Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

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Title: Onyx and Ivory

Author: Mindee Arnett

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Kate Brighton, known as Traitor Kate after her father tried to assassinate the King, has been living as an outcast, spending her days as a Relay rider, the royal courier service. Only the most skilled and fastest riders are members of the Relay, because you don’t want to be outside the city walls once night falls, when the deadly nightdrakes come out to hunt. Kate is also a wilder – a form of forbidden magic – and it allows her to influence the minds of animals, an advantage she must keep secret. One day, Kate happens upon a massacre outside the city walls, and there is only one survivor – Kate’s childhood friend, the first boy she loved…and also the prince of Rime. The two have to put their differences aside as they deal with the threat of drakes that are attacking during the day, a secret conspiracy, and the dark truth of Kate fathers actions that fateful night. Continue reading “Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett”

Ecosystem by Joshua David Bellin

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Title: Ecosystem

Author: Joshua David Bellin

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Last year I read Freefall (you can read my review here) and was blown away by the excellent world-building and the on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrills, and I am happy to announce that ECOSYSTEM delivers just as well. Continue reading “Ecosystem by Joshua David Bellin”

Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

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34697399Title: Devils Unto Dust

Author: Emma Berquist

Publisher: Greenwillow

Rating: ★★★★☆

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By the end of this trip I’ll be more dust than girl. The desert claims everything, in the end.

Summary: This was such a lovely surprise? I don’t know what I was expecting but this was so much better. Fantastic characters, tense storytelling, A+ sibling dynamics, and I just really loved Willie and I’m just so hung up on this book that the rating might change. Zombies in the wild west? Fierce heroine? Protective siblings? A bearded and grumpy romantic interest? It has it all!  Continue reading “Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist”

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

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Title: The Unbinding of Mary Reade

Author: Miriam McNamara

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

trigger warnings: abuse, sexual assault, homophobia, transphobia

I will admit that I had expectations when I went into The Unbinding of Mary Reade. I was so excited about this book. Sapphic pirates? YES! That is probably the only plus that I can find in this book. It could have been so amazing, especially because it’s by a queer author. Continue reading “The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara”

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

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Title: Inkmistress

Author: Audrey Coulthurst

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★★★

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Asra is a demigod, and she has a very dangerous gift: the ability to rewrite the past and shape the future with her blood. But it comes with a painful price, and she must keep her gift hidden at all costs. To do so, she lives in the mountains as a healer, content to help the village below and spend her free time with Ina, the girl she loves. Asra’s peaceful existence is uprooted when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the King does nothing to help. Ina, desperate to protect her village, begs Asra for her help in finding a manifest – an animal that she bonds with and can transform into as a rite of passage into adulthood – and Asra uses her blood magic to help. But things go wrong, and Ina’s village is attacked by the bandits, and her friends and family murdered. Ina, unaware of Asra’s involvement, swears revenge upon the King and takes a dragon as her manifest. To stop Ina, Asra embarks on a journey across the kingdom and discovers a dark secret of her history and the powerful legacy she carries with her.  Continue reading “Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst”

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Title: The Poet X

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★★

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The Poet X is a beautiful, lyrical novel written in verse. It follows Xiomara, a young girl in Harlem as she questions her faith, pushes back on the restrictions placed on her by her family, society and the Church, and unravels the feelings of first love. All the frustrations and thoughts that she feels during this tumultuous time in her life are kept in her journal, in all their honesty. When Xiomara is invited to her schools slam poetry club, Xiomara is conflicted: between defying her mother, or expressing her poetry that’s only ever seen the page its written on.  Continue reading “The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo”

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

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Title: Heart of Iron

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Heart of Iron is an action-packed, science fiction story inspired by Anastasia (literally my favourite), with space pirates, a lost princess, princes and royalty, found family, romance and lots of adventure. Ana, found drifting through space as a child with only an android called D09 for company, she is saved by the fearsome captain of a pirate crew that she now calls family. But her closest friend, D09, has been glitching, and Ana’s desperate attempt to save him leads her on a dangerous quest to find a lost ship that might have the answers she’s looking for. But an Ironblood named Robb beats her to the coordinates first, and as everything falls apart, Ana and Robb end up on the run, putting Ana and her friends in danger, and along the way she unearths deadly secrets which force Ana to make a choice: save a kingdom that is bent on her destruction, or save the android D09 that she loves?  Continue reading “Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston”

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Trianges by Natalie C. Parker

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26837046Title: Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles

Author: Edited by Natalie C. Parker. Contributors: Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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I will be completely honest and say that this anthology, overall, was a little disappointing. I don’t mind a good love triangle every now and then, but I’m not a huge fan so maybe the rating is a little biased. A lot of the stories did have a unique spin on love triangles so that was a positive. But some of the stories were very hit and miss. I’m starting to think maybe anthologies aren’t for me.  Continue reading “Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Trianges by Natalie C. Parker”

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

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33913902Title: Here We Are Now

Author: Jasmine Warga

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Taliah Sahar Abdallat loves music. It helps ease the pain of never having known her father. Her secretive mother, who was born in Jordan, won’t say a word about her past and who Taliah’s father is. When Taliah finds an old shoebox filled with letters from rock star Julian Oliver to her mother, she pieces it together. Her father in Julian Oliver. Rockstar. She attempts to contact him, but she hears nothing for three years until one day, out of the blue, he shows up at her front door. He asks her to meet her estranged family, including a dying grandfather who she has never met, and he wants her to meet him before he passes. As Taliah spends time with a family she never knew she had, she begins to untangle her parents’ complicated history, and in the meantime learns things she never knew about herself.  Continue reading “Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga”

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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33843251Title: The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase follows Holly, a previous Scrooge of A Christmas Carol who failed to change her ways and, tragically, died. Now, five years later, she’s doomed to live out her afterlife as the current Ghost of Christmas Past at a top-secret organization called Project Scrooge. Every year, a different, miserable Scrooge. Every year, still seventeen years old as her family move on. But this year, the Scrooge is different. This year, everything changes.  Continue reading “The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand”