Book Review

Book Review | THE DEVIL’S THIEF, by Lisa Maxwell

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The Devil’s Thief (The Last Magician #2), by Lisa Maxwell

Publish Date: October 9, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 704
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss, and as an ARC from BookCon 2018, in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.


My Review:

I absolutely adored reading The Last Magician last year so of course this was going to be one of my most anticipated releases this year. I loved Maxwell’s world-building in this first one, and it continued to be just as great in this one, if a little more confusing with some new information, and of course the characters are definitely what kept me going. There were some flaws, though, and it did feel like it dragged a bit at times, but overall I was mostly content with it as a sequel. Continue reading “Book Review | THE DEVIL’S THIEF, by Lisa Maxwell”

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Book Review | SEAFIRE, by Natalie C. Parker

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Seafire (Seafire #1), by Natalie C. Parker

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?


My Review:

So this book was a bit of a journey for me. Going into it I thought for sure I was going to love it – strong women, ships at sea, the fight against tyranny – but for some reason things just didn’t click for me right away. I don’t know if it was a mood thing (I had just spent a lot of time reading and needed a bit of a break), or if it was the writing itself, but I honestly didn’t feel that invested in the characters or the story until close to the end of the book. But when I did finally feel a stirring of interest, it kind of bloomed quickly and had me completely invested until the end. Continue reading “Book Review | SEAFIRE, by Natalie C. Parker”

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Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab

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City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 272
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. 


My Review:

Being a fan of V.E. Schwab’s other books, when I heard that she was working on a middle grade novel about ghosts, I knew I had to read it. This book was a fun and suspenseful read, full of some interesting characters and world-building, and a wonderful story about friendship and ghosts. Continue reading “Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab”

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Book Review | SPINNING SILVER, by Naomi Novik

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Spinning Silverby Naomi Novik

Publish Date: July 10, 2018
Published by: Del Rey
Pages: 480
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.


My Review:

Having fallen in love with Naomi Novik from the first chapter of Uprooted , I knew that I had to read her newest book. Not only was it another fairytale-esque reimagining, but it was going to be about my people, Jews, and I all the more loved her for that. Although it took me some time to really get into this story (how I wish this came out in winter and not summer) I eventually found myself really enjoying the plot and the characters. And while it did not capture my utmost love as much as I wished it would have, it still kept me enchanted throughout the novel. Continue reading “Book Review | SPINNING SILVER, by Naomi Novik”

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Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi

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Emergency Contactby Mary H. K. Choi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher as a Barnes & Noble Bookseller in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.


My Review:

I had been hearing about this book all over the internet for a while before we received the ARC at work, and immediately snatched it up. It sounded like it was going to be a cute romance that is perfect for our modern age and I was eager to see what it was about. And while I wouldn’t say it was a “cute” romance, it was certainly an entertaining read with great characters and writing that kept me engaged. Continue reading “Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi”

Book Review

Book Review | GUNSLINGER GIRL, by Lyndsay Ely

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Gunslinger Girlby Lyndsay Ely

Publish Date: January 2, 2018
Published by: jimmy patterson (imprint of Little, Brown and Company)
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Fiction/Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher at BookCon2017 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….
In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.


My Review:

This book stole my heart. I really did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Continue reading “Book Review | GUNSLINGER GIRL, by Lyndsay Ely”