The Beauty of Darkness

The Beauty of Darkness


Title: The Beauty of Darkness

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnant Chronicles, #3

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Release Date: August 2nd 2016

Rating:

Four Stars

Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.

In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

Read More »

The Heart of Betrayal

The Heart of Betrayal


Title: The Heart of Betrayal

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnant Chronicles, #2

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Release Date: July 7th 2015

Rating:

Four Stars

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country…and her own destiny.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

Read More »

The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception


Title: The Kiss of Deception

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Series: The Remnant Chronicles, #1

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Release Date: July 8th 2014

Rating:

Three Stars

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets – secrets that may unravel her world – even as she feels herself falling in love.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

Read More »

The Night Circus

The Night Circus


Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Series: N/A

Publisher: Vintage Books, Random House

Release Date: September 13th 2011

Rating:

Five Stars

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

Read More »

ARC Review: A Crown of Wishes

a-crown-of-wishes


Title: A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Series: The Star-Touched Queen, #2

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: March 28th 2017

Rating:

Five Stars

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighbouring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

I received an eARC of this book free from St. Martin’s Griffin. It in no way affects my views on A Crown of Wishes.

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

Read More »

A Conjuring of Light

a-conjuring-of-light


Title: A Conjuring of Light

Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic, #3

Publisher: Titan Books

Release Date: February 21st 2017

Rating:

Five Stars

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

There may be slight spoilers for A Conjuring of Light in this review. If you haven’t yet read the third book in the Shades of Magic series I’d recommend skipping this review until you have. As always this review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

Read More »

The Scarecrow Queen

the-scarecrow-queen


Title: The Scarecrow Queen

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Series: The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, #3

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: March 2nd 2017

Rating:

Five Stars

The final battle is coming…

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever…

Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

Read More »

ARC Review: The Song Rising

The Song Rising


Title: The Song Rising

Author: Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season, #3

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Rating:

Five Stars

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

I received an ARC of this book free from Bloomsbury Publishing. It in no way affects my views on The Song Rising.

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

Read More »

The Shadow Hour

the-shadow-hour


Title: The Shadow Hour

Author: Melissa Grey

Series: The Girl at Midnight, #2

Publisher: ATOM

Release Date: July 12th 2016

Rating:

Four Stars

A battle has been won. But the war has only just begun.

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature—or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

Read More »

The Girl at Midnight

the-girl-at-midnight


Title: The Girl at Midnight

Author: Melissa Grey

Series: The Girl at Midnight, #1

Publisher: ATOM

Release Date: April 28th 2015

Rating:

Four Stars

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

Read More »