Amber & Dusk: A Magical Tale of Courtly Intrigue (+Giveaway!)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Amber & Dusk! If you're looking for a fantasy novel filled with magic and courts and royalty, then you'll definitely want to check this one out! It centers around Sylvie who is heading towards her birthright. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called … Continue reading Amber & Dusk: A Magical Tale of Courtly Intrigue (+Giveaway!)

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Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (ARC): A Stunning East-Asian Inspired Snow White Retelling Even Better than the First

4.5 stars Princess Jade has grown up exiled away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. So when Jade is called back to the Great Forest to potentially learn to be heir … Continue reading Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (ARC): A Stunning East-Asian Inspired Snow White Retelling Even Better than the First

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean: An Engrossing & Light Asian Fantasy You Don’t Want to Miss!

4 stars Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms, and you'll marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Mari has spent a lifetime training to become … Continue reading Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean: An Engrossing & Light Asian Fantasy You Don’t Want to Miss!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (ARC): A Lush and Rich Fanatasy You’ll Fall in Love With

4.5 stars Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most cruel. But this year, there's a ninth. Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village … Continue reading Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (ARC): A Lush and Rich Fanatasy You’ll Fall in Love With

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein: A Dark, Atmospheric Female-Centric Frankenstein Retelling (Review + Giveaway!)

It's been 200 years since the iconic piece that *basically* started science-fiction was written. And Kiersten White's The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was such a perfect retelling commemorating this work! Not only do you get to read all of my gushing thoughts in this post, but there's also a giveaway and a bunch of ways … Continue reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein: A Dark, Atmospheric Female-Centric Frankenstein Retelling (Review + Giveaway!)

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta (ARC): A Queer Italian Mafia-Inspired Fantasy You Don’t Want to Miss

4 stars All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she is a strega--a magic wielder. Teo herself can turn people into decorative objects--which is handy when dealing with the DiSangro's enemies--but common belief is that they are figures out of fairytales--not real people. Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to … Continue reading The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta (ARC): A Queer Italian Mafia-Inspired Fantasy You Don’t Want to Miss

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill (ARC): A Charming Middle Grade Graphic Novel feat. Aquatic Unicorns

4 stars When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As Lana explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, she learns of how the adults … Continue reading Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill (ARC): A Charming Middle Grade Graphic Novel feat. Aquatic Unicorns

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna: An Entertaining Space Opera Inspired by Indian Mythology (+ INTL Giveaway!)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sangu Mandanna's A Spark of White Fire! This is the last day of this tour, but it's for an Indian mythology inspired space opera you DON'T want to miss! I really enjoyed reading this and definitely recommend if you're looking for a diverse cast in a universe … Continue reading A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna: An Entertaining Space Opera Inspired by Indian Mythology (+ INTL Giveaway!)

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ARC): A Hero’s Journey with a Well-Needed Twist

4.5 stars Raised by monks, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, Yumeko excels at both illusion and mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain, and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s … Continue reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ARC): A Hero’s Journey with a Well-Needed Twist

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (DRC): A Hard-Hitting Feminist Fantasy That Actually Embodies the Word “Feminist”

5 stars When the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she has no memory of what came before she … Continue reading Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (DRC): A Hard-Hitting Feminist Fantasy That Actually Embodies the Word “Feminist”