Fantasy

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 - Hello readers! Today, I’m reviewing Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller as part of the blog tour organized by Fantastic Flying Book Club! Title: Cursed Author: Thomas Wheeler & Frank Miller Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling Published: October 1st, 2019…
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.…
Furyborn – Claire Legrand - In the lands of Avitas, there are those who possess the ability to control the elements. When assassins target her best friend, Prince Audric, Rielle Dardenne, in an effort to save him, exposes the secret she has kept for many years - she can wield not just one element, but all of them. As per an ancient prophecy given by the angel Aryava, two such queens will rise, the Sun Queen to save everyone, and a Blood Queen to destroy them. Rielle must now undergo seven trials to prove not only her control over her powers, but also her loyalty to her country, Celdaria.…
The Storm Crow – Kalyn Josephson – ARC Review - Elemental Crows are a key part of life in the kingdom of Rhodaire. When Illucian empire invades, they specifically target the Crows, burning down the rookeries and leaving the Queen and many others dead. As nearly all industries were dependent on the Crows' powers, the invasion, though Illucia failed to takeover, leaves Rhodaire not only vulnerable but also facing poverty, food shortages and unemployment. With the threat of a second attack by Illucia, Caliza, the new queen, is forced to agree to wed her younger sister Anthia to Ericen, the crown prince of Illucia. It is this that finally snaps Thia out of her depression and as she stumbles upon one solitary Crow egg, hidden in the rubble of a rookery, she knows that hatching the egg is the only way to reclaim what they lost and for Rhodaire to prosper once more.…
Mini Reviews #5 - 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: Red, White & Royal Blue, Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Romanov and Once & Future.…
The Candle and the Flame – Nafiza Azad - Fatima is one of the only three survivors from the day the Shayateen slaughtered the people of Noor. Years later, Noor is thriving once more as an important city along the Silk Route, where humans and Ifrit djinn live side by side. But when one of the most powerful Ifrit dies, one Fatima is well acquainted with, it changes her and she enters a whole new world with a purpose far greater than anything she imagined.…
Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson – ARC Review - Elisabeth Scrivener is an apprentice at the Great Library of Summershall, and dreams of one day becoming a warden, to safeguard the kingdom from the grimoires that the Libraries house.…
Mini Reviews #4 - 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: Broken Throne, Two Dark Reigns & Again, but Better.…
Dark Gifts Series – Vic James - Gilded Cage describes a society split between Equals, the nobility who possess magical Skills, and the skill-less commoners. In Britain, the Equals run things, controlling the nation from Parliament. And the main way they do this is through the slavedays, a period of ten years during which every commoner must spend as slaves, either working in one of Britain's many slavetowns or serving on one of the Equal families' estates.…
Finale – Stephanie Garber - Narrated from both Scarlett and Tella's POVs, Finale is nothing short of a roller coaster. Two months have passed since the Fates were freed from the Deck of Destiny and the countdown to Legend's coronation has begun. Tella, having won Caraval, is owed a prize from Legend, one she is refusing to claim after his shocking move at the end of Legendary. Tella is determined to stop his coronation, but Legend has bigger things on his mind - the Fates draw closer to waking each day, and when they do, they will come for their powers and wreak havoc on the Empire.…
The Tiger at Midnight – Swati Teerdhala - The neighbouring lands of Jansa and Dharka have been at war for years following Jansa's murder of its ruling family, throwing the lands into chaos as the magical bond the countries share with their land is dying in the absence of the rightful rulers. Esha, an assassin from Dharka, working alongside the rebels known as the Crescent Blades, is tasked with the assassination of General Hotha in an effort to strike a blow against the usurper King Vardaan.…
Legendary – Stephanie Garber - Caraval has ended on Isla de los Sueños. Scarlett has won, and Tella has both saved her sister as well as escaped from her father. But Tella still has her end of a bargain to uphold, made with a mysterious acquaintance who lives in Valenda.…
Mini Reviews #3 - Hello readers, and welcome back to Mini Reviews! This installment, let's chat about four books: American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt, Aru Shah and the Song of Death & One Dark Throne.…
Caraval – Stephanie Garber - Sisters Scarlett and Donatella "Tella" Dragna live on the tiny Isle of Trisda with their cruel father, waiting for the day they will be able to leave. Their chance arrives when Scarlett receives tickets to Caraval, a week-long performance that promises a magical experience for the audience, something they have always dreamed of seeing in person.…
Descendant of the Crane – Joan He – ARC Review - This review is spoiler-free! Poised to ascend the throne after her father's sudden death, Princess Hesina of Yan suspects that his death was in fact a murder. Desperate to find more information, she consults a soothsayer - an act considered treasonous in Yan - who tells her that there is a convict who can help her find the killer.…
Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas - Following Chaol's 'suggestion' to the King, Celaena has been dispatched to Wendlyn to assassinate the royal family. Celaena has other ideas though, and still reeling from the events of the past months, she lazes about on the rooftops of Wendlyn, generally feeling very sorry for herself, until she is finally taken to meet her aunt, the Fae Queen Maeve - the one person with the knowledge about the Wyrdkeys that she seeks.…
King of Fools – Amanda Foody – ARC Review - With the Chancellor dead at the end of the Shadow Game, Levi and Enne are now wanted criminals. The political situation in the city takes a nosedive and a street war seems imminent…
Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody - New Reynes is a city where gangs run the streets and casino families reign, unsurprisingly, referred to as the City of Sin. It is here that sheltered, finishing school raised, Enne Salta arrives in search of her missing mother, knowing nothing of the city but for one person she is seeking - Levi Glaisyer.…
Mini Reviews #2 - Hello readers, and welcome back to Mini Reviews! This installment, let's chat about four books: We Set the Dark on Fire, A Question of Holmes, Three Dark Crowns and Four Dead Queens.…
Last of Her Name – Jessica Khoury - Stacia Androva has lived her whole life in a small village on a remote planet of the Belt. A talented mechanic, Stacia loves spaceships in particular. So when an astronika appears on Amethyne, she is eager to take a closer look. A must-read for sci-fi fans, and even if it isn't your staple genre, this is a creative twist on Anastasia's tale.…
Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas - Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan's Assassin, now the King's Champion after winning the tournament, has been more or less threatened by the King into toeing the line with her friends' lives at stake. Well written and fast paced, Crown of Midnight is an excellent, game-changing sequel that will leave you reaching for the next book at once.…
The Blood Spell – C. J. Redwine - Who doesn't like a good Cinderella story? The fourth book in the Ravenspire series is set in the coastal kingdom of Balavata and focuses on Prince Kellan as he returns home from years of schooling and prepares to take up his royal responsibilities.…
Mini Reviews #1 - Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews! This installment, let's chat about four books: The Iliad, The Fire Queen, The Dead Queens Club and A Curse So Dark and Lonely.…
Lady Smoke – Laura Sebastian - Theodosia has finally escaped the Kaiser's clutches and taken back her rightful title as Queen of Astrea. Now she needs to find a way to take back her throne and her country for her people.…
Enchantée – Gita Trelease - Gita Trelease has perfectly captured the magnificence of Versailles and portrayed it in breathtaking detail. Enchantée is a work of art, carefully crafted from beginning to end.…
Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian - Theodosia was once the princess of Astrea. Now she is Thora, mockingly called the Ash Princess, a captive of the Kalovaxians who invaded her kingdom and enslaved her people.…
King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo - In the aftermath of the bloody civil war that rocked Ravka, all Nikolai wants is to concentrate on rebuilding and strengthening his borders. But though the Darkling is gone, the darkness inside Nikolai is not - it has awakened, and threatens to take over.…
Circle of Shadows – Evelyn Skye - Kichona has been a land of peace and prosperity for the past decade since the Blood Rift Rebellion, and Sora and Daemon's first assignment seems to be a boring and quiet one. But all that changes when they stumble across a group of soldiers who seem to possess strange and mysterious magic unlike anything the taigas use.…
The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi - The Gilded Wolves is a delightful, Six of Crows-esque roller coaster, with a healthy dose of mystery thrown in for good measure. Paris, at the turn of the nineteenth century is an intriguing setting, with fact and fantasy intertwined.…
A Reaper at the Gates – Sabaa Tahir - A Reaper at the Gates is definitely more focussed on Laia and the Blood Shrike's stories while the pieces are moved into place for the showdown at the end, which has all the drama I've come to expect from this series and more! …
Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas - The infamous Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan's Assassin, has spent the last year imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier, when one day, Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard offers her her freedom - if she will act as his champion in a forthcoming contest that will decide who will become the King's Champion.…
Queen of Air and Darkness – Cassandra Clare - The Dark Artifices trilogy is without doubt Cassie's best work yet. There is so much depth to all the characters, such an intricate plotline, and it makes me as a reader fall even more in love with the story and the world of Shadowhunters. …
War Storm – Victoria Aveyard - Norta is in chaos, and while Cal may have accepted the crown, the Scarlet Guard and their allies have no intention of letting him keep it any longer than it takes to defeat the enemy.…
Muse of Nightmares – Laini Taylor - Where Strange the Dreamer was Lazlo's book through and through, Muse of Nightmares is more about exploring the world Laini Taylor has built. And as far as characters go, though Minya herself does not take centre stage until much later in the book, many answers - and even more questions - arise from her memories of the Carnage. …
Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas - This was one of two most anticipated books this year for me, and it most definitely did not disappoint. It may have been two (painfully long) years since Empire of Storms ended on that heartbreaking note, but Kingdom of Ash was well worth the wait. Sarah J. Maas has a knack for absolutely epic conclusions…
The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell - The Last Magician opens in New York, at the turn of the 20th century, where a heist is in progress. In this city, those with the ability to wield magic - the Mageus - hide their talents to escape persecution from the Order who hunts them for having 'wild' magic.…
The Burning Maze – Rick Riordan - There is truly nothing negative I can come up with for this book. The final chapters left me quite speechless. The Burning Maze has its lighter moments, sorely needed in a book like this which has a markedly darker tone to it. …
Roar – Cora Carmack - The land of Caelira is besieged by storms and the only way to stay safe is to live in one of the cities under the protection of the Stormlings, who have the magic to fight these dangerous storms.…
Smoke in the Sun – Renee Ahdieh - After that twist at the end of Flame in the Mist, Mariko has lied to the Emperor that she was kidnapped by the Black Clan and held captive, deciding to go ahead with the wedding in order to help Okami.…