ARC Review: American Royals – Katharine McGee

ARC Review: American Royals – Katharine McGee

This ARC was obtained during YallWest/BookCon (I got in line for the in-booth signing at BookCon in which I could get a free copy, but I already got one at YallWest.)


Name: American Royals
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: September 3, 2019


When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

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ARC Review: Imprison the Sky – A.C. Gaughen

This Advanced Readers Copy was kindly given to me at BookExpo 2018, in exchange for an unbiased honest review.

Right. I chose to prioritize reading over studying for my Philosophy exam tomorrow.

My honest answer? eh.


Name: Imprison the Sky
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: January 29, 2019


Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.

But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free.

Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

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ARC Review: Kingsbane – Claire Legrand

This ARC was given to me for free by the publishing company, in exchange for an unbiased honest review.

Hi! Joanne here! So Ava has absolutely refused to cut down this insane review, so just to let you know, it is TL;DR, and to make your life easier because I had to chop the paragraphs up, I’m using a fleuron (❧) to separate each time Ava changes the subject to talk about a different aspect. Enjoy!

I’m not religious but I thought about taking up church-going just so I could start praying for an early copy of Kingsbane. As it happened, some deity somewhere was smiling upon me and I was sent an ARC by Sourcebooks. But this deity…this deity has a weird sense of humor. I didn’t understand the ride I was in for when I got ahold of Kingsbane. I thought I understood fear, adoration, and shock when I went through the roller-coaster of awesomeness that was Furyborn.

And then. And then. Claire Legrand hits us with Kingsbane. I was recently in the archives of Wikipedia, looking up Aliens information for some reason, and I stumbled upon this quote by David Kehr, who saw Alien in 1979, and then watched Aliens in ’86: “One sequel that surpasses the original.” Now, people loved Alien. But people were SHOOK by Aliens. And, honestly, that’s how I feel about Kingsbane. Sometimes you stumble upon a series that starts strong and stays strong, and you feel lucky. But every so often, you find a series that starts off with a killer book, and somehow just keeps getting better.

I don’t know how Claire Legrand did it. But I’m going to be grateful, always, even as I sit here in a mildly-catatonic state (I finished Kingsbane approximately five minutes ago, and now that I’ve appropriately scream-ranted about the ending at my bewildered roommate, I’m physically capable of writing this review. But don’t mistake me for calm, friends. I’m freaking the fuck out.

Name: Kingsbane
Author: Claire Legrand

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: May 21, 2019


Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

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Book Review: Four Dead Queens – Astrid Scholte

I’m going to preface this review by stating that Four Dead Queens was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. I was so excited for it, I even attempted one of those ARC trades on Twitter. Everyone seemed to be hyping this book, and I’d heard people herald it as the “next big YA thing“. What I actually got from Four Dead Queens was…not that. 



Name: Four Dead Queens
Author: Astrid Scholte
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: February 26, 2019


Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

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ARC Review: When We Caught Fire – Anna Godbersen

This Advanced Readers’ Copy was given to me during Book Expo 2018, in exchange for an honest review.

SO hi I’ve been delaying this review for awhile because Spring Break and shit happens in life thank you very much


Name: When We Caught Fire
Author: Anna Godbersen
Publisher: EpicReads
Release Date: October 2, 2018


It’s 1871 and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth, and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson. Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle—one that will literally set the city ablaze, and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.

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ARC Review: Unbroken – Marieke Nijkamp

This Advanced Readers’ Copy was given to me during Book Expo 2018 in exchange for an honest review.

wtf why didnt this publish now i have to redo the entire thing but lucky not the review since thats on goodreads


Name: Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens
Editor: Marieke Nijkamp
Contributors: William Alexander, Fox Benwell, Keah Brown, Dhonielle Clayton, Corinne Duyvis, Heidi Heilig, Kody Keplinger, Katherine Locke, Karuna Riazi, Francisco X. Stork, Kayla Whaley, Kristine Wyllys
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: September 18, 2018


Warrior. Actor. Friend. Heroine. Traveler. Sister. Magician. Lover. Biker.

In this stunning anthology, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp teams up with fellow disabled authors to create a collection of fictional stories that dispense with the tired, broken stereotypes–and reclaim narratives and identities.

By weaving together tales of interstellar war, an enchanted carnival, or a dating debacle, Unbroken celebrates the varied experiences of disabled teens, including teens of color and of diverse genders and orientations, without obscuring the realities of their disabilities. At turns hilarious and heart-stopping, these short stories share a common thread—one that has bent over time, but will never break.

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ARC Review: Descendant of the Crane – Joan He

This Advanced Readers’ Copy was given to me upon my request to the author herself, in exchange for an unbiased honest opinion.

I’m genuinely surprised.

This book turned out to be pretty amazing.

BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN I WON’T BE BRUTALLY HONEST WHEN I NEED TO. I will ROAST this book as I intend to ever since I first heard and researched about it. Because that’s my duty as one of Chinese nationality to do justice to book reviews.


Name: Descendant of the Crane
Author: Joan He
Publisher: Albert Whitman Company
Release Date: April 2, 2019


Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

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ARC Review: Reign the Earth – A.C. Gaughen

crap I forgot to write this review before I started another book

This Advanced Readers Copy was kindly given to me by Bloomsbury, in exchange for an unbiased honest review.


Name: Reign the Earth
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: January 30, 2018


Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

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ARC Review: Monster – K.D. Elizabeth

Today is Monster’s publishing day!!! woop woop!!!!

Happy Book Birthday to K.D. Elizabeth, so proud to be on your street team and so honored to be able to read your books faster than others and love them greatly!


Name: Monster
Author: K.D. Elizabeth
Publisher: –
Release Date: February 15, 2019


I’ve wanted to screw Rory Larson for twenty-seven years. Okay, fine, I’ve really wanted to screw her for only seventeen, but I’ve wanted her for twenty-seven. More specifically, since I was five and she dumped an entire container of multicolored glitter over my head.

It may have taken only a couple hours for my mom to scrub the glitter out of my hair, but I needed until college to finally get my first taste of Rory.
Then things went horribly wrong—and by horribly wrong, I mean she left me in my dorm, naked, wondering what the hell had just happened.

Fast forward a decade, and Rory still hates me. Loathes me, actually. Sure, she’ll inevitably say that I did something horrible, something irredeemable, that night all those years ago, but that’s just flat-out wrong. I’m completely blameless in the situation. At least, I’m pretty sure I am, anyway.

I deserve an explanation. So I’m enacting my evil plan. By the time the week is out, Jackson King is finally going to put an end to this unbearable twenty-seven-year itch.

Everything will be fine once she hears me out. Right?

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ARC Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

This Advanced Reader’s Copy was given to me by Bloomsbury, and I am seriously grateful because it was amazing.

I don’t even have words for how amazing ACSDAL was. It blew my mind, and was so much better than anything I could have ever expected!


Name: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: January 29, 2019


In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin. Continue reading “ARC Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer”