Very Violent & Very Delightful: These Violent Delights – A Blog Tour Review

Going into the book, I was constantly complaining about how draggy everything seemed; reading it was a painful struggle of putting it down and powering through. Reminiscent of Jade City, These Violent Delights begins with a heavy amount of exposition, introducing us to the characters as well as the political, social and economical setting of Gong’s 1920’s Shanghai where the White Flowers and the Scarlet Gang reigned supreme. Local law enforcement left them well enough alone with the city divided into two territorial halves. … More Very Violent & Very Delightful: These Violent Delights – A Blog Tour Review

Delightfully Witchy and Deliciously Sexy: Kingdom of the Wicked – An ARC Review

If you’re looking for a Serpent & Dove-esque book, you’ve come to the right place! Having heard mixed reviews about Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series, you can imagine I was hesitant going into Kingdom of the Wicked. In fact, I had requested it on Netgalley on a whim, very sure that my request was going to be rejected. However, to my surprise, I got it! And just in time for the most witchy month of the year! … More Delightfully Witchy and Deliciously Sexy: Kingdom of the Wicked – An ARC Review

Pinocchio but Darker: The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice – A Blog Tour Review

Having previously read a couple of Page Street Publishing’s books and being severely underwhelmed with their offerings, I was not confident going into this one. And, truth be told, almost pulled out of the book tour because I did not want to rate another book lower than three stars. Again! But, The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice truly surprised me with how good it was. In the most clichéd of descriptions, I could not put it down! … More Pinocchio but Darker: The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice – A Blog Tour Review

A Tale of Conflicting Narratives: A Golden Fury – A Blog Tour Review

A Golden Fury is a beautifully written standalone, filled with eerie yet romantic Gothic atmosphere with compelling characters and a fascinating use of alchemy. However, there is almost a confusingly written feminist theme and a severe lack of trigger warnings. But, the flaw that plagues A Golden Fury the most is that the book seems to be split into two narratives that suffer a fierce disconnect with a rather trippy and disorienting narrative in the second half. … More A Tale of Conflicting Narratives: A Golden Fury – A Blog Tour Review

Flawed Feminism & Wasted Potential: Where Dreams Descend – A Blog Tour Review

In an effort to be dark, edgy and sexy, Where Dreams Descend ends up like a low-end bar with too many flashy neon lights trying to force itself into the league of fancy nightclubs. It tries too hard to be what it thinks is edgy and different rather than let the story flow and ebb naturally; every element of the story feels heavily calculated. Where Dreams Descends has great potential to be a fantastic series but it is poorly executed. … More Flawed Feminism & Wasted Potential: Where Dreams Descend – A Blog Tour Review

Retelling Disappointment: Bookish and the Beast – An ARC Review

I’m not a fan of Beauty and the Beast; from it’s weirdly pedestal-like place in our book and pop culture to the undeserved praise of Emma Watson’s casting as Belle, it is the only Disney movie I will not rewatch. But, as a massive fan of Ashley Poston’s Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl, I was willing to give this one the benefit of the doubt. I was sure she would make romance and fan-culture gold out of this over-marketed classic tale of animal brides and Stockholm syndrome. … More Retelling Disappointment: Bookish and the Beast – An ARC Review

Squad Goals is Dead, Long Live Pack Goals: Lobizona – An ARC Review

At its core, Lobizona is about being an “alien” and needing to belong. Manu lives in fear of arrest and deportation for being an undocumented immigrant and her eyes alienate her from human society. On the other hand, Manu does not fit into the neatly segregated Septimus society as she is a lobizona and they don’t exist. … More Squad Goals is Dead, Long Live Pack Goals: Lobizona – An ARC Review

2020’s Most Frustrating Read: The Iron Will of Genie Lo – An Review

With a book so focused on its narrative, the characters once so colourful have now been reduced to single-faceted caricatures with zero to no complexity to their thoughts or actions. Either that or I’m only now noticing that Epic Crush’s captivating source material drowned out the multitude of flaws in its characters personalities. I wanted to call the characters bland but they’re not bland; they just lack a lot of complexity, save perhaps for Genie. … More 2020’s Most Frustrating Read: The Iron Will of Genie Lo – An Review

The Most Fitting Conclusion to A Series: Unravel the Dusk – An ARC Review

“You must be swift as the coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon, with all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon.”

Although the Disney writers penned the iconic line for Mulan’s transformation into military star, little did they know that it would end up describing Maia Tamarin’s war against herself. Where Spin the Dawn was an exciting three-part adventure to capture the sun, the moon and the stars, Unravel the Dusk is an introspective journey of Maia coming to terms with her magic and her fall into becoming a demon. And her sacrifice and salvation; in love, family and fate. … More The Most Fitting Conclusion to A Series: Unravel the Dusk – An ARC Review

[EXCERPT] Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee – A Blog Tour Spotlight

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life. … More [EXCERPT] Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee – A Blog Tour Spotlight