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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 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 | 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 | 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”

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Book Review | THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL, by Jessica Brody

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The Chaos of Standing Stillby Jessica Brody

Publish Date: November 28, 2017
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fiction
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:

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.


My Review:

I have to say I have some mixed feelings about this book. Continue reading “Book Review | THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL, by Jessica Brody”

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Book Review | THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW (NEVERMOOR #1), by Jessica Townsend

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The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1), by Jessica Townsend

Publish Date: October 31, 2017
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 480
Genre: MG 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:

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.


My Review:

When I first read the synopsis for this novel, I knew I had to read it. It sounded like everything I loved to read as a kid, and it definitely did not disappoint. The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a fun, fast-paced novel that is full of wonder (no pun intended) and magic, characters that delight, and a story that truly mesmerizes. Continue reading “Book Review | THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW (NEVERMOOR #1), by Jessica Townsend”

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Book Review | LAST STAR BURNING, by Caitlin Sangster

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Last Star Burningby Caitlin Sangster

Publish Date: October 10, 2017
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Dystopian
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:

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | LAST STAR BURNING, by Caitlin Sangster”