“You are grieving, Audrey Rose. Grief doesn’t equate breaking. You are rebuilding after something… destructive. You’re coming back stronger. “
Audrey Rose and Thomas are in Romania battling for spots in Dracula’s Castle, AKA The Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science. They may be prepared for anatomy classes, however the chilling murder/mystery that takes place comes as a complete surprise.
I loved this atmospheric and creepy tale. Particularly because the setting in the castle and the dark and mysterious woods of Romania were so perfect after the evocative setting in the dark streets of London in Stalking Jack the Ripper. And of course… there is a little romance!
Chatsworth creates a marvellous and intriguing atmosphere with memorable characters and amazing steampunk style machinery all while keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. This book is witty and unique while being full to bursting with fast-paced fun. There is certainly something for everyone in The Brass Queen.
Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal was such an interesting read. Much like the first book, I didn’t love the beginning but as I kept reading, the story opened my eyes and I saw the depth behind the imagery. These books question reality and the line between life and death, not to mention the sincere way the characters deal with grief. I wound up really loving this series and do recommend it.
I love all of the different romantic plotlines in this series and the easy banter among friends. These books are packed full of emotions that pull at my heart strings while at the same time the action never stops and there is never a dull moment. I loved the addition of Cress as a main character. She adds a sweetness and innocence that is completely endearing. So much happened in this book that really sets up the next book, Winter, as a continuation and possibly a conclusion. Although, I have no idea how Marissa Meyer is going to pull it off. But, of course, that is half the fun!
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang is such an incredible historical fiction fantasy series. The first book was good, the second was great, and the third, The Burning God, was devastatingly incredible. Rin takes on her War torn country with a state of ruthless unequalled by anyone. The emotions run high in this saga and in this last book in particular. This story is something I will never forget. It is beautiful and painful, and it’s not meant to be dismissed.
This book is about sisterhood, mixed in with mysterious secrets and, of course, it is brimming with witchcraft. Vivi is moving on from a hectic life with her tarot card reading mom and moving to Savannah to attend Westerly. This is where she discovers a sorority name Kappa and meets the seemingly perfect Scarlett who will wind up becoming a major part of her life. Kappa is not a normal sorority. It is literally a sorority of witches and their sisterhood overflows with magic. I definitely recommend this for a fun and quick read. I had a blast reading about all the awesome spellcraft and the more normal day to day life of an awkward college student. Overall a great read.
This is such a cool book. I loved how the main cast of characters were pretty much all female with a great showing of diversity. Also, this world Stina Leicht creates is very interesting and unique. I did think it had a slow beginning for me, but when it picked up, it was very exciting. The ending feels a little quick, just feel like I was left hanging. However, this is definitely worth a read, especially if your in the mood for a badass space opera!
This incredible book of short stories took my breath away. Find the best way to spend a wish. How to make hard choices. Pushing boundaries. Be bold. Not to forget your past. That you may need a partner in crime. Dare to Dream. That wishes can come true. To learn the true story of the heart in unexpected ways. The true price of not feeling heartbreak. To unfold your own myth and be connected across the ages. Stories of beauty. A fairytale in NYC. How love is always real, no matter the form it takes. These stories create an enchanting and, sometimes, heart wrenching way to look at love and I cannot reccomend this higher. I do not think any of these tales will leave me any time soon.
This take on a Sleeping Beauty fairytale with a twist is just as beautiful as it is dark. Alyce is the Dark Grace. She is at least half Vila, which is a different kind of Fae than all the other Graces she works around in the kingdom of Briar. A Grace usually uses her power to make a person more beautiful, more charming or more wise, not so with Alyce. Alyce is marked different, not only by her blood, but by her mainly negative potions she creates for others to use against their enemies. She usually will create something to cause warts, or perhaps hair loss, before a big event. This and the cruel treatment of the other Graces causes Alyce to believe she really is a monster. It is not until she meets Princess Aurora that things change. Princess Aurora has a curse upon her, a curse that will kill her at age 21 unless she receives true love’s kiss. Alyce must find a way to help the princess, grow stronger in her true power, all without becoming the monster almost everyone believes she is. The question is, will Alyce save the kingdom or destroy it? I highly recommend this gorgeous fairytale to fans of fantasy. It is a truly mesmerising story that had me reading late into the night! Expect Malice to be released in April of 2021. I’d also like to thank Netgalley for this ARC!
This book serves as a prequel to the game Enderal, which I have never played and, honestly, know nothing about… besides reading this book I suppose. However, my lack in Enderal expertise didn’t matter and I was immediately drawn into this story by the very first incredibly haunting section. Jespar is the main character and he suffers from nightmares, particularly of a corpse with flaming hands that is trying to make him, “See”. This book has a mix of humor, amazing details and descriptions of this world, while also dealing with some serious moral issues that can be hard to read about but, still, enlightening. I recommend this highly to fans of fantasy, you do not need experience with the game Enderal to enjoy this, however I certainly want to strike out farther into this world now. The author, Lietzau, is also the creator of this game, and I am absolutely fascinated by this world after reading this.