Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: The Castoffs, V.1: Mage Against the Machine by M.K. Reed

The Castoffs, V.1: Mage Against the Machine by M.K. Reed
Series: The Castoffs #1-4
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 119 pages
Published on 12th April 2017 by Lion Forge
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
M.K. Reed: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Brian Smith: Goodreads
Molly Ostertag: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Wyeth Yates: Goodreads
eCopy received from Diamond BookShelf newsletter

Synopsis:
It’s Mage against the Machine! Magic vs technology in Roar’s newest graphic novel. When three apprentice mages are sent to help a neighboring guild, they reignite a decades-old war with a robot army that has destroyed the world.

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DNF Review: The Fandom by Anna Day

The Fandom by Anna Day
Genre: Dystopia | Young Adult
Length: 402 pages
Published on 4th January 2018 by Chicken House
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Anna Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC picked up at YALC 2017

Synopsis:
Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.
They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

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Poetry Review: Scattered Constellations by Ankita Singh

Scattered Constellations by Ankita Singh
Genre: Poetry | Young Adult
Length: 80 pages
Published on 31st July 2018 by Amazon Direct Publishing
Purchase: Amazon
Ankita Singh: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received for review

Synopsis:
Words tumble out, with no pause;
From the pen, my anelace,
That I hold so graciously,
(In awe of its majesty, its power)
In my hand.
They form thoughts, hopes and musings;
Reflect my soul, my entire being,
And spread across the page,
Like scattered constellations
Across the sky.
(Scattered Constellations is a YA Free Verse Poetry collection.)

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Review: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
Series: Genre: Fantasy | Retellingt | Young Adult
Length: 320 pages
Published on 3rd May 2018 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Louise O’Neill: Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from WhSmith

Synopsis:
Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.

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Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Series: The Seafarer’s Kiss #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | LGBT
Length: 224 pages
Published on 28th March 2015 by Duet Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Julia Ember: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eBook gifted to me by Allie

Synopsis:
Having long wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the merfolk’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: Say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from the divine Loki. But such deals are never straightforward, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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ARC Review: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Length: 368 pages
Published on 31st July 2018 by HarperCollins
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sarah Henning: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eARc recieved from the publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis:
Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

~~~~~~~~~~Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

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ARC review: Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart

Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart
Series: Grace and Fury #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 320 pages
Published on 26th July 2018 by Hodder Children’s Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Tracy Banghart: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC sent to me via the publishers (ty Louise and Katherine)

Synopsis: Bold, brutal and beautiful, this is a must-read with the glitter and romance of The Selection and the thrilling action and intrigue of Red Queen.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive.

Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman.

But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything.

Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?

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ARC Poetry Review: sunfish by Shelby Eileen

sunfish by Shelby Eileen
Genre: Poetry | Nofiction
Length: 90 pages
Published on 4th June 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Paltform
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Shelby Eileen: Twitter | Goodreads
eARC provided by Author

Synopsis:
A poetry collection exploring fractured familial relationships, fresh grief surrounding the death of the author’s grandparents from years before, and living in the loss of what could have been. Many of these poems are letters- whether they’ll make it to who they’re meant for is a wearisome wondering, a mystery to be solved in the next life.

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Fairyloot Unboxing | May: Save the Kingdom

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Fairyloot Unboxing | Save the Kingdom
Hello and welcome to my first ever unboxing that I’m posting here. The second to exist though.

I don’t know why it never occured to me to post these here, but I am now. Keep readin to see me unboxing Fairyloot’s May subscription box.
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ARC Review: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Series: Ash Princess Trilogy #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 448 pages
Published on 14th June 2018 by Macmillan Children’s Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Laura Sebastian: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy recieved for review via NetGalley

Synopsis:
The queen you were meant to be.
The land you were meant to save.

The throne you were meant to claim.

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz.Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become Queen.

From author Laura Sebastian comes Ash Princess, a nail-biting YA fantasy debut full of daring and vengeance.

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