The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold, A Review

Meet Fetch Phillips: Man for Hire. This alcoholic, who also has a penchant for pain killers, has been living bottle to bottle and job to job while trying to come to terms with his past and the guilt he feels. Fetch is a detective in Sunder City, a place populated by not only all kinds of people, but all kinds of magical being, even if there is no more magic.

Magic disappeared 6 years ago, when the Coda happened. The Coda is when humans tried to capture and control magic at its essence by using machinery. This caused the natural magic of the world to stop, which changed the lives of magical beings, like werewolves and wizards, forever. This also made the post-Coda magical community view humans as pariahs, which a lot of humans honestly deserve.

I loved how the author spent plenty of time building the history of the main character, Fetch. He doesn’t start out as the most loveable person, but turns into a character I cant help but adore and completely understand.

This story is a blast to read, fast to get through and hard to put down. I highly recommend it for fantasy fans, for humans and non-human alike!

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The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag, A Review

This story begins immediately by radiating magic and a sense of enchantment. It even suggests to the reader that they have magic within themselves and yes, I’m already looking for it!

This tale starts with Goldie, who works in a hotel cleaning rooms but steals from the occupants on the side to make extra money for taking care of herself and her little brother Teddy. While working at the front desk she meets Leo, an attractive son of a well to do guest and this is where things start to get complicated.

Goldie is one of several young women who are a Grimm. This means that they can visit the Everwhere, although it is difficult to remember it exactly. Leo, however, is a Soldier and works against the Sisters Grimm. Although, in this case it is unclear how he will handle the situation with the attractive Goldie.

I love the relationship between the Sisters Grimm. It’s an enchanting intertwining of kindred spirits. They have very individual qualities but also aspects that intrinsically link them. As they reach age, (18 years old), their powers slowly emerge but it is yet to be determined if they are good or evil. Just as the Everwhere has both touches of good and evil, the Sisters Grimm can lean either way as well.

I highly recommend this beautiful and magical book. It’s incredibly unique and will pull you in with its gorgeous enchanting details.

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The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi, A Review

This is the sequel to The Gilded Wolves and, perhaps, is even more intriguing. The end of the first book was devastating and created a division among the protagonists of this series.

Severin is the leader, however, he leads with a harshness that reflects his inner turmoil to what he has lost. Although he can be difficult, his main goal is always to protect his fellow team members, even if he doesn’t exactly show that.

Join Severin, Laila, Enrique, Hypnos and Zofia as they travel to Russia seeking the Sleeping Palace and The Divine Lyrics which will give them access to godhood. By reaching this goal, Severin believes he will forever be able to put his past and his emotions behind him by erasing feelings of guilt and sadness.

This sequel has a certain cleverness to its writing that can charm any reader. Match that with the elaborate plot and complex characters, and you get a truly great story. This world is so unique and delicious. Lavish details that will leave the reader fully satisfied. I highly suggest enjoying this enchanting creation. Pick up your copy on September 22, 2020.

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Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan, A Review

The sequel of Wicked Saints that I have been waiting for and am so lucky to have recieved an ARC of! I just have to say loud and clear, I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!

The ending of Wicked Saints was gut wrenching and left me with so many questions. What’s going on with Serefin? Where are the cleric’s Gods and what are Nadya’s next steps? And the Black Vulture, simply what are his real motivations and should I ever have trusted him?

Honestly, this sequel made me ask even more questions. But that’s okay, I like that. Mainly, I realized that I couldn’t trust any of the three main characters. Everytime I thought I knew what someone was thinking or planning, BOOM, Duncan would flip the switch. I was looking in so many directions so fast that I got reading brain whiplash. Not joking… okay, joking a little.

Another thing I like about this series is that it gives me the same vibe as the Grishaverse, another series I can’t get enough of. And the romance! What is it with dark wild haired young guys with captivating eyes and a very serious evil edge to them that makes me not so secretly wish the nice female protagonist would just let go of her morals and just go for it, honey! Ahhhhhh, to be a teenager again… sigh.

Okay, I’m back to being a responsible adult grown up and I am telling you and anyone and everyone to read this series! It’s fun, its romantic, its edgy and it has me captivated and dying for MORE!

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Daughter from the Dark by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, A Review

I loved this book and am so grateful for the opportunity to review it.

Daughter from the Dark hooked me in fast. This story starts out with the sometimes loveable and sometimes disgraceful DJ Aspirin ( AKA Alexey), who stumbles upon an adolescent girl hiding by the street on his walk home. All she has to her name are the clothes on her back and a very unique teddy bear. When Alexey has a dog set upon him by a group of teenagers nearby, the teddy bear seems to come alive to protect his owner and, unsurprisingly, scare Alexey.

DJ Aspirin, Alexey, is used to being his own man. At age 34, he is a popular radio host and nightclub DJ. He is not prepared for life with an 11 year old girl, especially with THAT teddy bear, her claims that she is his daughter and other magical things that occurs as she begins to seriously learn how to play the violin.

This is a beautiful tale about the magic of music and learning how to love again. Perhaps, when it comes down to it, us humans really do need each other and sometimes it takes some lessons to learn that. Not only is this about our need for each other, but our need for magic. Music really is a type of everyday magic. Something that we may not think of but we would be missing out on so much without it. Music really does create emotions in us, at least for me it truly does. And this story highlights that and also elaborates on that idea to create a stunning tale.

I highly recommend this for a quick and fascinating read. Daughter from the Dark comes out in March 2020!

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A Review of Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie

This was such a joy to read! I honestly could not put it down!

Ettian and Gal are roommates at the Umber Imperial Academy where they are both quickly learning the art of flying fast ships in space. Everything here is detailed in obsidian and Brass, the colors unique to the Umber Empire.

Ettian readies his team, including Gal, for a routine flying drill when things turn into a nightmare, a nightmare based on a secret.

The shocks continue throughout the story as Ettian and Gal rocket through space into different empires and meet some interesting people.

While dealing with some very serious and real problems, Emily Skrutskie keeps this book full of heartfelt innocence and the feeling of youth. Will Ettian give up everything he believes in for Gal? Can he put his past behind him completely?

The ending was such a shock. I am still reeling from this and am not sure what emotions I should be feeling. Actually I think I am cycling through every emotion one by one. At this point, I cannot tell!

I am very thankful I received this ARC and I highly recommend for lovers of science fiction to read it when it comes out on April 7, 2020!

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