This was easily one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. I read a good bit of YA fantasy, and it often starts to feel repetitive and regurgitated. When I first read this synopsis, I was intrigued by the twin drama…. but what really grabbed me was the comparison to The Princess […]
[Asis’ Review] DREAMS LIE BENEATH by Rebecca Ross
I have read every single book Rebecca has written and I’ve loved every new one just as much as the last. My love for Dreams Lie Beneath starts with just that cover. It is a strange choice for me because as a rule I don’t like covers with people on them. Fanart style is acceptable […]
[Emily’s Review]: Gallant by V.E. Schwab
#1 New York Times–bestselling author Victoria Schwab weaves a dark and original tale about the place where the world meets its shadow, and the young woman beckoned by both sides. The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak in this stand-alone novel perfect for readers of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman.
Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.
Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.
Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?
[Caitlyn’s Review]: From Dust, a Flame by Rebecca Podos
What I truly love about fantasy at any level is its ability to invite readers into various cultures, seeped in ethnic and religious symbolism. I love books that introduce me to the pagan rituals of medieval Russia and the godly war of ancient Greece; they invite a new perspective, a new nuance to a tried-and-true […]
[Elizabeth’s Review]: Count Your Lucky Stars (Written in the Stars #3) by Alexandria Bellefleur
Starting this book, I had not read Bellefleur’s other works. After finishing, Count Your Lucky Stars, however, I am going to change that. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this read and seeing Margot and Olivia overcome their past miscommunication and ingrained fears regarding their history. While romance books are usually catnip for me […]
[Brittany’s Review]: Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins
I had really high hopes for this book, but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. I feel like the book had the bones to create something great, but it fell flat for me. The book is about a woman, Dani, who has sworn off men after her ex cheated on her. Dani then has this […]
[Marie’s Review]: Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and Our Woman in Moscow is surprisingly the first book by Beatriz Williams I’ve read. I was especially intrigued by Williams’ usage of actual Cold War espionage characters and events. Though Williams uses some dual timeline structuring that is extremely common in historical fiction, I found it […]
[Gabrielle’s Reviews]: An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
Tahereh Mafi was one of the first authors I read when falling in love with reading. Her Shatter Me series left me reeling at times, and it truly made me realize that one could feel extreme emotions while reading a book about characters that do not even exist. So I was pretty disappointed when this […]