Court of Lions! // concluding this lovely duology 😩 – blog tour + giveaway

Court of Lions! // concluding this lovely duology 😩 – blog tour + giveaway

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Court of Lions

by Somaiya Daud

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Amazon || B&N || Book Depository || Indie Bound || Goodreads

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the
publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.

Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

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Star Daughter // My dream cast! – blog tour

Star Daughter // My dream cast! – blog tour

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Star Daughter

by Shveta Thakrar

Publication Date: August 11th 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5 but in a good way!

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the
publisher and Hear Our Voices Blog Tours as part of my participation in their tour.

This gorgeously imagined YA debut blends shades of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and a breathtaking landscape of Hindu mythology into a radiant contemporary fantasy.

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens–and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.

Brimming with celestial intrigue, this sparkling YA debut is perfect for fans of Roshani Chokshi and Laini Taylor.

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Shielded // a wholesome fantasy! – blog tour + giveaway

Shielded // a wholesome fantasy! – blog tour + giveaway

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Shielded

by KayLynn Flanders

Date of Publication: July 21st, 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads || Amazon || Book Depository || Barnes and Noble || Indigo

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the
publisher and TBR and Beyond Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

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More Than Just A Pretty Face // 15 thoughts I had while reading it – blog tour

More Than Just A Pretty Face // 15 thoughts I had while reading it – blog tour

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More Than Just a Pretty Face

by Syed M. Masood

Release Date: August 4, 2020
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | Google Play | Book Depository

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the
publisher and Hear Our Voices Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.

For fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han, a sweetly funny YA rom-com debut about falling in love, familial expectations, and being a Renaissance Man.

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.

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July Wrap-Up!

July Wrap-Up!

Hello, people! Welcome back to another wrap-up post!

I had a pretty good reading month, with a few books I really liked, and a few which were alright as a one-time read. I did not DNF any books this month, so, yay! xD

I’ll be rating the ones I haven’t reviewed here, and I’ll be attaching the link to my reviews to the title of the books I did review.

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City of Brass – phew. This was a ride and a half! LOVE IT. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

Star Daughter (ARC) – I’m on tour for Star Daughter, and my stop is on August 6th. I’ve also prepared a dream cast for this one!

Mirage (ARC) – Really adored this take on sci-fi set in a Moroccan inspired setting! I’ve linked my review, in case you want to know more of my thoughts.

Court of Lions (ARC) – I’m on tour for this on August 7th! This was a great conclusion to the series. I made quote graphics for the first time for this book ^_^

Shielded (ARC) – You guys, I was hella surprised when I found out I got selected for this tour. This is huge! 😳 My stop is on August 4th 😀

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A Golden Fury  – I’ve already reviewed this one! It was a pretty good debut, and had an interesting premise(I mean, ALCHEMY!), but I ended up not caring enough about the characters to pick up any sequels in the future. Check out my review to know more.

I Was Born For This – I really liked this as a one-time read! This book is basically one huge anxiety-fest with cinnamon roll characters. It also has trans rep ❤ The aspect I liked best is how it portrays young stars facing a horde of fans, and what a heavy toll it takes on them.

More Than Just a Pretty Face (ARC) – I’m on tour for this one on August 3rd! I’m gonna be sharing 15 thoughts I had while reading this book 😀

The Flatshare – This was a cute and fluffy one-time read! I didn’t enjoy the way Leon’s POV was written, and that greatly affected my reading experience. ⭐⭐⭐

Of Curses and Kisses – Another take on Beauty and the Beast with an Indian MC! If y’all read this, you should know that every South Indian girl faces the same scrutiny from the public, not just the Princesses xD The love story was a tad boring. ⭐⭐⭐.5!

That covers it! My favorite book this month was City of Brass.

How was your reading month? Spot any favorites?

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Review: Mirage // Moroccan sci-fi goodness

Review: Mirage // Moroccan sci-fi goodness

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Mirage

by Somaiya Daud

Series/Standalone: Series

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea // Heartwarming and adorable 🥺

Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea // Heartwarming and adorable 🥺

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

by TJ Klune

Series/Standalone: Standalone

Rating: ★★★★★

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

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ARC Review: A Golden Fury

ARC Review: A Golden Fury

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A Golden Fury

by Samantha Cohoe

Series / Standalone: Standalone (?)

Rating: ★★★.5

Pub date: October 30th, 2020

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of a revolution looming, Thea is sent to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
 

 

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June Wrap-Up ft. the Queer, Queerer, and Queerest of books!

June Wrap-Up ft. the Queer, Queerer, and Queerest of books!

Hello my peeps! June was undeniably the best reading month I had this year. ALL HAIL THE LOCKDOWN. (But seriously, my heart goes out to all the people suffering during these incredibly trying times. Hope everything reading this is safe).

I made it a pact to read more queer books this year, and no better time than the present! So, for pride month, I stuck to reading all queer books. This doesn’t mean I’m gonna neglect LGBTQ books for the rest of the year, and neither should you.

I’m watching you 👀

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Review: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Review: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

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Georgia Peaches and other Forbidden Fruit

by Jaye Robin Brown

Series/Standalone: Standalone

Rating: 3.5 stars

Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.

Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?

 

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