Book Review

Book Review | SPIN THE DAWN, by Elizabeth Lim

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Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1)by Elizabeth Lim

Publish Date: July 9 2019
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
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:

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.


My Review:

Not many people would think to themselves: “You know what would make a great crossover? Mulan and Project Runway.” But Elizabeth Lim apparently did and guess what – she was right. Obviously that isn’t the entirety of the story (although the part that was was so interesting I could have easily read an entire book about a magical fantasy fashion contest), but was actually just the beginning. This story is filled with trials, magic, myths and legends, a delicious slow-burn romance and a journey that will take you to the moon and back – literally.   Continue reading “Book Review | SPIN THE DAWN, by Elizabeth Lim”

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Book Review | THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, by Holly Black

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtownby Holly Black

Publish Date: September 3, 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 419 pages
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.


My Review:

I started reading this just before BookCon and while I wasn’t all that in the mood for it afterwards, I had made enough of a dent that I wanted to keep going. The writing is very much the style I come to expect from Holly Black at this point – both easy to fall into but also full of imaginative prose. Continue reading “Book Review | THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, by Holly Black”

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Book Review | THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS, by Katy Rose Pool

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There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1)by Katy Rose Pool

Publish Date: September 3, 2019
Published by: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
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.**


Synopsis:

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it? 

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?


My Review:

This book has completely stolen my heart. When I first came across it, I discovered it on Edelweiss and the cover is what clearly caught my eye. And seriously, bravo to the designer and publishing team for so encapsulating this story in such a poignant design for the cover. I then read the title, the summary, and just went “yes.” I couldn’t stop thinking about it and when I found out that Katy Rose Pool was going to be at BookCon, I started reading it sooner than anticipated and have zero regrets. (And yes I stalked met her outside of a panel she was doing and she was sweet and wonderful and I couldn’t have been happier). With a cast of characters that steal your heart away and a breathtaking world that is built upon my dreams (or so it seems), this book is just…everything. Continue reading “Book Review | THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS, by Katy Rose Pool”

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Book Review | SIGHTWITCH, by Susan Dennard

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Sightwitch (The Witchlands #2.5), by Susan Dennard

Publish Date: February 13 2018
Published by: Tor Teen
Length: 240 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…

Before Merik returned from the dead…

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight—and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.

On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.


My Review:

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Book Review | SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, by Susan Dennard

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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1), by Susan Dennard

Publish Date: July 24, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 388 (Audiobook about 10 hours 42 min)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. After discovering the Dead are rising and wreaking havoc in Philadelphia, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. Yet as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life hangs in the balance.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, by Susan Dennard”

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Book Review | THE CRUEL PRINCE, by Holly Black

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1), by Holly Black

Publish Date: January 2, 2018
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 370
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


My Review:

Having previously read and thoroughly enjoyed The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, when I read the description for this I knew I had to read it. Of course, once I actually bought it, it ended up on my TBR pile for far too long. But finally I took it down and started reading it…and was a little unenthused for a large chunk of it to be quite honest. Continue reading “Book Review | THE CRUEL PRINCE, by Holly Black”