#stayhomeandread Onyx and Ivory!!

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Published by   Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition on May 15, 2018

Genres: Young Adult , Fantsay

Pages: 520

Format: Hardback

Source: Bought

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.

Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. 

And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to adore this book and it just did not happen. I really oveall did enjoy the characters and found the world building to be so compelling but the pacing of this book just did not wow me and it was very slow and did not capture my attention as much as i wanted it to. I still am intrigued to see what happens next. I just struggled with the pacing overall. I also found the side characters to be be super fun. I will def keep reading it eventually.

#stayathomeandread Ghosts of the Shadowmarket

Ghosts of the Shadowmarket by anthology!!

Published by    Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4, 2019

Genres: Young adult, fantsay

Pages: 624

Format: Hardback

Source: audibook

2020 challenge: 2019 read

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks, and vampires. There, the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets they do not want the Nephilim to know. Through two centuries, however, there has been a frequent visitor to the Shadow Market from the City of Bones, the very heart of the Shadowhunters’ world. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is a sworn keeper of the laws and lore of the Nephilim. But once he was a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray. And Jem is searching through the Shadow Markets, in many different cities over long years, for a relic from his past.

Follow Jem and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festival, Anna Lightwood’s doomed romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin, and Tessa Gray as she is plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul at the Market and a young Jace Wayland’s soul finds safe harbor. In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost, and no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah.

My Thoughts:

Overall, I really loved the concept of this story following Jem throughout history and hunting for the child. I loved going throughout history and seeing all my favorite characters new and old. I really loved seeing so many fan favorites and found it to be so fun. I really do love Jem as a character and loved seeing all the different verisions of a shadow market as well. It was such a fun read and got my ready for chain of gold.

#Stayathomeandread Sisters of Sword and Song (arc review)

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Published by    HarperTeen onJune 23, 2020

Genres: Young Adult , Fantsay

Pages: 467

Format: arc

Source: publisher

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rebecca Ross, acclaimed author of The Queen’s Rising duology, delivers a thrilling new fantasy about the lengths two sisters will go for each other. Perfect for fans of Ember in the AshesSky In the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon unexpectedly appears a day early, Eva knows something is wrong. Halcyon has charged with a heinous crime, and though her life is spared, she is sentenced to 15 years. 

Suspicious of the charges, brought forth by Halcyon’s army commander, as well as the details of the crime, Eva volunteers to take part of her sister’s sentence. If there’s a way to absolve Halcyon, she’ll find it. But as the sisters begin their sentences, they quickly learn that there are fates worse than death.

My Thoughts:

I simply adored this read. I thought this book was a super strong standalone fantasy novel. I am so intrigued to read more of this author backlists in the future. I really became so invested in both of these characters from page one. I THOUGHT both characters were super compelling and really liked them both. I also the greekish inspired world building and really loved it. I was also super loved the quest elements in this book. I thought the magic system was so well build and easy to follow. I really loved both POV characters. This book did not scream romance but had subtle elements of it. I also loved how this book focused on sisterhood and that relationship the good and the bad, and would def read more by this author in the future.

#Stayathomeandread Scarlet

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Published by   Feiwel & Friends on February 5, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling

Pages: 464

Format: audibook

Source: personally owned

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Thoughts:

Such a great sequel. I loved meeting scarlett! I loved seeing cinder again and am exited to start the next book in this series. I just don’t think this book was my favorite in the series. I still loved seeing cinder again and loved meeting thorne. I was not as connected to sacarlette story as the others stories in this series. But still such a good story and super important to the overall story telling. I forget how big a role cinder had in this series and really did love my listen.

#Stayathomenandread Super Adjacent

Super Adjacent  by Crystal Cestari

Published by  Disney on March 17, 2020

Genres: Young Adult , Super Heros

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting “What to Say to a Hero” speeches in her diary. Now that she’s landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable. 
Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she’s sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who’s clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.
In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it’s like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.

My Thoughts:

I found this book to such a fun read and i really loved the world. I thought the world building was so well crafted. I also really liked both main characters and thought that both characters really helped expand the world. I really liked both romances and felt that they were both so fun and loved the LGBTQ representing. I thought the also various media elements at the end of each chapter really helped expand the world. I thought this book had a strong mystery that was hard to predict but super engaging. I also thought this was a solid standalone but would love to see more books set in this world.

#Stayathomeandread The Devouring Grey

Tunnel Of Bones by Christine Lynn Herman

Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on April 4, 2019

Genres: Young Adult , Fantsay

Pages: 368

Format: Audibook

Source: Library

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray — a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny — to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities…before the Gray devours them all.

My Thoughts:

This book was such a atmospheric read. I thought it was the prefect mix between stranger things and also darkest minds. I really enjoyed how we got into so many different characters heads and how romance was really not the focus of this novel. It did had hints of romance but it was not the focus. I really enjoyed the world building and the dynamics between the characters! I think the world building was the highlight of the novel. I def will be checking out book 2! I know this book comes out in april, but I think it would be the prefect fall read!

#Stayathomeandread Queen of Air and Darkness (Non-Spoiler Review)

Queen of Air and Darkness  by Cassie Clare

Published by   Margaret K. McElderry Books on December 4, 2018)

Genres: young adult, fantsay

Pages:912

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought and audibook

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. Their society now teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find there is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of the Shadowhunters before a deadly curse destroys them and everyone they love.

My Thoughts:

Such a great end to this series. I really think cassie clare did a great job ending this series, but also gave her massive cast of characters each a great end and possible beginning to a new story in the future. I have always loved this world and I keep loving it. I loved how this world takes so many issues and really tackle them. This book always tackle discrimatiom and moral issues so well. I grew to love the blackthorn family in this read and adored them. I loved seeing flashes of characters from the past that i love. And found the end to so prefect. I can’t wait to see these characters again in future series.

#stayathomeandread A Heart So Fierce and Broken

A Heart so Fierce and Broken  by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by  Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition on January 7, 2020

Genres: young adult, fantsay

Pages: 456

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers. 

Win the crown, save the kingdom. 
Grey may be the heir, but he doesn’t want anyone to know his secret. On the run since he destroyed Lilith, he has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

My Thoughts:

I really loved where this book went. I love the plot in this novel and really loved the new character that we meet. I love the way this book turned the beast myths on his head in a totally new way. I really liked how they turned the beast myth on its head. It was such a compelling read and one that captured my attention. I loved the how this book expanded on the twist teased in book 1. I also really enjoyed the side characters that we meet and the side characters that grew on me in book 2. So excited for book 3!

#stayathomeandread Lord of Shadows

Lord Of Shadows by Cassie Clare

Published by  Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition on May 23, 2017

Genres: young adult, fantsay

Pages: 721

Format: Hardback/ audiobook

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the bestselling sequel to Lady MidnightLord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel.

Emma Carstairs has just learned that the love she shares with her warrior partner and parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorn family is threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn embark on a journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted.

As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky new scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

My Thoughts:

I really am so glad I finally got around to reading this book. It is a book I have put of mostly for length and I am regretting that. I really was impressed by this read. This book was one that packed such a punch but one that I not expect. Even thought this book had a massive cast of characters. i felt like that plot and the characters all got enough love and attention. I really grew to love all the characters even more and found the end of this book to be gutwrenching. So many things I adored about his book including the focus on predjuices and also LGBTQ story elements. I have so many characters from the previous series that i am dying to see, but I THINK this book was able to stand on its own. I must start the next read soon!!

Seven Deadly Shadows (Non-Spoiler Review)

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani

Published by   Quill Tree Books on January 28, 2020

Genres: young adult , fantsay

Pages: 377

Format: arc

Source: publisher

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

This thrilling YA retelling of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai features a girl tasked with saving the world from eternal darkness. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows and Marie Lu.

Seventeen-year-old Kira Fujikawa has never had it easy. She’s bullied by the popular girls in school. Her parents ignore her. And she’s also plagued with a secret: She can see yokai, the ghosts and demons that haunt the streets of Kyoto.

But things accelerate from bad to worse when she learns that Shuten-doji, the demon king, will rise at the next blood moon to hunt down an ancient relic and bring the world to a catastrophic end. 

Not exactly skilled at fighting anything, much less the dead, Kira enlists the aid of seven powerful death gods to help her slay Shuten-doji. They include Shiro, a kitsune with boy-band looks who is more flirtatious than helpful, and O-bei, a regal demon courtier with reasons of her own for getting involved.

As the confrontation with Shuten-doji draws nearer, the fate of Japan hangs in the balance. Can Kira save humankind? Or will the demon king succeed in bringing eternal darkness upon the world?

My Thoughts:

I was a massive fan of teen wolf back in the day and this book screamed that to me and I really loved the characters in this read. This book combined two of my favorites troups including found family and a quest and also good vs evil. I also really liked the plot of the story and the setting of modern day Japan was a great world. I really enjoyed this book and would love to see more books by this author duo in the future.