The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) By Margaret Owen [Review]

The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)RELEASE DATE: July 30th 2019 
AUTHOR:
Margaret Owen
GENRE:
    Young-Adult,   Fantasy, Adventure, Magic.
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
SUMMARY:

One way or another, we always feed the crows.

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime. Continue reading

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The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow #1) By Kalyn Josephson [Review]

The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1)RELEASE DATE: July 9th 2019
AUTHOR:
Kalyn Josephson
GENRE:
    Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance.
PUBLISHER: SourcebooksFire
SUMMARY:

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost. Continue reading

Submerged(Dance of the Elements #2) By A.M. Deese [ARC Review]

Submerged (Dance of the Elements #2)RELEASE DATE: June 29th 2019
AUTHOR:
A.M. Deese
GENRE:
    Young-Adult,Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Independently Published 
SUMMARY:

A WARRIOR PRINCESS.

A DOPPLEGANGER.

CHAOTIC SEAS AND ANCIENT SECRETS.

“Jura pictured her friend’s beautiful face.”

Jura and Tylak have successfully infiltrated the nation of Kitoi in search of answers but come upon a web of lies that will unravel the world as they know it. With the Tri-Alliance shattered and puppets controlling The Republic, they must find a way to save their nation before all perish. Continue reading

Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) By Julie Kagawa [Review]

Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2)RELEASE DATE: June 27th 2019
AUTHOR:
Julie Kagawa
GENRE:
    Young-Adult, fantasy, Mythology, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:   HQ YOUNG ADULT

SUMMARY:

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free. Continue reading

The Candle and the Flame By Nafiza Azad [Review]

The Candle and the FlameRELEASE DATE: May 14th  2019
AUTHOR:
Nafiza Azad
GENRE:
    Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic.
PUBLISHER:   Scholastic

SUMMARY :

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar. Continue reading

An Illusion of Thieves (Chimera #1) By Cate Glass [Review]

An Illusion of Thieves (Chimera, #1)RELEASE DATE: May 21st 2019
AUTHOR:
Cate Glass
GENRE:
    Adult, Fantasy, Magic.
PUBLISHER:  Tor Books

SUMMARY :

In Cantagna, being a sorcerer is a death sentence.

Romy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord, a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all. When her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy’s aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life—and the price is her banishment.
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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

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