Entry 85: Crooked Kingdom (The Six of Crows Duology #2)

22299763._SY475_

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Fiction > Young Adult > Romance
Fiction > Young Adult > Romance > LGBTQA+
Fiction > Young Adult > Adventure
Published/Publisher: September 27th 2016 by Orion Children’s Books
Pages: 536
Format Read In: Hardback

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]:

TW: drug addiction, depiction of drug addiction recovery, threats of torture, torture, gore, violence, ableism, gambling addiction

Continue reading “Entry 85: Crooked Kingdom (The Six of Crows Duology #2)”

Entry 84: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) [RECOMMENDED]

44019067._SY475_

Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Genre:
Fiction > Adult > Romance
Fiction > Adult > Contemporary
Published/Publisher: November 5th 2019 by Berkley
Pages: 352
Format Read In: Paperback

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

TW: descriptions of child abuse, descriptions of bullying

Continue reading “Entry 84: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) [RECOMMENDED]”

Entry 83: A Conjuring of Assassins (Chimera #2) [RECOMMENDED]

44017768._SY475_

Author: Cate Glass
Genre:
Fiction > Adult > Fantasy
Published/Publisher: Expected February 4th 2020 by Tor Books
Pages: TBD
Format Read In: Ebook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

A Conjuring of Assassins is Cate Class’s second adventure with the Chimera team, a ragtag crew who use their forbidden magic for the good of the kingdom.

Romy and her three partners in crime—a sword master, a silversmith, and her thieving brother—have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord’s agents, using their forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot.

Now, they’ve been tasked with locating a list of powerful men and women pledged to assassinate the tyrant Protector of Mercediare, Cantagna’s most dangerous enemy. Then, they must destroy the list before it falls into the Protector’s hands, where it could plunge the entire Costa Drago into a rampage of murderous vengeance.

But when Placidio and Romy infiltrate the ambassador’s household by impersonating a cloth merchant and an aspiring diviner, they discover that the ambassador’s oddities and the prisoner’s identity signal dangers far more explosive than exposing the Assassins List.

My Review:

TW: sexual harassment, mentions of suicide, mentions of a child’s death, racism

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to them and to the author.

Continue reading “Entry 83: A Conjuring of Assassins (Chimera #2) [RECOMMENDED]”

Entry 82: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3)

26032912._SY475_

Author: Holly Black
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Fiction > Young Adult > Romance
Published/Publisher: November 19th 2019 by Little, Brown
Pages: 300
Format Read In: Ebook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]:

TW: mild violence, blood, mild sex scene

Continue reading “Entry 82: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3)”

Entry 81: The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) [RECOMMENDED]

35887181

Author: R.F. Kuang
Genre:
Fiction > Adult > Fantasy > Historical Fantasy
Published/Publisher: May 1st 2018 by Harper Voyager
Pages: 530
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

When Rin aced the Keju — the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies — it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard — the most elite military school in Nikan — was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power — an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive — and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away.

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity … and that it may already be too late.

My Review [MILD SPOILERS AHEAD]

TW: self harm, self mutilation, suicidal thoughts, child abuse, mistreatment of an orphan, classism, vague description of the murder of a child, colourism, racism, drug addiction, genocide, ableism, drug use, violence, gore, use of torture, descriptions of rape, pedophilia, violence against women, animal abuse, suicide

(Y’all seriously, this book is breath-taking but damn it is chock-full of the worst sides of human beings, so be careful going into it.)

Continue reading “Entry 81: The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) [RECOMMENDED]”

Entry 80: Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2) [RECOMMENDED]

41716919

Author: Fonda Lee
Genre:
Fiction > Adult > Fantasy > Urban Fantasy
Published/Publisher: July 23rd 2019 by Orbit
Pages: 590
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.

Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.

Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

TW: racial superiority complex, depiction of addiction, violence against women, vague description of abortion, sexism, racism (against and by the Kekonese), brief mentions of the rape and murder of a teenager, suicidal thoughts

Strap in, folks. It’s a long one.

Continue reading “Entry 80: Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2) [RECOMMENDED]”