The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle

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The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle

Series: Terra Protectorum #1

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing

Expected publication: May 1st 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: ARC

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* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Centuries ago, Terra, the world, was nearly destroyed by humans. In the wake of that destruction, Terra created the Guardians – a group sworn to protect Her. But humans have returned to their plundering ways and Terra needs the Guardians. The Guardians are now fractured, their leader murdered years before. They need a new leader – a new Terra Protectorum – but when a young girl is chosen outrage ensues. Questions demand answers.
 
Why has Terra selected a girl with no knowledge of the Guardians? Why has she chosen a human when it is the humans destroying the earth? And most importantly, why has she chosen the girl whose father murdered the last Terra Protectorum?

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21I’ve been saying for some time how much I’ve been enjoying middle grade. When I read the synopsis for this book I just couldn’t not get it… It sounded so interesting and fun! But this was even better than I thought it was going to be. This book is SO incredibly fun, sweet, exciting and gripping!

This is Winter’s story. She was just a young girl when everything suddenly turned upside down. Life as she knew it was gone and she was now being hunted by animals that wanted to hurt her. But weirder of all, they talked and she could understand them! With some animals’ help, she was to become a fellow Guardian of Terra, which she needed to protect from destruction. But that might be simpler said than done…

Winter is a really enjoyable main character. She is caring, friendly, determined and realistic. She is just a kid and she is trying her best to help do her part for the planet. I thought it quite inspiring how she tried to understand everyone’s sides and help everyone. She has a good heart and I loved how much friendship and family meant to her.

As for the Guardians and other animals alike, I freaking loved it! I LOVE animals, and to see them talk and express their feelings is just the perfect thing for me! It’s like a dream come true. Who doesn’t want to understand and talk to animals, right? And if they have magical powers – even better!

There’s a lot of animals, some good, some not so good. They all had their own personality going on and it made it super fun to read it… Vulpeera and Proctin are probably the animals most present in the story, and they are delightful to read about! Vulpeera is a sweet little fox, full of determination and courage, and Proctin is a puffy raccoon with a heart of gold! They are for sure some of my favorites and I loved every bit about them. If you want to get know about more of them, I would definitely recommend reading this! *hint*

As far as environmental messages go, I think they are really important and I did really enjoy how this book made it interesting and magical. We have the problem of humans destroying the earth. But I would have changed a part – in the book we see that building a road is destroying all the habitat around it, and although that road seemed unneeded, many aren’t and people do need roads… I just hoped it would be something more superfluous. But the point is there anyway – humans are destroying nature.

This book uses a bit of Latin in it like Protectorum and Terra. It was quite exciting for me to read those since my mother-tongue comes from Latin. Overall the writing was really accessible, enjoyable and gripping. I couldn’t put it down. There’s just the right amount of fun and tension, and action and information.

Also, there’s a couple of twists that are incredible! I did NOT see them coming and it made me even more excited for the sequel! I can’t wait >.<

This book has an awesome main character, all kinds of talking animals, and magic. I mean… It can’t get much better than that! I absolutely loved this book and I couldn’t put it down. Plus, it creates awareness of what’s happening to our planet, in a way accessible and fun for younger readers. 

And just FYI, it does contain violence.

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What did you think of it? Are you excited about this book? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli

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No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli
Series: N/A
Publisher: Fish Out of Water Books
Published February 20th, 2018
Genres: YA, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 228
Format: Paperback
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Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

* Was offered a digital copy* from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.* *I did buy the book myselfRead More »

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Published January 31st 2017
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback / Audiobook
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Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

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The Wicked King by Holly Black

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The Wicked King by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #2
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published January 8th 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes – ARC Review

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Series: N/A

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Expected publication: May 7th 2019

Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Format: ARC

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* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.

The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of saving herself and her family are either to release the spell and deal with the consequences, or to enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

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MANGA 1st IMPRESSIONS -Tokyo Ghoul, Black Butler and The Ancient Magus’ Bride

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Hi guys! I haven’t done manga reviews in quite a long time, but I’ve recently gotten 3 new manga books that I’ve never tried before but wanted to, so, I decided to do a first impressions on them in one post!

These ones are the three mangas I recently got and read in order:

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Tokyo Ghoul, Vol.1 by Sui Ishida

Black Butler, Vol.1 by Yana Toboso

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol.1 by Kore Yamazaki

Like I said, I’ve heard of these books for quite some time and always wanted to get to them, but this is the first time I actually read them. As for my predictions on what I was going to like the most, I was completely wrong!Read More »

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

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Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
Series: Circle of Shadows #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published January 22nd 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 454
Format: Hardback
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A thrilling new fantasy series full of magic and betrayal—from Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of the Crown’s Game series.

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.

So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart forever.

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