Reverie eARC Review

 

 

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

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GoodReads:
Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year!

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.

Purchase Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK

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My Review

I know this is December, the year is almost at an end, but let me tell you, I think this may be one of the best books of 2020.

The LGBTQ rep in this was amazing!

It was a diverse and wonderful read and I would gift this to every single teen I know who likes to read, hands down, no matter their genre preference because this book defies genres. It is magical realism but it’s also the story of teenagers trying to work together and all the while we have Kane trying to figure out who he is. There’s intrigue, drama, love, diversity, magic, and the power of what the subconscious can do. I’m totally for this book, I loved it.

But, don’t be fooled, this is not. meant to be a deep soul searching novel for all the teenagers in this book. The focus of ‘soul searching’ is limited to Kane as he is the center of this story. This is also a very plot-driven book. So, if you’re one who likes the focus of a story to be on characters and their development, you may not love this as much as I did.

Or maybe you will because there’s a drag queen sorceress villain.

So. I mean, seriously, how could you not be at the very least a little excited?

I think this was really well-paced, I was a little hesitant seeing how long it was after having just finished another longer book, but then I read the first chapter and I was hooked. The story is always moving, even when they’re not in the midst of action, there’s still a purpose to it all.

Seriously, I was on the edge of my seat from like chapter 2 onward, it was crazy, and it’s so rare that I’m like that while reading a book. [Apparently reading a billion thrillers will numb you a little to things lol]

There’s romance, but it’s again not the focus, though, I did enjoy it every time it showed up because I shipped Kane and his LI so hard, they are adorable.

All the characters were cinnamon rolls and I loved them and you just want to protect them all…from the Author of course 😉

Seriously, give this book a chance, it shows you that sometimes your fantasies/daydreams/dreams are more powerful than you think, that there is a price to pay from lingering in them. And that just because you thought them up, doesn’t mean you’re safe from them.

It also shows you how friendships can be tested in the most extreme, and the power of trust.

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an eARC in exchange for my honest review

Pros:
-Kane is so amazingly gay, he has rainbow powers
-Kane is a really strong and sympathetic character
-Dean Flores is precious
-Ursala also precious
-Remember they are all cinnamon rolls that need our protection
-Reveries are pretty cool and dangerous
-Evil Drag Queen Sorceress
-Creepy monsters, or are they?
-Magic

Cons:
-Plot-driven, not character-driven
-The Reveries were slightly confusing at times
-I wanted to understand more how the magic worked
-You wanted things to be a bit more fleshed out before the ending happened
-Wish there would have been more of his family in it, I totally got why his sister was in as much/not as much as she was, it made total sense. Could have seen more of his parents though.
-Why is there not more??

Girls of Storm and Shadow eARC Review

 

 

 

Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)

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GoodReads:
In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.
Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.
Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

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My Review

Content/Trigger Warning: This book has death, alcohol abuse, violence/gore, and the dealing with PTSD/Long term trauma due to sexual assault, abuse/violence.

Hi, my name is Haley, and this book broke me.

Which means 5/5 of course.

Onto the review.

This pretty much picks up where ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’ left off, just letting a bit of time lapse [like a matter of a weeks].

Lei escaped the Moon Ball, she had done a service to Papers everywhere with her actions that night, and now?

Now it’s time to prepare for War. The time is near to strike a blow to the Royal Court that will completely end the reign of terror that has been the life of papers everywhere since the first Bull King ascended to rule.

Wren and Lei must go on a ‘quest’ to get more allies for the Hannos and they’re joined by fellows all joined together for the same mission.

Bo and Nitta were hands down my favorite characters though I also really enjoyed Merrin our demon owl and flier extraordinaire.

Wren’s instructor Caen teaches Lei how to handle a weapon and I really enjoyed the fact that Lei is having to learn while surrounded by basically masters. But where she likes in weapons training, Lei makes up with heart, she’s still kind and strong in other ways.

One thing this book deals with is the long term effects of trauma, how, just because you’ve left/escaped a situation doesn’t mean that you can just leave it all behind. It will follow you in a lot of ways, so, while Lei and Wren are together and out of the clutches of the Hidden Palace, they’re still struggling to deal with the events they went through there.

This also means that while Lei and Wren are going on adventures and still having fun, they are in some heart breaking ways, not the same girls they were before.

Ngan’s handling of this was SO well done. Both girls deal with what happened to them in different ways, and with what they’ve been through, this also means that in a lot of ways they’re closer than before, as they’re no longer surrounded by girls who understand their situation but others who can’t truly understand what they’ve been through.

Still, as all couples do, Wren and Lei have their own set of relationship challenges. AND ON MY WORD THEY BREAK YOUR HEART. NGAN DESTROYS YOU BETWEEN THAT AND OTHER HAPPENINGS THAT I SHALL NOT SPEAK OF.

Anyway, this book is the lead up to what promises to be an epic showdown, and I’m 100% there for their mission and challenges they’ve faced.

The thing is, war comes at a cost, but what will the cost be for Lei and Wren, and who is willing to pay too much?

Pros:
– Lei and Wren
– Bo and Nitta
– Queer love to make your heart soar
– Desert ship
– More amazing world building
– Adventures galore
– Squad Goals
– Sobering look at what trauma can do to people in the long term
– Still get to have quick flashes of what’s going on in the Hidden Palace
– Lei who is a cinnamon roll, wielding a dagger.

Cons:
– This book will break your heart
– This book ruins your life [albeit in the best ways]
– Chapter 23. You know what you did.

Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder for a chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you’re wondering how I’m handling this book, well, I’m not lol.

 

About the Author

Natasha Ngan

Natasha Ngan is a NYT bestselling author and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.
She recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand, wineglass in the other. In reality, she spends most of her time getting lost on the metro and confusing locals with her French.
She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary. Her YA novels THE ELITES, THE MEMORY KEEPERS, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE are out now. GIRLS OF STORM AND SHADOW will be published in November 2019 by Hachette.

Author Links

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The Wise and the Wicked Blog Tour

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Synopsis:
Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.
Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.

BOOK INFORMATION
The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos
Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 28th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Magical Realism
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My Review

Podos starts this book with a leap into a world that I want to just never leave. She gives us a YA fantasy with a darker spin but leaving throughout the story glimpses of hope and goodness. Honestly, the little intro/prologue was so tantalizing that I knew I was going to love this book if it kept up that kind of dark fairytale feel, and it did. She weaves in Russian fairytales and folklore with a modern twist, and she doesn’t lean on them so heavily that her own story doesn’t stand out because it does, it truly does.

Ruby is dealing with being part of a large family of women who have been gifted with a power that was nearly the whole family’s undoing. Because of that, their powers are diminished but one remains, they are able to see their Time.

Knowing her time, Ruby much like everyone else was a prisoner to her fate. She acts out with skipping classes like most normal teenagers and stealing things just for the thrill of feeling power in herself, where she knows she’s powerless to her fate. She’s not a one-dimensional character, she is full of her own fears and even hopes when the death of someone close reveals a possible glimmer of hope.

There is diversity as well, we have [bisexual, though this is only mentioned so far] lesbian, and transgender representation and they’re not background or side characters, they all have their own voices and are wonderful to get to know. I especially love the twist that the magic knew the true gender of the transgender character, it was nice to see that the magic recognized what was within them.

There is romance, but it’s not the real focus of the story and it’s done really well so that though it’s not at the forefront, you’re left feeling pretty satisfied with where it’s going. I would say the message of love is that of family and not just by blood but perhaps what you make of who you have (though in this case, it is mostly blood, just a matter of maybe a cousin is more important than say another more immediate family member).

I really loved how Podos handled all the women in the family, they’re all so different and strong in their own ways and you couldn’t help but want to get to know them all better. Not to mention, CeeCee and Ruby are like two sides of a coin and that’s also another great part, their bond as best friends and not just family.

Definitely a 5/5 Cups of Coffee read for me and I really want to thank Harper Collins/Balzer + Bray, Rebecca Podos, and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the opportunity to read this book which I read voluntarily in exchange for my honest review on this tour.

My Favorite Quotes

_Each night, she passed along what diminished wisdom their ancestors had brought with them to their new home, this foremost_ that the world has never been very kind to powerful women._.png

 

_Family is everything. The Most important power we Chernyavskys have. Your Mother will find this out for herself, I think. I hope. If not, she will never come back._.png

 

_That didn't make much sense to Ruby, but the world didn't make much sense anymore. Maybe if she could decode the too-big words and ideas in her Carl Sagan book, it would again._.png

 

_Somebody's waiting for me. I'm singing along to this song, even though it's not my favorite, but I'm really excited to get where I'm going._.png

 

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_It hadn't been True Love that kept steely Polina going past the Time allotted to her. Which mean that Dov, however good his face, could not grant her a life._.png

 

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About the Author

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Rebecca Podos’ debut novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a B&N Best YA Book of 2016. Her second book, LIKE WATER, won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children’s and Young Adult. THE WISE AND THE WICKED, her third novel, is forthcoming in May 2019.
A graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing Program at Emerson College and the Creative Writing Program at College of Santa Fe, Rebecca’s fiction has been published in journals like Glimmer Train, Paper Darts, and Smokelong Quarterly. By day, she works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.

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