Book Review – Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Thank you Netgalley for the chance to read this book. My views are entirely my own.

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For a debut, Foody wields the power of the pen with expertise. The writing is succinct and clever, the world beautifully crafted and explored, and the characters are engaging and witty. I felt swept up by the world and accepted by Sorina’s family. What more could a reader ask for?

Gomorrah, the festival of wonders, full of twists and turns, adventure and charm. Foody manages to paint this living, ever-expanding, always-moving city beautifully, Gomorrah coming to life upon the pages. If Gomorrah were real, I would want to lose myself within its wonders almost immediately. The city teems with mystery and political intrigue, magic and mythology.

Through the adventures of our MC Sorina, we uncover the mysteries of Gomorrah. Sorina is an able, unique MC, equal parts tenacity and bravery, wit and creative. Sorina is an entirely unique character in the world of YA, for many reasons, including her unique appearance (lack of eyes). Sorina’s cast of creations, also her family, are equally fleshed out. For fabrications, the mystery of their demise is still heart-wrenching because of Foody’s clever writing.

Overall, fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone are sure to love this book and the world Foody has created. I can only hope that Foody continues to explore Gomorrah, a world ripe with mystery and adventure.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1764222929

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Book Review! A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

Wow, I really hit the jackpot on ARCs this month! I feel so blessed by the book gods!

Thank you, Jessica Cluess, for sending me a copy of this book! My opinions are entirely my own.

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I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful signed ARC of this masterpiece.

I looooooooved A Shadow Bright and Burning, but A Poison Dark and Drowning blew me away. The stakes were raised, the characters grew, the twists were endless and the action was gripping! Cluess knocked it out of the park as far as sequels go. It’s very rare for me to enjoy a sequel as much, let alone MORE than the original, but Cluess managed with grace and verve.

Under Cluess’s able pen, the magical cast of characters grew and unfurled, each with their own arcs. I love Henrietta’s growth, and I especially love that Henrietta is able to maintain her agency throughout the book, despite many swoony overtures thrown her way and more than a handful of heartbreaking twists. The old characters will continue to surprise and adore you, the new will enthrall you! I especially love the addition of a certain spunky witch and the friendship that blossoms between her and Henrietta. I’m a sucker for books with positive, healthy friendships, and this book sure didn’t disappoint.

Overall, this book is twisty and action-packed, swoon-worthy and romantic. I definitely recommend this beauty to fans of the historical fantasy in The Dark Days Club, the swoony romance of Caraval, and the gripping action and determined heroine of Rebel of the Sands. Pre-order yourself a copy of this masterpiece NOW!

 

Book Review! A Crown of Wishes by Chokshi

Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book! My opinions are entirely my own.

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Let me just start off by saying – this is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure! While I haven’t read The Star-Touched Queen (YET!) I have heard some criticisms of Roshani Chockshi’s writing style, and was a bit hesitant going into A Crown of Wishes… and ended up being VERY pleasantly surprised! Chockshi manages a rare feat of turning a poem into an adventure, a song into a story. Each sentence is a delight and leaves me filled with so much writer envy I can hardly stand it.

Writing aside, the story is brilliantly mapped out as well. Characters leap off the page, their agency never forgotten, their wit and verve endless. You will swoon over Vikram and cheer for Gauri. Their entirely original tale has the potential to be shared for years and years. Sassy birds and haunted pasts fill out the corners, the twists and turns on Gauri and Vikram’s path leaving you gripped. You won’t be able to put down this book!

Overall, I definitely recommend this book to fans of Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn, and readers who can’t get enough of Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. Also, if you haven’t read Star-Touched Queen yet don’t fret – this book stands entirely on its own!