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.

A Gentle Tyranny by Jess Corban, ARC Review

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 .

Dark Shores by Danielle L Jenson, A Quick Review

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!

Ghosts of the Shadowmarket by Cassandra Clare, A Quick Review

“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 by Kimberley Grymes, A Quick Review

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!

Winter by Marissa Meyer, A Quick Review

“Broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

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. 

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, A Quick Review

“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. 

The Love Curse of Melody Mcintyre by Robin Talley, A Quick Review

As soon as I began reading The Love Curse of Melody Mcintyre I immediately felt a connection to the main character, Mel. 
When her role as a stage manager (SM) for her high school’s plays and musicals is endangered by a bad break up with her girlfriend, the crew decides that Mel should stay single and not fall in love as a way to beat the curse that seems to make everything go wrong.
Mel agrees, however,  she has a change of heart when she meets the local high school celebrity who is able to take part in the upcoming musical Les Mis.
This book had everything I wanted for a lighthearted romance.  It was sweet and cute and romantic. Not to mention that there were some parts that had me laughing out loud.  The author did an amazing job making these characters relatable and loveable.  I also kind of wish I had been in drama club too because it sounds like so much fun!

Cress by Marissa Meyer, A Quick Review

I love all of the different romantic plotlines in this series and the easy banter among friends.   These books are packed full of emotions that pull at my heart strings while at the same time the action never stops and there is never a dull moment.
I loved the addition of Cress as a main character.   She adds a sweetness and innocence that is completely endearing. 
So much happened in this book that really sets up the next book, Winter, as a continuation and possibly a conclusion. Although,  I have no idea how Marissa Meyer is going to pull it off. But, of course,  that is half the fun!

A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier, A Quick Review

A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier started out slow for me and it took me a while to understand the direction it was taking. Elodie is an unlikely hero. She is shy and always apologetic but by the end I believe she understands that there is much much more to the world and that perhaps she is a force to be reckoned with. I loved the interaction between Elodie and Aleida, a somewhat sisterly connection that I feel binds them. The ending of this story was the strongest part in my opinion. I recommend this if your interested in witchy vibes and unique spell craft.