ARC Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

ARC Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner
My Thoughts Hunted was a unique take on the "beauty and the beast" fairytale that felt familiar at the same time. It's clear that Meagan Spooner knows how to write a fantasy setting, and I really enjoyed the parts that felt wholly new to me. One of my favorite things about this book was the Beast. Spooner's interpretation of this character was dark and scary -- deliciously mysterious and compelling. I loved the sense of danger that hovered in his presence. Some of this book very much reminded...

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ARC Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
My Thoughts In some ways, The Bone Witch was Very Different — but in other ways, it felt somewhat typical... but with a twist. First sentence into this review, and I hope I'm making it clear that I have conflicted feelings about this book! So, let me state up front: I definitely liked this book, but I didn't love it. The world building here is undoubtedly one of its best features. The magic system had some familiar aspects, but it also felt altogether different from any other. Societal norms,...

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ARC Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
My Thoughts You'd think, after The Mime Order, I would have expected the intensity with which this book opens, but—hah. Twas a bit of a punch in the gut, and I say that as a good thing! There is no such thing as *anything* going smoothly or easily in Paige's world and this book has finally made that message sink in for me. D-A-M-N. There's a lot going on in The Song Rising, and much of it was painful for SOMEONE. While the urgency and danger didn't initially come from the sources I had expected,...

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ARC Review: Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

ARC Review: Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan
My Thoughts Admittedly, I wasn't going to continue with this series after finishing Reign of Shadows, but when I saw Rise of Fire pop up on Edelweiss, curiosity won me over. The setting is different from other fantasy novels, and the previous book left off at such a weird place, that I figured I would give this book a try. Very early on, I was already regretting my choice, because all of the things that bothered me so much about the first book were thriving in this book, too. So many situations...

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ARC Review: Lost Gods by Brom

ARC Review: Lost Gods by Brom
My Thoughts It's taken me WAY too long to gather up my courage and finally write this review. The thing is, Brom's books are intense and deeply rich. They leave me thinking about them way after I've finished reading. The illustrations draw me back again and again, and each time I take a moment to look at one of them, I notice more and more that I didn't see before. I am such a fan of multi-layered and, multi-layered writing, multi-talented creative people! Friends, this book is dark (which should...

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