ARC Review: Kingdom of Souls – Rena Barron

Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for providing me with a copy for review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 3 September 2019
Genres:  YA, Fantasy

Kingdom of Souls follows Arrah, a young girl who is the descendant of two powerful and magical lines, but who thus far has not presented any sign of possessing magic herself. The older that she gets, the less likely it is that she will demonstrate her power and the more desperate she begins to feel to prove herself. There is another way that she can gain this power and help the people in her kingdom, but it is dangerous and involves selling years of her life.

This is a great story about finding yourself and the lengths that people will go to in order to protect those around them. Arrah fights to have everything that she wants and needs and life and her relationship with magic is no different. She works hard and goes to great lengths to get magic, refusing to take it for granted and fully understanding the power it holds and the price it has.

It is brilliantly written and has you hooked right from the beginning by throwing you into the action and building the world around you on the journey. It begins with a prologue that gives you some grounding, but it weaves a lot of the intricate detail of the world into the story, slowly revealing it to you as you read.

It is a great first installment of a series that I’m sure is going to go very far.


ARC Review: Archenemies – Marissa Meyer

Thank you NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for providing me with a copy for review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 18 April 2019
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Superheroes

Archenemies is the second part to The Renegades Trilogy by Marissa Meyer, a fantastic and epic series following a band of superheroes in a futuristic dystopian world. It picks up from the first and takes the characters on even more adventures at even higher stakes than before.

I am a huge fan on superhero movies, but I have yet to read many books about superheros, besides Infinity Son by Adam Silvera, so it makes it nice change. It is a really fast paced series and I love how the sequel easy picks up the pace from the first book and builds even more tension and stakes.

The characters are brilliant and we get to see them established and interact even more in this book than in the first which is something that I always love about sequels. They develop individually, but we also get to see their dynamics together develop and grow over the course of the novel which is something great to read.

I’m sure the final installment, Supernova, will be just as brilliant.


ARC Review: King of Fools – Amanda Foody

Thank you NetGalley and HQ for providing me with a copy for review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 2 May 2019
Genres:  YA, Fantasy, LGBT

The Shadow Game series centres on the characters Enne Salta and Levi Glaisyer who form an unlikely alliance and must work together in order to find Enne’s mother, Lordes, who left only the message that Levi would help should she not return. The first novel, Ace of Shades, sends them on many adventures as they navigate the City of Sin and all its dangers, and this sequel delves us even further into the story and the chaos.

I love the fantasy elements and how they easily slot into the story, making it feel as though magic is real and just an ordinary part of everyday life that people are interpreted by and judged on. Different groups have different magical abilities in these books and each of them are treated differently because of this, it establishes a class system within the magic system that makes it feel all the more mundane to this world.

This sequel goes even deeper into the story and gives us more details about the characters, their motives, and their relationships with each other. I love that we get to read from different perspectives because it gives a biased insight into their thoughts and feelings whilst also giving us the same treatment for other characters, making it much easier to understand their actions and their views.

The characters themselves continue to be well-written and I particularly love the LGBT+ aspects of the story, as I always enjoy with any story. It is nice to read books where LGBT+ characters are there and important to the story, even when their sexuality or gender is totally unimportant. It makes people feel seen and present.


ARC Review: Nexus – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Thank you NetGalley and HQ for providing me with a copy for review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 13 June 2019
Genres:  YA, Science Fiction

Nexus is the sequel to Zenith and is the second book published by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. It is the conclusion to the duology that follows Andi, a powerful leader known as the Bloody Baroness across the galaxy, and her crew.

This is a very typical YA science fiction series and has all the general elements and tropes that you would expect, spaceships, technical space language, a huge cast of characters, a dash of romance, and lots of drama.

The characters are much more well rounded and developed in this book and you begin to learn more about some of the secondary characters that weren’t as prominent in the first book, such as Lira. The characters are very strong-willed, especially Andi, and they know exactly what they want out of their lives.


ARC Review: The Beautiful – Renée Ahdieh

Thank you NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with a copy for review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 8 October 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy

Celine Rousseau moves to New Orleans after having to flee Paris and falls straight into new danger when she becomes involved with a mysterious underground group, La Cour des Lions, and a serial killer torments the city, seemingly getting closer and closer to Celine herself.

This was a great book and it didn’t take long for me to lose myself in the story and not want to stop reading. I read it over the Halloween period which gave me the perfect atmosphere, though it would make a great autumnal read in general anyway. It’s really easy to read and constantly makes you want to keep reading to find out more about La Cour des Lions and all the mysterious people involved with this group.

Celine was a great protagonist to read about and follow. She is very fiery and independent, though she could be a little reckless and frustrating at times. The other characters are fantastic too. I loved Odette and her no nonsense ways, I loved Pippa for her loyalty and supportive nature. They were all so well developed and perfect.

I haven’t read a vampire novel for a long time. I was totally caught up in the Twilight craze several years ago and read many many paranormal books back then so it was nice to read something so familiar that I don’t read anymore.


ARC Review: The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow

Thank you NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group for providing me with a copy for review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 12 September 2019
Genres: Fantasy

January Scaller, as the ward of Mr Locke, makes a discovery that leads her through magical worlds and teaches her to believe in the impossible.

I fell in love with this book when I first read the description and then fell in love with it all over again when I read the first line. The beautiful writing of this novel builds an incredibly magical story that is totally unique and intriguing. It has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and that alone makes me want to seek out a hard copy.

January is a strong heroine and easily holds this story on her shoulders as it follows her throughout her adventures and her life. She is a great character that teaches people to retain their dreams and beliefs throughout their lives, no matter what obstacles they may face or what their circumstances may be.


ARC Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green

Thank you NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for providing me with a copy for review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 25 September 2018
Genres:  YA/NA, Science Fiction

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows a young protagonist, April, who is fresh out of college and trying to find her place in the world. One day she discovers a giant robotic statue in her city and makes a video about it with her friend, Andy, that blows up overnight when it appears that this statue is not the only one to suddenly appear around the world, but April and Andy are the first ones to take notice and break the news. April nicknames the statue Carl, a name that takes off around the world as she becomes a figurehead for the mysterious story of the Carls.

I really enjoyed reading this book and actually read it in one day when I finally got around to reading it. It is incredibly intriguing and makes you want to keep reading to find out more about the Carls and the mysterious circumstances that surround them. It is never boring and every line and moment feels important.

I really liked and appreciated that the central character was bisexual and that it was established early on and referred to many times throughout the story. It felt like incredibly natural representation, something that more books should have. It was also nice to read a good science fiction book about characters in their early 20’s too. I really liked the characters, but I wish that they had been fleshed out a little bit more so that you could understand their feelings and intentions a little better. Hopefully this is something that will be done in the sequel now that the plot and storyline are well established.

Overall, I thought it was brilliant and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the sequel to find out what happens next.