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!)
4 stars Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, was killed by a deadly virus. Becoming captain, and far sooner than she thought, involves struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how … Continue reading This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson (ARC): A Sci-Fi Murder Mystery Full of Twists and Turns
Hi! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for C.J. Lyons' The Color of Lies! Today I've got both my review and a giveaway where five lucky winners will receive a finished copy of The Color of Lies! This is a complex murder mystery about a girl, Ella, with synesthesia who learns that her family's death in … Continue reading The Color of Lies Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway!
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
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!
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
4 stars Cyclo, the first and largest biological ship of its kind, is dying. And Hana is abandoned alone on Cyclo, after being illegally raised aboard the ship for seventeen years, stuck there with no way out. Yet, a small crew of mercenaries have handed over the rights to their life to document the death … Continue reading Toxic by Lydia Kang (DRC): A Gripping Tale of Abandoned Girls, Sentient Spaceships, and What It Means to Live
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!)
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
4 stars It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s a politically charged time, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin has built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her after seeing how rude and hurtful people around her are. … Continue reading A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (DRC): A Very Personal Narrative of an American Muslim Girl in 2002