ARC Review: The Burning God

The Burning God (The Poppy War, #3)

Title: The Burning God
Author: R.F Kuang
Publication Date: November 17th 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead. 

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation. 

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss for review. Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

As always I want to provide trigger and content warnings:

Cannibalism – Rape – Torture – Drug Abuse – War – Death – Violence – Human Experimentation – Genocide

Also there will be spoilers for the previous two books, The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic.

Happy release day to one of my favorite books of the year!!!!

When I saw I got approved for an ARC of this book I shed a few tears no joke. I had request the ARC a while ago and had lost hope that I would ever be accepted but then one fine Saturday morning, I got an email that I had received the ARC. I think I screamed. I then proceeded to spend the whole day reading.

Characters

Fang Runin or Rin has been a character I can’t help but love even though she has done many questionable things and made many questionable choices. Rin goes through so much in this book. She’s just been betrayed by someone she thought she could trust and now she’s hellbent on destroying him. I think Rin has the best character arc in this book. It really is a culmination of the past two books and the ending just leaves you emotionally torn and wanting more.

Rin and Nezha’s relationship throughout this book absolutely destroyed me. The whole will they kill each other or will they not? There are so many chef’s kiss quotes about Rin and Nezha in this book and I want to get them all tattooed on my body.

I also want to talk about Kitay and Rin. Another amazing relationship that made me tear up. Kitay and Rin’s devotion to one another was such an amazing aspect of the book. They make me want to cry on a daily basis.

Plot/Story

Kuang’s worldbuilding is my absolute favorite. I think she did a wonderful job of blending history with fantastical elements. I was sucked into the world and found it very believable. There were many times where I related to the experience Rin was going through and could see myself in her. \This book is about Rin realizing a lot of things and it’s about her journey to becoming the person that Nikara needed. There were many times where I felt a deep stab of pain in my heart because I could tell what was coming for the ending and even though I didn’t want it to happen I knew it was coming.

Writing

I freaking love RF Kuang’s writing. It drew me right in and I couldn’t put the book down no matter how hard I tried. I basically read the whole thing in 6 hours with a few breaks in between. The pace of the writing was great. There was always something happening and I couldn’t help but keep reading.

Overall Thoughts

This was an amazing ending to what has become one of my favorite series of all time. I’m going to look at these books on my shelves and fondly remember the pain Kuang put me through while I was reading. I think everyone should read this book and I don’t want to ever see any hate on it. I need to surround myself with good vibes only about The Poppy War. This book is definitely worth reading and I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Kuang has in store for us.

October 2020 Wrap Up

I’m baaacccckkkk with the only post that you seem to get from me nowadays. It’s not that I don’t have reviews written. I do! I’m just terrible at actually typing them up into something that is coherent and then posting them. I need an assistant who’ll take my handwritten sticky note reviews and will put them together for me. That would be nice.

I did really well this month reading wise! So I’m extremely proud of myself. I read a total of 8 books and the majority of them have quickly become new favorites of mine.

Without further ado here are all the books I read in October!

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: ★★★★

This was such a fun read for October and I’m so glad I read it in the spooky month. I listened to the audiobook and while the beginning was a little slow, it picked up eventually and soon I was falling in love with the characters. I need the second book ASAP.

The Rage of Dragons (The Burning, #1)

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: ★★★★

This book was so good and I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it!!! It’s such an intense and amazing fantasy. The second book comes out soon and I can’t wait to dive into it.

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: ★★★

I really wanted to like this book and I did, just not as much as I had hoped to. I still want to continue with rest of the series and I’m hoping that as I continue reading I’ll like it more!

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Review: The Poppy War

Title: The Poppy War
Author: R.F Kuang
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

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.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.


This book is a whirlwind of emotions that left me feeling all types of ways. I read this book back in May and I still think about it sometimes. Don’t be alarmed by the fact that I gave it three stars. Three stars for me still means that I enjoyed it. I think this book was a great primer into adult fantasy for me and I can’t wait to continue exploring the genre.

Before I start my review, I do want to say that this book has a lot of trigger and content warnings.

Self-harm – Suicide – Violent rape – Sexual assault – Murder – Massacres – Brutalization – Mutilation – Torture – Substance abuse – Abuse – Emotional abuse – Physical abuse – Relationship abuse – Human experimentation – Chemical warfare – Genocide

This is a very dark book and if that is something you can’t read about then maybe don’t pick up this book.

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August 2020 Wrap Up

It seems like monthly wrap ups are the only blog posts I’m consistently writing. This is kind of late though and that has to do a lot of with the fact that I don’t currently have a laptop. It’s in a shop right now and I’m hoping that it can be fixed. If it doesn’t I might buy a new one or I might wait until my birthday next year.

I read five books this month but I still haven’t caught up to my reading goal for the year which is really annoying. I’m currently three books behind and I’m hoping that this holiday weekend I can finally catch up!

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury: ★★★

This was a cute standalone that I listened to while I was driving to and from work. I have a review of it in progress and hopefully I publish it soon!

The Dragon Republic by R.F Kuang: ★★★★

I loved this book so much!! I honestly think it left me in a slump. I gave TPW three stars because I thought it was complicated for me to understand but when I read TDR I was blown away. It all came together for me suddenly and I loved it so much.

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Review: Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)

Title: Take a Hint, Dani Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Genre: Romance
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?


I’m back and ready to talk about how much I love Talia Hibbert and the Brown sisters. Is anyone surprised by that? If you missed the first review where I raved about Get a Life, Chloe Brown, you can find that here.

Characters

I liked Take a Hint, Dani Brown a little bit more than Get a Life. I think I just really liked the characters in Dani’s stories. Dani was an absolute delight to read about. Her fears and hesitations were so relatable to me and I just felt myself connecting with her more. She’s just a badass and I wish that I had a friend like her. I hope that out there somewhere in the world is a person exactly like Dani Brown and I hope I get to meet them and become their best friend.

Zaf or Zafir is probably one of my favorite love interests ever. He is a sweet, angel of a man and I wish he was real. The way Hibbert wrote about Zaf and the development he went through throughout the book was A1. Reading about how he dealt with his grief and didn’t let it define him made me emo and there were times where I just wanted to wrap him up in a giant hug. I also really like the way Hibbert depicted Zaf dealing with his anxiety as well as how Dani reacted to it. Overall I just love Talia Hibbert and the characters she creates.

Plot/Writing

Both the Brown sister books have an amazing cast of characters and I think that’s why I love them so much. The romance also isn’t the forefront of the book which is greatly appreciated as I don’t like solely romance books. Hibbert is amazing at creating 3-D characters that you can really relate to. The plot of the book was cute. It teetered right on the edge of absurd and believable.

Hibbert’s writing is smooth and easy to read. It’s honestly just a fun time and you an easily fall into the story. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was lovely and I really enjoyed listening to them read the book.

Overall Thoughts

I honestly can’t wait for the next book in the series especially since it’s about Eve. I know Hibbert is going to do an amazing job with Eve’s love story and I can’t wait to read about it! I also really want to get physical copies of the books so that their beauty can remain on my shelf forever. As always I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something cute and easy to read.

Review: Bloodwitch

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Title: Bloodwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Fans of Susan Dennard’s Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.


If you want to check out my reviews of the first two books you can find them here and here.

This series has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. I read the second and third books back to back on my plane ride home from Singapore and I was hooked. I couldn’t sleep because I was too busy reading. This series now holds a special place in my heart as I can fondly think back to the time that I read it.

Characters

There are so many characters in this book and they’re all featured pretty quickly. To save time and space I’m only really going to be talking about my two favorite characters as they’re the ones I care about the most. First is Iseult. Oh how I absolutely adore Iseult. She becomes even more of a badass babe in this book. She’s just so fun to read about and everything she does is amazing. I just love her so much.

Next is Aeduan. Another being I just adore. Aeduan is much prominent in this book, especially considering he is the one the book is titled after. I really enjoyed reading about his solo journey and arc as well as how his journey connected with that of Iseult and other characters. He’s such a nuanced character with many facets that make me just love him so much.

Plot/Writing

There is so much that happens in this book. It’s crazy keeping it all straight but somehow you manage to do it. The way all the storylines intertwine with one another is amazing and every time I made a connection I felt like a damn mastermind putting it all together. I love all the characters but there are some who are my favorite and I tend to pay more attention to them.

Dennard’s writing is impeccable. I love it so much. I normally don’t like multiple POVs, especially when it’s intertwining like in this book but somehow she makes it enjoyable. Her writing style is one that I eagerly look forward to reading.

Overall Thoughts

This series is underrated and deserves more hype. There is a great cast of characters and while it is YA, it feels like an older YA which I really like. I’m very sad that the next book won’t be coming out until Feb 2021 but that gives me time to reread the three books that already exist in the series. Seriously if you’re looking for a sign to start this series. This is it. Start reading now.

June 2020 Wrap Up

This is kind of late because I didn’t realize that it was the end of the month and so I didn’t have this post ready but I’m here now! I have fallen behind on my reading challenge which isn’t ideal but I’m hopeful that I will get back on track soon.

I only read two books this month but they were both really good so I’m counting this month as a reading win.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust:  ★★★★

First up I received an ARC of Girl, Serpent Thorn and I decided to read that in June what with it being Pride month. You can actually read my full review here. I really enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it.

Dark Skies (Dark Shores, #2)

Dark Skies by Danielle L Jensen:  ★★★★

I read the first book in this series Dark Shores a couple months ago and I absolutely loved it. I still haven’t written a review and that’s because I’m lazy piece of shit. However, this series is very underrated. I don’t know why more people aren’t reading it. The first book amazing, this book also amazing. Please read it.

And those were the two books I read in June. Not a great reading month but hopefully July will be better. Spoiler alert. It is. I have read two books already this month. So things are looking up.

ARC Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V.E Schwab
Publication Date: October 6 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I was pleasantly surprised when my request for this book was accepted. I didn’t think that I had a chance in receiving an ARC of this book. I’m really glad that I did and I can’t wait for the book to come out so everyone can see how beautiful a book it is.

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Review: Windwitch

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Title: Windwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


I read this book as well as the third book in this series on the plane rides home from Singapore or maybe Japan. So let me just say I was delirious after not having slept in god knows how long but I couldn’t stop myself from reading no matter what. I just was so invested in both books. I’m going to be doing separate reviews for both of them but they should be up within a day of each other.

In the meantime you can also check out the first book in the series which I’ve already reviewed here.

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ARC Review: The Raven and The Dove

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove, #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Publication Date: March 9th 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I don’t know how exactly I feel about this book. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it either which is why it’s getting three stars which I think accurately describes how I feel about it. It’s a good beginning to a series that I’m definitely interested in continuing.

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