ARC Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

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★★★★(5 stars)

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I have received an advance readers copy of this novel from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

Bone witches are known to be weilders of dark magic. Necromancers who can raise monsters and bring them back to the grave and ashas who can only summon the dark.

When Tea made her brother rose from the dead, everyone is sure that the girl is a bone witch. Guided by her senior, Lady Mykaela, Tea is sent to be trained in the House Valerian where she learn how to be fierce and graceful like the other ashas around.

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  • It’s like reading a book straight from an anime. This novel reminds me of one of my most favorite animes of all time. Zero no Tsukaima, or in english, The Familiar of Zero, is a story about the girl who excels in nothing and her familiar who protects her. Well, The Bone Witch is not exactly like this cheesy love story but if you liked the anime a lot, you may as well check this one out.

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ARC Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

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Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

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★★★★★(5 stars)

arrowsI have received an advance readers copy of this novel from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

Agoraphobia. Tessa has been confined in her room ever since summer of 2016 and her obsession with Eric Thorn is the only way she could vent her self out.

Fear. Ever since his co-star, Dorian, was murdered by a super obsessive fan, Eric has been frightened that something similar might happen to him.

By creating an anonymous twitter account, Eric found himself falling for the girl whom he never thought would change his life forever.

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  • It is not petty for a celebrity story. Given that this is a suspense psychological thriller, Follow Me Back surprisingly captures both the swoony side of a fan-celebrity relationship and the dread of having someone obsess about the main character. The story is never shallowly addressed. I even find the theme fully utilized up until the end.

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ARC Review: One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton

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It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was … 

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time?

What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more. 

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

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★(1 stars)
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I have received an advance readers copy of this novel from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

Milly’s family had lost their father about a year ago and still misses him a lot. When her aunt invited her family for a wedding, she finds herself in the place where she used to be on vacation with her father. Italy, which, will never be the same again.

  • arrowsIt is one easy read. With a very light plot and a simple writing style, the reader will surely enjoy reading this in one sitting.

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Book Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

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Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess.

Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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First and for all, I would like to inform my dear readers the fact that I have included in my review of The Star Touched Queen some of the things that are quite general for the whole series. To make this review short and not redundant, I decided to just state only the things that I have observed in the second book of the series. If you want to read my review of the first book, click here.


“THE LORD OF WEALTH AND TREASURES CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THE TOURNAMENT OF WISHES.”

All Vikram wants for his throne is the freedom to rule, not as the council’s puppet, but as an emperor who makes his own choices. So when he was invited to the Tournament of Wishes, he dutifully accepts.

But a wish is a very dangerous thing.
Together with his partner, Gauri, the prisoner of Ujijain, princess of Bharata, they find their way to solve the secrets of the magical realm of the Otherworld in the persuit of a wish.

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  • This novel is so deliciously written that I can feel magic seeping through my veins as I read. I know I have mentioned this before but good heavens if I don’t mention it again. I really love how the author has molded this masterpiece into something so uniquely hers.

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Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

 

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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Timesbestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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★★★(3 stars)

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First and for all, I would like to inform my dear readers the fact that I have included in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury some of the things that are quite general for the whole series. To make this review short and not redundant, I decided to just state only the things that I have observed in the third book of the series. If you want to read my review of the first book, click here. For the second book, click here.


Hybern has planed his war against Pyrithian, not caring about the cost of destruction it is going to have. With a plan, The Night Court and the rest of the courts tries to stop the brutes from destroying their lands.

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  • Feyre’s character development. I am very much impressed on how her character grew from the huntress in the woods to becoming the High Lady of the Night Court. I love how Sarah carved her character from being the meek and naive human girl to the fierce, intellectual and strong ruler of the land.

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