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.
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!
Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday Books for this arc!
I loved this book! Centering on twins that are turning 16 in a small town. Hunter and Mercy may look alike but that is where their similarities mostly end. Hunter is an aspiring writer and quite introverted while her sister, Mercy, is the life of the party and always outspoken. Both, however, do have one thing in common: they are witches!
Turning 16 is always important for any teenager, but for a witch it can be defining. Mercy, Hunter and their mother, Abigail, have generations of witchy history to uphold and the twins 16th birthday is part of that. However, things are not what they seem and the ancient trees that hold the five gates to different worlds closed while also serving as points of power for this magical family may be falling apart already when the Goode family gathers on this cataclysmic night.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the feelings of love and magic that simply radiated from these characters. Also, the connection of sisterhood and friendship mixed in with spells, tarot decks, ley lines and an action-packed story made me keep reading till the end! And I cannot wait for book 2!
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.
In the Monarchy of Nedé the men, also more widely known as brutes, are gentled. This is something the reader will learn much more about throughout the book. Reina, or Rei, is a 17 yo girl living in a finca (a kind of farm or ranch) with her mother and sister and the little gentles that her mother raises with love. However, when Rei is selected as a candidate for the succession to be the next matriarch (a role her grandmother currently fills) all of her plans are put on hold. Her whole life she has been training to be an Alexia, which is a female warrior known for their prowess on a horse while facing down enemies. Rei is kind, open minded and a little badass, which only makes it harder for her to fit in with the other candidates for the succession. The Nedé have a lot of restrictions and rules about society, particularly concerning a woman’s destiny. Another restricted area of this place is the gentles themselves, which Rei has a soft spot for. This story immediately captivated me and I though the writing style was well done and very enjoyable to read. My only complaint is that the ending didn’t quite live up to what it could have been .
Teriana is part of the crew of her mother’s Maarin ship, The Quicense. But when the land they are currently trading with gets a new leader and finds out there is more to this world than the Cel, Teriana and her people are in a world of trouble. Marcus, a commander of one of the most dangerous legionnaire armies, is tasked with going with Teriana and travelling from the shores of the East to the dark shores of the West. This book includes an awesome trip by sea with a sea serpent and battles between the gods and more magic. Not to mention… romance! Can’t wait to read book two!
“We have to trust people, right? Like you were saying. Not just people we love. We have to believe in people, and we have to defend them. As many people as possible, so we can be stronger. “
This is an amazing anthology centering on Jem while also being a must-read addition to the Shadowhunter World of Cassandra Clare. These stories are full of heart and sometimes, heartbreak. But love shines through. Not to leave out the ending that is what carries this story onward. It ends happily enough but overshadowed by potential evil that I do not yet know how this edge will carry on. And so, I will gladly continue on my journey through the Shadowhunter World with great expectations and perhaps, a little fear of what may come.
Isoldesse is a light science fiction read. The cover of the book is stunning, depicting four of the main characters. However, there were so many characters by the end that it honestly left me confused. So much happens in this story. Kenna, a young college aged Earthen, is given an Arcstone that is just the beginning of changing her life. Not to mention all the other storylines that flip her world and her friends, completely upside down. I would recommend this to fans of an interesting scifi for young adults, however I must reiterate that by the end of this book I felt that too many different things were going on and it was hard for me to focus. And thank you Netgalley for this ARC!
This was such a great conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles and I’m so glad there are some novellas with a little extra so I can come back and visit this great group of characters. Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter and their companions are just so likeable. The easy way this story tells all kinds of different tales that all speak of equality and are not only relatable but heartwarming. This has been a great experience and I definitely recommend this series to any fans of the YA genre.
“You decide you will find a solution when the time comes, but when the worst happens, you find yourself unprepared. “ This series has been leading up to a certain breaking point, and when it happens, it happens fast and wildly. The Dark Artifices was a great series. Some of Cassandra Clare’s longer books to be sure, but thoroughly enjoyable. I think the whole “Faerie Threesome ” idea had me blushing and smiling like an idiot every time those sections appeared. Overall, I would highly recommend this series and the Shadowhunter world to anyone who loves YA Fantasy.