[ARC] Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

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4stars

Title: Mooncakes
Author: Suzanne Walker (author) & Wendy Xu (illustrator)
Release date: October 15th 2019
Number of pages: 259 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Sweet, diverse, and full of magic.
Bad things about this book: Seemed a bit rushed in certain parts.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Such a magical story. I was immediately attracted to the cover, but it didn’t really tell me what the book was about. When I requested the book it was mostly because I kept seeing it on Instagram and it had a gorgeous cover. I didn’t know about the plot and I was so glad I went into it without knowing it. It was a great surprise!

I loved the magic, the characters, the story, the drawings. I liked how the story developed. Only flaw I’m thinking about is that some things seemed pretty rushed. Things that maybe could’ve developed in a couple pages were done in just one. I would’ve loved to see more, know more, wait more. I can be patient, but I know that with graphic novels things have to happen fast, and besides that, I loved everything else.

I wish there was more but the ending left me satisfied, grinning. I will definitely have the author and illustrator on my radar right now. Gotta love a queer and diverse fantasy graphic novel. I will recommend it to everyone.

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[ARC] Counter Culture by J.L. Merrow

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4stars

Title: Counter Culture
Author: J.L. Merrow
Release date: November 4th 2019
Number of pages: 344 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was really sweet and the characters were great.
Bad things about this book: The drama! Why? But I must say it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

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This was so cute! The steampunk! The really nice Robin (full name Robin Christopher btw!), the adorable Archie (real name Mars!!). Archie’s mum was such a fresh character and, while I thought I was going to hate Bridge (the ex and mum of Archie’s baby), I came to like her a lot!

It was something like a slowburn romance with tons of little cute moments mixed with bits of serious stuff, like the homeless situation in the UK. I loved that Archie was unapologetically bisexual and nobody had anything to say about that. And how Robin was really opened about being gay even if his parents were really infuriating. They are cancelled!

This book flew in my hands. One moment I started it, then it was over! Some scenes had me giggling nonstop!! I just really enjoy Merrow’s writing and storytelling. I’ve read three times her The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries series! All of it!

Do I want to attend a Steampunk event? Of course I do. Can you imagine how cool that’d be?? Yes, please!

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The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

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5stars

Title: The Tyrant’s Tomb
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Trials of Apollo #4
Number of pages: 448 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: After what happened at the end of the previous book, this was almost a walk in the park.
Bad things about this book: I wanted to know more about Reyna’s thoughts.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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We’re reaching the end of the line. The last book will be released next year and all the puzzle pieces are coming together. There are tons of losses and it hurts. They might be characters you only know for a little while, or characters you have loved for longer, but these loses will impact you a lot. My heart hurts so much thinking what might happen in the last book!

In this book we’re still in Camp Jupiter and the awful thing that happened at the end of The Burning Maze? Painful as hell! I still don’t think it actually happened. I don’t want to believe so, for as long as I can, I will believe it didn’t.

Apollo is much more mature and human in this book. He feels deeply for these demigods, for Meg and for everyone else that had helped him out in this quest. He didn’t think it would happen. He starts seeing all the awful things that he’s done while he was a god and some were really bad. I’m not surprised so many people want him dead. But he’s getting better. That’s very important and will make the whole “last book” thing so much harder.

He fought two emperors and a dead king in this book, and he will fight Nero and the beast in the next, surely with the help of demigods from Camp Half Blood. But after that? Will he go back to Mount Olympus? Will he want to go back? I think he wants to be a god again but he will change so much of all the things he’s been doing (wrong). First of all, maybe he’ll stop having children. After being Lester it’d be weird just going places and getting people pregnant. I think it’d be super weird. I have this new image of Apollo in my mind and I can’t think about that at all. And what about Meg? Ahhhh, I need the last book! I need to know!

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Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

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5stars

“I felt this would be the point where a human would sigh, so I sighed.”

Title: Artifical Condition
Author: Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #2
Number of pages: 104 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Murderbot is even more relatable in this one.
Bad things about this book: Too short, I need more ART.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please do.
Rate: 5/5

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“Young humans can be impulsive. The trick is keeping them around long enough to become old humans.”

I waited too long to read this second novella. I do this all the time. With series. All the time, and sometimes I really shouldn’t. This series with an antisocial murderbot is so interesting, funny, intriguing, and so very relatable, and I just don’t know why I keep doing this to myself. I don’t like binge reading. I really don’t!

I wanted a short book because I’ve been suffering from reading slumps for months, and I thought about this novella. Best decision ever. It can be read in a few hours, it was perfect for a lazy Sunday.

Murderbot (who I pictured more like a woman in the first, but now I pictured more with masculine constitution) is still one of the most interesting not human characters I’ve found in books so far. Very relatable; I don’t get how it doesn’t consider itself more human, seeing as it’s far more human than many. Fixated on tv shows and wants to be left alone. Seriously? Same, Murderbot, same!

The best sidekick a Murderbot on a personal mission might need was without a doubt ART.

“ART (aka Asshole Research Transport)”

A non corporeal AI, inhabiting a ship? I already loved it just after reading that. But then it reacted to tv shows the way we do, staring for minutes at a wall, just because something bad happened. Again? Same! How are these two the most relatable characters in the book and they’re not even human? This is one of the reasons why I love sci-fi so much.

“I didn’t care what humans were doing to each other as long as I didn’t have to a) stop it or b) clean up after it.”

After finding out about what happened to Murderbot when it killed those people, I want to know exactly what and who is behind all of this! I’m happy there are still more books to read and a whole novel is coming out in the near future!

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[ARC] Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

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5stars

Title: Ahlords
Author: Scott Reintgen
Release date: January 21st 2020
Number of pages: 368 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was fascinating and well written.
Bad things about this book: Pippa’s chapters can be weird at first, then you get used to them.
Do I recommend it? Yes, how could I not?
Rate: 5/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I loved it! Phoenix horses rising from their ashes. Conspiracies. Races. Betrayals. Gods. War. Alchemy. Multiple point of views. There really wasn’t anything I didn’t love. Even the weird way Pippa’s chapters were written didn’t annoyed me as much as I thought they were going to.

The story is told from three different povs, each from a different fraction of how the world is built. Imelda, the dividian, alchemist extraordinaire; Adrian, the Longhand, the big buff boy raised to lead; Pippa, the ashlord, the pampered daughter of two race champions who trained all her life to prove she is worth everything. Each chapter showed a different perspective, how different they’ve all been raised, the position of heriarchy, what they most valued. Getting to know each of them, it might seem hard to choose a side. And so far, I haven’t really made mind between two sides. I need to sequel to understand who I’m cheering for.

I love Reintgen’s writing. It captures you immediately. I finished chapter after chapter without noticing how fast I was going. I was really invested in the story. In how alchemy played an important part in the rebirths of the horses. How each component added to the ashes could make a different horse with different abilities. It was truly fascinating. The world building was similar to the ones I’ve come to love of Robert Jackson Bennett. Similar because of the Gods that have proxies in the real world. How religion mixes directly and intervenes in the lives of the inhabitants of the world of the powerful citizens of Furia. Have I already said I was fascinated? Because I was. I still am.

Can’t wait to read more about this world and what’s going to happen now. I’m crossing all my fingers to be considered again between the lucky ones to read the sequel in advance!

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Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

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5stars

Title: Tunnel of Bones
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #2

Number of pages: 304 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: I love Paris and how haunted it seems to be.
Bad things about this book: Cassidy was a bit annoying at times.
Do I recommend it? Yes!

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I was so ready for a Paris ghost hunting but I wasn’t expecting all of this! I want to buy a ticket to Paris right now and go visit the Catacombs! I went to Paris once a lot of years ago and we didn’t went there. We visited the usual, but not the Catacombs! Why? They sound so creepy and amazing!

Cassidy left Edinburgh a bit shaken after all that happened, and she is starting to explore her newly found powers and abilities as a ghost hunter. But maybe this new curiosity is making her take too many risks, and Paris is definitely more haunted that Edinburgh. Jacob is really worried about what Lara told him and Cassidy, about the whole gaining more powers and being possibly a danger to Cassidy, and to everyone. I liked how he trusted Cassidy with his secret. It’s so sad. I wish everything went differently with his life when he wasn’t, you know, dead.

I love how many things I learn with the Inspecters. Everything is so interesting. I really want to visit these cities and explore what they explored. And maybe, just maybe, see a ghost!

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[ARC] Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen

 

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4stars

Title: Saving Fable
Author: Scott Reintgen
Release date: September 17th 2019
Number of pages: 384 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was really cute and interesting.
Bad things about this book: I would’ve loved more backstory of Indira’s friends.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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ARC given in exchange for an honest review

What a cute little book! I was offered to read this before its released, by surprise! I didn’t know the author had a MG book in the making. I have always requested his arcs for his Nyxia Triad series, and I have loved to bits the first two books. The third one? I’ve been postponing it; I don’t want the story to end. What if my favorite characters die? Because that can happen!! Those books are unpredictable!

The main character of this story is a girl called Indira Story. But Indira is not your typical girl, and no, this is not the usual trope: Indira is a character in waiting. She doesn’t live in the Real World. In her world characters live waiting for an author of the real world to put them into a story.

The concept of this book is simple, yet complex. Not all the characters are given the opportunity to be in a story, and some are part of a book that’s never finished. Characters train hoping to become exactly the hero/side character/villain an author wants to write about. Some are disappointed, some are happy, some just accept their fate.

I liked how easy it was to read. How the author of this story put well known characters to be teachers in the protagonist preparatory school. Like Teacher Darcy and his how to fall in love by page 12 classes that were always under the rain, just to add in the dramatics. Or the Alice’s lesson of how to escape being kidnapped and solve riddles.

I will read the sequel, that’s for sure.

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