Ignite the Sun Review

About the Book:

Title: Ignite the Sun

Author: Hanna C. Howard

Publisher: BlinkYA/Harper Collins

Release Date: August 18, 2020

Pages: 352

Genre: YA Fantasy


Once upon a time, there was something called the sun… In a kingdom ruled by an evil witch, the sun is just part of a legend about light-filled days of old. Luckily for everybody in the kingdom, Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the light–or she will lose everything trying.

Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow.48999856._SY475_

Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old daysthat she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents. Siria’s need to please them is greater even than her fear of the dark. So she heads to the royal city–the very center of the darkness–for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court.

But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of the sun with a ragtag group of rebels who could help her bring back the Light … or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.



*I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


I was intrigued by this book from the beginning and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next! I absolutely enjoyed the world this was set in, and the magic and mythology that was woven in. In this story, the kingdom of Luminor reigned and then was taken over by an evil queen who covered the whole kingdom in darkness. The main character, Siria always hated the darkness and would ask her best friend Linden, and his grandfather Yarrow to tell her the tales about the sun. Her parents never understood her fascination with the sun, but she yearns to please them. So, she heads to the royal city of Terra-Volat, the center of all the darkness, to find a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court. What she discover’s there sends her on a quest with a group of rebels.

Siria joins Linden, Yarrow, a spirited naiad, and a banshee on an epic journey to lead the rebellion as she tries to defeat the darkness and restore the light to the kingdom. It’s all or nothing, because if they fail, Terra-Volat  will be sucked into the never ending darkness. I enjoyed getting to know Siria and the whole cast of characters on this magical journey. I love the friendships that Siria makes along the way, and there’s even a dash of romance. We watch as Siria grows from a spoiled girl to a strong young woman. The ending of the book was satisfying, and I can see it being a standalone, but I felt as though there should have been an epilogue to wrap up a few things that I still was left wondering about.

An overall wonderful debut about light vs darkness that I could totally get behind! I hope that we get more from this wonderful world in the future. I would absolutely love a sequel!

About the Author:


Hanna C. Howard spent most of her childhood wondering how she might avoid growing up, and eventually solved the conundrum by becoming an artist and a writer. She considers tea an essential food group, has more books than shelf space, and thinks the ultimate geek triumvirate is Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and son, their Disreputable Dog, and a cat skilled in the martial arts.

Shielded Review and Author Interview

About the Book:

Title: Shielded

Author: Kaylynn Flanders

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Pages: 432

Genre: YA Fantasy


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For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.




*I received an e-arc from the author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I truly enjoyed this story and thought it was a great debut! It hooked me in right from the beginning.  I thought there was great world building, action, betrayal, epic battle scenes, a unique magical system, romance, and some amazing characters, including some villains of course.

I especially love the main character, Princess Jennesara. She is one of my new favorites! She’s a very likable heroine. She’s not a princess in jeopardy or someone with an overly troubled past, she’s just a girl that’s doing her duty for her kingdom. Her father tells her she must marry the Prince of Turia for the good of the kingdom, and she obeys. I thought that spoke volumes of her character, that she was willing to sacrifice her desires for the security of her kingdom. She leaves the innocence of her childhood behind, to face her fears and the unknown. I enjoyed the journey and watching her come into her own.

I think the only part of the story that I found a little confusing were some of the sections about the villains, especially toward the end of the book. Some of the scenes seemed a little rushed. I’m hoping that we learn more about these villains and what exactly makes them tick in the next book. Is it only power and revenge fueling them, or is there more to it?

A great start to a series! I laughed, I cried, and I cheered along as I read this book. I felt that the ending was satisfying and I can’t wait to see what happens to Jenna and company in the sequel.

Author Interview:

1.) What initially inspired you to write Shielded?

The idea for Shielded started from a dream. The dream was really different from what the book turned into (there were neon yellow tanks in the dream?), but the emotions for the moment in the dream stayed. I won’t share spoilers, but there were people in danger, and I woke up before they were safe, my adrenaline rushing with the cliffhanger. I came up with a solution (magic!) so I could go back to sleep, but the characters stayed with me. I let that idea grow over a few months, asking questions about who the characters were, why they were in danger, and how they got out of danger, and eventually, it all became Shielded.

2.) For those that don’t know Jennesara (Jenna for short), how would you describe her in three words?

Fierce, loyal, compassionate.

3.) Jenna has such a close relationship with her brother which I really enjoyed, having a brother of my own. Is their relationship inspired by any of your true life relationships?

I have two awesome older brothers! Jenna really needed a solid anchor with the load she carries, so I pulled my favorite parts of my relationship with my brothers and put it into Jenna and Ren’s relationship.

4.) I absolutely loved Jenna’s training and battle sequences. How much research went into getting those scenes just right?

Fight scenes can be really tricky to write, so I wanted to be sure I got them right. The bulk of the research was a lifetime of reading high fantasy books and watching Marvel movies with epic fights. But I also acted out the scenes, seeing if they flowed and if the actions made sense. For the self-defense scene later in the book, I had my husband grab me from behind to see if a technique I’d learned from YouTube could work. (I didn’t flip him like *the character does in the book, but I totally could have, which was cool! *hashtag no spoilers)

5.) Enzo is so adorable! Which actor would you cast to play him?

I’m sure there are more great options out there, but a young Ben Barnes (like from Prince Caspian) would be perfect! Or maybe Asher Angel? I am not great at casting. 😀

6.) Is your website the best place to find out about preorder campaigns or signed copies of the book? 

Yes! There should be information forthcoming about a preorder campaign I’m really excited about (including signed copies). There will be information on my website, and on my social media as soon as everything’s ready.

About the Author:

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KayLynn Flanders has a degree in English Language and editing, and has been a freelance editor and book designer for over ten years. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy, will be published by Delacorte (Penguin Random House) July 21, 2020. KayLynn and her family live in Utah between some mountains and a lake, and she is directionally challenged without them. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and volleyball, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of -the-moment road trip. Find her online at kaylynnflanders.com.

Agnes at the End of the World Review

About the Book:

Title: Agnes at the End of the World

Author: Kelly McWilliams

Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Pages: 432

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Dystopian


The Handmaid’s Tale meets Wilder Girls in this unique, voice-driven novel from Kelly McWilliams.

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.61lQYGH6IyL

Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?



*I received an e-arc from the author and Netgalley for an honest review*

If you love dystopian or fantasy books, you’ll love Agnes! This book pleasantly took me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it. It’s an amazing story that depicts a religious cult and a viral pandemic, while ultimately giving a message of courage and hope.

I was hooked from the moment that Agnes snuck out of her trailer at Red Creek to meet with an “Outsider” to get the insulin so desperately needed for her baby brother, Ezekiel. I absolutely fell for Danny, the Outsider that Agnes meets. I loved the relationship between Agnes and her sister Beth, and it was interesting having the story told from both of their individual points of view. There’s actually an amazing cast of characters in this story, but I don’t want to spoil too much. I found myself cheering along for Agnes. She’s truly a unique character, and I loved how she held onto hope and faith throughout everything she endured.

Agnes at the End of the World releases on June 9, 2020, so there’s still time to preorder and request your preorder goodies! Further information on Kelly’s website and social media accounts. Also be sure to request it at your local library. This was truly a rare gem of a story, and I definitely recommend it.

 About the Author:

Kelly is the author of the upcoming young adult novel, AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD (June, 2020, Little, Brown Young Readers), which benefitted from a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship. She lives in Colorado with her partner and young daughter.
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Aurora Burning Review

About The Book:

Title: Aurora Burning

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release Date: May 5, 2020


Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Sci-Fi


Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.
When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.




Let me see if I can compose myself after that ending and write a review…Wow! I thought that my heart was broken in the first book?! Well, it’s been pulverized in the second. Amie and Jay, you managed to rip my heart out of my chest with that cliffhanger of an ending.

Squad 312 goes through such a journey in this book, and more about their pasts are revealed. I really enjoyed the character development. We get to know a lot more about Zila, which I was definitely hoping for, as we didn’t get much from her perspective in the first book. We got more Finian too! Yay! I also enjoyed Kal and Auri’s growth and how their relationship is explored. And of course Tyler and Scarlett, who could forget two of my favorite fictional siblings?! I also loved meeting Kal’s long lost sister. It might sound hard to believe, but I definitely fell for all the characters even more than I did in the first book, this time around.

There’s a lot of adventure, humor, romance, cool spaceships, planets, and even amazing costumes courtesy of Scarlett, in this action packed, amazing story. I seriously don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until next year for the next book. Somebody sedate me!


About The Authors:

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

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Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLES, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of six Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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Sisters of Sword and Song Review

About the Book:

Title: Sisters of Sword and Song

Author: Rebecca Ross

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Pages: 432

Genre: YA Fantasy


From the author of The Queen’s Rising comes a thrilling YA stand-alone fantasy about the unbreakable bond between sisters. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcy91Wlket2RVLon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.
Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.






* I received an arc from the author and the publisher, Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely loved this beautiful book! This is the third book I’ve read by Rebecca Ross, and she definitely has a fan for life in me. Her writing is so alluring and captivating, and I was drawn into the story from the very beginning.

This standalone YA Fantasy takes place in an alternate Ancient Greek world. The setting is so lush and vivid. I loved the unique mythology. There were 9 “divines” that left behind earthly relics for humankind to find that contained magical properties, and some of them were never recovered. The divine that the two main characters, Halcyon and Evadne were descended from was fallen. Evadne was always fascinated with magic though, and hoped that she would have it somehow. Halcyon is a great fighter, and could beat the boys, and outrun everyone, and so joined the Queen’s army when she was very young. The two sisters were very close, and Evadne missed Halcyon terribly when she left. They are about to finally be reunited after eight long years, when Halcyon arrives earlier than expected, and Evadne surmises that things have gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is being hunted by her commander and the charge is murder. Halcyon’s life winds up being spared at her trial, but the punishment is very heavy. Evadne volunteers to take part of her sentence, and get to the bottom of what happened with her sister. And so begins an epic adventure, and things aren’t all as they seem.

I truly enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters and how strong their bond was, even though they had been apart for eight years. They were truly devoted to each other and would do anything to protect the other.  I also loved that they came from a big loving family that all lived together in the olive grove in Isaura.  You could just feel the love between them all.

When Evadne goes to serve her portion of Halcyon’s sentence, she is sent to a city. The city is full of warriors, mages, scribes, and even prisoners. I love how we see Evadne grow and change and come into her own, as she’s separated from her sister and her family. There’s a male character that she meets in the city that I completely adore. He’s so caring and kind, and a romance blossoms that completely made me swoon.

If you enjoy stories about kick butt warriors, mages and scribes, strong females, family relationships, pain that is complex, slow burn romance, and more importantly sisterhood, hope, and forgiveness, then this book is for you. Do yourself a favor and add this to your TBR. You won’t regret it!

About the Author:

Rebecca Ross grew up in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, lively dog and endless piles of books. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from UGA. In the past she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college.

Rebecca writes fantasy for young adult readers. Her debut novel, THE QUEEN’S RISING, was released on February 6, 2018 from HarperTeen.

THE QUEEN’S RISING is set to be translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Dutch, German, Hebrew and will be available in the UK.