Duology Review: Want & Ruse by Cindy Pon

The Want duology is a critically important addition to YA and speculative fiction, and more people should be talking about this book! Want tackles social and political issues: wealth disparity, access to healthcare, climate change and environmental issues, all with a found family of misfits set on changing the world for the better.

I’ll admit that it may not be the best time to read speculative fiction that hits so close to reality right now. TLDR: I wholly recommend reading the Want duology but please be sure you are in the right mindset when picking it up as it deals with viruses and may not make for the best pandemic reading experience.

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Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

It is rare that I love the second book more than the first, but Hunting Prince Dracula is one of those instances! The writing is beautiful, engaging, and fast-paced… I devoured this book in one sitting on a hot afternoon. I read along with the audiobook, and I have to say that the narrator (Nicola Barber) is incredible – highly recommend the audio for this series!

“Flesh-and-blood men were the real monsters, and they could be cut down easily enough.”

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Immunity (Contagion #2) by Erin Bowman

Contagion was one of my top 5 reads of 2018, and this sequel was on my highly anticipated needs list for the year. Immunity delivers a solid, action-packed, and satisfying end to this duology.

Please note that this review contains spoilers for the first book, so proceed with caution if you haven’t read Contagion yet!

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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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