Tragedy came in the form of Bandits. The girl (the only name she goes by at this point) was soon completely alone after the murder of her father and the death of her brother. Soon after burying their bodies she learns that she can see ghosts. Taking on her brothers name, Zhu Chongba, she travels to a monastery and begs admittance. This is her final hope for survival and it is also where her true story begins.
This story is so meaningful for various reasons: gender dysphoria, feelings of not belonging, complex characters, and dark and brutal themes of war.
I highly recommend this read and I don’t think I’ll ever forget these characters or this harrowing tale.
This story puts a whole new meaning to the idea of Sacrifice. And it’s so so hard hitting! Especially with the way it ends! I do not think I will be forgetting this story or any of these characters anytime soon.
This magic system is all about having either the power to create or destroy (or both) and to use this ability comes with a high price. Lorena has been living under the radar her whole life and is an unbound dualwrought (meaning she has a vilewright and noblewright and is not bound to serve anyone). When a vilewrought prince named Alistair finds her, her life completely changes. She goes from living in the rural country with the only family she knows to being part of a group of trained wrought and learning some things that alter her in every way.
So yes, this book was so so high in emotion for me. The self harm, harming others, murder, deaths and mental impact of the magic system was very affecting to read about. It’s hard to describe but the whole idea of the characters giving so much of themselves or taking it from others (voluntarily or involuntarily) for either creation or destruction is just deep. It puts everything in this story about the class system and the idea on Who should rule or How they should rule in such an intriguing and thought provoking light.
I definitely recommend this but please be warned of the triggers I mentioned earlier, particularly self-harm, violence and grief.
First, Big thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing for an advanced copy of this Marvelous book, Rabbits by Terry Miles.
This story centers around a thirty-something adult named K. K does stand for an actual name but the reader unfortunately will not learn this bit of information although I have a few guesses. He has serious anxiety causing him to dissociate for periods of time, however, he also has an incredible knack for finding patterns in an amazing way. This idea of not only finding patterns but following them to new “clues” is the basis of the game.
This book is simply fascinating and mind-boggling to say the least. Full of intricate details that will lead the reader into all kinds of different directions. I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend for fans of mind trip style books!
Thank you Netgalley and Little Brown Books for this incredible arc!
Daphne is a young woman living with her brothers and adoptive parents in Sparta. However, she is not seen as a true Spartan but as a kind of Outcast. Daphne has the opportunity to take her brothers place in a popular race to catch a stag and return with the garland it’s wearing. Little does she know her life is about to change when she meets Artemis and agrees to help her.
This book is about an incredible quest full of danger and bringing to life the thrilling myths and legends of ancient Greek Mythology.
I definitely recommend this for fans of Mythology and young adult fantasy. There is something for everyone here; romance, conflict, prophesy, a powerful female warrior and the amazing depictions of Greek gods and goddesses. Definitely check this one out!
Olivia is in her senior year at Claflin Academy. She may be there on scholarship but she found her way into an elite group of girls called the Ivies. Their mission is to get into certain Ivy league Universities no matter what it takes. However, after one of the girls possibly took the Ivies leader’s, Avery, spot at Harvard things get scary.
This book is a perfect murder/mystery based on drama at a boarding school. I loved everything about this story, particularly how it kept me absolutely thrilled until the very end.
I definitely recommend this for all fans of murder/mystery stories that keep you guessing throughout the whole book!
In the Ravenous Dark by A. M. Strickland is an intense and dark story full of dangerous magic and romance. Rovan lives in Thanopolis with her mother and has been hiding that she is a blood mage her whole life. However, all of that changes one day at the market place when Rovan’s current lover is in danger and she uses blood magic to save her. The story continues with Rovan becoming a member of the life at the palace and mixing with royals while learning more about what exactly being a blood mage in Thanopolis entails. One of my favorite aspects to this book was the way A.M. Strickland wrote about gender and sexuality. I love how Rovan and her friends were able to talk about this and be who they truly are, at least around each other.
Get ready for a fast paced and action packed story full of magic and love!
Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday Books for this arc!
I loved this book! Centering on twins that are turning 16 in a small town. Hunter and Mercy may look alike but that is where their similarities mostly end. Hunter is an aspiring writer and quite introverted while her sister, Mercy, is the life of the party and always outspoken. Both, however, do have one thing in common: they are witches!
Turning 16 is always important for any teenager, but for a witch it can be defining. Mercy, Hunter and their mother, Abigail, have generations of witchy history to uphold and the twins 16th birthday is part of that. However, things are not what they seem and the ancient trees that hold the five gates to different worlds closed while also serving as points of power for this magical family may be falling apart already when the Goode family gathers on this cataclysmic night.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the feelings of love and magic that simply radiated from these characters. Also, the connection of sisterhood and friendship mixed in with spells, tarot decks, ley lines and an action-packed story made me keep reading till the end! And I cannot wait for book 2!
Andy Weir went above and beyond on this one, and that’s saying a lot. After reading The Martian years ago, Andy Weir became one of my favorite authors. He has a way of writing about difficult concepts and abstract ideas while saying it in a way that makes complete sense. He explains scientific and mathematical concepts while addressing them and using them to push the story onward which is perfect for readers like me that do not easily grasp these kinds of things.
This book, Project Hail Mary, stayed humorous and light-hearted while dealing with complex world issues including moral issues. A man, who has no memory of who he is, wakes up in a strange place. After pulling from information he naturally knows and using the tools provided to him … there is only one explanation: He is in space! But where? And why? And how?
All these questions and more are answered throughout the novel and it’s incredible! I highly recommend this to fans of Andy Weir and fans of Scifi in general!
Wow! Hello book 3 in the Dark Shores series!! This was a thrilling installment and I’m just blown away! In Gilded Serpent all of the main characters from the first 2 books are present, not necessarily together, but the reader will see their separate points of view… and it’s incredible. Jensen goes so deep into character development that it’s scary good, literally in some cases. This was a long book, but it is a MUST READ! I promise! If you haven’t gotten into this series yet, now is the perfect time! I just can’t believe I have to wait for the next book!!! Cliffhangers much?
I was really excited to start reading this and I was not disappointed!
Luke and Oscar are best friends and roommates at an elite boarding school, St. Benedict’s. Everything is normal, these two high school buddies planning to sneak out and meet a couple girls and hang out at a make-out spot in the woods. However, this is when things get crazy, they have a scary and strange experience and find out the next day that a female member of the staff was murdered that night right around where they were hiding.
So much goes on in this book. Luke has a mysterious past that leads him into privately searching for the murderer. Not only was Luke overwhelmed with suspicion, but I was too… for pretty much everybody else in this story at certain points.
I thought this was a fun and fast-paced read. I did think there were some predictable points but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it.