Tag: 2017 reviews

Mask of Shadows Review: Amazing, Action-Packed, Diverse Fantasy Full Of Intrigue!

Mask of Shadows Review: Amazing, Action-Packed, Diverse Fantasy Full Of Intrigue!

Note: The author has content warning posted on her Tumblr, which you can find here. Mask of Shadows contains violence, abuse, PTSD, displacement, misgendering, and self-harm. Please be aware of this before reading! After searching relentlessly for a fantasy that would capture my attention from beginning to end, I finally found it in Mask of […]

December 19, 2017 | 4 Comments
Rosemarked Review: Quiet YA Fantasy That Deserves More Love!

Rosemarked Review: Quiet YA Fantasy That Deserves More Love!

While I enjoyed this author’s previous work, Midnight Thief, which you can find my review here, Rosemarked was on another level. Readers can really tell how much Blackburne’s writing has grown as she continues to write in-depth stories with a multitude of characters. In Rosemarked, we follow the first-person POV’s of Zivah and Dineas, both […]

December 5, 2017 | 8 Comments
Retribution Rails Review: Fun, If Forgettable, Western YA Adventure

Retribution Rails Review: Fun, If Forgettable, Western YA Adventure

Note: This is the companion sequel to Vengeance Road, where you can find my review here. This review will not contain any spoilers. Also: There is graphic violence and deaths in this book. Please be aware! I really enjoyed Vengeance Road years ago and thought that the Western setting was refreshing and incredibly immersive. While […]

October 24, 2017 | 3 Comments
Spindle Fire Review: Fairy-Tale Retelling With Two Sisters At Its Heart

Spindle Fire Review: Fairy-Tale Retelling With Two Sisters At Its Heart

Spindle Fire closely follows the fairy-tale story of Sleeping Beauty, incorporating the love between two sisters and additional plotlines. While this book was a quick read, I was unimpressed it as a fairy-tale retelling and even more so as a fantasy. There was nothing I didn’t not like, but it just felt lackadaisical and boring. Spindle […]

October 17, 2017 | 4 Comments
Labyrinth Lost Review: Bruja Magic in Brooklyn and Across A Journey in Los Lagos

Labyrinth Lost Review: Bruja Magic in Brooklyn and Across A Journey in Los Lagos

Labyrinth Lost was a book of contradictions: both wonderful yet terrifying, dark yet sweet. I absolutely loved the main character, Alejandra, or Alex, who is extremely flawed yet finds herself in possession of extreme power as the encantrix. Sure, there is the Chosen One trope, with some destiny followed in an adventure. But what makes […]

September 26, 2017 | 4 Comments
Among The Red Stars Review: Courageous Female Pilots Featured In A Feminist War Story

Among The Red Stars Review: Courageous Female Pilots Featured In A Feminist War Story

Triumphant, emotional, and fully exploring the courageous feats of female pilots during WWII in the Soviet Union, Among the Red Stars is a great historical read to pick up. I have to admit, some parts of the plot were bogged down by how it was executed, making the overall action scenes a bit underwhelming. Instead […]

September 19, 2017 | 3 Comments
Starfish Review: Beautiful, Captivating Story Of An Artist And Her Starfish Mother

Starfish Review: Beautiful, Captivating Story Of An Artist And Her Starfish Mother

This book was heart-aching at times, extremely down-to-earth, and wholeheartedly triumphant as readers stay with Kiko every moment of her growth and transformation in the end of high school and beyond. Ever since reading the synopsis of this book, I was extremely excited (and definitely not disappointed!). Starfish captures the voice of a half-Japanese, half-white […]

September 5, 2017 | 5 Comments