Review #151 [Blog Tour] // The Mad Wolf’s Daughter – Diane Magras

During the night, Drest’s family is attacked. Told to hide by her father, Drest is left all alone after the battle. With the help of an injured knight, Drest must find her way back to her family, and rescue them before they’re executed.

Why this book?: I was told it was similar to one of my favorite childhood books, Ranger’s Apprentice! Plus it just sounded amazing.

I would like to thank the people at Penguin Young Readers for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Review #149 // Angels in America – Tony Kushner

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

Lou’s boyfriend, Prior, is told that he has AIDS. Joe, married Harper, struggles with his sexuality all the while his wife is addicted to Valium and her agoraphobia. Roy, a brutal and selfish lawyer, is told he also has AIDS, but refuses to back down when his career is threatened.

Why this book?: It was assigned reading for my Gay & Lesbian Literature class.

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Review #144 // Dead Boys – Gabriel Squailia

Dead Boys

Despite having a rough time after dying, Jacob Campbell made a name for himself as one of Dead City’s top preservationists. Determined to return to the world of the living, however, Jacob sets out on a journey to discover how the Living Man of legend made it into the Underworld unscathed.

Why this book?: I learned about Gabriel Squailia through a friend, and of his two books I had, this one called to me. It just seemed interesting, a new idea I hadn’t yet read.

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Review #140 // Ripped Pages – M. Hollis

Ripped Pages

Princess Valentina, after her mother’s death, is locked in a tower by her father, destined to stay there until she comes of age to be married off. On a chance, Valentina decides to trust a stranger rather than stay any longer in the tower, and makes her escape.

Why this book?: Sapphicathon! I was a last minute participant, and this is one of my first reads of the marathon. Plus, I love M. Hollis’s Lilliac Town series.

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Review #139 // Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) – Sarah Glenn Marsh

Reign of the Fallen

Odessa, also known as Sparrow, is a necromancer. Her ability to traverse the Deadlands earned her the title, making her the King’s prized necromancer. When some of the Dead go missing, and monstrous Shades are becoming more common, Odessa and her friends must look into who or what could be causing this.

Why this book?: Queer necromancers. Fight me.

I would like to thank Brittany @ Brittany Book Rambles for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Review #138 // Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody

Daughter of the Burning CitySorina is an illusion-worker, a person with the rare ability to create life-like illusions. With the power of her illusions, she can see despite being born without eyes. With her illusions, she creates herself a family, where they perform as the Freak Show of her father’s Gomorrah Festival. But when someone murders one of her illusions, everything Sorina knows is brought into question. Because how can someone who doesn’t exist be killed?

Why this book?: UHM. First, the summary. Second, I heard there was rare demiromantic representation!

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Review #137 // The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Ben and Hazel have grown up in Fairfold, and never thought anything different about the way their town was, not for a while at least. Fairfold is a town in which human and fae live side by side, with a Horned Boy in a glass coffin in the center of it all. Until, one day, the coffin breaks.

Why this book?: I was trying out audiobooks and decided on this one because a few friends said it was underrated. I’d heard of Holly Black before, so I was intrigued.

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