Iris is an African tightrope dancer in a circus and the setting of Victorian London (which is so cool!). And, Iris has a secret she holds very close… she cannot die! However, she has absolutely no memory of who she is exactly and this search for her past becomes a big part of the plot. But when she meets Adam Temple everything begins to get more complicated and she is pulled into a tournament with many other characters that have really cool powers and abilities.
This book was so interesting and I’m curious to know where the next book will take me. However, I did not love the characters and the way they interacted. I feel like they just weren’t as complete feeling to me so I didn’t feel a strong connection and that made the dialog feel slightly forced at times.
I loved this world, especially at the time period, and do recommend this as a unique look at dark historical fantasy that is heaped in magic!
I’d like to add a trigger warning for racism that is taking place in the Victorian London setting, definitely part of this time period but I want anyone reading this to be aware of it.
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!
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.
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 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.
“You are broken. But it is the broken things that are the sharpest. The deadliest. It is the broken things that are the most unexpected, and the most underestimated.”
This book is such a great ending to this series. I honestly did not know exactly what to expect, was Sabaa Tahir going to break my heart or give me a happy ending? Turned out that the answer is both. The strength and tenacity of these characters is what makes the story so appealing. They keep fighting no matter what, and at the same time, they do not forget to laugh and celebrate life amidst all the tragedy. This tale shows the essence of the effect war has on young people and their ability to overcome. I love how the suffering in these books is what brings out the main characters magical ability. That this hardship creates these unique gifts. A truly mesmerising series that I highly recommend!