ARCs · Audiobook · Authors/Writers · Book Review · Books · Family · Family Dynamics · Fantasy · gothic · Horror · identity · Literature · Middle Grade Books · Middle Grade Fiction · mystery · Parents and Parenting · Reading · Review · speculative fiction · Young Adult Fiction

Why You Need to Read: “Gallant”

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gallant By: V.E. Schwab, Manuel Sumberac (illustrator)                  Audiobook: 7 hours 41 minutes Published: March 1, 2022                                                       Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt Genre: Tween/Young Adult, Gothic                                       For so long, Gallant was nothing but that word, the last one her mother ever wrote. Now she knows it… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Gallant”

ARCs · Authors/Writers · Book Review · Book Theories · Books · Family · Family Dynamics · Gender Roles · Historical Fiction · history · Horror · humanity · identity · LGBTQ · Literature · magic realism · mystery · mythology · Paranormal · Parents and Parenting · Reading · Review · speculative fiction · supernatural · Urban Fantasy · Writing

Why You Need to Read: “Giving the Devil His Due”

Giving the Devil His Due: A Charity Anthology by The Pixel Project Edited by: Rebecca Brewer Published: May 25, 2022 Genre: Short Stories, Horror, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Thriller It’s time to stop violence against women. Together. –Regina Yau, Founder and President, The Pixel Project.             Stories exist for multiple reasons, from sharing knowledge to providing a form… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Giving the Devil His Due”

Audiobook · Australia · Authors/Writers · Book Review · Books · Dystopia · Family · Family Dynamics · Fantasy · Favorite Books · First in a Series · Horror · humanity · identity · LGBTQ · Literature · Love · Reading · Review · speculative fiction · Trilogy

Why You Need to Read: “Empire of the Vampire”

Empire of the Vampire, #1: Empire of the Vampire By: Jay Kristoff                                                                      Audiobook: 27 hours 11 minutes Published: September 14, 2021                                              Narrated by: Damian Lynch Genre: Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy             You are Gabriel de León, Last of the Silversaints, (Sunset).             Vampires are one of the most popular “monsters” in narratives. And, this was before the “success” of The Twilight Saga;… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Empire of the Vampire”

ARCs · Authors/Writers · Award Nominee · Award Winner · Book Review · Book Spoilers · Book Theories · Books · Coming-of-Age · Family · Family Dynamics · Fantasy · Favorite Books · First in a Series · Gender Roles · Historical Fiction · identity · LGBTQ · Literature · Love · Middle Eastern Fantasy · Reading · Religion · religious beliefs · Review · speculative fiction · Trilogy

Why You Need to Read: “The Jasmine Throne”

Burning Kingdoms, #1: The Jasmine Throne By: Tasha Suri Published: June 8, 2021 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy             She had fought to have this opportunity,…All of it, in order to have this: a maidservant who was likely ‘not’ simply a maidservant, standing before her within the walls of this blighted prison, (13: Malini).              Readers love when authors release… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Jasmine Throne”

ARCs · Authors/Writers · Book Review · Book Theories · Books · Debut · Family · Family Dynamics · Fantasy · Favorite Books · Folklore · Goodreads · identity · Literature · Love · mythology · Neil Gaiman · Norse mythology · Old Magic · Parents and Parenting · Reading · religious beliefs · Review · speculative fiction

Why You Need to Read: “The Witch’s Heart”

The Witch’s Heart: A Novel By: Genevieve Gornichec Published: February 9, 2021 Genre: Folklore, Fantasy, Mythology, Retellings             Loki still came to bother her at his leisure. She was fine with that, as she enjoyed his company, though she did find him to be a little much at times. Peace and quiet were the only companions… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Witch’s Heart”

ARCs · Audiobook · Authors/Writers · Book Review · Books · Family Dynamics · Fantasy · First in a Series · identity · Literature · mystery · Reading · Review · speculative fiction · Trilogy

Why You Need to Read: “The Mask of Mirrors”

Rook & Rose, #1: The Mask of Mirrors By: M.A. Carrick                                                                    Audiobook: 23 hours 13 minutes Published: January 21, 2021                                                   Narrated by: Nikki Massoud Genre: Fantasy             Still, she insisted that obsequiousness was part of the role, and no amount of correction from either Ren or Alta Renata could stamp it out. Sighing, Renata put in her earrings—formerly Letilia’s—while… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Mask of Mirrors”

A Song of Ice and Fire · ARCs · Asian Influence · Audiobook · Authors/Writers · Award Nominee · Award Winner · Book Review · Book Spoilers · Books · Family · Family Dynamics · Fantasy · Favorite Books · Folklore · Freedom · Game of Thrones · George R.R. Martin · Goodreads · Grimdark · Historical Fiction · history · humanity · identity · Literature · Reading · religious beliefs · Review · Sequel · speculative fiction · Trilogy

Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

The Poppy War Trilogy, #3: The Burning God By: R.F. Kuang                                                                       Audiobook: 23 hours 47 minutes Published: November 17, 2020                                              Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller Genre: Historical Fantasy, Grimdark, Military Fantasy, Folklore             What was wrong with her? She’d started and ended wars. She’d buried a god. She’d incinerated a country. There wasn’t an entity on the planet that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

ARCs · Audiobook · Authors/Writers · Book Review · Books · Family · Family Dynamics · humanity · identity · LGBTQ · Love · Parents and Parenting · Reading · Review · Science Fiction · Sequel · Space Opera · speculative fiction · Time · Trilogy

Why You Need to Read: “Catalyst Gate”

The Protectorate: Book 3: Catalyst Gate By: Megan E. O’Keefe                                                           Audiobook: 20 hours 49 minutes Published: June 22, 2021                                                        Narrated by: Joe Jameson Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera             Rainier Lavaux had threatened everything and everyone Sanda had ever loved. Sanda had felt that loss once. And she’d burn the bitch to the ground rather than suffer through that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Catalyst Gate”

African Influence · ARCs · Authors/Writers · Book Review · Books · Coming-of-Age · Debut · Family · Family Dynamics · Fantasy · Favorite Books · First in a Series · Freedom · Gender Roles · Goodreads · identity · Parents and Parenting · Reading · religious beliefs · Review · speculative fiction · Young Adult Fiction

Why You Need to Read: “The Gilded Ones”

The Gilded Ones, #1: The Gilded Ones By: Namina Forna Published: February 9, 2021 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains elements of rape, misogyny, familicide, dismemberment, human trafficking, and violence against females. Be advised.             Confusion lines my face, and I frown at her. “An invitation for what?”             “For you, Impure One. Emperor Gezo… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Gilded Ones”

ARCs · Audiobook · Authors/Writers · Award Nominee · Book Review · Book Spoilers · Books · Fantasy · Favorite Books · Gender Roles · LGBTQ · Literature · Predictions · Reading · religious beliefs · Review · Sequel · speculative fiction

Why You Need to Read: “The House of Always”

A Chorus of Dragons, #4: The House of Always By: Jenn Lyons                                                                        Published: May 11, 2021                                                         Genre: Fantasy                                                                                              Thank you Tor for sending me an eARC of this book. I listened to excerpts of the audiobook, too. Note: There are a few spoilers from the first three books in A Chorus of Dragons series.              After I have my… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The House of Always”