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review: King of Fools by Amanda Foody

King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody

★★★ // 3.5 out of 5 stars

Previous review of Ace of Shades: here

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King of Fools was one of my most-anticipated reads of the year. I loved Ace of Shades, the predecessor to KOF. Well, I poured 5 days over this chunky boy, so obviously I have thoughts to spill!

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review: Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee

Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee

★★★ // 3 out of 5 stars

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3 stars in my head but a 5 stars IN MY HEART.

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ARC review: The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

★★★ // 3 out of 5 stars

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Note: I was sent an ARC copy of this book by the publisher, Scholastic, for review. Thank you!

A novel set in a city along the Silk Road? In my YAs? Legendary. The Candle and the Flame contains a lot of things I love – the legendary amount of diversity, awesome female characters, gratuitous food mentions, a story about the importance of community and found family. As much as I love all of that, unfortunately, I found the story to be bogged down by detached writing for the main characters and plot developments that were a little too convenient. Still, Nafiza Azad’s worldbuilding is not something you want to miss if you’re looking for a book with Djinn lore, magic, and a myriad of different cultures in one setting – I’d be curious to see what this author works on next.

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ARC review: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

★★★☆☆  // 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Descendant of the Crane was one of my most-anticipated reads for 2019! To my surprise, I was lucky enough to receive a digital ARC of this book form Netgalley, so thank you to the publisher for providing me the chance to read this early! Also thanks to Joan He for providing an updated copy on top of that 😀

Notes:

1) I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Changes might be made in the final, published version.

2) This is a non-spoilery review.

3) Banner art by Feifei Ruan

Now, let’s get down to business!

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review: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

★★☆☆☆ // 2.5 out of 5 stars

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So the story goes: people thought there were gay pirates but then found out there weren’t but then *I* read it and there were gay pirates, so now I’m confused because that isn’t the main problem I had with this book.

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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

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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: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

★★★☆☆ // 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads review: here

Oh Kiersten White, I love your writing. But I got beef with your creative decisions.

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