[ARC] Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster

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4stars

Title: Curse of the Night Witch
Author: Alex Aster
Series: Emblem Island #1
Release date: June 2nd 2020
Number of pages: 336 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I really liked the magic system.
Bad things about this book: There wasn’t anything I disliked.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

Very interesting magic system, solid introduction to a series, likeable characters only a little whiny so it was perfect, and a lot of adventure!!

I love middle grade fantasy books because the characters are raw and genuine, they have just started to need independence and are ready for whatever life throws at them, even if it’s a quest to go to the opposite side of the world to defeat a witch who cursed them.

Tor, Melda, and Engle each has flaws, weaknesses, and strength, bringing something that will see them victors. It won’t be easy, they are 12 years old, first time away from home, facing all kinds of bad things! But they are lucky to stumble upon good people along their way and they will go back home different when the quest is over.

This is a book about finding what you’re good at, fighting what the world wants you to do with your life, not settling if you’re not okay with it. Maybe it’ll have horrible consequences, maybe not, but if you don’t take a risk, how can you change a situation that’s not good for you?

Love love love how the author used latin america’s myths to create the folklore this book is based on and the magic the people are born into and use in their everyday life. Being latin American myself (Ecuador here!), I love seeing these myths I didn’t know about until now represented one way or the other!

A great first book, a great start. Now I’m really curious to know what other adventures the trio will get to live in the future!

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[ARC] The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

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4stars

Title: The Raven and the Dove
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Series: The Raven and the Dove #1
Number of pages:
 506 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Avian-themes and full of magic.
Bad things about this book: Instalove and miscommunication.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Avian-themed novel about starcrossed lovers and a King who will do anything to save the world as they know it. With 4 povs, this book had everything, from dragons, magic, to heavy pining. A bit of angst and relatable characters who didn’t speak their mind. JUST TALK, things are better if you communicate!!

You know when things could’ve been 1000% times better if the characters just told the other characters what was going on in order to avoid the unnecessary drama? Well, that’s exactly what happened here and what made me rate it 4 instead of maybe a bit more. The characters, even with the whole “I’ve spoken to you 5 minutes but I already love you” thing they almost had going on, were likeable and the 4 povs weren’t hard to follow, even if I still need to understand Cassi’s. She’s still a mystery and I’m angry at her, and at one other character who was the worst!

I loved the whole world above the clouds with different floating islands each inhabited by different bird people: doves, ravens, hawks, hummingbirds, and more. Everything was well detailed and it painted a clear picture of the above world in my mind. I can’t say the same about the kingdom beneath the mist, but I’m sure it’ll be cover in the sequel.

The last chapters were wild af! I expected almost all of it since the beginning; I still have so many questions, though. A couple scenes from the last chapters broke my heart, made me cringe hard. Being inside all of their minds, knowing their thoughts, following each of their journeys, made me more aware of their feelings, and seeing them in certain situations wasn’t easy.

The sequel sounds great! I read the synopsis and colour me intrigued!

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Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

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4stars

Title: Last Bus to Everland
Author: Sophie Cameron
Number of pages: 325 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Relatable characters, deep story with a bit of magic.
Bad things about this book: It was nice, so nothing.
Do I recommend it? I do.
Rate: 4/5

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Bittersweet kind of story about not thinking you’re enough or have a place on earth for you to fit in. It tackles lots of hard themes, and it gives you realness mixed with fantasy. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down.

I found Brody a bit too much sometimes like he was really exaggerating things with his moods. But then I thought of myself, and it happens. So often. You get into one bad day mood and even the tiniest of things make you want to wreck the world.

I just felt sad: about how he felt like he was a waste of space, like he wasn’t enough, like people didn’t even notice he was there. I cared about Brody’s wellbeing. He deserved to have the life he pictured in his head, with a boyfriend, his beloved cat, his friends, and I family who saw him and accepted him flaws and all.

Everland sounded pretty amazing. I would’ve used the time there to learn a new language, read a long book, learn to play an instrument. And I could’ve been brave enough to befriend people from around the world and maybe being their pen pals! It sounded like a great idea!

The side characters each had a well rounded personality and the more I read about them, the more I liked them. They seemed carefree even if that really wasn’t the truth. Nico was a rollercoaster: full of life but at the same time full of sorrow, of missed opportunities.

As I said, this was a very bittersweet book that ended in the most hopeful note I could’ve asked for. I really liked it and I would recommend it!

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[ARC] The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

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4stars

Title: The Empress of Salt and Fortune
Author: Nghi Vo
Release date: March 24th 2020
Number of pages: 112 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Very well written and intriguing.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, worked perfectly the way it was.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Pretty peculiar book, it read as a sort of fairy take giving you little pieces of a puzzle in the shape of stories in each chapter to show you the bigger picture.

It was a bit confusing at first with all the different terms I didn’t know the meaning of, but the more I read the more I was tuned to the story and its characters.

A non binary cleric, a talking animal with fantastic powers, and an old lady with a story. An incredible story.

I don’t think there’s a way to explain this novella. You have to live it.

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Prosper’s Demon by K.J. Parker

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4stars

Title: Prosper’s Demon
Author: K.J. Parker
Number of pages: 112 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: This was very different, in a good way.
Bad things about this book: At the beginning it was kind of confusing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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The first part had me confused for a bit, because where the hell was Prosper and where were his demons!? Then the second part came and well, this is still pretty confusing but not bad confusing, interesting confusing.

There was Prosper and the exorcist and a project, a big project. And yes, there were demons. Everything was proceeding as expected, at least as I thought was expected, and then EXCUSE ME wth happened??

And the book was over. Wow!!!

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Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

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3stars

“Magic does that. It wastes you away. Once it grips you by the ear, the real world gets quieter and quieter, until you can hardly hear it at all.”

Title: Deathless
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Series: Leningrad Diptych #1
Number of pages: 352 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The fairy tales parts.
Bad things about this book: Too confusing and complicated in my opinion.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a very interesting read even if hard.
Rate: 3/5

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I wish I knew how to put into words what I understood about this book. Because I think I understood next to nothing. Nevertheless I liked how peculiar it was, and the way it was written, with time jumps, always unexplained, and chapters that read just like fairy tales with their repetitiveness.

I would’ve loved to have understood more, to be more connected to the story, while I think I was just a random passenger that casually listened to someone else telling a story, from far away. I would’ve loved more insights about Koschei the Deathless, to understand more of the death thing. More of the birds. All the birds.

Long story short, UNDERSTAND is the key work here. I was confused, but intrigued, I wanted to know more and while I got told more, I didn’t understand what I’ve been told. It’s weird because I feel inside of me that I liked the book, how peculiar it all was, with the war and the fantasy parts, but at the same time I don’t think I got enough of the book to tell you exactly what I liked.

So yeah, it’s interesting, it’s weird, it has very bad characters who do bad things and are bad to one another. Yeah, that’s it, that’s my review.

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[ARC] The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune ☆

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5starsplus

Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Release date: March 17th 2020
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: One of the sweetest book ever.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, always.
Rate: 5+++/5

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All the stars for this beauty. ALL THE STARS & ALL THE FEELS.

This might be the most precious book in existence; each character a part of the puzzle that is this perfect little book. You’d think Klune couldn’t surprise me anymore, that I know he is amazing and his books are great, but yet he still manages to catch me off guard. He writes the most complex characters; you see their flaws, because they aren’t perfect, but you are drawn to them and then all of a sudden you would move heaven and earth to protect them and fight anyone who wants to harm them!

Despite being a funny books that made me laugh a lot, it also deals with harder themes. I got furious at how the magical creatures were treated, like they were second class citizens. I don’t know how that does feel. I haven’t experienced it first person but I’ve seen it happen to people close to me. Being different is hard, but all of us are different, right? Each of us are one of a kind. As it should be and each of us is one of a kind.

The kids were definitely different and I adored them with all my heart! Talia, the girl with a beard and a love for gardens. Theodore, the wyvern with a hoard under the couch. Sal, the sweetest were-pomeranian that you just want to protect. Phee, a sprite who can hear the earth and makes trees. Chauncey, a sort of blob/slug who is the most precious boy on the planet and wants to be a freaking bellhop. And Lucy, the son of the devil, who is only 6 years old but he is just a kid even with all the death and end of the world talk.

Arthur and Linus (the ANUS top we all deserve) are just so clueless and adorable. I can’t stop grinning and loving it so much. I want to read it again and again. It made so emotional and I cried. I haven’t cried reading a book in such a long time. I missed it!

So yeah, Klune did it again so you all should pick this book as soon as it’s released!

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