These Divided Shores (Stream Riders #2) by Sara Raasch

While this review is spoiler-free for These Divided Shores, tread lightly if you haven’t read These Rebel Waves yet as this review has spoilers for the first book.
What a wild ride the Stream Raiders duology was. I’m not going to lie: I was hoping that this installment would bring some piratey seafaring adventures, but unfortunately, that’s not the story this duology is telling. (15/10 would read a spinoff adventure with Teo the raider, though!) If you enjoy complex political revolutionary stories filled with political intrigue, colonization, oppression, war, disillusionment, and religious fervor then this series is for you!

“You won’t even feel it happen – something will become more important to you than fear, and you will find yourself doing amazing things.”

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Salvation Day by Kali Wallace

My favorite thing about science fiction is it is a lens through which to view possible futures and explore potential solutions. Salvation Day is an ambitious look toward the future after the Collapse forces humanity into space to find a new home. But beneath the surface, there is so much more to this story.

The world-building is vast; Wallace crafted a fully-realized future for humanity which touches on a refugee crisis, a government corrupted by power and secrets, and a group of people looking for a new home among the stars at any cost. There are multiple layers and motivations to this story, and it was exciting to see how everything connected.

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Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan

“Last summer a serial killer paid a visit to Camera Cove. By the time the dust settled, four people were dead.”

I’ve been in the mood for a mystery/thriller, and when my friend Meaghan wrote a glowing review I decided that I needed to read this one myself. And friends, I am not joking when I say that this book cured my freaking reading slump.

Ryan manages to pack so much information into the opening page of the book, relaying complex histories between the characters and hinting to a great tragedy. The writing is almost lyrical, which is not something that I typically equate with mysteries. I was instantly swept away into this story where Mac struggles to let go of his pain. But after he finds a clue from Connor on the night he died, Mac embarks on an adventure to uncover the truth no matter the consequences.

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King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody

Guard your hearts because if you were emotionally destroyed during Ace of Shades… uh… yea. I yelled HOW COULD YOU when I finished this one.

REVIEW OF BOOK 1 RECAP OF BOOK 1 (SPOILERS) TO COME

While this review is spoiler-free, if you haven’t read Ace of Shades yet, I’d recommend not reading this review or book synopsis as both have spoilers for book 1.

“Oaths, omertas, Chainers – there’s a reason so many in the North Side favor such weapons. New Reynes killed the queen the very day she hoped to negotiate peace. The City of Sin was built on duplicity.”

Friends, this was one of my most highly anticipated sequels of 2019 and Foody did not disappoint! There is a lot going on in this sequel and there is never a dull moment, but the narrative is easy to follow and infectious. Guard your hearts because if you were emotionally destroyed during Ace of Shadesuh… yea. I yelled HOW COULD YOU when I finished this one. This book is action-packed with character development galore and intensely feminist.

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The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

“I would rather die than do nothing.”

Friends, there are some books that just suck you into their pages from the start and stay with you after you finish. The Fever King is one of those rare books. I was captivated from the first page and filled every spare moment I had with reading this amazing debut novel. For two days I started and ended my day reading The Fever King, and actually went to work an hour later than normal so I could finish the book yesterday. (and I absolutely hate having to stay after it gets dark!)

I honestly have no idea how to even find the words to review this book. The Fever King is an amazing debut fantasy/speculative fiction novel that takes place in the year 2123 in an alternative United States. I think for me the thing that stuck out the most about this was that the point of divergence into this possible future was 2019, and even though we don’t have outbreaks of magic spreading (that we know of) it feels so incredibly authentic. And that’s terrifying to me, and the best parts of science fiction. In this 2123 new countries exist but there is still the same hatred and nationalistic rhetoric that we are experiencing today.

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