Review: Dig, by A. S. King

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult, Literary Fiction

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I first heard of this book from one of Ariel Bissett’s channel and was immediately drawn to the cover – then the synopsis sounded intriguing. I was not sure what to think of literary YA fiction, as it made me think of books like The Catcher in the Rye (which I dislike), but since then I heard a few more positive reviews about it and decided to pick it up.

The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family’s maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they’ve declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. Continue reading

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Review: Dry, by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult Thriller

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Dry is the story of Alyssa, a teenager whose normal life gets disrupted irrevocably when the drought suddenly turns into an apocalypse: the taps go dry. There isn’t water anywhere, the markets have been emptied out and there is a promise of violence in the air. When her parents go missing, things become far worse, and now Alyssa must do whatever it take to save herself and her little brother.

I haven’t read many YA thrillers before, and this left a very good impression! The main difference to adult thrillers is definitely the main characters being teenagers and, on top of the problems caused by the lack of water, they also had to deal with crushes and thinking about school, and also the less graphic violence present on the book. Continue reading

Review: Sadie, by Courtney Summers

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary

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When Sadie finds out her sister Mattie has been murdered, her world falls apart. There was precious little in her life to make it worth it, and now with Mattie gone, nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the man who killed her. Told in a podcast style as the journalist West McCray investigates and tells the story of Sadie and Mattie, its unique story-telling is great to listen to.

Sadie was a book I had both high and low expectations on: I’d heard the audiobook was amazing, but I hadn’t heard more on the blurb than that, so I hardly knew what the book was even about when I started it. It took me a good third of the book to really get into it – while the narration IS fantastic, Sadie’s character starts out as basically nothing but anger and thinking she’s super dangerous and is going to kill a man, but nothing in her really inspired me to believe she WAS dangerous or anything more than her anger. But as the book progresses, and her character gets fleshed out a lot more, along with the complicated, imperfect people in her life telling their sides of the story, my heart started aching for her, for all she went through and all she lost. 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

ARC Review: Kingsbane (Empirium #2), by Claire Legrand

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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In Kingsbane, Rielle has now been named Sun Queen, but not everyone agrees with that. As protests against her become more riotous and the Gate shows signs of starting to fall, Rielle must do what she can to collect the castings from the Saints to save humanity, and not be seduced by Corien in the process. A thousand years later, Eliana is too afraid of becoming corrupted to use her powers, making it even more dangerous. She must learn how to yield her power without letting it destroy her before it’s too late. Continue reading

Mini-Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Magical Realism, Literary Fiction, Young Adult

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is well-known among book bloggers and booktubers, a gorgeous magical realism story about Ava Lavender and her family, who has generations of pain and magic in their history. Her family seems to be cursed to fall in love foolishly. Ava is born different, and is mistaken for an angel by a pious man.

This book is written beautifully, and I specially liked the descriptions of the baked goods in the family’s bakery. Made me hungry! This short book packs the story of four generations of this family very well, it never felt too short at all. There is so much beauty, pain, prejudice, love and betrayal, it’s very emotional and I was addicted to this.

The magical realism part, however, bothered me a little. Perhaps because I’m Latin-American, I expected the magical realism to be executed differently. I wondered if it was perhaps fantasy instead, but it isn’t quite. That made me frown a bit, but it’s a pretty good book in any case! I was very impressed by this debut!

eARC Review: The Fever King, by Victoria Lee

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, LGBT+

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Fever King is the story of Noam, the son of two refugees who’s trying to keep what is left of his family together. When he’s struck with magic virus, a sickness that has wiped out most of the previously-US population, he’s the only survivor and wakes up in a mass of dead bodies. But now that Noam has survived magic, he has a power of his own – a rare, powerful magic that the government wants to use. Continue reading

Review: Daughter of the Burning City, by Amanda Foody

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Murder Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

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Daughter of the Burning City is the story of Sorina, a girl who sees without eyes and has the power to create illusions a person can even touch and hear. Gomorrah, the wandering city she has lived in her whole life, is full of wonder, magic and danger. When a murderer starts killing her family, Sorina must find out who is behind this and why. To do that, she allies with Luca, the boy who cannot die, no matter how gruesome the attempts to his life. Is he trustworthy? Will she be able to keep her family safe? As impending war approaches, Sorina knows she must trade with care, but cannot help slowly coming to trust and befriend Luca. Continue reading

eARC Review: A Curse so Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is one of the most hyped books of this year in the YA fantasy community. When I started reading it, I was expecting the usual Beauty and Beast retelling, the girl falling in love in the end and then all problems are solved… but this was so much more than that.

This is the story of Harper, a girl from DC who’s constantly underestimated because of her cerebral palsy and has been dealing with a lot since her father left, leaving a lot of debt behind, and her mother got cancer. When she is kidnapped to the fantasy realm of Emberfall, she is sucked into the curse that has befallen the castle and its prince, Rhen. Every end of season, Rhen turns into a monster and goes on a killing spree. His family is dead and the castle has been empty except for him and his commander of guard for hundreds of seasons – and Harper is his last chance to break the curse. But that might not be enough… Continue reading

eARC Review: White Stag, by Kara Barbieri

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

White Stag tells the story of Janneke, a human girl forced into slavery when her village was burned to the ground by goblins. The memories of her first owner still fresh in her mind after a hundred years, she had to learn to adapt to this new, dangerous world in order to survive. She knows how they think. She knows what they can do. And she is losing her humanity in the process. When the Erlking dies, the Hunt begins. The first goblin to kill the White Stag will become king… and Janneke needs to make sure it isn’t her cruel captor who sits on the throne.

I am partial to a good goblin story. There is a lot of fae and vampire stories, so I am quite glad goblins seem to be having their moment, too. Continue reading