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review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

★★★☆☆ // 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Two words: Demon furries.

Natasha really knew how to target me here with the furry content and loads and loads and loads of Asian food porn and cultural references. Unfortunately I didn’t *love* this book but I do like it enough to continue the series. This is like the world of Kung Fu Panda anthropomorphic animals but demons plus humans meets a highly non-consensual version of the Selection situation. I’m trash for both KFP and the Selection, so I’m all buckled up for the ride anyway.

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review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

★★★☆☆ // 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads review: here

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This is like Fairy AU Hana Yori Dango fanfic, y’all. I mean it’s hella entertaining, but I got some problems. And it’s probably not what you think they are.

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review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

★★★★☆ // 4 out of 5 stars

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Wow. This is basically literary fiction. I think you could teach an English lit course or a unit using this book because it’s that expertly crafted. Fun fact: I found my own copy in half-priced books SIGNED (made out to somebody else… but it’s mine now).

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review: The Speaker by Traci Chee

The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2) by Traci Chee

★☆☆☆☆ // 1 out of 5 stars

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Previous review of the Sea of Ink and Gold series: The Reader

Well this is a day and half I won’t ever get back. I tried really hard to like this series, but I can’tttttt.

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The Storyteller Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hello, friends! I’ve had the pleasure to be part of The Storyteller Blog Tour organized by Penguin Teen to celebrate the release of the final book in the Sea of Ink and Gold / The Reader trilogy, The Storyteller by Traci Chee. When I was first contacted about The Storyteller, I hadn’t even started The Reader series yet, but I had always admired the covers from afar, so when it clicked that these goregous books:

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…comprised The Reader series, I had to jump on this chance. The ponytail representation is real (coming from a fellow ponytail gal).

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November 2018 TBR

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Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody ☑️

I’m currently reading this and I’m *really* enjoying it. My bestie chose this to be my current read and honestly I should trust her more often with choosing my TBR because she hasn’t lead me astray yet. I’m really liking the introduction to the world of Ace of Shades. Enne is revealed to be such a crouching tiger hidden badass. Levi is my precious character with a tragic past and ded mom (my brand!), and also our bi/pan? MOC deuteragonist. On top of that, there are also some interesting (and shady) characters that make New Reynes …colorful for better or worse

The Speaker – Traci Chee ☑️

I received this from the publisher along with an ARC of The Storyteller, the sequel of The Speaker and final book in the Sea of Ink and Gold Trilogy. The 1st book, the Reader, was a rough introduction to the series for me, but so far the 2nd installment is faring much better this time around. We finally got some Archer POV chapters, like I’d been asking for the entire time I was reading the Reader.

Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan ☑️

I received a copy from Fairyloot a bit earlier than the official US release date (Nov 6) so I’m very excited to get into this especially after all my failed attempts to get an ARC of this baby. The author’s note which was included with the Fairyloot edition really spoke to me on a personal level as a queer Asian. I’m ready for Natasha Ngan to lay all the feelings on me HHHHHHHHhhh

These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch ☑️

Another Fairyloot book I’m trying to get to. I made some progress in the last month, but I kept book-hopping so I didn’t break much ground. For some reason I keep stumbling upon underrated books that have queer POC main characters?! And I keep wondering why haven’t I see any reviews telling me this?! I appreciate being surprised in a pleasant way because there was apparently some uproar about this book being falsely advertised as about “gay pirates” when it ended up being pirates and having queer characters that weren’t pirates. Yo, just because this book doesn’t have gay pirates, doesn’t mean there aren’t pirates and gays?! That’s still spectacular? It’s a little too early to say how I’ll like These Rebel Waves overall, but so far I don’t have any complaints.

 

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Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix – Julie Dao ☑️

Another book I tried hard to get my hands on as an ARC but failed. Alas, my library is pretty reliable about these new releases, so if all things go well I can read this around the time it comes out (Nov. 6, like many of the Asian-inspired YAs coming out this month!). The worldbuilding in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was pretty enjoyable for me, though I had some issues with the story itself (primarily Xifeng’s development). It could just be that I dislike Evil Queen origin stories.

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik ☑️

Spinning Silver’s been on my TBR backlog for MONTHS. I’ve had it in my possession for ages and never got to it.

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black ☑️

I actually checked . I wasn’t in the mood for fairies at the time, so I put my endeavor on hold until now. My post-October spoopy mood is still going strong. I did receive a Cruel Prince themed playing card deck, which spured my interest in the series again after I… definitely forgot about it amidst the hype surrounding it earlier this year and the previous year.