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

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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 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: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

thebirdkingThe Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Published by Grove Press on March 12, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 440 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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

Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula, The Bird King is the story of Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. 

Hassan has a secret–he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan’s gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls?

As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.


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Highly Anticipated Titles ~ March 2019

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. March isn’t so bad for my wallet but there are still some amazing books I’m hyped for. Check them out below!


TheEverlastingRoseThe Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

Published by Freeform

Expected on March 5, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy

In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia’s Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider’s Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.


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Teaser Tuesday: Beloved

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teasers come from Toni Morrison’s Beloved a powerful story of slavery and it’s lasting impacts on the mind, body, and soul. This was a book club pick and I’ve found it absolutely riveting so far. Check out the teasers below!

Winter in Ohio was especially rough if you had an appetite for color. Sky provided the only drama, and counting on a Cincinnati horizon for life’s principal joy was reckless indeed. 

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Baby Suggs died shortly after the brothers left, with no interest whatsoever in their leave-taking or hers, and right afterward Sethe and Denver decided to end the persecution by calling forth the ghost that tried them so.

Have you read Beloved or any of Toni Morrison’s work?

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Mini Reviews: The Vanishing Throne & The Fallen Kingdom

When I fell head over heels for The Falconer I knew reading the next two books would happen sooner rather than later. Now it’s time to share my thoughts on them…


Vanishing Throne_final front cover.pdfThe Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Published by Chronicle Books on June 21, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Historical

Pages: 458 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Everything she loved is gone.

Trapped. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a prisoner of the evil fae Lonnrach, who has a desperate and deadly plan for his new captive.

Tortured. Time after agonizing time Lonnrach steals Aileana’s memories, searching for knowledge to save his world. Just when she’s about to lose all hope, Aileana is rescued by an unexpected ally and returns home, only to confront a terrifying truth. The city of Edinburgh is now an unrecognizable wasteland. And Aileana knows the devastation is all her fault.

Transformed. The few human survivors are living in an underground colony, in an uneasy truce with a remnant of the fae. It is a fragile alliance, but an even greater danger awaits: the human and fae worlds may disappear forever. Only Aileana can save both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing so might be her life…

Off the back of that massive cliffhanger, The Vanishing Throne drops readers into a dark future. Aileana is struggling with some serious trauma at the hands of Lonnrach and the horrible reality that is now Scotland. Aithinne was a delightful addition to this cast of characters and made for an understanding companion for our heroine. Kiaran was as broody as ever but slowly showing his emotions and his relationship with Aileana expands exponentially. This one delves deeper into fae lore, the Seelie and Unseelie courts, and Kiaran’s backstory with some seriously twisty revelations that left me and Aileana reeling. There was plenty of battles, swordwielding, and Derrick humor so the quick paced story flowed wonderfully. Overall a solid sequel with lots of action and emotional stakes.


thefallenkingdomThe Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

Published by Chronicle Books on June 13, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Historical

Pages: 389 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

She’s on borrowed time…and she has only one chance to set things right.

Find life.

Deep in a forest, Aileana Kameron claws her way out of the earth. Back from the dead with no memory of who she is or what has happened to her, the Falconer now possesses even greater otherworldly powers and a ruthless instinct to kill—and the one piece of knowledge that can change everything.

Find Kiaran.

Two fae monarchs, Aithinne and Kadamach, stand on the brink of war, and according to an ancient curse, one must die at the hand of the other or all the worlds will perish. Once, Kadamach was known as Kiaran, and he was mentor, protector, and lover to Aileana. Now, under the grip of the curse, his better nature seems lost forever.

Find the book.

Aileana’s only hope lies in the legendary Book of Remembrance, a book of spells so powerful that it can break the fae curse and even turn back time. But the book has been lost for centuries, and many are looking for it, including its creator, the Morrigan—a faery of terrifying malevolence and cruelty.

Sacrifice everything.

To obtain the book and defeat the Morrigan, Aileana must form an unthinkable alliance, one that challenges every vow she has made to herself—even as the powers that brought her to life are slowly but surely killing her.

The Fallen Kingdom was a nonstop, high stakes, wild ride that surpassed all my expectations. Want to know how emotionally devastating this book was? I ended up sobbing so much my face hurt the next day. It definitely leans into the dark vibes as the apocalypse cometh and all of the characters are struggling to hold it together. The fae lore is explored even more and Elizabeth May was not messing around when it came to research and ripping out hearts. Honestly it still pains to think about what went down in this book. I just love these characters and this story so much even though it wrecked me. Obviously I totally recommend this entire trilogy and think everyone should suffer with me.


Have you read The Falconer trilogy? Enjoy fae books?

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Mini Reviews: The Wicked King & The Falconer

I’m in a bit of a fae phase at the moment and I’ve got two mini book reviews to share with all of you.


TheWickedKingThe Wicked King by Holly Black

Published by Little, Brown and Company on January 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 322 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

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Awesome Aesthetics: The Gilded Wolves

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Hello friends!

On Tuesday, Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves arrived on shelves and I’m here to celebrate this wondrous book with some truly awesome aesthetics! It’s not often that I do these, but this novel was just so glamorous that I couldn’t help myself. Check them out below!

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These first two are more overarching themes, inspiration, and settings!

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To Highlight the Exposition Universelle:

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I call this next one: Green & Gilded!

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For more book info, check out my Release Day Post & Review and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Did this get you excited for The Gilded Wolves? Have you already experienced it’s epicness?

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It’s Gilded Wolves Release Day!

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Today’s the day! The Gilded Wolves has finally arrived and I absolutely recommend you pick this one up ASAP! It’s glitz and mystery with characters to die for and I need a gorgeous finished copy in my hands so I can reread to my heart’s content. Check out all the book details below!

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About the Book

The Gilded Wolves

By: Roshani Chokshi

Series: The Gilded Wolves (Book One)

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: January 15, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical

Goodreads

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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