Book Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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Brooklyn Brujas Book #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Published: 09.06.16

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 324

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb:

I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

Note: I read this for #TheReadingChallenge, which you can find out more about here!

Hi all, bringing you a review on this wonderful book! I honestly wonder why it took me so long to read this novel, it was really good!! Yay for bisexual rep! Yay for brujas! Yay for this whole book!

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Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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Book Two in The Conquerors Saga

Genre: YA, Alternate History

Published: 06.27.2017

Edition: Hardcover

Pages: 496

Catch it here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb:

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.

Hi all, today I’m bringing you the sequel of Now I Rise, my favorite read from 2016! This also happened to be my most anticipated sequel of 2017 too! So, let’s get into the review! Continue reading “Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White”

Book Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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Volume: One

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 400

Edition: Hardcover

Published: 03.07.17

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb:

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

**note: I’m reading this book as part of #AsianLitBingo, read until end for details.

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed The Bone Witch, with it’s enticing cover, dark magic, and anti-heroes. I particularly enjoyed the world it’s built around; an Asian fantasyland. The point of view is split into two perspectives, the past and present. We begin with older Tea training a new asha about the ways of dark magic, and then we explore the world with young Tea, which is what makes up most of the story. Continue reading “Book Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco”

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Edition: Hardcover

Pages: 464

Published: 02.28.17

Catch it here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Hate U Give is the debut novel of Angie Thomas, which topped the New York Times Best Seller list within two weeks of it’s release. It’s raw, real, and powerful. It 100% deserves the hype it’s been given. If you haven’t yet, go read it. It’s so important and relevant to current events happening in the USA today, and I think everyone needs to read it. Continue reading “Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Volume: One

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure

Pages: 465

Published: 09.29.15

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

Hi all, I’m coming back at you with another book review! I finally read Six of Crows, yes I know I’m late to the party (don’t hurt me), and I actually enjoyed it! I was a little put off by the huge fanbase it has acquired, mostly because I tend to prefer less popular books. Action really is not my thing, but I feel like this had enough emotional turmoil to hold my interest. Continue reading “Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo”

Book Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Volume: One

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retelling

Pages: 448

Published: 2.7.2016

Catch it here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb from Goodreads: 

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Hi all, today I am coming at you with a book review! Oh. My. Gosh. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this to debut! I was browsing the “readers also enjoyed” section of Goodreads over the summer, and this book popped up! Winter is my second favourite season, and I was sooo attracted to the cover. It was love at first sight, but then I saw that it wasn’t coming out until February… but just let me tell you now: it was well worth the wait!  Continue reading “Book Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones”

Book Review: The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

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The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

Volume: One

Genre: Chinese History, Historical, Fiction, Romance, Adult

Pages: 395

Edition: Paperback

Published: 3.1.16

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb from Goodreads: 

A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor’s attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.

Mei’s intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.

The first volume of the Empress of Bright Moon duology paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China—where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life or death—and the woman who came to rule it all.

Hi all, today I’m bringing you this lovely gem! First, I would just like to say that the blurb does not do this novel justice. It describes the plot, but it doesn’t convey the tone very well. The story is a thousand times better than the blurb, which is a good thing! However, I find that the cover makes up for it. I saw the cover on book twitter, and decided that I had to read it.After about a two month spell of not being interested in any books, I finally found one that could hold my interest! I’m a huge history buff, and I pretty much have been consuming historical shows since the new year. So a good story set in ancient times? Sign me up! Let’s get into it then, shall we? Continue reading “Book Review: The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel”

Book Review: Spice and Wolf vol. 1 by Isuna Hasekura

My friend Sam got me this for Christmas 🙂

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Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura

Translated by: Paul Starr

Volume: 1

Genre: Light Novel, Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 234

Published: 12.15.2009 (in English)

Catch it here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb from Goodreads:

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine-that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

Hi guys, so I’m not going to lie, I originally watched the anime years ago; but I’ve always wondered what happened to Holo and Lawrence. I found out that the anime was based on a light novel, and not a manga, so I honestly didn’t think there was a English translation anywhere (and I didn’t bother to look, my bad). However, my friend, who is so nice, found this and got it for me! I finally get to find out what happened to our dear protagonists! Continue reading “Book Review: Spice and Wolf vol. 1 by Isuna Hasekura”

Book Review: Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Volume: One

Edition: 10th Anniversary Edition

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Action

Pages: 512

Published: 11.29.16

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, Richelle Mead Website

Blurb:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

The 10th Edition comes with some extra stories! Which is why I bought it despite owning two copies of the first book already. . . As I have yet to review Vampire Academy on this blog, I’ll also have a brief overview of the actual book for those who haven’t read it yet; and then a review of the short stories at the end! Continue reading “Book Review: Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition”

Book Review and Discussion: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

Book One in The Conquerors Saga

Genre: YA, Alternate History

Edition: First Edition Hardcover

Pages: 475

Release Date: 6.28.16

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon,B&N

Goodreads Blurb:

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Let her be strong. Let her be sly… And let her be ugly.”

Boom. Lada Dragwlya is the daughter of a tyrant, who is disgusted that his wife had born him a girl. He’s last remark to the infant was that she better be beautiful, or else there was no use for her. The quote above is what Lada’s nurse maid hopes for her, and this is only page two.

If you’re looking for a book that challenge’s social norms, a book that is cynical and dark, then this one is for you.

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