Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones | Not-a-Review

Wintersong is a dark, mysterious, and poetic story about sacrifice, but it’s also one of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love. Leisl has spent her life sacrificing her dreams for her family’s welfare—until a dark stranger’s even darker games force her to choose between her family and herself. … More Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones | Not-a-Review

Not a Review| Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars is the first novel in a new space adventure duology from author Claudia Gray. Noemi Vidal is a soldier who would give up everything, including her life or the life of another, to protect her Utopian home world from Earth’s destructive embrace. Abel is a machine—a mech—left alone on a spaceship for thirty years, a span of time and loneliness that has allowed his programming to evolve. … More Not a Review| Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Not-a-Review | Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller [ARC]

Sallot Leon is a gender fluid thief who auditions to be one of the Queen’s trusted assassins in order to gain access to the high court, get close to the nobles who destroyed their home, and exact their revenge. Sal quickly gets swept up in the deadly auditions, where the skills of the other auditioners are stacked against them. … More Not-a-Review | Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller [ARC]

Not-a-Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist is the first book in a new series and shares elements with Mulan. Mariko, a headstrong girl born in a world for boys, is the daughter of a samurai. She is arranged to marry a man she’s never met and who, frankly, she doesn’t even want. On her way to the Imperial City her convoy is attacked and her people killed. Mariko disguises herself as a boy so that she can use her cunning to find out who tried to kill her and why. What she doesn’t expect is that, as a boy, her ideas and opinions are respected, something she’s never known with her family. As a boy, Mariko is thrust into a new world that she’s never known, where she must question everything she thought she knew. … More Not-a-Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Not-A-Review Collective: ACOTAR|MAF|WAR

For those of you who may not know, I’m a late book-bloomer. I took a 5-year reading hiatus while I was in university to focus on my studies and to sort out my mental health. But now that I’m back—as in me, the bookworm—I’m desperately trying to catch up on ALL THE BOOKS i missed! I’m slightly ashamed to admit that the name Sarah J. Maas was completely foreign to me, but her books seemed right up my alley. So, come June I decided to finally see what these supposed weapons of Maas destruction* were all about… and boy was I NOT ready! Rather than write three separate posts I figured I’d go ahead and combine them. … More Not-A-Review Collective: ACOTAR|MAF|WAR

Not-a-Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval is the story of two sisters, desperate to get away from their cruel father’s rotten-plummy stench. The sisters find themselves swept up in the magic of Caraval. Only the novelty quickly wears off for Scarlet as the stakes of the game are raised and she finds herself in a game of depravity and wits—of which she seems to have neither—that she must win, or face the dire consequences. … More Not-a-Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber