Review: The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Friends, I know this sounds dramatic, but CALL THE POLICE! I’ve been personally victimized by this amazing book. The writing is lush and captivating, the characters are vivid, and the chemistry between characters oozes off the page. Honestly, it has been three months since I read this book and I could write this review from memory.

The atmosphere of this book is all-encompassing. Set in 1870s New Orleans, the city comes alive for the reader. I’ve been there once and felt like the book transported me back onto its streets. The lush descriptions paint such a full picture of being there and draws in the senses. Food is an important part of the city’s culture so it has a place of importance in the story and how Celine experiences New Orleans. The city itself is definitely a character in its own right.

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ARC Review: Fireborne (Aurelian Cycle #1) by Rosaria Munda

What a tense and wild ride this was! Fireborne is an amazing fantasy debut that looks at the period just after a revolution succeeds and asks important questions about politics in general.

“And as with God’s the world quaked, to see them fireborne.”

I love the way that the story unfolds, acclimating the reader to the world and the way that the regime has improved society over the last ten years. By the time talks of war began, I was rooting for the new regime that I really connected with Lee and Annie’s actions. Is new always better? A regime called by any other name is still that: a ruling power.

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ARC Review: The God Game by Danny Tobey

I wish that I enjoyed this book more than I did, friends. Reading this book was a wild ride of emotions for me because I was interested in the story but also was disengaged from it. The book felt really long while reading it. By the time I was at 85%, I wanted to DNF the book but forced myself to finish since I was so close to the end. Part of me wanted to know. I wish I hadn’t. This book has no discernible meaning or purpose; it is just chaotic neutral.

“‘What you want, gentlemen and lady, is to play God! Turn social order upside down. Claim what should be yours. Go from duds to studs! And so I give you … the God Game!'”

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ALC Review: Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

This f***ing book. I’m going to be honest: I got it solely because my love for Felicia Day knows no bounds. She’s one of my favorite people who has always given me the permission to be my own brand of weird… so I half read the title of the book and downloaded it. I didn’t even know it was centered on harnessing and unleashing creativity until I started listening to it. Oops? But you know how some books just sort of find you when you need them the most? Yea… this one has been added to that list.

“The heart of creativity is play.”

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ARC Review: Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens #1) by Kelly Coon

Holy hell, this book. THIS BOOK. What a beautiful story about love and sacrifice. I laughed, I cried. Sometimes at the same time. This was the best book to buddy read because it features such an iconic ride or die friendship, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this with Haley & Ruby. You can read some of our thoughts in this twitter thread as we read the book.

“It was a tradition almost everyone considered an honor. Everyone but me.”

All that you really need to know about the plot is provided in the synopsis: the Lugal (king) is dying, and that means that three gravemaidens have been chosen to usher his soul into the afterlife. But when Kammani’s sister is chosen as one of the sacrifices, she vows to use her knowledge of healing to save the lives of not on the Lugal, but Nanaea as well.

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