Prince’s Gambit – C. S. Pacat

book 1 review “To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.” I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in this trilogy, but that was nothing compared to how much I loved the second installment. Everything that I enjoyed in Captive Prince was magnified in Prince's Gambit, plus … Continue reading Prince’s Gambit – C. S. Pacat

Dread Nation – Justina Ireland (ARC Review)

Spoiler-free review! Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children … Continue reading Dread Nation – Justina Ireland (ARC Review)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.” What I knew before reading this book: 1) it was hist-fic, and 2) it was cute as hell. What I knew … Continue reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

Now I Rise – Kiersten White (ARC Review)

"They had nothing better, nowhere else to go. They were loyal to her, and to the hope that perhaps she would find them a place in the world." After leaving Mehmed's side to carve out her own path to the throne of Wallachia, Lada Dracul finds herself without allies, assistance, or power to speak of, besides the loyalty of her men. When she finds that Mehmed has not been entirely honest or beneficial to her cause, Lada's rage encourages her to finally embrace the cruelty of her nature and to seek out the throne via any means necessary. Meanwhile, Radu helps Mehmed plot to overtake Constantinople, but the waters become muddied when Radu is sent into the city as a spy and begins to second-guess his own motives as well as the sultan's. Will Radu's love for his childhood friend be enough, or must he, too, find his own way?