I was so excited to hear that Empress of All Seasons was being published in the UK -- an all-girl contest to win the hand of the emperor’s son set in a Japanese-inspired world? Sign me up. I tumbled into the story right away and really enjoyed it -- it features strong feminist themes, trope inversion, and some incredibly badass women.
I absolutely love those rare books that combine science fiction and fantasy elements. Naturally I was naturally thrilled when I heard about Mirage, a Moroccan-inspired YA book that does just that. If you’re looking for a gorgeous tale with lush worldbuilding, I couldn’t recommend Mirage more highly.
I had been hearing so much about The Poppy War via social media and knew I had to try for a copy on NetGalley. I began reading my digital ARC, made it a few chapters in, and bought the book. I can confidently say that this is one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was a book I had extremely high hopes for. Billed as an east-Asian retelling of the ‘evil queen’ myth so prevalent in fairy tales. I love a good villain/anti-heroine and I feel like we just don’t get enough of them in fantasy, particularly YA fantasy. So with high hopes for Xifeng, I eagerly dove in.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Belles! I’m so thrilled to bring you my review for one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2018. Let’s dive in, shall we?
There was so much hype surrounding When Dimple Met Rishi. It is the kind of book that YA readers have been crying out for for ages, and Menon absolutely hit the nail on the head.
I saw this book and fell in love with its gorgeous cover. As someone looking to fill the diversity gap in her fantasy reading, The Wrath and the Dawn was the perfect departure from the ordinary.