Book Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

First published on the 6th of November 2018

513 pages

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I received a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher, the author and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has in no way influenced my opinions.

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

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ARC Review: The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Published on the 19th of November

272 pages

YA, Fantasy

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I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has in no way affected my opinions.

Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

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Most Anticipated New Releases for Autumn 2019

It’s among us – the season for warm blankets, woollen socks, pumpkin spiced lattes, and BOOKS. So many books. Endless amounts of new releases, mostly from my favourite genre – fantasy 🤩 I’m hyped!

I’m so hyped that I have collected a gazillion new releases that I’m most excited about in this blog post. I’m ready to make my bank account cry crocodile tears.

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These new releases span from September to November. Click on the title for the Goodreads page! I’m always waffling but because this list is so long, I’ll try to keep my gushing to a minimum. Check the Goodreads page for each one for full synopses 😊

My apologies for this list being so late, I was super busy getting started with a new degree in a new city and I also suffered from some awful technical problems 😅

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ARC Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

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Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Graphic Novel

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Publication date: the 15th of October

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the authors, publishers and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has in no way influenced my opinions.

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

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ARC Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Sci-fi, novella

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176 pages

I was given a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher, the author and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has in no way influenced my opinions.

Please note that all quotes in this review are from an advance reader copy and they might have been changed in the final book.

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ARC Review: Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

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Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Published on the 14th of May 2019

YA Fantasy, Retelling

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I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher! Receiving a free copy has in no way affected my opinions.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe… which is now filling with blood.

When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.

Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.

Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.

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ARC Review: A Pack of Blood and Lies by Olivia Wildenstein

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A Pack of Blood and Lies by Olivia Wildenstein

Published on the 18th of April 2019

362 pages, YA Fantasy/Action/Romance

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I received a free e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to Netgalley, the author and the publisher. Receiving a free copy has in no way affected my opinion of the book. Also, my apologies for the late review!

Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.

Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?

When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him.

Except Ness.

Thus begins a treacherous game.

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