YA Reviews

Blog Tour: Araceli’s Path by Marion Surles – Book Trailer

ARACELI’S PATH Among Angels and Devils in Juarez by MARION SURLES Genre: Realistic Fiction / Border Stories / Mature Middle Grade Publisher: Love and Literacy Date of Publication: November 30, 2019 Number of Pages: 145 Scroll down for the giveaway! Araceli comes from a blended, dysfunctional family held together by the love of a grandmother.…

ARC Review: Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

Queen of Volts Author: Amanda Foody Published: September 1, 2020 Publisher: Inkyard Press Format: eBook Source: Edelweiss+ Return to the City of Sin, where the final game is about to begin…and winning will demand the ultimate sacrifice. Only days after a corrupt election and brutal street war, one last bloodthirsty game has begun. The players?…

Blog Tour: The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap

The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap Publication Date: September 30, 2020 Paperback & eBook; 244 pages Series: Theresa Schurmann Mystery, Book 3 Genre: YA/Historical Fiction Apparently, false rumors about Marie Antoinette are all the fashion in 1783. Marie Antoinette is facing hostility from the populace, inflamed by rumors circulated in pamphlets throughout Paris. The rumors…

Blog Tour: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction Publication: October 13, 2020 Age Group: YA Set in eighteenth century England, Samantha Cohoe’s debut novel, A GOLDEN FURY (Wednesday Books; October 13, 2020), follows a young alchemist as she tries to save the people she loves from the curse of the Philosopher’s…

Author Interview: Dear Hero by Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat

Dear Hero Authors: Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat Published: September 28, 2020 Publisher: INtense Publications Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance TWEET CUTE X I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU Up-and-coming teen superhero Cortex is on top of the world—at least, until his villain dumps him. If he’s going to save his reputation, he needs a new antagonist, and fast.…

Review: A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan

A Curse of Gold is the sequel to Annie Sullivan’s A Touch of Gold.  I won’t spoil all of the plot of the first book, but King Midas is featured heavily in this duology and the action is seen through the point of view of his daughter, Kora.  I picked up A Touch of Gold…

ARC Review: Fable by Adrienne Young

Fable Author: Adrienne Young Published: September 1, 2020 Publisher: Wednesday Books Format: eBook Source: NetGalley Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to Sky in the Deep, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Fable, the first book in this new captivating duology. Welcome to a world made dangerous by the…

ARC Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, Translated by Emily Balistrieri

Kiki’s Delivery Service Author: Eiko Kadono Published: July 7, 2020 Publisher: Delacorte Press Format: eBook Source: NetGalley Nostalgic fans of the Miyazaki film and newcomers alike–soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her clever cat that started it all!  Half-witch Kiki never runsfrom a challenge. So when her thirteenth birthday arrives, she’s eager to…

ARC Review: Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly

Twin Daggers Author: MarcyKate Connolly Published: August 25, 2020 Publisher: Blink Format: eBook Source: NetGalley Aissa’s life is a web of carefully constructed lies. She and her twin sister, Zandria, are Magi spies, magic users most believe to be extinct. And they’re on a mission for revenge.  This action & adventure spy thriller–a fantasy spin…

ARC Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Where Dreams Descend Author: Janella Angeles Published: August 25, 2020 Publisher: Wednesday books Format: eBook Source: NetGalley In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of…

Blog Tour: Child of Destiny by M. K. Adams #silverdaggertours

Child of Destiny The Rising Saga Book 1 by M.K. Adams Genre: YA Fantasy A young orphan on the run from the King. A warlock with the power to protect her. And, the fighter holding them together. The Rive, a realm ruled by the iron grip of a war-hungry King, is on the brink of…

@sot_tours Blog Tour: Kings & Daemons by Marcus Lee

Kings & Daemons by Marcus Lee Genre: Fantasy, Romance Publication: May 25, 2020 Age Group: Young Adult A tale of conquest, dark kings, and daemonic heroes. A spellbinding story that will enchant you with its plot of ambition, love, betrayal, sacrifice and redemption. Over fifty years have passed since Daleth the seemingly immortal Witch-King and…

ARC Review: Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura

Poe Dameron: Free Fall Author: Alex Segura Published: August 4, 2020 Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press Format: eBook Source: NetGalley Learn more about the dashing hero from the new Star Wars films! Telling a story hinted at in The Rise of Skywalker…. It’s been a few years since Poe’s mother passed away, and Poe and his…

Review: Shielded by KayLynn Flanders

Shielded Author: KayLynn Flanders Published: July 21, 2020 Publisher: Delacorte Press Format: eBook Source: NetGalley For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very…

Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent, Thorn Author: Melissa Bashardoust Published: July 7, 2020 Publisher: Flatiron Books Format: eBook Source: NetGalley A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse… There was and there was not, as all stories begin,…

Review: Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Sisters of Sword and Song Author: Rebecca Ross Published: June 23, 2020 Publisher: HarperTeen Format: eBook Source: Edelweiss From the author of The Queen’s Rising comes a thrilling YA stand-alone fantasy about the unbreakable bond between sisters. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, and Court of Fives. After eight…

Review: The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

The Sound of Stars Author: Alechia Dow Published: February 25, 2020 Publisher: Inkyard Press Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity? Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted…

Bonus Review: The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea Author: Maggie Tokuda-Hall Published: May 5, 2020 Publisher: Candlewick Press Number of Pages: 368 pages Format: Paperback Source: Goodreads Giveaway A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic. Aboard…

Review: The Shadow Wand by Laurie Forest

HER WORLD-ALTERING SECRET CAN’T BE HIDDEN MUCH LONGER Elloren Gardner hides the most powerful secret in all Erthia—she is the Black Witch of Prophecy, and destined to triumph…or be used as the ultimate weapon of destruction. Separated from everyone she loves, isolated and hunted, Elloren must turn to the last person she can trust—her fastmate,…

Review: Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Incendiary Author: Zoraida Córdova  Published: April 28, 2020 Publisher: Hyperion Number of Pages: 450 pages Format: Hardback Source: Purchased I am Renata Convida.I have lived a hundred stolen lives.Now I live my own. Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia.…

Review: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Author: Roseanne A. Brown Published: June 2nd, 2020 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Number of Pages: 480 pages Format: eBook Source: Edelweiss+ Synopsis from Goodreads The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a…

Review: #AgainAgain by E. Lockhart

Again, Again is a book about love: romantic love, love for friends, love for family.  It’s also about how those relationships are interconnected to form something much bigger than ourselves.  I saw so much of myself as a young adult in Adelaide.  Though I didn’t have the same struggles she did, I had similar experiences…

Review: This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is a wild ride of espionage, intrigue, reincarnated gods, and a seedy supernatural underworld.  Even after reading the synopsis of this book, I still didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked up an ARC.  It’s such an intricate and layered narrative that I really did enjoy…

Review: The Chalice and the Crown by Kassandra Flamouri

The Chalice and The Crown is the debut YA fantasy from Kassandra Flamouri.  This title is dazzling and oh so interesting!  This novel meld magic, madness, beauty, and visceral imagery into a cohesive narrative that is mind-bogglingly fantastic and dark!  Immediately, I felt the influence of Black Swan, a ballerina falling into madness, but I…

Review: My Long List of Impossible Things by Michelle Barker

Michelle Barker’s second YA novel, My Long List of Impossible Things, explores the aftermath of World War II through the eyes of a German teenager.  It depicts the struggles of a country and a people reeling from the horrors of war, silent compliance with genocide and Nazism, while being occupied by another dictatorial regime, the Soviet…

Review: The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas

The Magnolia Sword is a beautiful re-telling of the story of Mulan.  This story has the things I look for in a teenage romance/historical fiction retelling of a myth:  blindfolded arrow catching, looks that can fell trees, and exciting conflict! Before you start reading, I must warn you:  this novel is not in the same style…

Review: Spindle & Dagger by J. Anderson Coats

Wales in the twelfth century was a dangerous place for a woman, especially a woman with a secret.​ This is the story of Elen, a girl I slaughtered whose family at the hands of one Owain ap Cadwgan and his band of warriors.  Elen intends to survive.  She finds herself assaulted, but in a position…

Review: Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Cerys is the daughter of the royal gardener of the Kingdom of Aloriya, a land that has seen peace for 300 years.  Bordered by a forbidden, cursed forest, Aloriya’s residents are rocked by the death of their king and are preparing to crown a new monarch.  Cerys’ best friend is the soon to be queen,…

Review: These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

Ember is a high-achieving sophomore at Heller High, a normal school with a terrible secret, the Red Court.  The Red Court exists to bring chaos and mayhem into the lives of Heller High’s students.  A highly secretive group of students, with a mastermind, codename:  The Queen of Hearts.  This is the setting in which Ember…

Review: The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso

The Obsidian Tower is the first book in a new series by Melissa Caruso.  Set in the same world as her previous trilogy, Sword and Fire, this book is centered in a small kingdom to the north of where the main action took place in the previous books.  New characters, new magic, and lots of courtly conspiracy! …

Review: Palace of Silver by Hannah West

This series is very interesting because it combines so many different elements of storytelling.  The first book, A Kingdom of Ash and Briars, takes place well over 100 years before the setting of the sequels.  It seems a bit like this was meant to be a standalone that was picked up for a series, which isn’t…

Review: Curse of Blood and Shadow by J. M. Kearl

This is the first book in J. M. Kearl’s second series, Allied Kingdoms Academy.  Though the title denotes that this book would follow the traditional academy trope in YA books, but it is really a fantastic blend of Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, and a hint of teenage angst that manifests in the best way.  For…

Review: The Northern Witch Series by K. S. Marsden

K. S. Marsden is an accomplished writer with three series under her belt.  The Northern Witch series is Marsden’s new YA series featuring Mark, an openly gay witch in training, who is navigating high school, boys, relationships, and his apprenticeship as a new witch.  His Nana is an integral part of the series, delivering sassy lines and…

Review: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Set in Edwardian London, Chain of Gold, follows a cast of characters from all the Shadowhunter families you already know:  Lightwood, Herondale, Fairchild, Blackthorn, Carstairs, etc.  And a few you haven’t heard about yet:  Bridgestock, Townsend, Wentworth, etc.  As with all of Cassandra Clare’s novels, this is a wonderful romp through London with plenty of danger, intrigue, romance, twisting plot points,…


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