Book Review, Favorite Reads, ya fantasy

Book Review | FOR A MUSE OF FIRE, by Heidi Heilig

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For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1), by Heidi Heilig

Publish Date: September 25, 2018
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 512
Genre: YA Fantasy
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:

A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader.

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.


My Review:

Heidi Heilig continues to astound me. She is incredible, and deserves so much more readership than she seems to get. I fell in love with The Girl From Everywhere last year and when I discovered she was writing this beauty, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Besides the fact that Heidi was the one writing it, the premise of it – a shadow player who uses souls to control her puppets, mixed with the fear and unrest of a colonized country – had me invested almost immediately from the start. And Heidi did not disappoint. This book was a non-stop, breathtaking journey of rebellion, escape, and a girl searching for a cure for her illness (bipolar) while also making sense of the power she has over the dead and the ramifications of her actions to the people around her. Continue reading “Book Review | FOR A MUSE OF FIRE, by Heidi Heilig”

Book Review, Favorite Reads, ya historical fiction, ya retelling

Book Review | SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George

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Speak Easy, Speak Loveby McKelle George

Publish Date: September 19, 2017
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Retelling
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:

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.


My Review:

As soon as I saw the words “Much Ado About Nothing”, “1920’s” and “retelling”, I knew I had to read this book. (Also, that cover is drop-dead gorgeous and immediately grabbed my eye). I absolutely love love love Much Ado About Nothing , and of course, the 1920s is a spectacular time to read about, especially if done well. This one sang to me because it is an enemies-to-lovers romance and a retelling of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. And it was phenomenal. Continue reading “Book Review | SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George”