Where Dreams Descend – Book Tour

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Janella Angeles’s novel, Where Dreams Descend! I just want to say a quick thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to be a part of this tour. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

SUMMARY:

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

My Review:

Where Dreams Descend is a novel that hooked me from the moment I read the synopsis. Magicians? A Circus? A dangerous threat? Oh HELL yes!

Very reminiscent of Caraval and The Night Circus, Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles is a book that transports you into a daring world of magicians and danger. The tone is dark and angsty, the reader is automatically thrust into a world with people they know they cannot trust, and the characters are to die for. The main heroine, Kallia, starts off as the star of the show in a mysterious club after being orphaned at a young age, but after discovering that the club’s owner, Jack, has been feeding her lies and manipulating her mind, she runs off to compete in a magical competition. However, after fleeing the club she discovers this competition wants nothing to do with a female magician. Kallia is an absolute spitfire, and a joy of a main character. Her chemistry with Jack and judge Daron Demarco is undeniable, and made it so hard for me to pick one to root for. Jack is nothing if not seductive, and while he has his flaws they make him all the more interesting in my eyes. Demarco is a damaged magician on a mission who I grew to adore the more I found out about his past. Each of these main characters were such a delight to read, and I cannot wait to see where the next chapter in this story takes them.

The writing was absolutely gripping, and the last few chapters left me with a serious case of whiplash. I am dying to get my hands on a copy of the next book in the series because I absolutely need to know what happens with these characters. There is just so much I want to say about this book, but I do not want to ruin it for anyone who is looking forward to picking it up once it hits the shelves.

Overall, I give Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles four and a half out of five stars for being a enthralling first installment in what is sure to be one of my new favorite duologies. I highly recommends this book to fantasy lovers everywhere, but especially to fans of Caraval, The Night Circus, and Phantom of the Opera.

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About the Author:

JANELLA ANGELES is a Filipino-American author who got her start in writing through consuming glorious amounts of
fanfiction at a young age—which eventually led to penning a few of her own, and later on, creating original stories from
her imagination. A lifelong lover of books, she’s lucky enough to be working in the business of publishing them on top of
writing them. She currently resides in Massachusetts, where she’s most likely to be found listening to musicals on repeat and daydreaming too much for her own good. Where Dreams Descend is her first book.

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Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud – Book Review

Hey guys! I’m so thankful to Flatiron books for sending me an early copy of Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud! As a fan of Mirage I could not wait for this sequel and I am so glad it is finally out. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

SUMMARY:

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After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

My Review:

I’m always hesitant when it comes to reviewing sequels because I never want to give anything away, especially in the case of Mirage. Mirage was a book I read and I loved, but I haven’t really thought about much since finishing.

However, coming back into the world of Mirage with Court of Lions was just so much fun. The writing was just as breathtakingly beautiful as Mirage, if not more so, and I was immediately swept back into the world with just a few lines. Daud’s writing has a poetic feel about it that makes reading such a fun experience. We got to experience entirely new parts of Andala as the story expanded far beyond the constraints of the first novel. Not only did the world expand, but the story did as well. I will say I found the pacing much slower this time around, but the emphasis on political intrigue and the forming of alliances was just fascinating.

The main reason why I find it so hard to review sequels is that there is so much I want to talk about, but I’m also so hesitant to reveal too much. I will just say that I loved following Amani, Maram, Idris, and the rest in this installment as much if not more than in the first novel. I also very much appreciated all the representation in Court of Lions as it is something that differentiates itself from most of the YA out there.

In conclusion I give Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud four out of five stars to being a fantastic sequel to one of my most enjoyed books of 2018. I highly recommend everyone go pick up a copy of Mirage immediately so they can experience the enchanting writing and world.

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About the Author:

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Somaiya Daud is the author of Mirage and holds a PhD from the University of Washington in English literature. A former bookseller in the children’s department at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., now she writes and teaches full time.

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Lobizona by Romina Garber – Blog Tour and Review

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Hey guys! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Romina Garber’s novel, Lobizona! I just want to say a quick thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to be a part of this tour. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

SUMMARY:

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Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past—a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.

My Review:

If there is a book that needs to be on everyone’s tbr this year, it’s Lobizona by Romina Garber.
Our main character is Manu, an undocumented Argentinian teenager  living in Miami with a secret even she does not understand. Her family has fled from Argentia for reasons unbeknownst to her, and her mother forces her to be invisible. She does not go to school, she does not have friends, and every time she goes outside she must wear sunglasses with mirrored lenses to hide the golden glow of her eyes. However, once her mother’s workplace is raided by ICE she is forced to go on the run where she discovers a magical school hidden in the everglades called El Laberinto–a school for Brujas and Lobizons, a world where she thinks she finally might belong.Despite her hope of finding a home that will accept her, Manu is once again labeled as illegal for being a hybrid.
Garber did a truly fantastic with the writing of the novel. The pacing is exquisite, and the stake are set from the very first page. The world she weaves is lush and vivid and full of adventure. I don’t know if I would truly define this book as YA Fantasy because to me it truly felt like a contemporary filled with magical realism at times. Garber does her best to stuff her story with as much representation as possible from the undocumented experience in America, to LGBTQ+ representation in general, and although I love where her heart is at I feel like she did not give each topic all the love it deserved.
There is just so much I want to say about this book, but I also wish for people to go out and read it themselves so they can experiences Garber’s fantastical world as well. The one thing that truly irked me about this novel, as it does in most novels, was the romance. Manu and Tiago’s relationship just rubbed me the wrong way as most of their ‘tension’ could have be handled with a simple conversation. That being said, this one minor issue is overruled by the abundance of good that is done in this book.
Overall, I give Lobizona by Romina Garber four and a half out of five star for being a book that I see becoming very important to a lot of people. The world is magical, the characters are relatable, and the story is one that needs to be told. I truly recommend Lobizona to anyone and everyone looking for a book that stands apart from a majority of the YA out there on the market.
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About the Author:

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ROMINA GARBER (pen name Romina Russell) is a New York Times and international bestselling author. Originally from Argentina, she landed her first writing gig as a teen—a weekly column for the Miami Herald that was later nationally syndicated—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Her books include Lobizona. When she’s not working on a novel, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.

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The Shadows Between Us – Book Review

The Shadows Between Us

By Tricia Levenseller

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Title: The Shadows Between Us

 

Author: Tricia Levenseller

 

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

 

Pub. Date: February 25th, 2020

Synopsis:

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

 

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My Review: 

I knew from the moment I read the synopsis that I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t know that I was going to love this book.  From the first line to the final moments I. Was. Hooked. Levenseller is an author I’ve read before, and while I have liked her previous works, The Shadows Between Us might have solidified her as an auto buy author for me.

 Alessandra is cunning, ruthless, sexually liberated, and a girl who doesn’t take no for an answer. The Shadow King, Kallias, is secretive, powerful, and just as ambitious as Alessandra in his own ways. The dynamic between these two was electric! I’m someone who is a complete sucker for an enemies to lovers trope and this is one of the most well written examples of that trope I can think of. They are both using each other for their own gain, but come together despite their initial reservations. Aside from the main characters there’s a large cast of side characters who actually have their own arcs and purposes. I personally loved to see the arcs of Alessandra’s female companions and how they go from trying to copy her to gain the King’s fortune to becoming their own people and discovering love for themselves.

While I was pretty easily able to guess who the villains were I found the plot enjoyable, and Levenseller was actually able to pull off a pretty interesting plot twist. The pacing to me did feel a bit off at times with some plot points being glossed over and others taking almost too much time, but those are just minor complaints. I really enjoyed reading this book–I actually managed to finish it in about three hours–and while I’m dying to get more of these characters, I am so glad this is a stand alone. I’m so used to massive fantasy series that this book seems like a breath of fresh air in an over saturated market.

I really enjoyed this novel! It didn’t take a lot of brain power, I was able to finish it quickly, and it entertained me from start to finish. I give The Shadows Between Us five out of five stars for being one of the best stand alone fantasy novels I’ve read in recent years, and I highly recommend it to all fans of YA/NA fantasy.

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Gotham High – Book Review

Gotham High

By Melissa de la Cruz

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Title: Gotham High

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Illustrator: Thomas Pitilli

Publisher: DC Inc

Pub. Date: April 7th, 2020

 

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives.

After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.

When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight–but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at Gotham High, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes … and where everyone is a suspect.

With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies–all within the hallways of Gotham High!

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of Gotham High to review!

 

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My Review: 

A well known fact about me in my family and friend group is that I adore anything involving superheroes. I’ve gone to the theatre to see every new marvel movie, I’m subscribed to DC Universe so I can watch Young Justice and read the Nightwing comics, and I will read any superhero/supervillain YA novel that comes out. Given this obsession, I was so excited when I received an ARC of Gotham High on Netgalley and started reading it right away.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first–I absolutely adored this art style! The illustrator did such a fantastic job at capturing the mood of the novel and particular scene with his color choices, and I love how almost sketchy vibe of the character designs. It was the most enjoyable part of the novel for me since I don’t often get the chance to read graphic novels.

It’s normally very hard to capture a character that people are already acquainted with, in this case Batman, Catwoman, and Joker, but I found the younger versions of these three to be intriguing. De la Cruz definitely took some artistic liberties with some characters, most notably making Bruce Wayne half chinese, and I found that some of these changes worked and some of them didn’t. The diversity of this story, while refreshing, came off as somewhat forced. I also really didn’t like how the female characters were constantly depicted as manipulative–it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Lastly, let’s discuss the plot, which I found to be just the right amount of cliche. I got major Riverdale vibes due to how dramatic everything was, but that made the story fun. I, along with an alarming number of people, are huge suckers for these trashy teenage tv shows and novels because, despite being totally unrealistic, they are addicting and engaging and something you’re able to enjoy without using too much brain power.

In conclusion, I give Gotham High three and a half out of five stars for being a fun, cliche novel that has some issues with representation. I recommend this novel to any younger DC fan who’s looking for a fun take on the adolescence of some of their favorite characters.

 

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Tigers, Not Daughters – Book Review

Tigers, Not Daughters

By Samantha Mabry

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Title: Tigers, Not Daughters

 

Author: Samantha Mabry

 

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

 

Pub. Date: March 24th, 2020

Synopsis:

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of Tigers, Not Daughters to review!

 

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My Review: 

When I got an email asking if I could review a novel with Little Women, The Virgin Suicides, and King Lear influences–I was hooked. Those are all works I’ve read and enjoyed,  so  I instantly  accepted.  This book was…interesting. Being a little under 300 pages I expected to be able to finish Tiger, Not Daughter in a matter of hours, but I found it took me a little longer than expected due to the way it was crafted and the rather heavy subject material it deals with. I also think that the constant switching of perspectives made it a little difficult to follow the story as just when I was really getting invested/interested in one pov it would switch and I’d have to get invested in a whole other character. It felt a little cut up in the beginning, but after a while I found myself used to it.

The characters and the writing itself were the strongest elements of this novel. The writing has an almost poetic quality to it, and I found myself getting lost in the words. Mabry was able to take the rather depressing topic of grief with the Torres sisters processing the loss of the eldest sister, Ana, and write about it in a way that that comes off as beautiful and sad rather than just sad. We get to see how each member of the family is coping with this loss in way that feels real and unforced. Rosa, Idrian, and Jess are brought to life within the pages, and through their memories Ana is bright to life for the reader.

One aspect of this novel that I didn’t really love was the supernatural/magical realism. I felt that it look away from the reality/relatability of the story, but it didn’t ruin the story entirely for me. Overall, I give Tigers, Not Daughters four stars for being a beautiful, impactful tale that I recommend to anyone looking for a quick, emotional read.

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Wicked Saints – Blog Tour

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Hey guys! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Emily A. Duncan’s debut novel, Wicked Saints! I just want to say a quick thank you to Wednesday Books for inviting me to be a part of this tour because this book was absolutely incredible.

SUMMARY:

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A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

My Review:

I’m not gonna, the first thing that came to my mind when I read the synopsis of this book was: AHHH! IT SOUNDS LIKE SIX OF CROWS!! Which, if you don’t know, is one of my all time favorites, but this book turned out to be much, much darker, which is not a bad thing. The world Duncan creates is both beautiful and brutal, with the lands being ravished by a seemingly endless holy war. Our main characters are Nadya, a cleric who can speak to all of the gods, Malachiasz, a blood mage who leads a group of rebels, and Serefin, a blood mage prince who is hunting Nadya, who I actually all really enjoyed (an impressive feat considering I always seem to find something to hate on hahaha). I will say I think Serefin is my favorite considering he is both a bisexual icon and one of my new favorite villains.
The book starts off by throwing the reader into the middle of an invasion which really sets the tone for the rest of the book. The pace is quick and the pages are full of action which makes this a hard book to put down. I will say that as someone who hates blood and needles and all things of that manner I was a little put off by the blood magic in the beginning, but I think it’s something really cool that a lot of other authors haven’t really explored. I also really enjoyed the Russian and Slavic influences on the story/world, and though Duncan did a great job in incorporating it naturally into the story. I also think she did a great job at setting up the religions of this world, something that actually reminded me of Bardugo’s other series the Grisha Trilogy, because that is extremely difficult to do! Despite all of my  comparisons to Bardugo’s books I truly believe this book stands on its own, and that Emily A. Duncan is going to be the next YA dark fantasy queen. I really want to talk about everything I loved in incredible detail, but, as this book doesn’t come out till April 4th, I shall restrain myself till then.
Overall, Wicked Saints is an amazing book filled to the brim with beautiful writing, brutal action, and an incredible story. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who loves fantasy–especially dark fantasy–and I need to get my hands on the next book asap!! I’m giving Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan 5/5 stars for being my, and probably everyone else’s, newest obsession.
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About the Author:

41ad2-emily2ba.2bduncanEMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science

from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through

interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video

games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

 

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We Rule the Night – ARC Review

We Rule the Night

By Claire Eliza Bartlett

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Title: We Rule the Night


Author: Claire Eliza Bartlett


Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pub. Date: April 2nd, 2019

 

Thank you so much to NOVL for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis:

Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.

My Review 

I was so, so excited when I received this in the mail not only because of its definite bookstagram potential (just look at that cover!!!), but because of its completely epic synopsis. As a WWII inspired, feminist fantasy novel I had high hopes going into this We Rule the Night, and Bartlett certainly did not disappoint me.

This world is absolutely fascinating and very well fleshed out! It’s completely original and different to many of the fantasy worlds I’ve been reading about lately that have all blended together into a sort of fantasy mush. The war-torn feel comes across clearly, and leaves the world feeling very reminiscent of WWII. The magic system is so intriguing and completely intertwined to the world itself. With Living Metal, the Weave, and the Spark, I can confidently say that this magic system is unlike any other I’ve encountered in my many, many years of reading, which is a truly astonishing feat. The closest thing I can think of is Leo from The Heroes of Olympus, but that doesn’t even compare to how detailed and imaginative the magic system is within these pages.

I literally felt as if I could not put this book down, and somehow managed to finish it within a few hours of picking it up. The action is great, the world it great, and the characters might be the best part of it all. Our main characters, Revna and Linne, are incredibly complex, capable, badass females we all need in our lived. They each had a certain depth to them which brought them to life, and I found myself cheering them on from the sidelines as they faced challenge after challenge. Bartlett clearly put lots of time and effort in developing these characters, and it clearly paid off. I really have nothing bad to say aside from the fact that the plot seemed to slow down and lag at times, but that didn’t do too much to hinder my enjoyment.

In conclusion, I give We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett four and a half out of five stars for fulfilling my feminist fantasy dreams. I highly recommend We Rule the Night to anyone and everyone, but especially to all of the females out there who love a good fantasy novel.

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The Dysasters Blog Tour

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Hey guys, I’m so excited to be a part of The Dysasters blog tour! I just want to say a quick thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an arc and inviting me be a part of this tour. I haven’t yet posted my full review for The Dysasters, but just know that I absolutely love the concept of this book and that it was a lot of fun to read. It definitely isn’t perfect, but no book is, and I believe that the good outweighs the bad in this case. The characters are interesting, the pages are action packed, and I’m looking forward to what the next book will bring : )

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About the Book:

Casts_The DysastersP.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

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Author P#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.

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Most Anticipated Books of 2019

Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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It feels like 2018 has flown by! I started my senior year, applied to college, and reached a whole bunch of other milestones in my life. We’re in the first month of 2019 now, and with the new year comes a ton of new releases that I cannot wait for, so I’ve decided to compile a list for you all of my most anticipated books of 2019 :

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Synopsis: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Release Date: January 8th, 2019

Ok, so The Wicked King is already out at this point, but it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and still deserves to be on this list! I’ve actually already got a review for The Wicked King up here, so go check that out, but it definitely lived up to my expectations!

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis: Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Release Date: January 29th, 2019

Nikolai might be my favorite character from the Grisha Trilogy, and I am so glad that he’s getting his own duology! He’s so charming and charismatic and another one of my favorite book boyfriends. Luckily we don’t have to wait too long to have King of Scars in our hands–only thirteen more days!!!

If you would like to pre-order King of Scars:

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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Synopsis:

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition

Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment

Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature

Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

Release Date: February 26th, 2019

I cannot wait for this book! I’ve heard nothing but good things from my friends who were lucky enough to get review copies, and I was hooked from the moment I read the synopsis…and saw the cover. This is probably one of the most stunning covers of 2019, and I simply can’t wait to post it on my instagram

If you would like to pre-order Four Dead Queens:

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

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Synopsis: How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

Release Date: February 26th, 2019

I really enjoy Tricia Levenseller’s writing, and I really enjoy

vikings, so it is safe to say that I’m really going to enjoy Warrior of the Wild! This book sounds so, so good, and, luckily, I’ve already been approved for an ARC on Netgalley so I can begin reading it ASAP.

If you would like to pre-order Warrior of the Wild:

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis:From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel.

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London… and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero… and falling in love.

Release Date: February 26th, 2019

And here’s the second and final Cassandra Clare on this list! As excited as I am for a Malec book, I might be slightly more excited for Chain of Golf because it’s centered around Tessa and Will’s children! Will Herondale will probably be my favorite book boyfriend till the end of time, and I cannot wait to meet his children.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Synopsis: A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

 
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
This is probably the most exciting fantasy novel coming out in 2019! The synopsis gives me total Grishaverse vibes, and Roshani Chokshi blurbed it with “this is for everyone who shipped Alina and the Darkling…” which I definitely did. Luckily, I don’t have to wait to read this one since I’m actually part of the blog tour for it! I’m planning on reading it as soon as possible.
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The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

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Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
This is only the first Cassandra Clare book on my list…there will be more, but I’ve been obsessed with everything Shadowhunter since City of Bones came out in 2007. It was one of the books that got me into reading YA specifically, and she remains one of my favorite authors to this day. Also Malec has been my favorite ship since, well, ships were a thing, and I’m so glad that there is going to be a series based on them!

If you would like to pre-order The Red Scrolls of Magic:

Finale by Stephanie Garber

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Synopsis:Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .

Release Date: May 7th, 2019

Finale is the conclusion to a beloved series of mine, so I’m both looking forward to it and dreading it. I would love to stay in the magical world of Caraval for as long as possible, but all things must come to an end…eventually. Stephanie is such an incredible writer, and I’m looking forward to what she puts out next.

If you would like to pre-order Finale:

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

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Synopsis: Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

Release Date: May 7th, 2019

I may not be the biggest fan of contemporaries, but I absolutely love Christine! I’ve been watching her videos for years and years, and she is probably one of my biggest bookish inspirations. I can’t wait to get her book and support her 🙂

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That’s it for my most anticipated releases of 2019! I’d love to know which books you’re looking forward to down in the comments! Hope you have a great day!

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