The Navigator’s Touch – The Captain Hook companion to the Little Mermaid

The Navigator's Touch

Series: The Seafarer’s Kiss #2

Publication date : September 13th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Interlude Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 256

Synopsis : After invaders destroyed her village, murdered her family, and took her prisoner, shield-maiden Ragna is hungry for revenge. A trained warrior, she is ready to fight for her home, but with only a mermaid and a crew of disloyal mercenaries to aid her, Ragna knows she needs new allies. Guided by the magical maps on her skin, battling storms and mutiny, Ragna sets sail across the Northern Sea. Continue reading

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BLOG TOUR: Seafire – All-Girls crew taking over the sea one ship at a time.

Seafire

Series: Seafire #1

Publication date : August 28th, 2018goodreads

ISBN: 9780451478801

Publisher : Razorbill | Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy

Page Count: 374

Synopsis : After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for? (From Goodreads) Continue reading

Mirage – The book of my Moroccan heart

 

Mirage

Series: Mirage #1

Publication date : August 28th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Flatiron Books | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy, Science Fiction

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. Continue reading

Labyrinth Lost – Immersive, infused with culture and magic

Labyrinth Lost

Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1

Publication date : August 1st, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy

Page Count: 368

Synopsis : I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family. (From Goodreads) Continue reading

A Torch Against the Night – My soul has been CAUGHT and destroyed

 

A Torch against the Night

Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2

Publication date : August 30th, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Razorbill

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy

Page Count: 452

Synopsis : Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike. Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both. (From Goodreads)

Rating: 5 stars

A Torch against the Night

CW: Death, violence, torture, PTSD, genocide, mass murder including children, sexual assault, emotional manipulation.

(No Spoilers)

Remember when I said An Ember in the Ashes consumed me? hahahaHAHAHAHAHahahaha. Well joke’s on me, because A Torch Against the Night absolutely destroyed me. I knew it was a good idea to read it only a few weeks before A Reaper at the Gates releases because I can’t imagine agonizing like this for a year *shudders* (note that I read AEITA exactly a year before ARATG release). Anyhoo, this book has rendered me speechless and this is my attempt, a couple weeks after finishing it to gather my thoughts into semi-coherent thoughts.

I will never not be in awe of Sabaa Tahir’s writing, the prose is smooth and breathtakingly beautiful while never being overdone, every word feels chosen with care and placed just right, it also shifts ever so slightly to suit whichever POV we’re following. Speaking of perspectives, there are three this time around, in addition to Elias and Laia that we had in the first book we also have Helene *side eyes her and everything she stands for*. The descriptions are vivid, especially those of fight scenes which are very graphic and gutting. That being said, we hear a lot of the massacres happening all over but we only witness them in text a couple times, and that was enough to turn my stomach?

The story here starts right where An Ember in the Ashes left off, down to the second which means that…we don’t catch a break. A Torch Against the Night is fast paced from the start, which then slows down a bit in the middle (very much needed) just to pick up again and the plot just thickens and thickens, adding new layers to it with every page, nothing is left to chance and every little thing you read does, in fact, matter. Which brings me to the foreshadowing. SO. MUCH. FORESHADOWING. I was shook once things were revealed by how much they were hinted to and I was none the wiser.

This book does an amazing job at raising questions as to where everyone’s loyalities lay (without necessarily answering them right away), what every character’s motives are, etc… You just want to KNOW why everyone is doing what they’re doing, even the characters we don’t see much of. That’s how amazingly crafted it is. You could often hear me cursing and yelling at this book while reading which wasn’t convenient because I was up at 4am reading… There are so many twists and turns, some of which I suspected but they still hit me like a truck when they were revealed to be true. SO. MUCH. PAIN.

Laia is still my favourite. At the start of the book we see her take on a lot of responsibility all at once which pushes her to grow more into herself and gain confidence she wouldn’t have otherwise. There’s also a whole mystery surrounding her that made me very curious and eager to find out more. One thing that absolutely broke my heart is seeing how that confidence and sense of leadership she gained throughout the book was squeashed my a certain someone and all her opinions were belittled and set aside which made her doubt herself and her abilities.

ELIAS IS A MESS, SOMEONE SAVE MY BOY. Not only from everyone and everything but also from himself. He is a tortured soul that would go to any lengths for the people he loves which shows very obviously in certain turns of events in this book. He’s pure and caring but sometimes I just founds myself being the embodiment of “?????” and just wanting to yell at him to stop being such a thick headed hero and just TALK TO PEOPLE *hum* Laia *hum* and LISTEN. Speaking of Laia, the tension between these two is so palpable it near damned killed me.

Now. Helene. HELENE. H E L E N E. Ew. I still despise her, she’s the epitome of white feminist (as I said previously) and following without questionning. Her undying loyalty to the empire irks me and reading her POV made me want to hurl my phone at the wall. But that being said, getting her persepective gave place to more rounded character and was definitely interesting even if it didn’t teach me anything new about her and my assessement of her was pretty spot on. A spoiled brat who condones slavery and sees herself as a Superior HumanTM. And who also just sits and watches as genocide happens while being a high ranked military person. The one think I liked about her is how much she cared about her family.

Special notions to Afya Ara-Nur who is a fierce woman that I love to pieces. And while we’re at it, Keenan can choke, I KNEW I didn’t like him and I still don’t. A Reaper at the Gates came out last month and I’M SO STRESSED!! I hope I can get my hands on it this month!


That’s it until next time.

Did you read A Torch Against the Night? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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An Enchantement of Ravens – Cool premise, good writing… but not much else

 

An Enchantement of Ravens

Publication date : September 26th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 300

Synopsis : Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. Continue reading

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