Review | Caraval

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Title: Caraval
Series Details: Caraval #1
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: Flatiron Books
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 407

Blurb from Goodreads:

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.Read More »

Review | The Night Circus

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Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Imprint: Doubleday
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Series Details: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Pages: 400

Blurb from Goodreads:

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air. Read More »

Review | Glass Sword

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Title: Glass Sword
Series Details: Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 09, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 444

Blurb from Goodreads:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. Read More »

Review | Red Queen

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Title: Red Queen
Series Details: Red Queen #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 383

Blurb from Godreads:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. Read More »

Review | The Dark Days Club

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Title: The Dark Days Club
Series Details: Lady Helen #1
Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Penguin Random House 
Imprint: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 482

Blurb from Goodreads:

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap? Read More »

Review | Ever the Hunted

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Title: Ever the Hunted
Series Details: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Author: Erin Summerill
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Imprint: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 392

Blurb from Goodreads:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer. Read More »

Review | Truthwitch

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Title: Truthwitch
Series Details: The witchlands #1
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Macmillan 
Imprint: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 05, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 415

Blurb from Goodreads:

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well. Read More »

Review | The Reader

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Title: The Reader
Series Details: Sea of Ink and Gold #1
Author: Traci Chee
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Imprint: Putnam
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure
Pages: 442

Blurb from Goodreads:

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book. Read More »

Review | Magonia

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Title: Magonia
Series Details: Magonia #1
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Harper
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 320

Blurb from Goodreads:

Maria Dahvana Headley’s soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies. Read More »

Review | Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

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Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
by Kendare Blake
Published by HarperCollins on September 20, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 416

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Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen.In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.The last queen standing gets the crown.

MY THOUGHTS

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It took me five days to finish this book. Not because it’s boring but because I was trying to slow down my reading pace so I can be with the Queens a little longer. Oh, me!

I won’t lie: Three Dark Crowns was a little disappointing. The blurb screams “bloody battle” but none of that really happened in this book. At first it felt like I’ve been tricked and I didn’t get exactly what was promised. But looking back I still enjoyed it. I love it! It is easy to forgive Kendare Blake for the lack of action in there because I can see what she’s trying to do. She’s cooking some evil for us, you guys!

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