Adult, ARC review, book review

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC Review)

She answered the Emperor’s call. She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend. In victory, her world has turned to ash. After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman’s shoulders. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable war. Side-by-side with a detested rival, Harrow must perfect her skills and become an angel of undeath — but her health is failing, her sword makes her nauseous, and even her mind is threatening to betray her… Read More Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC Review)

book review, young adult

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (Review)

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono. Now he has broken free. Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon… Read More Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (Review)

Adult, ARC review, book review

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (ARC Review)

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach… Read More House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (ARC Review)

Adult, book review

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Review)

The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy… Read More Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Review)

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Deathless by Catherine M. Valente (Review)

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century… Read More Deathless by Catherine M. Valente (Review)

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Backlist Blast #24: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Happy Friday Junior, and Backlist Blast day, everyone! Today I’ll be sharing a book that I’ve had a copy of since before it was published last year. Facepalm. It’s The Glass Spare and I’ve kept meaning to read it (like so many other books in my backlist TBR), but it just hasn’t happened yet. This week, I especially want… Read More Backlist Blast #24: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

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Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (Review)

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.… Read More Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (Review)

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Backlist Blast #23: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Happy Friday Junior, and Backlist Blast day, everyone! Today I’ll be sharing a book that’s been on my TBR since it came out in 2016. My wonderful sister got me this book for Christmas that year, and I just haven’t had a moment to sit down and read it. Part of it is (I think)… Read More Backlist Blast #23: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling