ARC Review: Ace of Shades

ARC Review: Ace of Shades

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Series: The Shadow Game #1
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genres: YA fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets… and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

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Mini-Reviews: The Consumption of Magic, A Wish Upon the Stars

Mini-Reviews: The Consumption of Magic, A Wish Upon the Stars

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

The Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #3
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This was so entertaining ahhhh. The Consumption of Magic picks up right where book 2 ended and I was so excited to see how Sam’s destiny continued.

There’s a lot that happens in this book (but I’ll keep that a secret shhh). Some of it was good, some was heartbreaking and I definitely enjoyed this more than book 2 (though I still think book 1 is the best in the series).

We get to see the whole gang again. Gary and Kevin are still really inappropriate, Sam and Ryan are still adorable together. And Tiggy and Justin continue to be the best characters in the series. I will say that there a was a part in the middle where Sam was separated from all his friends, which is probably my least favorite part of the story. I understood why it had to happen, but I’m also glad it didn’t go on for too long.

I’ll say it again: this series is not for everyone. The characters and humor are ridiculous. This series is considered a comedy first, and fantasy second. The humor is super juvenile and the characters have kind of a ridiculous dialogue going on. Like you all know yourselves, if juvenile humor isn’t for you, skip this series.

Also the ending of the book was the best part, 10/10.

four stars

A Wish Upon the Stars by TJ Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #4
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

I don’t really know what to say about this book. It’s the last in the series so I can’t say anything about the plot because of spoilers. I guess I’ll say that the reason this didn’t get a fourth star was because there’s not that much actual plot going on here. Of course, there’s the big final battle, also a few action scenes throughout the book. But for me the entire middle of this book just dragged a bit. The beginning and ending were amazing, but I would have been okay with this book being a bit shorter.

Of course, I will always love these characters. Klune has created an amazing cast in this series. And I think Justin is getting his own book eventually? (My broody little prince, I stan.) If true, I am down for that. 

While this wasn’t my favorite of the series, I am glad to see how exactly Sam’s story ended, and I’m looking forward to any future books set in this universe!

three stars

Mini – Reviews: A Destiny of Dragons, Rule Breaker

Mini – Reviews: A Destiny of Dragons, Rule Breaker

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania #2) by TJ Klune
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, m/m romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This book was ridiculous. Though to be fair, the entire series is a bit ridiculous. But it’s also wonderful and the silliness doesn’t stop me from loving this story and these characters as much as I do.

This is a continuation of the first book, so I won’t say anything about the plot. But these characters, man. Everyone in this book is super gay, which is pretty fantastic. They’re hilarious. And they’re lovable. What more could you want in characters?? Also this series has dragons, so…

mini-reviews

I’d only recommend this series to people who like more silly humor. If that’s not something you’d enjoy I’d still recommend checking this author out, specifically How to Be a Normal Person (my fave book of his).

four stars

Rule Breaker by Lily Morton
Release Date: August 17, 2017
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This was a lighthearted and entertaining enemies-to-lovers story. It’s pretty tropey but I was never bored.

This book was a huge surprise for me! I did not expect to love it as much as I did. I absolutely adored the main characters, Dylan and Gabe. Their banter was so on point, I actually laughed out loud. Reading Dylan’s POV was perfect.

All of the characters were great. Dylan was all around a great guy. Gabe had the cliche mystery man thing going for him, but it worked on him. And Dylan’s family was amaaaazing. I’m trash for functional, loving, and supportive families.

I’m sad that this book hasn’t gotten more attention. Please check it out to see if it’s something you’d like!!

five stars

Review: Because You Love to Hate Me

Review: Because You Love to Hate Me

Because You Love to Hate Me by Various
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, etc.
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from…

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

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Review: Prince’s Gambit

Review: Prince’s Gambit

Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince #2
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Genres: fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

The second novel in the critically acclaimed trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat—with an all-new chapter exclusive to the print edition.

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

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Review: Queen of Shadows

Review: Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

* contains some spoilers

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