🌟 Arc Review 🌟 Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Shiori is a young princess with six older brothers. Everything seems to be going fine until she stumbles on a dangerous secret that leaves her outcast from the palace and speechless along with her brothers who have been turned into cranes. As she searches for a way to break this spell, she goes through many adventures, some good and some bad.
Even without a voice, princess Shiori goes through major character development and learns to use her actions to speak for her.
There are lots of twists and turns coupled with fast-paced action that kept me reading nonstop. This is a dreamy fairytale with a sweet romance, a talking paper bird and dragons! What more could a reader want?
And can I just say… THIS COVER IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

This book is simply a masterpiece.

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.

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 What we Devour by Linsey Miller

Thank you Netgalley for this incredible read!

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.

ARC Review!🌟 Daughter of Sparta by Claire Andrews 💖

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!

ARC Review 🌟 The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon

Wow! I cannot believe how much I loved this book! It was everything I need in an LGBTQIA+ Young Adult Fantasy right now.

Wyatt is my new favorite person.   A transgender gay boy who is really still trying to find their way in this world and how he fits.  This isn’t helped when his Fae fiance shows up in his backyard in Laredo TX and demands he comes back to Faery to face the future Wyatt believed he had escaped.

I love the friendships in this story, especially with Briar being that comforting source. And the love story blooming throughout this tale.   Wyatt is also not a perfect person,  he makes mistakes and I really loved reading his internal struggles which were often about feeling very awkward which is something I can really relate to.

Overall I thought this was an incredible read, really creative and full of insight.  I definitely recommend this!

ARC Review, The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Thank you Netgalley for this wonderful Arc!

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!

ARC Review, In the Ravenous Dark by A. M. Strickland

Thank you Netgalley for this Arc! ❤

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!

Arc Review, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

WOW!

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!

And a huge thank you to Netgalley for this Arc!!

ARC REVIEW! Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

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?

ARC Review, Dustborn by Erin Bowman

I loved the idea of this story, the sandy and hot atmosphere reminded me of Dune and Mad Max. There were, however, a few things I did not love but I will get to that shortly.
Delta is a badass female MC and she has a good reason to be. Not only does she live a hard life at Dead River, but she also is one of two people with a secret map to The Verdant branded on her back. One night she takes her sister to receive help with her pregnancy and although Delta loses her sister to childbirth that night, she takes the baby and returns to her people, her family… only to find out that raiders trashed their settlement and took her family to Bedrock which is where a man known as the General rules like an overlord.
The story honestly just gets better and better. What I had difficulty with was not being able to really feel that the characters were being genuine and realistic when they communicated with one another. The way they spoke felt forced to me personally.
I do think this was a fun and fast paced read, definitely original with some mystical touches to it.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this arc. All opinions are my own.