Tales of Lunis Aquaria 📕Review

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Author: Tessa Hastjarjanto
Series: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Narratess
Published: April 18th, 2019

The coming of beasts, The sacred maiden, Moonflower, Thomas and the wolf, The witch from Monterra Mountain, Shepherd’s stick, Archipelago of wonder, Decapod’s ire, and Lovers across time. These are the book’s nine short stories that individually stand on their own, yet come together wonderfully to create the intriguing fantasy world of Lunis Aquaria. It’s no easy task to draw a reader into a massively magical world in a mere 119 pages, but the author certainly nailed it!

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Summer Bird Blue 📕Review

Summer Bird Blue

Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: September 11th, 2018

Yeah, yeah…. I know. “Never judge a book by its cover” is common advice that’s important to follow and all that. But damn, I just have to say I fell in love with the art style on the cover of this one! Blue is my favourite colour (so bias) and it screams relaxing ocean vibes. Unfortunately for the main character, Rumi Seto, this tale is the opposite of a tranquil stroll along a beach.

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy 📕Review

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Author: Mackenzi Lee
Series: Montague Siblings
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: October 2nd, 2018

Hello there, YA classified novel with romance themes I connected with on a soulular level. Wow… such a thing does exist. I’m truly speechless after reading this epic masterpiece. I just can’t describe how much I love this book and its lovingly sarcastic asexual shero, Felicity Montague. But I really want to get a review of this book written so I’m going to try to express my glee in a somewhat coherent fashion. Ahem. To start the words rolling, let’s go with one of my favourite quotes:

“It didn’t make me hear violins or go weak in the knees or want to do any more than that, which I think is the evolutionary point of the kiss. It’s just a thing people do.”

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A Torch Against the Night 📕Review

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Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: August 29, 2017

Spoiler Warning: This is the review of the second book in a book series. Therefore, spoilers for the first book will happen. Reader discretion is strongly advised… oh and if you’re at all interested my review of Book 1, here it is!

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An Ember in the Ashes 📕Review

An Ember in Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: April 28, 2015

Don’t be fooled by the Young Adult genre thingy that this book fits into… this world is absolutely brutal. Slavery, torture, rape, and barbaric executions are the norm in the heartless Martial Empire. And the author doesn’t shy away from the details, let me tell you.

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Icefall (Book 1) 📕Review

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Author: Walt and Mica Stone
Series: The Clearsky Chronicles #1
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Publisher: Rocks and Ink
Published: July 2017

A post-apocalyptic YA tale with no shoehorned romances? Well, gee, sign me right up! One of my biggest issues with novels classified as YA is that a stupid romance (or awful love triangle) seems to be required, thus creating awful relationships between characters that make me eye roll so damn hard. There’s none of that crap in Icefall and lots of action scenes. Both huge reasons why I enjoyed it!

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