Review: Jade War by Fonda Lee

“If this is supposed to be peace, I think I prefer war.”

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Title: Jade War
Series: The Green Bone Saga, Book 2
Author: Fonda Lee
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: ARC
Publication: Orbit Books, 23 July 2019
Read: July 2019
Rating:
5-stars-small


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In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.

Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.

Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.


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Review: My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail Villanueva

My Fate According to the Butterfly

Title: My Fate According to the Butterfly
Author: Gail D. Villanueva
Format: ARC
Publication: Scholastic Press, 30 July 2019
Read: May 2019
Rating:
5-stars-small

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Light and deep, smart and funny, crushing and hopeful all at the same time, My Fate According to the Butterfly will open your eyes to both the world’s potential for magic, and to its harsh realities.

When superstitious Sab sees a giant black butterfly, an omen of death, she knows that she’s doomed! According to legend, she has one week before her fate catches up with her—on her 11th birthday. With her time running out, all she wants is to celebrate her birthday with her entire family. But her sister, Ate Nadine, stopped speaking to their father one year ago, and Sab doesn’t even know why.

If Sab’s going to get Ate Nadine and their father to reconcile, she’ll have to overcome her fears—of her sister’s anger, of leaving the bubble of her sheltered community, of her upcoming doom—and figure out the cause of their rift.

So Sab and her best friend Pepper start spying on Ate Nadine and digging into their family’s past to determine why, exactly, Ate Nadine won’t speak to their father. But Sab’s adventures across Manila reveal truths about her family more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever anticipated.


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Review + Giveaway: War of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

“It’s war. It’s dangerous by nature.”

War of Mist (2019)

Title: War of Mist
Series: The Oremere Chronicles, Book 3
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Publication: Talem Press, 15 July 2019
Read: July 2019
Rating:
5-stars-small

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War is here.

Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.

Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all.

But the search is a treacherous one, one that will push her to the very limits of endurance.

Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?

As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents; families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.

Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.


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Review: Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

“I was ashamed, Mama, I can see that now. I don’t feel that way anymore. We will do the best we can with what we have.”

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Title: Everlasting Nora
Author: Marie Miranda Cruz
Genres: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
Format: eARC
Publication: Starscape, 2 October 2018
Read: December 2018
Rating:
5-stars-small

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An uplifting middle-grade debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz’s debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today.

When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.

With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places.

Content warning: violence, child abuse, classism, extreme poverty and hunger, kidnapping, descriptions of blood and other serious injuries


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Review + Giveaway: Reign of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

“We were not put on this realm to make apologies, only to make change.”

Reign of Mist

Title: Reign of Mist
Series: The Oremere Chronicles, Book 2
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Publication: Talem Press, 13 September 2018
Read: August 2018
Rating:
5-stars-small

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The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second installment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles.


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