The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic By Leigh Bardugo [Review]

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous MagicRELEASE DATE: September 26, 2017
AUTHOR:
Leigh Bardugo
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Fairy-tale, Retellings, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:
Orion’s Children’s Books
SUMMARY:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. Continue reading

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Mad Magic (Mad Magic Saga #1) By Nicole Conway [Review]

Mad MagicRELEASE DATE: November 14, 2017
AUTHOR:
Nicole Conway
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Urban-Fantasy, Fae, Magic, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Month9Books, LLC
SUMMARY:

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets. Continue reading

Shadow Crown (Shadow Crown #1) By Kristen Martin [Review]

Shadow Crown (Shadow Crown #1) RELEASE DATE: October 3rd 2017
AUTHOR:
Kristen Martin
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic.
PUBLISHER: Black Falcon Press
SUMMARY: 
For most people, the act of killing is intangible. Unfathomable. 

But not for seventeen-year-old Arden Eliri. 

Having been involved in Cruex assassination attempts as a mere child, killing is a natural disposition for her. Growing up without parents, in a castle ruled by an iron-fisted king, is the furthest thing from a fairy tale, as is being forced into the Cruex, the king s group of hand-selected assassins. But with each passing year, she comes to enjoy the act of killing more and more. Kill or be killed she chooses the former. A decade ago, King Darius Tymond banished The Caldari those who practice illusié, or old magick from Trendalath Kingdom, ensuring that no Caldari will ever step foot in his kingdom again. 
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Devils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves #1) By Jennifer Rush [Review]

Devils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves #1) RELEASE DATE: October 3rd, 2017
AUTHOR:
Jennifer Rush
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Paranormal, Urban-Fantasy, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

SUMMARY:

Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf. Continue reading

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga #2) By Elly Blake [Review]

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga #2) RELEASE DATE: September 12, 2017
AUTHOR:
Elly Blake
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic.
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY:
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his powerful throne. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax–which grows closer every moment. 

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Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) By Jodi Meadows [Review]

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) RELEASE DATE: September 12, 2017
AUTHOR:
Jodi Meadows
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Dragons Magic.
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
SUMMARY: 

Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station. Continue reading

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

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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