book blog

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan can be described in three words for me – magical, romantic and fierce. The story follows Xingyin in her path of self discovery and its just been so empowering seeing the trials she goes through and how in the end she is stronger and truer to herself. This post is for my tour stop for Turn the Pages Tours and I am so delighted to tell you all my favorite quote! I’ve been tabbing the book like you could not believe because Sue Lynn Tan’s writing is so beautiful and whimsical I just can’t get over it.

In this night filled with stars, I would chart my own path to blaze across the sky.

That quote is from chapter 14, page 171 and I immediately wanted to save it and create something for it. This book has become one of my favorite books EVER so far and it’s such a pleasure for me to be on this tour! Without giving away spoilers one of my favorite things about this book is how Xingyin refuses to follow a path that is not of her own choosing. She will not follow another or anything other than what she desires and the one thing she desires above all is seeing her mother free. The pacing of this book is also magnificent! Xingyin is one of the immortals and we get to see more than just a small fraction of her life span and because of this Daughter of the Moon Goddess feels different than any other YA novel.

My nails dug into my palm. I was more than this ill-fated love. I would not let this define me. I had a family to think of, my own dreams to fulfill…and a nine-headed serpent to slay on the morrow.

I could go on and on about Daughter of the moon Goddess and im on page 233, imagine once Im finished?! and besides it would be better if you read and it and went on this journal with Xingyin for yourself.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess is out now – released on January 11th – published by Harper Voyager and available at Barnes and noble, Amazon and other major book retailers. Make sure to add it to your TBR’s on goodreads and my new favorite Literal. Below I’ll include the synopsis and author info!

A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.

Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.

Alone, powerless, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the prince.

To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies. But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream—striking a dangerous bargain in which she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess begins an enchanting, romantic duology which weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic—where love vies with honor, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.

Author info

Sue Lynn Tan writes fantasy inspired by the myths and legends she fell in love with as a child. Born in Malaysia, she studied in London and France, before settling in Hong Kong with her family.

Her love for stories began with a gift from her father, her first compilation of fairytales from around the world. After devouring every fable she could find in the library, she discovered fantasy books – spending much of her childhood lost in magical worlds. When not writing or reading, she enjoys exploring the hills and reservoirs of Hong Kong, the temples, beaches and narrow winding streets here.

Her debut, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, will be published by Harper Voyager in early 2022, with a sequel to come. It is an enchanting fantasy of love and family, immortals and magic – inspired by the beloved Chinese legend of Chang’e flying to the moon upon taking the elixir of immortality.

Sue Lynn can be reached on Instagram @SuelynnTan, or on her website www.suelynntan.com.

Blogger · book blog

A Cuban Girls Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

But I remember we’re both stars Estrellita and Orion a fierce little star and a warrior constellation

A Cuban Girls Guide to Tea and Tomorrow has been not only one of my favorite reads of this year but this book was all about healing for me. In the book our MC has to deal with so much loss but one of those things being the loss of her beloved grandmother, something I had to deal with a while back something that I overcame through this book along side Lila.

Not to mention that as someone who was born in Cuba and raised here in Miami this book warmed my heart in ways that I had no idea I needed. Own voices matter so so much my friends.

I would also like to point out that while reading this book I had SO much café cubano and pastelitos so fair warning you will have cravings haha This is a story about pain, this is a story about love, its about growth and healing and it means so so much to me 💖

I also had the please of making a double sided bookmark for Unplugged book box with the designs you see above!

Thank you to Hear our Voices tours for picking me to be part of the tour for this very special book.

But Lila Reyes from Miami was not without ideas and tricks

Blogger · book blog

Palace of Silver by Hannah West

Palace of Silver by Hannah West quickly became one of my favorite reads of this year, for many reasons of course but one of them being the authors ability to create the world that she has between all three books (Kingdom of Ash and Briars is book one and Realm of Ruins is book two) this series is one that I would definitely recommend to lovers of fantasy and retellings! I was honestly hooked from book one this author has a way of showing you her MC’s heart and it makes you really develop a love for the stories. I also want to mention her ability to intertwine fairy tells in her main plot, now I wouldn’t consider this whole series a retelling of a specific fairytale – you’ll just have to read it for yourself 😉

Now, homesickness was not only a wistful pining for distant shores and bygone days, but something far more profound; it was a soul-deep yearning for what could have been and would never be – a need to grasp everything wholesome and beautiful in this world yolked with an acute awareness that it was not mine to grasp.

The history and world building in this is something that I will be talking about for freaking forever honestly. I am so impressed with the web that Hannah West has created within The Nissera Chronicles that I’m a little sad I don’t get to experience this for the first time again. All the way from my love Bristal to Valory to Glisette and Kadri I can’t say that I disliked a single MC or their stories. I also need to mention the political dynamic is so on point and I loooove a good political dialogue in a book about kings and queens. This book and this series hit all of the points for me when it comes to fantasy and I wouldn’t mind it at all if The Nissera Chronicles continued. I’m rating this book 4 stars!! Make sure to check this series out and add it to your quarantine tbr!!

Uncategorized

Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz

Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz was yet again another very fun read from DC’s YA graphic novels. I was actually a bit apprehensive about this read this at first because of the whole high school dynamic and because of the obvious love triangle BUT I am pleased to let you all know that I actually read this in one sitting and it was really fun to read. Of course if I had noticed that my girl Selina Kyle was the Voice of this graphic novel I would have picked it up a lot sooner.

Now to the art style!! ahh just look at it! I’m so over the top obsessed with the art style of this graphic novel I can’t get over it! The colors, the details, the shading!! It just all makes my artist heart very happy. I won’t lie there are some scenes that I would definitely frame if I could. The twists on each character were also very interestingly done. I like that there were different ethnicities in this and that some characters were flipped around, this has probably been one of my favorite of the DC YA comics so far. I of course blame Selina Kyle she is probably one of my favorite DC characters – aside from Ivy of course 😉

I think over all this one deserves 4 stars – and I’m not just being biased cause I love Selina..okay maybe just a little bit – Gotham high is out now! make sure to get your copies! what else is there to do in this Quarentined life except quarenread!

Blogger · book blog

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Okay so first I just want to Keyboard smash real quick djlwkjhbfkjhwebkugbkrb because THAT is how I feel about Crave – in the absolute best freaking way. This book has made me laugh, made me roll my eyes, I’m pretty sure I even hugged it at one point? Other people hug their books right, or is that just me? Today’s review is part of my tour with Fantastic Flying book club but honestly even if I wasn’t on the tour I would absolutely have to review this and tell everyone to pick this book up! (or I might just throw it at everyone – with love)

I have heard nothing but good things about this book and then yesterday I found out that some people are saying its a Twilight knock off to which I say -fart noise- don’t be a jerk. Crave is the perfect blend of Twilight and Vampire Academy that I didn’t know I needed. It was funny, it was dark, it has a snarky bad ass MC and a mysterious vampire boy, and a giant gothic castle – whats not to love? This 500+ paged beauty was so difficult to put down I think I was awake until about 4 am reading it one night. The story has a way of grabbing on to you and its impossible to let go until you’re done. (Now that I’m Done with Crave I’m like cool now what)

Grace and Jaxon – Jaxon and Grace – I’m just gonna write a whole paragraph with their names, would that make me look crazy? They are one of the main reasons I couldn’t let this book go – not the only reason though because I loved everything about this book – I loved their dynamic but I also love the people around them. Which brings me to Jaxons ‘order’ or should I just say Mekhi? Because he is my absolute favorite!! Okay if I keep talking about this im going to spoil stuff but just freaking read this book. Go right now. Go buy it online. (social distancing and all that) And as for Grace’s cousin Macy -must protect at all costs- She is the perfect best friend for this story and I feel like she was the perfect character to balance out Grace.

The story and world building were incredible I don’t think I would need to convince anyone of that. Everything from the description of the gothic castle which I love love love to the dynamic between the supernatural creatures, the magic, the fight scenes, every puzzle piece in this story was perfectly placed and thought out, even the villain 😉 Which of course I am NOT going to spoil – figure it out on your own like everyone else (:

Any and every supernatural/fantasy YA romance can be a little silly and its impossible for people to not say this is a twilight knockoff but they’re just haters don’t listen to them – listen to me when I tell you Crave deserves a chance- and as much as I adore the cover DO NOT judge it by its cover. I honestly give Crave 5 stars for stealing my heart from beginning to end. Remember its now available to go grab your copy!

“Have you ever wanted something so much that you were afraid to take it?”

He nods. “Yes”

“Like its right there, waiting for you to just reach out and grab it, but you’re so terrified of what will happen when you lose it that you never make the reach?”

“Yes” he says again, his voice burrowing inside me.

I tilt my head up until our eyes meet, and I whisper, “What did you do?”

For long seconds he doesn’t say anything. He just stares back at me with a look as scarred and broken as the rest of him. And says, “I decided to take it anyways.”

Then he leans down and presses his lips to mine.

Blogger · book blog

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Thorn by Intisar Khanani….Holy character development!! This story has been so far one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Alyrra is such a special character (and I would 100000% fight for her) This book made me feel so much -and yes I cried. Right from the beginning I knew I would love Alyrra she has the most incredible heart and she always puts others needs before her own in such a tender way and she expects nothing in return. Her growth as an individual throughout this whole story happens so gradually and right before your eyes that at the end you really can’t help but feel a sense of pride for her. Her kindness and compassion makes her such an admirable MC especially after everything she’s dealt with and where she comes from.

The story felt so beautifully put together – all of the characters had their own roles and not one of them was casted aside. I did feel like a couple things were left open ended on purpose and if there ended up being other stories in this same universe I would absolutely read it. Did I have my favorite characters aside from Alyrra? oh absolutely! Falada for one will forever remain one of my favorite companions in a story. All of the holsters – their entire family dynamic makes me so freaking emotional that I’m not gonna keep talking about then or I’ll spoil something. Kestrin…freaking Kestrin I just love him so much!! and of course we can’t forget The Sorceress..even though she’s the worst now that i’ve read and understood just exactly why I can definitely appreciate her as a villain.

The world building, writing and over all flow of the story felt very well done and if you like fantasy and amazing characters – this is the book for you! I’ve giving Thorn 4 stars out of 5 – and like I said if the author wants to write more about this universe I would be so on board with anything she throws at us!! Thorn is now available so go get it!!(We’re all quarantined anyways sooo do yourself a favor)

Blogger · book blog

Witches of Ash and Ruin By E. Latimer

“Blood and Bone, ash and soot.”

Everyone get ready because I’m going to be throwing this book left and right at everyone!! Witches of Ash and Ruin was honestly everything that I wanted in a book about witches and ancient celtic mythology. No one tell American horror story : Coven but…this book gave me e v e r y t h i n g I’ve ever wanted in a story about a coven of witches. It was also the perfect mixture of murder mystery and spookiness!

I want to first talk about the overall spookiness level of this book – it was um how do you say, spooktacular! If you want a spooky October read this year absolutely add this to your TBR. Between The Butchers murders and the witchcraft/dark magic this book had the hairs on my arms standing a couple times. There was even one scene that had me looking over my shoulder while I was reading alone at night! I haven’t read anything that creeped me out in a very long time (or ever? I can’t remember) so for fans of mystery and spookiness I absolutely recommend this book! If it wasn’t for the current state of the world this would have been such a fast read for me regardless of how long this book actually is to be honest with you.

The characters!!!!!! Gosh I love them all so much…even Cora and The King Witch. The characters in this story are all refreshing and complexly their own person. Dayna my little sunflower witch she deserves so much *insert crying emoji* Meiner effing King…Where do I start with her?! what a freaking badass!! Daynas bestfriend Reagan- everyone needs a best friend like Reagan! I love that she was so -on her side- I’ve read so many books where the best friend is usually an annoying problem (which I absolutely hate that cause I would be nothing without my best friend) Cora Cora Cora all im going to say is – now thats a complex character. Bronagh, Yemi, Faye, Brenna – I love the family bond between all of them and regardless of being background characters they didn’t feel pushed to the side. Harriet mcfreaking King…wow what do I even say about her without giving too much away?! I love the notorious King Witch! All I’m going to say is she gives me the creeps and I love her. Then theres Sam who honestly I have no idea where his life is headed but I really hope he supports Dayna in her future endeavors or we’re gonna fight. and I can’t forget Daynas parents – The reverend and Fiona. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the revered but I know his whole ~church camp~ thing freaks me out it reminds me of those crazy church cult stories its hella freaky and Fiona is one of those people that I would not want to be alone in a house with she would probably silently stand behind me in the kitchen and give me a heart attack one I turn around. I really feel like the author took her time with these characters to make sure the reader could feel out each personality and really add depth to the story.

The Butcher – This is the horrible witch killing villain i’ve been waiting for. I felt like his chapters really added that ‘horror’ factor to this book. I don’t want to give away much but just know as a villain he’s cold, ruthless and terrifying!

Despite this book having about 75 chapters I really felt like it was well put together and the pace of this book was not slow for a second! 75 chapters of pure genius honestly. I didn’t have any issues with the writing style and I actually really liked the way it was done and how there was more than one point of view. (Meiner was probably my favorite just saying) This was a really fun read for me I had been looking for something mystery/horror related and the fact that witches were involved was just a plus! I’m finding it so difficult to express my love for this book without giving to much away so I’m just gonna tell you to pleaseeee read it!! my rating for this book is 4.5 out of 5 stars and it definitely left me wanting more! (book 2 please and thanks)

Witches of Ash and Ruin is out now and I’ll go ahead and link it here! Make sure to add it to your goodreads and its available on amazon and Barnes and Noble

“Thats the way with magic. Especially dark Magic.”

Blogger · book blog

The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp

DC does it again! I'm having so much fun reading all of these DC YA graphic novels! 
The Oracle Code was definitely a favorite and of all of them it feels the most concrete one. 
The story does not feel rushed at all and its actually pretty detail oriented for a comic. This graphic novel follows Barbara Gordon after getting shot and having to go through recovery from her physical disabilities but also her emotional ones. She feels like shes lost her life and her friends and I feel like she was perfectly portrayed in this story. I will say that this one did have a creepier feel than the rest of the YA graphic novels and I absolutely loved it. The art style is another thing I loved! There are different styles in this one so be ready for a pleasant surprise.
 

I would absolutely recommend The Oracle Code! 5/5 stars from me!

Blogger · book blog

The June Boys by Court Stevens

𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙶𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚒 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚎𝚏 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚘𝚗𝚎. 𝚈𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛, 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛, 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍’𝚜 𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚣𝚢 𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚕𝚎. 𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝚖𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚌 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛. 𝙰𝚗𝚢𝚘𝚗𝚎.

Guys!!! The June Boys has absolutely captivated me!! I’m currently reading it and I already have so many questions! I’m breezing through this book and I am so excited to finish it and excitedly tell you all about it!! The June Boys us out now so make sure to add it to your goodreads and get yourself a copy! I’ll Link it below! –

Barnes & Noble | Amazon

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief has taken a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?

book blog

EndGame by Aisha Tritle

Welcome to The Game, Leigh

EndGame…EndFreakingGame – This was one of the absolute coolest stories I have EVER read you guys. Seriously, anyone who loves black mirror would so so enjoy this. EndGame is a fast, read in one sitting, Techno-Thriller story that follows the MC – Leigh – who is a young successful lawyer who just so happens to have been dumped recently. The Game is a virtual reality dating app where Leigh meets Alexei who of course is gorgeous and super into her. Now, here is where it gets wild, from the moment Alexei comes in you’re hooked. Who is this beautiful mysterious man?! Well without giving any spoilers I can only tell you he definitely is not your average guy.

When Leigh finds herself trapped inside The Game stuff gets wild. She’s trapped during a Gatsby-themed gala and forced to get involved in a plot to catch a hacker whose been using the app to set up crimes within the real world. and whats the best part? Alexei might be the death of her. *Wink*

Are you hooked yet? okay cool stop what you’re doing and go read this incredible techno-thriller novelette! I was absolutely stunned with this one. I read it in the car on the way to do my nails! (I wasn’t driving fyi) I couldn’t not put it down I was so intrigued with this story and it certainly did not disappoint. So much so that I finished it and I was trying to scroll for more pages haha I really didn’t want it to end. (Just saying if the author wants to continue this I would have NO problems [: ) I’ve been disappointed by so many big name thrillers recently that it was seriously so refreshing to read a story that left me grasping for more.

Of course the plot isn’t the only thing that hooked me but Aisha Tritles writing and her descriptions were on point and I was able to clearly visualize the real world and the virtual world. I want to thank her for reaching out and sending me an E ARC of this because its definitely a 2020 favorite. Oh and someone please tell Black Mirror to make me an episode of this!! It’s just the perfect length for a 45 minute episode, please please pleeeease.

EndGame is currently available for download and I’ll go ahead and link it here! I can’t say much without spoiling it so read it for yourself! and then come talk to me because wow I NEED to discuss this!! Make sure to read it review it tell your friends tell your fam! It gets 5 out of 5 stars from me!!

After all, The Game is about winning