Review: Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Why I Chose this Book:

If any of you truly know me, you know my undying love for poetry—particularly Victorian poetry. So when I heard about this book being a retelling of Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, I was already all over it. I have always struggled with retellings, because most of the time they feel contrived or one-dimensional, but I was so ready to love this book! I really was.



Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
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Synopsis:   

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world. (Goodreads)

Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why I chose this book: 

I’ll be honest, I’m totally a “judge a book by its cover” girl, and that cover art is gorgeous. Also, as a person who has a strong interest in European mythologies, particularly Irish, Celtic, and Scottish myths, I was not about to pass this book up.


An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis: 

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. (Goodreads)

Review: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I love Rosamund Hodge. I generally love everything about her. Cruel Beauty was wonderful and Crimson Bound was something that shredded my heart in my chest and had me begging for more, so I expected nothing less from Bright Smoke, Cold Fire.


Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
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Synopsis:
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara. Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it.

Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . (Goodreads)

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Monday, May 30, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I have been eyeing this series for a long time now, but have never really gotten around to it. So right after I finished the audiobook version of ACOMAF, I saw that Jennifer Ikeda, the same narrator of ACOMAF, narrated the audiobooks for this series, so I decided that this was the best time to start.




A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Release Date: February 8th, 2011
Genre: Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:
Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism. (Goodreads)

Review for ACOMAF... and the havoc this book has wreaked on my life.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Why I Chose This Book:
I think it is very clear why I chose to read this book. Most of you know I am a huge fangirl of anything SJM writes, so I was painfully waiting for this book to hit the shelves. I got it on my Kindle so I could start reading it IMMEDIATELY, then I got the Target edition that featured the extra Cassian and Nesta scene, and then I bought the audiobook… because why the hell not?

Be prepared, this review will contain MAJOR spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book, I would not read the rest of this review, just know that it is one of the best books I have ever read and you should own a copy for yourself because it is so beyond worth it. Also, I’m sorry in advance for how long it is… I just have a lot of emotions and words, okay?


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis:
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Why I chose this book:
Hello readers! I am guest posting for the lovely Amanda over the upcoming book The Crown’s Game. I picked up this arc because I have been in awe of Russian history since I was in junior high, and having read the first two books in the firebird trilogy recently, I was enamored with it all over again. It’s also being heralded as one of the fantasy breakouts of the year so I’m kind of thinking it could be the next Red Queen in terms of popularity.


The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. (Goodreads)

Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera

Monday, April 18, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I have been in a bit of a book rut lately. It’s a problem. So I decided that I would check out Ruined by Amy Tintera. I heard that her Reboot series is great, and when I saw that she tried her hand at fantasy, I knew it was going to be a must read for the new year.


Ruined by Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake. (Goodreads)

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