5 stars Princess Hesina of Yan has just become queen after what she believes was her father’s murder. Yet, investigating the suspicious circumstances comes with a cost, namely treasonous magic from a soothsayer. Hesina must navigate both her own personal investigation into the murder, as well as the political games inside the imperial court and … Continue reading Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: SO. MANY. TWISTS.
3 stars Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to inherit the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When … Continue reading Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway (ARC): War Planes, Politics, and Intrigue–Not For Me
4 stars Holly Black's The Folk of Air series follows Jude Duarte and the palace intrigues and deceptions in Faerie. Full of lies, trickery, and dangerous alliances, this is a bloodthirsty and enchanting series that sucks you in and doesn't spit you back out. This review is spoiler-free for the whole series. 🌸 Probably should be 15+ (violence! fade to black … Continue reading The Wicked King by Holly Black (ARC): A Bloodthirsty Sequel to a Compelling Fantasy Series (Spoiler-Free)
4.5 stars The Daevabad Trilogy (The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper, currently) is a sweeping adventure that conjures a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any spell, and a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom. … Continue reading The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (ARC): Spoiler-Free Review of this Incredible Sequel
Loyalties will be tested as three political candidates vie for the presidential spot in this satire about a high school student government race. (Which is eerily accurate to my own high school, despite it being a satire and my high school...not being a satire.) Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Gordon Jack's … Continue reading Ask Gordon: An Advice Column for the Characters in Your Own Worst Enemy (+Giveaway!)
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
5 stars Octavia's dream is to follow her parents' footsteps in becoming one of the esteemed whitecoats--the highest rank of scientists on the planet of Faloiv. She would be able to study the jungle's exotic plants and animals that are protected through the Council of N'Terra. When the opportunity for an internship opens, Octavia is … Continue reading DRC: A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
4 stars In the stunning sequel to S.J. Kincaid's latest science fiction novel, The Diabolic, we follow along with the journey of soon to be empress Nemesis and the emperor, Tyrus. Tyrus has managed to ascend to the throne and has big plans for the Empire--including science and equality into every citizen. But it's hard … Continue reading DRC: The Empress by S.J. Kincaid