Posts in Fantasy
The Devouring Gray: Review

Hi everyone! Today, I’m jumping right into my review of The Devouring Gray, by Christine Lynn Herman. I instantly connected with the author, because she was born in New York City, but grew up overseas in Hong Kong and Japan, only to return back to the US for college at the University of Rochester, where I recently moved! Note: I received an e-galley to review from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Empress of All Seasons: Review

Hi everyone! How has your 2019 been? This new year has been off to a shaky start for me, but with such an incredible TBR ahead of me, I can’t help but feel some sort of happiness. I’ve been taking a step back these first few weeks of January and experimenting with “me time” that actually works for me. That might mean a few changes to the blog in the next couple of months! But first, I’m back with a review of a novel that I was really looking forward to, Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. It’s a YA fantasy inspired by Japanese mythology that might remind readers of The Hunger Games or The Selection.

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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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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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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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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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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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