Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) By Jay Kristoff [Review]

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)RELEASE DATE: September 03, 2019
AUTHOR:
Jay Kristoff
GENRE:
Adult, Fantasy, Action, Magic.
PUBLISHER:
St. Martin’s press
SYNOPSIS:

The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo and rumors of Consul Scaeva’s death ripple through the street of Godsgrave like wildfire. But buried beneath those same streets, deep in the ancient city’s bones, lies a secret that will change the Republic forever.

Mia and her brother Jonnen must journey through the depths of the ancient metropolis. Continue reading

Daughter of Shades (The Venatrix Chronicles #1) By Sylvia Mercedes [Review]

Daughter of Shades (The Venatrix Chronicles, #1)

RELEASE DATE: July 28th 2019
AUTHOR:
Sylvia Mercedes
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Romance.
PUBLISHER:
FireWyrm Books
SYNOPSIS:

A huntress with no past. A rival with a secret.
A kingdom’s fate hangs in the balance . . .

Ayleth and her shade move as one, ever hungry for the hunt. Under her mentor’s tight control, she fears her memories are being stolen. Now nineteen, apprenticed for as long as she can remember to the mysterious Holy Order, she longs to rise in the ranks and banish untamed spirits for the prophesied Golden Prince. Continue reading

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) By Shelby Mahurin [Review]

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

RELEASE DATE: September 3rd 2019
AUTHOR:
Shelby Mahurin
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance.
PUBLISHER:
Harper Teen
SYNOPSIS:

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage. Continue reading

Red Winter Trilogy by Annette Marie [Series Review]

Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy, #1) Dark Tempest (Red Winter Trilogy, #2) Immortal Fire (Red Winter Trilogy, #3)


SERIES: Red Winter Trilogy
PUBLICATION DATES:
October 2016 – April 2017
AUTHOR:
Annette Marie
GENRE:
Urban-fantasy, Magic, Mythology, Romance, Adventure
PUBLISHER:
Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
SYNOPSIS:

Emi has spent her entire life hiding from the creatures that hunt her. The savage earth spirits are determined to kill her before she can become the living host of a goddess, so she stays hidden—until the day she saves the life of one of her hunters.

Shiro isn’t the harmless fox spirit she thought he was. He’s mysterious, cunning, unpredictable…and now hers to command. He’s sworn to pay his debt to her, but he doesn’t know who she is. If he finds out, he’ll kill her.

But she can’t send him away—not yet. Her future isn’t what she thought. The lies surrounding her fate have begun to unravel, and she needs answers before time runs out—answers that lie in the spirit realm. Shiro can take her there…if she dares to trust him.

And only then will she find out how deep the gods’ treachery runs.

 

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MY REV (Copy)

This was my first book by Annette Marie and my first buddy read with Jen@starcrossedbookblog and Sophie@bewareofthereader. I’m a huge fan of Japanese mythology and I’ve wanted to read this trilogy for a long time. I’m so happy to share that it didn’t disappoint me. It was quite an addictive series. Trust me, You don’t want to stop after you get into this world. We honestly didn’t expect to buddy read the entire trilogy but we couldn’t stop after finishing book one. It has captivating characters, incredible magic, amazing world building, and beautiful illustrations.

SYNOPSIS

The series follows Emi who had spent her whole life training to become the next living host for the sun goddess Amaterasu. She was hiding from the earth’s demonic creatures who wants to kill her before she becomes the goddess’s host. When Emi discovers a horrible secret about her fate, she escapes from her safe haven to search for the answers. On her way, she encounters a harmless fox spirit who’s being chased by a monster. She saves him by risking her life even though it’s against the temples rules. Soon she finds out that he’s actually a kitsune, a fox shifter who  seems to be very mysterious and cunning. He can’t leave her side without paying his debt to her so he becomes her temporary protector. Emi needs Shiro’s help but she couldn’t reveal her true identity as kamigakari. Luckily she’s also getting help from a broody Tengu named Yumei who has his own agenda. Together they embark on a dangerous journey and they encounter different types of Yokai that tries to kill them. During her journey, Emi discovers some shocking secrets and she might be the only hope that can save the world.

CHARACTERS & RELATIONSHIPS

EMI was a pretty likable character. She’s a brave heroine with a strong determination and a soft personality. I enjoyed her character development throughout the series.  She lived a sheltered life blindly believing others lies. I felt pretty bad that she sacrificed her time with her parents just for being the chosen one. Being a kamikagari means staying pure body and soul for their whole lives. I’m glad that Emi finally realized to search for the answers before it was too late.  SHIRO was definitely the star of the series. His swoon worthy looks and flirty attitude will captivate every girl. I found his character very much enjoyable. His past was a mystery and with each book the author slowly revealed his true identity. YUMEI is another major character in this series. If you like your heroes dark, complex, mysterious, and broody then this guy is just for you. He’s sort of shiro’s friend and also a tengu, a supernatural creature who’s half human and half bird. He acts pretty cold and he has this dark aura that makes everybody fear him, but he also has a soft side. He always stole the spotlight whenever he made an entrance. KATSUO is Emi’s sohei protector and her friend. He supported her in everything and was always there for her whenever she needed help. It’s pretty easy to guess that he has a forbidden crush on her. I really admired the friendship between them but I still can’t ship them.

The relationship between Shiro and Emi was definitely a slow burn. I’m glad that it wasn’t a insta-love. Their every interaction was pretty fun. There’s barely any romance in the first book, but don’t worry you still won’t be disappointed. As expected there’s a light triangle in this series, but it wouldn’t effect your reading pleasure. The friendship between Shiro, Yumei, and Emi was well developed. Despite their differences and trust issues, they worked well together.

PLOT, WRITING, & WORLDBUILDING

The plot was engaging throughout. From the start to the end of the series, the author never failed to keep our interest. The entire series felt like watching an action packed anime series. There’s forbidden romance, adventure, yokai battles, and friendships. With each book, the series gets better. There’s so many twists and turns. The action scenes were well executed. I loved the author’s writing style. The world building was amazing and I enjoyed every part of it. It was based on a Japanese mythology and set in a modern world. It might seem a bit confusing at the beginning if you’re new to Japanese mythology and shinto Gods, but it’ll get easier after the first book. The magical system was very unique. And also another interesting thing about this series was the gorgeous art. Guys, there’re beautiful illustrations in each book. I wish all the fantasy authors do these type of illustrations. I absolutely loved them!

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FINAL VERDICT

Buddy reading this trilogy was a great and fun experience. I enjoyed the whole series but my favorite was definitely the second book. The story finally concludes with a satisfying ending, but I’m really gonna miss the characters especially Shiro and Yumei.

RECOMMEND IT?

If you like YA fantasy inspired by Japanese mythology then you really need to check out this series. I highly recommend it!

SERIES RATING:

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[4/5 Stars]

RED WINTER#1: 4/5 stars
DARK TEMPTATION#2: 4/5 stars
IMMORTAL FIRE#3: 4/5 Stars

So, What do you think of this series? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
Please feel free to comment below!

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Sorcery of Thorns By Margaret Rogerson [Review]

Sorcery of ThornsRELEASE DATE: June 4th 2019
AUTHOR: Margaret Rogerson
GENRE:
    Young-Adult,   Fantasy,  Magic.
PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books
SUMMARY:

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Continue reading

Seafire (Seafire #1) By Natalie C. Parker [Review]

Seafire (Seafire, #1)RELEASE DATE: September 3rd 2018
AUTHOR: Natalie C. Parker
GENRE:
    Young-Adult,   Fantasy, Pirates, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
SUMMARY:

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, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet. Continue reading

Starsight (Skyward #2) By Brandon Sanderson [Review]

Starsight (Skyward, #2)RELEASE DATE: November 26th 2019
AUTHOR: Brandon Sanderson
GENRE:
    Young-Adult, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Aliens, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Gollancz
SUMMARY:

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true–he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them. Continue reading

Sky in the Deep (Sky in the Deep) By Adrienne Young [Review]

Sky in the DeepRELEASE DATE: April 24th 2018
AUTHOR: Adrienne Young
GENRE:
    Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books
SUMMARY:

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Continue reading

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) By Hafsah Faizal [Review]

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)RELEASE DATE: August 27th 2019
AUTHOR: Hafsah Faizal
GENRE:
    Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books
SUMMARY:

People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Nobody knows that Zafira is the Hunter. Forced to disguise herself as a man, she braves the cursed forest to feed her people. If she is exposed as a girl, all of her achievements will be rejected.
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The Speed of Falling Objects By Nancy Richardson Fischer [Review]

The Speed of Falling ObjectsRELEASE DATE: October 1st 2019 
AUTHOR: Nancy Richardson Fischer
GENRE:
    Young-Adult, Contemporary, Survival, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:  Inkyard Press
SUMMARY:

Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She’s certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more-more athletic, charismatic, attractive-life would be perfect.
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