The Dark of the Moon (Chronicles of Lunos Book 1) By E.S. Bell [Review]

The Dark of the Moon (Chronicles of Lunos Book 1)RELEASE DATE: August 15th 2017
AUTHOR:
E.S. Bell
GENRE:
Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Romance.
PUBLISHER: 
E.S. Bell
SUMMARY:

Centuries ago, dragons broke the old world and scattered the pieces across the oceans. On this new world of islands swathed in seas, sailors are kings, and the moon god holds dominion…

Selena Koren is the moon god’s most powerful Paladin; a skilled warrior and blessed with the most potent magic. She also bears the god’s terrible wrath. Ten years before, during the bloody Zak’reth War, Selena summoned the seas to destroy her enemy’s armada. The Zak’reth screamed and drowned and died, but so too did four hundred innocents. In its fury, the god smote Selena with a terrible wound: a crescent-shaped hole in her chest that breathes its icy breath every moment of every day so that she never knows warmth. Continue reading

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo By F.C. Yee [Review]

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo RELEASE DATE: August 8th 2017
AUTHOR:
F.C. Yee
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Fiction.
PUBLISHER: 
Amulet Books
SUMMARY:
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.

Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie’s bodacious transformation—sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively—as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn. Continue reading

Shimmer and Burn By Mary Taranta [Review]

RELEASE DATE: August 8th 2017 
AUTHOR:
Mary Taranta
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Magic, Fantasy, Adventure.  
PUBLISHER:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
SUMMARY:

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne. Continue reading

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish #1) By Jessica Khoury [Review]

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1) RELEASE DATE: February 23rd 2016
AUTHOR:
Jessica Khoury
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Retelling, Romance.  
PUBLISHER:
Razorbill
SUMMARY: 

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?


As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

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“You’re very pretty,” he murmurs, his voice thick with sleep, “for a jinni.”
“Have you met many jinn?”
“No.” His lips curl into a dazed grin. “But I’ve met a lot of pretty girls.”

The Forbidden Wish is a beautiful retelling of Aladdin and I absolutely loved it. I’m a huge fan of fantasy retellings but I never gave much thought to this book mostly because of the mixed reviews I’ve heard. I finally decided to give this a shot when so many people highly recommended it to me and now I’m so glad that I did.  I’ve read only few Aladdin retellings and this is definitely the best one so far. It was far better than I had expected. I loved the plot, the characters, the writing, and the setting. This is my first book by Jessica Khoury and I’m very much impressed. I’ll definitely look forward to more books from her.

“If you’re not free to love, your’re not free at all.” 

Zahra is a jinni who is trapped for five hundred years inside a lamp which is buried under the ruins of an ancient city called Neruby. When a boy discovers the mysterious lamp and rubs it, she  finally gets free and sees the outside world which she hasn’t seen in centuries. Her new master is a thief named Aladdin and she has to grant his three wishes but first she needs to disguise herself with her shape shifting ability in order to travel with him in Parthenia because the Jinn’s are illegal in his city after the war between them and dealing with everything related to magic is totally forbidden. When a ghoul sends a message from the Jinn king himself who is offering her freedom from the lamp in exchange for a job that only she could do, Zahra quickly accepts it because it would finally free her from the curse and she doesn’t have to get trapped inside the lamp again awaiting for her next  master. In order to fulfill her deal, Zahra needs to betray her master Aladdin or else the Jinn king will destroy the whole Parthenia city killing Aladdin and all the humans residing in it.

“The price of every lie is that the truth will always come out.” 

I loved Zahra! She’s strong, smart, beautiful, compassionate and totally badass but she still has some vulnerabilities which makes her a perfect protagonist. I really enjoyed her character in this book and how she handled every difficult choices. Aladdin is a super fun character. He’s smug, sassy, witty, and a womanizer. Despite being  a thief, I’m glad he’s still loyal and selfless person. I loved the relationship between Zahra and Aladdin. Their romance is totally swoon worthy. Zahra believes herself as a monster but Aladdin only saw her as a lonely sad girl. I enjoyed their every interaction and their banters always made me smile.  The romance between them is a total slow burn and definitely not an insta-love  like some people has stated.  As for the secondary characters, I liked princess Caspida and her female group who are totally kickass and quite deadly. They’re pretty good addition to the plot.

“He is the sun, and I am the moon. We must stay apart or the world will be thrown out of balance.” 

The plot is intriguing and unique. The story has captivated me from the start and it was hard for me to put this down even for a sec.  It’s a perfect ya romantic fantasy filled with exciting romance, fun, adventure, and magic. The pacing is perfect and there’s never a dull moment through out. The story is mostly focused on romance so don’t expect for an action packed plot.  I liked the unique twists in the plot and I’m glad it wasn’t an exact replica of the original story.  I enjoyed reading the story from Zahra’s POV[first-person]. The author’s beautiful writing style is another thing that made this book even more irresistible. I enjoyed the world the author has created.  There’s not much world building in this book but I loved the whole setting of Parthenia city and also the Jinn magic. 

“You can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose who you become because of it.

Overall, I loved this book! The story finally concludes with a satisfying ending. I had so much fun reading this book and I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The main characters are pretty enjoyable and they’re definitely the best part of this book.

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I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves to read YA fantasy retellings. It is definitely worth a read! 


MY RATING:
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Daughter of the Burning City By Amanda Foody [Review]

Daughter of the Burning City RELEASE DATE: July 25th 2017
AUTHOR:
Amanda Foody
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery.  
PUBLISHER:
Harlequin Teen 
SUMMARY:
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered. Continue reading

War and Wind (TIDES #2) By Alex Lidell [Review]

War and Wind (TIDES, #2) RELEASE DATE: June 20th 2017
AUTHOR:
Alex Lidell
GENRE:
Young-Adult, fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Magic.
PUBLISHER: 
Danger Bearing Press
SUMMARY: 

Nile and her small band of loyal midshipmen saved the ship, and Captain Rima might just kill them for it . . . one young officer at a time. No one and nothing on the Aurora is safe anymore, least of all Nile’s explosive secrets or her connection with Domenic, which vibrates between them like a cutlass speared into the deck.

When the shifting tide of war suddenly turns Aurora’s backwater outpost into a vital battleground, Nile faces an impossible choice between duty and freedom. In a cascade of violence, gunpowder, and lies, Nile will soon discover who has her back and who wants to stab a dagger in it. To save the ones she loves, Nile may have to sacrifice everything. Continue reading

Water Spell (Guardians of the Realm Book 1) By Lizzy Ford [Review]

Water Spell (Guardians of the Realm Book 1)RELEASE DATE:  May 17th 2017
AUTHOR: Lizzy Ford
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance.
SUMMARY: 
A water mage and the protector she never wanted.

Rare water mage Sela is given no time to mourn the loss of her longtime protector and father figure before she’s faced with the one man standing in the way of her freedom: her new guardian, mage-warrior Tieran.

An Inlander with no honor, Tieran is loyal to no man, priest, king or god. If not for the magic binding him to the infuriating water mage, he would abandon her amidst the land-locked Inlands, away from the sea she yearns to visit, and pursue vengeance against those who killed his family. Continue reading

The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) By Amy Harmon [Review]

The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles, #2)RELEASE DATE:  May 9th 2017
AUTHOR: Amy Harmon
GENRE: New-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance.
SUMMARY: 
“There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.”

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

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Arise (Legacy of Flames #2) By Emma L. Adams [Review]

Arise (Legacy of Flames Book 2)RELEASE DATE:  April 29th 2017
AUTHOR: Emma L. Adams
GENRE: New-Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic.
PUBLISHER: Emma L. Adams
SUMMARY: 
Being a dragon shifter is no picnic. Being a fugitive is even harder. But after their audacious escape from the supernatural-hunting Orion League, Ember and her friends have to lie low.

Easier said than done when her sister lies in a magical coma, and the key to saving her is a rare item coveted by all supernaturals. In order to track down the item, Ember must once again team up with Astor, the ex-hunter who betrayed her once already. But there’s more than one scheme at work beneath the streets of London, and if Ember fails to stop the League’s latest plan, the hunters will drive the remaining shifters to extinction. Continue reading

The Rose Mark (Black Rose Sorceress #1) By Connie Suttle [Review]

The Rose Mark (Black Rose Sorceress, #1)RELEASE DATE:  February 23rd 2017
AUTHORS: Connie Suttle
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic.
PUBLISHER: SubtleDemon Publishing, LLC

SUMMARY: 
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We belong to the King–those of us with the black roses tattooed on our left wrist, directly over our pulse. As if every beat of our hearts reminds us that we are not our own.

All the women with the fire burning within them are culled, tattooed and taken to the warriors, to provide more energy. Energy that the warriors will then use to defeat the barbarians from the ocean of sand. Women with black roses on their wrists are emptied of their power by those warriors, who care not that they die a shrunken husk.

In the King’s library, The Book of the Rose says to honor the tattooed women. More than anything, I want to spit on its pages. Continue reading