Mini (ARC) Reviews #4: “The Midnight Lie” and “The Kingdom of Back”

I planned to write separate reviews for these books, but… That was before I took an unintentional two week mini-hiatus… So here we are.

I’ve been so eager to read these two books since they are by two of my favorite authors. It’s Lu’s first foray into historical fantasy, and I’ve been to multiple book signings with her in the past and always asked about The Kingdom of Back, so I was very eager to read this. Fortunately, I was able to get an ARC while I was at the Oklahoma Teen Book Con back in October of last year. I also did a trade via Twitter for an ARC of The Midnight Lie so here I am, feeling eternally blessed by the book gods.

Usagi happy clapping

The Midnight LieMy rating:
new five stars

If you didn’t know, The Midnight Lie takes place in The Winner’s Trilogy universe at least twenty years after the ending of The Winner’s Kiss. It also features a f/f romance, and let me tell you it is b e a u t i f u l. The whole concept was incredibly intriguing and seeing a main character like Nirrim who grew up sheltered and constantly gaslighted by her “mother” only to find how what she did… Like… Wow. Also, the romance between her and Sid is just so wonderful, as if the two are discovering each other in such a lovely way. And I love that Sid challenge Nirrim because if she hadn’t, I don’t think we would have gotten that mind-boggling ending and CLIFFHANGER.

Today is LAST DAY to submit your pre-order receipt for a gorgeous art print signed by Marie herself!

My rating:The Kingdom of Back
new three and a half stars

Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors and each series of hers holds a special place in my heart. So when I heard that she was writing a historical fantasy–one of my favorite genres–I knew I would enjoy it. I’ve seen Marie often enough on book tours that I’m pretty sure I’ve asked her enough, “Can we hear more about The Kingdom of Back?” questions.

While I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would, I really enjoyed the world-building and how completely atmospheric the book is. I wasn’t super convinced of the Fae prince, and I generally felt bad for Nannerl. But I loved how Marie put her own twist surrounding the Mozarts.

You can also submit your pre-order receipt for a custom book pouch designed by Marie herself!

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