Susan Dennard’s new YA fantasy is NOT to be missed!!

I received this book for free from Tor Teen. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Susan Dennard’s new YA fantasy is NOT to be missed!!
Truthwitch
The Witchlands #1

Written by: Susan Dennard
Published by: Tor Teen
Release date: January 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

My Thoughts

I’m gonna throw some fandoms at you really quickly: Avatar: The Last Airbender. Grisha. Throne of Glass.

You like those things? How about a mashup of those things? Because Truthwitch is… okay, well, it’s not really a mashup of those things, because it is 1000% its own thing, but I’m trying to say if you like those things you will likely also like Truthwitch. Yes? Yes. Good. Moving on… (Can you tell it’s really hard for me to be coherent about this book?? Bear with me. There is so much to like about Truthwitch, and I have so much to say.)

Firstly: I gravitate toward fantasy because I love the escapism of it — give me a cool new world and some awesome magic and I’ll be happy. …But that’s actually a lie. Even fantasy books can’t hold my interest unless there are great characters.

Truthwitch is filled to the brim with fantastic characters.

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This is (and isn’t) a review of THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS.

I received this book for free from Roc. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is (and isn’t) a review of THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS.
The Aeronaut's Windlass
The Cinder Spires #1

Written by: Jim Butcher
Published by: Roc
Release date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk
Pages: 640
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

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So here’s the deal. I’m feeling sort of burnt out writing reviews lately (as are a lot of us blogger-types, I think). So, I want to sort of approach this as though I’m NOT writing a review. I just want to talk (type?) at you about this book for a bit. Because I love this book.

First, some backstory: I’ve been a fan of Jim Butcher since way before I started blogging. I binged what I could of The Dresden Files throughout 2010 and into 2011 — same with Codex Alera. (Thanks, Goodreads, for keeping track of those dates for me, lol.) If you don’t know anything about them, Dresden is urban fantasy, and Codex Alera is straight-up fantasy. They remain two of my all-time favorite series (despite my seeming lack of ability to catch up with Dresden, urgh!!!).

So when I say I was excited to hear that Jim Butcher was working on a new steampunk series, which he described as League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Sherlock meets Hornblower with airships and talking cats — you must understand, I was flipping excited. He mentioned it at a book signing I attended back in late 2012, and from that moment I needed it in my life.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Rebel of the Sands

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Rebel of the Sands
Rebel of the Sands

Written by: Alwyn Hamilton
Published by: Viking Juvenile
Release date: March 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Also by this author: Rebel of the Sands

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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I’m sorry, what was that? I can’t hear you over the sound of THE FIRST FIVE WORDS OF THAT SYNOPSIS.

She’s more gunpowder than girl?! YES PLEASE. This sounds a bit like a Western crossed with a Middle Eastern-inspired world. Throw in some fantasy elements, a daring escape with a wanted fugitive, and a bit of romance, and I’m 1000% sold.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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THE ROSE SOCIETY — Marie Lu’s darkest book yet.

I received this book for free from Putnam Juvenile. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

THE ROSE SOCIETY — Marie Lu’s darkest book yet.
The Rose Society
The Young Elites #2

Written by: Marie Lu
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: October 13th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: ALA Annual 2015
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Also by this author: The Young Elites


** Some spoilers for Book 1 in the synopsis below!! **

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

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Holy crap this book is DARK, you guys. I loved it so much. If you’ve read The Young Elites and just want to know whether this second book is as good as that first one, or better — the answer is yes. If you haven’t read The Young Elites

Well, if you haven’t read The Young Elites, you actually might want to hop on over to my review of that book instead, because there are some spoilers for The Young Elites below. I will say again:

** If you don’t want spoilers for The Young Elites, move right along, nothing to see here…**

You have been warned.

And now that that’s out of the way…

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ARC Review: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

I received this book for free from Del Rey. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
Uprooted

Written by: Naomi Novik
Published by: Del Rey
Release date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 438
Source: NetGalley
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Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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I’ve been incredibly delinquent in writing this review, because this is one of those books that I just want to shove into people’s hands and say, “Just read it, you’ll thank me later.” What else is there to say, other than that?! Nothing, that’s what.

But I really need to try, becuase if you’re not convinced you need it yet, then I’m not doing my job right. So, here goes.

First and foremost: Reading Uprooted was an awesome experience, for me. I love re-reading books, and I often fantasize about being able to read an amazing book again for the first time — obviously, that’s impossible… but I think Uprooted is the closest I’ve ever come to what that would feel like. Reading this book felt like re-reading an old favorite, but getting to do so for the first time again. I felt such an intense familiarity with the tone, with the story, with the world and the characters — it reminded me of my favorite fantasy books, in the best way. But it never felt overly derivative — there were so many new twists and unique characters and such a sense of newness to the book, coupled with that old familiarity… It was just amazing.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Rose Society

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – The Rose Society
The Rose Society
The Young Elites #2

Written by: Marie Lu
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: October 13th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
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Also by this author: The Young Elites, The Rose Society

From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series...

** Spoilers for Book 1, The Young Elites, below! **

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

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I mean, did you read The Young Elites? DID YOU?? Because OMG. If you haven’t, and you like the idea of a super-intense, super-dark YA fantasy that does not mess around, you need to read it immediately. Go ahead, I’ll wait. And then you can join me in waiting for The Rose Society, because after the ending to The Young Elites, I NEED IT SO BADLY OMG but let’s not talk about the cover because ugh.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post, I’d love to stop by! :)