Mini Reviews: The Rising Gold & The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

I’m trying to catch up with reviews before the end of the year so I’m sharing my thoughts on two YA titles that came out in October. Check them out below!


TheRisingGoldThe Rising Gold by Ava Jae

Published by Sky Pony Press on October 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 424 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A new world ruler is crowned. 

Plunged into a crumbling world of foreign politics that is desperate for a leader, Eros chooses a loyal prince to help him navigate the hostile sands of Safara. But not everyone is happy to see a half-blood become the most powerful person on the planet.

A queen must restore her nation.

In power once more, Kora faces new challenges and a difficult decision that puts someone close to her in mortal danger. The wrong choice could destroy her relationships, her right to rule, and her life.

A rebellion is brewing.

With their world collapsing around them, new threats spreading across the globe, and their loved ones at risk, the people of Safara―Sepharon and human alike―depend on Eros and Kora to fix their bleeding world. But with generations of hate stacked against them, the two young monarchs may be doomed to fail.

Full of complicated romantic and familial relationships as well as a compelling scifi storyline, The Rising Gold is a wonder of a finale. I adore Eros and Deimos together and their scenes are incredible throughtout whether it’s soft relationship stuff or trying to hold Safara together. Kora has her own path trying to do right by her people while not losing her brother in the process. Dealing with difficult political situations and taking on systemic opression lifts this story up to another level and I absolutely recommend picking up this series!


TheLadysGuidetoPetticoatsandPiracyThe Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Pages: 450 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

Ah the return of Mackenzi Lee and her sassy/saucy characters, this time with Felicity at the helm. Her determination and drive fuels the story and all of her faults are on full display. The pace of this one is significantly different and a little repetitive but bright spots are the edition of Sim and Johanna. Of course Monty and Percy make standout appearances but the ladies are clearly running the show. I loved all of the medical and dragons stuff too! If you loved Gentleman’s Guide, defintely pick this one up!


Have you read either of these books? Started these series?

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