Review: Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle #1) by Rosaria Munda

Fireborne

Author: Rosaria Munda
Series: The Aurelian Cycle #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Released: October 15th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Graphic deaths
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Fireborne through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Fireborne is the first novel in a new series called the Aurelian Cycle. And it’s a series perfect for dragon fans. Set in a world in which Dragonriders are the real thing, this fantasy tale is one of political revolution, of loss, pain, and revenge. And so much more.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s been described as being perfect for fans of both Game of Thrones and Red Rising? That was enough to sell me on this read. Though the cover was a nice touch.

Annie and Lee may have ended up in the same place together, but they come from vastly different backgrounds. Both have lost the family they hold dear, and all thanks to the violence prevalent in their cities.

That’s why they’re fighting so hard to become Dragonriders. To make a change in the world. And okay, they also want to prove something to themselves along the way. But even their battles to get to the top are different from one another.

Annie is a lowborn girl who ended up in an orphanage after her family was slaughtered. And she’s perhaps the most loyal person you’ll ever meet. She’s also an exceptionally talented dragonrider, carrying all the confidence she lacks when on the ground.

Lee was forced to watch his family die during the revolution. His life may have been spared, but it was mostly due to an oversight. Now he’s fighting to become a dragonrider. Though he doesn’t know what he’ll do when he’s forced to make the hardest decision of his life.

 

“Instead of listening, he remembered. He remembered his family around him, his sisters’ laughter, his brother’s teasing, his mother’s voice.”

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Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

COV&V_JKT_Trade_032819.inddAuthor: Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orisha #2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Released: November 3rd, 2019
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitties

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the second novel in Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orisha series. And that means this is a book that fans have been looking forward to all year. And with good reason! Children of Blood and Bone immediately caught our attention, captivating readers and then leaving us desperate for more.

Orisha is still torn apart by war and hate. Zelie, alongside Amari and Tzain, brought back magic to Orisha. But things didn’t go at all how Zelie planned. Or hoped. The magic came back to the maji, but it also went to some of the nobles as well. And that means the war against the maji is far from over.

Zelie has given up so much for this quest of hers. And now the end she had been hoping for is nowhere in sight. She started this quest with the best intentions in mind, with hope high in her heart. But now she’s seen the worst of what her country has to offer, and she’s sacrificed so much to get to this point.

Amari is still determined to be the queen she believes her country deserves. Her father is dead, and her brother presumably so as well. That leaves Amari free to take the throne and save her people. But the real question is; how is Amari planning on making them all listen?

 

“I open my eyes to the cold, gray sky; to the howling ocean crashing against Jimeta’s rocky bluffs. I can’t stay in the past.”

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Review: Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

Wicked Hour

Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #2
Publisher: Berkley
Released: December 3rd, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Wicked Hour through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Wicked Hour is the second novel in the Heirs of Chicagoland series by Chloe Neill. And yes, the entire series is a spin-off of her famous Chicagoland series, in case that wasn’t obvious. Fans of her writing are going to love this latest addition to her world.

There’s a private event happening in Pack territory back in Minnesota, that’s nothing new or surprising. What is surprising is that Conner has asked Elisa to come with him. A vampire attending a private Pack event is utterly unheard of. And naturally, that means that nothing is going to be as simple as expected, or hoped for.

Elisa Sullivan isn’t your ordinary vampire – and no, she’s really not just saying that. She was born a vampire, not made into a vampire. And that has brought with it several…unexpected surprises along with her condition. But she’s slowly getting control over her monster, thanks to the open acceptance of people like Conner.

 

“There was more to me than fans and immortality: There was the monster that lived inside, created – as far as I’d guessed – of the same fragmented magic that had allowed me to be born, as the first vampire ever created by birth, not by bite.”

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Blog Tour: Till Human Voices Wake Us

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Till the Human Voices Wake Us
Author: C.S. Johnson
Released: July 31st, 2019
Received: Blog Tour
Warnings: Thoughts of suicide
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Till the Human Voices Wake Us in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Till the Human Voices Wake Us is the first novel in C.S. Johnson’s latest series. Though there is a prequel novella to check out for the completionists out there! This time around C.S. Johnson is giving us her take on mermaids, and that leads for a fantastical tale.

Deep in the heart of the sea, there resides a town made up entirely of mermaids. This is Rasulka, the community of mermaids. Even tucked away from humanity, the mermaids are never safe from the dangers humans bring with them.

Milo grew up listening to the tales from his Uncle Jay, stories about mermaids and other tales that he believed to be made up. But thanks to a series of advents that put his life at risk, he’s now forced to acknowledge that these stories might actually be a bit more than legend.

 

“I turned back to the sea. The saltwater on my bloody mental wounds was a breath of heaven by comparison.”

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Blog Tour: Day Zero by Kelly deVos

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Day ZeroAuthor: Kelly deVos
Series: Day Zero Duology #1
Publisher: Harlequin Trade Publishing
Released: November 12th, 2019
Received: Blog Tour
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Day Zero in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Day Zero is the first novel in a Duology of the same name by Kelly deVos. What do you do, when the end of the world as you know it is looming on the horizon? That’s a question that Jinx Marshall is going to have to answer. Thankfully, being the daughter of a doomsday prepper has left her fairly well prepared for it. Though she never could have prepared for the cause of the downfall.

Day Zero is a novel made up of many elements. It’s an apocalyptic novel (not quite post – not yet, at any rate). It’s a discussion on politics and ethics. It’s a survival novel, with a healthy dose of hacking and tech speak. There’s family drama and romance, and basically everything you can think of in here.

Jinx was never really an ordinary girl. You’d have to live an ordinary life for that. She grew up running practice drills for any and all major events that could happen. Not exactly normal – but it’s going to come in use now. In her downtime, Jinx likes to code and relax online, usually by gaming with her friends. She’s paranoid, quick, and unafraid to follow through on her decisions. Oh, and she earned her nickname thanks to all the bad things that seem to happen around her.

 

“It’s not a raid without cheese puffs and Extra Jolt strawberry soda.”

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Review: The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes

The DeepPublisher: Saga Press
Authors: Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
Released: November 5th, 2019
Received: Own
Warnings: Slavery, drowning
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

It isn’t every day that you get to see a novel with this many coauthors. Rivers Solomon was the main writer for The Deep. But there were several other people involved in this project as well, including Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes. If that isn’t enough to get you interested, keep reading.

The Deep is a new take on the tale and lore of mermaids, or the wajinru. In this powerful story, mermaids come from the pregnant African slave women who were thrown from slavery boats. The children they gave birth to were perfectly suited to the water, and thus to continue in this new life.

But memories are a tricky thing. Especially when an entire culture is born from pain and suffering. That’s where Yetu comes into play. She’s the historian of her people, meaning she holds all of the memory and pain of their ancestors.

It’s a painful job – literally – but it is how things have always been done. But that doesn’t mean Yetu can’t find a way to make change. To find a healthy way to hold on to the past, while living in the present.

 

“’It was like dreaming,’ said Yetu, throat raw. She’d been weeping for days, lost in a remembering of one of the first wajinru.”

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Review: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless SeaPublisher: Doubleday Books
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Released: November 5th, 2019
Received: Own
Rating: Kitty Rating

The Starless Sea is Erin Morgenstern’s highly anticipated latest novel, and it is one that is going to blow you away. Fans of The Night Circus are not going to want to miss out on this one, as Morgenstern has proved that her latest novel was well worth the long wait.

The Night Circus is a complex, deeply moving, and beautiful novel. It shows how far an intricate series of plots can go, and how far Morgenstern has come as a writer.

A tale within a tale, with other tales revolving around them. That is what The Starless Sea felt like. It’s a series of stories, but they’re all related to one another – though this might not always be clear at first sight.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is the son of a fortune-teller. He didn’t open his door when he first had the opportunity, but you better believe he isn’t going to miss out the second time around. He’s a game design major, but one who is exceptionally fond of books.

And it’s a book that brought him the biggest mystery of all. Or perhaps we should say, it brought him his biggest obsession. For how can one ever get over a book, when they find themselves tucked neatly within the pages?

 

“The boy is the son of the fortune-teller. He has reached an age that brings an uncertainty as to whether this is something to be proud of, or even a detail to be divulged, but it remains true.”

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Review: The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8: Old is the New New

The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Rachel Stott, Aud Koch, Andre Lima Araujo, Jen Bartel, Chynna Clugston Flores, Stephanie Hans, Carla Speed McNeil, Tamra Bonvillain, Matt Wilson, Ryan Kelly, Kris Anka, and Emma Vieceli
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: March 6th, 2019
Received: Own
Issues: The Wicked + the Divine Specials (six in total)
Rating: 4 kitties

The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8: Old Is the New New is a bit different from the rest of the series. It’s all of the one-shot or special edition issues of the series. On the bright side, that means that us fans no longer have to stress about hunting all of them down.

As such, this collection has a little bit of everything. These are the stories of previous godly encounters, with only one character appearing each and every time. Fans of the series know exactly who I’m talking about here.

While it is a little bit all over the place, this volume provides some powerful and important insight into events of the past. And as such, there’s a hefty dose of foreshadowing in this volume. Reading them all together like this is sure to make fans anxious to read the next volume of the series – which happens to be the last.

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Review: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6: Save Our School

Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6Author: Brandon Montclare
Artist: Natacha Bustos
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 32-36
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I read Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6 as single issues through the Marvel Unlimited App.

Lunella Lafayette is the smartest person on Earth, but that doesn’t seem to stop her from getting into all sorts of trouble. On the contrary, it certainly seems to lead her directly towards trouble, again and again.

Okay, sometimes the trouble simply finds her. As is the case for the plots within Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6. There are two major plots here, one significantly longer than the other.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur has always been the perfect read when I’m looking for something a little bit lighter. Lunella is adorable, but she’s also brilliant and determined. As such, she’s a girl after my own heart. But I’ve been negligent in reading her series as of late (too much to read). Thankfully, all the talk about her character inspired me to work a bit harder at getting caught up with her story.

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Review: Stone Clock by Andrew Bannister

Stone ClockAuthor: Andrew Bannister
Series: The Spin Trilogy #3
Publisher: Tor
Released: November 19th, 2019
Received: ARC
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Stone Clock in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Stone Clock is the third and final novel in Andrew Bannister’s The Spin series. And it is a novel that packs one heck of a punch. The series is a prime example of Space Opera, full of fascinating characters and dynamic plots. And it’s one that’s going to stick with me for quite some time.

The whole series has been a deep dive into virtual reality, and all of the wonders and chaos that can come along with a world full of different realities and timelines. And yet, the series is one that is perfect for fans that are new to Space Operas. It’s light and fun, and a bit quirky at times even.

The whole series has been focused on Spin, a planet with a lot going on. Or at least, it used to have a lot going on. Now the planet is nearing the end of its lifetime, and we’re going to see it all happen. And we’ll see it right alongside those that dedicated their lives to watching it as well.

 

“A warning buzzes hoarsely. He sighed. Much earlier than he would have liked, the pod orbit was beginning to decay. He closed his eyes, focused his attention on a distant part of his mind and did the thing that bailed him out of the vreality.”

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