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!

The Things We Do To Our Friends by Heather Darwent 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Shocked silence. Give me a moment. This was brilliant! From the prologue to the epilogue, this was fascinating. Just the constant feeling that something is off, that something is rotting, keeping me in an almost constant state of curiosity mixed with an unexplainable unease.

The prologue opens the story with a few snippets of a scene that was left unexplained for quite a while in the book but was never far from my mind due to its disturbing nature.

Claire is the MC, telling the story from her point of view. It begins with her starting University at Edinburgh and having a desire to meet not just any friends, but a certain type. This felt unhinged to me, the way her thought process around this worked. Of course, when she zeroes in on her targets she seems to effortlessly slip into their lives. Quickly she became a favorite of the groups ringleader, Tabitha, and Claire felt a new sense of self as she basked in the rays of Tabitha’s attention.

This all, of course, gets weird fast. Claire can’t figure out what is really going on. And, she seems to be keeping secrets of her own. But as the plot is revealed, everything seems to happen like a wave… a major high and a huge crash.

This was really intense for me. I felt surprised with where this went and the amount this book was able to disturb me. (Is it weird that I enjoyed being disturbed? I guess that’s a whole other topic, lol)

Definitely recommend this for fans of thrillers!

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!

They’re Watching You by Chelsea Ichaso 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This book is a blast! I had so much fun reading this!! The whole time I was reading this I constantly was questioning everything and everyone and every action anyone took. This book kept me on my toes till the last page and I love that so much! It’s exactly what I’m looking for in a ya thriller.

This has romance, dark academia vibes with the boarding school and the secret society. The life or death vibe while crawling through tunnels and catacombs kept the tone of the book very dark and creepy. Definitely recommend!

Out January 3, 2023!

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins 🌟Arc Review 🌟

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I am freaking out! This was incredible!!!! If you haven’t read a Rachel Hawkins book yet then this is the one! This is the one to read because it absolutely hooked me and had me on edge from start to finish. Not only that but the story itself was so creative and unique, just mind blown 🀯 Soooo good!

There is Emily, the main character. Author of a series of cozy mysteries but going through a harrowing divorce (her ex-husband is horrible). She goes to Italy and Villa Aestas to spend the summer there with her best friend, Chess. But is Chess really a friend?

And, the mystery of this Villa is intense. Emily starts digging up all these secrets about a real tragedy that happened in the 70’s. I got to see another story unfold and how it affects Emily and Chess.

But what is the real ending? There is so much manipulation and greed from all the characters, past and present, that the true outcome becomes fuzzy.

This is the best thriller I’ve read in a long time and I highly recommend it!

Out January 3, 2023!

The Stranded by Sarah Daniels 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This was such a fun read! A perfect post-apocalyptic dystopian that had me turning those pages as fast as I could!

I loved the idea of a generation that has grown up on board of a giant cruise ship that has been afloat for the 40 years since an epidemic ravaged Europe. I was a little confused and wished there was more information about where everyone was from. The ship set sail from London but often on Cruise ships there are people from all over the world so I was wanting some diversity? Maybe attention to different languages, accents?

The storyline kept me interested and I mostly liked the characters. I did love that all the characters were able to show different aspects of their personalities. The only one I didn’t enjoy was Hadley because he was just all bad. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

If you love dystopian reads as much as I do, I’d definitely say check this one out!

Out January 3, 2023!

The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This book was such an emotional Rollercoaster for me! All at once funny, sad, empowering and also infuriating at times.

Geeta is a bit of a pariah in her small village. Her husband left 5 years ago but the rumors all paint her as a vicious murderer. It seems that she has spent these years building a wall around herself, a safety from other’s stares and dislike. However, Geeta becomes involved in an actual murder and finds herself in a bad situation. She will have to rekindle some friendships and step out of her comfort zone to get through a few difficulties.

There is so much to this story. It is completely fleshed out with amazing characters, customs and history. This was a difficult read for me at times because it broached topics of domestic abuse and rape but I still really enjoyed this due to the empowering tone I felt through this story.

Out January 3, 2023!

Content warnings for physical and sexual assault and murder, violence.