Entry 90: We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1)

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Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Sci-fi > Dystopia
Fiction > Young Adult > Romance
Published/Publisher: February 26th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 384
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

My Review

TW: sexism, sexual harassment, violence, blood

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Entry 87: The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2)

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Author: R.F. Kuang
Genre:
Fiction > Adult > Fantasy > Historical Fantasy
Published/Publisher: August 8th 2019 by Harper Voyager
Pages: 560
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

The searing follow-up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – THE POPPY WAR.

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.

With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.

But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.

The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]:

TW: drug addiction, recovery of drug addiction, PTSD episodes, violence, gore, a character suggests suicide to another character, drug use, slurs towards sex workers, racism, anxiety episodes, religious supremacy, racial superiority, suicidal thoughts, contemplation of self harm, rape, self harm, violence against women

(Did you think this book would tone down the triggers? Ha. Nope.)

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Entry 86: The Good Luck Girls (The Good Luck Girls #1)

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Author: Charlotte Nicole Davis
Genre:
Fiction > Adult > Fantasy > Historical Fantasy
Published/Publisher: October 1st 2019 by Tor Teen
Pages: 352
Format Read In: Hardback

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

My Review:

TW: vague descriptions of sexual abuse, forced sterilization, drug use, drug addiction, depiction of recovery of drug addiction, depiction of PTSD episodes, violence against women, anxiety attacks, slut-shaming, discussions of suicide, suicide attempt, forced Russian roulette

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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

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