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20 October, 2020

[Review] Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

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Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: 19 March, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Folklore/Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Legends/Fairy Tale Retellings
ISBN: 9780062933553
Edition: Paperback (available in hardback, eBook, and audiobook)
Rating: ★★
Review Written: 9 July, 2020
Warnings: Death, Mild Sexual Scenes, Violence
Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancĂ©.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.

See more by Meagan Spooner at her website.

06 October, 2020

[Review] The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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Series or Stand Alone: Hunger Games
Release Date: 19 May, 2020
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Genre: Action & Adventure/Post-Apocalyptic/Romance
ISBN: 9780374307097
Edition: Audiobook (available in eBook and hardcover)
Rating: ★★
Review Written: 9 July, 2020
Warnings: Death, Torture, Inhumane Conditions, Experimental Science
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute... and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

See more by Suzanne Collins at her website.

22 September, 2020

[Review] The Night Country (Hazel Wood #2) and The Boy Who Didn't come Home (Hazel Wood #1.5) by Melissa Albert

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Series or Stand Alone: The Hazel Wood
Release Date: 7 January, 2020
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Genre: Fantasy/Folklore/Fairy Tale retellings/action/adventure/romance
ISBN: 9781250246240
Edition: Audiobook (available in eBook and hardback)
Rating: ★★
Review Written: 9 July, 2020
Warnings: Death
Can you ever truly escape the Hazel Wood?

In the sequel to her New York Times bestselling, literary/commercial breakout, The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert dives back into the menacing, mesmerizing world that captivated readers of the first book. Follow Alice Proserpine and Ellery Finch as they come to learn that The Hazel Wood was just the beginning of worlds beyond, “a place where stories and real life convene, where magic contains truth, and the world as it appears false, and where just about anything can happen, particularly in the pages of a good book” (The New York Times).

See more by Melissa Albert at her website.

08 September, 2020

[Review] Sea Witch (Sea Witch #1) by Sarah Henning

Sea Witch
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Series or Stand Alone: Sea Witch series
Release Date: 31 July, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retellings/Fairy Tales/Romance
ISBN: 9780062438805
Edition: Paperback (available in Hardback, eBook, and audiobook)
Rating: ★★
Review Written: 9 July, 2020
Warnings: Death
Wicked meets "The Little Mermaid" in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

See more by Sarah Henning at her website.

25 August, 2020

[Review] Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

Seven Endless Forests
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Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: 28 April, 2020
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Fantasy/Norse Mythology/Arthurian Legend/Action & Adventure/Folk Lore
ISBN: 9780374307097
Edition: Hardcover (available in eBook and audiobook)
Rating: ★★
Review Written: 9 July, 2020
Warnings: Death
In this gorgeous standalone companion to the critically acclaimed fantasy, The Boneless Mercies, April Tucholke spins a bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend that is perfect for fans of Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, and Laini Taylor.

On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister, Morgunn, is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving Fremish wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls. Torvi leaves the only home she’s ever known, and joins a shaven-skulled druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvi’s sister, and find a mythical sword.

On their travels, Torvi and her companions will encounter magical night wilds and mystical Drakes who trade in young men. They will sing rowdy Elshland ballads in a tree-town tavern, and find a mysterious black tower in an Endless Forest. They will fight alongside famous Vorseland archers and barter with Fremish wizards. They will feast with rogue Jade Fell children in a Skal Mountain cave, and seek the help of a Pig Witch. They will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death.

Torvi set out to rescue a sister, but she may find it’s merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.

See more by April Genevieve Tucholke at her website.

11 August, 2020

[Review] Old Man's War (Old Man's War #1) by John Scalzi

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Series: Old Man's War
Release Date: 15 January, 2007
Publisher: Listening Library/Tor Publishing
Genre: Adult Fiction/Science Fiction
ISBN: 9781524767105
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 9 July, 2019
Warnings: War, medical science fiction, a lot of pointless killing
Summary: John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-- and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding. Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets. John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine--and what he will become is far stranger.

See more by John Scalzi at his Website.

28 July, 2020

[Review] House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Series: Crescent City Trilogy
Release Date: 3 March, 2020
Publisher: Audible Studios/ Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: New Adult/Science Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic/Action and Adventure
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle and Hardback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 19 June, 2020
Summary: Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world. Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step. Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case. As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir... 

See more by Sarah J. Maas at her Website.

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