City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

Ness lives in Newham, a city full of the monsters people change into if they have a nightmare.  Newham is really interesting,  it’s has a 1920s feeling and also practices prohibition and has many gangsters throughout the streets.  In other words,  it’s a perfect vibe for the city of nightmares. 

This book has a surprising amount of depth to it. At least it was surprising to me.  Ness is terrified of nightmares, which,  unfortunately,  walk the streets here.  They are living with a cult like group so they can keep their tiny room and sense of safety.  However, when the lizard director threatens to kick them out, they wind up with a whole new set of problems.  

I loved the whole vibe of this book.  Ness’s character is so relatable as are the side characters that are their friends.   I loved this read and can’t wait for the sequel!

The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I’m not crying! My eyes are just watering….

I knew what I was getting into with this novella because I’ve read different variations of the folktale The Crane Wife, and it always leaves me devastated.

This, though? This, in particular, really got inside and had my heart beating for this family. A 15 year old girl is narrating in first person through this story. I think the author’s choice to leave this character so open to interpretation made her more relatable, not just to me, but I imagine, to many other readers as well. This is a hard-hitting quick read.

This 15 year old girl lives on a farm with her younger brother and artist mother. Her mother is quite flighty and has different men over for sleep-overs frequently. But, when the Crane man comes, everything gets bad fast.

The narrator takes care of the household and her little brother, even her mom’s finances and artwork sales. When this giant Crane appears, her mother is infatuated with him, although he leaves her bruised and bloody. This story is about domestic violence and child negligence, and I’ll admit, it’s difficult to read at parts, but this story ends with a powerful message and strength.

I loved this so much and highly recommend it. There are content warnings for physical abuse and child negligence.

Out February 28, 2023!

A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This was stunning and absolutely breathtaking. Literally and figuratively breathtaking!!!

This prequel to Priory of the Orange Tree is full of beautiful descriptions and content that compliments the first book so well.

The themes running through this novel are very similar to Priory. Mainly ideas on religion and also, women’s roles in history, the strength of women.

I just finished this and I know I’m going to have more to say while this story truly sinks in now.

Out February, 28 2033!

Nocturne by Alyssa Wees 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This is a gorgeous fairytale!! This stole me away from reality and gave me a dark, wandering and enchanting tale to rest in.

Grace has not had an easy life. She is living in Chicago around the 1930’s.
Orphaned by age 13, she finds herself at a local ballet school. Now, at age 20, she is finally offered the position of prima ballerina. However, as is often warned in fairytales, all things come with a price.

Grace finds out she has a very rich and mysterious sponsor. So, naturally, she does everything in her power to find out who he is. When she finally does she is shocked at what she finds. No mere man, but death himself. And, Grace finds herself trapped between reality and illusion.

This was an entrancing read. I loved the dreamlike quality of the author’s writing style. Especially because this only added to the natural surreal quality of the story.

Out February 21, 2023!

Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood 🌟Arc Review 🌟

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This was a beautiful adventure into a mystifying jungle in Jamaica.

This story takes place around the mid 1800’s just to give you an idea of the time period. The tour group that Victoria and the other wildbloods “worked” for (more like slavery with a very small payment to specifically make it not slavery) had a British overlord that was quite cruel and abusive.

Victoria joins her archrival’s side to lead the next tour into the jungle. The main concept that I really observed while reading, and what I really appreciated, was Victoria’s relationship to this wild jungle as being one of comfort while her relationship with other humans and her job (basically her abusers) was where the real harm came from in this story. The jungle, while having so many dangerous and unknown factors, was more of a safe place for her, especially considering her origin.

There were some things I thought were too simple. Like a specific love interest for Victoria in the story. Just seemed a little too candy sweet for me to believe it to be genuine. But otherwise, I thought this was a magnificent story about understanding a victim’s of abuse relationship to her abuser(s).

Out February 7, 2023!

The Keeper’s Six by Kate Elliott 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I really loved this! It was a short read but still included all the depth of a full fantasy novel.

The inclusion in this story was great and made my heart so happy seeing this diverse cast of characters that I came to love. The idea for this is equally amazing, and I’d love to read more.

Esther is a Lantern. Part of a small team that travels the multiverse. Each person in the Hex has a specific talent, giving them their own important role. When Esther’s son, the Keeper, goes missing, she breaks suspension to find him. Along with the rest of the Hex, this results in a grand adventure.

Out January 17, 2023!

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This has got to be the best book I’ve read in years. I mean, this author encapsulated not just faeries and magic, but seeing this brilliant world through a scholar’s eyes which is an absolute fantasy of mine.

Emily is a Dryadologist and is an expert on the Folk (Faeries). She has a very clinical mind so when she comes to a small and freezing cold country to study their Folk, she takes her duties seriously. Emily may understand the pursuit of knowledge, particularly Faerie knowledge, but she is not so good with human interactions. Thankfully, the ever graceful and handsome Wendell shows up to assist and although she may feel more competent on her own, Wendell seems to have the ability to offer some spectacular insights.

This is a Faerie story dream come true. When I had to put this book down (bc life), I was immediately looking forward to picking it back up. I simply could not stop thinking about this story and I am so so pleased that there is more to come!

Highly recommend for fans of fantasy!

Out January 10, 2023!

Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This is the perfect ya fantasy read for me. I especially appreciated the author’s note in the beginning about how they are autistic and how the creation of this story was a way to express a different side to autism that is not as seen in media portrayals.

Seelie and her sister are out in the city preparing a heist that will hopefully bring them some needed fortune. However, they become involved with two other characters and this night turns into a much longer adventure than planned. And, yes, with romance, action and lots of magic!

I loved the way the author wrote these characters and their interactions. The story ran smoothly for me and I really enjoyed every second.

Out January 3, 2023!

Song of Silver, Flame like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This gorgeous story has swept me off my feet into a land of myths and magic. I can go ahead and say that I highly recommend this!

I feel like this is a fantasy book that I was able to wrap around myself like a blanket and just cozily read and read and read. Lan is a song girl in a nation that has been overrun with conquerors that are trying their best to squash the soul, customs and culture of her land. Her own power surprises her when she is somehow able to defend herself in a bad situation. When the handsome Zen shows up she isn’t completely thrilled to hear that she must accompany him to learn her way as a Practitioner.

There is romance, adventure, war and drama ya’ll! Definitely check this one out!

Out January 3, 2023!

Back in a Spell by Lana Harper 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I really enjoyed my first trip into the magical community of Thistle Grove. Nina Blackmoor was a really interesting character. I had a somewhat love/hate relationship with her mainly because, due to her family and their fortune, she comes off as being a bit stiff and judgemental at times. Other than that, however, I really enjoyed this read.

Nina is getting over a serious break-up when her best friend, Jessa, dares her to go on a date and change things up a bit. Nina meets Morty, a nonbinary pan individual who is overwhelming amazing. When Nina has a bad start on their first date she is surprised to find that she has a new connection to a goddess of the lake and that Morty somehow has magic.

This was a fun, cute and sexy read that gave me everything I look for in a romcom and fantasy combo.

Out January 3, 2023!