The Ruin of Kings

The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jennifer Lyons (2019)
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the ruin of kings

Fiction | Fantasy
4 StarsBlurb:

There are the old stories. And then there’s what actually happens.

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew upon storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised. Continue reading

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Vengeful

Vengeful (The Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab (2018)

vengeful

Fiction | Sci-Fi/Paranormal
3 StarsBlurb:

“Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.”
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Black: The Birth of Evil

Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle #1) by Ted Dekker (2003)

Black

Fiction | Paranormal/Sci-Fi Thriller
0 Stars DNFDNF
Blurb:

“Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide.

Fleeing his assailants through deserted alleyways, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of a building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head…and his world goes black.

From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world-a world where evil is contained. A world where Thomas Hunter is in love with a beautiful woman. Then he remembers the dream of the chase as he reaches to touch the blood on his head.  Continue reading

Eidolon

Eidolon (The Wraith Kings #2) by Grace Draven (2016)

eidolon

Fiction | Fantasy | Romance | (TV-MA)
4.5 starsBlurb:

“In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis has unleashed a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness and on the brink of war. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to secure his throne.  Continue reading

The Poppy War

The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang (2018)

the poppy war

Fiction | Military Fantasy | (TV-MA)
5 stars
Blurb:

“When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good. Continue reading

The City of Brass

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty (2017)

the city of brass

Fiction | Historical Fantasy
3.5 StarsBlurb:

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.  Continue reading

Vicious

Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab (2013)

vicious

Fiction | Sci-Fi/Paranormal
5 starsBlurb:

“Victor and Eli started out as college roommates–brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.  Continue reading