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These Rebel Waves | Review

Title: These Rebel Waves

Author: Sara Raasch

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 09 Jan 19 – 13 Jan 19

Publication date: 20 Sep 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre(s): YA Fantasy

Description:

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

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Dating You, Hating You | Review

Title: Dating You, Hating You

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 15 Jan 19 – 17 Jan 19

Publication date: 06 Jun 17

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Description:

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest. Continue reading “Dating You, Hating You | Review”

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Shades of Magic 1-4: The Steel Prince | Review

Title: Shades of Magic Issues 1-4: The Steel Prince

Creators: V E Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri and Enrica Angiolini

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: Oct-Jan

Publication date: 2018-2019

Publisher: Titan Comics

Genre(s): Comic, Fantasy

Description:

Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this all-original comic book prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic is perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

*Image contains a collection of different covers from The Steel Prince Issues 1-4*

*This review is purposefully spoiler-free!*
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Northanger Abbey | Review

Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Dates read: 19 Jan 19 – 26 Jan 18

Publication date: Dec 1817

Publisher: John Murray

Genre(s): Classic

Description:

Jane Austen’s first novel—published posthumously in 1818—tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen’s fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady power of literature. The satirical novel pokes fun at the gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the female sex. Continue reading “Northanger Abbey | Review”

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Gentleman Sinner | Review

Title: Gentleman Sinner

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 19 Jan 19 – 20 Jan 19

Publication date: 05 Feb 19

Publisher: Orion Publishing

Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Description:

His scars run deep.
His love runs fierce.

Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Now, she has a built a stable life, making caring for others her mission. But one act of kindness upends her efforts when the notorious and wildly attractive Theo Kane crashes into her world.

His reputation is terrifying yet with Izzy Theo is tender-a complete gentleman-and she falls hard. As Theo’s demons come to light Izzy knows she should run, but she can’t leave, not now. Yet staying together could doom them both.

*I received an eARC of this book courtesy of Orion Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*
*SPOILER WARNING*

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The Charmed Life of Alex Moore | Review

Title: The Charmed Life of Alex Moore

Author: Molly Flatt

Rating: 1 Star

Dates read: 05 Jan 19 – 19 Jan 19

Publication date: 03 May 2018

Publisher: Macmillan

Genre(s): Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, IDK

Description:

There are success stories – and there are true stories

How would you feel if everything in your life suddenly started to go . . . right? Six months ago, Alex Moore was stuck in a dead-end job, feeling her potential quietly slip away. Then, seemingly overnight, she launched her dream start-up and became one of London’s fastest rising tech stars. At thirty-one, her life has just begun. But Alex’s transformation isn’t easy for those around her. Her friends are struggling to accept her rapid success, her parents worry she’s burning out and her fiancé is getting cold feet.

Then weird things start to happen. Muggings, stalkers – even a wild claim that she murdered a stranger. But when Alex visits the Orkney Islands to recharge, weird turns into WTF. Because there she discovers the world’s oldest secret – and it’s a secret that Alex’s stratospheric rise has royally messed up.

Full of heart and humour, this is a very modern adventure with a most unexpected twist.

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Seafire | Review

Title: Seafire

Author: Natalie C. Parker

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 01 Jan 19 – 03 Jan 19

Publication date: 28 Aug 2018

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre(s): YA, Fantasy

Description:

A warlord killed Caledonia’s parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for? Continue reading “Seafire | Review”