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

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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!

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

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

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

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) By Julie Kagawa [Review]

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)RELEASE DATE: November 1st 2018
AUTHOR:
Julie Kagawa
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Fantasy,  Mythology, Magic, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:
HQ Young Adult
SUMMARY:

A single wish will spark a new dawn. Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns…and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret. 

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Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) By Laura Sebastian [Review]

Lady Smoke (The Ash Princess Trilogy)RELEASE DATE: February 07th 2019
AUTHOR:
Laura Sebastian
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Fantasy,  Adventure.
PUBLISHER:
Macmillan Children’s Books
SUMMARY:

After escaping from imprisonment under the brutal Kaiser, Theodosia is on the run, plotting to take revenge and reclaim her rightful place as queen of the enslaved Astreans. Thousands of miles away from her people and her throne, Theo and her friends must work to gather an army. And the only way is to auction herself as a bride – to the kingdom who will pay the most. Freedom always comes at a price and with the Kaiser closing in, she must rely on her wits to identify who she can really trust.

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Echo North By Joanna Ruth Meyer [Review]

Echo NorthRELEASE DATE: January 15th 2019
AUTHOR:
Joanna Ruth Meyer
GENRE:
 Young-Adult,  Fantasy, Magic, Retellings, Adventure.    
PUBLISHER:
Page Street Kids 
SUMMARY:

Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: if she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes. Continue reading

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) By Holly Black [Review]

The Cruel PrinceRELEASE DATE: July 26th 2018
AUTHOR:
 Holly Black
GENRE: 
Young-Adult,  Fantasy, Fae, Magic, Adventure.    
PUBLISHER:
Hot Key Books
SUMMARY:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. Continue reading