Book Review, Favorite Reads

Book Review | CREATURES OF LIGHT, by Emily B. Martin

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Creatures of Light (Creatures of Light #3), by Emily B. Martin

Publish Date: January 23, 2018
Published by: Harper Voyager
Pages: 384
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Queen Gemma—although she isn’t sure she still has claim to that title—is in prison.

To her people, it’s simply called “The Retreat,” but in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by guards and unable to speak to her husband, King Celeno, there’s no other word for it. The only comfort she has is knowing she might not be there long—the Prelate has let her know in no uncertain terms the council is, even now, deciding her ultimate fate.

And Gemma would resign herself to that if it wasn’t for a mysterious stranger breaking her free and setting her on a course that could change the world. With precious information—and a skeptical travel companion— Gemma must undertake a journey to find answers to the questions that have defined her life for years…and her country for centuries.

If she can make this desperate scheme work, she might not just forge peace between Alcoro and their neighbors, but win some peace of heart as well. And, perhaps, she’ll learn the same lessons Mae and Mona learned: that being Queen doesn’t mean having to do everything alone.


My Review:

From the moment I realized I had fallen in love with Woodwalker two years ago (I realized it around the same time I realized I had finished half of it in one day), I knew this series was going to be something else. And this conclusion was both beautiful and heartrending, perfectly imperfect in everything it was, and just a wonderful end to an incredible journey. Continue reading “Book Review | CREATURES OF LIGHT, by Emily B. Martin”

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Book Review | FAR FROM THE TREE, by Robin Benway

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Far From the Treeby Robin Benway

Publish Date: October 3, 2017
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.


My Review:

In all honesty, if I had just read the synopsis on this book, I probably never would have picked it up. It’s just not my normal cup of tea. But I had come across a sample of the first chapter it in a booklet I had gotten at an event somewhere (I think the BN B-Fest), and that sample alone just wouldn’t get out of my head. So when it came time for my reading mood to go “man, I need a contemporary”, I thought that this one should be it. Continue reading “Book Review | FAR FROM THE TREE, by Robin Benway”

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Book Review | REIGN OF THE FALLEN, by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Reign of the Fallenby Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publish Date: January 23, 2018
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher as a Bookseller for Barnes & Noble.**


Synopsis:

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?


My Review:

When I first came across this book I was extremely stoked and excited to read it. It quickly became one of my highly anticipated reads for 2018, and when I managed to get me hands on an ARC of it, I was ecstatic. But sadly, it just didn’t work for me in the long-run. Continue reading “Book Review | REIGN OF THE FALLEN, by Sarah Glenn Marsh”

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Book Review | UNEARTHED, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Unearthed (Unearthed #1), by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Publish Date: January 9, 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…


My Review:

I went into this book with high hopes. Having read Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, and having an absolute love for Indiana Jones, I thought that I would enjoy this book immensely. And while the beginning of the book dropped me into the story so quickly I thought that it would be a non-stop adventure that I would love, sadly it was not to be so. Continue reading “Book Review | UNEARTHED, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner”

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Book Review | READY PLAYER ONE, by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player Oneby Ernest Cline

Publish Date: August 16, 2011 (original hardcover)
Published by: Crown Publisher/Broadway Books (paperback)
Pages: 374
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.


My Review:

So I hadn’t really intended on reading this book this month, but I watched the trailer for the movie and, intrigued, picked it up and read the prologue to see what it was about. And somehow I could not stop thinking about it. Continue reading “Book Review | READY PLAYER ONE, by Ernest Cline”

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Book Review | THE CITY OF BRASS, by S. A. Chakraborty

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The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1), by S. A. Chakraborty

Publish Date: November 14, 2017
Published by: Harper Voyager
Pages: 528
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .


My Review:

This was a book that took me some time to get through (so much, in fact, that I didn’t finish it until almost a month after its release). I wish I could say that it was because of outside factors like work, but it is sadly not so. This book was just long. And I don’t know if it’s just because I had to take a lot of time understanding the world-building, or if I just didn’t feel extremely compelled to constantly be reading it. Either way, despite that, I came away from it feeling mostly enchanted and eager for the next installment. Continue reading “Book Review | THE CITY OF BRASS, by S. A. Chakraborty”