ARC Review: Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal

Ink in the Blood was one of my favorite reads of 2020, and I was so excited to dive back into this vivid world for this duology’s finale. Let me tell you: this is a satisfying expansion of the world and resolution to the world Smejkal crafted… but the pain for our characters has just begun.

Review for Ink in the Blood

This duology has one of the most immersive and developed fantasy worlds into which I’ve immersed myself. I loved diving back into this world and seeing how things progressed for Celia after the end of Ink in the Blood. I found myself on the edge of my seat while reading, the tension of the narrative just crept into my own veins and I needed these characters to be okay.

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Review: Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

Believe me when I say that Goddess in the Machine is the sleeper YA sci-fi release of 2020! This book has it all: intricate and complete world-building, gripping storytelling, and complex characters you can’t help but adore. This book is exactly what I wished Aurora Rising would be, and more people need to pick it up.

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Goddess in the Machine in person (regular edition)

✨ You can read an excerpt of Goddess in the Machine here!

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ARC Review: The Route of Ice and Salt by José Luis Zárate

Translated by David Bowles and published in English for the first time, The Route of Ice and Salt is Gothic horror at its finest. Full of nightmare fuel and a slow-paced descent into a blurred reality, I highly recommend this novella to fans of the Gothic horror genre!

First published in 1998 in Spanish, The Route of Ice and Salt follows the unnamed captain of Demeter, the schooner which brought Dracula from Bulgaria to England who was found dead and lashed to the wheel holding a rosary in Dracula. An epistolary told through the captain’s personal diary – and some of the official logs – details the journey and disappearances of his men.

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