ARC Review: Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko

Title: Redemptor

Author: Jordan Ifueko

Genre: Fantasy

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of content and trigger warnings, please check out BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

After the events of Raybearer, Tarisai finds herself trying to solve all of Aritsar’s numerous problems before her trip to literal hell.

Favorite Quote

“Do not confuse guilt with conviction. Guilt is self-centered and leads only to destructive obsession. But conviction brings balance – a sense of purpose beyond oneself.”

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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 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: ★★★★

Book Links:

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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 Deep

Title: The Deep

Author: Rivers Solomon w/Daveed Diggs, William Butson, and Jonathan Snipes

Publication Date: Nov 5th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Yetu is the sole keeper of her aquatic society’s history, but the tragedy in their past is slowly destroying her.

Favorite Quote

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

“She had no wish to transform trauma to performance, to parade what she’d come to think of as her own tragedies for entertainment.”

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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: ★★★★

Book Links:

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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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Book Review: American Dirt

Title: American Dirt

Author: Jeanine Cummins

Genre: Contemporary

Publication Date: 21 Jan 2020

Source: ARC sent by Flatiron books

Rating: ★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Lydia and her son, Luca, are the sole survivors after the local drug cartel murders their entire family and flee to the United States to escape.

Favorite Quote

Honestly, nothing. Continue reading to find out why.

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Book Reveiw: Nameless Queen

Title: Nameless Queen

Author: Rebecca McLaughlin

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: Jan 7th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Coin, a thief and grifter from the lowest class of Seriden society, the Nameless, suddenly finds herself queen when she inherits a magical tattoo.

Favorite Quote

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

“When you tell the truth, don’t ever look down. Don’t be ashamed and don’t be afraid. The truth isn’t something you control. It’s something you live with, and if you want to let it make you stronger, it has to be something you own.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

It’s a snowy/sleety Tuesday and I’m cuddled up with a caramel brulee latte trying to warm myself up. But it does put me into a Winter frame of mind which works with today’s theme: Winter reads! As I’ve said before, I’m a huge mood reader, so I don’t tend to make TBRs. I do, however, have quite a few ARCs I need to get to that are coming out in the beginning months of 2020! One of my goals for next year is to be better at keeping on top of my ARCs, so with that in mind, it made building my Winter TBR fairly easy!

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