Julie C. Dao is one of my auto-buy authors -- I totally fell in love with Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and adored The Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. I thought that with the completion of the Rise of the Empress duology, we would leave the world of Feng Lu forever. So imagine my surprise and delight to discover that Song of the Crimson Flower, her latest book, was set in the same world! This book completely stands alone from the Rise of the Empress duology, but will still delight fans of the original books with some familiar faces and themes.
Welcome to my stop of the Crown of Feathers blog tour! This gripping YA fantasy novel about queens, phoenix riders, and sisters has just come out in the UK and I'm here to give you a sneak peek at the very first chapter. Read on to get a taste!
Everless has been lurking on my TBR since late 2017, and I’ve only just had the chance to pick it up. I had heard amazing things about this book, but wasn’t sure about how much I’d enjoy it -- I had thought I’d seen this kind of plot many times before. I was so wrong -- Everless is a gorgeous, fresh fantasy novel that I lost myself in.
So if you read my review of The Cruel Prince last year, you may recall that I was not hugely impressed. Fae books don’t often work for me, and while I liked The Cruel Prince more than the other fae books I've read, I thought it was a great, big mess of a book with a great ending. Despite this, I still wanted to read The Wicked King. You guys, I’m so glad I gave this book a chance! If you liked the insane ending of The Cruel Prince, you’re going to love this book because it keeps that same energy going.
Caraval was one of the biggest releases of 2017. It was the book everyone was talking about for months! Fully caught up in the hype surrounding that book, I read Caraval and was actually pretty disappointed -- I even listed it as one of my most disappointing books of 2017. However, I fully acknowledge that the hype was probably the contributing factor to my unenjoyment. When Legendary was released, I was determined to read it early and beat the hype.
There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Children of Blood and Bone -- it has taken the publishing world by storm. With hype surrounding this book literally from the moment it sold, I think it makes sense to be cautious -- most of us have been burned by hype before. However, I’m here to tell you that this book is worth every ounce of hype it has earned and more. It has taken me almost two months to write this review because 1) I just couldn’t quite translate my feelings on this book into real words and 2) I wanted this to be a well-rounded review instead of a gushing one.
The Cruel Prince was one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2018. Released in January, it has already caused a stir among fans and newcomers to Holly Black’s books. I’ve never read any of her books before, so when The Cruel Prince arrived in my January FairyLoot box, I was intrigued.