Top 5 Wednesday: SFF BFFs

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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!

Highly Anticipated Titles ~ May 2019

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. May is full of exciting releases and I’ve got a handful that are high on my TBR. Check them out below!


WHTF_JKT_2p.inddWe Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Expected on May 14, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

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Mini Reviews: The Everlasting Rose & Queen’s Shadow

Today I’ve got my short thoughts on two March 5th releases. Check them out below!


TheEverlastingRoseThe Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

Published by Freeform on March 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 344 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

3.5/5 Stars

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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.

Picking up nearly right after the end of the first book, Camille faces hard choice after hard choice as she tries to stop Sophia. The magic and setting of this story still captured my imagination and even expanded its beauty and intricacy in this one. Camille’s journey is compelling and Clayton’s writing soars when it comes to descriptions. With that being said I did find the drastically different pacing off putting and it strained the emotional connection between characters as well as the reader. If you’ve read The Belles though, I definitely recommend picking up this conclusion.


QueensShadowQueen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston

Published by Disney Lucasfilm Press on March 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera

Pages: 345 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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The end of her reign is just the beginning…

When Padmé Amidala steps down from her position as Queen of Naboo, she is ready to set aside her title and return to life outside of the spotlight. But to her surprise, the new queen asks Padmé to continue serving their people – this time in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about the new role but cannot turn down the request, especially since, thanks to her dearest friend – and decoy – Sabé, she can be in two places at once. So while Padmé plunges into politics, Sabé sets off on a mission dear to Padmé’s heart.

On the glistening capital planet Coruscant, Padmé’s new Senate colleagues regard her with curiosity – and with suspicion for her role in ousting the previous chancellor. Posing as a merchant on Tatooine, Sabé has fewer resources than she thought and fewer options than she needs. 

Together with Padmé’s loyal handmaidens, Padmé and Sabé must navigate treacherous politics, adapt to constantly changing landscapes, and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.

Finally a book to rep Padmé! Exploring her transition from queen to senator, Johnston tackles the nuances of Padmé and her loyal handmaidens, giving insight into everything from her vocal choices to how she allied herself in the Galactic Senate. I was also fascinated by Sabé’s story line and the deep devotion each one of the handmaidens had for each other. While this is very light on the action and only gives us a few new plot threads to follow, I was totally invested in this book. Obviously a must read for Star Wars fans!


Have you read either of these two books? Interested?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite SFF Book People

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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. Brittany’s Book Rambles
  2. Thoughts on Tomes
  3. Crini
  4. Books and Ladders
  5. Chasm of Books

This week’s Top 5 is all about folks who talk SciFi and Fantasy in the book community and these five people vary in platform, followers, and content. If you enjoy these genres, check out their links to see what’s on their radar.

Are you a SciFi/Fantasy fan? Enjoy discovering new people in the book community?

Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

VengefulVengeful by V.E. Schwab

Published by Tor Books on September 25, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 478 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?


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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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Mini Reviews: The Dragon Pearl & The Vanishing Stair

Today I’ve got two mini reviews for you as I reflect on recent reads. Check out my thoughts below!


DragonPearlDragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Published by Rick Riordan Presents on January 15, 2019

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

Pages: 304 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

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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

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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

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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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ARC Review: Firestarter by Tara Sim

FirestarterFirestarter by Tara Sim

Published by Sky Pony Press on January 15, 2019

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

Pages: 488 Format: eARC Source: EW

5/5 Stars

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

The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan–to bring back the lost god of time.

As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes–Prague, Austria, India–nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what’s most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.


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Highly Anticipated Titles ~ January 2019

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. January is the start of a brand new year with bunches of books I’m super hyped for!


TheWickedKingThe Wicked King by Holly Black

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Expected on January 8, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy

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

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she 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 easy to control. 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 own 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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