Book Review

Review: Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

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Published: May 5 2020

Number of pages: 464

Format: electronic advanced reading copy

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

 

Summary:

Lydia is a scholar who finds herself tangled up in the plots of the most powerful man in the Calendar Empire. With her life in danger she escapes to the far side of the Endless Seas and is entrapped in a foreign war. Killian is marked by the God of War but his gifts fail him after the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he vows his sword to the crown princess but his oath and loyalty are put into a test. After Mudamora falls beneath the armies of the Corruptor, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love the most until there are consequences they both must face to survive.

My Review:

An electronic advanced reading copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Funny story, I didn’t know this was a sequel in a series, I honestly thought this was a standalone. I was very surprised to have found this out after I received the electronic ARC! I wasn’t sure what to do as I only had 60 days to read the ARC, and with my job I wasn’t sure I could start and finish the first book on time. Plus the libraries are closed so that didn’t give me a lot of options. I decided to just dive right into Dark Skies and review it as it is without any knowledge about the first book. So here goes my review.  Continue reading “Review: Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen”

Book Review

Review: Defy or Defend by Gail Carriger

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Published: May 3 2020

Number of pages: 240

Format: electronic advanced reading copy

Publisher: Gail Carriger LLC

Genre: espionage, romantic comedy, supernatural

Audience: adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

A vampire hive descending into madness. A beautiful spy with a sparkly plan. A handsome bodyguard who must keep both vampires and the spy from killing each other. A charming story of espionage, love, and makeovers set in the Parasol Protectorate universe.

My Review:

An electronic advanced reading copy was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Minor spoilers below!

I just want to say a big thank you to Gail Carriger for reaching out to me about her next new book in the Delightfully Deadly series. This series is the spin off from the Finishing School books and follows after Poison or Protect.

Dimity Plumleigh-Teignmott is back! For those who don’t know or haven’t read The Finishing Schools series, Dimity is Sophronia’s best friend and sidekick with a love for all things sparkly, hence her codename Sparkles in this story. After graduating, Dimity has earned her place in the Honey Bee where she takes on espionage missions for the War Office. A fitting position for a Finishing School graduate who has a knack for flirting while gaining many marriage proposals from her unsuspecting targets, and keeping dangerous yet, fashionable weapons hidden in her purse.  Continue reading “Review: Defy or Defend by Gail Carriger”

Book Review

Review: His Hideous Heart Edited by Dahlia Adler

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Rating: 3 out of 5 hoots

Published: September 10 2019

Number of pages: 480

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: goth, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

 

Summary:

Readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales and how they’ve been brought to life in thirteen unique and unforgettable ways by favourite YA authors.

My Review:

There were a few short stories that I really enjoyed. The two stories I liked were Happy Days, Sweetheart and Changling. This anthology also includes thirteen of the original Edgar Allan Poe stories the retellings are based off of too, so I’m giving this book another star. The whole anthology was alright in terms of taking some of Poe’s classic stories and rewriting them in a different setting that is either this present time or somewhere in the far future. Continue reading “Review: His Hideous Heart Edited by Dahlia Adler”

Book Review

Review: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaffer

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Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: September 3 2019

Number of pages: 432

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: urban fantasy, horror, mystery, paranormal

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Nita escaped her kidnappers and is running away from the black market. Now all she wants to do is live her life without having to look over her shoulder. But when the video of her self-healing herself comes out on the Internet, Nita becomes the target for the black market again. So to keep herself safe she makes herself be feared, that way no one will dare to come after her.

With Kovit back, her plans begin to backfire but Nita is sure that after she takes her revenge on Fabricio for betraying her, she is sure that her plan will work. But killing Fabricio is hard work even with Kovit and yet, Nita is determined to kill him at all costs.

My Review:

An advanced reading copy was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

It was a year ago after I read Not Even Bones and I remember thinking how intense and thrilling it was to watch Nita’s character grow from a naive girl working inside her parent’s basement to a survivor who escaped from her kidnappers and destroyed the black market. She had help escaping from a zannie name Kovit. A zannie is an unnatural creature that has a hunger for pain to stay alive. Normally, it would be wise to stay away from a zannie but this particular one chose to stay with Nita after she was detained inside her cage. But now Nita is outside of her cage and has a thirst for revenge against the boy who started her kidnapping. Continue reading “Review: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaffer”

Book Review

September 2019 New Releases

Wow to think it’s September already. Did anyone else feel like summer went by pretty quick?

All those days of hot weather and clear sunny skies are coming to an end as we approach cooler weather, rainy days, and of course who can forget pumpkin spice. I feel like whenever I see pumpkin spice anything you know that fall is approaching. This is also the busiest season for books as there are a lot of anticipated new releases coming out in this time of year.

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Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaffer (release date September 3)

The sequel to Not Even Bones and the ARC that I am currently reading. After Nita escapes from her kidnappers she seeks her revenge on the boy who betrayed her. The first book was so intense and deceptive and after halfway through this sequel, I am on a thrill ride with the characters Nita and Kovit. My full review to come very soon! Continue reading “September 2019 New Releases”

Book Review

Review: Hungry Hearts Edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond

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Published: June 18 2019

Number of pages: 352

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: contemporary, romance, LGBTQ

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, were the answers to life questions are cooked, boiled, kneaded, and baked. Where magic, food, and love are sometimes one and the same. Told in interconnected stories, a group of young adult authors explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. Continue reading “Review: Hungry Hearts Edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond”

Book Review

Review: Nocturna by Maya Motayne

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Published: May 7 2019

Number of pages: 480

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk taking prince must team up to stop the most powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

Meet Finn Voy: a thief who can hold a knife under your chin faster than she can change her disguise. As a talented faceshifter, Finn has not seen her own face for many years and she enjoys it. But after caught by a mobster, Finn is forced into stealing a legendary treasure hidden away in the royal palace’s vault, or else be stripped of her power forever.

Meet Prince Alfehr: a young prince full of grief since the murder of his older brother, he is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Obsessed on bringing his brother back, Alfie finds a way even if it means fiddling with forbidden magic.

But after Finn and Alfie’s paths collide, they accidentally unlock an ancient dark power imprisoned for centuries, which if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must vanquish what they unleashed before it devours the entire city.

My Review:

An advanced reading copy was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

After I finished reading, I realized that I read a book like this before. V.E. Schwab fans have commented on Goodreads how this book bears too much resemblance to A Darker Shade of Magic, and they are right. It was like reading A Darker Shade of Magic but in a Latinx-inspired world. I don’t mind authors borrowing ides off of each other, but this story was too much like ADSOM, even the characters were strikingly familiar. Continue reading “Review: Nocturna by Maya Motayne”

Book Review

Book Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Rating: 2 out of 5 hoots

Published: April 2 2019

Number of pages: 385

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

In a centuries long war a girl, a prince, and a boy with a monstrous secret, meet together in a shadowed world of blood and mysterious saints where a forbidden romance erupts and threatens their plan to assassinate the king and stop the war. 

My Review:

An advanced reading copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ok right after I read ten chapters I had mixed feelings about how the plot and the characters were progressing. Then by the time I met in the middle, the story turned interesting and I found myself pulling through, but then after reading twenty eight more chapters, I was bored, like really bored and worse, I lost all interest with everything. If I drew a diagram that shows my experience with this it would look like a cliff where my experience slowly began as a positive and then after reaching the peak, I fall flat. I made the tough choice to skim through the last seven chapters just to see how this ended. Continue reading “Book Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan”