Cruel, Bloody, Deceptive & Deliciously Morally Grey — The Cruel Prince by Holly Black {Book Review}

The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackTitle: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Watch Out, Fangirl Alert (Again) — The Shadow Weave by Annette Marie {Book Review}

The Shadow Weave by Annette MarieTitle: The Shadow Weave (Spell Weaver #2)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: January 12th, 2018
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED IT!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Clio might be a nymph living in exile among humans. And she might possess the rare ability to mimic any magic she sees. And she might have just seriously ticked off the most powerful family of spell weavers in the Underworld.

But she is not in love with an incubus.

Lyre is the rebellious black sheep of said weaver family, and he’s the only reason she survived her recent Underworld “vacation.” He’s also the sexiest thing she’s ever seen. Together, they have to track down a catastrophically dangerous magic—a magic he created, she sort of stole, and they both lost—before his family gets their hands on it. And that means fighting alongside him in a desperate attempt to avert complete disaster.

But she is definitely not in love with him. At least, she’s pretty sure she’s not.

Mostly sure.
Maybe sure?
…Crap.

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There Are Monsters In The Sea — Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia {Book Review}

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca ZappiaTitle: Eliza and her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: May 30th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED IT!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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My Favorite Incubus Gets The Spotlight — The Night Realm by Annette Marie {Book Review}

The Night Realm by Annette MarieTitle: The Night Realm (Spell Weaver #1)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: October 20th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED IT!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

As a nymph living in exile among humans, Clio has picked up all sorts of unique survival skills. But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home.

Conning her way into the Underworld may have gone pretty well, but now she’s got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he’s a sinfully alluring incubus, a dangerously skilled spell weaver, and the only thing standing between her and stealing some damn magic.

Maneuvering around him without blowing her cover shouldn’t be that difficult, but chaos has been dogging her every step, monsters hide behind beautiful faces, and Lyre keeps saving her neck even though they’re enemies. Kind of enemies? Either way, her mission is getting complicated fast, and in the Underworld, even one mistake could prove fatal.

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Dragons, Gay Romance & Elemental Control — Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson {Book Review}

Cloaked in Shadow by Ben AldersonTitle: Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori #1)
Author: Ben Alderson
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Release Date: December 18th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 3 stars
My rating in words: It was okay

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Romance. Magic. Lies.

For fans of elves, shapeshifters and elemental control.

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn’t know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.

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A Haemon, An Incubus & A Draconian Walked Into A Bar… & Made Me Fall In Love — Chase The Dark by Annette Marie {Book Review}

Chase The Dark by Annette MarieTitle: Chase The Dark (Steel & Stone #1)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy
Release Date: October 17th, 2014
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked it

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons … See problems one and two.

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Eerily Atmospheric Take On The Classic Serial Killer Mystery — Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco {Book Review}

stalking-jack-the-ripper-by-kerri-maniscalcoTitle: Stalking Jack The Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Trilogy
Genre: Young Adult – Mystery – Historical

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked it

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Haunting, Emotional and Beautiful — They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera {Book Review}

They Both Die At The End by Adam SilveraTitle: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

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#LovedIt — Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee {Book Review}

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn OrmsbeeTitle: Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 6th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED this book!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

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An Epic Heist Story Set in Futuristic Taipei — Want by Cindy Pon {Book Review}

Want by Cindy PonTitle: Want (Want #1)
Author: Cindy Pon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Duology
Genre: Young Adult – Sci-Fi

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED this book!

What it’s about:

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

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