ARC Review: A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

A Castle in the Clouds was an impulse download on Edelweiss because I’d been experiencing SFF burnout, and I am so glad that I picked this book up. It’s funny and smart with a dash of cute, and I adored my time reading it!

“Legend had it that the hotel was haunted, and I could well believe it.”

Originally released in German back in 2017, this US edition was translated by Romy Fursland and is a fast-paced and engaging read. Told in Sophie’s perspective, we follow her life as a new intern at a secluded old hotel in the Swiss mountains. She’s quit school and is embarking on her own, trying to find her path and hoping that this year-long post will provide some of that clarity.

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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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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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Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack

While this review is spoiler-free for Rage, tread lightly if you haven’t read Roar yet as this review has spoilers for the first book.

Anticipation is a tricky thing, friends. I loved Roar so much that I had incredibly high expectations for this sequel, and unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, this is a solid sequel, one that I enjoyed and would recommend, but some elements of the story didn’t work well for me.

“I wanted to choose my own life, rather than having it chosen for me.”

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Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

My favorite reading experiences are when a book takes me by complete surprise. It isn’t often that I pick up a book without any influence from other readers, but I picked Roar up at just the right time. I don’t even know how to write this review, which is probably why I spent half an hour contemplating which Stormling affinity I would have (⛈️ Skyfire, if you must know). If you enjoy incredibly vast world-building, magic systems, found families, with a dash of morally grey and corrupt characters then you need to pick this one up immediately!

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