ARC Review: White Fox by Sara Faring

Title: White Fox

Author: Sara Faring

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Talks of suicide, emotional abuse, alcohol, alcoholism, death

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

Ten years after their famous mother mysteriously went missing in the woods outside their island home, Manon and Tai are lured back with the promise of a script that supposedly holds clues to what happened all those years ago.

Favorite Quote

“I guess grief is like that: the banshee patiently waiting in the many-halled house of your mind, so quiet in certain moments, until you turn a corner and see how it takes up rooms and rooms, cracking their floors and windows with its volume, its weight.”

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ARC Review: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Title: Black Sun

Author: Rebecca Roanhorse

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: To see a list of possible content and trigger warnings for this book, visit its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is approaching and four fates will collide under the dark sky of a total eclipse.

Favorite Quote

“I am the only storm that matters now, and there is no shelter from what I bring.”


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ARC Review: Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Title: Fireborne

Author: Rosaria Munda

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, war, fire, gore

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

Annie and Lee are both orphans growing up in a country rebuilding itself after a bloody revolution who are both rising stars in the new regimes dragonriding corps, but must face issues from their past to be able to move forward.

Favorite Quote

“They watch us kneel, they see the back of our heads, and they think we’ve given in. They don’t realize you can think from your knees just as well as from your feet.”

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ARC Review: The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker

Title: The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1)

Author: R.J. Barker

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: September 24th, 2019

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Child sacrifice (off-page), gore, violence

Rating: ★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

The crew of the Tide Child, a black ship made of dragon bones and manned by convicted criminals, are sent on a dangerous mission to seek out the last known sea dragon to end a centuries-long war.

Favorite Quote

“We fight in the hope that others will not have to, and we fight to keep those we have come to care about safe. We fight even for those who do not deserve it. There is no honour or greatness in what we do, except among fools. I fight, in the end, because I have no other choice” – she held his gaze with hers – “and neither do you. So remember this, if you hear tales of bravery and greatness, they are nearly always told by people who have only watched battle from afar.”


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ARC Review: Fire and Vengeance by Robert McCaw

Title: Fire and Vengeance (Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery #3)

Author: Robert McCaw

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: September 1st, 2020 (though I believe the Kindle version was available May 26th!)

Source: Publisher (Oceanview Publishing)

Content/Trigger warnings: Suicide, gun violence, animal death

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

Chief Detective Koa Kane finds himself embroiled in a fight for justice after a volcanic vent destroys an elementary school, killing multiple children and teachers.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“[Koa] sensed a seething rage bubbling just below the surface underlining the community’s shared loss. People came to honor the dead, but Koa felt a powerful groundswell of outrage rising like a rogue wave directed at the officials who’d let this disaster happen.”


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ARC Review: The Court of Miracles

Title: The Court of Miracles

Author: Kester Grant

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis:

Nina is the best cat burglar in all of an alternate 1828 Paris who, to save her sisters, considers starting a war within the underworld criminal guilds.

Favorite Quote:

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Be useful, be smart, and stay one step ahead of everyone. Be brave even when you’re afraid. Remember that everyone is afraid.”

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ARC Review: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

Title: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

Author: Jamie Pacton

Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance

Publication Date: May 5th, 2020

Source: Author (Thanks, Jamie!)

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

Kit Sweetly works as a wench at The Castle, a medieval themed restaurant which is distinctly patriarchal, but wants to fight as a knight and decides to make that happen.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Well, at first, I didn’t think I was going to be able to change or prove anything – I was just helping my brother out. But, as I was fighting, I realized I liked it. I wanted to show kids they can do anything, regardless of gender identity. So, yes, it might be symbolic. But what better way to smash the patriarchy than with a lance and sword?”

Jamie Pacton, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly
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ARC Review: Bonds of Brass

Title: Bonds of Brass

Author: Emily Skrutskie

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Publication Date: April 7th, 2020 (TODAY!!!)

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Ettian, a young solider training to fight for the Umber empire (the empire that dominated his people in a bloody war), finds himself having to protect the Umber heir who just happens to be his best friend, Gal.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“But I don’t believe in the empire that pulled me out of the rubble and glued me back together. And I don’t trust the empire that crumbled to dust and left me to die.”

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ARC Review: The Last Human

Title: The Last Human

Author: Zack Jordan

Genre: Sci-fi/Space Opera

Publication Date: March 24th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Sarya, a secret human raised by a murderous alien, is obsessed with finding out the truth about what happened to her species and why they were deemed too dangerous to exist.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“In My galaxy, there is order and there is chaos. You Humans are always dreaming of the first, but your pitiful attempts to create it always result in the second.”

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ARC Review: The Kingdom of Back

Title: The Kingdom of Back

Author: Marie Lu

Publication date: March 3rd, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Source: ARC (BookishFirst)

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

When Nannerl Mozart makes a wish to not be forgotten, her wish is heard by a being from a faerie land who promises to fulfill her wish as long as she helps him in return.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Speak for those less fortunate than yourself, who will need your help. Speak for the ones who will come after you, looking to you for guidance.”

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