Tag: ARCs for Review

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

In Ace Of Shades, Erienne Salta liked dresses and devoured cookies like they were oxygen.  She was naive and interesting and determined and had grit. I miss that Enne.  Because in King Of Fools, our protagonists seem like entirely different people.  Levi is all over the place, and the charm that made me enjoy him in the first book seems to be lost now because Levi’s just a hot mess.  The darling bite of his personality seem to have shifted to Jac.  And Lola, so full of promise? She faded to the background.  We have a lot of new faces […]

Posted April 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

Right off the bat, I’m in love with Starworld.  This unexpected novel pulls so many of my heartstrings. I am absolutely one of those humans who likes finding people in books I can relate to, and from page one, Sam Jones was my girl. Things I like about Sam: She hides in Art Class. She’s terrified of humans and still texts like the most amazing nerd ever. She hides in bathroom stalls for peace and quiet when the world is too much. If that were all there was to it, I’d be a fan of this book, because already I’m […]

Posted April 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
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 //
Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I did not think I was going to like this book?  Right off the bat, I’m not saying it’s the best book ever, but I requested this ARC on a whim because I like the publishing house and I haven’t really read much about the ’60s.  A lot of the reviews leading up were talking about the focus on drugs and for some reason I thought there was going to be a lot of focus on Woodstock. While the drugs were a constant presence, I think Summer of ’69 was mostly about the fear of the future in a time where […]

Posted March 25, 2019 in Reviews // 2 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 //