A Thousand Beginnings and Endings By Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman [Review]

A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsRELEASE DATE: June 26th 2018
AUTHORS: 
Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure. 
PUBLISHER: 
Greenwillow Books
SUMMARY: 
Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renee Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong. Continue reading

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) By Rebecca Roanhorse [Review]

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1)RELEASE DATE: June 26th 2018
AUTHOR: 
Rebecca Roanhorse
GENRE:
New-Adult, Urban-Fantasy, Supernatural, Dystopia, Mythology. 
PUBLISHER:
Saga Press
SUMMARY:

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Continue reading

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) By Tomi Adeyemi [My Review]

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)RELEASE DATE: March 08th, 2018
AUTHOR:  
Tomi Adeyemi
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Fantasy, Mythology, Magic, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: 
Macmillan Children’s Books
SUMMARY:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. 

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The Library of Fates By Aditi Khorana [Review]

The Library of Fates RELEASE DATE: July 18th 2017
AUTHOR:
Aditi Khorana
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Fiction, Adventure, Romance.
PUBLISHER:
Razorbill
SUMMARY: 
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. 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

Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1) By Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington [Review]

Trickery (Curse of the Gods Book 1)RELEASE DATE:  February 28, 2017
AUTHORS: Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Reverse-Harem, Romance.
SUMMARY: Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn. Continue reading

Nemesis (Nemesis #1) By Anna Banks [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  October 4, 2016
AUTHOR: Anna Banks
GENRE:   Young- Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
SUMMARY: The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention Continue reading

Reawakened(The Reawakened#1) By Colleen Houck [Review]

RELEASE DATE: August 11, 2015
AUTHOR: Colleen Houck
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance , Adventure, Fiction.
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
SUMMARY: When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. 
And she reallycan’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.
 
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world. 
 
From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.
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Tiger’s Destiny(The Tiger Saga #4) By Colleen Houck [Binge Read] [Review]

Binge Read (Copy)

RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2012
AUTHOR: Colleen Houck
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Mythology Paranormal, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Splinter
SUMMARY: With three of the goddess Durga’s quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger’s curse. But the trio’s greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga’s final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Adaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

It’s a race against time–and the evil sorcerer Lokesh–in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume of the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tiger’s’ true destiny once and for all. Continue reading

Tiger’s Voyage(The Tiger Saga #3) By Colleen Houck [Binge Read] [Review]

Binge Read (Copy)

RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2011 
AUTHOR:
Colleen Houck
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Mythology Paranormal, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Splinter
SUMMARY: With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections–leaving Kelsey more confused than ever. Continue reading