Romanov by Nadine Brandes | A perfect retelling with a touch of magical realism!

Every year more and more books inspired by the history of the Romanov family hit the shelves. The talk about Anastasia’s survival, especially fueled by numerous claims from different women saying that they were Anastasia, marked a great inspiration point for many authors who had to put their own twist on the reality. From the conspiracy of the Romanov family to its prophecy, the Romanov family is by far one of the most talked topics, even after a decade has passed since their execution.

Of course, like many others, I was intrigued by Nadine Brandes new novel «Romanov», a magical retelling of the tragic events that led to the execution of the Romanov family.

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To Best the Boys by Mary Weber | Book you can read in one sitting!

There are some books that I pick up at the right reading mood, and when the book matches my reading cravings, it instantly becomes my new favorite. Has this ever happened to you before?

That is what I experienced with «To Best the Boys» by Mary Weber!

One Sunday afternoon, I decided that it was time to start reading «To Best the Boys» in preparation to OWLs read-a-thon that takes place this month. I’ve chosen it for my Herbology exam and wanted to give it a little glimpse, to get the feeling of the story. To my surprise, once I’ve started reading it, I couldn’t put it down!

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Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson | My first Brandon Sanderson book!

2019 has been the year of firsts.

There was the first book haul of 2019, the first disappointment of 2019 and now the first book by Brandon Sanderson. It’s exciting! What else do I get to try in 2019?

I’m not sure if this series was the best one to start with. I also own the first book in the Mistborn trilogy – «The Final Empire», however comparing these two books, Steelheart is much thinner with a bigger font. Seems like an obvious book choice to me! Besides, I love dystopian settings (I’m very excited to read Scythe which is next on my reading list! Technically it’s a Utopia, but still counts).

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School for Psychics (School for Psychics #1) by K.C. Archer | A “magic” school for adults

When someone asked me what I was currently reading, the best (and quickest) way to describe the book was – a “Harry Potter” for adults.

Not to say that it is extremely similar to the Harry Potter story, but every book that gives us some sort of magic / supernatural school, be it for children or for adults, will forever remind me of Harry Potter and how much I wished I would have gotten that Hogwarts letter.

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Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler | Magical Dickensian World!

It’s the greatest joy of my life when after reading the first book of the new-to-me author, I discover that he has written many other books and Fantasy series!

Jeff Wheeler’s writing will have anyone hooked after a few sentences, and the Dickensian world of his latest Sci-Fi / Fantasy series Harbinger, instantly made it to one of my favorite story settings of 2018.

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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons | The First Disappointment of 2019

Usually, when a new release is compared to Brandon Sanderson, John Gwynne, and Patrick Rothfuss, you’d expect it to be good, right? Or at least decent.

I was promised this: Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss, debut author Jenn Lyons delivers an entirely new and captivating fantasy epic. Prepare to meet the genre’s next star.

Instead, I got the worst book I’ve read in a long time. I have 10 pages of highlights from 60% of the book and most of them are BAD!, so let’s get started!

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Whisper by Lynette Noni | A new favorite young adult Sci-fi!

There is something about Young Adult Sci-fi / Dystopian series like Divergent, the Hunger Games, the 5th Wave, that appeal to me more than anything else.

Whisper by Lynette Noni was an unexpected page-turner that kept me awake at nights. What can you not like in a book full of political manipulations, secret governmental facilities, special abilities, and hidden experiments?!

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The New Dark by Lorraine Thomson | What was the turning point of this book?

I keep saying it over and over, but I really enjoy different dystopian settings that different authors come up with. So I am always on the lookout for new apocalyptic stand alones or series, and more often than not, they are quite disappointing.

In The New Dark we didn’t learn what happened to the world and why the civilization as we know was gone. There were snippets of what life was like for the characters and we saw the existence of mutants, but we weren’t given a lot of information just yet regarding WHY everything had changed so drastically. Continue reading “The New Dark by Lorraine Thomson | What was the turning point of this book?”

Tarnished City by Vic James |A brilliant continuation to the Dark Gifts series!

Earlier this year I got a chance to read the ARC of «Gilded Cage» the first book in Dark Gifts series by Vic James and was blown away by the political plays, rebellion, magic and a new concept of slavery.

Of course when the second book was published, I had to get my hands on it immediately. And it didn’t disappoint! Continue reading “Tarnished City by Vic James |A brilliant continuation to the Dark Gifts series!”

Select by Marit Weisenberg | Sci-Fi? Paranormal romance?? Urban fantasy?? I need help classifying this novel!

I’ll stick with paranormal romance for now, although I think this can be a mix of all three sub-genres that I mentioned above. When it comes to Paranormal Romances, I am always slightly apprehensive because (1) they can be too “honey sweet” for my taste and (2) I end up wanting more paranormal and less romance. Continue reading “Select by Marit Weisenberg | Sci-Fi? Paranormal romance?? Urban fantasy?? I need help classifying this novel!”

Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick | Too fast-paced “Princess Diaries” with fantasy elements

Do you love Fantasy? Because I do, but recently I feel like giving up on YA fantasy novels because they don’t usually bring anything new to the table and just continue redecorating stories that we’ve heard before.

I would love to say that «Heir of Illaria» was different, but unfortunately that was not the case. It was one of those stories where you don’t miss any flaws but you keep enjoying it nonetheless. Continue reading “Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick | Too fast-paced “Princess Diaries” with fantasy elements”

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | A parody on fantasy?

It finally happened! After having it on my TBR for almost 7 months, in April I have read «Carry On». I love Rainbow Rowell and always will, but I was a little apprehensive to read her fantasy novel, and it’s for a good reason.

If you didn’t know, «Carry On» was a popular fantasy series first mentioned in «Fangirl» where Cate, the main character, was writing fanfiction for. Continue reading “Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | A parody on fantasy?”

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Disappointment is a light way of phrasing it!

Where do I even begin?! Last summer, around the same time, I read and fell in love with the new series by Cassandra Clare, more specifically «Lady Midnight» the first book in the Dark Artifices series. Being a fan of the Shadowhunter world for so long, I could have never imagined that a time would come when I didn’t like a book written by Cassandra Clare. Continue reading “Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Disappointment is a light way of phrasing it!”

Gambit by C.L.Denault | Another dystopian series to add to my TBR list!

It looks like quite a lot of new dystopian novels will be released this year! And I am very excited about that as I prefer a good dystopian novel to anything else! They are usually full of fights, intelligent inventions and worlds that could very easily be ours. Continue reading “Gambit by C.L.Denault | Another dystopian series to add to my TBR list!”

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh | The new series (trilogy?) I already added to my TBR list!

The first time I heard about «Flame in the Mist» by Renée Ahdieh, and I have to be honest here, it did not catch my attention at all. The only thing that interested me was the fact that Renée Ahdieh was already an author to another successful fantasy series (that I unfortunately haven’t read yet! When do I find time to read all of the series I want to read?? When??? )

After a careful thought on the subject and pushing away the terrifying idea of not being able to connect to the Japanese culture, I decided to give it a try. Thank you NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group for the free ARC of this wonderful novel! As always, it in no way affected my opinion on this book. Continue reading “Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh | The new series (trilogy?) I already added to my TBR list!”