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”

Book Review

Book Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: February 28 2017

Number of pages: 279

Format: paperback

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: fantasy, adventure

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the whereabouts of an ancient treasure. To retrieve it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested in the thief’s abilities. When Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey to find the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, and lightens up when they share tales of the old gods and goddesses.

My Review:

So funny story, I had not heard this series until after I found about the last book, Return of the Thief that was set to release this year – until they decided to set back the publication date to next year in 2020. That means fans have another year to read the conclusion but this gives me more time to read the rest of the books, so I’m not complaining. I set myself up with no expectations before reading and as a result I was pretty surprise as to how much I really enjoyed this. Continue reading “Book Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner”

Book Review

Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

39863498Rating: 3 out of 5 hoots

Published: January 15 2019

Number of pages: 388

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: fantasy, LGBT, romance, historical, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

It’s 1889 in Paris. In the centre of the city is the Exposition Universelle. A wealthy gentleman and treasure hunter name Severin Montagnet-Alarie has tabs on all the dark secrets. When an elite Order of Babel persuades him to help on a mission, Severin is offered a treasure even he could not refuse: his inheritance.

To hunt the ancient artifact, Severin requires the aid from a team of experts. Together they will join Severin as he explores the darker parts of Paris. What they might find could also change the course of history – but only if they can stay alive.

My Review:

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

There are two things that I like about this book: the writing and the story. This was my first time reading from Roshani Chokshi and at last time’s TeenReads Preview my Twitter friend, Nafiza told me her writing is really good. I couldn’t wait to take the ARC home and read it because if Nafiza says that it’s good, then it must be; I trust her word. Oh and just a quick shout out, Nafiza Azad is coming out with her debut book The Candle in the Flame this year. I’m so excited for her release! And if you haven’t seen the cover and synopsis yet then you can check it out here on Goodreads. Okay enough said, back to my review… Continue reading “Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi”

Book Review

Review: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie Mclemore

36952596Rating: 3 out of 5 hoots

Published: October 9 2018

Number of pages: 375

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: fantasy, LGBT, magical realism, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

The del Cisne girls are not only sisters-they are opposites and rivals. Blanca is obedient and graceful, and Rosa is manipulative and vicious. They know that of the powerful curse passed down for generations, that their family is bound to swans where one sister is chosen to turn into a swan and the other sister stays human.

But when two local boys cross their paths, unbeknown to them they are drawn to the swan’s dangerous game and are intertwined with the strange and the unpredictable magic found deep in the woods. Only the truths that face all four of them could save or destroy them. Continue reading “Review: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie Mclemore”

Book Review

Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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Published: October 2 2018

Number of pages: 450

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

A year after her brother Monty’s whirlwind grand European tour, Felicity has returned to England to study medicine. Meanwhile, avoiding a marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor in Edinburgh. But her intellect and passion will never be acknowledged by the school administrators who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then Felicity learns about her old childhood friend marrying a doctor who she idolizes in Germany, and an opportunity opens. Felicity believes if she could meet her idol then this man might be able to change her future. But she has no money for the trip. Luckily, a mysterious woman is willing to pay for her way, so long as she is allowed to travel as her maid in disguise.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees but once the woman’s true motives are discovered, Felicity regrets her decision after she becomes part of a perilous quest from the German countryside to Zurich and to the secrets beneath the waters of the Atlantic. Continue reading “Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee”

Book Review

Review: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

36949995Rating: 5 out of 5 hoots

Published: October 2 2018

Number of pages: 384

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: fantasy, mystery, adventure, romance, retelling

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies – girls hired to kill quickly and quietly, and also mercifully. But Frey is done with the death trade and dreams of a bigger life. When she hears about an unstoppable monster terrorizing villages, Frey decides this is the Mercies chance out of the death trade and into fame and fortune. This could ensure a new future for the Mercies and her actions may even change the story arc of women everywhere.

My Review:

This is one of the best standalone YA fantasy I’ve read this year. I don’t come across a lot of standalone books in YA these days as more and more authors are leaning towards series, but this is a standalone that was praised and blurbed by authors such as Laini Taylor. I was so excited when I first heard about this at a book preview and how it was blurbed as a retelling of Beowulf but with an all female cast! Since then this book exploded all over social media with people shouting out how amazing this story is and how everyone enjoyed it. I learn to take these hyped up reviews with a grain of salt as not all overhyped books I’ve previously read did well for me. But this turned out way better than I expected, with a strong story about four heroines and how they found each other, to the decision they made together that will change their fate forever, this story stayed with me and still has. Continue reading “Review: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke”

Book Review

Book Review: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez

31179006Rating: 4/5 hoots

Published: June 5 2018

Number of pages: 448

Format: ARC

Publisher: Imprint

Genre: romance, fantasy, supernatural

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

As best friend and lady in waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. But then she unwillingly saves the life of her enemy and after she heals him with her ancient healing magic, he falls in love. Branwen starts to dream about an era of peace, but the princess she serves is not easily convinced. Determined to fight for what’s right, Branwen must stand against her closest confidant and the man she comes to love.

Inspired by the star cross love story of Tristan and Iseult, this is the story of the legend’s new heroine: Branwen.

My Review:

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

I want to thank Raincoast Books for sending me this ARC. I know this book has already come out and to be honest, I finished reading this months ago but completely forgot to write a review for it. I know I know, I’m a terrible person for writing this late; I was switching jobs and that is how I forgot about this. I still remember some of my thoughts and feelings about this book which should be enough to write a full review. So let’s get started. Continue reading “Book Review: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez”