Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Many thanks to Random House Kids for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for my honest review!

I want to start this review by saying that I was very fortunate to have been given a EARC, I swear that my neighbors could hear me cheering. With that said, this book disappointed me so much! I really wanted to love it and I really didn’t like it until the last 30% of the book. I found it to be extremely boring. I loved Jay and Amie’s Illuminae Files and I do enjoy there writing. I just wasn’t connecting with the story.

They are not the heroes we deserve. They are just the ones we could find.

Aurora Rising Follows the story of six legion cadets who make up the squad 312, they are chosen to work together during the draft,which Tyler missed. He was to busy saving a girl from a ship he found floating in the fold. He is one of the top students but he is landed with the misfits of the academy who make up his squad..

Tyler: The Alpha, Squad Leader,Scarlet’s brother and captain “hotness”. The amount of times his dimples or attractiveness was mentioned was absurd.

Aurora: An Asian human girl,who was Cryogenically frozen for the last 200 years and was supposed to wake up on Octavia III. She has some wicked powers but she also has no idea how to control them.

Scarlet: The Face, the diplomat and Tyler’s twin sister.She is described as having fiery red hair and is just as attractive as her brother.

Cat: The Ace, the pilot, has been friends with Tyler and Scarlet since kindergarten. She is a strong woman and takes shit from no one. She is covered in tattoos with a Mohawk and not so secretly in love with Tyler.

Kal: The Tank, Syldrathi, he has darker skin and silver braided hair. The Syldrathi are in the midst of a civil war and also have a war history with the Terran people. This boy is full of rage, but oh can he throw down. He was hands down my favourite character.

FinianThe Gearhead, Tech Division. He is Betraskan, his skin is white.He’s bisexual and has a disability for muscle weakness, nerve damage, impaired mobility. He has to wear a exoskeleton suit to help him with his movements. His character also made this book tolerable, he’s sassy and says inappropriate things at the worst times.

Zila: The Brains, Science Division. She is described as having dark brown skin with curly black hair. She loves to wear hoop earrings and can be a little trigger happy.

The six of us? Against the whole galaxy?

The book is divided up into three different parts, I really struggled with part 1 it was incredibly boring and slow moving.Part 2 took place on the world ship, where the squad was a part of a very drawn out heist. We got a little bit of backstory to some characters,but I still wasn’t vibing with the story. It wasn’t until part three where I found myself actually invested in the plot. It was short lived though because then the book needed, just when things were getting good.

I had a really hard time picking up the book to actually read it. The action scenes were well written but because I didn’t care about the characters I was invested in there well being. Well, I did like Kal and Fin, they were the only characters with some personality.

This book was a huge miss for me, I know there is a lot of high praise already. I know I’ll probably get some hate for this but no one is more disappointed with my feelings than I am. I think this book would have been hugely improved by not having seven different POV, if they stuck with just Tyler and Aurora I think it would have been less confusing. I struggled with remembering who was talking in each chapter.

I ended up giving Aurora Rising 2.5 Stars.

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

34499221Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA,Fantasy,Retelling
Pages: 342
Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a
twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of
her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory
hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of siren kind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy.


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“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

To Kill A Kingdom absolutely lived up to the hype! I LOVE IT. I’m a huge fairy tale nerd so I knew I had to get my hands on this book. This book is one of my favorite books of the year and its going on my all time favorites list! This book is so magical, the world building is so good,without any info-dumping. The action scenes are so well done, you could literally feel the tension,I loved everything about this book. Also this world was extremely diverse!I can’t wait to read more from this author, as I was blown away by her writing. I love stories about the ocean,mermaids and pirates this book made my heart so happy.

In this book we follow Lira who is a siren princess and a cold blooded killer. She was raised to steal human hearts, she wanted to be even more powerful and
decided to steal hearts from Princes.She wants to please her Mother the Sea Queen and in doing so Lira is vicious and unforgiving.Lira is such a complex character. She has so much depth, I enjoyed her arc and development so much!! I loved how she discovered humanity and grappled to come to terms with siren-hood at the same time.I adored her. She was strong and powerful!

Elian is the Prince of Madais but he dose not want to end up being king. He loves the ocean to much, he is also Pirate who hunts for sirens!! He is fierce loyal to his crew, there friendships are so heartwarming and sweet.He was so freaking sarcastic, I loved it. The romance between these two characters was so perfect. Slow burn,as they grew to care and trust each other.

“Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.”

If I had to pick my favorite thing about this book, I would have to say without a doubt it would be the lore about the ocean and the sirens. I love the ocean I always have, I remember as a kid I would go swimming pretending I was a mermaid. The sirens in this book are gorgeous fierce wild creatures who show no mercy. I loved everything about them.

I was captivated from the very first page. I adored this book. I can’t wait to see what this author does next! If you like the Little Mermaid, Fantasy, dark twists… then this is the book for you!


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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi // Review

34967819Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Middle-Grade,Fantasy
Pages: 368
Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales,
she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from their latest archaeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?


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Thanks to Edelweiss and Rick Riordan Presents/Disney Hyperion for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book from Rick Riordan presents, with Disney Books. If your a fan of Riordan’s book’s then this is a must read, its full of hindu mythology, wittty character’s and an epic quest to save the world. I loved learning more about Idian culture and Hindu mythology, I have never heard any stories about it before. This is why diversity in book’s is so important. I had so much fun reading this story, it’s told from the point of view of Aru as she embarks on her journey.

This was an AMAZING book!! I couldn’t put it down, its such a fun read. It’s fast paced with short chapter’s. This was my first book by Roshani Chokshi, will have to pick up A Star Touched Queen soon. Chokshi has such a beautiful and magical way of telling a story. Her writing sucks you in and makes you want more.  While reading this book I got so immersed into the story that I forgot it was middle grade. Also look at that cover its absolutely stunning !!

Aru is a wonderful character, she is sassy and has a big imagination that gets her into trouble. Which is basically where this book starts, Aru is trying to impress the popular kid’s from school by telling them about a cursed lamp. Of course the kid’s don’t believe her so to prove her story Aru lights the lamp allowing a powerful demon to escape. Turns out that Aru is one of five reincarnated heroes from Indian mythology.

The side character’s are also amazing, Mini comes off as a little neurotic, she knows all these facts about germs and death. She has insecurities about herself and worries about being left behind.She is quirky and that’s what I lover about her.The friendship and sisterly bond that Aru forms with Mini is wonderful. Another character that I adored was Boo, who is a pigeon. He is the chosen guardian for Aru and Mini on the journey. He is so sassy, I love it!!

This was a great middle grade book full of adventure and witty characters.Fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series will love this book. I highly recommend that people of all ages read this book, you wont be disappointed.


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Everless by Sara Holland Review

Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 336

Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.


 

I would like to thank Edelwiess for providing me with a egalley to read and give an honest review.

I loved this book so much !! This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Seriously the hype is well earned. The plot is unique and the characters are wonderful. Do not think you’ve got the villains figured out, I’ll bet you that you’ve got it wrong. Sara does an amazing job with the world building , it’s original and she created myths/stories within the book that drew me in. The pacing was perfect, at no time did I feel it dragged or rushed.

One of the most unique magic systems I’ve ever read. In a world where time is bound to blood and time is used as currency. We follow the protagonist Jules as she decides to go work at Everless, an estate owned by a very powerful family. Jules and her father had worked there when she was s child and they faced some dangers. Her father is sick and Jules has decided to go back to Everless to earn more time for her Dad.

I loved Jules as a character, she was relatable and sweet. Her friendships with the side characters were amazing, she interacted with different ages such as children and the elderly. She is headstrong and sticks to her ideas.I also really liked Liam, I’m a sucker for brooding sarcastic boys. I always ship the bad boy. Another character I loved was Ina and I can’t wait to see her story unfold.

I can’t wait a whole year for the sequel!!! I need it now. This was such a good book to start the year off with, and set the bar for ya fantasy. So I recommend you pick this up!


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Caraval by Stephanie Garber Review

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Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: Young Adult,Fantasy
Pages: 407
Published: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books
Rating: 5 Stars

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Synopsis:

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.


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I have to start by mentioning the absolutely stunning cover. The dust jacket is simply beautiful.This book has been really hyped since before it was even released. I have had it on my shelf since January and Ive been in such a reading slump that it’s taken me this long to pick it up.

This book was just absolutely ENCHANTING! From the very first page up until the last, there was never a dull moment while reading Caraval. Garber’s writing sucks you into the story.There were just so many twists, turns, and puzzles that every page leaves you hanging at the edge of your seat. I LOVED the magical world that was created.

I fell in love with the characters too. The bond between the Scarlet and Tella was so strong and clear, it was as if their love for each other could overcome anything.I’m pretty sure I fell in love with Julian from the first scene.I thought he was well written and the perfect contrast to Scarlett. As the story progressed, Scarlett began to really grow and develop. There were times when I was frustrated with her decisions

Stephanie Garber is an incredibly talented author and this is a book that pretty much any age will love!! It’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel because it’s THAT good! This was definitely a quick read, I finished it in two days, as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. I loooooved this book and I can’t wait for a sequel.


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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust ARC Review

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: EGalley, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Flatiron Books


Synopsis:

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.


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I received an ARC copy of Girls Made of Snow and Glass in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley.Release date: September 5, 2017

Girls Made of Snow and Glass first caught my eye when the cover was revealed, and then I found out it was a Snow White retelling and I needed to have it. I have a soft spot for retelling and this one didn’t disappoint. It had all the feels of Snow White but written in a fresh new way. I seen reviews compare this book to Disney’s Frozen and I did see small similarities, I love that movie so all good things from this book.

This book is told from dual point of views, Lynet the Snow White character and Mina The Evil Queen Character. Mina’s POV start when she was a child living in the south and I found myself wanting more of her chapter’s. I loved reading her chapters. Lynet’s POV starts in the present and stays in that time line.

The romance in this book is  marketed as F/F Romance. The romance between Lynet and Nadia is such a slow burn, nothing happened between them until the end. But there romance is so sweet, so if your looking for a swoon worthy lesbian story then this isn’t that story. Lynet and Mina’s relationship was my absolute favorite part of the story.

This book does have feministic undertones, that girls can be powerful they don’t have to be fragile to be a princess/queen. That girls are much more than there beauty.It tells young girls to be themselves even when other push you to be something else, to stand up for yourself and be whatever they want to be. I love how Mina and lyne both work towards what they want. How Snow White falls for a girl instead of Prince Charming.

I also loved the wintery scenery and atmosphere. The world building truly made you feel as if you were surrounded by winter winds and snow. This is where some of the Frozen feels come into play.

Overall this was a beautiful retelling of Snow White. The story has a wonderful dark fantasy fairytale feel to it and the characters are amazing. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for books by Bashardoust in the future.


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Waiting on Wednesday [#9]

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9781250044655Heartless by Marissa Meyers

Release Date: 8th of November
Genre: YA,Fantasy,Retellings
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Pages: 464 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans

Waiting on Wednesday [#7]

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by Rick Riordan

Release Date: October 4
Genre: Middle Grade,Fantasy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 528 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:
The second book in a new trilogy by Rick Riordan, which incorporates Norse Mythology.

Waiting on Wednesday [#6]

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9781408845653Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated edition

Release Date: 4th of October
Genre: Middle Grade,Fantasy
Publisher:
Pages: 

Goodreads Synopsis:
All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself.

 

The first one was so gorgeous I need all the others !!!! ❤ ❤

Waiting on Wednesday [#5]

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9781780622309Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: 27th of September
Genre:YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Pages: 448 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.