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It’s been just over a week since King’s Cage, the final book in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, came out. After waiting over a year for this book, I made sure I got my hands on it right away and it did not disappoint! Starting up shortly after the cliffhanger conclusion of Glass Sword, the third book in the series was heart wrenching, eye opening, strangely relevant, and built to another crazy climax! Is it really another year until the final book? Watch below to see my full thoughts! Note: The beginning of the video introduces the series as a whole. There’s a…

Class warfare gets a fantastical twist in GILDED CAGE! “Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved” reads the tagline for Vic James’ Gilded Cage, the first book in the Dark Gifts series. While it’s not a particularly pleasant thought, this engrossing story certainly doesn’t shy away from themes about class warfare, providing an unique take on an age-old struggle with a relevant, fantastical twist. In the novel, England is run by an upper echelon known as “Equals,” all of whom have varying hereditary powers known as “skill.” They protect their country from outside harm,…

Elements collide to form a twisted world of chaos in Elly Blake’s FROSTBLOOD! In Elly Blake’s Frostblood, there’s an epic war happening between frost and fire, allegedly fated by the gods and fueled by the two elements’ inherent ability to destroy one another. But these days, frost is the dominating force. Ruby might be the last living Fireblood in the kingdom. The Frost King has sought out and destroyed every single one he could find. Soon, they find Ruby too, killing her mother in the process. All seems lost until two mysterious strangers offer her a chance to escape under…

THE VALIANT is a strong start to a fast-paced YA series about young warrior women! Who needs love this Valentine’s Day when you can have warrior princesses, epic battles, social scheming, and Roman debauchery? And yes.. Some love. Get ready to have some feelings for The Valiant! Lesley Livingston’s historical fantasy adventure introduces us to Fallon, a Celtic warrior princess who wants nothing more than to join her father’s royal war band. That all changes in one traumatic night as Fallon is denied her dream and captured by slavers. After an arduous journey, she ends up in Rome and finds…

On January 10, Windwitch by Susan Dennard, the second book in The Witchlands series (first book: Truthwitch) was released. Having read the first last year, I was excited to see where the story would go. This series follows a pair of best friends with magical powers. They live in a land in which many people have specific power along difference categories– threadwitch, windwitch, bloodwitch, etc. Truthwitchery, however, is extremely rare and extremely powerful. If anyone finds out Safi has this power, they will try to use her to gain an upper hand against enemies, so Safi hides her power from…

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES graphic novel offers up a new fantastical adventure with old favorites! We’ll start this review with an admission: We haven’t read a graphic novel since the Dark Ages. It’s not that we never enjoyed the medium– in fact, we’ve relished in graphic novels, comics, and their storylines plenty– but as we got older, we became readers who enjoyed interpreting text with our own imaginations. When we got the chance to dive back into the world of Marissa Meyer’s beloved series The Lunar Chronicles through the new graphic novel Wires and Nerve, we couldn’t pass it up. And we…

Back in October, Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven was released. If you adored All the Bright Places the year before as much as I did, you were anxiously awaiting this book. Niven’s newest novel is about a girl who is losing weight after having to be air-lifted from her home three years before and now will return to school, as well as a boy with face blindness, just trying to live a normal (and popular) life. Below are my thoughts. Note: The beginning of the video is introduction and overall thoughts. There will be a spoiler warning before I get…

It’s been a few months now since Like a River Glorious, the second novel in Rae Carson’s The Gold Seer Trilogy was released. If you haven’t read the first book yet (Walk on Earth a Stranger), make sure to check out our review. Otherwise, here’s what I had to say about book two in his historical fiction adventure, which picks up shortly after the ending of the first. Note: The first section of this review is spoiler-free. There is a spoiler warning in the video before it moves into spoilers from the book. Let us know what you thought about the book in…

SPIN THE SKY is a passionate, lyrical novel that weaves love and dance into a visceral narrative. Jill MacKenzie’s debut novel Spin The Sky follows Magnolia “Mags” Woodson, an 18-year-old dancer struggling to overcome her small town’s intense hatred towards her and her family. When her best friend George insists they try out for a televised dance competition, Magnolia wonders if it could finally be her and her sister’s way into her miserable town’s good graces. The novel is written from the first person perspective of Magnolia Woodson. Her narrative is complex and very raw, though her voice — often sassy…

Kendra gets involved in more fun fairytale antics, but doesn’t get the backstory development fans hoped for in BEHELD. Alex Flinn’s feisty witch Kendra, who was first introduced in Beastly before appearing in Bewitching and Mirrored, is back! This time, we’re finding out about the eternally young witch’s past, particularly the secret love that she’s kept hidden through her previous adventures. With her trusty magic mirror in hand, Kendra is also helping out a few other people along the way. There’s only one problem: Like the other stories in The Kendra Chronicles, things still aren’t really about Kendra and fans…

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