This is another strange yet absolutely splendid read from one of my all-time favorite authors, Martha Wells.
As is, per usual, I felt like I was dropped in this world suddenly but with still a comfortable ease of learning and understanding about what is happening. Kai, the main character, is another great example of Wells ability to create a persona that is sometimes difficult yet also effortless to follow. The gender and sexuality of the main character remain vague but still fully fleshed out, which may sound strange, but it’s one of the many things I love about this author. The idea that gender and sexuality do not have to have a clear definition to be accepted.
I loved this story. A demon prince that wakes up entombed and breaks free. That can eat souls and talk about how they each tasted. It’s definitely a bit gory but absolutely delightful. Slow towards the middle, but I still couldn’t put this book down.
Out May 30, 2023!
Thank you, Netgalley and Publisher, for this Arc!
Lovely story! It was a purely whimsical tale that really brightened my day!
Lucy has some grand plans but not a lot of money. However, her favorite childhood author creates a competition that only 4 lucky people can participate in on his magical Clock Island. The winner will receive the one and only copy of a new book by this author, giving them a chance to make millions.
This story almost reads like a contemporary fairytale at parts. I really enjoyed this but did think certain aspects were a bit underdeveloped and therefore just too farfetched, particularly the very real world aspects.
Recommend this as a fun and enjoyable read!
Out May 30, 2023!
This story immediately pulled me in. I loved the main character, Aria, and I found that this whole story was just so well written and composed that I couldn’t help but enjoy this.
Aria has a secret power. She’s not really sure. In the very beginning of the book, she stops drinking the tea her mother and grandfather always push on her, and she begins to see into a gray world, some spirits. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Her power doesn’t fully come into play until later in the story, but it is there the whole time.
She begins noticing some oddities about her neighbors. Her ex-bestfriend, Derek, lives next door. And, he is really acting strange. It’s almost like it’s not exactly him sometimes. In her search to help Derek, Aria also finds out a lot about herself.
I love this cover!!! And, throughout this story, the author includes some beautiful descriptions of Wisteria. (I just wish I didn’t have allergies! But I love Wisteria season!)
Overall, I really enjoyed this!
Out May 9, 2023!
This is an outstanding demonstration of a very in-depth modern tale of beautiful magic with a deeply moving plot. This story had me in all my emotions. I was cheering on the main character and crying with her all at once. Like i said, this sincerely deeply moved me in the best of ways.
Maude has never really had the perfect life, but her childhood was pretty good. She had a great friend, Odette, and years full of magic and story-telling. Creating dolls and monsters from within her own imagination and Odette’s joy. But things get lost as one grows older. Children often lose their inner magic and even the best of friends don’t always remain close. In this case, magic seemed to flee from Maude’s grasp. In the rest of the world, it became something fake. Something easily bought and used by anyone and not very respected anymore.
Even though Odette and Maude are no longer close, Maude still feels a responsibility for Odette when her friend suddenly goes missing. A lost girl. But Maude knows she can find her. And, even more so, save her. She knows she can slay the dragon herself, however necessary.
This was inspiring and beautiful. Sad and yet, hopeful. I really enjoyed this.
Out April 18, 2023!