Last of Her Name By Jessica Khoury [Review]

Last of Her NameRELEASE DATE: February 26th 2019
AUTHOR:
Jessica Khoury
GENRE:
   Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-fi.
PUBLISHER:  Scholastic Inc.
SUMMARY:

Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered–down to their youngest child, Princess Anya–and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn’t think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father’s vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol. Continue reading

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Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1) By Danielle L. Jensen [Review]

Dark Shores (Dark Shores, #1)RELEASE DATE: May 07th, 2019
AUTHOR:
Danielle L. Jensen
GENRE:
  Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure, Romance.
PUBLISHER:  Tor Teen

SUMMARY :

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.

A PIRATE WITH A WILL OF IRON

Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Continue reading

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) By Maya Motayne [Review]

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic, #1)RELEASE DATE: May 02nd 2019
AUTHOR:
 Maya Motayne
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Fantasy, Magic, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:  Hodder & Stoughton

SUMMARY :

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

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MY REV (Copy)

Nocturna was an entertaining fantasy debut inspired by the Latinx world. When I first heard about this book, I was really excited to read it, but after hearing all the mixed reviews I pretty much lowered my expectations, but surprisingly I found this very enjoyable. Both the main characters are pretty likable. The plot, the magic, and the setting were good. For a debut, I think it was a great start and I hope the next one is even better.

After a long voyage, Prince Alfehr returns to his homeland to ascend the Castallan throne but he isn’t willing to accept that his older brother Dez is truly dead. He’s not ready to be a king so he searches for his brother and he’s willing to do anything even use the forbidden dark magic. Finn Voy is a cunning thief  and a talented shapeshifter. When she gets caught by a mobster, she’s forced to steal a legendary treasure from the Castallan empire. When Prince Alfephr’s path cross with Finn in the palace, they accidentally unlock a dangerous power that could devour the world and destroy humanity. In order to right his wrong, together with Finn, Alfehr tries to contain the evil power before it’s too late.

I’m sucker for morally grey characters and I really loved Finn Voy! She’s fun, sassy, rebellious, and totally kickass! I really liked her attitude and the way she outsmarted her enemies. On the other hand, we have Prince Alfehr who’s  shy, naive, sweet, and a little bit stupid. Despite everyone’s warnings he’s stubborn about finding his brother which leads to disastrous consequences. I really enjoyed his character development even though he frustrated me sometimes. I liked the relationship between Finn and Alfehr and how they worked together despite their differences. Romance is very light in this book. It isn’t really the central focus but I can’t wait to see them together in the next book. As for the secondary characters, I liked Alfehr’s friend Luka aka The Bathtub Boy, and also Xiomara.

 The plot was fast paced and engaging! Although the story-line was somewhat predictable, I really had fun reading it. At first, I thought it was about Prince’s Alfehr’s missing brother but the plot takes a surprising turn and I hope we get our answers in the next book. The characters were pretty fun so I never felt bored. I enjoyed the author’s writing style. For a debut, It was good. The Spanish words aren’t too hard to understand. The whole book was written in third person perspective. The world building and the magical system was great. I loved the map at the front. It was stunning. So far, I really enjoyed the setting and I hope we get to explore more of this world’s magic and culture in the upcoming books.

Overall, this was a good start to a new fantasy series! Despite flaws, I really enjoyed it. I’m glad there’s no huge cliffhanger at the end because it would frustrate me to no end. Anyways, I’m so looking forward to the next book cause I want more Finn and Alfehr!

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I highly recommend this series to the people who like YA fantasy with magic, adventure, and a dash of romance.

MY RATING:

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[4/5 Stars]


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Wildcard (Warcross #2) By Marie Lu [Review]

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)RELEASE DATE: September 14th 2017
AUTHOR:
 Marie Lu
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Sci-fi, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Penguin Australia

SUMMARY :

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. And teenage hacker Emika Chen has found herself caught up in a conflict that could change the world.

Warcross creator, Hideo Tanaka, wants to use to the game to control peoples’ thoughts and feelings, effectively ending free will – Zero, a mysterious (and dangerous) hacker, wants to stop him.
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Warcross (Warcross #1) By Marie Lu [Review]

Warcross (Warcross, #1)RELEASE DATE: September 14th 2017
AUTHOR:
 Marie Lu
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Sci-fi, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Penguin Australia

SUMMARY :

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Continue reading

Chrysalis (Project Nemesis #3) By Brendan Reichs [Review]

Chrysalis (Project Nemesis Book 3)RELEASE DATE: March 5th 2019
AUTHOR:
 Brendan Reichs
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Sci-fi, dystopia, Thriller, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

SUMMARY :

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class have managed to survive the first two phases of the Program–and each other. Now, they alone have emerged into the dawn of a new era on Earth, into a Fire Lake valley that’s full of otherworldly dangers and challenges. Although staying alive in this broken world should force Min, Noah, Tack, and the others to form new alliances, old feuds die hard, and the brutality of the earlier Program phases cannot be forgotten.

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Rebel Seoul(Rebel Seoul#1) By Axie Oh [Review]

RELEASE DATE: September 14th 2017
AUTHOR:
 Axie Oh
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Sci-fi, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: TU Books

SUMMARY :

After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State. Continue reading

Defy the Fates (Constellation #3) By Claudia Gray [Review]

Defy the Fates (Defy the Stars Book 3)RELEASE DATE: April 02th 2019
AUTHOR:
Claudia Gray
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Sci-fi Fantasy, Adventure, Romance .
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY:

Hunted and desperate.

Abel only has one mission left that matters: save the life of Noemi Vidal. To do that, he not only has to escape the Genesis authorities, he also must face the one person in the galaxy who still has the means to destroy him. Burton Mansfield’s consciousness lives on, desperate for a home, and Abel’s own body is his last bargaining chip. Continue reading

Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) by Jessica Brody , Joanne Rendell [Review]

Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)RELEASE DATE: March 26th 2019
AUTHORS:
Jessica Brody , Joanne Rendell
GENRE:
Young-Adult,   Sci-Fi Fantasy, Adventure .
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
SUMMARY:

A thief.
An officer.
A guardian.

Three strangers, one shared destiny…

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing. Continue reading

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) By Leigh Bardugo [Review]

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

RELEASE DATE: January 29th 2019
AUTHOR:
Leigh Bardugo
GENRE:
Young-Adult,   Fantasy,  Magic, Adventure .
PUBLISHER: Orion Children’s Books
SUMMARY:

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Continue reading