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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

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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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review: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

★★ // 2 out of 5 stars

goodreads review: here

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Verdict: Kingdom of Souls had a phenomenal concept to work with, but unfortunately the execution of the prose and pacing in it really did it in for my enjoyment. What could have been amazing worldbuilding and cast of characters read as a rough outline rather than a fully fleshed out book.

This essentially will count as my November Wrap-Up post because this is the only book I managed to finish in that time. Spoilers will be in white, so please highlight if you wish to see them!

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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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ARC review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

★★★★ //  3.5 out of 5 stars

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Spin the Dawn said Beaky Rights and Filial Piety, y’all!

Note: I received an e-ARC of Spin the Dawn from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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3 stars · 4 stars · book review

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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3 stars · book review

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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5 stars · book review

ARC review: The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao

The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao

★★★★★ // 5 out of 5 stars

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Note: This is an OwnVoices review! But please note I’m not familiar with all the mythology present in this book. I also won this as an ARC from Katie Zhao‘s twitter giveaway 😀 Thank you to Katie for sending this my way ❤

Overall 5/5 stars!
The Dragon Warrior is a delight through and through. This is the book I desperately needed when I was the characters’ age! The humor is spot on and only gets better as you keep reading. I highly recommend this book, especially for Chinese diaspora readers. I feel so warm and tingly after finishing this and I hope you all will too.

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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

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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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