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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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The Bird and the Blade: Review

Ladies and gentlemen, I have read a few retellings in my day. Retellings of fairy tales, mythology, folk tales- you name it. But guys. The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen is a standalone novel and retelling of Turandot, the famous opera by Puccini. An OPERA! Okay, yes, the original opera and story is extremely problematic as it initially puts a Mongolian princess in a position of power and independence, only to have her wither away into a lovesick woman. But! Bannen rectifies this story by introducing a brand new perspective in the form of our narrator and building a lush world where the reader is transported back to the Yuan Dynasty. Read on for my review!

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Jade City: Review

There is something that just drew me into Jade City, by Fonda Lee. Was it the incredible cover with its jade motifs and striking typeface? Was it the intriguing description that sounded reminiscent of old-school kung fu movies? I have heard great things about Jade City, a Nebula Award finalist and named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Powell's Books, Syfy Wire, and the Verge, and could not wait to jump into this epic. Read on for my review!

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Chemistry: Review

I promised myself at the start of the year to be more conscious about the books I buy and make more of an effort to support authors color. When I joined Book of the Month recently, I knew that Chemistry by Weike Wang was one of the books that I wanted to pick up! This was a very short read at just 224 pages- so I don't know why it's taken me so long to write this review!

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