REVIEW| Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Publisher: Tor Teen

Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rated it: ★★★

Summary: 

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

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REVIEW| Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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If you follow me on Twitter you would know that Six of Crows owns my life, and that the world that Bardugo has created an amazing diverse world with this book.

Authors: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Publication Date: September 29 2015

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rated it: ★★★

Summary: 

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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REVIEW | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

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Publisher: Knopf Books

Publication Date: October 20th 2015

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Rated it: ★★★

Summary: 

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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REVIEW | Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Author: Jennifer Anne Davis

Publisher: Month9Books

Publication date: May 17th 2016

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Magic

Rated it: ★★★★(.5)

Summary:

The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.

For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.

Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.

Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.

Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?

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Review | Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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Author: Eleanor Herman

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication date: August 18th 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA

Rated it: ★★★

Summary:

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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Review | A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

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Author: Mark Gelineau and Joe King

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication date: September 18th 2015

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Magic

Rated it: ★★★

Summary:

A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.

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Review | Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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Author: Rae Carson

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Publication date: September 22nd 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA

Rated it: ★★★

Summary:

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift

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Review | Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Author: Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Publication date: January 5th, 2016

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Magic

Rated it: ★★★★

Summary:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Why We Need More Diverse Books

SO SO SO IMPORTANT! So many different types of people living in this world but only a small fraction are properly represented in books. This needs to change.

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Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about diversity within books and not all of it has been positive. I’m extremely passionate about how important diversity is within books so some of the things I’ve been reading have disappointed me. I’ve seen a lot of claims that society is pressurizing authors to include diversity within books and that if you do not you’re going to be automatically labelled as racist or lgbt+-phobic. I’ve even seen people claiming including poc (people/person of colour) and lgbt+ characters is forcing characters to be a certain way when they wouldn’t be that way if there wasn’t the pressure of including diversity. As if a person of colour’s or member of the lgbt+ community’s existence isn’t as normal and natural as a white cishet person.

As a person of colour, this whole stigma against including diversity is both disappointing and upsetting. Imagine reading…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set In A Fantasy World

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So this is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the Bookish (because of being a new blog and all), so I’m really excited to being this weeks topic which is “Top Ten Books With X Setting”.

I’ve decided to choose fantasy worlds as my setting because I am a fantasy fanatic, and it is my favorite genre, so of course this one was an easy choice for me!

Since this is my first Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going to keep this list short with my top 5 favorite books set in a fantasy world so here they are!

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