Reviews

Mini Reviews

Hi everyone, I hope you all having an amazing day and staying safe. It’s been way too long since I last wrote reviews and I am very behind on them so expect quite a few in the upcoming weeks.

Title: Cinderella is Dead

Author: Kalynn Bayron

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Release Date: 6th August 2020

Number of Pages: 400

Genre: YA, Retelling

Goodreads synopsis

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

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

This was a really enjoyable book and I loved the unique spin that it puts on the original Cinderella tale. This book is essentially about a black queer girl taking down the patriarchy and I was totally there for it. This was fast paced, with a great romance if a little heavy handed at times and I would highly recommend it to those who love reading fairytales that have a complete new spin to them. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.


Title: Love Machine: The guardians wanted something else…

Author: Neveah Hor

Number of Pages: 169

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

In this year, 2050, among the humans on the streets, there are these very few others. Others who are made in the biggest technology company, AITA (artificial intelligence and technological advancements), what humans call, the guardians. They were crossbreeds of humans and animals which had the highest Intelligent Quotient (IQ)they were created to protect all citizens with their special abilities. However, they had one enemy. The citizens called them the poachers. They are from another company, The Royal AI. This company was the second most advanced company and they wanted all the glory of AITA. To win them over, The Royal AI had to prove themselves worthy and they resolved to hunting down the guardians to kill them all off. They have decided to start off with the head of the guardians, 7 different crossbreeds – Aurelia, Jiwon, Hye Kyo, Lena, Darren, Justin and lastly Richard. Aurelia, the chairwoman and Jiwon, the vice chairwoman. Hye Kyo and Lena, the advisors and the three males, heads of defense. Humans just did not understand one thing… These guardians they so often talk about did not want fame. They wanted something else…

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

Neveah is definitely in the making for having a successful career in the writing business, she may only be 13 but did a great job of bringing this story to life. The premise was really interesting and unquie and while I would have liked a bit more backstory to the characters I enjoyed the story and look forward to seeing more from Neveah in the future. I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.


Title: More Than Just A Pretty Face

Author: Syed Masood

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: 4th August 2020

Number of Pages: 352

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis

Danyal Jilani doesn’t lack confidence. He may not be the smartest guy in the room, but he’s funny, gorgeous, and going to make a great chef one day. His father doesn’t approve of his career choice, but that hardly matters. What does matter is the opinion of Danyal’s longtime crush, the perfect-in-all-ways Kaval, and her family, who consider him a less than ideal arranged marriage prospect.

When Danyal gets selected for Renaissance Man–a school-wide academic championship–it’s the perfect opportunity to show everyone he’s smarter than they think. He recruits the brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help with the competition, but the more time Danyal spends with her…the more he learns from her…the more he cooks for her…the more he realizes that happiness may be staring him right in his pretty face.

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

This was a great book to end my summer contemporary binge with. This was such a cute, fast paced read and I complete fell in love with the romance and the premise of chasing your dreams that we see throughout the book. Along side this it also focuses on important social, political and religious themes. Overall I gave this 3.5 out of 5 stars.


Title: The Once and Future Witches

Author: Alix E. Harrow

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK

Release Date: 15th of October

Number of Pages: 528

Genre: Historical, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

*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 Alix’s writing in The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I was not disappointed with this. Alix does such a good job of really immersing you in the story. I absolutely fell in love with each of the three sisters and loved watching as each of their stories unfolded. This is a slow paced book but this works really well of the type of story that is being told here. This is such an empowering read and I gave it 4.5 stars.


Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

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