Friday, September 28, 2018

Review of The Royal Order of The Fighting Dragons by Dan Elish

The Royal Order of the Fighting Dragons
By Dan Elish

Paperback300 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Vesuvian Books
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Born to... Fight?

Ike Rupert Hollingsberry is haunted by the past because complete strangers won’t let him forget that his famous father died on the set of The Fighting Dragons, a cult favorite that still has people talking. But when he’s attacked by a large locust, like the one that killed his dad, Ike is helped by the geekiest nerd of all, Elmira Hand. Killing the giant locust is only the beginning of the surprises in store for Ike as he is whisked away from New York City to an isolated Florida compound to assume his role as the next in line to lead the Royal Order of Fighting Dragons—that are NOT supposed to exist—and learns his dad’s death was a cover-up for a far greater purpose… 

* I want to first thank TLC Booktours for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review.”

In modern day New York we follow a sixth grader named Ike who father has recently passed due to a traumatic death while the filming of his show The Fighting Dragons. What he doesn’t know is that everything on this set is real and that now fate lies in his hands. Ike is sent a video of the day his dad was on set and came to his demise. In that video Ike is told by his dad that he is next in line. Ike doesn’t know what to believe and now has to fight just like his dad with a nerd he barely likes and is the only one able to help him. When a giant locust attacks him right outside of school, Ike has to rely on the help of El,ira Hand. Elmira Hand is the geekiest girl in school no one wants to be around. But she has Ann important role she is a defendant of the royal order.

I really enjoyed this book, because it was fast paced and easy to read I was able to get through pretty fast. It was such a fun read and it reminded me a lot of Percy Jackson even though I only read the first book. I loved the fact that this book was well diverted and even its use of tropes was very well done. I love the portrayal of the dragons and that the colors were so different from ordinary colors you’ll see in books or TV shows. The characters were so easily followed, they were so fun and constantly kept you on your toes. 

I’d Love to see how this world grows in the hands of Dan Elish. He has such great light writing and I’m sure I’d love all of his other works. This book was very age appropriate in the writing as well as the depiction of the writing and also no gore and too much violence. I definitely recommend to middle graders looking for a light and fun fantasy read. 

About the Author
Dan Elish


Dan Elish is the author of the novel Nine Wives (St. Martins Press, 2005) and The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld (2008), both published by St. Martins Press. Dan is also the author of Born Too Short, Confessions of an 8th Grade Basket Case, which was picked as a Book for the Teenage 2003 by the New York Public Library and won a 2004 International Reading Association Students' Choice Award. He has also written several other novels for young adults including, The School for the Insanely GiftedThe Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks13The Worldwide Dessert ContestJason and the Baseball Bear, and The Great Squirrel Uprising. "13," the musical for which he co-wrote the book with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown ran on Broadway from September 16, 2008 through January 4, 2009. In his career, Dan has also written non-fiction books for young adults, scripts for kids' TV shows (in particular Cyberchase (PBS)), music and lyrics for six musicals, funny corporate videos, and played piano for various Off-Broadway productions. He has received fellowships and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and is a member of the Dramatist Guild. Dan lives in New York City with his wife, daughter and son.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Arc Review of Toil and Trouble

Toil and Trouble Edited Jessica Spotswood
and Tess Sharpe

Hardcover405 pages
Published August 28th 2018 
by Harlequin Teen
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A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely--has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.
-Taken from goodreads


*I want to first thank  Net-galley for giving me a copy of this book for an honest review.* 

I really enjoyed all the stories in this anthology. They were all so diverse and interesting, as soon as I read that this would be a witchy read I just had to pick it up. This book contained 15 different diverse stories of depicting the lives of all different kinds of people. There was LGBTQ representation as well as different races Andre classes. I loved how these story showed us not just scary and spooky stories nut it’s zhowed us the history of women empowerment. I hope to read more anthologies just as these. I gave this book four stars mainly for its meaning behind each story. As for each single story I believe I only rated one of the 5 stars. They were all really interesting I wasn’t just having problems connecting with the characters and some of the stories I believe mainly because they’re around 20 to 30 pages each. I felt like they were really well written and very thought out. My main problem was how hard it is to fall into a story within a few pages. For some of them I really wish I had more of it or even a back story into the magic and what led the characters to be in the spot they are in now. 

My all time favorite was the last story Why they watch us burn by Elizabeth May. This one broke my herT in so many ways. It’s  more of a modern story depicting women being called witches for standing up for theme selves. The main character stood up for herself against a man who said he was tempted by her. A lot also has to do with men in church such as the Priest of the church. They accused women of witchcraft sting they’re hand tempted them to sin. This story was powerful at this time to read because of the the contradictions that have been coming out to light with Priest and Popes sexually harassing and raping girls and boys since a young age. I cried at the end of this and I  want so much more of it. I definitely recommend this book mainly for this story here.

Monday, September 24, 2018

E-Book Review of The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018
 by NOVL
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Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . . 

While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke. 

Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.

The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.


*I want to first thank TheNovl for kindly sending me an e-book copy of this novella for review.*

"Let's start with a love story. Or maybe it's another horror story. It seems like the difference is mostly in where the ending comes."

If you have read the Cruel Prince then you might just hate this character just like I did. Not until I read this, now I can support Taryn to some level. Now I can truly understand everything that went out with her. I can say you go girl! Fight for what you want. If you haven't read The Cruel Prince, Stop what your doing go buy it if you don't have it. Read it and then come back to read this review. Because it just might spoil you. Taryn is Jude's twin sister, and might just be the evil sister. As portrayed in The Cruel Prince. In  this novella, Taryn shares with us a beautiful letter to Jude, about how she fell in love with a faerie. How she tasted this forbidden fruit and couldn't stop after that. To be quiet frank I loved every part of it. I loved how it felt like fairy tale, told by a human (which she is) falling in love with someone that should be have been forbidden (which she does). As soon as you start the story you are fed lines to make you fall right into it. Taryn was tricked by a fox but what the fox doesn't know is that she has grabbed him by the tail.

"The wicked are slain, with swords no less. Vengeance is had. Boldness is rewarded."

During the entirety of The Cruel Prince we see Taryn as a weak by stander, who is taking the hit for her sister Jude. Jude is rebellious and hates how her and her sister are being treated for being human. She tends to stand up for both of them which always leads to more trouble. But what Jude doesn't know is that Taryn has her own way of fighting for what she wants. Taryn tells her side of the story this time, and we see from her eyes what Jude never seemed to see. Taryn too suffered as much as Jude from the hands of the magical folk. Now she's finally doing something about, just not in the way Jude would do it. When Taryn gets a letter from Locke everything from then on changed for her and her relationship with Jude. 

Fairy tales of full of girls who wait, who endure, who suffer.

I loved every part of Taryn's story and it makes me want to read The Wicked King even more. I want to see how much farther Taryn would go just to get what she wants.  By the way this felt nothing like a novella. I felt like I was dragged back into the world of A Folk of the Air. Like I never left. I am always amazed how beautiful Holly Black's writing. 

"I heard a singer begin a  tune i hadn't heard before, a song of heartbreak. Of a girl who walked the earth by starlight. Who's aspect was mortal but with beauty divine. her cruelty had pierced his heart."


Friday, September 21, 2018

ARC Review of Light Years by Kass Morgan

Lights Years by Kass Morgan
Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: October 9th 2018 by Little, 
Brown Books for Young Readers
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Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain - but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy - even if he has to steal someone's identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong - he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret - she's infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it'll be her life on    the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy - but the danger might be lurking closer to home than hey think...
-Taken from Goodreads


*I want to thank The NOVL for sending me a copy of Light Years by Kass Morgan for an honest review..*

This was such an easy and light sci-fi read, following a group of people from different planets become dependable on each other. Would recommend if you're into the Illuminae files by Jay Kristoff and want a lighter read.

In Light Years we follow four students who were just admitted to the Quatra Fleet Academy. We follow Cormak, who lives in a world where they have to wear gas mask because the air isn't breathable. He grew up very poor and had to work hard to help his brother, and support each other. When he gets the chance to enter the academy he takes the opportunity, even if it means taking someone else's identity. I really loved Cormak's character, he was so fun to follow because you never knew what would happen to his character. We also follow the daughter of he Quatra Fleets elite commander, Vesper. She's aggressive and determined to become captain and prove to her mother and others that she's more than her scores. There's also Arran who received one of the highest scores in the admission test and has a crush, on someone who's father hates the people of his planet. Finally, we also have Orelia, who is hiding a big secret that can get everyone on this fleet killed. All of the characters were so interesting to follow, it always kept me on edge to see what will happen to them next. Each character is dealing with an inner demon and something they need to fight hard to accomplish.

I enjoyed how everyone in the story was portrayed, they were their own person and none blended together. I felt like each of their stores was very well done, I just wish know about more of each of their planets. We get to learn a lot about the Tridians, I hope to especially learn more about Orelia's origin. Cormak's planet would be more intriguing to learn about since its so toxic and everyone there has to where a gas mask unless they are inside a premise. Another things that I'd hope to learn more about in the next book is how all the wars were started. Which planet exactly started the wars and why. 

This was such a fun quick read, I'm glad I was able to pick it up thanks to The NOVL. I loved how diverse the book was and that it included LGBT character. Also, that plot twist at the end has me begging for the next book to be about ASAP.


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