Book Review, Favorite Reads

Book Review | HEART OF IRON, by Ashley Poston

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Heart of Ironby Ashley Poston

Publish Date: February 27, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 480
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?


My Review:

When I first heard the words “Anastasia in space” I knew I had to at least try this book. What I didn’t expect was how much I was going to fall in love with it. This whirlwind adventure of space pirates and lost princesses took me by surprise and just wowed me to no end. It is gorgeous, it is breathtaking, and it is completely impossible to put down. Continue reading “Book Review | HEART OF IRON, by Ashley Poston”

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Book Review | THE QUEEN’S RISING, by Rebecca Ross

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The Queen’s Risingby Rebecca Ross

Publish Date: February 6, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


My Review:

This was one of those books for me where I knew from the first chapter that I was going to love it. It drew me in utterly and completely, kept me thinking about it whenever I wasn’t reading it, and altogether left me feel satiated and happy. Rebecca Ross has created a gem of a novel that, if you are a lover of fantasy, is something you should definitely add to your TBR. It’s bright, heartwarming, and hopeful, while also full of intrigue and action, a romance to fall in love with, and characters that make you wish you knew them in real life. Continue reading “Book Review | THE QUEEN’S RISING, by Rebecca Ross”

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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 as an egalley 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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Year in Review | Favorite Reads of 2017

It’s that time again!  Happy New Year’s everyone!  I’ve already done my anticipated reads post for 2018, now it’s time to reflect on the books that I absolutely loved reading this year.  I read a total of 76 books, so there were a lot to choose from!  Most of these are releases from 2017, but some were not.  Some were middle grade books.  Most were YA.  Anyway, in no particular order at all, here are my favorite reads of 2017!  (I tried to do 17 books, but I couldn’t push it down past 18.  So, one for good luck, or something).

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Continue reading “Year in Review | Favorite Reads of 2017”