Review: The Young Queens by Kendare Blake

The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.5)Title: The Young Queens

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: December 26th 2017

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Synopsis:  Three black witches, born to a descending queen. One would rise to become queen in her place. Perhaps the strongest of the three. Perhaps the cleverest. Or perhaps it would be the girl born under the best shield of luck.

Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella – three young queens born to fulfil their destiny – to fight to the death to win the crown. But before they were poisoner, elemental and naturalist, they were children, sisters and friends . . .

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My Thoughts

Warning: There may be spoilers for Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne. If you have not read this book and do not wish to be spoiled, please don’t read this! Thank you.Read More »

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Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the DeepTitle: Sky in the Deep

Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: April 24th 2018

Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.

A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.

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My Thoughts

I read Sky in the Deep in one day, which honestly hasn’t happened in a bit of a while. But the story… I mean I thought I would be ready when I understood that there were Vikings. I wasn’t quite prepared for how violent it would be. And how emotional. This was an intense read for me. The main character, Eelyn, is harshly treated in many scenes, particularly in the beginning, which left me confused as to how to feel about those taking her in. But once I got to the ending, I felt better about the story and how the events turned out.

Eelyn is an Aska warrior, a tribe who has fought the Riki since the beginning. Honor is above everything for her, and she fights as bravely as she can. One day in battle, she sees her brother, Iri. The brother she thought she saw dead five years ago. After following him, she is captured by the Riki. Taken in by her brother’s new family as a dyr, she learns what has become of Iri since she last saw him. And what she learns defies all of her beliefs. But living with the Riki will test her resolve and determination. When a force threatens the lives of both the Aska and Riki, Eelyn will need to fight for those she cares most for.Read More »

Review: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Unearthed (Unearthed, #1)Title: Unearthed

Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: January 9th 2018

Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Synopsis: When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

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My Thoughts

Holy moley, this book is insanely good! Imagine sci-fi Tomb Raider where the mystery keeps on growing and growing. I don’t usually read dystopians, so I was surprised by how much I loved this story. I read the Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, which I thought was great. So I knew I’d like this one, but I didn’t expect it to be a five star read for me. After receiving a message from the Undying, Earth works towards traveling to Gaia to uncover any solution they can from the tech left by the extinct species to save their planet. Mia Radcliffe smuggles herself into the planet for a chance to bring back expensive relics to get a better life for her and her sister. Jules Addison travels to learn more from the temples left from the Undying, attempting to understand what exactly they left behind. When the two meet, they have to uncover the secrets of Gaia and search the temple for a chance to go back to Earth. And for a chance to save their race.Read More »

Review: Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5)Title: Sightwitch

Author: Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: February 13th 2018

Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Synopsis: Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

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My Thoughts

I received 118 pages of this story (the book is projected to be 208 pages) so I will need to revisit this review after I complete it, but I wanted to post my initial thoughts on Sightwitch. I was very excited for it. I really like the books in the Witchlands series, and need more! Bloodwitch, if you don’t come out soon, I will be very disappointed… Sightwitch was good, but I got confused a lot and kind of felt like things were moving way too slow. I really only read a bit more than half of the story, but even then, the action really only picks up when you’re 50% through the book. The story talks about Ryber, missing Sightwitches, Eridysi, and a bit of Kullen, but the preview ended before we really got to meet him. Read More »

Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross (Warcross, #1)Title: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: September 12th 2017

Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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My Thoughts

Warcross is absolutely fantastic! I love the story, the characters, the world, everything! Living in New York, Emika Chen is a hacker and a bounty hunter, catching criminals the police aren’t able to arrest. After her landlord threatens her with an eviction, she needs to get the money fast. During the opening games of Warcross, she sees her opportunity and tries to hack into the game through the Neurolink. Only, it works, and puts her on the radar of Hideo Tanaka, the creator of the virtual reality of Warcross. He enlists Emika to find a security breach in his program by participating in the tournament. As she gets deeper in the game, she learns more about Hideo, his enemies, and the truth behind Warcross. Read More »