ARC Review: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Published by Saga Press on October 13, 2020

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 454 Format: eARC Source: NG

5/5 Stars

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A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.


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ARC Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Published by Tor Books on October 6, 2020

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical

Pages: 448 Format: eARC Source: NG

5/5 Stars

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A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


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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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Highly Anticipated Titles ~ June 2019

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. June will finally ease up on the new books front but I’ve still got a few I’m hyped for. Check them out below!


AyeshaatLastAyesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Published by Berkley Books

Expected on June 4, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.


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Top 5 Wednesday: SFF BFFs

top 5 wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Inej & Nina from Six of Crows
  2. Emma & Christina from The Dark Artifices
  3. Kaylee & Inara from Firefly
  4. Maggie & Rissa from Storm of Locusts
  5. Qole & Telu from Shadow Run

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about fave SciFi/Fantasy friendships and I went the route of female besties. Each one of these relationships is unique; from found families to actual blood and brutal honesty to kind caring. These ladies mean a lot to each other irregardless of if they gush about it or not.

Which best friends in SciFi and Fantasy would make your list?

Let me know in the comments below!