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: 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: 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: 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: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo

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The Ghost Bride by Yangzee Choo

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Adult

Edition: Hardcover

Release Date: 8.06.2013

Pages: 368

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Summary: 

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

I came across this book while browsing the interwebs for my The Diverse Books Tag, and while it didn’t make the cut for that particular post, I was drawn to it (I think it was sparkles, not gonna lie). I’m interested in books with Asian folklore, mostly because I’ve read so many fantasy stories with the same supernatural twist that it gets boring after awhile. I needed a change in my life.

Plus, it is Halloween, so I wanted to read a book with a supernatural element! Ghosts sounded perfect! I do have a long list of books I need to read, but when I saw this in my local book store, I couldn’t resist! Continue reading “Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo”

Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Stand Alone Book

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 331

Catch it Here: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

I bought this book over the summer, but other books kept getting in the way, so now I finally finished it! I decided it would be a good book to review for the Halloween holiday season, plus last week I listed my top five faeries, which included Kaye from Holly Black’s older book series. Which is actually why I bought this book in the first place, because I love Holly Black! Continue reading “Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black”