Book Review, Favorite Reads, ya fantasy

Book Review | AS THE SHADOW RISES, by Katy Rose Pool

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As the Shadow Rises (The Age of Darkness #2), by Katy Rose Pool

Publish Date: September 1, 2020
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Length: 480 pages
Genre: YA 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.**


The Last Prophet has been found, yet he sees destruction ahead.

In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed There Will Come a Darkness, kingdoms have begun to fall to a doomsday cult, the magical Graced are being persecuted, and an ancient power threatens to break free. But with the world hurtling toward its prophesized end, Anton’s haunting vision reveals the dangerous beginnings of a plan to stop the Age of Darkness.

As Jude, Keeper of the Order of the Last Light, returns home in disgrace, his quest to aid the Prophet is complicated by his growing feelings for Anton. Meanwhile, the assassin known as the Pale Hand will stop at nothing to find her undead sister before she dies for good, even if it means letting the world burn. And in Nazirah, Hassan, the kingdom-less Prince, forms a risky pact to try to regain his throne. When the forces of light and darkness collide in the City of Mercy, old wounds are reopened, new alliances are tested, and the end of the world begins.

My Review: 

You know how there are those series that suffer from the “middle-book syndrome?”

Yeah, this isn’t one of those.

As the Shadow Rises continues off where There Will Come a Darkness left, and keeps the story going. It kept my attention, held me captive, unable to put it down, and was chock full of adventure and intrigue. I loved absolutely every page of it. Continue reading “Book Review | AS THE SHADOW RISES, by Katy Rose Pool”

Book Review, Favorite Reads, Urban Fantasy


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V. E. Schwab

Publish Date: October 6, 2020
Published by: Tor Books
Length: 448 pages
Genre: Urban 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.**


A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

My Review: 

This book was gorgeous. I knew from the first few pages that it was going to be something special. It is unique and pierces the heart in so many ways. The characters pull you in and the prose sweeps you away. I lost myself in this book and I never want to find my way out. Continue reading “Book Review | THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE, by V. E. Schwab”

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Book Review | THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA, by T. J. Klune

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The House in the Cerulean Sea, by T. J. Klune

Publish Date:  March 17, 2020 
Published by: Tor Books/Macmillan Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 12 hrs 12 min (400 pages)
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours

My Review: 

The House in the Cerulean Sea is a story that feels both timeless and unforgettable. It’s the story of found families, found selves, learning to live with and overcome fears, understanding the unknown, soft romance, and of course, finding home. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me cry. This is one of those books that will stay forever in your heart as a place of comfort, love, hope and belonging. Continue reading “Book Review | THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA, by T. J. Klune”

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Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer

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The Elemental Seriesby Brigid Kemmerer

I am doing something a little different, since I just blew through this series in like two weeks or something, and need to sort of let out my thoughts about this series in general.  Reviews for the individual books in the series can be found further down.

Series Review: 

Okay, I went into this series expecting a fun, exciting story about boys who can control the elements and finding love and blah blah.  Okay, yes I did get that.  What I did NOT expect to get, was a family of brothers that I would absolutely fall in love with. Continue reading “Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer”

Book Review, Favorite Reads, ya sci-fi, YA Superheroes/Vigilantes, young adult

Book Review | COLLATERAL DAMAGE, by Taylor Simonds

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Collateral Damage, by Taylor Simonds

Publish Date: June 25, 2019
Published by: Parliament House Press
Length: 309 pages
Genre: YA Superheroes/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Power. Courage. Invincibility. The marks of a true hero.

Meg Sawyer has none of these things.

Meg has never stopped a moving bus with her bare hands, been bitten by a radioactive insect, or done anything moderately resembling saving the world. She doesn’t have to. She’s a background citizen, a nobody, one of the swarms of faceless civilians of Lunar City–where genetically enhanced superhumans straight out of the comics have thwarted evil for years.

For as long as the Supers have existed, Meg has had one goal: to not become a casualty in their near-daily battles for justice. And for the last seventeen years, she’s managed to do just that. Sure, her minimum-wage job at the local coffee shop isn’t great, she can’t even leave her apartment without loading herself up with protective gear, and her car was just hijacked to throw at a supervillain (again), but she’s not dead yet.

But when Meg accidentally finds one of the city’s perfect, invincible protectors murdered under extremely suspicious circumstances, her whole “innocent bystander” strategy falls apart. After being coerced by his determined girlfriend into a mission to help prevent the deaths of the remaining Supers, Meg finds herself forced into the foreground of a story she never wanted to be part of-one that challenges everything she thought she knew about both her city and herself.

My Review: 

Okay I just have to say I LOVED this book. It was SUCH a fun read. From the start I was absolutely hooked. Taylor Simonds gives such a great voice to her narrator, Meg, that it was difficult not to fall in love with her from the first line. This book is full of action, strong friendship, conspiracy, mystery, and lots of running from danger of course.
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Book Review | SUGAR SPELLS, by Lola Dodge

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Sugar Spells (The Spellwork Syndicate #2), by Lola Dodge

Publish Date: October 30, 2018
Published by: Ink Monster, LLC
Length: 270 pages
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back the kitchen where she belongs. But thanks to her brush with death, the land of the living isn’t all cupcakes and marshmallows.

Anise’s magical mojo is way out of whack and her evolving powers are stirring up trouble. As the town buzzes with news that Anise can bake deathly spells, unsavory characters start lining up for a taste. They’ll stop at nothing for the chance to use Anise and her witchcraft to further their own plots.

She plans to hole up researching magic recipes until the attention dies down, but then she discovers the horrifying terms of her bodyguard’s contract. Wynn has saved her life so many times, she can’t leave him trapped. But doing the right thing will mean risking death or worse—being cast out of her dream job.

For this witch, justice might not be as sweet as advertised.

My Review: 

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