Isle of Blood and Stone – Two dead princes, two maps, one mystery to solve

 

Isle of Blood and Stone

Series: Isle of Blood and Stone #1

Publication date : April 10th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : HMH Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 400

Synopsis : Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.
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The Girl and the Grove – A girl’s magical Journey to saving nature

The girl and the grove

Publication date : May 8th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Flux

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.
But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.
(From Goodreads)
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Girls Made of Snow and Glass – Subversive Snow White x Frozen retelling you all need

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Publication date : September 5th, 2017

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Publisher : Flatiron Books (Macmillan)

Page Count: 384

Synopsis : At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother. Continue reading

Children of Blood and Bone – Brilliant African tale of quest, magic and sacrifice

Children of Blood and Bone

Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1

Publication date : March 6th, 2018

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Publisher : Henry Holt Books foor Young Readers | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 600

Synopsis : Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Continue reading

The Midnight Star – The ending that feels detached from the series

The Midnight Star - Marie Lu

Series: The Young Elites #3

Publication date : October 11th, 2015goodreads

Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 316

Synopsis : There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
(From Goodreads)
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The City of Brass – Politics, Treason and I don’t know who to side with

The City of Brass.pngSeries : The Daevabad Trilogy #1

Publication date : November 14th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Harper Voyager

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 528

Synopsis : Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

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Mini-reviews: Walking on Knives & Bone

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This is the first time I try my hand at mini-reviews because I’m usually very rambly. BUt both of these are too short for me to ramble about so without further ado,  let’s do this.

I received both eArcs from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

(No spoilers)

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Mask of Shadows – Pretty predictable but very enjoyable

Mask of Shadows

Series : Untitled #1

Publication date : August 29th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Harmony Ink Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 384

Synopsis : Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.
Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge. (From Goodreads)

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The Tiger’s Watch – Interesting Premise, realistic MC but flawed execution

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Series : Ashes of Gold #1

Publication date : August 22nd, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Harmony Ink Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 180

Synopsis : Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.
Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.
When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi. (From Goodreads)

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo – Chinese folktale, angry teenager, wits and laughs

The Epic Crush of Genie LoPublication date : August 8th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Amulet Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
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