Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff

“Be assured there will be no cliff-hangers in this, our final dance together. As promised, her birth you’ve witnessed, her life you’ve lived. All that remains is her death.”

In many ways this end to the Nevernight trilogy was both an amazing and lackluster read for me, and it’s taken almost two and a half months for me to sort through my feelings to write this review (thank goodness I am a note-taker!). But regardless this is going to be a difficult book to review due to it being the end of a trilogy. Tread lightly as the review will discuss spoilers from the first two books but is spoiler-free for Darkdawn.

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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: 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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Review: My Lady Jane (My Lady Jane #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

This book is hilarious and exactly what I needed. I was suffering a bit from a book hangover after Crier’s War and needed something light, fun, and romantic. I wasn’t sure that this would hit the spot, but there’s something to be said for a book calling to you on your owned TBR. I loved this book with all of my heart… I am obsessed!

Despite what you might be thinking, this book is a standalone! The books in this series each reimagines the life of a famous historical Jane; My Lady Jane retells the history of Lady Jane Grey and how she came to be Queen of England for nine days following the death of her cousin, King Edward VI in 1535.

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