“Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.
Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.
Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.
Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.
Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.” (Goodreads)
I have seen a few people on my Instagram talk about this book and it has always sparked an interest. Hopefully I can get to it one day but the queue for it from my library is pretty long!
Does this one sound like something you would read?
Title:Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) Author: Marissa Meyer Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi Publication Date: 2012
Synopsis: “CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.” (Goodreads)
I am pretty late to this series, I know. I have always heard great things about this series and decided it was actually time to see what all the hype was about.
In the first 5% of the book, I wasn’t really feeling the characters. It made it hard to want to continue on. Since I wasn’t very far in, I kept going.
Cinder is an interesting character because of her being a cyborg. She is the typical Cinderella with an evil stepmother and stepsisters. Although one sister was actually quite nice. There isn’t much background for Cinder in the beginning but as the book goes on, more and more is found out.
Early on, we are also introduced to Prince Kai. He meets Cinder because of her job which is a mechanic. Their conversations are always quite awkward but I think that is what I liked most about them. It was cute and quite refreshing to read.
Certain events bring them closer together and their relationship blossoms. It was cute and well done. I am hoping there is more from them in the next book.
Of course, I must mention Queen Levana in this review. Honestly, she is the worst. She is manipulative and cares more about world dominance than anything else. She may be evil but she is also intriguing so I am looking forward to seeing where she goes in the series as well.
The plot is a unique take on a classic. It mixes fantasy with sci-fi and takes it to another level. It may take awhile to get interested in the characters but the character development is thought out and doesn’t leave me needing more information.
My one complaint about this book is that the plot twists were quite obvious and left nothing to surprise. I want to be blown away by what happens next but this book didn’t have that.
Overall, I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I wouldn’t say it will be a favorite of mine or a top read but it was still enjoyable. I will be continuing the series eventually and am curious to see what will happen in the next book. If you are fan of retellings/sci-fi and haven’t checked this book out, then definitely don’t be like me and get on it!
Title:Spin the Dawn Author: Elizabeth Lim Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: July 30th, 2019
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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.” (Goodreads)
Spin the Dawn follows a young girl named Maia who must dress like her brother to try and secure the spot of imperial tailor to the emperor. She must keep her appearance up or face being sentenced to death and some would like to see that happen. She will also face her greatest task for the emperor’s bride-to-be as she must sew three magical dresses and if she fails it might not be just her life at stake.
The plot for this story is unique in its own way as it combines fantastical myths and alluring magic. No other book, as far as I know, has a magical pair of scissors that create such enchanting clothes and even then, Maia doesn’t use it as a crutch because she takes pride in her own work and doesn’t want to rely on magic.
Maia is a hardworker and loyal. She wants to do anything that will help her family get money besides marrying off for it. I felt for her when it came to her family but there wasn’t anything that made her unique. The relationship she stumbles into felt forced and I couldn’t get behind it. Edan was a more interesting character in the beginning but as their relationship progresses my like for him fizzled. None of the characters grasped my attention as they all felt flat.
The world building was also lacking and I really wanted more.
Overall, I wanted to love this book because the cover and synopsis are wonderful but it just lacked in too many areas for me. I know others will enjoy this book and I am sure its me and not the book.
Never-Contented Things follows foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia as they become entangled with fairies and find out that their gifts come with a price.
I had a few expectations going into this book because the synopsis mentioned fairies but what I read didn’t add up to anything I could have ever imagined and it got weird quick.
The weirdest, most uncomfortable part was the relationship between Josh and Ksenia. Of course, they aren’t actually siblings but she puts herself in a caregiver role so it just doesn’t seem right. Also, the word baby in this book was used one too many times and was very cringey.
Even if their relationship was not part of the book I didn’t like any of the characters. They were flat and Josh was rather annoying. I also thought that Prince would have a much larger role in the story than he did. There was enchantments at work but he was more of a behind-the-scenes guy as were a majority of the fairies. I wanted more fairies and a fairy world but the reality they were in was basically another version of the not siblings house.
Overall, I didn’t like this book for many reasons. This is one you have to go in with no expectations and probably without reading the synopsis. I hope others have more success with liking it because there are some great concepts but the execution was not there.
Give the Dark My Love follows Nedra Brysstain as she is given a scholarship to study Alchemy in a school full of prestigious students who come from wealthy backgrounds unlike her. She is determined to do anything to help stop the Wasting dead plague even if that means going into the darkness.
I hadn’t seen many reviews for this but the synopsis and cover is what pulled me in and I am so glad I gave it a chance because it surprised me in the most amazing ways!
Nedra is a strong and determined. She tries to think logically and at times chooses to go with her emotions instead. I loved this character and enjoyed seeing her go down a dark path instead of choosing the higher ground. Greggori was also a great character because he didn’t let what others thought of Nedra effect his decision to be her friend, sometimes more, even when it came from his friend. There are chapters from both of their PoVs which I always enjoy in any book.
There is a lot of talk about the social hierarchy (rich vs. poor) and usually I don’t think too much on deeper meanings but this one really stuck with me because we see this in our society all the time.
The plot was nothing I expected as there were so many twists and turns. I thought I knew who was pulling the strings and then I would change my mind and even then I was still wrong. Even the ending was a surprise. This book will take you for a ride!
Overall, I really liked this book. The characters are easy to get invested in as well as the plot. It will play with your emotions and make you think. I can’t wait for the second book to see what is in store for Nedra and her path of darkness!
Title: Roar Author: Cora Carmack Genre: YA fantasy Publication date: June 13th, 2017 Publisher: Tor Teen Rating: 4 stars
“In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.” ->Goodreads<-
Roar follows a young princess named Aurora who is a Stormling without powers to control the storms. Her mother, the queen, arranges a marriage for Aurora to a Stormling who can help her rule. One night she finds herself in a black market where she learns that Stormlings aren’t the only ones who can wield power from storms. Danger or not, she is determined to find a way to free herself and become powerful all on her own.
I didn’t really have any expectations for this book because I haven’t seen many reviews on bookstagram for it. I have had it sitting on my self for quite awhile but am so glad I finally decided to read it!
Aurora is very blind and naive in the beginning but we slowly see her grow throughout. She wants to be a strong female that doesn’t need marriage to do that and I enjoy that. Although, she isn’t keen on marriage with Cassius, there is eventually a budding relationship between her and another character named Locke. Honestly, both guys are intriguing and I wouldn’t be able to decide who I prefer more. Cassius has reasons to want the throne with the help of his family and by the end you kind of feel bad for him. Locke also comes from an interesting background that ties in with Cassius and I can’t wait to see how this all turns out but will have to wait until June to continue this wonderful series.
My only complaint and why it didn’t receive 5 stars is that there wasn’t much going on when it came to the big plot which was revealed at the end.
Overall, it was a great read and very interesting when it comes to storms and their hearts. I definitely would recommend this book especially with the second coming out this summer!
It was hard to compile a list of books for my tbr because there are so many I want to read! Luckily I was able to narrow it down to 11 with room for library holds or eARCS. It may seem like a lot but I have been reading between 15-20 books a month so hopefully I stick to that momentum!
Title: The Girl King Author: Mimi Yu Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: January 8th, 2019 Publisher: Bloomsbury YA Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.
“Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead—a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.
Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally—and an army—if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved…
Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens—a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign…or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.” (Goodreads)
The Girl King is about an empire thrown into mayhem when the oldest of two siblings decides that she will create her own fate no matter the cost, leaving the younger sister with the consequences of her older sister’s decisions.
The sibling rivalry was something I enjoyed because they didn’t really start off as rivals per say. Over the course of the book it builds and we get to see another side of the characters when everything begins to fall apart. The writing is wonderfully detailed as it adds depth to the world she surrounds us in. The one small thing I didn’t care for was the relationship building between two of the characters. It felt a little pushed but it’s such a minor thing that it didn’t make me love the book any less.
Filled with mystical beings, sibling rivalry, and secrets this book is nothing short of incredible. If you are a fan of Three Dark Crowns, Shadow of the Fox or just love fantasy, I would recommend this book. I have already ordered the UK version and a US signed copy because I love this book so much! I will anxiously be waiting for the second book. Seriously, if it isn’t on your TBR, add it!
When I saw that NetGalley had an excerpt for Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard I knew I needed to request it even if it meant waiting to find out the rest until February 12th, 2019.
Frankly, I don’t even know where to begin! Even though it was just a preview excerpt I feel like I was given so much yet so little. As you know, I finished this series last month and bought the Faecrate Hangover Kit for this specific book. I am so glad I picked up this series because I am invested! Usually a series sometimes gets worse as it goes on but I feel that Bloodwitch will not disappoint. It has really added to the characters we have already met and given a few of them more background and such good twists. I hope the rest of the book is just as good as the beginning because if it is then I am sure I will shed a few tears. Honestly, if you haven’t picked up this series yet I would highly suggest doing so. You do not want to miss this book!
Thank you Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Susan Dennard for this preview excerpt.