The Dragon Warrior: Mini NetGalley Review

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40150608Title: The Dragon Warrior
Author: Katie Zhao
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: Oct. 15th, 2019

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Synopsis: “As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But the Society has shunned Faryn and her brother Alex ever since their father disappeared years ago, forcing them to train in secret.

Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon–and helps defeat it. She just might be the fabled Heaven Breaker, a powerful warrior meant to work for the all-mighty deity, the Jade Emperor, by commanding an army of dragons to defeat the demons. That is, if she can prove her worth and find the island of the immortals before the Lunar New Year.

With Alex and other unlikely allies at her side, Faryn sets off on a daring quest across Chinatowns. But becoming the Heaven Breaker will require more sacrifices than she first realized . . . What will Faryn be willing to give up to claim her destiny?” (Goodreads)

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My Review:

Sometimes its good to step away from heavy books and read something light like a middle grade book. I saw another author rave about this one and when I saw it on NetGalley I jumped at the opportunity.

I have been loving books with Asian Mythology and this one is set around Chinese Mythology. It has demons, dragons, and even nine-tailed foxes. So of course, the plot is awesome and grabs your attention!

The main character is a young Chinese-American who kicks butt! She goes through loss, trying to please her family, and dealing with demons through it all. Her sense of humor is fun and fresh. Faryn is a great character and I can see a lot of kids connecting with her.

This book is filled with humor, family, quests, and a whole lot of action! If you are a Percy Jackson fan then definitely check this book out.

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The Cruel Stars: NetGalley Review

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43093526Title: The Cruel Stars
Author: John Birmingham
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Aug. 20th, 2019

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Synopsis: “The galaxy was once terrorized by the Sturm, a group of “species purists” intent on destroying any human with genetic or cybernetic enhancements. Fashioning themselves as the one true “Human Republic,” the Sturm cut a bloody swath across the stars, killing billions before finally being defeated and driven into the far reaches of Dark Space. Centuries of peace bred complacency. Everyone believed the Sturm had died out in the Dark. They were wrong.

The enemy has returned and, with a brutal and decisive attack, knocks out almost all of humanity’s defenses. Now on the brink of annihilation, humankind’s only hope is a few brave souls who survived the initial attack: Commander Lucinda Hardy, thrust into uncertain command of the Royal Armadalen Navy’s only surviving warship. Booker3, a soldier of Earth, sentenced to die for treason, whose time on death row is cut short when the Sturm attack his prison compound. Princess Alessia, a young royal of the Montanblanc Corporation, forced to flee when her home planet is overrun and her entire family executed. Sephina L’trel, the leader of an outlaw band who must call on all of her criminal skills to resist the invasion. And, finally, Admiral Frazer McLennan, the infamous hero of the first war with the Sturm hundreds of years ago, who hopes to rout his old foes once and for all–or die trying.

These five flawed, reluctant heroes must band together to prevail against a relentless enemy and near-impossible odds. For if they fail, the future itself is doomed.”

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My Review:

Here’s the thing, I don’t know if it was just me but I just couldn’t get into this book like I wanted. The synopsis sounded fantastic and the cover is amazing but it just didn’t live up to the ideals in my head.

I am usually one that loves multiple point of views but it was hard to follow along in this particular book. I didn’t find myself connecting with the characters or feeling interested in their lives or their quest to save earth. It didn’t feel like they had much character development. The characters were just thrown at us from the beginning with not a lot to go off of.

The plot was interesting for the most part and had a few surprises I wasn’t expecting. That is always a plus. We get to glimpse at the invaders ideology and what drives them. To them, they are just doing what they think is right. Although there is quite a bit of action packed scenes, at times the pacing slowed down. This also happens more often in the later part of the book as well.

One thing I did enjoy was the comic relief. Even though things are going wrong and there is a lot of gore to be seen, the characters find time to joke or mention Lord of the Rings. It adds a nice touch and makes the story a bit lighter at times.

Overall, I wish I had liked it more but I know that others will enjoy this book even if I didn’t.

Friday Favorites: Summer Reads

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Hello, fellow bookworms!

Today’s post is a tag that was created by Something of the Book and she has a whole list of Friday Favorites to follow. They are awesome and it is a fun way to find new books with a twist and see how others have answered it!

I did a summer reads list for Top Ten Tuesday a few weeks ago and here we are again for Friday Favorites!

Last time I did a summer tbr and this time I will be recommending books you should definitely read this summer before the next book comes out in the fall.

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1.) Stalking Jack the Ripper (Series)

I know I talk about this one a lot! But, it is really good and summer is the perfect time to catch up before the fourth and final book comes out in September.

 

2.) Sky in the Deep

Although This one is set in the same world as The Girl Sea Gave Back, it is more of a companion novel as the latest will be set 10 years after the events of Sky in the Deep. Such a great viking story and perfect for summer!

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3.) Give the Dark My Love

This is a spectacular book about a morally grey character who happens to be a necromancer. It is dark, intense, and thrilling! I am looking forward to the sequel and you should be too!

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4.) Ignite the Stars

There are only a handful of sci-fis that I have enjoyed and this is one of them! I love the main character because she is fierce and overall just a badass. You’ll also grow to love Knives too. No, that the weapon or utensil. He is a awesome space officer! Trust me, you’ll like him. haha. I have almost finished the sequel from NetGalley and it is awesome!

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5.) City of Ghosts

This is a spooky Middle Grade but it is amazing! I binge read this one last year and was so excited to find out there would be a sequel! The main character does a lot of traveling and in the summer, most people do. Perfect time to dive into this thrilling book and be prepared for the next in September!

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There you have it! A perfect summer reads list that is filled with awesome books that will have sequels coming out soon.

What’s on your summer reads list?

Storm from the East: Cover Reveal

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Hello, Bookworms!

Dark of the West was one of my favorites last year and it came out in February of this year. It has war, pilots, royalty, and characters figuring out where they stand. Plus, if you love star-crossed loves, this has it!

b2ap3_large_Storm-from-the-East_cover-final.jpgYesterday the author, Joanna Hathaway, shared the cover real for the sequel, Storm from the East, on Instagram! I knew I needed to share it here because I am seriously so excited for it.

I love the emerald and the fantastic details that are laced into the gold. I just want it in my hands now. Seriously, I need it.

If you haven’t read Dark of the West but don’t know much about it, I have a review here. You have time to get to it before this beauty releases since this won’t hit shelves until February 11th, 2020.

Have you read the first one? Are you excited for the second? Let me know!

P.S this photo came from YA Book Centrel and they are also running a giveaway from the first book. Head on over if you are interested! Link is here.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Hello, Lovelies!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

We all have those books were excitedly waiting for! Today I am going to be sharing the ones I am most excited for that come out in the last half of 2019 because well, this year is basically halfway over with already. Isn’t that crazy!

These are in no particular order:

1.) Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

2.) The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

3.) The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox

4.) Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

5.) Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

6.) Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

7.) Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

8.) Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd

9.) The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli

10.) Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis

 

Are any of these on your list? Let me know!

Book Birthdays (2/12/2019)

Happy Book Birthday to these books!

I am looking forward to starting Bloodwitch! I have been waiting for what feels like forever and I am just so excited! I preordered a copy of Spectacle and even though I read it as an eARC, I absolutely loved it! Crown of Feathers is on waitlist at my library and I can’t wait to dive in when it becomes available. The other ones I have read and reviewed so if you are curious you can find a review on my blog!