A Stunning Story I’d Recommend to any Fantasy Fan!

The Bear and the Nightingale
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Title: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Type: YA Fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Published by: Del Ray
Pub date: Jan 10, 2017
Format: Paperback
Source: Fun story: I thought I had this one on my Kindle, so I requested it’s sequel from Netgalley. When my request was accepted, I thought, “Great, better start reading, then.” ONLY I DIDN’T ACTUALLY HAVE IT ON MY KINDLE! So, I kind of panic-bought a copy from Barnes and Noble, even thought the sequel doesn’t come out till December.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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The short version: This story is original, lyrical, and darkly enchanting. I devoured this book in one sitting!Read More »

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Gorgeous Prose for a Gorgeous Cover

Let me just take a moment to finish squealing over how beautiful that cover is!!!

Wicked
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Title: Wicked Like a Wildfire
Author: Lana Popovic
Type: YA Fantasy; Magical Realism-ish
Length: 400 pages
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Pub date: Aug 15th, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Source: I received this book (along with an amazing matching candle) from my August Fairyloot box!

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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The short version: While I enjoyed this book, it had a reaaaally slow start, and I can understand why it may not be for everybody.Read More »

A Great Retelling With Just Enough Romance

 

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Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Type: YA Fantasy; Fairytale Retelling
Length: 384 pages
Published by: Flatiron Books
Pub date: Sept 5th, 2017
Format: e-book
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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The short version: This is the Snow White retelling I never knew I wanted! Full of great characters, unique magics, and just a touch of romance, this was a truly great read!Read More »

Truly Praise-Worthy Poetry

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Title: Begin With a Failed Body
Author: Natalie Graham
Type: Poetry
Length: 90 pages
Published by: University of Georgia Press
Pub date: Sept 15th, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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The short version: This is a fantastic collection of poetry that absolutely deserves the award it was given! (Learn more about the Cave Canem Prize here.)Read More »

Under-Developed Characters Left me Wanting More

 

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Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 352
Published By: Sourcebooks
Pub Date: August 29, 2017
Format: e-book
Source: A digital copy of this book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★⭑☆☆ (I was torn between 2 and 3 stars…)

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The short version: As much as I wanted to love this book, it fell a short of my expectations. But I still plan on finishing the duology.Read More »

ACOWAR Review

 

ACOWAR
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Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 705
Published By: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: May 2nd, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Source: I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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The short version: I had a few issues with this book, but overall, I thought it was another great addition to this series!Read More »

ARC Review- The Road Between

The Road Between
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Title: The Road Between
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Type: Poetry
Length: 288 pages (pretty long for a poetry book)
Published by: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Pub date: August 29th, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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When I read the synopsis for Courtney Peppernell’s The Road Between, I couldn’t wait to start reading it (plus I love that cover!!). A collection broken into eight parts (the cave, the closet, the sky, the sea, the roads, the mountains, the fields, the home), I expected a book of self-discovery and love through small moments in life. I expected something subtle and nuanced, as self-discovery so often is. I expected to love and connect with this collection of poetry.Read More »