ARC Review: The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Published by Wednesday Books on September 22, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical, Fantasy

Pages: 416 Format: eARC Source: NG

5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.


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Mini ARC Reviews: How to Be Remy Cameron & The Guinevere Deception

Check out these two YA mini reviews from Fall 2019 releases!


RemyCameronHow to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters

Published by Duet on September 10, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary

Pages: 340 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4/5 Stars

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Everyone on campus knows Remy Cameron. He’s the out-and-gay, super-likable guy that people admire for his confidence. The only person who may not know Remy that well is Remy himself. So when he is assigned to write an essay describing himself, he goes on a journey to reconcile the labels that people have attached to him, and get to know the real Remy Cameron.

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ARC Review: The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

themercifulcrowThe Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Published by Henry Holt (BYR) on July 30, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 384 Format: ARC Source: Library

5/5 Stars

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This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?


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ARC Review: Failed Future by Elise Kova

FailedFutureFailed Future by Elise Kova

Published by Silver Wing Press on July 21, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 356 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust.

Having forsaken her crown for a chance to save her family, and the world, Vi Solaris washes up on the shores of Meru. She’s wounded and barely alive. But Vi’s fight for survival is only just beginning.

As a princess in a foreign land, everyone is after her.

The pirate queen Adela wants to sell her to the evil elfin’ra. The Twilight King wants to use her to settle an old score. And, perhaps most dangerous, is the scheming Lord of the Faithful who sees her as an opportunity to further consolidate his power.

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.


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ARC Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

SpintheDawnSpin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on July 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 416 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.


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ARC Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

SorceryofThornsSorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 464 Format: ARC Source: Library

5/5 Stars

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This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


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Mini Reviews: Storm of Locusts & Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on two sequels with exceptional stories and authors. Check them out below!


stormoflocustsStorm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhoarse

Published by Saga Press on April 23, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia

Pages: 313 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

Dropping back into Dinétah was such a thrilling experience and Rebecca Roanhorse continues to deliver a riveting dystopian fantasy world full of native culture and mythos. The plot was fast paced, the locusts were seriously creepy, and the threat level was incredibly high. While the first book definitely focused heavily on Maggie opening up and her burgeoning relationship with Kai, Storm of Locusts delves deeper into the female friendships of the series. Maggie is responsible for others now and the way it develops her as a character is remarkable. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next adventure!


AruShahandtheSongofDeathAru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Published by Rick Riordan Presents on April 23, 2019

Genres: Children’s, Middle Grade, Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 400 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.

Gosh I just love Roshani Chokshi’s writing so much and this middle grade series is full of funny, heartwarming moments that left me on the edge of my seat. Aru continues to be a wonderful character and I loved exploring her feelings of inadequacy when it came to her original Pandava counterpart. It was also great to see her friendship with Mini on display and how Brynne and Aiden fit into the mix. I’m also thoroughly enthralled with the mythology of these stories and Chokshi does a phenomenal job of weaving it into the modern world. Obviously I recommend any Aru Shah!


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Mini Reviews: Internment & How to Make Friends with the Dark

Today I’ve got my thoughts on two powerful, emotional reads so check them out below!


InternmentInternment by Samira Ahmed

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic, Dystopia

Pages: 387 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

I loved Samira Ahmed’s debut and while Internment is just as breathtaking and compelling, it certainly has it’s differences. With a near-future setting, this book tackles Islamophobia and the dangerous paths that hate has a way of leading people down. It’s terrifying and all too real especially in this day and age as well as the past. Layla is passionate and stubborn and her inner voice is just as powerful as her outward actions. This book is definitely one of hope despite it’s hard to read moments and I honestly think it’s a vital read for everyone.


HowtoMakeFriendswiththeDarkHow to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Published by Delacorte Press on April 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic

Pages: 421 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

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Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

If you’re looking for a book that will tear you to pieces and leave you weeping, than look no further than How to Make Friends with the Dark. It’s an emotional tale of a mother’s death and how a daughter copes with the aftermath. It’s also opens the reader’s eyes to the foster care system and the realities that many children face. Even though I know the pain of losing a parent, Tiger definitely deals with drastic differences and suffers on a scale far removed from what i know. That doesn’t make this book any less powerful though. Where I found some issues were with the writing and connection to characters outside the MC, otherwise it’s an interesting take on loss, grief, and moments that change everything.


Have you read either of these books? Enjoy stories that leave you emotionally drained?

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Mini Reviews: The Red Scrolls of Magic & Enchantée

Today I’ve got two mini reviews with books at least partially set in the iconic city of Paris. Check out my thoughts below!


TheRedScrollsofMagicThe Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on April 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 350 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Magnus Bane, a centuries old High Warlock, has taken possession of one of the great relics of the supernatural world, a powerful spell book of dark magic known as The Book of the White and there are many who want to claim it for themselves.

After the Mortal War where the part-human and part-angel Shadowhunters teamed with the part human-demon Downworlders to fight against the incursion of an army of demons, Magnus and his new lover, the mortal Alec Lightwood celebrate their survival and victory by escaping the supernatural battlefield of New York City by touring the world, but the world won’t leave them alone.

Finally we get to see Magnus and Alec’s vacation that took place during City of Fallen Angels! I love these two so much and it was wonderful to get their own perspective. Each of their voices was brilliant and it was amazing to see the growth and emotion through their own thought processes. While the story was simpler in nature it was actually refreshing to engage in something less heavy but it still had the Shadowhunter spark. It was also great to see some of my side faves show up and I cannot wait to see what the next book has in store. Absolutely recommend to Clare and Shadowhunter fans!


EnchanteeEnchantée by Gita Trelease

Published by Flatiron Books on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Pages: 464 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

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Love. 
Magic. 
Revolution.

When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic–la magie ordinaire–Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With the dark magic she learned from her mother, Camille transforms herself into ‘the Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. Her resentment of the rich at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille is astonished to find that her would-be suitor Lazare, a handsome young inventor whom she thought shared her dreams of liberty, is also living a double life.

As the Baroness de la Fontaine, Camille gambles at cards and flirts, desperate to maintain her place at court and keep herself and her sister off the streets. But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose–love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality or la magie–before Paris burns.

Trelease brings the city of Paris on the cusp of the French Revolution to life in exquisite detail. Everything from the struggles of poverty to the decadence of the aristocracy was on full display. Camille was an intriguing character and her magic was pretty darn cool. I did enjoy this one but the plot was too long and drawn out and their was a lack of connection with characters at key moments which left me wanting. If you’re a fan of historical Paris and fantasy dripping with details, you may want to check this one out.


Have you read either of these books? Ever been to Paris?

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ARC Review: Chosen Champion by Elise Kova

ChosenChampionChosen Champion by Elise Kova

Published by Silver Wing Press on May 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages:  Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

A princess on the run, with enemies on all sides…

Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.

The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.

She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…


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