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Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Upon a Burning Throne starts out with potential.  It tells the story of the succession of a kingdom – two children born to the royal family.  One child is born blind, the other a child with albinism.  The nobility is at first aghast, for these are not “normal” children.  Nonetheless, the burning throne claims both children as heirs.  A third child, the daughter of an outcast brother of the regent, is presented.  The burning throne accepts her too, but the royal family doesn’t, and her father swears revenge. The story sets itself to be a fight for the throne between […]

Posted April 3, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I want to start off this review by refuting the claim that it’s a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones.  I honestly believe that got me in the wrong mindset from the beginning, because that comparison left me wanting so much more.  Descendant of the Crane features a fairly messed up royal family, but otherwise, this is its own thing. The opening of the story is great.  We start just after the death of the king.  The atmosphere is gloomy and unpredictable, even dangerous.  The main characters steal into a disreputable district to seek forbidden magic.  It’s a great beginning.  It pulled me […]

Posted March 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

If you’re looking for a deeply dark fantasy world, littered with monsters, then Wicked Saints is for you.  It’s gruesome and gritty and filled with an excellent amount of magic and uncertainty. Our protagonist, Nadya, is the last Cleric.  She has been chosen by the gods to deliver Kalyazin from the endless war with Tranavia and bring the gods back into perspective.  While Nadya is backed by the goddess of death, she is able to commune with all the gods.  This is historically unheard of.  Driven by rage and piety and hopes of revenge, Nadya follows the mysterious Malachiasz into the heart […]

Posted March 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

Once upon a time, there was a princess.  This princess possessed magic, but needed to hide it because her grandfather the king kept people like herself in chains.  She survived for a while living two lives, but then she was discovered, and faced with death or enslavement, the princess made her own choice.  This is the story that Rhea Ravenna hears in the darkness of her attic, and it is a story that will change her life. At the beginning, I loved The Waking Forest.  Alyssa Wees’s writing is a little flowery, but I like that aspect.  Part One weaves between […]

Posted February 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

While I had some fundamental issues with this book, I think the YA world in may just love it. Immoral Code tells the story of five teens, best friends since forever, taking action against injustice.  Bellany is brilliant and could go full-ride to MIT… except that her umber rich father still shows up on her FAFSA and she can get an ounce of support.  Even though her father abandoned her before she was born.  When Bellamy tries to call him, he hangs up on her.  So that’s it.  No MIT. Except her friend Narioka, hacker extraordinaire, has a different idea. […]

Posted February 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

I’m positively enchanted by Enchantée. I must admit, when I requested this ARC from NetGalley, I had my reservations.  This is one of those examples where the online bookish community really came through for me.  I discovered Enchantée through a giveaway on Roshani Chokshi’s page.  There was a massive joint giveaway for six ARCs upcoming in 2019, and when I got to Gita Trelease’s page, Enchantée stood out.  Why?  The cover is freaking gorgeous. So when I saw it on NetGalley, I figured – sure, I’ll request that!  Two weeks-ish later, I got my acceptance email, and I read 40% of the book that first […]

Posted January 30, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //