BOOK REVIEW | THE SEAFARER’S KISS, BY JULIA EMBER

Title: The Seafarer’s Kiss

Author: Julia Ember

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 4, 2017

Genres: YA Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★★

Summary: Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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BOOK REVIEW | ROYAL BASTARDS, BY ANDREW SHVARTS

Title: Royal Bastards

Author: Andrew Shvarts

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Genres: YA Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . .

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BOOK REVIEW | RISE OF THE ERIFS, BY ATLANTA BUSHNELL

Title: Rise of the Erifs

Author: Atlanta Bushnell

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: December 27, 2015

Genres: Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the author to review.

Star rating:★★☆☆

Summary: “What the hell is an Erif?!”
“A killing machine. If they catch us, they’ll kill us. That’s all you need to know.”
The Erifs are ruthless, powerful and unforgiving. They feed on rage and hatred.
And Prince Torin is all that stands in their way. He is young and impulsive. Determined to protect those he loves at any cost as their kingdom prepares for war with the Erifs – a fierce race of warriors – even if it means paying the ultimate price. But little does he know that those closest to him are hiding dark secrets.
And in a land where battle lines are drawn in blood and carved out with fire, secrets could end them all.

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BOOK REVIEW | CARAVAL, BY STEPHANIE GARBER

Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Genres: Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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BOOK REVIEW | AWAKEN, BY G.R. THOMAS

Title: Awaken

Author: G.R. Thomas

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: November 11, 2015

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the author to review.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: SOME PEOPLE AREN’T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?

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BOOK REVIEW | THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, BY ELISE KOVA

Title: the Alchemists of Loom

Author: Elise Kova

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Genres: Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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BOOK REVIEW | FROSTBLOOD, BY ELLY BLAKE

Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.

Star rating:★★☆☆

Summary: The frost king will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

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MOST ANTICIPATED DIVERSE YA BOOKS OF 2017

2016 is quickly coming to an end, and i decided to share a list of diverse young adult books that i’m looking forward to in 2017. there are so many amazing diverse books coming out next year and i’ve managed to compile a short(ish) list to share. at the bottom of this post, i’ve got some links to other blogs and lists with even more diverse books (you can never have too many).

i would really like to thank taryn (twitter/instagram) personally for making me more aware of the books that i’m reading. i’ve always thought that marginalised people are important but it wasn’t until i followed her that i noticed the lack of diverse books i was reading. of course there are many other people promoting the “we need diverse books” movement, and i thank you all for raising awareness for something that’s often overlooked.

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BOOK REVIEW | NEVERNIGHT, BY JAY KRISTOFF

x298Title: Nevernight

Author: Jay Kristoff

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: August 1, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins.

Star rating:★☆☆☆

Summary: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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BOOK REVIEW | A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, SABAA TAHIR

atorchagainstthenight_cv-4-14Title: A Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Harper Collins.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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