Tag: ARCs for Review

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

This book was absolutely beautiful. I don’t typically go in for romance, but sometimes, when it’s paired with exquisitely written historical fiction, I fall head-over-heels for it.  That’s how I feel about The Orphan’s Song. I picked this book up at BookCon a couple weeks ago, and had the opportunity to meet Lauren Kate.  I’d read Fallen when I was younger and I remember very little of it except that there were parts I really liked, and parts I thought were super cheesy.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Orphan’s Song as Lauren moved from YA to adult, but I […]

Posted June 13, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

From what I can see of his previous works, The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a little out of his normal wheelhouse.  A lot of what Alexis Hall writes tends to be paranormal romance, which is one of my least favorites genres.  Had I known that, I probably would not have requested this one… but!  The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is NOT a paranormal romance!  This book is a fantasy retelling a la Sherlock Holmes and that is why I requested it and that is certainly what I got. The writing style in this novel is an absolutely delight, but it has its […]

Posted June 5, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

First of all, I want to share that Storm and Fury is a spin-off series from Jennifer’s The Dark Elements series.  While I felt like this could be read as a standalone without a great deal of confusion, many other do suggest reading The Dark Elements first.  Just wanted to throw that out there. Okay.  Where to begin? There are a few aspects of Storm and Fury I want to discuss, the first fundamentally being that this book was NOT for me.  I read the summary and thought this was going to be a fantasy action novel with light tones of romance […]

Posted May 29, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

At the very beginning, Magic for Liars intrigued me.  The prologue starts in a magical school – half high school, half Hogwarts – then in chapter one we’re transported to a delightfully film noir atmosphere as we’re introduced to Ivy Gamble.  From page one, the atmosphere in this book was spot on, and it’s the type of book that immediately draws you in. Throughout, the atmosphere, setting, and magic remains intriguing.  Explanations of the magical system are simple to understand, but complex enough to be impressive.  There’s a good balance of magic and reality to make the whole novel feel balanced […]

Posted May 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Pirate Queen:  The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

So on the one hand, I appreciate the existence of this book because Grace O’Malley is super cool and her story isn’t widely shared. On the other hand, I’m still not 100% on board with how it was done here. There’s not a whole lot of definitive fact out there about Grace – and this is my historian showing through.  It’s not like we have her letters or a private journal or anything like that to lean on.  Rather, Grace is one of those figures who has become renown through stories and legends  There are some very basic facts we […]

Posted May 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

I’ve never seen a book quite like Solving for M, and frankly?  It was fantastic. Solving for M is a very specific type of story.  It’s about Mika, a fifth-grader nervous about going to a new school and being in different classes than her best friend.  The story starts with Mika in her new math class, and the teacher tells them to bring a “math journal”.  And then he eats a candle.  The story in itself is about change and adaptation and courage.  I didn’t expect this book to confront cancer, especially not in Mika’s immediate family.  So not only do […]

Posted May 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //