Tag: ARCs for Review

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book was so so good. I have to admit – I had pretty low expectations for House of Salt and Sorrows.  There’s been a lot of YA retellings out there in recent years that start with a promise of an original story in a rich world, then turn around and say, “actually no i made a romance is it not magnificent.” To all those books, I say no.  It’s not magnificent – I was promised a retelling and you have failed me. House of Salt and Sorrows, you have not failed me. This book is a retelling […]

Posted July 24, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Anna of Kleve:  The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Man, I really wanted to like this book. First of all, I should start off, I really like Philippa Gregory’s books.  I’ve read The Constant Princess three times.  I have both a hardcopy and audiobook edition of The Taming of the Queen, which is her take on Anne of Cleves.  I am constantly fascinated by the intrigue of the Tudor Court.  I love the way it’s a romance, a suspense, and a solidly good drama.  But it all depends on the author. And I’m the worst.  I get it.  I’m comparing authors and it’s unfair but I need to.  Because I adored Anne’s story… but […]

Posted July 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

By now, I think you all know that when there’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling, it’s going immediately on my TBR.  I don’t discriminate – you say “Alice” and I say “Yes, please!” Ever Alice is another Wonderland retelling, with POVs from both Alice and Rosamund, the Queen of Hearts.  It tells the story of Alice as she returns to Wonderland to help depose of the mad queen, but most of the story is from Rosamund’s POV as paranoia completely consumes her.  One of the first things mentioned in the summary for this book is that Alice is in an asylum and […]

Posted July 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

Nope, nope, nope. Let’s be honest here, media tie-ins are always a risk.  First of all, most the time they make the assumption that you’re already a big fan and that’s why you’re reading the book.  I personally believe they’d be a more effective resource if the two could stand alone, and make you want to seek out the other.  Season of the Witch made me want to avoid The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I think it’s in part because of the complications of this story.  Season of the Witch is being marketed as YA because Sabrina is fifteen and the […]

Posted June 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I really, really, really like this book. I was so surprised by it.  At the time of writing this review (January 29th! I’m dying, waiting for everyone else to be able to read it!) it’s currently at a well-deserved 4.53 stars on Goodreads.  I’m so happy for Elizabeth Lim and I hope the rating stays high.  This book is pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway, and that description is doing it a huge disservice.  It is Mulan in as far as she’s a girl disguised as a boy, and it’s Project Runway only because she makes dresses.  So know that, then […]

Posted June 26, 2019 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

I am absolute trash for a good high fantasy. The Storm Crow is built in an incredible world… and really, you can always tell when the world building is going to be awesome in high fantasy, because there are appendices.  Throughout the course of The Storm Crow, we’re introduced to half-a-dozen different kingdoms, each with unique histories and climates.  If this already sounds intense, fear not!  This is not Tolkien-esque and we don’t delve into the art and culture and royal genealogies.  The world is developed enough to be fascinating, but it has room to grow as the series continues. They […]

Posted June 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //