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Mini ARC Reviews

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and staying safe. I’m here with some ACR Reviews that I’m way behind on and have no excuse as I had all these books read by their release date.

 

Title: The Girl and the Stars

Author: Mark Lawrence

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Release Date: April 21th 2020

Number of Pages: 480

Genre: Adult, Fantasy

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Goodreads Synopsis

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

I fell in love with The Book of the Ancestor Trilogy when I read it and so when I found out that Mark Lawrence was releasing another series set in this world I was so excited. However, I think I let my expectations rise too high as while I did enjoy this novel and have every intention of reading the rest of the series, it just didn’t hit me the way that I had wanted and expected it to.

First off I loved learning more about this world and the world building is done so well in both series. This was by far my favourite part of this book and while I have been left with many questions I’m looking forward to having those questions answered in future books.

I also enjoyed the plot of this however felt that while there were times where I felt really engaged in the story and other points where my interest definitely waned for a period of time before something else caught my interest and those parts were usually related more to the world building than anything else.

Again I also liked the characters but I didn’t connect to them and wasn’t as invested in them as I was in the character from The Book of the Ancestor Trilogy and found myself comparing them at times.

Overall, I did enjoy this and I think the biggest barriers for me with this book were my own expectations. I gave this 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Trigger warning for: violence, sacrifice, cannibalism 

 


 

Titles: Run, Rebel

Author: Manjeet Mann

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s

Release Date: March 5th 2020

Number of Pages: 496

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Poetry

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Goodreads Synopsis

When Amber runs, it’s the only time she feels completely free – far away from her claustrophobic home life. Her father wants her to be a dutiful daughter, waiting for an arranged marriage like her sister Ruby.

Running is a quiet rebellion. But Amber wants so much more – and she’s ready to fight for it.

It’s time for a revolution.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This is the first full novel I have ever read in verse and I was a little unsure if this style at the beginning but by the end I feel in love with this writing style and will be making an effort to read more novels in this style in the future.

This novel follows Amber who is the daughter of immigrant parents who are both illiterate and don’t speak English and so Amber isn’t only trying to find her own way through life but she is also trying to navigate the world for her parents while also trying to cope with her father’s drinking and abuse.

This novel is a heart-breaking read but it is also full of such hope and Manjeet does such a good job at portraying the emotions of this novel. This novel is so beautifully written and while it focuses on so many heavy topics this doesn’t take away of the overall message of empowerment and hope.

Overall, I feel in love with this and gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Trigger warnings for: parental and domestic abuse, alcoholism, bullying and trauma. 

 


 

Title: The Court of Miracles

Author: Kester Grant

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Release Date: June 4th 2020

Number of Pages: 464

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retelling

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Goodreads Synopsis

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was one of my most anticipated reads for this year and I’m so glad to say that I was not disappointed.

This is a retelling of Les Misérables and I’d say it would be best to go into this with at least some knowledge of the story in order to better understand some of these characters and their significance.

Talking about characters, I loved the characters in this. There is a large cast of characters, despite this all of the characters have their own personality and I never once got confused about who was who. Nina is a great protagonist and her relationship with Ettie and the lengths she was willing to go to protect her is what really made this book for me.

The world building was also really well done and I loved learning more about the Court of Miracles and each of the different guilds that make it up.

I will say it was very slow going in the beginning and it took awhile for me to really get into the plot however once I did I fell in love with it. And the ending of this was so good and I can’t wait of the sequel.

Overall, this book did not disappoint and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Trigger warnings for: abuse, poverty, drug misuse, slavery, prostitution

 


Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them?

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2 thoughts on “Mini ARC Reviews

  1. Yeah I wasn’t as connected to the characters in girl and the stars as I was in book of the ancestor, but I still enjoyed it. I’m glad the characters in court of miracles were good and that you enjoyed it- definitely curious about it. Excellent reviews! 😀 ❤

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