Havenfall – Sara Holland

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Havenfall by Sara Holland

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Hidden Worlds, Magic, Mystery, Romance


REVIEW:

I found Sara Holland’s debut—Everless—a very good kind of surprising. It was nothing I expected and yet everything I wanted both at the same time. While I didn’t fall in love with the heroine, I thought she had it in her to BE a heroine and that is something that kept me wanting to read more about her. Continue reading

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky – Kwame Mbalia

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: October 2019
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Action, Mythology


REVIEW:

This is a solid story. With solid, memorable characters, and an intriguing concept. The writing, also, is solid. The fact that this is a debut is astounding. I completely understand why Rick Riordan picked it for publishing. I would have done the same thing. This story deserves to be out there, because it is not more of the same. The diversity and unusualness of the types of characters/creatures made it exciting to my eyes, from the beginning. Continue reading

Les Racines d’une Rose, Tome 1 : Princesse Promise – Naomi Chauret

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Les Racines d’une Rose, Tome 1 : Princesse Promise by Naomi Chauret

Ma note: 4 sur 5 étoiles
Reçu: Bibliothèque
Parution: Mars 2019
Éditions: ADA
Âge recommandé: 12+
Rythme: Normal
Sujets: Ados, Amour, Fantastique, Royauté, Famille, Devoir


CHRONIQUE:

Voici un livre qui fut une réelle surprise. J’allais presque le remettre à ma bibliothèque sans l’avoir lu, puisque il était à remettre bientôt et j’avais pris trop de temps à me décider à le lire. Et pourtant, dès que j’ai débuté l’histoire de Mila-Rose, je n’ai pas pu m’arrêter. Bien qu’il soit passé minuit, j’ai quand même lu ce livre en une journée car je ne me suis pas couchée encore. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Reverie – Ryan La Sala

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My rating: TBD
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: December 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+


THOUGHTS:

Hi, everyone! Normally, when I do blog tours, I share a review of the book in the post, but it’s exam period so I have not had the time to finish reading this gorgeous-looking book.

However, I did start it and I am quite curious about where it’s going. I like the writing – it’s well-edited – and the contemporary + fantasy combination. It’s a really cool vibe. I haven’t gotten to know the characters too well yet, but it’s an LGBTQIA+ story so if that’s something you usually go for and are excited about, definitely give it a try. Continue reading

Wicked As You Wish – Rin Chupeco

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Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, War Setting, Magic, Family, Royalty


REVIEW:

This is a ‘‘did not finish’’ from me.

The world building is so confusing. I can keep on reading and reading but I don’t understand more. Actually, I understand less. Because if from the beginning you’re not eased into the magic system and the different aspects that constitute the fantasy world, chances are you’re going to be so confused that you’re going to compensate by focusing on the characters more than the world around them. Continue reading

There Will Come a Darkness – Katy Rose Pool

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There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: September 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt & Cie. (BYR)
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, War Setting, Family


REVIEW:

I was so excited when I received this book because my advance copy was HUGE and HEAVY and it just felt like an important book to hold in my hands. It didn’t even have a cover design, so in addition to feeling important, it looked very mysterious. Continue reading

The Dragon Warrior – Katie Zhao

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The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: October 15th, 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Friendship, Family


REVIEW:

Truth be told, I finished this book a few weeks ago, but somehow I find much easier to review books I’ve either adored or hated. Because, usually, those books get me all fired up. This story… did not. It’s a good beginning to an original and diverse middle grade series, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also one of those books that you need to remind yourself to finish because your heart just does not automatically turn their way. Continue reading