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Why You Need to Read: “The Weight of Blood”

The Weight of Blood By: Tiffany D. Jackson Published: September 6, 2022 Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Retelling             …“the Bloody Prom,” when a girl named Madison Abigail Washington nearly burned down her entire town, killing two hundred people, including the majority of her senior class, at their first racially integrated prom, (Two).             Identity is one of… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Weight of Blood”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Legacy of Molly Southbourne”

Molly Southbourne, #3: The Legacy of Molly Southbourne By: Tade Thompson Published: May 17, 2022 Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller, Sequel WARNING: There are spoilers from both The Murders of Molly Southbourne and The Survival of Molly Southbourne in this review. You have been warned.             There was once a girl called Molly who made people when she bled. People like you and… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Legacy of Molly Southbourne”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Liar’s Knot”

Thank you to Orbit Books for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. Rook & Rose, #2: The Liar’s Knot By: M.A. Carrick                                                                    Audiobook: 23 hours 14 minutes Published: December 9, 2021                                                 Narrated by: Nikki Massoud Genre: Fantasy/Sequel             This was her true home, the place where she and Tess had launched this con. The one place… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Liar’s Knot”

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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”

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Why You Need to Read: “First, Become Ashes”

First, Become Ashes By: K.M. Szpara Published: April 6, 2021 Genre: Urban Fantasy TRIGGER WARNING: Be advised. This book contains elements of self-harm, imprisonment, rape, torture, abuse, and non-consensual sex.  I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts are mine alone.             Her voice drips with pity I… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “First, Become Ashes”

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Why You Need to Read: “Tower of Mud and Straw”

Tower of Mud and Straw By: Yaroslav Barsukov Published: February 21, 2021 Genre: Fantasy             The tower took the length of the world—only it was an alien world, replicating itself over and over as it climbed to a distinct, ghostly gap into the clouds. Or did he stare down a well? (Part I. The Duchy. 5).             Critics have an… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Tower of Mud and Straw”

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Why You Need to Read: “Down Among the Sticks and Bones”

Wayward Children, #2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones By: Seanan McGuire Published: June 13, 2017 Genre: Fantasy *Winner of: ALA Alex Award 2018, ALA RUSA Fantasy Award 2018             It did not occur to Jill that Jack’s avoidance, like her own, had been born purely of parental desire and never of a sincere wanting. Their parents… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Down Among the Sticks and Bones”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Year of the Witching”

The Year of the Witching By: Alexis Henderson Published: July 21, 2020 Genre: Dark Fantasy/Occult Fiction             Immanuelle had always felt a strange affinity for the Darkwood, a kind of stirring whenever she neared it. It was almost as though the forbidden wood sang a song that only she could hear, as though it was daring… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Year of the Witching”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Cerulean Queen”

The Nine Realms #4: The Cerulean Queen By: Sarah Kozloff Published: April 21, 2020 Genre: Fantasy             I am Cerúlia, the daughter of the late, brave Queen Cressa the Enchanter and the heroic Lord Ambrice.              I. Am. Your. Queen, (Chapter Five).             When the end of a story draws near, there lies a range of emotion from sadness to anxiousness.… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Cerulean Queen”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Priory of the Orange Tree”

The Priory of the Orange Tree By: Samantha Shannon                                    Audiobook: 25 hours 52 minutes Published: February 26, 2019                          Narrated by: Liyah Summers Genre: Epic Fantasy             A low growl rolled through Nayimathun. She spoke as if to herself. “He is stirring. The shadow lies heavy on the West,” (Chapter 25, East).             Avid readers—especially those who read history, biographies and memoirs,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Priory of the Orange Tree”