Villains Duology: Review

Happy 2019 everyone!

I consider myself to be a pretty loyal fan of Victoria Schwab’s- so much so that I’ve been to three of her signings and all of my books are signed by her, including a copy of The Steel Prince comic. Watching her stories rise to meteoric success has been thrilling, because it means that so many more people can enjoy the worlds that I’ve discovered. One of her series that I hadn’t read yet though, was Villains, which consisted of two books. Vicious was published in 2013 and the sequel, Vengeful, was only just released late last year in September 2018. So, it was high time that I read them both in succession and I’m really glad that I was able to squeeze them into my 2018 reading schedule! Read on for a spoiler-free review of both books.

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Girls of Paper and Fire: Review

Ahhh, it does feel great to spend my nights snuggled up in bed with a good book! I’m so glad that I’ve found my groove and the best reading time for me during these hectic months. My most recent read was Girls of Paper and Fire, which I received from a monthly Fairyloot box. This was a book that I was insanely excited for because of its Malaysian influences. I had read many reviews that either praised the book for its representation of sexual violence or condemned it, and I saw this title making its rounds around the internet. What did I think? Read on to find out.

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Empire of Sand: Review

Long time, no see, friends and followers! I started a new job recently and I haven’t had much time to read and write reviews. I was thrilled to finally realize just a couple of weeks ago that the best time for me to read is at night, around 7-9 PM when I’m in bed. Yep, I am an extremely early sleeper and it’s totally necessary since I find myself waking up really early now, either for work or to let the puppies out. Anyway, because of this realization, I was able to finally finish Empire of Sand, which I had started a month ago! Read on for my review of this lush tale of magic and the power of bonds between people.

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Ignite the Stars: Review

As an Asian-American female, the cover of Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan absolutely took my breath away. YAS! Own that cover! Own the stars and space! This book is full of action and features a realistic science fiction world that I could actually get behind- it’s rare for me to not be cynical about sci-fi settings- and I can’t wait for more readers to get this in their hands! Note: I received a digital e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Outrun the Wind: Review

Greek mythology! Retelling! Fierce female protagonist! This seems like a triple threat and I was really looking forward to reading Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi. Unfortunately, the writing just fell completely flat for me and I just wasn’t invested enough in the main characters because of how the plot developed. Note: I received an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Blanca & Roja: Review

Name me one person who doesn’t like a good fairy tale retelling. Not only is Blanca & Roja a retelling of the sisters Snow White and Rose Red, but its done through the lens of Latina sisters in a surreal, magical world with the most beautifully poetic writing. Anna-Marie McLemore’s name may sound familiar from Wild Beauty and When the Moon was Ours, and this book is no exception to her collection of lovely standalone novels. Read on for my full review! Note: I received an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions below are my own.

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Dance of Thieves: Review

Good afternoon readers! Today, I'll be reviewing Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson, the next installment in the Remnant Chronicles universe, which I reviewed awhile back! It was such a delight to return this world with the same intrigue and slow-burn romance that I've come to know and love from Pearson! Note: I received an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions below are my own.

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Monsters of Verity Duology: Review

Friends, it's time to review a DUOLOGY! I'm not sure that I've reviewed an entire series in one go before because that can get a bit spoiler-y, but I'll do my best in this review to avoid giving anything away. I'll focus on the writing, the fabulous character development, and the spine-tingling chills that I got while reading this duology by one of my favorite authors, Victoria Schwab.

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Mirage: Review

Mirage is Somaiya Daud's debut novel and boy, is it a stellar way to burst onto the scene. Full of rich detail and a diverse, nuanced mythos, Mirage is the type of science fiction and fantasy book that I think a lot of young women have been waiting for. Read on for my full review! Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions below are my own.

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Star-Touched Stories: Blog Tour Stop and Review

If you've followed my blog for a while now, you know that I am a huge fan of Roshani Chokshi's writing and immensely enjoyed her lush storytelling in The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes. The next installment in this world is a collection of three short stories that revisits some of my favorite characters and I couldn't wait to immerse myself in these folkloric tales! Note: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

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Heart of Iron: Review

I received Heart of Iron, by Ashley Poston, in a recent Fairyloot box and I was STUNNED by the gorgeous purple sprayed pages. Billed as an Anastasia retelling set in space, I knew I was in for an adventure because Ashley Poston's writing is so witty and brilliant. Her first novel, Geekerella, mesmerized me- and Heart of Iron was no different! With a cast full of diverse characters and a plot subtly reminiscent of Anastasia, this was such a unique and fun read!

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Pachinko: Review

Pachinko is one of those books that rips your heart out, but then tenderly stitches the pieces back together for you. Min Jin Lee has crafted- yes, "crafted," because this story is an exquisite tapestry woven of narratives and heartbreak- an incredible story of love and loss, faith and family. It's all rooted in history, with experiences inspired by interviews that Lee had with South Korean migrants in Japan. Read on for my review below!

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Dread Nation: Review

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland was an incredibly hyped book for me, one reason being that the cover itself featured a woman of color. How! Badass! Is! That! There's been some controversy recently about the author and her comments about who she considers to actually be people of color... but I read this book and formulated my review before this all went down. And down, it went. It's pretty draining to even think about but rest assured, my review below is based entirely on what I read within these 455 pages and not what I read on Twitter.

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The Poppy War: Review

The Poppy War was one of my most highly anticipated reads in 2018 and it did not disappoint. In fact, I had to Google whether there was a Chinese translated version because I knew without a doubt that my dad- who loves kung fu movies like Ip Man- would enjoy this book immensely. This adult fantasy is so rich with detail and world-building, invoking East Asian mythology and inspiration, and pays homage to kung fu in a way that I haven't quite seen before in literature. Read on for my review!

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Blood and Sand: Review

I am always ready to read a good historical fiction and when I heard that Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk is a genderbent retelling of Spartacus- consider me sold! Now, I've always been intrigued by gladiatorial Rome even though I'm a huge chicken and can't sit through any of the movies. A YA retelling was perfect for me and Blood and Sand truly did not disappoint.

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