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”

New Releases

July and August 2019 New Book Releases

As my lists for July and August are short, I’ve decided to put them together. The school term is finally over and with longer days and more sun, there is no better way to read a book then outdoors on a patio or at a beach with an umbrella, a hat, and an ice cold drink at hand.

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David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

An adult urban fantasy that deals with a Nigerian God punk. Wow, I never heard of that before. So picture this: on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, is a demigod and a Godhunter tasked to capture a high god. Then a wizard shows up and conjures an army of gosling-child hybrids to help him take over Lagos. And so, David teams up with his foster wizard, the high god’s twin sister, and a speech impaired Muslim teenager to defeat the wizard. Continue reading “July and August 2019 New Book Releases”

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”

New Releases

June 2019 New Book Releases

A number of things happened before I could even write this post. After falling for a phishing email I had to scan my computer a few times to make sure there were no viruses. Then the Raptors were playing so I was distracted for awhile, and then afterwards, I remembered that I needed to write this post. Summer has arrived so fast that I hadn’t even realized it came! Enjoy the beginning of summer with these new anticipated releases.

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1. Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

The words ‘mechanical dragon’ caught my eye as I was reading the Goodreads synopsis and my fingers immediately added this title into my TBR shelf. An epic fantasy featuring a viceroy, a fleet of mechanical dragons, a sacred River Pearl, and a poor village girl determined to protect her home from the viceroy by going on an epic quest across the lands. Continue reading “June 2019 New Book Releases”

New Releases

May 2019 New Book Releases

May the 4th be with you! And may this month bring you tons of new YA books for you to enjoy while we celebrate our love of all things literary from Free Comic Book Day to Harry Potter Day.

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1. Nocturna by Maya Motayne

I received an ARC of this and so far, I am enjoying it. A Latino inspired world of fantasy with a face changing thief and a prince riddled with grief and obsession of bringing his brother back. These two are unlikely to team up but when they do, Finn and Prince Alfehr must defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.  Continue reading “May 2019 New Book Releases”

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”