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

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eARC Review: White Stag, by Kara Barbieri

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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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

Review: Based on a True Story, by Delphine de Vigan

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Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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Based on a True Story is the elegant story of the relationship of Delphine (the author) and a woman named only as L. throughout the novel. As Delphine deals with the writer’s block and depression after her last autobiographical book about her mother’s mental illness and eventual suicide, L. becomes very close to her. Little by little, L. starts taking over Delphine’s life, becoming her.

What an interesting book! I wouldn’t call this a thriller, this book is a slow burner, and most of the it is about the relationship of the two women, and discussions about fiction and fact, autobiography and bias. Continue reading

Mini-Review: The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I finally picked up this book, which has been hyped up for a long time now, since way before it got published. I waited a bit until the hype died down a bit to see more reviews on it, since I already have so many YA fantasies to read, but this one keeps being talked about. And with good reason!

This gave me A Court of Thorns and Roses vibes, as well as a bit of Pride and Prejudice. I loved that the main character was a scheming, strong young woman who refused to be made small. This was written so wonderfully, I kept turning pages and as mesmerized by the story, the characters and the richness of the world. I absolutely will keep reading this series! It’s dark, delicious and addictive. Highly recommended!

eARC Review: What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

what if its us becky albertalli adam silvera Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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

Receiving this eARC by the wonderful authors of Love, Simon and They Both Die At The End was absolutely awesome and I was so excited to read this!

This is the story of Arthur and Ben, who briefly meet at a post station, but… they never exchange contact information. If the universe wants them to meet again, it will need to be with a little push of themselves. But finding each other in New York city won’t be easy… Continue reading

eARC Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, by Mackenzi Lee

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

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Can I just start by saying I absolutely love this cover? I’m so smitten by covers with historical-looking people with modern font on it (like My Lady Jane), is that strange?

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy has far more adventure than the Gentleman’s Guide, and I loved Felicity’s story so much. Her personality, her passion for medicine were so inspirational, but I was surprised to find myself absolutely loving Johanna too! Although to be fair I suspected early that I might like her when she showed up with a big, drooling dog. She was such a great person, so soft and strong and loving and but with iron will. Gosh, I love them both.

And I now have a crush on Sim, as well. She’s a Muslim pirate, all sharp retorts and secrets. I truly liked how rough her edges were, how it still revealed a soft inside. Continue reading

Review: Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

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Children of Blood and Bone is my favorite book of the year – I can say this with confidence although I finished this in mid July.

Zélie remembers the time before magic disappeared, eleven years ago. Her mother was a Reaper, a maji with the power over life and death. But one day, magic disappeared – and then the king’s men came to Zélie’s house and murdered her mother. Now, with the help of a fugitive princess and a scroll, she has the chance of a lifetime to bring magic back to the world. Continue reading

Mini-Review: Illusive, by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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This wonderful gem is like Ocean’s Eleven met the X-men and had a Young Adult book child. When a dangerous viral disease swept across Earth, a vaccine brought the cure. But it also brought side effects – superpowers. These people are called immune, and Ciere is one of them – she can change her appearance to whatever she wants, whenever she wants.

I highly recommend this book, this heist story is so much fun, with lots of action and a tiny bit of romance! I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the second book!

eARC Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, by Lauren James

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a very unique book, I have never really read anything like it. It tells the story of Romy Silvers, the sole survivor in a spaceship that is on its way to Earth 2, and will be responsible for getting the new planet ready for other humans to live in it. She’s been completely alone for five years, but one day she gets exciting news: another ship has left Earth to meet with her in one year! But a war has erupted in Earth, and Romy starts receiving mysterious messages from a new power that has taken over the United States and other countries. Continue reading

eARC Review: Sea Witch, by Sarah Henning

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young adult, Fantasy

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

This is the year of The Little Mermaid retellings, I suppose! After reading To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, I had in mind that Sea Witch would be a similar book, perhaps darker. I was quite mistaken.

Sea Witch is the story of three friends, Evie, Anna and Prince Nik. Anna drowns in a tragic accident when they are eleven, and guilt has consumed Evie since. But when a mermaid saves Nik’s life and then shows up a day later, Evie thinks she knows that face: that’s Anna. Except the girl is called Annemette and has no memory of ever having been Anna. She is in love with Nik and need a true love kiss if she is to stay human forever – if she fails, Annemette will become nothing but foam in the sea. Continue reading