Dragons and Lesbians and War! Oh My!: “The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon Review

Official Summary The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction— but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is …

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Bronze Dust Book: A Review of “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Official Summary Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now. Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming …

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Show & Tell Without the Showing: A Review of “Prince of Air and Darkness” by M.A. Grant

Official Summary The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it. They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the …

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Writing This Good is Improbable, But Not Impossible: A Review of “King of Scars” by Leigh Bardugo

Official Summary Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop …

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The Tamest Wolves: A Review of “The Gilded Wolves” by Roshani Chokshi

Official Summary Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of …

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Dreams of Yesteryear: A Dual Review of “Vengeful” by V.E. Schwab and “Muse of Nightmares” by Laini Taylor

When I went to edit this post, I realized I never wrote an introduction or conclusion. Since both mini-reviews contain their own introduction and conclusion, I’m just not going to bother with one for the whole post. Let’s just jump into this. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab Official Summary: Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, …

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The Pressure of Expectations: A Review of “Queen of Air and Darkness” by Cassandra Clare

Official Summary: What if damnation is the price of true love? Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees …

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‘Cause This Is (Not a) Thriller: A Review of “A Danger to Herself and Others” by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Official Summary: Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there's been a mistake. She didn't need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at her summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn't a danger to herself or others, she can go …

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Virtually Imperfect: A Dual Review of “The Poppy War” by R.F. Kuang and “Wildcard” by Marie Lu

Hey gang! Sorry for being MIA the past week. I actually wrote out an entire post about my first relationship on Saturday, but never got around to editing it. Drunk Me decided that was Sober Me’s job, and Sober Me decreed it was Later Me’s responsibility. Then I repeated the cycle. And then yesterday I …

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City of Absolute Fuckery: A Review of “City of Dark Magic” by Magnus Flyte

Official Summary: Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is …

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