The Plentiful Darkness: Review

About the Book:

Title: The Plentiful Darkness

Author: Heather Kassner 

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Release Date: August 3, 2021

Pages: 256

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy 

Synopsis:

In Heather Kassner’s spine-chilling fantasy novel, reminiscent of Serafina and the Black Cloak, an orphaned girl chases a thieving boy into a magician’s land of starless, moonless gloom where other children have gone missing before her.51hJflGEI4S._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

In order to survive on her own, twelve-year-old Rooney de Barra collects precious moonlight, which she draws from the evening sky with her (very rare and most magical) lunar mirror. All the while she tries to avoid the rival roughhouse boys, and yet another, more terrifying danger: the dreaded magician who’s been disappearing children in the night.

When Trick Aidan, the worst of the roughhouse boys, steals her lunar mirror, Rooney will do whatever it takes to get it back. Even if it means leaping into a pool of darkness after it swallows Trick and her mirror. Or braving the Plentiful Darkness, a bewitching world devoid of sky and stars. Or begrudgingly teaming up with Trick to confront the magician and unravel the magic that has trapped Warybone’s children.

“Gleams with an eerie magic, its characters burning bright and fierce. A visual treat of a tale.” —Stefan Bachmann, international bestselling author of Cinders and Sparrows
 

Review:

5

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

An utterly enchanting and magical tale, where I was completely swept away! Brilliant! Everything felt so vivid, real, and alive. This was my second book by Heather Kassner and she has found a lifelong fan.

Twelve year old Rooney de Barra lost her family to the feather flu. In order for her to survive on her own, she collects moonlight, which she draws from the night sky into her lunar mirror. She’s been trying to avoid the roughhouse boys who are her biggest competitors for the moonlight. There’s an even more terrifying danger on the streets though, a magician who has been disappearing children in the night.

Trick Aidan, her worst rival from the roughhouse boys steals her precious lunar mirror, and Rooney is determined to do anything to get it back. As she tries to track Trick down, she sees him be swallowed by a pool of darkness and jumps in after him. They find themselves in the Plentiful Darkness, a fascinating world without sky or stars. She is forced to team up with Trick to confront the magician, and to help the children of Warybone that have been trapped there by the magician’s magic.

If you like stories that are eerie and full of magic, twists and turns, friendships, and found family, you will love this one. A real page turner that I highly recommend!

About the Author:

Heather Kassner loves thunderstorms, hummingbirds, and books. She lives with her husband in Arizona, waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the rain, photographing hummingbirds, and reading and writing strange little stories.Version 6

 

Untethered (Shielded, #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: Untethered 

Author: KayLynn Flanders

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Pages: 464

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes the thrilling sequel to Shielded about a world in a deadly magical war and the newly crowned king and feisty princess who must defeat the deadliest of foes before there’s nothing left to save.download (17)

Although King Atháren’s sister, Jennesara, saved Hálendi from the Gray Mage, the reprieve came at a steep price–the life of their father. Now Ren rules over a divided kingdom, with some who want him dead, and a Medallion that warns of worse trouble brewing in the south.

As second born, Princess Chiara is the perfect Turian royal–perfectly invisible. She longs to help restore peace on the Plateau, but with no magic and no fighting skills, she doesn’t stand a chance against a mage. So when a member of the Turian royal family goes missing and Chiara finds a clue about the rumored resting place of the mages’ long-lost artifacts, she decides it’s time to be seen.

As Ren’s and Chiara’s paths cross, they find the depth of the mages’ hold on the Plateau is more powerful than anyone suspected, and that they must learn to trust themselves, and each other, before the mages retrieve their artifacts and become too powerful to ever defeat.

Review:

5

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

Wow! I loved Shielded, but Ioved Untethered even more! Shielded was Jenna and Enzo’s story, and Untethered is about Ren, Jenna’s older brother, and Chiara, Enzo’s younger sister. This was such a cool change of pace, and I loved hearing the story from their perspectives.

King Ren’s sister, Jenna, saved Halendi from the Gray Mage, but that vindication came with a very high price-the life of their father. Ren now rules over a kingdom divided, where some even want him dead. He’s also left with his father’s mysterious Medallion that warns him of trouble down South.

As the second born, Princess Chiara is the picture perfect Turian royal, but she’s also perfectly invisible. She wants to do her part and help restore peace to the Plateau, but she has no magic or fighting skills to speak of, and she has no chance against a powerful mage. When a member of the royal Turian family goes missing and Chiara finds a clue that might lead to the mages long lost artifacts, she decides to make her move.

When Ren and Chiara’s paths cross, they find that the mages have a very powerful hold over the Plateau, more powerful than anyone could have imagined. They need to trust themselves, and each other, and defeat the mages before they get the magical artifacts and become completely unstoppable.

I was really smitten with Ren and Chiara and their growth in this one. They both started out with so much self-doubt and it was amazing to see them hold their own in the end.

I’m secretly hoping that we get more in this amazing world that KayLynn has built. There are still some questions I have, even though this was an extremely satisfying ending. If you loved Shielded, I think you will definitely love this sequel that is packed with action, adventure, family, friendships, and romance. Untethered is releasing on July 20, 2021, so preorder or request at your local library now!

About the Author:

KayLynn Flanders is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a degree in English Language and a minor in editing. When she’s not writing, she spends her time playing volleyball, reading, and traveling. She lives in Utah with her family, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip. Her debut novel is Shielded. To learn more about KayLynn, go to kaylynnflanders.com or follow @kaylynnflanders on Twitter and Instagram.Flanders_Author2018 hi res

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1):Review

About the Book:

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely 

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Pages: 484

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA retelling 

Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.download (15)

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

 
 
 

Review:

5

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale, so I was definitely excited to read this contemporary retelling! It’s been on my TBR for a long time, and I am glad that I finally did a buddy read. Kemmerer takes the classic elements of the original story and puts her own unique spin on it. It did not disappoint!

Prince Rhen has been cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over again. As the heir of Emberfall, he thought he could easily break the curse by having a girl fall for him. He turns into a vicious beast that is fixed on destruction, and loses hope after the castle and his family are obliterated.

Harper has had a hard life. Her father has disappeared, her mother is dying, and her brother underestimates her abilities due to her having cerebral palsy. She has learned to be tough enough to pull through her circumstances. She tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington D.C. and is transported into a magical world.

Harper finds herself not knowing who or what to believe in this enchanted land. Does she believe the Prince that there’s a curse and a monster involved? As she spends time with Rhen in Emberfall, she begins to see exactly what is at stake. Rhen realizes that Harper is not just another girl to woo and charm, and begins to have some hope again. Mighty forces are standing against Emberfall however, and it will take more than just breaking the curse to save Harper, Rhen and his people from ruination.

If you love retellings, fairytales, a slow burn romance, and a strong heroine, I think that you will enjoy this one. I am excited to read book two to find out what happens next!

About the Author:

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like4629194 The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell. 

In the Same Boat:Review

About the Book:

Title: In the Same Boat

Author: Holly Green

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Pages: 368

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Synopsis:

In the Same Boat is the hugely entertaining blend of romance and thrilling adventure that you never knew you needed.61mWI5CL1VL._AC_UL320_

Sadie Scofield is just a few days away from the race of a lifetime. The Texas River Odyssey may be 260 miles and multiple days of arduous canoeing where every turn of the river reveals new dangers-downed trees, alligators, pitch black night-but those dangers pale in comparison to going another year knowing that her father is ashamed of her.

Last year, Sadie caused a disastrous wreck that ended her father’s twenty year streak of finishes, and he’s never looked at her the same. Now, she knows that finishing the race with her brother, Tanner, is her one shot to redeem herself. She’s ready for anything…except Tanner ditching her for another team at the last minute.

Sadie grits her teeth and accepts that she has to team up with Cully, her former best friend turned worst enemy. It’s irritating enough that he grew up to be so attractive, but once they’re on the river it turns out he’s ill-prepared for such a dangerous race. But as the miles pass, the pain of the race builds, they uncover the truth about their feuding families, and Sadie’s feelings for Cully begin to shift. Could this race change her life more than she ever could have imagined?

With an unforgettable heroine and an immersive setting, Holly Green’s captivating debut promises heart-stopping action and a swoony romance that will leave you cheering.
 

Review:

5

*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Captivating debut from Holly Green! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I picked it up, but I’m so glad I did. It was hard to put down, and I read it in a couple of days. It blends together an adventure and romance just perfectly.

Sadie Scofield is so close to a huge race that she’s waited her whole life for. The Texas River Odyssey is 260 miles and several days of backbreaking canoeing with dangers lurking around every corner, such as fallen trees and even alligators. Sadie feels as though these dangers are nothing compared to going into another year with her father being ashamed of her.

All of Sadie’s family members have finished the big race, but when she and her dad partnered up last year it was a complete disaster. Sadie was injured and her dad didn’t finish a race for the first time in 20 years. Their relationship hasn’t been the same since then, and she feels that the only way to fix things between them is to finish the race this year, with her brother Tanner as her partner. At the last minute, Tanner ditches her to join another team. Sadie sucks it up, and partners with her ex-best friend now arch enemy, John Cullen or “Cully” as she used to call him. He grew up to be pretty cute, which irks her, plus when they get out on the river, he doesn’t seem very well prepared. As the miles on the river go by, and the pain of the race starts setting in, Sadie and Cully begin to uncover the truth about their fighting families and why their friendship unraveled. Sadie’s feelings toward Cully begin to shift, and she begins to wonder if this race could change her life more than she imagined.

I found myself rooting for Sadie and Cully as the race was on, and I was on the edge of my seat at times. I laughed a lot and also found myself completely teary-eyed. An epic adventure about perseverance, friendship, and family that you won’t want to miss! Preorder now or request from your local library. This wonderful story releases on July 20, 2021.

About the Author:

Holly Green is a writer from Austin, TX. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her YA novel, IN THE SAME BOAT is forthcoming from Scholastic, July 20, 2021. download (16)

 

Book of Fire (The Book of Fire #1):Review

About the Book:

Title: Book of Fire 

Author: Michelle Kenney 

Publisher: Harper Collins HQ 

Release Date: August 27, 2017

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Distopian

Synopsis:

Life outside the domes is not possible. At least that’s what Insiders are told. Twins Eli and Talia shouldn’t exist. They’re Outsiders.36003853._SY475_

Their home is a secret. Their lives are a secret. Arafel is a secret.

An unexpected forest raid forces Talia into a desperate mission to rescue her family while protecting the sacred book of Arafel from those who would use it as a weapon. As Talia and her life long friend Max enter the dome, she makes some unexpected discoveries, and allies, in the form of rugged Insider August, that will change the course of her life forever.

She’ll stop at nothing to save her family but will she sacrifice her heart in the process?

The Fire Sermon meets Gladiator in this brilliant YA debut.

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Book of Fire was the book I didn’t know I needed! A fast paced, enthralling ya dystopian that I highly recommend.

This story takes place after there’s been a nuclear war. Talia lives with her family in a village of treehouses as an Outsider. There are also Insiders, those who live inside the Lifedome, which was designed to protect people from the after effects of the bombs. The Insiders have been told that life outside of the dome is not possible, and Outsiders shouldn’t exist. The Outsiders home and lives are supposed to be a secret. An unexpected forest raid forces Talia on a precarious mission to save her family from the Insiders, while also protecting the book of Arafel from those who could potentially use it as a weapon. As Talia and her best friend Max enter the dome, she makes some completely unexpected discoveries, as well as some allies, including the mysterious Insider August, that will change her life forever.

I absolutely loved all the surprises in this book when it came to mythology, history and science! The world that Kenney created is so intriguing. There’s an unforgettable cast of characters, and a few stole a piece of my heart. Unus, here’s looking at you!

A great start to a series that I am excited to continue! If you like a fierce heroine, action, adventure, and some romance, I think you will enjoy this one.

About the Author:

I’m a firm believer in magic, and that ancient doorways to other worlds can still be found if we look hard enough. I’m also a hopeless scribbleaholic and, when left to my own devices, likes nothing better than to dream up new fantasy worlds in the back of a dog-eared notebook. Doctors say they’re unlikely to find a cure any time soon.download (14)

In between scribbling, I love reading, running, attempting to play bluegrass and beach treasure-hunting with my small people (dreamers-in-training).

Somehow, I have an LLB (hons) degree, an APD in Public Relations and I’m an Accredited Practitioner with the CIPR. But I’m definitely happiest curled up against a rainy window, with my nose in a book!

I’m represented by Northbank Talent Management, and love chatting all things book-related at https://www.facebook.com/BookofFireMK Twitter: @mkenneypr and Instagram: @mich_kenneyauthor

Book of Fire is the first in a YAFantasy Trilogy published by HarperCollins HQ. City of Dust, Book 2, was published October 2018 (digital) and December 2018 (paperback), and Storm of Ash, the final instalment was published in December 2019 (Digital) and February 2020 (Paperback)
 

Six Crimson Cranes: Review

About the Book:

Title: Six Crimson Cranes

Author: Elizabeth Lim 

Publisher: Knopf

Release Date: July 6, 2021

Pages: 464

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Retelling 

Synopsis:

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.download (13)

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
 

 

Review:

 

5

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

If you love fairytales and retellings, you will love this book! It’s a retelling of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Anderson, and it was fantastic. It is steeped in beautiful folklore and Asian culture. Elizabeth Lim has now become an auto-buy author for me.

Shiori is the only princess of Kiata, with six brothers, so she has been quite used to getting her way around the palace. She has a secret, however. Shiori has magic, which is expressly forbidden in the kingdom. She is usually able to hide it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, she loses control. At first it seems like it may be a good thing, as it postpones the wedding she didn’t want, but it attracts notice from her stepmother, Raikama.

Raikama has dark magic, and banishes the princess and turns her six brothers into cranes. She warns Shiori that one word must not escape her lips, for every word she speaks will kill one of her brothers.

Shiori finds herself far from home, alone, unable to speak, and without any money as she begins to search for her brothers. On her journey, she discovers a conspiracy to overtake her father’s throne. She is the only one that can fix things, but to do that, she must put her trust in the boy she never wanted to marry. She must also accept her magic and use it, after being told to contain it her whole life, no matter what it costs her.

This is a story about family, friendship, and self-discovery that takes you on an unforgettable adventure. I am so excited to find out what happens in the next installment!

About the Author:

Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.6926374

Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel — for kicks, at first, then things became serious — and she hasn’t looked back since.

Elizabeth loves classic film scores, books with a good romance, food (she currently has a soft spot for arepas and Ethiopian food), the color turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3): Review

About the Book:

Title: Bloodwitch 

Author: Susan Dennard 

Publisher: Tor Teen 

Release Date: February 12, 2019

Pages: 464

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Fans of Susan Dennard’s Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.download (12)

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.
 

Review:

5

Wow! This is the best book in the Witchlands series to date! I feel as though it keeps on getting better and better. An action packed adventure full of all the feels. I am definitely a lifelong fan now.

This picks up where Windwitch left off, where we follow our returning cast of characters, with a bit more of a focus on Aeduan. We get to know the characters so much better, and I really loved that about this one. Vivia and Ryber have become new favorites. I love that friendship is still such an important theme to the story as well. I love Safi and Iseult’s friendship so much! Aeduan has grown on me even more, which I didn’t think was possible.

If you’re a fan of this series, definitely pick this one up. I highly recommend it. I am so excited to read Witchshadow, which is releasing on June 22, 2021.

About the Author:

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.4499623

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

You can learn more about Susan on her websiteblognewsletterTwitter, or Pinterest.

XOXO: Review

About the Book:

Title: XOXO 

Author: Axie Oh

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: July 13, 2021

Pages: 352 

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance 

Synopsis:

Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.81Kz+Kr3LRL

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

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

This book was adorable and I absolutely loved it! I devoured this one in a day, as I couldn’t put it down. It was exactly what I was hoping for in Axie’s first contemporary. I hope she writes more in this genre, I need more!

Jenny is a cello prodigy, and her main goal in life is to get into a prestigious music conservatory. One night while working at her Uncle Jay’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, she meets a very cute and mysterious boy, Jaewoo. She feels he’s the kind of boy that could change her life forever. For one night, she steps out of her comfort zone and has an amazing adventure with Jaewoo, who winds up completely disappearing.

A few months later, Jenny finds herself in South Korea with her mother to take care of her sick grandmother. She is shocked to find out that Jaewoo attends the same elite arts academy that she’s enrolled in for the semester. She also finds out that he’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world, and he’s forbidden from dating.

Jenny goes on an unforgettable adventure. When a relationship means throwing off all her carefully laid out plans, she must decide how far she’ll go for love.

XOXO is a really fun read, and it has a sweet romance, some amazing friendships, and some wonderful family moments between Jenny and her mom and grandmother. If you want something that gives you all the warm fuzzies and happy tears, this one is for you!

About the Author:

Axie Oh is a first generation Korean American, born in NYC and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California – San Diego and holds an MFA from Lesley University in Writing for Young People. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk tea. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her puppy, Toro.15243084

 

Sightwitch: (The Witchlands, #2.5) Review

About the Book:

Title: Sightwitch 

Author: Susan Dennard 

Publisher: Tor Teen 

Release Date: February 13, 2018

Pages: 224

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis: 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches.51a7zTIE+OL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…

Before Merik returned from the dead…

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight—and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.

On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch is a companion novella that also serves as a set up to Bloodwitch, as well as an expansion of the Witchlands world. 

 

Review:

4

This was a great companion novella to the Witchlands series! Definitely read it after reading Truthwitch and before reading Bloodwitch. It contains some amazing insights into this world! I really enjoyed the diary entries, drawings, maps, and illustrations. 

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive her gift of foretelling. The call never comes, and she finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. 

Time passes, and one day Sisters who already have the Sight are summoned to the mountain and never return. Ryber must save her Sisters, as she is the only one left. It’s a dangerous undertaking as she doesn’t have the Sight, and she has no idea what awaits under the mountain.

On her journey under the mountain, she meets a captain called Kullen Ikray who has no memory of how he came to be there. They decide to journey together in search of answers. What they discover will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

If you’re a fan of the Witchlands series, I definitely recommend this one! It was a quick and enjoyable read. 

About the Author:

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.4499623

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series. When not writing, she can be found slaying darkspawn on her Xbox or earning bruises at the dojo.

You can learn more about Susan on her websiteblognewsletterTwitter, or Pinterest.  

Of Princes and Promises (Rosetta Academy #2): Review

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About the Book:

Title: Of Princes and Promises

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Pages: 304

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Fantasy, YA Romance

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the second installment in a brand-new series set an elite boarding school that’s a contemporary spin on fairy tales, this one a delightful, romantic twist on The Frog Prince.of-princes-and-promises-9781534417571_hr

Caterina LaValle is determined to show she’s still the queen of Rosetta Academy. Sure, her crown may be slightly askew after her ex-boyfriend, Alaric, cheated on her, but she’s a LaValle. She’ll find a way to march right back in there, her hands clutching the strings to the whole puppet show. This time, she’s going to be untouchable.

Rahul Chopra knows that moment he shared with Caterina LaValle at the winter formal meant something. Surely she feels it, too. He’s a little uncertain how someone like him (socially inept to a point way past “adorkable”) could fit into her world, but he’s loved Caterina for years. He knows they’ll find a way.

When Caterina finds out Alaric is taking a supermodel to the upcoming gala, she knows she cannot arrive without the perfect date. But the thought of taking another superficial St. R’s boy exhausts her. The solution? Sweet-but-clueless Rahul Chopra and a mysterious pot of hair gel with the power to alter the wearer into whatever his heart desires.

When Rahul tries it, he transforms instantly into RC—debonair, handsome, and charming. But transformation comes with a price: As Rahul enjoys his new social standing, the line between his two personas begins to blur. Will he give up everything, including Caterina, to remain RC? Or will this unlikely pair find their way back to each other?

Review:

5

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

Of Princes and Promises is the second book in the Rosetta Academy series. Sandhya Menon is an auto-buy author for me, and I love her books so much. She always manages to bring a smile to my face. This installment did not disappoint!

Caterina wants to show that she’s still the creme de la creme of Rosetta Academy after the big breakup with her boyfriend Alaric. She hopes to take back her “crown” and her status. Rahul believes that the dance he shared with Caterina at the winter formal means something, and he’s convinced that she feels that way too. He’s a little uncertain of how he could fit into her world, but he’s adored her for so long. His hope is that they’ll find a way to be together.

When Caterina finds out that Alaric is taking a supermodel to the upcoming gala, she knows she must find the perfect date to accompany her. The thought of taking another one of the fake boys from the school doesn’t appeal to her however. She decides to take Rahul, who is sweet and often oblivious. Caterina takes him to her personal assistant at a small local boutique. There he is transformed into who he dreams of being, by a mysterious pot of hair gel.

When Rahul tries the hair gel, he is turns into the handsome, charming, and cultured RC. He and Caterina hit the social scene and cause quite a stir. Rahul and Caterina discover that the transformation comes with a price however, as the line between Rahul and RC begins to blur. The question is, will Rahul give up everything to become RC, or will he come back to the ones he loves?

I liked watching the character development of Caterina and Rahul throughout the book. Rahul is such a sweet boy and I loved  him from the get go! Such a cinnamon roll. It took awhile for Caterina to grow on me though. She was really only looking out for herself in the beginning. I really loved the overall message that it’s okay to be true to yourself and who you are. Definitely pick this one up ASAP! A fun and fresh new take on the Princess and the Frog that you’re sure to enjoy.

About the Author:

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been featured in several cool places, including on The Today Show, Teen Vogue, NPR Book Review, Buzzfeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. Sandhya Menon Author Photo_Digital

 

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