Everyone was talking about Raybearer in the lead-up to its release, and as with most hyped YA fantasy books I was a little cautious going in. I'm a reader that can really be let down by hype, however I'm here to say that Raybearer is absolutely worth your time and is one of the best books of the year!
I'll be honest, "gender-swapped Alexander the Great retelling set in space" was all I needed to know about Unconquerable Sun when it originally crossed my path -- it immediately got added to the "most anticipated books of the year" list. Having only read, but absolutely adored, one book by Kate Elliott before, I knew she'd be able to pull of a book with such an epic scope.
Having read Lee's Ninefox Gambit, I knew that I should expect a few things from Phoenix Extravagant: an incredibly immersive and original world, great characters, and a compelling read. While I enjoyed Ninefox Gambit, his latest novel absolutely blows it out of the water for me.
I've been doing a lot of reading, but not a lot of blogging, while in lockdown. In an effort to catch up on my outstanding reviews, I'm introducing Quarantine Reads! Check out mini reviews of three books I read during lockdown that I never got to share my thoughts on.
A new book from Adrian Tchaikovsky, one of my favourite authors, is always an exciting event. The Doors of Eden was a book that immediately caught my attention with its stunning cover and intriguing concept. I had sky-high expectations for this book, and I am so pleased to say thatthey were absolutely met! The Doors of Eden is an incredibly accessible, fun, and thought-provoking science fiction story with Tchaikovsky's signature twist.
What an absolutely delightful book! Despite the fact that I am not much of a contemporary YA reader, I knew that I would enjoy Bookish and the Beast. I adore Poston's Once Upon a Con series -- and you can see my reviews for Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl here -- and my high expectations for this story were absolutely met.
Hi there! Did you miss me? I went on an inevitable blogging hiatus for a good chunk of quarantine. My brain wasn't up for it, and although I was doing a good amount of homeworking before the pandemic, transitioning into full-time homeworking AND adjusting to life in lockdown was a bit of a struggle. … Continue reading Hello There…A Return to Blogging
Good morning, friends! Today is the day that Devin Madson's We Ride the Storm publishes in the UK, and I cannot wait for you all to read it! I'm currently reading it myself and am absolutely loving it. You want assassins? You got it. Clever princesses? Yep. Respectful beheadings? Check!
Harrow Lake first burst onto my radar when the publishers were sending out the coolest looking proofs (seriously, check it out!) in the winter. I was immediately interested in the book as soon as I read the summary -- I’ve never been much of a horror reader but have been trying to dip my toe into the genre lately. Harrow Lake turned out to be a great stepping stone into horror for me with its creepy, atmospheric setting and things that go bump in the night.
I’ve been struggling with YA fantasy for the past year or so, however I wanted to give it another try while in quarantine. I dusted off my copy of The Descendant of the Crane -- one of my most highly anticipated 2019 releases that I never managed to read (oops), which is coming out in the UK in June. It turned out to be the perfect escapist read filled with gorgeous world-building, fun characters, and more twists and turns than I could have ever anticipated!