Nameless Queen (Non-Spoiler Review)

Nameless Queen  by Rebecca McLaughlin

Published by  Crown Books for Young Readers on January 7, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 352

Format: E-book

Source: Publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 Read

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

One girl must make a name for herself–or die trying–in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me. 

It shouldn’t be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous than the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t?

My Thoughts:

I overall really enjoyed these characters and this world building. I also really enjoyed how this book addressed very current event elements and had such a interesting and compelling story as a read. I adored both the main character in the read and loved the message about making your own family so much. It was fun engaging pace read. I thought the end had some pacing issues but I really did grow to love the characters and this world. I think the highlight of this book was the world building and the group of the characters that came together for this adventure. Some plot elements had predictable elements but overall I enjoyed this read and will def read a book 2!

Warrior of the Wild Non-Spoiler Review!!

Warrior of the wild  by Tricia Levenseller

Published by  Feiwel & Friends on February 26, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

An eighteen-year-old chieftain’s daughter must find a way to kill her village’s oppressive deity if she ever wants to return home in Warrior of the Wild, the Viking-inspired YA standalone fantasy from Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King

How do you kill a god? 

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a fun action packed adventure read. I really loved the setting of this book and how this book was structure. I really loved the topics that were addressed in this novel. I loved the dynamics between the characters so much. This book reminded a lot of the books like the hunger games but especially The tiger queen. I found this book to fun read. I thought the second half of the book had some pacing issues. But I am dying to read her next read soon!

Archenemies (Non-Spoiler Review)

Arch Enemies  by Marissa Meyer

Published by    Feiwel & Friends on November 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 496

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist – a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew – Ruby, Oscar, and Danna — are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other. 

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city – and the world – as they know it.

My Thoughts:

I really did like this book more then book one. I felt like i was more connected to the characters and also the plot. Nova is still growing on me as a character. But I do feel like the plot was more engaging this time. I really did enjoy all the superhero dymancis and issues that were brought up in this read. I now really need to read book 3!

Fireborne (Non-Spoiler Review)

Fireborne  by Rosaria Munda

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on October 15, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 448

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone–even the lowborn–a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this russian inspired dragon themed novel. This book was such a strong read. I really loved the duel POV in this story and loved how their realtionship developed throughout the novel, Lee and Annie realtionship was unique and was such a strength of the novel. I also found the structure of this book to be so fun. I also really loved the dragons in this novel and it was such a fun book to read. I thought the ending could have been more expanded one, but this book was such a strong political fantsay novel that I really enjoyed.

Keeper of The Lost Cities: LodeStar (Non-Spoiler Review)

Keeper of The Lost Cities: LodeStar by  Shannon Messenger

Published by   Aladdin; Reprint edition on November 7, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 704

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Dark schemes unfold and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit in this thrilling fifth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities—but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key—if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book in this series. I liked the pacing of this novel and also the “group” of characters that this book focused in. I also liked the various side plots that made this even more complicated. I really liked how this book expanded the world and made it a even more complicated situation. I thought Keffe path was super compelling and also liked how we are learning more about dex and his family. I found this to be fast pace engaging read and will def read the next one soon!

The Blood Spell (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Blood Spell by C.J Redwine

Published by  Balzer + Bray on February 12, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay, Retelling

Pages: 448

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge: 2019 book

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

A dark and romantic epic fantasy retelling of the Cinderella story, about a girl who must team up with the prince she despises to defeat an evil creature threatening their kingdom. The fourth standalone novel in the New York Times bestselling Ravenspire series by C. J. Redwine.

Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating violence among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures. 

When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts.

When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

Review

 found this book to be such a refeshing take on cinderella. I really did enjoy that we got various POV in this novel. I also liked how there was subtle connections or tie backs to the previous books in this series. I really did like all the various mysteries is in this novel and how they all did tie together. The villain story was not super clear at the end, I just want more clarity on what happened. I also the end end pacing of the book was a bit off and I struggled with it. But it was a fun engaging read! I really did like Blue and the prince and the princess. I also enjoy the deaf character and this book was a super fun read and a nice way to twist the cinderella story !

SightWitch (Non-Spoiler Review)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Published by Tor Teen on February 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay, Novella

Pages: 244

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is a standalone illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches.

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…

Before Merik returned from the dead…

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight―and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.

On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

Review!

I liked this story. I overall loved the structure of this novel. I loved learning more about the witchland series overall. I really did liked how this story connected back to Kullen. I felt like this story sometimes had to many mini storylines that I did not always spy the connections. I was engaged in the story. I really did like this story, but I wanted more and just one clear story. I am excited to see how this novella connects to the whole story as well!

Evermore (Non-Spoiler Review)

Evermore  by Sara Holland

Published by   HarperTeen on December 3, 2019

Genres: Young Adult

Pages: 368

Format: Audibook

Source: Audible

2019 challenge: 2019 book

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Jules Ember confronts the girl who is both her oldest friend and greatest enemy in the highly anticipated sequel to Everless, praised by New York Times bestelling author Stephanie Garber as “an intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology.” 

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard, Kiera Cass, and Kendare Blake, Evermore is the high-stakes, star-crossed follow up to the New York Times bestselling Everless that fans have been waiting for.

Review!

I will admit I did not love this book as much as the previous book in this series. I thought the the cast of characters shrunk so dramatically and I really did miss alot of them. I still think the world building and the way it was crafted was is still well done. I think the myth elements were not as strong and the made the book less enjoyable and made it harder to read. But overall, the book was a intreating conclusion and I am excited to see what this author writes next!

Two Dark Reigns (Non-Spoiler Review)

Two Dark Reigns  by Kendare Blake

Published by   HarperTeen on September 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, there is another queen stirring things up on Fennbirn Island.

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.  

Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

My Thoughts:

 I really did enjoy this read a lot. I thought it was such a solid third book in this series. I liked how this book had three very different stories that at the end did come to one explosive conclusion. I really also did like the focus on Jules in this book and also how all the characters had to find ways to work together but still had some much tension. I also really liked how the past how a larger role in this book. I also the end was fast pace but still explained and I am so excited for the last book in this series.

Queen of Nothing (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Queen Of Nothing  by Holly Black

Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2019 challenge: 2019 Book

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy. 
He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. 

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. 

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity… 

My Thoughts:

I will admit I have waited for a long time for this read. I was lucky enough to get arc of wicked king last year so It has been adventure waiting. I really did enjoy this book. I thought this book had a nice balance of plot/character stuff and also fan service balance. I really enjoyed how tightly wound this story was. I thought the pacing was hard to put down and the characters i still really did enjoy. As for the plot and more so the Villain, I just felt the stakes were higher in other books in this series. It wanted more from the villain. I really did loved all the twists and turns in this read, and overall was impressed with the end, I just wanted higher stakes like in the previous books in this series.