[Reviews] ‘The Guinevere Deception’ by Kiersten White

"There was nothing in the world as terrifying and magical as a girl on the cusp of womanhood." Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . …

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[Reviews] ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’ by Brigid Kemmerer (ARC)

"Fall in love. Break the curse." Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, …

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[Top 10] Ten Reasons to read the ‘And I Darken’ Trilogy by Kiersten White

Looking for a good new series to start in the new year, and you're not exactly sure what? Well, I have some news for you! I've recently finished the And I Darken trilogy (sometimes called the Conquerors trilogy), and I insist everyone read it. Seriously. Let me list the ways: 1. The covers. The US …

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[Reviews] ‘Pride’ by Ibi Zoboi

"It's a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it's a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up." Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to …

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[Reviews] ‘The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein’ by Kiersten White

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend. Victor is …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘Blood and Sand’ by C.V. Wyk

"She wanted to run and run until her breath was spent, until the ashes of her bones mingled with those of her people." Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves. Attia was once …

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[Reviews] ‘The Boneless Mercies’ by April Genevieve Tucholke (ARC)

"They called us Mercies, or sometimes the Boneless Mercies. They said we were shadows, ghosts, and if you touched our skin, we dissolved into smoke. We made people uneasy, for we were women with weapons." Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are Boneless Mercies – death-traders, hired to kill quickly, quietly and mercifully. Men will not …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘Endless Water, Starless Sky’ by Rosamund Hodge (ARC)

"She said, 'I have never loved him except under sentence of death.'" In the last days of the world, the walls of Viyara are still falling, and the dead are rising faster than ever. Juliet is trapped—ordered by Lord Ineo of the Mahyanai to sacrifice the remaining members of her family, the Catresou, to stave …

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[Reviews] ‘The Queens of Innis Lear’ by Tessa Gratton (ARC)

“It begins, too, with a star prophecy. But there are so many prophecies read on the island of Lear that to say so is as good as saying it begins with every breath.” The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops …

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