Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao (2021)
YA Fiction | Fantasy/Sci-Fi
The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I aimed to put together a list of 10 books with anything Irish or Celtic in its story but it seems I need to expand my reading so I ended up widening the geographical scope to fill out the list haha. What are your favorites? Help me out, please! Continue reading
American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman (2001)
Fiction | Paranormal | (TV-MA)
“Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself. Continue reading
Children of Daedala (Children of Icarus #2) by Caighlan Smith (2018)
YA Fiction | Dark Fantasy/Mythology | Horror
“Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?”
Expected Publication Date: April 1, 2018
I am an avid reader and a dedicated book blogger but sometimes I get requests from authors to review their books and unfortunately I just don’t have the time in my busy schedule and/or perhaps it’s just not quite my thing. So every once in a while instead of reading/reviewing their book, I’ll agree to put together a little post to help pass along the word in case any of you readers out there will find it interesting. This time it seems the book roulette has landed on a mythology-inspired tale. It sounds strange yet unique and maybe it’ll interest some of you. Here we go… Continue reading
Champions: At Fire’s End (Champions #1) by Charlotte Jain (2015)
YA Fiction | Fantasy | Mythology
“Seventeen-year-old best friends, April and Kyle, are thrown into the final battle of the Titan and Olympian war. Locked into an endless struggle, the Immortals have finally reached a solution – bestow mortal Champions with control over the elements to wage their final campaign. Continue reading
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (2016)
YA Fiction | Fantasy | Mythology | RomanceBlurb:
“Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: Continue reading
Children of Icarus (Children of Icarus #1) by Caighlan Smith (2016)
YA Fiction | Dark Fantasy/Mythology | HorrorBlurb:
“It’s Clara who’s desperate to enter the labyrinth and it’s Clara who’s bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It’s no surprise when she’s chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.”
Expected Publication Date: August 01, 2016 Continue reading
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (2014)
YA Fiction | Romance | Paranormal
“Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to Continue reading