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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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

I loved House of Salt and Sorrows

I’ve been trying to find the words necessary to write this review for almost two weeks, but words cannot express how much I loved House of Salt and Sorrows. This debut Gothic fantasy is masterfully crafted, hauntingly atmospheric, and full of magic and love. I devoured my eARC in one sitting and stayed up until 4am to finish reading it.

Craig’s writing is captivatingly descriptive without over burdening itself with purpose prose. Her descriptions are so vivid that I truly felt like I was watching a movie in my head while reading. The mood and Gothic atmosphere creep into her word choices, sweeping me away. Also: I want a pair (or twelve) of those fairy shoes.

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

This is my Patreon TBR Control read for August 2019! Consider joining my Patreon for as little as $1 a month to have the ability to choose one of my monthly reads.

Victoria is such an amazing writer. She has an amazing imagination and crafts fantastic worlds, but her writing style just isn’t for me and I think it is time to accept it. I’ve read a number of her books and have had a similar experience with all but Vicious, so please take my review with a grain of salt. If I am being completely honest, this book likely would have sat on my owned TBR forever if my patrons hadn’t voted for me to read it.

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“Plenty of humans are monstrous, and plenty of monsters know how to play human.” – V.A. Vale

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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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