4.5 stars Felicity Montague is through with pretending she doesn't dream of becoming a doctor. After returning from England, Felicity has two goals: avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. But men, the sole guardians of science, do not see her intellect and passion for … Continue reading The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (ARC): A Loveable Girl Gang on an Adventure Saving Sea Monsters
4 stars Caledonia Styx is now the captain of the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women who all have had their lives devastated by the corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his Bullets. Their mission is to stay alive as they take down Aric's fleet. But when Caledonia's second-in-command barely survives an attack … Continue reading Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (DRC): A Swashbuckling Adventure
3 stars Adeluna is a soldier. When she was a child, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But postwar life is hard and peace talks have been filled with strife, most notably the disappearance of an Argridian delegate. Lu suspects something more sinister is … Continue reading These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (DRC): Political Machinations Mixed with Too Many Proper Nouns
You remember how Middle Eastern fantasies used to be a huge thing and there were like a billion Arabian Nights retellings? Well, I think there's a new trend emerging in YA fantasy, and that is all things ocean, sea, and pirate. This is such a cool topic and I love reading about journeys to other … Continue reading Across the Ocean Blue: Books with Sailors, the High Seas, and More!
3 stars Princess Lira is siren royalty and has been conditioned by her mother, the Sea Queen, to be ruthless and is revered across the sea. But when she kills one of her own, she is punished and transformed into a siren's hated enemy--a human. Without song, she must deliver siren hunter and prince Elian's … Continue reading To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (DRC): The Little Mermaid–but Darker