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.

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.  

Unhinged Special Edition (The Underworld Saga, #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Unhinged Special Edition (The Underworld Saga, #1)

Author: Chani Lynn Feener 

Publisher: Independently published

Release Date: November 28, 2020

Pages: 450

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal, YA Mythology 

Synopsis:

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Spencer Perry knew it was a long shot when she started searching for a way into the Underworld, the ancient Greeks resting place for the dead. But three months ago her boyfriend died and now she’ll do anything to get him back, even make a deal with the devil himself. Only, Hades isn’t what she expected, and neither is the proposal he offers. In exchange for Micah’s resurrection, all she has to do is spend every night for the next year down below. From the very first meeting the god makes her feel things she shouldn’t, but she takes the deal anyway, knowing in the end it’ll be worth it. Except, as soon as their bargain begins, strange things start happening. People are being attacked by invisible forces, and all signs point to the God of the Underworld being responsible. Has Spencer inadvertently unleashed hell on earth?

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

This was my first book by Chani Lynn Feener, and it did not disappoint! I loved this one! I was drawn in immediately when I learned it’s a Hades and Persephone retelling, and I love the new covers with artwork by Jemlin Creations. It has such a fun setting, as it takes place in our world, and the Underworld. 

Spencer Perry is in the summer before her senior year of high school, when she loses her childhood friend and love of her life, Micah. Three months after his death, she is determined to do anything to bring him back, including going to the Underworld and making a deal with the devil. 

Hades isn’t anything like what Spencer thought he would be, and his proposal isn’t either. To resurrect Micah, she just has to go to the Underworld every night for a year in exchange. She makes the deal with Hades, even though she felt things she shouldn’t at their first meeting, as she knows it will all be worth it in the end. After Spencer makes the deal, strange things start happening. People are being attacked, and signs point to the god of the Underworld as the culprit. She begins to wonder what exactly she has unleashed. 

I enjoyed Spencer as a protagonist, her two BFF’s Sydney and Quinn, Micah, Charlie and Hadrian so much. I’m super excited to continue reading the series, which includes three more books. It was fast paced, imaginative, and had some great twists. If you like Greek Mythology or fairytale retellings, I really think you’ll enjoy this one. 

About the Author:

Chani majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. She is the author of the Xenith trilogy, and the teen paranormal series, The Underworld Saga, originally written under the pen-name Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut. 

Have a question? Check her blog! https://chanilynnfeener.wixsite.com/a…

Find her on Instagram @TempestChani5171960

Lore: Review

About the Book:

Title: Lore

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Pages: 480

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Mythology

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.download (8)

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

 

 

 

 

Review:

4

This was my first book by Alexandra Bracken. I must say that I really enjoyed this one, as it was very fast paced, action packed, and feminist. It is set in modern day New York City, and I thought it was a neat retelling. I think if you enjoy Greek Mythology, this will definitely appeal to you.

The Agon begins every seven years. Nine of the Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, and are hunted by descendants of their ancient bloodlines, as a punishment from Zeus. These descendants will seize the gods immortality and divine powers after killing them. Melora “Lore” Perseous ran from this world after her family was brutally murdered by a rival line, and she turns her back on the promises of the hunt and all it’s glory. She pushes away her thoughts of revenge against the man, now turned god, who is responsible for their deaths.

As the next hunt is about to begin in New York City, Lore is sought out by an old friend, Castor and the wounded Athena, who is among the last of the original gods. The goddess shows up at her doorstep begging for help. Athena offers Lore an alliance against their mutual enemy, and a way out of the Agon. Lore’s choice to bind herself to the goddess may come at a very steep cost.

I definitely found myself cheering for Lore. She has a very complex past, and we see as the story goes along what exactly makes her tick. She is definitely a fierce and compelling character. I really wished there had been more one on one time with the gods in this one. That is one of the things I was disappointed in.

Hope you pick this one up! A fun read for sure.

About the Author:

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study English and History at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in the publishing industry, she now writes full time. You can visit her online at http://www.alexandrabracken.com or on Twitter (@alexbracken). 2973783

All the Tides of Fate (Book 2): Review

About the Book:

Title: All the Tides of Fate

Author: Adalyn Grace

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Pages: 368

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can 52345987know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc via Netgalley in a giveaway from the author, Adalyn Grace, and Fierce Reads. Thank you for the opportunity!*

Having recently read All the Stars and Teeth, I was SO excited to dive back into this world. All the Tides of Fate certainly did not disappoint! It’s so hard to put into words how I’m feeling after this one. Definitely feeling all the feels.

The story starts off a couple of months after the events that took place in the first book. You quickly become acclimated. Amora has taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia through much blood and sacrifice. The islands in the kingdom are in a state of turmoil and with people beginning to question Amora, and her authority, she doesn’t want to show anyone her weaknesses. She can’t let anyone know about the curse, her loss of magic, and the boy who holds a part of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora sets out on a quest to find a mythical artifact that could fix all their problems. She finds that it comes at a terrible cost. She tries to find a balance between everything, and learns that the power to rule could absolutely destroy her.

I really loved Amora, although I wanted to throttle her at times because of some of the decisions she made. I found myself going “Why?!” a few times. Amora did face a lot of tough decisions though, and she is stubborn and very strong-willed, and felt as though because of her position, she was the one that had to get things done. I loved how Adalyn wrote this character. She just seems very real and authentic. I am happy that the story didn’t just gloss over Amora’s grief and anxiety either, and it was handled well.

I truly enjoyed the whole cast of characters in this duology. I’m so glad I got to spend more time with Amora’s crew. They were a lot of fun, and they gave me a lot of laughter as well as tears.

A delightful world that I am sad to say goodbye to. A painfully beautiful story, make sure you have some tissues handy.

About the Author:

Adalyn Grace is a New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth, which was named “2020’s biggest YA fantasy” by Entertainment Weekly.

Prior to becoming an author, Adalyn spent four years working in live theatre, acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper, and studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular series The Legend of Korra.

Local to San Diego, Adalyn spends her non-writing days by watching too much anime, and by playing video games with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs.


You can follow her on:
Twitter: @AdalynGrace_
Instagram: @authoradalyngrace17671937

All the Stars and Teeth: Review

About the Book:

Title: All the Stars and Teeth

Author: Adalyn Grace 

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Pages: 373

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer — the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious downloadpirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder — and more peril — than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

 

 

Review:

5

A solid debut for Adalyn Grace! This book and cover called to me, as I love books that take place on or near the sea. I also love the fact that it involves pirates, mermaids, quests, and magic which are some of my favorite things.

Amora Montara is the princess of the island kingdom of Visidia. She’s been training her whole life to be a high animancer, a master of souls. Others in the kingdom have been able to choose their magic, but Amora has never had a choice and must prove herself capable and worthy of being able to wield the magic.

As Amora is giving her demonstration and things go awry, she is forced to flee the island and strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate. As she begins her journey, she begins to see there are lots of things happening in the kingdom that she never knew about, and there’s a destructive new type of magic on the rise. In order to defeat this magic, Amora must face many perils. The fate of Visidia and the crown are in her hands.

I highly recommend this one if you enjoy high seas adventures with a dash of romance! Be sure to add this one to your TBR if you haven’t yet.

About the Author:

Adalyn Grace is a New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth, which was named “2020’s biggest YA fantasy” by Entertainment Weekly.

Prior to becoming an author, Adalyn spent four years working in live theatre, acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper, and studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular series The 17671937Legend of Korra.

Local to San Diego, Adalyn spends her non-writing days by watching too much anime, and by playing video games with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs.

You can follow her on:
Twitter: @AdalynGrace_
Instagram: @authoradalyngrace

Crush: Book 2 Review

About the Book:

Title: Crush

Author: Tracy Wolff

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: September 29, 2020

Pages: 704

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal 

Synopsis:

Everything feels off—especially me. I’ve returned to Katmere Academy, but I’m haunted by fragments of days I have no recollection of living and struggling to understand who, or what, I really am.

Just when I start to feel safe again, Hudson is back with a vengeance. He insists there are secrets I don’t know about, threatening to drive a wedge between Jaxon and me forever. But far worse enemies are at our 812ahvPfx8Ldoorstep.

The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court is trying to drag me out of my world and into theirs. The only thing Hudson and Jaxon agree on is that leaving Katmere would mean my certain death.

And not only am I fighting for my life, but now everyone else’s is at stake—unless we can defeat an unspeakable evil. All I know is that saving the people I love is going to require sacrifice.

Maybe more than I’m able to give.

 

 

Review:

 

4

Crush was even better than Crave! I felt that the story was more intricate and a little less annoying. I did a buddy read, and we both appreciated that there were less “sexy af” references, lol.

A lot of things happen in this one. Grace comes back to Katmere Academy with no recollection of what’s happened while she’s been gone. As she starts to feel safe again, Hudson is back and insists there are secrets that she doesn’t know about, and these secrets threaten to drive a wedge between her and Jaxon. They soon discover that they have far worse things to be worrying about. The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court tries to drag Grace out of her world and into theirs. Jaxon and Hudson can only agree on one thing, that if Grace leaves Katmere, it will mean her death. Grace finds herself not only fighting for her life, but for everyone else’s as well. She knows that she is going to have to sacrifice a lot for the people she loves.

I really enjoyed the witty banter in book two. Hudson totally reminded me of one of my other favorite vampires with his humor and sarcasm. I enjoyed Jaxon less in this one. He just didn’t seem like the same Jaxon as in book one to me. He seemed a little whiny.

Get ready for secrets to be revealed, for adventure, for romance, for exciting new characters, and an ending that knock your socks off. Can’t wait for Covet which is releasing in March of 2021!

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff is a lover of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night. A onetime English professor, she now devotes all her time to writing dark and romantic stories with tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. She has written all her sixty-plus novels from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family. tracywolffbooks.com 2003596