Book Reviews, Fantasy

Review: Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

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4 out of 5 stars

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Review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Review was written in November of 2019 and may not reflect the final product. But I sure hope it does.

I know how it feels to lose everything. I know how it feels to be terrified and unsure. But I also know how it feels to be remade, to cloak yourself in steel and wash yourself in fire and refuse to be trampled. To stand and say ‘I am not what they make of me, but what I make of me.’

Enebish is the monster people use to scare children. She was once an elite warrior of the Empire, drawing on the darkness and stars with her Goddess-given powers to help expand their borders. But one unforgivable act – one lapse in control – and her powers make a monster of her. Disfigured and scarred from the horrific incident two years ago, Enebish is sequestered away in a distant monastery whiling away her punishment sneaking out of her rooms at night and training the King’s own falcon. And so her life goes, shunned by the monks tasked with her imprisonment and with only a heretical acolyte and the King’s falcon to call friends. Far from Enebish and beyond the monastery’s walls trouble is brewing in the Empire. Goha, Enebish’s sister and Right Hand of the King comes to her with a entente – capture the notorious rebel Temujin and her crimes will be forgive. People will no longer fear her and she can retake her place at her sister’s side. And all it will cost is one Rebel faction. Tracking down the charismatic rebel leader across the empire proves to be a worthy task for redemption, but coming face to face with the brutalities of war may be Enebish’s greatest challenge yet.

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Book Reviews, Fantasy

Review: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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“Should I run so far that I reach the sea, I should not have run far enough, for the thing I run from rides on my back and in my blood and will not be shaken.” 

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.

Mistreated by her cruel family and mocked in court, Princess Alyrra has always felt more comfortable in her palace’s kitchen or riding free on horseback. Longing to escape her lonely existence Alyrra accepts the politically motivated marriage proposal of a price from a far off land. Though she has never met her prince his delegates have shown her more respect and loyalty than her own people. Alyrra sets off across the lands full of hope, seeking a better life, only to have a great and fearful sorceress steal her identity and title from her, casting her out as a servant. This unexpected freedom gives Alyrra opportunity to start a new life as the palace Goose Girl, a life in which she finds real joy, love, and contentment. A stark contrast from her life as a princess. But not all is well in her new home. The dark sorceress has great and deadly plans for the prince’s bloodline and only Alyrra can stand against her and make things right. But at what cost?

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Fairy Loot Unboxing: Broody Banter, June 2019

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June’s offerings. Or at least most of them.

Oh boy it’s already June! My job has been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to sit back and review something for quite a while now. In fact, the last review I did was for the May FairyLoot box! I’m currently on a two week break from work and spending my time catching up on sleep and visiting my grandparents in the north of the state. Unfortunately I don’t have my usual equipment/backgrounds but I’ve managed to make do with my grandparent’s blooming garden providing a nice green backdrop. That being said, some of my photos might be a bit all over the place brightness wise but that’s what you get when the sun is your lighting for a photo shoot!

Let’s dive into this month’s FairyLoot offering!

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Book Reviews, Fantasy

Review: A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

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2.5 out of 5 Stars

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I am a Caretaker, and a good Caretaker puts her House first. Before king. Before Country. Before her life an her heart.

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.

Seven years in exile after her father’s act of treason have left Violet Sterling bitter and longing to return to her ancestral home, Burleigh House. A sprawling grand country estate, Burleigh is no ordinary home – it is one of the remaining five Great Houses of England. Filled with magic and bound to the King, the Great Houses are responsible for the prosperity of their county. Vi’s father was Burleigh’s Caretaker, entrusted by the King with Burleigh’s key and tasked with mitigating the House’s magic. Vi loves Burleigh more than anything else, and Burleigh loves Vi. Seven years of separation, the toll from years without a Caretaker and a new danger from the Crown has threatened their bond. With time running out and the walls of Burleigh falling, Violet has to decide if she can put her House before her own life and heart – as a good Caretaker should – or if she can find her own way.

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Review: Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne

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A Forgery of Magic #1

By Maya Motayno

4.5 out of 5 stars

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“Given enough time you can learn to survive most anything. You learn to breathe when your lungs are too scared to move and you learn to calm before your heart bursts. You learn. Or you die.”

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss. 

I originally had this review scheduled to post closer to the release date but seeing as my beautiful blue (!!!!) Fairyloot edition arrived today, I thought I’d get this posted. I’ll hopefully do a post about the April box soon!!

After his brother’s assassination, Alfie fled far from his kingdom and his responsibilities in search of answers. What is the point of having magic colouring your world if you can’t use it to save someone you love? Now Crown Prince Alfehr has returned to Castallan, consumed by his grief and willing to do just about anything to bring back his brother. Finn just needs to stay one step ahead of her past. She’s a wanted woman. Or women, actually. Her propio – her intrinsic expression of magic – allows her to change her face as easily as she would a dress. Hopping from city to city, Finn knows that as long as she stays smart, she can keep her freedom. When dire circumstances throw Finn in Alfie’s path, the two have to work together to combat an ancient darkness that threatened to destroy their world.

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Review: The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

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2.5 out of 5 stars

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“They say memories are the same as living it,” he says, swinging his arm around me. “But you have to admit, Jules. Real life is so much better.”

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss. The published text may differ from the very early ARC that I received.

Please be aware that this review contains spoilers.

Skin on skin is all it takes for Etta to steal a memory to claim as her own. Under the brutal reign of Madame, memories have become a commodity in the city of Craewick. Memories of the poor and condemned are sold at the auction block under the watchful eyes of the cruel Minders. Working with the Shadows, an underground memory black market, Etta learned to harness her abilities to steal memories back from the rich Hollows to return to their rightful owners. But six years ago, Etta did something unthinkable and a bargain with the Madame is all that keeps her alive. When Madame threatens to send Etta’s mother’s memories to the auction block, Etta has to learn to face her past to take back the future of her country.

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A Feast of Fantasy: Five Fantasy Books for April

April, the season of Autumn, Easter and most importantly, my birthday! I arbitrarily decided that April called for some Fantasy Reads, so here are my Top Five Fantasy Reads (in no particular order!) to put you in the mood for a very magical season~

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