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New Book Releases – 25 February 2020

Hola, Book Dragons! I’m featuring a new book release today (that I’m interested in 😉 ). Happy Book Birthday to this gem!

The Shadows Between Us
by Tricia Levenseller

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance

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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?

What about you guys? Do you know about this book? The cover is fantastic and that synopsis? Just makes you wanna grab the book, right? 😉

∼Lyn

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Book Review: The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones

Hola! Been ages since I last posted a review! How is everyone’s Christmas holiday going? Did you end up with a good loot? 😉⁣

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

When I picked up this book, I was in the mood for something different. And boy, was Bone Houses different! With the disappearance of her remaining parent, the responsibility of the house and of her two siblings falls on Ryn’s shoulders. But there isn’t much work for a gravedigger in a village where the dead don’t stay dead and roam around, bones rattling. Left with no choice, Ryn agrees to guide a young mapmaker, Ellis, in the forest where the Bone Houses live. Continue reading “Book Review: The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones”

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Book Review: Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) – Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

I can’t believe it took me so long to read this short story. I hadn’t planned to review it when I first decided to read it. I mean, I thought it’s just a short story, why spend time drafting a review for it? But this short story was like a slab of rich chocolate cake – delicious and so good! Even a short story can grab hold of your heart and stay with you.
Continue reading “Book Review: Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) – Maggie Stiefvater”

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Book Review: To Best the Boys – Mary Weber

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

In Caldon, women are viewed as inferior and supposed to just do girly things like cook, clean, or be pretty. Cue in my eye-roll. They don’t go to universities and get a higher education. Every year, a mysterious man in power, Mr. Holm, holds a Harry-Potter style contest in a labyrinth for eligible boys to compete for the scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University while the girls stay behind and cheer them on. The feminist in me really wanted to go Hulk on all those bigots who tried to cage girls into a limited space with only their ideas of the way women should be. Continue reading “Book Review: To Best the Boys – Mary Weber”

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Book Review: Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) – Kat Cho

Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

When I first saw the amazing cover of this book, I was super excited to read it. A Korean YA Fantasy story? How could I resist it? At first when I started it, the slow pace of the story and the details were quite charming but it got old pretty fast.

The female main character, Miyoung, started out strong at first but her hot and cold behavior got annoying very quickly. I get it why she was hostile in the beginning but there was no character growth at all. I hated how she was whiny and cowardly and all she did was run away and be hostile.

The male lead character, Jihoon, however, showed a character growth that endeared me to him. I emphasized with him over his troubles.

The writing was too slow-paced and draggy. Even the scenes with some action were not dynamic. The emotions of the characters felt blunt, detached.

What I enjoyed were the Korean references and the back story of the origin of Gumihos. The plot-line was an interesting one with a clever twist at the end and overall, this story could have been amazing if not for the slow pace and blunt writing style.

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Blurb: Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt. But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process. Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway. With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
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Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

I was a bit wary when I started this book. You see, Margaret Rogerson is a new author for me this year and I read her second book first – Sorcery of Thorns – which was amazing. So, of course, I wanted An Enchantment of Ravens to be just as amazing but I didn’t want to set up any big expectations in case it wasn’t.

I am glad to say I enjoyed An Enchantment of Ravens just as much as Sorcery of Thorns. The cover is fantastic and the intriguing plot-line had me in its grip from the first chapter.

Isobel is a painter and she lives in a town frequented by the fair folk who trade enchantments for services. Trading with the fair folk isn’t without its risks. Trying to stay true to her artistic passion, Isobel commits one mistake and in doing so makes an enemy of the autumn prince, Rook.

Isobel was a character that I liked a lot. She had her family to look after and she did her best to keep them safe. She learned from an early age to be cautious of the fair folk but meeting Rook shook her up and turned her world upside down.

Now, the autumn prince! Oh, my god, I was fascinated by Rook. He was so mysterious and enchanting, I wanted to know everything about him. I definitely got a soft spot for him.

The author’s writing was rich with descriptions that were so vivid, I was blown away. Some authors have a talent for details that isn’t boring or dull. Margaret Rogerson’s writing was that magical. She’s fast become one of my favorite authors.

The plot-line was excellent, with clever twists and action-packed scenes. This book was so good I read it in one sitting. This story was delightful and an absolute pleasure to read.

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Blurb: A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel. Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
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ARC Book Review: Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Frozen Sun Saga #1) – Jill Criswell

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

This book was in one word amazing. But I’m getting way ahead of myself. Let’s start chronologically. First, the book cover, which is gorgeous! It was the cover that drew me first and then the blurb held my attention.

Second, writing style. The author’s writing style is so on point with beautiful prose that was a pleasure to read. I fell down the rabbit hole from the first page and kept going deeper and deeper until it was vital for me to get to the end of the book before I could do anything else. The world-building was so rich with vivid detail that I felt like I was there with Lira, living her life.

The main characters Lira and Reyker were both compelling characters. Throughout the book, I was like a cheerleader waving my pom-pom in the air, cheering for them. All their troubles, everything they went through, I couldn’t believe they’d survive it. This book make me experience so many emotions I was soaked in them.

The plot-line was excellent with twists and turns that caught me like sudden tennis balls winging at my head. Every time I thought they’d make it, something worse happened. They just couldn’t seem to catch a break. And the revelations? Boy, I so did not see them coming.

To summarize, this was a splendid book with a fantastic story-line that will keep you on the edge of your seat, biting your fingernails and deprive you of sleep, food and drink until you finish it. I can’t wait for the sequel.

***Note: Received from Netgalley for an honest review.

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Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust. Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand. When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started. As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.
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Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

A book about sorcerers, magic, Great Libraries, grimoires that actually talk and turn into monsters when provoked. Is there a book dragon alive who can resist such a story? I couldn’t.

From the beautiful cover to the intriguing blurb, Sorcery of Thorns caught my attention and held it page one to the last. Continue reading “Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson”

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Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) – Brigid Kemmerer

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

This is the second fairy tale retelling I’ve read. Who wouldn’t want to read this book with that fantastic cover and amazing title? I had a lot of expectations going in, but sadly, it was kind of disappointing halfway through.

What I liked
— I enjoyed Brigid Kemmerer’s writing. It was really good and kept my attention. The characters were intriguing and they each had a lot to add to the story.
— The story itself showed a lot of promise for a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Continue reading “Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) – Brigid Kemmerer”

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Book Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Review:

I had a lot of expectations for The Wicked King, but the first half of the book wasn’t as exciting as I’d hoped. For all that Jude wants to be stronger, worse than the Fair Folk, she still does things that make her appear weak. I enjoyed the scenes where she showed her badass persona more than the scenes where she let people walk all over her, namely, Taryn, Locke and Madoc, even Vivi. For all the power she had, she still fell short. Continue reading “Book Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black”