This was such a fun, unique read! As a lover of fantasy, dystopian books, and high-stakes competitions, I was so impressed with the way all of these were combined together. The world Reintgen created was so fascinating and rich, the characters were well written, and the plot was great! All in all, this is definitely a book worth reading.
I loved the mix of magic and technology. Normally when you have a book that involves magic and deities, you don’t also have a world that’s also full of more modern advances. When I first started reading, I wasn’t sure how all of that would work together, but now I can honestly say it made for a great book!
The characters were also so well done. This book is primarily told from the perspective of three young adults and it was fascinating to get to know each of them. I grew to like all three in their own way and I appreciated how each had their own unique personality.
This book definitely had some major Hunger Games feels to it, which was great. But I also appreciated that even though there were similarities to that series, it really did feel like it’s own story. You all should give this book a read!
Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Books for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review!
I’m so excited to share this book with you all! Species Traitor by Kate L. Mary. Species Traitor is a science fiction, dystopian book that looks to be chock full of excitement, romance, and aliens goodness. Check out the synopsis below:
My name is Ava Mendoza, and I am a species traitor.
They came hoping to find a new home after their own planet was destroyed, but Earth was dying as well, and most humans saw their arrival as an invasion. Now, two decades later, the Veilorians have been banished to the District, a fenced-in area on the outskirts of the last known livable land on Earth. Most people do their best to pretend they don’t exist, but not everyone. There are humans, like my cousin, who see them for what they are. Despite the threat of disownment, she married a Veilorian, and now she, too, lives in the District.
Even before I met Finn, I was determined to stand up for what was right, but from the moment I laid eyes on him, we had a connection I’ve never experienced before. But with the election of a new and radical mayor on the horizon, tensions are high, and people are calling for change. They want to make my cousin’s marriage illegal and punish any human who goes into the District, but I refuse to back down from this fight. No matter the cost.
And here is a little bit about the author!
Author Bio: Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction, and her dystopian novel, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and the Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
This book had some really fun parts and I think the world building was well done. It’s such an interesting world! But, overall, it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.
First there was the characters. For the first part of the book, most of the characters annoyed me. I could see glimmers of things I liked, so I kept reading, but it was hard to stay invested when I didn’t like the characters all that much. They all seemed a bit whiny. As the book progressed, I started liking them more and more though. For the most part, they all grew on me. I did appreciate the plethora of snark and sass they all dished out.
I think the pacing was a bit off with this too. At first, things seemed to move painfully slow and then it felt like the plot was speeding up, only to have it slow down once more. Then at the end, I think things were a little too rushed. I enjoyed the story for the most part, but I wish the pacing would have been a little more consistent.
This is such a rich and dynamic world. I really enjoyed learning about it and seeing the characters interact with the world. While I had some frustrations, I did ultimately have a good time reading this book.
Thank you to the NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
This was a really fun book that reminded me a lot of Harry Potter. If you didn’t already know, I’m a MASSIVE Potterhead, so anything similar to that franchise is automatically going to catch my interest. I mean, who doesn’t love a magic school?
That being said, this book seemed to drag a bit. While I enjoyed learning about the world and all of the magical creatures that lived in it, after getting over half through the book I realized I still wasn’t entirely sure what it was actually about. I would have liked the plot to move a little faster.
The characters were really fun to get to know. I loved Ivy’s spirit and Rebecca’s humor. They were great characters and I had a good time watching them grow and learn. I really appreciated how unique and individual every character was. Everyone had their own personality.
Overall, I’m really glad I read this book. It was fun and had plenty of wonderful magical goodness. I think it’s a really good Middle Grade fantasy and I’d recommend anyone interested give it a read. It might have been a bit slow at times, but I still think this book is worth reading!
Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Steel Crow Saga is a steampunk, fantasy, action-packed book that combines magic, politics, and a little romance. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked into this book!
The characters were one of my favorite parts of Steel Crow Saga. Each one had their own unique history and personality. It was really fun to have chapters written from a few different perspectives so that I could really dig into each character. In the beginning, the multiple different perspectives did make it a little hard to keep track of the story. But once I got to know each character, I ended up enjoying that a lot. Some of the character arcs didn’t quite feel finished to me at the end, but overall, Krueger did a great job with their development.
I really enjoyed the world Krueger created as well. It was a fresh, unique world, but didn’t feel so foreign that I couldn’t conceptualize it. I felt like I could step right into this world and join the characters. Again, I feel like there were parts of the world I wanted to know more about, but I didn’t feel there were too many questions left unanswered.
This is a really interesting and fun book. I could have used a few more chapters to really close out the plot, characters, and world, but I still had such a great time reading this! If you like steampunk fantasies and strong characters, I’d recommend giving Steel Crow Saga a read!
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’m so excited to share with you a awesome book that has all the fairy tale vibes. When Wishes Bleed is a YA Fantasy book by Casey L. Bond. Here’s the synopsis:
One Prince. One Witch. One Fate.
The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave, but this was no normal visit. My fingers prickled to touch him. So, I granted his request by handing him a single wishbone. When he snapped it, the wish … bled.
Hearing me suck in a shocked breath, he asked what it meant. Such an ominous omen could only mean one thing: his death was imminent. Fate revealed that he wouldn’t die of natural causes. Someone wanted him dead. Stunned by the revelation, the man I now knew as Prince Tauren disappeared into a night I feared he wouldn’t survive. The following day, I received an invitation to the castle. While it seemed the prince believed I could intervene and uncover who was plotting his death, his motives didn’t stop there. I was being summoned to join twelve other women in vying for the opportunity to be his wife and future queen.
Going could mean jeopardizing my plans to reclaim my heritage and resurrect the House of Fate. But staying would guarantee Tauren’s death, and the blood of his wish would be on my hands.
Author Bio: Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.
Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at http://www.authorcaseybond.com.
I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted! I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book and let me tell you, it’s such a fun read! The characters were full of life and the plot was really unique. If you like X Men and Percy Jackson, this would be the perfect booK for you! Check out the synopsis below!
The ancient Reaper War is coming to an end. But a greater darkness is rising…
New York Times bestselling author Conor Grennan’s new middle-grade fantasy novel The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted (Thomas Nelson) follows a boy’s unlikely journey to save humanity as he unravels his true identity and the responsibility it comes with. For ages 10 and up, The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted is a dystopian fantasy novel that explores themes of sacrifice, darkness, and the power of friendship.
This action-packed novel features a riveting plot, relatable characters, and humorous dialogue that will captivate young readers. The diverse cast of characters will appeal to a wide audience, including those who sometimes wonder what their gifts might be. Each of the short chapters opens with a line drawing illustration.Jack Carlson is suffering through another awkward school day when he suddenly finds himself transported to the Hadley Academy, a secret institution that tracks teens with unlikely gifts and trains them to protect the world from a secret squad of killers. Despite indications that he is the one prophesied to end the ancient Reaper War, Jack appears to have no extraordinary abilities. Can Hadley’s rawest recruits push past personal struggles and enormous doubts, develop their dormant powers, and stop the spreading evil?
Fans of the Hunger Games, the Chronicles of Narnia, Divergent, Maze Runner, and Rick Riordan’s books will find themselves at home in the battle for good at the Hadley Academy.
ABOUT CONOR GRENNAN:
Conor Grennan is the author of the New York Times bestselling and #1 international bestselling memoir, Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. The memoir shares Grennan’s humanitarian work as the founder of Next Generation Nepal (NGN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in Nepal. Little Princes has been shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was the winner of the Goodreads 2011 Best Travel and Outdoors Award, and has been translated into 15 languages. Following publication, Grennan spoke about the book across North America and particularly enjoyed sharing his story with young people at secondary schools and colleges.
For his work with the trafficked children of Nepal, Grennan was recognized by The Huffington Post as a 2011 Game Changer of the Year. In 2014, he was also named a recipient of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion, which was awarded to him by the Dalai Lama. Grennan is the Dean of MBA Students at the NYU Stern School of Business. He currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife, Liz, and his two children, Finn and Lucy.
The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted is Grennan’s debut work of fiction, and will be available everywhere books are sold on October 8, 2019.