In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.
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Realm of Knights falls into a category of books that I don’t really read anymore, but damn, I’m so glad I did! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this story, even though I finished it TEN days ago & the urge to re-read it hasn’t dampened at all in those days.
I was sent this book to review as part of a blog tour organised by Xpresso Tours
⚠ Violence & sexism ⚠
Seed of Rage is great for fans of The Poppy War; it’s a dark fantasy that presents itself as YA but the graphic detail of violence means it can only be an adult adventure. This book is a wild adventure that completely consumed me & I am obsessed with that cover!
I was sent this book to review as part of a blitz organised by Xpresso Tours.
⚠️ Silverlegs is a grimdark fantasy novel set in a world inspired by the late Roman empire. The heroine evolves in an environment that is violent, classist, misogynistic, and homophobic. This book questions religious fanaticism. It contains elements of sexual violence, rape, and graphic violence – warnings provided by the author ⚠️
Altered is a romantic, slow-burning fantasy with world-building that’s impossible to resist; I loved main concept of this book, the “Made Ones” & it’s a theme that I’ve never encountered before. Vicki Stiefel has created both a hot & steamy romance, & an addictive & immersive fantasy, whose world I cannot wait to return to.
Also, how beautiful is that cover?
I was sent this book to review as part of a blog tour organised by Xpresso Tours.
⚠️ This book contains violence, detailed scenes of a sexual nature,
a protagonist with PTSD & Huntington’s disease, some ableist slurs,
references to an abusive marriage & some sexism ⚠️
“Thorn is a lovely atmospheric fairytale fantasy about a girl and her found family. I loved it!” – Gail Carriger, New York Times-bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series
I am genuinely thrilled to be helping to show the world for Intisar Khanani’s upcoming book, Thorn. Reading the synopsis of this book excited me so much, but the cover has just made me even more excited to eventually read it – I’ll definitely be buying a print edition to show off on my shelves.
The cover has been designed by Jenny Zemanek (& what an awesome job she’s done) & is being released on March 14th 2020 (in the UK it’s March 24th) by HarperTeen (heads up guys, I’d love an ARC).
More below about the book & the author.
Silver’s dreams of becoming a legendary water dragon racer come true when she befriends a rare dragon that can swim and fly.
Thirteen-year-old Silver Batal calls the desert home, but her heart belongs to the waters. Although she’s expected to become a jeweler like her father, Silver harbors a secret and forbidden wish to race water dragons. Destiny comes calling when her friendship with a mysterious old woman leads her to Hiyyan, a baby dragon that can swim and fly.
Risking everything, Silver, Hiyyan, and her resourceful cousin Brajon set off across the desert to join the legendary races in the royal city. But the road to Calidia is filled with danger, and the trio must band together as they encounter ferocious cave beasts, clever desert foxes, and cutthroat competition.
Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once a king of Hell, but the steward family has ruled for centuries.
Nora, the stepdaughter of the steward is undone when her mother and step-father take away her beloved tutor, Peter. When Nora confronts the steward and her mother, the discussion is heated and ends with the steward in inexplicable pain.
Shortly after, Nora finds herself in the Starry Wood. Peter told her of the perils within the forest, and it’s not long before the inhabitants of the wood find her.
A giant hunter named Aegis comes to Nora’s aid. He is drawn to Nora, compelled to protect her from the steward’s assassins, the giants, and the evil souls who escape the seventh region.
Together, they travel the seven layers of Hell to discover why the steward is so threatened by a teenage girl.
Beware the Night is a great introduction to YA & is full of all the YA tropes that we love; the characters were fun & the plot was engaging. I loved the world-building though & was so curious to learn more about the different communities involved.
I was sent this book in return for an honest review via Xpresso Book Tours
⚠️ This book contains violence & sacrifices for (fictional) religious reasons throughout ⚠️
Gothel is a witch. Punished for the actions of her mother, her choice is simple: either she stands guard over Princess Rapunzel—or she dies. But just because a choice is easy doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. Protecting Rapunzel means watching as the princess lays trapped in a tower, bedridden by hair that is so long and heavy it’s slowly driving her insane. Gothel’s life has become one of imprisonment and solitude as well—until a prince and his handsome squire appear at the tower.
Only one object can cut Rapunzel’s hair and end the curse: a pair of magical shears. But the shears are guarded by the most terrifying witches in the land, who also happen to be Gothel’s aunts. As Gothel and the prince’s squire, Raj Talmund, work to form a plan, she finds herself more and more drawn to the mysterious young man from the Outerlands. Unfortunately, his destiny is far more dangerous than she wants to admit: to save a princess, he must kill the witch who’s been forced to guard her.
THE WITCH’S TOWER is the first in an inspired new series of fairy-tale retellings from award-winning fantasy author Tamara Grantham.
When technology fulfils every dream, reality is a nightmare.
Below the streets of New State, the Grounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. When dusk falls, Wren risks her life by entering the capital city as a raider to secure resources for the rebellion. Each step further inside puts her life in jeopardy from New State’s deadliest weapons – Phantoms. More machine than human, tortured until devoid of emotion and caring, Phantoms have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.
Wren is good at her job as a raider and committed to the cause until she meets Codex, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Wren feels for Codex is very real. And it’s punishable by death.
As she and Codex grow closer, Wren convinces him to leave New State for the underground. But unrest between New State and the Grounders escalates, and Phantoms move in to destroy her world. Nothing goes as Wren planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Wren’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever…