Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her. But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.
I adored The Storm Crow so much. It had incredible depression rep, amazing characters, and an amazing world. Thia was stepping onto the path to war at the end of The Storm Crow and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Trigger warnings: depression, gore, PTSD
1792 With Europe in the throes of revolution, a teenage alchemist is on the verge of a discovery that will change the course of history. But the cost may be her own mind….
Even though I knew next to nothing about this book, I knew I wanted to read it. A teenage alchemist working to change the course of history, but under the threat of losing her own mind. Not knowing if it’s science or magic or power or possession. It sounded fascinating and something that I would absolutely want to try.
Pony just wants to fly under the radar during senior year. Tired from all the attention he got at his old school after coming out as transgender, he’s looking for a fresh start at Hillcrest High. But it’s hard to live your best life when the threat of exposure lurks down every hallway and in every bathroom. Georgia is beginning to think there’s more to life than cheerleading. She plans on keeping a low profile until graduation…which is why she promised herself that dating was officially a no-go this year. Then, on the very first day of school, the new guy and the cheerleader lock eyes. How is Pony supposed to stay stealth when he wants to get close to a girl like Georgia? How is Georgia supposed to keep her promise when sparks start flying with a boy like Pony?
This was a book with a trans main character, who is going to a new school and wants to keep his identity under wraps. He also develops a crush on a cheerleader and she feels the same connection he does. I practically pounced on this book when I heard about it. Honestly, I heard it had a trans main character and that’s all I needed to want to read it, everything else was just a major bonus. Trigger warnings: transphobia, homophobia, transphobic attack, suicidal ideation, implied parental abuse
Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle…. But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.
A book with a trans main character who wants to fall in love. That’s basically all I needed to know to be sold. Then the cover was released. A POC, with top surgery scars so visible, and it’s so bright and so full of life, it’s just really something to behold. Trigger warnings: transphobia, racism, misgendering,
I’m so thrilled to have June Hur, the author of The Silence Of Bones on my blog today! The Silence Of Bones is a historical fiction murder mystery set in 1800 Joseon (Korea). It’s amazingly written, has such sweet characters living in such a brutal life, and a fantastic mystery. I could honestly go on all day about how much I loved it. But, I was lucky enough to be able to interview June, so I’ll just cap it at this book is incredible.
When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true. But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.
While I wasn’t as avid a fan of The Selection as some people, I did still like it. I also liked the sequel series and The Siren. So, I was looking forward to seeing what she wrote next. And The Betrothed sounded pretty good. A king wants Hollis’s hands, but her heart is being captured by a commoner. Definitely sounded like something I would like to read.
Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life. Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?
I’d seen this book around here and there, and it sounded pretty interesting. I was planning on picking it up sometime, BUT I GOT AN ARC IN THE MAIL! It was my first unsolicited ARC, which is very exciting. I was super pumped to get a package from WednesdayBooks, but I wasn’t expecting this book! So, I jumped on the chance to read it. Trigger warnings: self-harm, captivity, emotional manipulation, implied rape/assault