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📚Emily’s Top 10 Books Read in 2019📚

I ended up reading 106 books in 2019 but there were some favorites that stood above the rest. Here are the top 10 reads of my 2019 reading year!

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10. Tiger Queen

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By Annie Sulivan

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.

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9. Peter Pan

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By J.M. Barrie

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: Neverland is home to Peter Pan, a young boy who has never grown up. On one of his visits to London, Peter makes the acquaintance of young Wendy Darling, whom he invites to travel with him to Neverland and become the mother of his gang of Lost Boys. Flying through the night sky to Neverland, Wendy and her brothers John and Michael soon become caught up in marvelous adventures with the Indian Princess Tiger Lily, the loyal fairy Tinker Bell, and Peter’s nemesis, the sinister hook-handed pirate known as Captain Hook.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22784968-peter-pan 

 

8. Spin the Dawn

(The Blood of Stars #1)

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By Elizabeth Lim

My Rating🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42815556-spin-the-dawn?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=4O8e8o8OSf&rank=1

 

7. The House of Hades

(The Heroes of Olympus #4)

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By Rick Riordan

My Rating🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hades, the hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

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6. The Blood of Olympus 

(The Heroes of Olympus #5)

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By Rick Riordan

My Rating🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.

Jason’s ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.

Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?

Leo fears that his plan won’t work, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.

Piper must learn to give herself over to fear. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Heroes, gods, and monsters all have a role to play in the climactic fulfillment of the prophecy in The Blood of Olympus, the electrifying finale of the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18705209-the-blood-of-olympus 

 

5. Aurora Rising

(The Aurora Cycle #1)

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By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

My Rating🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30075662-aurora-rising?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=nNA93hOwfT&rank=1 

 

4. The Unhoneymooners

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By Christina Lauren

My Rating🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42201431-the-unhoneymooners?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=DqOMNGyK1V&rank=1 

 

3. The Wicked King

(The Folk of the Air #2)

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By Holly Black

My Rating🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26032887-the-wicked-king?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=n261zeFcPi&rank=1 

 

2. The Beautiful

(The Beautiful #1)

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By Renee Ahdieh

My Rating🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful. 

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42265183-the-beautiful?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=lSCmvr6nzC&rank=1 

 

1. The Queen of Nothing

(The Folk of the Air #3)

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By Holly Black

My Rating🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 ~ Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) ~ Author: Julie Kagawa ~ Genre: #YA #Fantasy ~ Available June 18th, 2019!

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Soul of the Sword

(Shadow of the Fox #2)

By

Julie Kagawa

Genre: #YA #Fantasy

My Rating: 4.5

Cover: 4

Publication: June 18th, 2019

Read: June 9th, 2019

POV: First-person dual perspective

Hardcover: 432

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41861646-soul-of-the-sword

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Sword-Shadow-Julie-Kagawa/dp/1335184996/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2LBN4D9HRYN11&keywords=soul+of+the+sword&qid=1560132054&s=gateway&sprefix=soul+of+the%2Caps%2C134&sr=8-2

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/226819-shadow-of-the-fox

Synopsis:

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

📝My Review📝:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars

In this exciting sequel to Soul of the Sword we see Yumeko and the squad continue their journey to the Steel Feather Temple but on top of trying to keep the scroll safe there is the added challenge of Tatsumi now being possessed by the demon Hakaimono. While Hakaimono is off causing lots of chaos Yumeko has made it her goal to save Tatsumi from the demon possessing him on top of getting the scroll to the Steel Feather Temple. But this journey is not easy and the squad (Okame, Reika, Master Jiro, and Daisuke) hit many roadblocks along the way. It is an exciting and thrilling story that is nothing short of enjoyable. If you loved the first book then you will love this one as well.

Now why is this not a 5 star read if I enjoyed it so much? Here are my critiques. This was a similar issue with the first book but the story is very slow moving. There is one goal in mind and it takes the entire book to get there. Now this is not a huge issue but I just wish there was more. I want more from this story. Secondly there was many predictable moments. While some things did come as a shock to me there was a lot that did not as well. Predictability is not bad but it makes the story a little less enjoyable. Lastly Tatsumi was not in this book that much and I missed him…that is a personal thing but these are my reasons why this book is a 4.5.

Let’s talk about character development. There was a lot and I am thrilled about it. Yumeko grew so much! One of my complaints about the first book was that she was too innocent. Well not anymore my friends Yumeko really explores her kitsune side in this book and uses her powers a lot more. She also grows as a person. She was very oblivious to the world in the first book but she becomes a lot more aware in this one. She starts to understand feelings as well (not just romantic feelings) and I think that was so important to her character development. Reika really took charge in this book, I really saw her as the leader of our little squad and not a force to be trifled with. Daisuke and Okame! My precious boys I love them. They also develop a lot in this book but I won’t say how. I think it is better left unknown before going into the book. What I will say is that Okame is not the only humorous character anymore. Lastly Tatsumi/Hakaimono, well Hakaimono is a demon so he does pretty shady things. Like I mentioned we don’t see Tatsumi much since he is possessed but the dynamic and development of these two characters is very important. You’ll see what I mean when you read it.

I was dying to read this book and I was not disappointed. This series is really one of my favorites and I am so excited to see how it is going to end. It is so unique and different from much of what is out there nowadays and I want more! Everytime I finish one of these books I miss the story and characters and want to reread it immediately. Not many books can do that.

 

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 ~ Warrior of the Wild ~ Author: Tricia Levenseller ~ Genre: #YA #Fantasy ~ Available Now!

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Tricia Levenseller

Genre: #YA #Fantasy

My Rating: 4.5

Cover: 3

Publication: February 26th, 2019

Read: May 3rd, 2019

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 329

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43446574-warrior-of-the-wild

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250189942/ref=x_gr_w_glide_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1250189942&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Synopsis:

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year—or die trying.

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📝My Review📝:

4.5 Stars

Tricia Levenseller has officially become one of my favorite authors. I loved the Daughter of The Pirate King duology but I was not sure if I would like this viking stand alone novel. But oh boy did I. Warrior of the Wild is about a female warrior named Rasmira who is sabotaged and fails her warrior trial. Due to her failure she is banished and is not to return unless she can complete her given task: kill the god that has been plaguing the villages for years. So she sets off into the wild and finds some unlikely allies along the way.

This book was exciting from beginning to end. The action scenes never stopped. Rasmira was always fighting for her life and she was pretty damn good at doing it. The plot was not predictable. It was so unique that I could not really guess what was going to happen. It is incredibly hard to create a unique fantasy world nowadays but Tricia Levenseller was able to do that for three books now. She has definitely become an auto buy author because of that. The writing was great and the characterization was mostly perfect.

Rasmira was by far my favorite character and that rarely happens. The female leads in books tend to be lacking characters for me (only because I want so much from them) but Rasmira (and Alosa from DotPK) was everything I wanted and more. Everything that happened to her, all her thoughts, and all her actions made perfect sense. She never did anything out of character. She was definitely the strongest character physically and mentally in the book. She never let herself get distracted from her goal of returning home and regaining her honor. Everything that came out of her mouth was golden, she really knew how to handle herself and the other characters.

Iric was my second favorite character. His sass kept me laughing the entire book. Besides his sense of humor he was also smart and extremely skilled. He became a good friend and confidant to Rasmira because he was so easy to talk to. He never judged, even though they didn’t hold the same views of the world, he always listened to Rasmira and her likewise.

Soren was a pretty weak character which is odd considering that he was the male lead. We were told he was a strong warrior but we never saw it. Rasmira saved his butt at least a hundred times. He was also very pushy and forward with Rasmira. She clearly was not into him for a good majority of the book but he never really stopped with the flirtatious comments. I truly feel like he instantly liked Rasmira because she was the first girl he had seen in a year and she was a powerful warrior. It felt a little too much like insta-love from his side. He would follow Rasmira around after she repeatedly told him to stop so I don’t know how to feel about that. He was just not up to par with Rasmira and I feel like she deserved someone better. We also do not know much about him besides the fact that he was orphaned as a young child. We don’t know much about his personality or interests. Due to all of this he just fell very flat. Iric was a more developed character than he was and Iric was only the second male lead.

I really enjoyed this book but it just did not have that 5 star factor for me. It comes close but no cigar unfortunately. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for something fresh to read. Fantasy can get repetitive but I promise you that this one is something new. I also recommend this to fans of Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young. One last thing I want to mention was that this book has LGBTQ+ rep. I can’t speak on how good it was due to my own sexual orientation but I want to make people aware that it is there so if those in the community decide to read this book they can be the judges of that. All in all this was such an enjoyable read with unforgettable characters.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 ~ DEV1AT3 (Lifelike #2) ~ Author: Jay Kristoff ~ Genre: #YA #Dystopian #ScienceFiction ~ Available June 25th!

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DEV1AT3

(Lifelike #2)

By

Jay Kristoff

Genre: #YA #Dystopian #ScienceFiction

My Rating: 4.5

Cover: 4

Publication: June 25th, 2019

Read: May 30th, 2019

POV: Third-person multiple perspective

Hardcover: 448

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42967012-dev1at3

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1524713961/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1524713961&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/230238-lifelike

Synopsis:

Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.

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📝My Review📝:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars and WOW am I shocked…

Deviate by Jay Kristoff continues the story of Lifelike in this second installment. This time we follow Lemon Fresh’s journey to find herself and to find a family after being kicked to the curb by Eve in the last book. This book is full of heartbreak, tragedy, and lots of destruction. These characters just can’t seem to catch a break but are we really surprised? This is a Jay Kristoff novel after all. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I did not enjoy Lifelike that much but I wanted to give this book a chance because I absolutely loved Lemon Fresh in the last one. I was not disappointed at all, I really liked this book. Deviate is way better than Lifelike and that is hard to do. It is rare that a second book in a trilogy is the standout.

This series is a dystopian, which typically is not my favorite genre, but there is something about it that makes it stand out from its predecessors. Deviate was a mix of X-Men, Star Wars, and I, Robot with some sass and dystopia thrown in. Where have you ever heard of a combination like that? The only place you can find it is in this series.

I don’t want to say much about the plot of this book because I think it is best to go in not knowing much. What I will say is that we see the squad from the first book split up and doing their own things and finding their purpose. I think this choice to split up the characters was important and the perfect decision. They all grew so much (with the exception of one character who I will not name) in this book and it makes me so excited for the next one.

The reason this book is not a 5 star is because I just can’t stand by or understand some of the characters’ actions. I also am not super sold on all the characters, I liked most of them a lot better in this book but Lemon Fresh is still my standout favorite. There was some slow moments in this book as well that just had me a tad bit bored. Lastly dystopian novels are just not my favorite settings to read.

If you did not like Lifelike that much and are weary of continuing the series here is my advice: DO IT! READ THIS BOOK! It was so worth the chance and I’m glad I took it.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) ~ Author: Kerri Maniscalco ~ Genre: #YA #HistoricalFiction #Horror #Mystery ~ Available Now!

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Escaping From Houdini

(Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)

By

Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: #YA #HistoricalFiction #Horror #Mystery

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Publication: September 18th, 2018

Read: December 24th, 2018

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 436

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37946456-escaping-from-houdini

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Houdini-Stalking-Jack-Ripper/dp/0316551708/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=167PW5BO19I29&keywords=escaping+from+houdini&qid=1559228706&s=gateway&sprefix=escaping+from%2Caps%2C128&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/180612-stalking-jack-the-ripper

Synopsis:

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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📝My Review📝:

This book was a wild ride and for the first time I actually did not guess the killer!

Escaping From Houdini was such a fun installment to the Stalking Jack The Ripper series. While it was a little slow compared to the previous two it was still fun nonetheless. I loved the addition of the Moonlight Carnival and Mephistophelis totally has my heart I fell for him hard. And due to that I am once again over Thomas and his extra ass. The murders were very interesting due to their connection to tarot and cartomancy. It was also funny seeing Harry Houdini as a character.

Audrey Rose as always was her slightly frustrating self. Her decisions in this book were very questionable. She is supposed to be very smart but it always seems like she is oblivious to the obvious. But she has been that way since the first book so I wasn’t expecting much from her. Not going to lie I was really hoping she would drop Thomas and choose Mephisto but the Cressworth ship unfortunately doesn’t seem like it will sink (pun intended). Thomas was not in this book much and I am sure that is what led to my lack of enjoyment for his character. He is supposed to be able to deduce anything but he couldn’t tell when Audrey Rose was pulling one over on him? She is literally the worst liar in the world she has not one aloof bone in her body. Thomas might win me back in the last book but at this point I am too dedicated to Mephisto. SPEAKING OF…my boy. Literally loved him, every single thing about him. Even though I was suspecting him 90% of the book of being the murderer that changed nothing. I really hope we get to see him again in the last book because his character was too good to just be a one-off. I loved that Liza was back in this book. I missed her and Audrey Rose desperately needed her female partner in crime. She is so intelligent and observant that I wish she would join the Uncle/Thomas/Audrey Rose squad. I hope she is more present in the last book too.

This wasn’t the best installment in the series. It was pretty predictable and followed a pattern that was easy to figure out. There really wasn’t much suspense and anticipation for me. While there were many positive things about this book it just was not a 5 star. Hunting Prince Dracula, this book’s predecessor, was so amazing it is going to be hard to beat.

Overall I really liked this book and this series remains one that I enjoy very much. I definitely recommend this series, don’t be turned off by historical fiction! I cannot wait for the final installment in the series, Capturing The Devil.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) ~ Author: Jenny Han ~ Genre: #YA #Contemporary ~Available Now!

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P.S. I Still Love You

(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

By

Jenny Han

Genre: #YA #Contemporary

My Rating: 5

Cover: 3

Publication: May 26th, 2015

Read: March 18th, 2019

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 337

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Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/121588-to-all-the-boys-i-ve-loved-before

Synopsis:

Given the way love turned her heart in the New York Times bestselling To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which School Library Journal called a “lovely, lighthearted romance,” it’s no surprise that Laura Jean still has letters to write.

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

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📝My Review📝:

John Ambrose McClaren where have you been all my life?

Wow what a huge improvement from the first book and all due to one character. In this sequel to TATBILB we see Lara Jean finally being upfront and open about her feelings for Peter. They have started dating for real and…it’s not going too well but are we surprised? No I always thought they were a messy couple. I think book Peter K is such a jerk Noah Centineo actually made that character likable for me so I am eager for the adaptation of this book. Lara Jean and Peter have major relationship drama over the ever lovely Genevieve, what else is new?

Peter is literally a piece of trash Lara Jean deserves so much better. After all the things he did in this book I would not have forgiven him. In my opinion Lara Jean is very blinded and keeps forgiving him time and time again when he shouldn’t be forgiven at all. He never really apologizes for anything and he says some really messed up stuff to her sometimes. He is not worth all the drama and pain Lara Jean let him go!!! Though I must say he was not as big of an ass as he was in the first book but still that is not a compliment.

John Ambrose McClaren is literally goals and Lara Jean is an idiot. This is a beautiful, sweet, smart, kind, funny, amazing, talented, polite, fun, RESPECTFUL, and all around perfect guy who LIKES HER and she is like “lol but I still love Peter!!” Girl WHY?! I would have dumped Peter the second that letter from John arrived…well I would not have been with Peter in the first place if I were her but still. John Ambrose is so down for everything Lara Jean wants to do and never complained. He drove all the way to her school just to give her a birthday present *cries*. I am just going to be so upset if these two don’t end up together at some point because they are so good together and Peter is trash.

I wish there was more of Josh in this book. He was barely in it and I’m sad that him and Lara Jean didn’t really try to rekindle their friendship in full force like it was before everything happened. I really like all the characters (sans Peter and Gen) and I enjoy when we get more of them. I loved all the Lucas we got in this book, my king!

One of my biggest problems of the last book was the immaturity of Lara Jean. She read like a child and I really hated it. In this book she was much better but still had those immature moments. Girl you are seventeen please act like it. I get that she’s “innocent” but guess what so am I and I didn’t act like I was twelve when I was seventeen. I really hope the last book gives me a Lara Jean who acts her age.

All in all I really loved this book. Granted nothing really happened but again this book is more character driven than plot driven. Also John Ambrose was everything.

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) ~ Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ~ Genre: #YA #ScienceFiction ~ Available Now!

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Aurora Rising 

(The Aurora Cycle #1)

By

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Genre: #YA #ScienceFiction

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Publication: May 7th 2019

Read: May 27th 2019

POV: First-person, 7 perspectives

Hardcover: 470

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Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Rising-Cycle-Amie-Kaufman/dp/1524720968/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PCCZ8EKTN1IP&keywords=aurora+rising&qid=1559069789&s=gateway&sprefix=aurora+r%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-1

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/179394-the-aurora-cycle

Synopsis:

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic

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📝My Review📝:

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have done it yet again and I am hooked. These two really know how to write epic science fiction novels. This book was different from the Illuminae Files due to the fact that it is actually written in prose (we have words!!!). I was worried that I would not like this one as much due to that but boy was I wrong. Aurora Rising is told in 7 first-person POV’s and it is about a squad of misfits and dregs. Tyler Jones (the Alpha) is the star pupil of Aurora Academy and because of that he has first pick of the draft for choosing his teammates. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances he misses the draft and is left with a squad of members that no one else wanted: Scarlett (the Face), his twin sister who is good at what she does but doesn’t really apply herself, Cat (the Ace), his best friend who is the best pilot in the academy who may or may not be crushing on him, Finian (the Gearhead), a crazy smart tech whiz but a grade A asshole that no one wants to deal with, Zila (the Brain), one of the smartest students in the academy but a sociopath who has an affinity for shooting people with blasters, Kaliis (the Tank), a sexy space elf warrior with serious anger management issues, and then there is Aurora, the girl out of time. For my review I’ll start with the critiques, then talk about the characters, discuss the overall plot, and lastly my final thoughts.

Critiques: There was some lull moments in the book where it would get a little slow. Well it was one part in particular (the middle) that got a little slow. Some things were a little confusing, there is a lot going on and it is easy to get lost if you are not paying full attention. The characters were not the same from different people’s POV’s. For example I loved Aurora while reading from her POV but she was different when I read from the other characters POV’s. Lastly I hated Aurora’s way of cursing. “Holy cakes” and “mother custard” just don’t so it for me. It would make more sense if we knew she was a baker or something like that but we don’t know that. Other than these minor things there was nothing else bothersome.

Tyler: I did not hate him like I thought I would. He is the leader type who always follows the rules and never strays from authority. He was like that but he grew as a character and changed to a more “making it up as I go along” type character. He wasn’t perfect and he wasn’t the best at everything on his team. It really showed his humanity. So I am happy that he wasn’t “frat boy esc” because I was really expecting that. He was a really great leader and he took what he got and turned it into a beautiful companionship amongst the squad.

Scarlett: I loved her. She is the queen of talking herself into and out of situations. She speaks so many languages fluently but most importantly, my favorite, is sarcasm. While she can be seriously sarcastic and bitchy she really has such a heart of gold. She cares and understands her squad mates so well. It is so refreshing to see a character be two sides of the same coin.

Cat: The badass tomboy of the group. I feel like the most focus on romance in this book was in her POV due to her crush on Tyler. Though it was mentioned a lot it never impacted her decisions or loyalty which I respect a lot. Her jealousy towards Aurora was pretty annoying (especially since nothing was happening between Aurora and Tyler) and I am not a fan of girl hate. But towards the end Cat grew and got over that and she really started to care and believe in Aurora. Han Solo better watch out because I’m pretty sure Cat Brannock is the best pilot in the galaxy.

Finian: MY LOVE. MY KING. MY SWEET BOY. WE PROTECT FINIAN DE KARRAN DE SEEL IN THIS HOUSE. So I love Finian…if you couldn’t tell. He was a sarcastic ass but that is how I like my YA characters. My favorite running line in the book never got old, “Shut up Finian.” It really sums up his general effects on the squad. Finian is also disabled so there was disability rep in this book. He never let his disability prevent him from doing what everyone else was doing. He wears an exosuit over his body to help his mobility. Despite being unwanted by the rest of the academy he really proved why he was one of the best.

Zila: I adored her. We don’t get much of Zila in this book but that is due to her personality. We are told she is a sociopath but I feel like there is more going on there. Sherlock Holmes is a sociopath but he has more personality than Zila. She is quiet and reserved and only speaks when necessary. I want to know more about her. I suspect/ wonder if she is autistic because she reminds me of Zofia from The Gilded Wolves whom we are told is that. I don’t want to diagnose Zila but I am eager to learn more about her. Plus she is a fashion icon and that is not appreciated enough.

Kal: Ah I love me a good sexy space elf warrior. Imagine Legolas on steroids and you’ve got Kal. I have read plenty of books about fae and the general lore about them (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black) so it was funny to see it implemented in a space story…or should I say space fantasy. I won’t spoil it but there is a big fae plot point that was in this book that I am LIVING for. We see Kal fighting himself a lot in this book. He is Warbreed so he was born for bloodshed and violence. He calls that inner bloodlust “the enemy within.” He fights himself to be a better person and to stay in control no matter how hard it was for him and I loved that. I look forward to seeing more of him in the next book and his relationship with a certain character…

Aurora: I honestly kept picturing Aurora as being very Captain Marvel like. She really is much more Scarlet Witch but since this is in space I was picturing Captain Marvel. So combine those two and you get Aurora. Plus a slice of Captain America for being a person out of time. Aurora was asleep for a little over 200 years and she is freaked out to find what the world…universe has become. Aurora kind of represents the reader. She makes so many modern (to us) references that the other characters don’t understand but we do. She kept calling Kal Legolas and I was living for it. She has lost everything and doesn’t understand what is happening to her but she keeps on plowing through. I can’t wait to see her powers grow.

The overall plot was great. It jumped around to different goals but there was an overall goal of helping Aurora. There was so much action and the plot was pretty unique. We have seen squad books before but I really felt like this was something new. Each member of this squad had a distinct personality that set them apart from each other. Also we had the added benefit of space so that’s cool too.

I absolutely loved this book so I don’t know how I can possibly wait a whole year for the next one. I fell in love with all these characters so anything that happens to them will effect me greatly. I am worried that since we made it out clean (sort of) in the Illuminae Files that we won’t be so lucky this time. Wish me luck!

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📝Review📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 ~ Again, but Better ~ Author: Christine Riccio ~ Genre: #YA #Contemporary ~Expected Publication: May 7th, 2019!

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Again, but Better

Christine Riccio

Genre: #YA #Contemporary

My Rating: 3.5

Cover: 5

Publication: May 7th, 2019

Read: March 9th, 2019

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 384

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Synopsis

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

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📝My Review📝

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars! I have a lot of thoughts so get comfortable.

Again, but Better was a book that I was highly anticipating. I have been watching Christine’s videos for years and I always genuinely enjoyed her content. So of course I was going to support her debut novel. That being said my opinion is not biased at all. I have the ability to separate artist from art. But overall I generally enjoyed this book. Contemporary is my least favorite genre so this book was already at a disadvantage but there are certain one’s that I enjoy! I feel like Again, but Better would have received a higher rating if it wasn’t for the writing/ language used and the overall plot. Before I get into that I want to remark that the second half of this book is what saved it for me, it was much more enjoyable and actually had a plot. The first half…eh not so much. Also this book has a “magical” element to it and I really did not expect that so I found that really fun and fresh!

Okay onto the critique’s…

Did I think this book read as a fan-fiction of Christine’s actual life? Yeah I really did. Just knowing so much about Christine from her videos I realized that her and the main character Shane are literally the same person. Unfortunately Christine was not able to separate herself from her character very well and that really took me out of the reading experience. They have all the same interests, quirks, personality traits, appearance, awkwardness, etc… I just really did not enjoy that. Eventually I got used to it but I really should not have to do that. This book was also full of references to her favorite things: Lost, Harry Potter, Taylor Swift, Dan Brown, etc…It became too much eventually and I groaned every time a reference was made.

The writing was not good. I’m sorry Christine, I understand it is your first novel so there is room to grow but it was just really unprofessional. I really hated that she used “like” in sentences. Her prose read very “immature teenage girl.” Fun? No it was annoying. Again I got used to it but I shouldn’t have to. We were also constantly told about things that happened but almost never shown. This book is in serious need of editing. I think Christine should write is again, but better. *buh dum tss* Get it? Not funny? Okay moving on.

Social Anxiety rep! Not great! I have social anxiety so seeing Shane claim she has it…really did not sit well with me. To me it really felt like she was trying to make social anxiety a cute and quirky thing. It’s not. It is an absolutely crippling form of fear that actually ruins people’s lives. Some people can never get over it. Social anxiety can manifest in different ways for everyone who has it but the way it was portrayed in this novel was not correct. Shane does not have social anxiety, she is just socially awkward. If she did have social anxiety she would be constantly thinking and obsessing over all the dumb stuff she said and did and running through a million different scenarios of how it could have gone. Social anxiety isn’t just “I’m awkward and say weird things LOL peace sign!!!” It is a crippling mental illness that actually prevents people from functioning “normally.” A lot of people like to claim they have social anxiety when most really don’t. Just a lesson for the future, don’t claim you have social anxiety unless you have been diagnosed by a professional. I am very passionate about social anxiety representation because, like I mentioned, I have it and it has been a struggle and a battle every day. I care so much about how it is presented to the general public because it is a mental illness that was slowly killing me for years before I decided I needed to seek out help. I don’t like when people turn social anxiety into a “cute” thing because it’s not cute…it is a spiraling rabbit hole that is extremely hard to climb out of. So just to wrap it up, I am not happy with the “social anxiety” scenes in this book.

The plot was pretty much nonexistent. Nothing really happened throughout the book except for stupid teenage melodrama (even though Shane is 20…I think?). A plot and a purpose arrived in the second half of the novel but that is all spoilery so I can’t talk about it but it was very entertaining. The first half was not good though. It took me weeks to get through the first half of the book I never wanted to pick it up.

I hate the character names. Pilot? Babe? Shane? Atticus? Sahra? The fact that all the character’s names were so weird really distracted me. DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE FACT THAT SHANE’S LAST NAME IS PRIMAVERI. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOU CHANGED ONE LETTER FROM PRIMAVERA. While I pretty much liked all the characters…well I didn’t dislike them, I wish there was more of Atticus and Sahra.

Last critique is the portrayal of Italian families. Okay listen the portrayal of Shane’s Italian family really isn’t inaccurate, lots of Italian families are like that…mine included. But no one has to see that you know? It made me kind of uncomfortable to see my own family drama reflected in a book. This is a personal preference but still I could have done without the psycho Italian and overbearing family members.

Fans of Stephanie Perkins, specifically Anna & The French Kiss, will really enjoy this book. I think lots of contemporary fans will find it enjoyable. I generally enjoyed it but yeah I found it cringy as hell at times so it is not going to rank very highly for me. But everyone has different tastes and I genuinely know that a lot of people will enjoy this more than I did. I am also a very critical reader so many of the issues I had with this book probably would not bother other people. This is only Christine’s first novel, she has so much room to grow as a writer and I am eager to see that growth.

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📝Review📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Spin The Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) ~Author: Elizabeth Lim ~ Genre: #YA #Fantasy #Retelling ~ Expected Publication: July 30th, 2019!

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Spin The Dawn

(The Blood of Stars #1)

By Elizabeth Lim

Genre: #YA #Fantasy #Retelling

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Publication: July 30th, 2019

Read: February 17th, 2019

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 400

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Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/224554-the-blood-of-stars

Synopsis:

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

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📝My Review📝

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I loved this book. It was fresh, original, unique, and nostalgic of other tales. Spin the Dawn is the amazing story of Maia Tamarin and how she fights to become the Imperial Tailor and the amazing journey she goes on to create the dresses of legend. The plot was constantly intriguing, I never wanted to put the book down. This book is a Mulan inspired retelling but other than the fact that Maia has to disguise herself as a boy the similarities stop there. Spin the Dawn was its own original tale but like I mentioned some aspects of it reminded me of other stories. The plot was consistently moving, it was a nonstop battle to the finish. My only critique is that I think the romance leaned towards insta-love and that is not my favorite trope at all.

I really loved the characters. Maia is a wonderful female protagonist. She consistently worked hard no matter how many people undermined or teased her. Her talent as a seamstress knows no bounds. I think she got in her head a lot of the time but she was always strong enough to pull off the tasks required of her without Edan’s help. Now let’s talk about Edan! His character archetype is what I like to call the “Nikolai Archetype,” meaning that his character personality and actions are similar to that of Nikolai from the Grisha trilogy. These characteristics include sarcastic, snarky, never takes anything seriously, fun, sly, secretive, very attractive, has some type of eliteness to them, mischievous, evasive of questions, usually lonely, and lastly has a 99.9% chance of being my favorite character in the book. Another character like this who Edan reminds me of in River Shara from Even The Darkest Stars. He was a wonderful character and as the Lord Enchanter there was no shortage of antics from him. He loved to tease Maia but also supported her along the way. Lady Sarnai is the character I am most interested in. I think she has a big role to play and I want to learn more about it. She acts cold and vicious but it is obvious to see that she is just a girl upset over being given to the emperor as a way to barter peace. More is going to come out of that storyline and I cannot wait to learn more about it. Emperor Khanujin is interesting and I can’t really figure him out. He seems calm and peaceful but I can see those hints of his thirst for great power. I wonder what will happen with that.

Spin the Dawn is perfect for fans of Renee Ahdieh, Naomi Novik, and Heather Fawcett. Specifically fans of Uprooted and Even The Darkest Stars. I really loved this book and I cannot wait to read more. Even if this book doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, I encourage you to try it out. I am sure that you will find it worthwhile. I certainly did.

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