City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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!

Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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Magic tea, a magic city and a book written so beautifully, it’s, guess what? MAGIC!!ยก!

Imira is a soldier, a Shield, in her kingdom of Sahir. Her brother has been presumed dead after having gone missing for a year. However, when Imira and her little sister chase their brothers’ horse to a cave one day, they find information and a Djinni that can lead them to their brother across the sands. This would be perfect, but when Imani brings this news and information to the council, she is paired with her arch-rival Taha and his fellow scouts.

I loved the author’s writing style, completely drawing me in and holding my interest from beginning to end. The magic system complimented the story and characters perfectly and seemed flawless. I am so excited that there will be a sequel!

Out January 24, 2023!

Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame by Meg Long ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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This is the sequel I have been waiting for!! And, everything about this story and its characters lived up to my expectations.

Remy is heading back to Maraas, with Sena and Iska in tow, to find her friend Alora. What she finds instead is her ex-partner, Kiram, and a world at the cusp of revolution!

The details about this planet are spectacular! I loved the jungle and stormy, muddy vibes, especially during the action scenes. Just like how on Tundra, the environment played a huge role in the character’s struggles.

All the characters were equally well formed and likeable (mostly). I loved seeing Iska in action on this world and getting a chance to meet more scavvers. However, Remy was everything in this book. She slowly learned more about herself and friendship while simultaneously fighting against the Corpos and taking every risk imaginable!

I highly recommend this series!

Out January 17, 2023!

Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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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 ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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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!

A Wilderness of Stars by Shea Ernshaw! ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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Wow. This was like a dream, haunting and lovely. I really didn’t know what I was getting into but this story completely swept me away into it’s tale.

Vega is the Astronomer and she is searching for the Architect. On a mission to save this world before it is swallowed by darkness and sickness. Or, to at least save herself.

On this journey through dusty towns she finds danger and love and courage. All the emotions ya’ll!! Just an absolutely beautiful story. .

Out November 29, 2022!

Nubia: The Awakening by Omar Epps ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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This was an intense, fast-paced read that brought a lot of attention to where our world could be heading but in a fantasy setting.

Three teenagers that live in NYC around the year 2080, I believe, are connected not just by shared history and nationality but because they have discovered they have powers. Nubians fled their homeland in this tumultuous future when global warming began massively affecting this planet. Now many live in a rough district of NYC while the rich live in the sky, literally (a city built in the sky).

This story covers some dense topics particularly global warming and class segregation. It shows how those with power may take advantage but offers hope with the Nubians being finally able to start fighting back. These three teens with powers are just the beginning as is this book. I’m looking forward to the sequel!

Out November 8, 2022!

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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This is my new favorite book and I’m so excited because it’s a series!!! The writing, Winnie’s character and the amazing depictions of monsters (Nightmares) left me wanting more. As soon as possible, please!!!

Winnie Wednesday is a Luminary. She is part of a large group that keeps the rest of the world safe from Nightmares. However, Winnie and her family are outcasts because her father was caught as a witch (a Diana). So, Winnie feels like she has one shot to get her and her family welcomed back to the Luminary’sโ€ฆ and, that is to attempt the Hunter trials when she turns 16.

I loved everything about this book. Winnie is a great character to follow and there is no lack of imagination and excitement throughout this whole story. I cannot wait for book 2 because the ending left me with some major theories!

Highly recommend!

Out November 1, 2022!

The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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What a wild ride! If you loved the first book, the Witch Haven, then this is simply a must read. And, at such a perfect time of year!!!

I loved where the story picked up with Frances after that wild ending of the first book. She is struggling with her powers but also, after everything she’s been through, she is kind of struggling with figuring out exactly who she is because of that. I loved that mixture of trying to find the key to fixing magic while also seeing her deep introspection.

This book has everything. Not to mention, it takes place in Paris! The charming, delightful and partying 1920’s in Paris adds the perfect touch to the atmosphere kicking this story up into high gear.

Definitely recommend this sequel!

Out October 11, 2022!

Dark Tides by K8mberly Vale ๐ŸŒŸ Arc Review ๐ŸŒŸ

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I was so excited to read this sequel to Crossbones and I was not disappointed. 

This was a treat and the best part is that the saga will continue! I was thrilled by the ending and can’t wait to see where the author takes this.  This book was full of dreamwraiths, creatures coming through the limbo between worlds and lots of card games and trickery.  This crew together is brilliant and overall, this is a really fun series!