Royal Blood by Aimee Carter 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I loved this book! It was exciting. Just the right amount of emotion, romance, and the ending left me hoping I get to read the sequel soon!

Evan has a tumultuous past, but when she’s caught starting a fire at her boarding school, she is left without too many choices. Jenkins (love this guy) makes the decision to take to her father, the king of England. But when she arrives, she is faced with the brutality of the press, living openly as King Alexander’s illegitimate daughter, and worst of all, being almost completely sexually assaulted and then wrongfully accused of murdering her attacker.

This is a busy and torturous time for her. But, I loved seeing her strength and her character overcome these hard hits, even when it all felt like a lost cause. I loved the attention of what it’s like for a person to recover from sexual assault. More than anything, I loved learning more about her father and her mother’s relationship.

This got me in all my soft spots, and I can’t wait for more! I love Evan’s character and can’t wait to see more of her royal journey!

Out March 7, 2023!

Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This book was so unexpected for me. I thought I would be going into this obsessing over a new teen murder/mystery. However, what I loved most out of this story were the incredible characters, particularly Cam.

Cam and Blair are best friends, so when their favorite class, journalism, has a huge project, they (mostly Cam) decide on a podcast about a girl that’s been missing for 20 years. This leads to some awkward reporting, both of them learning together their strengths and weaknesses pertaining to this project, and, of course, many secrets revealed.

I loved the relationship between Cam and Blair. The overwhelming kindness and honest love between two best friends who are opposites in so many ways was absolutely endearing. Cam is not great communicating with people, she’s honest, she’s honest to a point that can at times be detrimental. But her honesty is what made me really love this book. The compassion Blair shows, being caring and very uplifting for Cameron, simply made my heart grow.

The last part of this book was a whirlwind. I could not read fast enough. The story around the podcast and Clarissa seemed to be moving slowly, but the last several chapters were explosive.

I loved this book and recommend it to fans of ya mystery/thriller reads!

Out March 7, 2023!

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!

Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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

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!

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!

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 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!

A Wilderness of Stars by Shea Ernshaw! 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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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 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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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!

Friends Like These by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Talk about toxic!! Whew… this was a wild ride and it had my head spinning with the possibilities in this intense small town thriller.

I think this was the point, but I didn’t really like any of the characters. Plus, right from the start, the author throws the reader into the middle of one of the worst things that could happen at a party… or anytime, anywhere really.

When Jessica is ready to leave a huge summer party the TV suddenly turns on and she sits in horror watching her boyfriend hook up with her ex- best friend. This story continues with a missing persons case and much more. So be ready and hold on bc this does not slow down!

Out November 1, 2022!