getting more dangerous by the day for…

The Color of Dragons – R.A. Salvatore & Erika Lewis – ARC Review

Maggie, a young orphan, is assistant to a traveling magician who has little skill beyond some sleight of hand tricks. But when she encounters a draignoch that has been captured by the cruel king’s soldiers and is being taken to his Walled City, something within her awakens and she soon realizes that she is the…

Luminous – Mara Rutherford – Inkyard Press Fall 2021 YA Blog Tours

In a land where mages are hunted for their magic, Liora has spent all her life hiding her abilities, most particularly her glowing skin that would give her away instantly. But when she is discovered by the king’s warlock, Darius, instead of taking Liora, he instead takes her younger sister Mina to work in the…

Jade Fire Gold – June C L Tan – ARC Review

Ahn, a peasant girl with no knowledge of her past or family, struggles to support herself and her adoptive grandmother, all the while hiding magical abilities that could get her killed. Altan, a prince in exile, and the rightful heir to the throne, has been biding his time to take back what is his and…

The City Beautiful – Aden Polydoros – ARC Review

In the shadow of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, a killer is stalking the streets, targeting young Jewish immigrants. Alter Rosen, who recently immigrated from Romania, struggles to make a living while also trying to save up enough money to bring his family to America. But when his best friend and roommate Yakov is…

Beasts of Prey – Ayana Gray – ARC Review

Koffi and her mother are indentured to the Night Zoo and they care for the dangerous magical creatures it hosts. But just as they are closer than ever to finally paying off their debts for good, an incident occurs that threatens their safety and Koffi uses a magical power she doesn’t fully understand with severe…

Dark Rise – C. S. Pacat – ARC Review

In 1821 London, Will Kempen is working on the docks, hiding from the men who killed his mother and trying to find out who ordered her death and why. Just as an old servant finds him and informs him of a great destiny he is meant to fulfill, Will is captured and held prisoner in…

Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao – ARC Review

The land of Huaxia has been at war with the Hunduns and mecha aliens beyond the Great Wall for many centuries and the only way to fight them are using Chrysalises, giant robots that require a boy-girl pair to activate and pilot. The girl of the pair often dies of the mental strain involved in…

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina – Zoraida Cordova – ARC Review

The Montoyas gather at their family home in Four Rivers when they all receive invitations to attend the funeral of their matriarch, Orquidea Divina and collect their inheritances. But Orquidea hasn’t died, she has transformed – just one more unanswered question in a long line of puzzling occurrences. They each receive their inheritances, in the…

Kingdom of the Wicked – Kerri Maniscalco

Emilia di Carlo and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe, part of a community of witch families who live in Sicily amongst humans, hiding their powers. Even as they learned to use their witch powers, the sisters have grown up listening to their grandmother’s stories about the dangers of dark magic and the Wicked -…

Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas

Yadriel is determined to prove that he can be a real brujo, though his traditional family has trouble accepting that he is transgender. With his cousin Maritza, he performs the ritual to gain his powers successfully one night. He soon finds out that his cousin Miguel has been murdered that same night, he decides to…

Threadneedle – Cari Thomas

Sixteen year old Anna lives in London with her aunt, and has grown up hearing about the dangers of magic. The day when her magic will be permanently bound draws closer, and Anna will become a Binder alongside her aunt, joining the ranks of those who believe magic is a sin. But when Anna meets…

Six Crimson Cranes – Elizabeth Lim – ARC Review

Shiori’anma is the princess of Kiata, and as the seventh child and only girl has lacked for nothing, beloved by both her father and brothers. But she has long hidden a dangerous secret – she possesses magic, forbidden in Kiata. When on the morning of her betrothal ceremony to Takkan, a lord from the distant…

Rising Like A Storm – Tanaz Bhathena – ARC Review

With the usurper Queen Shyla on Ambar’s throne, Gul and Cavas are fugitives wanted for the death of King Lohar. But Gul finds out that the connection between her and Cavas is more than it appears – he is fated to be her partner in magic and love, and this may be just what they…

Illusionary – Zoraida Cordova

Facing betrayal from the Whispers on one hand and the king’s soldiers on another, Renata Convida finds an unlikely ally in her erstwhile enemy, Prince Castian as they share a common goal. Finding the Knife of Memory may be the only way to bring down King Fernando and restore peace to Puerto Leones. Renata’s control…

Sisters of the Snake – Sarena and Sasha Nanua – ARC Review

Ria, a street thief, breaks into the palace in hopes of stealing enough valuables to buy fake documents that will get her and her friend out of the kingdom to safety from the war that is looming. Things don’t go as expected however, when she runs into Princess Rani, who, to her shock, looks exactly…

The Serpent’s Curse – Lisa Maxwell

Esta and Harte continue their quest to find the remaining stones that are scattered across the country, but the Order is not far behind and their influence presents an obstacle wherever – and whenever – they travel. More dangerous however, is the powerful goddess, Seshat, who now resides inside Harte and wants nothing more than…

Shipped – Meredith Tate – ARC Review

Stella Greene and Wesley Clarke are long time rivals and their battle reaches new heights this year as they are their high school’s top contenders for the prized position of valedictorian, and the scholarship that comes with it. While in real life, they can’t stand each other, they’ve unknowingly been chatting online in a forum…

Rule of Wolves – Leigh Bardugo

Ravka is at war. As Nikolai continues to deal with the demon within him, the Fjerdans prepare to invade, but the return of the Darkling poses an even larger threat. Deep undercover in the Fjerdan court, Nina is able to finally access information that could be vital to the war effort. With the spirit of…

Realm Breaker – Victoria Aveyard – ARC Review

Corayne an-Amarat, daughter of a pirate captain, has spent her life in a small port and has always felt a restless urge to seek adventure. When an assassin and an immortal arrive on her doorstep with news of long sealed gateways across Allward to realms full of horrors being torn open again, she learns the…

Most Awaited Releases – Summer 2021

Hello, readers! Hope everyone had a great long weekend! Warmer weather is just around the corner, and though it looks like we’ll all be stuck indoors for quite some time yet, atleast there are a lot of great reads to look forward to. Here are my top picks from my summer TBR!

A Court of Silver Flames – Sarah J. Maas

Following the war with Hybern, Prythian is slowly healing and returning to normal. But Nesta has far from adjusted to becoming High Fae and is headed down a very self-destructive path. The horrors of the battle, seeing her Father die and being forced into a Cauldron still haunt her. Sent to train with Cassian by…

Witches Steeped in Gold – Ciannon Smart – ARC Review

Witches Steeped in Gold brings us the story of two witches from rival orders who find themselves on the same side of a fight for the throne. Jazmyne Cariot, the doyenne’s daughter, works an Emissary, but has been collaborating with a resistance movement to overthrow her mother ever since her sister was sacrificed to maintain…

A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab

Shadow has fallen over Red London and Osaron has proclaimed himself the true king, controlling the people with dark magic so powerful that even an Antari cannot hope to stand against it – not alone. Kell, Lila, Alucard and Holland set out to find a magical artifact that may be their only chance at defeating…

Chain of Iron – Cassandra Clare

It’s time for James and Cordelia’s wedding, but only a few know the truth of the matter. This marriage is a ruse, contrived to protect Cordelia’s reputation, for James is in love with Grace Blackthorn. On top of that, her father, Elias Carstairs has returned home a very different man and Cortana inexplicably burns Cordelia’s…

Pride and Premeditation – Tirzah Price – ARC Review

Aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet wants to work at her father’s law firm, but must prove herself before he will consider it. When wealthy Mr Bingley is arrested for murder, it is the talk of London high society, and Lizzie sees an opportunity to prove herself. Mr Bingley’s lawyer, Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, is none too pleased…

Kisses and Croissants – Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau – ARC Review

Aspiring ballerina Mia Jenrow arrives in Paris for the summer to attend an elite ballet program with big dreams. If she can succeed in the next six weeks, she could qualify for an audition with some of the best ballet companies in the world. But already the summer isn’t going according to plan. For starters,…

Infinity Reaper – Adam Silvera

Infinity Reaper picks up right where the first book ended – Emil has been stabbed with an infinity-ender blade and Brighton has drunk the Reaper’s Blood potion. But things are not going according to plan. The potion which should have given Brighton powers and made him invincible is now poisoning him. The brothers know that…

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor

Jael has brought his army of seraphs to the human world, trying to take advantage of perception of angels and demons in an effort to gain weapons to bring back and use in the war. Meanwhile in Eretz, the alliance of Misbegotten and Chimaera is coming together united in their purpose against a common enemy.…

A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab

Four months after the events of A Darker Shade of Magic, and the dust has mostly settled. Preparations for the Essen Tasch, the Element Games, are in full swing in Red London, and the international contest between magicians brings faces both old and new from around the world to the heart of the Maresh Empire.…

Days of Blood and Starlight – Laini Taylor

Karou has finally discovered the truth of who she is and still reeling from the revelation of what happened to Brimstone and the others, she has returned to Eretz seeking revenge and is living amongst the Chimaera again. Only, she finds herself under the White Wolf’s thumb, working on what used to be Brimstone’s job…

Everything that Burns – Gita Trelease

After the events of Enchantée, Camille and her sister Sophie are now living in Séguin’s mansion, and it seems they have everything they ever wanted. Sophie is making beautiful hats in a store of her own that are in high demand everywhere and Camille finally has a printing press and is working on making pamphlets.…

Pariah’s Lament – Richie Billing – ARC Review

Edvar, the youngest advisor to Ashara, the Keeper of Yurr, is charged with finding out who is behind the assassination attempt on the Keeper. Trouble is brewing and Edvar seems to be surrounded by enemies on all sides, with unrest in the city and the looming threat of war from the neighbouring kingdom of Karrabar,…

We Free the Stars – Hafsah Faizal

Zafira, Nasir and Kifah have survived the battle on Sharr. Heavy with the guilt of having to leave Altair a captive of the Lion of the Night, are heading for Sultan’s Keep with four of the hearts of the Sisters of Old to restore magic to Arawiya. The Arz is gone, and the various issues…

Namesake – Adrienne Young – ARC Review

The Marigold is out of Saint’s control at last, but before Fable could enjoy her success with the crew, she has been kidnapped by Zola as a part of some scheme. To her surprise, she finds a familiar face on board Zola’s ship: Clove, who used to be a part of Saint’s crew and saved…

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