Spinning Silver By Naomi Novik [Review]

Spinning SilverRELEASE DATE: July 10th, 2018
AUTHOR: 
Naomi Novik
GENRE:   
Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Retelling. 
PUBLISHER:
Macmillan
SUMMARY: 

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold. Continue reading

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The Gods of Men (The Gods of Men#1) By Barbara Kloss [Review]

The Gods of Men (Gods of Men, #1)RELEASE DATE: June 26th 2018
AUTHOR: 
Barbara Kloss
GENRE: 
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Magic, Romance. 
SUMMARY:

Sable hated the gods. She hated what men did in their name.

Magic is forbidden throughout the Five Provinces; those born with it are hunted and killed. Sable doesn’t know her music holds power over souls—not until, at age nine, she plays her flute before the desert court and accidentally stops her baby sister’s heart, killing her. Horrified by what she’s done and fearing for her life, she flees north, out of Provincial jurisdiction and into the frigid land of exiles and thieves, known as The Wilds. There, Sable lives in hiding, burdened by guilt, and survives as a healer. But now, ten years later, someone—or something—is hunting her. Continue reading

Kiss of the Royal By Lindsey Duga [Review]

Kiss of the RoyalRELEASE DATE: July 03rd 2018
AUTHOR: 
Lindsey Duga
GENRE: 
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Romance. 
PUBLISHER: 
Entangled Teen
SUMMARY: 

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that. Continue reading

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) By Mark Lawrence [Review]

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)RELEASE DATE: April 03rd 2018
AUTHOR: 
Mark Lawrence
GENRE:  
Adult, Fantasy, Magic. 
PUBLISHER: 
Ace
SUMMARY:

In Mystic Class Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord. Continue reading

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings By Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman [Review]

A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsRELEASE DATE: June 26th 2018
AUTHORS: 
Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure. 
PUBLISHER: 
Greenwillow Books
SUMMARY: 
Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renee Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong. Continue reading

Whisper of the Tide(Song Of The Current#2) By Sarah Tolcser [Review]

Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current)RELEASE DATE: June 05th 2018
AUTHOR: 
Sarah Tolcser
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance. 
PUBLISHER:
Bloomsbury YA
SUMMARY:

Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. But then a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter. Markos and Caro must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia. Continue reading

Dare (Foolish Kingdoms #2) by Natalia Jaster [Review]

Dare (Foolish Kingdoms #2)RELEASE DATE: July 28th, 2017
AUTHORS: 
Natalia Jaster
GENRE:
New-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Survival, Romance. 
SUMMARY:

A Hotheaded Prisoner

In the Kingdom of Summer, they say she’s mad—made of madness, made of fire.

Locked in a cage by the sea, Flare dreams of escape. She yearns for the day when she’ll flee to a place only she knows, a hidden world of mystical waters and gilded sands.

The island is calling to her. And she won’t let anyone keep her from it.

Especially not him. Continue reading

Trick (Foolish Kingdoms #1) By Natalia Jaster [Review]

TrickRELEASE DATE: November 27th, 2017
AUTHOR: 
 Natalia Jaster
GENRE:
New-Adult, Fantasy, Romance. 
SUMMARY:

There is a rule amongst his kind: A jester doesn’t lie.

In the Kingdom of Spring, Poet is renowned. He’s young and pretty, a lover of men and women. He performs for the court, kisses like a scoundrel, and mocks with a silver tongue.

Yet allow him this: It’s only the most cunning, most manipulative soul who can play the fool.

For Poet guards a secret.

One the Crown would shackle him for. One that he’ll risk everything to protect.

Alas, it will take more than clever words to deceive Princess Briar.

Continue reading

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) By Renee Ahdieh [Review]

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist)RELEASE DATE: June 5th, 2018
AUTHOR: 
 Renee Ahdieh
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Historical-Fiction. 
PUBLISHER:
Hodder & Stoughton
SUMMARY:

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice – to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. Continue reading

Legendary (Caraval #2) By Stephanie Garber [Review]

Legendary (Caraval, #2)RELEASE DATE: May 29th, 2018
AUTHOR: 
 Stephanie Garber
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Romance. 
PUBLISHER:
Flatiron Books
SUMMARY:

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name. Continue reading