Iron Widow

Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao (2021)

YA Fiction | Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Blurb:

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.​ 

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Spotlight: Nova’s Blade

Today I’m sharing about debut author Will Scifi’s new YA Dystopian Cyberpunk book titled NOVA’S BLADE. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and it’s definitely what it claims to be, by which I mean you’re going to want to give it a look. Filled with a sci-fi skewed dystopian society, complex characters, and plenty of action and plot twists, Nova’s Blade will have you leaning in with curiosity, gasping in horror, cheering in support, and grasping for the next book. If you’ve enjoyed other reads such as The Hunger Games, The Selection, or The Princess Trials, then this just might be your next choice! Keep reading this post for more on the book and the author as well as an excerpt!

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One-line Reviews: January 2022

New year, new books! Time for my post of one-line reviews for a few of the books I’ve read/finished this month. It’s short and gets to the point so if you haven’t been a fan of my usual sprawling review style then this is the complete opposite. Follow me on Goodreads if you’d like to keep up with all of the books I read each month.

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Recipes from Fiction!

I don’t know about you, but I really love food and sometimes the books I read mention things that taste so mouthwateringly delicious that I wish the author would include the recipe! The holidays always has me spending more time in the kitchen baking as I sing along to Christmas songs and dance around coated in flour (by accident of course lol) so I thought I’d share some recipes with you this Christmas. I’ve included three recipes, all from books! Keep scrolling to find the recipes and also a bit about the books they’re found in.

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This Vicious Grace

This Vicious Grace (The Last Finestra #1) by Emily Thiede (2022)

-eARC Review-

YA Fiction | Fantasy

Blurb:

Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

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Spotlight: Revenge de los Muertos

I couldn’t resist putting together a lil spotlight post for an upcoming release that I am SO excited for! Author Talis Jones has a new series coming out and this time she’s selected the urban fantasy genre. As you all know, I read almost every genre out there but when I need something fun, something to take me away from whatever is causing me stress in my life, I often turn to paranormal or urban fantasy (the difference between the two remains largely unknown to me, I admit). There’s just something about magic or the supernatural set in a world of Walmarts, roller rinks, and student loans that is fun to me. It’s our world, but with a little extra.

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Recorder

Recorder (Children of the Consortium #1) by Cathy McCrumb (2021)

-eARC Review-

Fiction | Sci-Fi

Blurb:

The Consortium is All. But Recorder Can No Longer Obey.

Recorder has no family, no friends, and no name. Donated to the Consortium before birth, her sole purpose is to maintain and verify the records. A neural implant and drone ensure compliance, punishing for displays of bias.

Suddenly cut off from controlling technology, Recorder tastes what it means to be human. But if the Consortium discovers her feelings, everyone she knows will be in danger.

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One-line Reviews: July 2021

Bye, July. Time for my post of one-line reviews for a few of the books I’ve read/finished this month. It’s short and gets to the point so if you haven’t been a fan of my usual sprawling review style then this is the complete opposite. Follow me on Goodreads if you’d like to keep up with all of the books I read each month.

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Cover Reveal | On Destiny

I’m back with another exciting announcement from Aileen Erin! As you may know, I am a huge fan of her Aunare Chronicles series (keep an eye out for my ARC review of On Mission, book 3!) and today I am happy to help share the official cover reveal for ON DESTINY, book 4 in the series! Keep reading to find out more about this latest release or if you’re new to the series I’ve also included a mini review of book 1, Off Planet!

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