Oh hey! How have you been? I have just read the most amazing series, and I can't get it out of my head. It has been a very long time since I've loved characters and a fantasy world quite this much. This isn't a review because I really can't articulate how or why I love this … Continue reading The Queen’s Thief Series // Fantastic characters, stunning worlds, and many “wows.”
Everless by Sara Holland Rating: Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: January 2, 2018 In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the … Continue reading Everless by Sara Holland // Mysterious estates and twists and turns.
Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly Rating: 3.5 stars Release Date: January 2, 2018 Genre: MG Fantasy Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar. Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and … Continue reading Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand Rating: Release Date: October 24, 2017 Genre: YA Contemporary On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn't. And then she died. Now she's stuck working … Continue reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand // Swoony romance + surprising emotions // + hiatus?
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett Rating: . 5 Release Date: September 5, 2017 Genre: YA Fantasy Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, … Continue reading Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett // Wintry mountainous setting and almost villains.
The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente Rating: Release Date: September 5, 2017 Genre: MG Fantasy Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from … Continue reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente // Magical writing and ageless stories.
Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine Rating: Genre: YA Retelling Release Date: February 4, 2014 In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their … Continue reading Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine // Intrigue!! Thieves!! Politics!! Murder!! Romance!!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: February 2, 2016 Genre: YA Historical Fiction World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths … Continue reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // Prussian spies, stressful tension, and many tears.
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: September 20, 2016 Genre: YA Fantasy Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . . But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid … Continue reading The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst // Villages made of trees + forest spirits that want to kill you.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao Rating: 1.5 Stars Release Date: October 10. 2017 Genre: YA Fantasy Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a … Continue reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // Flat characters, dull plot, and one disappointed me.