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

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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

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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?

Let me know in the comments below!

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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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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Waiting on Wednesday: Firestarter

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


FirestarterFirestarter by Tara Sim

Publisher: Sky Pony

Expected Date: January 15, 2019

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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.


Tara Sim’s Firestarter is most likely to wreck me but I just love Danny, Colton, Daphne, and all the rest so much and I don’t want this series to end. Protect the clock towers at all costs!!!

Have you read Timekeeper and Chainbreaker? Excited/terrified for Firestarter?

Let me know in the comments below!

Mini Reviews: Spell on Wheels, Ladycastle, & Monstress Vol. 1

I’ve been on a bit of a comic reading kick lately so today I’ve got three mini reviews featuring fierce women. Check out my thoughts below!


SpellonWheelsSpell on Wheels by Kate Leth

Published by Dark Horse Comics on June 20, 2017

Genres: Adult, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Paranormal

Pages: 136 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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A road trip story. A magical revenge fantasy. A sisters-over-misters tale of three witches out to get back what was taken fom them.

Andy, Jolene, and Claire aren’t your average twenty-somethings. They’re legacy witches making their way through a modern world. When a jealous nonmagical ex breaks into their home and steals a spell that could awaken potentials with magical powers, the witches plan their revenge. Traveling down the East Coast, they must retrieve their powerful stolen artifacts and strengthen their friendship… the big bad is even worse than they imagined. 

Collects Spell on Wheels #1–#5.

What’s better than witches on Halloween? Empowered ladies road tripping to take back what’s theirs, that’s what! Andy, Jolene, and Claire were three incredible friends who are vastly different yet work super well as a team. Their trip takes them from hopping city establishments to the streets of suburbia and even dilapidated cabins where they discover the good, bad, and ugly of the magical underground. I absolutely loved the art and the author did a phenomenal job fitting so much character and story into these five issues. Highly recommend!


LadycastleLadycastle by Delilah S. Dawson

Published by Boom! Studios on October 18, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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When the King and all the men of the castle die, it’s time for the women to knight up.

When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on a crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out—that’s a lot less armor polishing to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle . . . well, the women take umbrage with that.

Now, Merinor, the blacksmith’s wife is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight, Sir Riddick, is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had done while the women assumed they were just drunk.

The premise of all the men but one being killed and the ladies taking charge of the castle definitely sucked me into this comic and with the likes of Delilah Dawson writing I knew it would be enjoyable. I loved seeing the women come into their own and face the inner struggles as well as the ones that threatened their kingdom. Plus there were a few song interludes plucked from pop culture that added plenty of humor to this bind up. While the art wasn’t my favorite it definitely fit the story well. This one will definitely appeal to a lot of people!


Monstress1Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

Published by Image Comics on July 19, 2016

Genres: Adult, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Steampunk

Pages: 192 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6

OMG why did it take me so long to read this? I mean, I bought Monstress two years ago and cannot believe I put off this incredible graphic novel. The art by Sana Takeda is exceptional with an intricacy and beauty that stands out on every single page. The detail, however, goes beyond the art with a world steeped in history and mythos as well as intriguing characters that pop up at every turn. While the gore and horror aspects can be slightly off putting, the darkness that lurks within this story will keep the reader enthralled. I totally recommend this though people should be conscious of triggers.


Have you read any of these graphic novels?

Let me know in the comments below!

Mini Reviews: The Gauntlet & Sightwitch

I’ve got another review catch up post with some thoughts on two awesome books. Check them out below!


gauntletThe Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Published by Salaam Reads on March 28, 2017

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

Pages: 298 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

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Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Wishlist

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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. Pirates
  2. STEM
  3. Mystery/Thriller
  4. Historical Fiction
  5. Steampunk

Instead of this week’s Top 5 being a book wishlist, I’ll be highlighting some themes, subjects, and genres I’d like to see more of in 2018. First up is pirate books! I’m always clamoring for more adventures on the seven seas and think this subject will always sell well. Also to me there is never enough books out there with a focus on STEM. Give me more! I’d like to see more mystery/thriller in YA. It’s definitley an under done topic for the age range. Same goes for historical fiction. I need more of it! Last but certainly not least is steampunk. It’s such an eclectic, visual genre and I want to read more books with it.

What themes, subjects, and genres would you like to see more of in 2018?

Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review: The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

perf5.500x8.500.inddThe Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

Published by Keymaster Press on December 5, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 500 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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A new rebellion rises from the still smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

This final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, The Rebels of Gold will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.


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ARC Review: Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

ChainbreakerChainbreaker by Tara Sim

Published by Sky Pony Press on January 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 308 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.

Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.


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