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”

Book Review

Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

30724132Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: April 7 2017

Number of pages: 320

Format: paperback

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: contemporary, romance, 

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Geek girl, Elle Wittimer lives for Star Field, her favourite and classic scifi series she grew up with her father before he passed. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Star Field movie, she quickly enters with her eyes on the prize: a pass to ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a change to meet with Darian Freeman who is slated to play the Federation Prince Carmindor in the new reboot.

Teen actor, Darian Freeman used to live for cons until he became famous. Now his life is about autographs, interviews, and meet and greets. Playing Carmindor is all he wanted but the fandom thinks he isn’t good enough for the role. As ExcelsiCon draws nearer, he feels more like a fake, until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Minor spoilers ahead!

My Review:

I have heard bloggers and book tubers raving about this book since the year it came out. I have been meaning to buy this book for awhile and I have finally got around to reading it! What we have here is a geeky love story about two characters that are opposites of each other and from different lifestyles: a celebrity bred for his looks and a fangirl who blogs, does cosplay and works part time inside a vegan food truck to pay for her con tickets, and hopefully her ticket away from her step monster mother and stepsisters.  Continue reading “Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston”

Book Review

Book Review: The Mermaid by Christina Henry

36358268Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: January 19 2018

Number of pages: 325

Format: paperback

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: historical, magical realism, romance

Audience: adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Once there lived a mermaid name Amelia who could never be content with the sea, and was so curious about the world above the ocean that she decided to live on land. Once there was a man name P.T. Barnum who longed to make his fortune with his museum of wondrous curiosities, and there was nothing more wondrous than a real mermaid. Amelia agrees to be in his exhibit for Barnum, only if she can leave whenever she likes and so, she continued to walk among the humans. But Barnum has never given up on his moneymaking schemes and wasn’t about to yet with his mermaid.

Review:

Christina Henry writes very dark and gritty fairy tale retellings. First there was Alice and the Red Queen with characters from Alice in Wonderland, then there was a retelling of Peter Pan but a story told in the perspective of Captain Hook inside The Lost Boy, and now we have The Mermaid. A story which I thought was a retelling of the little mermaid but it’s actually a historical fantasy with elements of magical realism (which is better). Continue reading “Book Review: The Mermaid by Christina Henry”

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: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKenney

36952594Rating: 1 hoot out of 5 hoots

Published: September 25 2018

Number of pages: 359

Format: ARC

Publisher: Imprint

Genre: romance, urban fantasy, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

The first time Nightmares came, Alice almost lost her life. Now after learning how to fight and armed with magical weapons, she battles these monsters in the dark dream realm called Wonderland. But life in real world Atlanta isn’t so simple as Alice juggles between school, her overprotective mom, and a high maintenance best friend. Fighting monsters is a full time job and comes with a curfew.

When Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor, Addison is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland, and using everything she’s learned in both worlds to save her mentor and her friends from a new threat.

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

My Review:

I really wanted to like this story. The plot seemed interesting enough and it’s been a long time since I read an reimagining of Alice in Wonderland that I was very excited to receive an ARC of this and dive back into the whimsical world that I love. In this Wonderland there are monsters called Nightmares that are running amok in our world. On top of that, Alice our heroine, is threatened by the Black Knight who forces her to find a magical artifact that is missing so she and her Wonderland friends are looking for it to save both their worlds. Continue reading “Review: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKenney”