Review: Ninth House (Alex Stern #1), by Leigh Bardugo

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Dark Academia

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Alex Stern has the opportunity of a lifetime to study at Yale if she accepts to work for Lethe. She is able to see ghosts, which is an ability unheard of by Lethe members, and this is why they want her. She knows the offer is too good to be true, but she just cannot refuse: after being the sole survivor of a brutal attack and almost dying from overdosing, she must find a way out. Lethe wants her to keep out the ghosts that threaten to disrupt the magic societies like Lethe itself work with on the underground of Yale. But the magic she witnesses is never lovely and beautiful like she dreamed – it’s brutal and bloody. And when a murdered girl shows up and nobody seems to want her to investigate, she knows what she must do, although she doesn’t know what it might cost her. Continue reading

Review: Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1), by Tamsyn Muir

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, F/F

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The Emperor needs new necromancers, and the Ninth House Necromancer needs a cavalier. Gideon is not a cavalier, but she is the best swordswoman, and if she can pull off pretending to be a loyal, obedient cavalier of the Ninth, Harrow has promised her freedom. She knows she cannot trust Harrow, but this is probably her best chance at being free, so she will take her chances and try to fool the other eight necromancers and eight cavaliers. But she isn’t the only one with secrets, and as the trials for becoming a Lyctor begin, tensions grow and it is clear that not everyone (or anyone) will stay alive. Continue reading

Review: Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2), by Fonda Lee

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Urban Fantasy

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[Spoilers of Jade City ahead]

Jade War is the sequel to Jade City, an excellent urban fantasy novel that brings to life the struggle of clan No Peak to stay in power. Led by the Kaul family since their break from the original One Mountain clan, they have been at war with the biggest clan from Kekon for power, both from jade and from gold. In Jade War, Shae and Hilo fight to gain more international allies and to bring clan justice to Lan’s murderer.  Meanwhile, Andy is sent to Espenia after having humiliated Hilo and the clan, partly in exile, partly for his own protection. Continue reading

Review: Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Mystery, Young Adult, F/F Paranormal Romance

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Lexi doesn’t like it when people touch her. No, that’s an understatement – Lexi flinches whenever someone touches her, because she can see how anyone will die if she has contact with their skin. She also sees ghosts, and can send them to wherever it is they should’ve gone when they died, but at great cost to her. She’s lonely and miserable, working at a night club to make ends meet where people like her are welcome. One night, she touches a woman who’s going to be murdered violently that night and when she meets her ghost, she knows she must do whatever it takes to avenge her. Continue reading

eARC Review: The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2), by R. F. Kuang

the dragon republic r f kuangRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy

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I received an eARC for this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Third Poppy War is over, but it does not feel like victory to Rin. She has become more and more dependent on opium, her senses dulled as she tries to control the Phoenix god and not lose her sanity to the horrors she saw and committed during the war. If she assassinates this one last target, the Pirate Empress Moag will lend her the ships and army to kill Daji – but it won’t be so simple. There are bigger players who want Rin by their side as a weapon. As the stakes become even higher than before, Rin must find out who she can trust and what she is willing to sacrifice. Continue reading

Review: Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

neverwhere neil gaimanRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy

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Neverwhere is the story of Richard, who leads a perfectly normal life in London with a perfectly normal job and is engaged to the beautiful Jessica – until the day he decides to save a strange girl named Door and his life is turned upside down. Suddenly no one else can see him. He no longer exists in the London he knows – in fact, the only people who see him now belong to the world of the strange girl he saved, in London Below.

Neverwhere was such an entertaining read, I was very impressed by the world building, how dark, vivid and enticing it was, and was so many times enchanted by the writing. I do love a witty, dark style, and Neil Gaiman surely did that. He managed to create villains so unapologetically caricatures of themselves that it just worked – their comical evilness was delightful to read! Continue reading

eARC Review: Girl of Fire, by Gabrielle Mathieu

girl-of-fire-gabrielle-mathieuRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

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I received an eARC for this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Berona loves the wilderness, and dreams of finding true love. When an ancient Water Demon threatens her and everything she loves, Berona knows she must make a choice and become stronger. She decides to join the Yellow Cloaks to learn how to become a warrior and kill demons, hopefully without losing her dreams in the process. Continue reading

eARC Review: The Bird King, by G. Willow Wilson

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

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I have received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve owned an eARC of this book for such a long time, but then got less enthusiastic about it and forgot it existed for months. Then I read someone say that this author’s books were fast-paced and quick to read and I decided well – might just pick it up. I’m so glad I did!

The Bird King is the story of Fatima, a concubine to the last Sultan in a reign at war with Spain, and Hassan, a mixed-blood map-maker who has magical abilities. When the Spanish Inquisition demands that Hassan, who they deem a heretic sorcerer, be given to torture and certain death, Fatima knows she must run away with him, even if it means treason and never seeing again the palace she calls home. But it means to her also freedom, and that is something she’s willing to give up a lot for. Continue reading

Review: Sorcery of Thorns, by Margaret Rogerson

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Sorcery of Thorns is one of the of the most exciting young adult fantasy book to come out this year! It tells the story of Elisabeth, an apprentice librarian who dreams of one day becoming a ward and being able to fight evil – demons, sorcerers, anything magical. All she has ever known is the Great Library she grew up in, where books are more than lifeless pages, but are full of life and personality and must be kept under tight security!

I decided to pick up this book in audiobook, and honestly had been debating whether to read it or not – it has been hyped so, so much that I was wary it would be a rather regular YA fantasy that I would be a little bored by because of how many YA fantasy books I read so far. Continue reading

Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy

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The Priory of the Orange Tree is an epic fantasy book that feels instantly classic. I had this book on my radar for a while and bought it months ago and have been trying to get some time when I could read this without needing to postpone my blog posts. Because this is over 800 pages long, I think it’s been scaring people off a bit, but really it’s shorter than a regular fantasy trilogy.

Queen Sabran knows her queendom needs an heir, but she is afraid of childbed. Ead has been protecting her for eight years and trying to belong in a court that is highly suspicious of her. On the other side of the world, Tané has been training for years to become a High Sea Guard, but her fate entangles with a strange man who might have the Red Disease and might destroy everything she ever fought for. As West and East put their history and pride first and refuse to ally, the Nameless One starts to awaken and a thousand-old prophecy might be coming to fruition and destroy the world. Continue reading