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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HEARTS: A Twisted Wonderland Retelling (The Glass Queendom #1) By Klarissa King [ARC Review]

HEARTS: A Twisted Wonderland Retelling (The Glass Queendom, #1)RELEASE DATE: May 26th, 2019
AUTHOR:
Klarissa King
GENRE:
   Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Retelling.
PUBLISHER:  Independently Published

SUMMARY :

In Spades, there is a game as terrifying as the Sisters of Fate. The Hatterthon.
A game so cruel that its brick-roads run red with blood and in every shadow there are players killing to survive. The mysterious Ringmaster seized the Hatter’s once-delightful game long ago, and branded it with his mark.
The stain of death… Continue reading

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) By Mark Lawrence [Review]

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #3)RELEASE DATE: May 07th, 2019
AUTHOR:
Mark Lawrence
GENRE:
   Adult, Fantasy,  Adventure, Action.
PUBLISHER:  Harper Voyager

SUMMARY :

Nona Grey’s story reaches its shattering conclusion in the third instalment of Book of the Ancestor.

THEY CAME AGAINST HER AS A CHILD. NOW THEY FACE THE WOMAN.

The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the emperor’s armies are in retreat. Continue reading

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!

Recommend it?
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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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Finale (Caraval #3) By Stephanie Garber [Review]

Finale (Caraval, #3)RELEASE DATE: May 07th 2019
AUTHOR:
 Stephanie Garber
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Romance.
PUBLISHER:  Flatiron books

SUMMARY :

Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series! A ll games must come to an end…

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates were freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella saw Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Continue reading

The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #1) By Swati Teerdhala [Review]

The Tiger at MidnightRELEASE DATE: April 23rd 2019
AUTHOR:
 Swati Teerdhala
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Fantasy, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books

SUMMARY :

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed. 

Esha lost everything in the royal coup—and as the legendary rebel known as the Viper, she’s made the guilty pay. Now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
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Descendant of the Crane By Joan He [Review]

Descendant of the CraneRELEASE DATE: April 9th 2019
AUTHOR:
 Joan He
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Historical Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Company

SUMMARY :

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago. Continue reading

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) By Emily A. Duncan [Review]

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)RELEASE DATE: April 02th 2019
AUTHOR:
Emily A. Duncan
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Romance .
PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books
SUMMARY:

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. Continue reading

To Best the Boys By Mary Weber [Review]

To Best the BoysRELEASE DATE: March 19th 2019
AUTHOR:
Mary Webber
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Historical Fantasy, Adventure .
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
SUMMARY:

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope. Continue reading