Review of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. ★★★1/2 I’ve been staring at the draft for this review for about a month now. What can I say? I just don’t have strofeelings about The Cruel Prince. Jude’s mother faked her own death to leave her husband, Madoc, a general of the fae. She started a new life with a human husband…

Review of The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King

The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King. ★★★★ Imagine a retelling of the frame story of One Thousand and One Nights, where Scheherazade tells stories each night to avoid death. I’ve seen retellings of this tale before, but Catherine Faris King may have written my favorite. The Ninety-Ninth Bride is a young adult fantasy novel that reads like a cross between The…

Review of Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh. ★★★1/2 I’ve had a lot of bad luck with YA dystopia, but Rebel Seoul turned out to be a gem of the genre. In Neo Seoul, everyone is drafted into the military upon coming of age. Lee Jaewon’s escaped his past as a gang member in the slums of Old Seoul and now attends a…

Throwback Thursday: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Serpentine by Cindy Pon. ★★★ I was not a fan of Cindy Pon’s debut book, Silver Phoenix, but I also figured, “It’s a debut book, and her writing will probably improve over time.” With that in mind, I finally checked out Serpentine from the library. And guess what? I liked it better than Silver Phoenix! Skybright is sixteen-years-old and handmaiden…

Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. ★★★1/2 The night of the Raid, magic disappeared and the king took the chance to kill all mages, including Zélie Adebola’s mother. Zélie and other diviners (mage-born children who’s magic has not woken) were left orphaned and brutally oppressed. Any diviner who cannot pay the ever increasing diviner specific taxes…

Review of The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ The Raven and the Reindeer is a retelling of Han Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” that’s full of Ursula Vernon’s quintessential charm. T. Kingfisher is the name she uses for her adult work, but I think The Raven and the Reindeer could be an easy YA crossover. The arc of the…

Review of Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee. ★★★1/2 When Zeroboxer first came out, I passed on it because while it was a sci-fi book, it was also a sports story. And I’m really not into sports. Then, I read Fonda Lee’s Jade City and developed a burning need to read everything she’s ever written. Turns out, while I may not be into sports stories,…

Review of Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman. ★★★★ TW: sexual assault (not shown), infant death, suicidal thoughts, slut shaming While Tess of the Road is set in the same world as Seraphina, it is an independent story that stands by itself. Actually, you might enjoy it more if you don’t go in expecting it to be like Seraphina; for Tess of the…

Review of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. ★★1/2 TW: attempted sexual assault Sometimes when I venture in YA fantasy, I find an amazing story. More likely, I end up being disappointed. Such as it was with The Belles. In the kingdom of Orléans, nothing is more important than beauty. But beauty isn’t something you’re born with — unless you’re a Belle….

Review of Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra. ★★★ Markswoman is a debut fantasy novel with a bit of a science fiction twist to the world building. I was drawn to the premise involving an order of all female assassins. However, while it was an all right read, it ultimately didn’t live up to my hopes. Markswoman opens with Kyra being sent on…