ARC Review: “Gravemaidens” by Kelly Coon

Thank you to Delacorte Press for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Y’all, I am so disappointed. I feel like I’ve been duped. Awesome synopsis? Check! Gorgeous cover? Check! The actual content… YIKES.

Content warning: attempted sexual assault

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ARC Review: “Empress of All Seasons” by Emiko Jean

Yes, yes, I know this book came out back in November but the struggles of trying to even read at this point in my life are basically maybe an hour a day with just a bit more on the weekends. Anyway! No excuse, no apologizing! Let’s just dive right in!

Thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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ARC Review: “The Belles” by Dhonielle Clayton

wanted to love this book so much. First off, the cover is absolutely stunning. It provides just a hint of the lush, magical world of The Belles. And yet… Well, when authors I love rave about this book as well, it makes me all the more excited. This is the first book by Clayton that I’ve read, her fantasy debut. While I enjoyed it for the most part, there were also some glaring issues which prevented me from clutching the book to my heart in merriment.

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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ARC Review: “A Treacherous Curse” by Deanna Raybourn

I almost think I’ve come to a point where I just rate this book highly because it’s everything I could ever want in a historical fiction and then some. 😂 Set in Victorian England, following an independent and strong-willed woman while she sleuths with a handsome and devilish man. It’s quite perfect, really, and while mysterious aren’t my usual genre, I can’t stay away from these books.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for giving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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ARC Review: “What She Wanted” by Julie Anne Lindsey

I’m shocking myself by the amount of contemporary YA fiction I’m reading right now. I’m tentatively exploring the genre, trying to find some goods books, since it’s one of my least read sub-genre in YA.

So when I came across this lovely (I mean, that cover says a lot) on Netgalley, I immediately requested a copy and a lucky chosen one!

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: “An Elegant Façade” (Hawthorne House #2) by Kristi Ann Hunter

I saw this book available on Netgalley and it was a basic “request it” option. I’ve read good and bad Regency historical fiction romance but haven’t come across any that aren’t awkward “bodice rippers” or just plain bad writing (sorry…but not sorry).

But then I realized this was a second book in a series and I bit my lip from nervousness and hesitation because I had turned down reviewing a book before because I didn’t realize it was a second book in the series. Truthfully, it was my fault of not doing more research because I’ve realized there are a few books on Netgalley that do not say if it’s not the first book in a series.

Regardless, that did not stop be from enjoying the book. Spoiler-free review below.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you and Bethany House Publishers.

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Review: “Legend of Rhyme” series, Books 1 – 3

A few months ago, I requested a middle grade fantasy novel on Netgalley called Elora of Stone, book 1 in the Legend of Rhyme series. I was contacted a few days later by an agent who gave me access to not only book 1 but also books 2 & 3! I was so pleased at the opportunity.

I wrote all my reviews on Goodreads but since I finished the books I was given, I decided to write a full (spoiler-free) review here. I haven’t read a middle grade novel in a very long time and this series was fun and quick to read.

Also, did I mention there are unicorns?

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Review: “Crystal Cadets”

I’ve recently been drawn into the comic world (oh, see what I did there? 😉 ) and I’m slowly learning to love them. It’s different reading a book and going straight to reading a comic. Things are different on various levels.

But hello, a comic with the “magical girl” genre? I am ALL over that. You know why? Because Sailor Moon. 🙂 The ultimate magical girl manga. I ate it up when I was growing up. Read all the manga, watched the entire show, movies included, and I have since gobbled up the newly released “Sailor Moon Crystal.”

Well, hats off to Netgalley, Lion Forge, and Roar Comics for granting my wish and letting me read this! I enjoyed it!

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