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: ★★★

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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: Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

Title: Who Did You Tell?

Author: Lesley Kara

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publication Date: June 16th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger warnings: Suicide, suicidal ideation, alcoholism

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis:

Astrid, a recovering alcoholic who is living with her mom in a small, coastal town, starts to fear for her life when she receives threatening messages linked to her past.

Favorite Quote:

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

“Sometimes I think it’s like The Truman Show and all I’ve got to do is find the perimeter of the set and break out through the papery screen to the real world on the other side. The messy, chaotic world of noise and pain and sharp-faced strangers who look straight through you.”


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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: 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: ★★★★★

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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: ★★★★

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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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Book Reveiw: Nameless Queen

Title: Nameless Queen

Author: Rebecca McLaughlin

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: Jan 7th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

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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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Book Review: A Heart so Fierce and Broken

Title: A Heart so Fierce and Broken

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: Jan 7th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

In the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely, rumors of a lost heir who can to the Emberfall throne who can also wield magic are causing chaos not only within the country but between former allies.

Favorite Quote

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

“These political games feel so unfair, when real people and true emotion sit at the center of it all.”

(There are others, but I had to pick something non-spoilery!)

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