Fantasy

Daughter of Sparta: An Empowering, Female-Led Retelling of ‘Daphne & Apollo’

*I received a free finished copy of this book from the publisher. These are my personal, honest opinions. Thank you.* 4/5 Stars Author: Claire M. Andrews Publisher/Imprint: Jimmy Patterson Books Edition: Hardcover, 375 Pages Publication Date: June 08, 2021 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! Book Synopsis Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now… Continue reading Daughter of Sparta: An Empowering, Female-Led Retelling of ‘Daphne & Apollo’

Fantasy

Crown of Bones: Action-Packed, Unique World-Building, Compelling Characters, Fascinating Magic, & a Dash of Romance!

*I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.* 5/5 Stars Author: A. K. Wilder Publisher/Imprint: Entangled Teen Edition: Paperback ARC, 404 Pages Hardcover Publication Date: January 05, 2021 A Spine that Shines? Most Definitely!… Continue reading Crown of Bones: Action-Packed, Unique World-Building, Compelling Characters, Fascinating Magic, & a Dash of Romance!

Action/Adventure

The Grace Year: A Vicious Survival Story

4.5/5 Stars Author: Kim Liggett Publisher/Imprint: Wednesday Books Edition: e-ARC, 227 Digital Pages Hardcover Publication Date: October 08, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Definitely! *This review is based on the e-ARC edition provided via NetGalley. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.* We're told… Continue reading The Grace Year: A Vicious Survival Story

Fantasy

Firian Rising: A YA Fantasy About Mental Warfare with Promising Potential

4/5 Stars Author: Carly Stevens Publisher: Carly Stevens (Independent Author) Edition: Paperback ARC, 458 Pages Publication Date: July 15, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Pretty Well *This review is based on a paperback ARC edition provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.* 'We are people… Continue reading Firian Rising: A YA Fantasy About Mental Warfare with Promising Potential

Action/Adventure

Aurora Rising: Guardians of the Galaxy + Alien Legolas + Star Wars

4/5 Stars Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Publisher/Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers Edition: Hardcover, 470 Pages Publication Date: May 07, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Fairly Well "Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?"Kal, Aurora Rising Initial Thoughts & Narration Style Good morning,… Continue reading Aurora Rising: Guardians of the Galaxy + Alien Legolas + Star Wars

Fantasy

Dark Shores: Spunky Pirate Teams up with Rugged Legion Commander

4/5 Stars Author: Danielle L. Jensen Publisher/Imprint: Tor Teen Edition: e-ARC, 325 Pages Hardcover Publication Date: May 07, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Fairly Well   *This review is based on an e-ARC edition received from the publisher via NetGalley. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.* Initial Thoughts, Setting, & World I finished reading… Continue reading Dark Shores: Spunky Pirate Teams up with Rugged Legion Commander

Action/Adventure

Warrior of the Wild: Viking-Inspired Tale

3.5/5 Stars Author: Tricia Levenseller Publisher/Imprint: Feiwel & Friends Edition: Hardcover, 336 Pages Publication Date: February 26, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Partially "But I also know that true strength comes from being willing to fail in order to progress."                   -Rasmira Initial Thoughts Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about Warrior of the Wild. It didn't… Continue reading Warrior of the Wild: Viking-Inspired Tale

Action/Adventure

Scarlet: A New Take on an Old Tale

3.5/5 Stars Author: A. C. Gaughen Publisher/Imprint: Bloomsbury Children's Books Edition: Paperback, 292 Pages Publication Date: June 7, 2012 A Spine that Shines? Ehh ... Almost Initial Thoughts, Characters, & Problems This will be a shorter review since I don't have very much to say about this book. Overall, Scarlet is a creative retelling of the old… Continue reading Scarlet: A New Take on an Old Tale

Action/Adventure

The Valiant: Fierce Gladiatrix Leaves Her Mark on History

4.5/5 Stars Author: Lesley Livingston Publisher/Imprint: Razorbill Edition: Hardcover, 372 Pages Publication Date: February 14, 2017 A Spine that Shines? Absolutely! Initial Thoughts The Valiant is the first installment in a historical fiction trilogy about Fallon, a Celtic princess who is captured, taken to Rome, and transformed into a female gladiator. This was also my… Continue reading The Valiant: Fierce Gladiatrix Leaves Her Mark on History

Fantasy

Rebel of the Sands: A Fiery Blend of Mythology & the Wild West

5/5 Stars! Author: Alwyn Hamilton Publisher/Imprint: Speak Edition: Paperback, 314 Pages Publication Date: February 14, 2017 A Spine that Shines? Definitely! Initial Thoughts & the Plot Rebel of the Sands was such a fun read! I can definitely see why it won a Goodreads award. I loved the world-building and mythology blended with Amani's gun-slinging… Continue reading Rebel of the Sands: A Fiery Blend of Mythology & the Wild West