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!

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Book Review – The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Thank you, Netgalley, for a copy of this book. My opinions are entirely my own.

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Oh man, this book was SO GOOD!

When I first jumped into The Traitor’s Kiss, I wasn’t expecting this beauty. Such a welcome surprise, and it left me reading for hours on end. I honestly couldn’t put it down.If you are a fan of Kiss of Deception, you are sure to love this book. Twisty, smart, engaging and thankfully bereft of Purple Prose, debut Erin Beaty weaves a story of love and misconceptions, spies and war with wit and poise.

Our heroine, Sage Fowler glows and blossoms, and Beaty gives her just the right amount of character development to leave us enamored. Sage isn’t perfect, and just the right amount of admirable and witty for her character to be engaging and adored. Beaty’s supporting cast is each given their time to shine and grow as well.

The twists will keep you reading, the romance will keep you dreaming. If you love Kiss of Deception or The Winner’s Curse, you must read this book!

Book Review – The Falconer byElizabeth May

Thank you, Netgalley, for a copy of this book. My opinions are entirely my own.

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I was so delightfully surprised by this book. I’ll admit that I hesitated to pick up this book for the longest time SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE NAME. I know, guys. I’m terrible. I thought for the longest time that this book was Historical, not Historical Fantasy, and that it was about an actual Falconer. My distaste for picking up this book led me to STILL not read it (even though Netgalley so generously provided for me a copy) until I read some other books first. Because I’m petty like that.

Okay, now to business.

I’ll admit – I loved this book. It’s probably because I was so sideswiped by the premise. It had everything I wanted to get me out of my book hangover – romance, non-stop action, SCOTLAND (I don’t know if I’ve said this enough times, but I’m actually from Scotland, raised in Scotland, and I go back frequently for months at a time because I love/miss it so much), Victorian society, devious men that remind me so much of ACOMAF (YOU KNOW WHO I’M TALKING ABOUT DON’T BOTHER ASKING), a woman who invents and saves her damn self, and a fae that gets drunk on honey. I never knew I needed that last one in my life, but there it is.

I loved the characters, I loved the setting, and I loved basically everything about this book. All in all, check out this book!

Book Review – Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Thank you, Netgalley, for an ARC of this book. My views are entirely my own.

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A little bit Historical Fantasy, a little bit Pride and Prejudice. If you’re a fan of A Shadow Bright and Burning, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or even the Dark Days Club, you will love this book.

Debut author Rosalyn Eves does a great job building up an entirely unique world and fitting it so perfectly in to the real world, painting the settings with lush descriptions and the characters with morals so fitting for their times. As an anthropologist, I always appreciate heroines/heroes that fit into their times, and aren’t cardboard ideals of how we WISH they would behave. Like a true 16 year old Debutante, Anna is both a teensy bit rebellious and a teensy bit high-strung, which is how I envision most women were during that time.

Eves also paints an eclectic cast of characters that lift both the story and the setting, fitting perfectly into the magical time and place (Hungarian Revolution!!!!!!)

Though there were some issues I hope the publisher will resolve prior to publication, I definitely recommend this book to any fans of Historical Fantasy! The world of Rosalyn Eves is worth a dabble!

Book Review – Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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Thank you, Netgalley for an ARC of this book. My review is entirely my own and unbiased.

Let me just preface this by saying – THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE FIRST.
That’s saying something because I absolutely loved the first one. And, much like the first one, this one took me entirely by surprise. When I first stepped into the world of Lada and Radu, it wasn’t what I expected and I absolutely delighted in reading something new. The characters, while staying true to themselves from the first book, have grown and developed in so many ways. The story and world grew, the history unfurled, and the stakes were great. There were a lot of times that the story swept you off your feet, throwing you into the world and taking the reader down such relentless twists and turns that I felt like I could hardly catch my breath (exactly why I read this book in a single day. Which is saying something because I DESPISE reading on my kindle).

If you liked the first book, pick this one up! If you didn’t like the first book, pick this book up anyway! White’s daring take on Vlad the Impaler will leave you breathless and begging for more!

ARC Review! – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

It’s been awhile, blog! I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you! I promise I’ll start posting my reviews here too. If any of you readers are curious, I’ve been posting my reviews on my goodreads account 🙂

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Let me just preface this review by saying – I absolutely adored this book!

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book through Netgalley (Thank you, Netgalley!) and my review is entirely my own and unbiased.

Though I’m not a fan of reading on my kindle, I made an exception for this beauty. Tricia Levenseller did an excellent job weaving together fantasy and the world of pirates. I love that she created an entirely fictional world for this story, and the characters effortlessly come to life under the deft strokes of Levenseller’s pen.

I am also typically a fan of longer novels, but Levenseller leaves the door open at the end of this book, paving the way to a sequel filled with world-building, fantasy and pirate hi-jinks. I was a bit worried when I saw the low page count, but Levenseller fit in the perfect amount of romance, fantasy and suspense, which makes me especially eager for the sequel.

The MC, Alosa, is a character I think readers will LOVE! She’s a badass, entirely realistic considering her circumstances, and equal amounts roguish and compassionate. I especially loved her friendships with the female crew members, and I can’t wait to read more about them in the sequel! Though the main plot twist surrounding Alosa didn’t surprise me, I enjoyed the additional twist as it added just the right amount of fantasy to the story.

Overall, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good adventure, with daring MC’s and a healthy dash of romance!