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review: The School for Good and Evil #1-4

The School for Good and Evil #1-4 by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil (#1) ★★★

A World Without Princes (#2) ★★

The Last Ever After (#3) ★★★★

Quests for Glory (#4)

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Hello, all. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy amidst the global COVID-2019 pandemic. I realize I haven’t been active at all in updating my book blog as of late. Previously before the UK went on lockdown in March I was scrambling to get results from my experiments before they locked the PGRs and staff out from working at the Uni. In Feburary and March I was sporadically reading the School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani on their audiobooks. I just finished the 4th book on Kindle and am on an immensely long wait-list for the 5th.

Here I will bulk review the first trilogy of books and also the 4th installment, Quests for Glory, which takes place after the 1st trilogy and is the 1st book in the sequal trilogy, the Camelot Years.

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4 stars · book review

review: Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao


Blood Heir 
by Amelie Wen Zhao

★★★★ // 4 out of 5 stars

goodreads review: here

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Review based on the published version rather than the ARC version.

It’s actually pretty decent, y’all. (highlight for spoiler) [ LUKA NOOOOO]. It reads as very standard fare at first, but the fact that there’s a lot of YA fantasy that just doesn’t hit the mark for me makes me consider Blood Heir to be a tier above them. The story is pretty tight and I can’t find any major faults tbh.

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4 stars · book review

ARC review: Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire #2) by Natasha Ngan

★★★★ // 4 out of 5 stars

Previous review of Girls of Paper and Fire: here

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*single tear* Last year, Girls of Paper and Fire came out. This year, I was lucky enough to have my request for a Girls of Storm and Shadow ARC granted by the publisher! I was super excited to receive this in the mail, so thank you Little, Brown and Co. for sending GOSAS to me.

If I was lukewarm about GOPAF, I am pleasantly REELING from GOSAS. Natasha pretty much gave me everything I asked for at the end of GOPAF in GOSAS. Color me impressed!

Notes: I affectionately call the GOPAF series “Gaysian Furry books” even though I know Wren/Lei are technically only gaysian and the rest of the world is furry. I have a condensed video version of this review on my booktube channel. It is essentially a spoiler-free version of this one. I have mild-mild MILD spoilers mentioned here but I don’t go into plot detail.

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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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4 stars · book review

review: The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Resistance (Queen’s Rising #2) by Rebecca Ross

★★★★☆ // 4 out of 5 stars

Previous review of The Queen’s Rising: here

Goodreads review

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After feeling a little kink-shamed about the Queen’s Rising (book 1) last year, you bet I’m gonna tell you how I feel about the sequel!

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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: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

★★★★★ // 4.5 out of 5 stars

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“A woman who can think for herself delves beneath the surface. Pulling out the threads of another’s story and applying them to your own life is the mark of a queen.”

I loved this book wow. The only reason I could rate this book lower is because there wasn’t enough of it and it ended too soon. I’m SHOOK. This book is like a call-out post for all the problems I have for mainstream YA fantasy. Julie brought her A-game here! And I was living for it!

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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

Goodreads review |video review

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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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4 stars · book review

review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

★★★★☆ // 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads review: here

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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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