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Romance Wrap-Up: June

Hello lovelies! I'm introducing a new monthly thing where I review all my romance reads in one go. Since my taste fluctuates between YA fantasy and Adult romance (to cleanse my palate), I wanted to start doing monthly wrap-up posts to create some semblance of order. These will consist of shorter reviews but combined all in one post.

Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

I was very excited to finally get my hands on a copy of The Bride Test, since I was such a humongous fan of Hoang's previous book: The Kiss Quotient. The Bride Test follows the Vietnamese Esme, who is brought to the US to become Khai Diep's wife. What I loved about this book is how it very much is a rom-com, but still navigates the immigrant struggle told from Esme's perspective. This, in combination with the ownvoices autism rep made this such a unique read, and unlike any other romance I've read before. It takes a while to warm up to the romance, but it's definitely worth it in the end!

Title: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O'Leary
Rating: ✭✭✭✭,5/5

This was such an absolute surprise for me in terms of how much I ended up enjoying The Flatshare. This book centers around two roommates who occupy the same flat, but never at the same time. I loved the contrast in personality between both Leon and Tiffy, and how refreshing their relationship was. Never is there any mention of broody bad-boy behavior. Both of these characters are so unique and well-written. Also, this isn't merely a rom-com, but also deals with abusive relationships (TW), as well as legal drama. I really enjoyed the combination of flavors this book brings to the table in terms of romantic reads!

Title: The Foxe and the Hound
Author: R.S Grey
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

I'd read one R.S Grey book prior to this, but I can without a doubt say that this one is my favorite. The Foxe and the Hound follows the relationship between realtor Madeleine and veterinarian Adam after and unfortunate encounter featuring Madeleine's puppy (don't worry there isn't any kind of animal cruelty in this one, just 100% fluff!). Now, it's not that hard to win me over by including men with puppies, but this was genuinely such an enjoyable, laugh-out-loud read. The dynamic between the two characters is lovely, and the story is cute as can be. 

Title: Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3)
Author: Lauren Layne
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

I'm a fan of Lauren Layne books, and I've read most of them. However, the 21 Wall Street Series still remained on my TBR list. The third instalment, then, follows secretary Kate and banker Kennedy as the two develop their epic slowburn romance. There was a part about a no relationship pact, which rubbed me a little wrongly, but they reminded me a little of Donna and Harvey from Suits. I enjoyed this, but I wasn't super attached to its characters. Also be mindful of the random narration switch in comparison to the first two books, which I didn't really understand; it goes from a first-person narration, which I enjoy most in romances, to a third-person perspective. I liked this well enough but I wouldn't say this was one of my all-time favorites. Still a solid romance though! 

Title: Marriage for One
Author: Ella Maise
Rating: ✭/5 - DNF (Illness trigger)

It is very rare for me to DNF books, but this contained one of my triggers. Regardless, though, I don't think it would've ended up being rated very high. The story follows Jack and Rose (Yes, like the Titanic) who get fake married for business reasons. I normally enjoy a good fake relationship story, but this one was just too long. The writing is sloppy at best, - it reads like an unedited fanfic for some reason) and the story is too long for the amount of content, which means there is a lot of unnecessary repetition. Lastly, the dialogue and character development felt very inorganic. Despite the DNF status, I don't think I would've rated this higher than 2 stars. I know this is loved by many romance readers, and I wish I could like it, but alas.

Title: Fix Her Up
Author: Tessa Bailey
Rating: ✭✭✭,75/5

Fix Her Up very nicely participates in the 2019 romance cover book trend by introducing a fun, colorful cover, however, the book itself was fine. Fix Her Up follows ex pro baseball-player Travis, and neighbourhood clown (actual clown) Georgie who try their hand at fake dating. Only Georgie isn't just his best friend's little sister anymore. I liked this book well enough. Georgie was a very enjoyable and relatable character for me, and the story was cute as a whole. It just wasn't memorable enough? I wasn't too attached to their relationship, and the excessive amount of sex scenes became a little cringy after a while (the amount of times Travis says the words "baby girl" is.. a little too much). All in all, this was okay, but I hoped for something a little more.

These were all the romances I read in the past few weeks. Because of the amount of romance I consume I want to make this a monthly feature on my blog, so keep an eye out for the next one!

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REVIEW: Soul of the Sword

Title: Soul of the Sword
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre(s):  Young/New Adult, Fantasy
Release: June 17th, 2019
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

"This is why I don't trust magic," he muttered, leaning back against the tree.
 "Inanimate objects like swords and scrolls should not WANT to be found. 
They should not want anything."

After reading Shadow of the Fox, I was excited to dive head-first into Soul of the Sword. I'd never read anything written by Kagawa prior to this, but this series was such a nice surprise.

What is this book about?
Soul of the Sword continues right after Shadow of the Fox and follows shapeshifter Yumeko in her quest to free Tatsumi from the demon Hakaimoto, who has captured the warrior's soul. Yumeko is also still finishing up her original quest, which entails taking an ancient magical scroll that could summon a powerful dragon, to the Steel Feather temple. But can she and her friends succeed in saving Tatsumi and prevent the world from its descent into chaos?

“Much like your illusions and foxfire, magic itself cannot be evil. 
It is how you use your powers that determines the intent.”

What did I think of Soul of the Sword?
Soul of the Sword takes place after the cliffhanger of The Shadow of the Fox, and follows our main protagonists as they travel from town to town to complete their ultimate quest. 

I feel like these books are shaping up to be such an intriguing trilogy. Reading this series feels very much like reading a manga series, in the sense that we follow a team of protagonists who travel from town to town facing adventure after adventure. For me, it's not necessarily the plot that pulls you in, it's intriguing for sure, but not my main reason for reading. The main attraction are the cast of characters. The different dynamics are what I'm enjoying most about this series so far.

Both the main characters and the side characters have such diverging personalities that create very interesting scenarios, however what I loved seeing a lot over the course of these two novels is the development some of these personalities go through. The development of Yumeko, in particular, is stellar. As a reader, I also really like how the author has created such a great character with Kage Tatsumi. The way this book ends makes the reader long for more of him. The plot-twists of Soul of the Sword provide such interesting development for him, too.

Being immensely interested in Japanese culture, these books are a true treat for the reader. The way Kagawa incorporates Japanese mythology within this YA setting is noteworthy, and creates such an interesting contrast with the many euro-centric fantasies I've read. 

All in all, I'm really enjoying the series. Shadow of the Fox incoporates cultural components, epic storylines, and a manga-like plot to form a unique YA Fantasy hybrid that is unlike any other release!

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for supplying a Review Copy of Soul of the Sword.


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Title: Torn
Author: Natalia Jaster
Genre(s):  Young/New Adult, Fantasy
Release: June 20th, 2019
Rating: ✭✭✭✭/5

"She feels merry, so very merry.
That's the impression Merry gives,
That's the perception."

When people ask me for my favorite indie author, my answer is immediate: Natalia Jaster. Ever since reading the Foolish Kingdoms series two years ago, I've been obsessed with her romantic fantasy blends. It's not only the Foolish Kingdoms series that has enamoured me, her series Selfish Myths also massively managed to peak my interest. Torn is the second instalment in this beautiful series and comes out on June 20th, which means it's high time for me to review this beauty.

What is this book about?
Torn takes place three years after Touch, and follows Anger's POV. Because Anger has fallen in love with fellow deity Love, which is impossible in the world of the Gods, he's banished to live far away. Meet Merry. Merry is very merry, or at least she likes to think so. She was banished a long time ago as a baby for not living up to her full potential as a deity. Merry might be Anger's solution to regaining his magic and returning to the Peaks, however, in doing so, he'll have to break her heart...

"He doesn't want the sunrise.
He wants her glowing in the dark.
He wants her light back."

What did I think of Torn?
Torn follows up Touch, but takes place three years later. I really liked that Natalia has opted for a time jump, which meant that we got to see the same characters but a few years later. This entailed seeing how they ended up and how some of them progressed. We get glimpses of Love and Andrew, the protagonists of Love, and what they're up to now, which I really appreciated. We also see how Anger has potentially degressed or developed, which in that regard, I think the time-jump was a good choice.

Much like her other books, Natalia's writing is again superb in Torn. I'm a huge fan of her whimsical prose that seems to slightly change whenever she takes on a new character's POV. There's puns, but also tons of lyrical quotes that make her writing so very unique. Considering this is a mature YA Romance novel, kind of along the tones of The Bargainer series and A Court of Thorns and Roses, her writing is a mix between New Adult and Fantasy writing but in a way that is unlike anything I've ever read before.

As for the characters, I didn't think any of Natalia's books was able to trump Trick for me. Trick was my first discovery, and remained the most precious. However, she might have just done it with Torn. Torn was an absolute gem in terms of characters, story and development. Merry might be the new love of my life; her bubbly, quirky personality sharply contrast the abrasive, intense nature of Anger, but the two manage to make it work somehow. I loved the scenes in which Anger gains a noticeably soft side for Merry's antics; their dynamic was absolutely phenomenal! The theme of found family has always been a strong factor within Natalia's books, which I really appreciate considering it's one of my favorite tropes. In light of this, I loved getting to see how Anger's character seemed to develop as the book went on. Merry manages to slowly break all of Anger's walls down until they've become best friends, which was something we didn't get to see a lot in Natalia's writing (since most of it is Hate to Love and not Friends to Love, which I LOVE!), but Torn provided a breath of fresh air.

Lastly, I think the plot of Natalia's books is always very original, but I have such a weak spot for the Selfish Myths series; the concept of deities falling in love in a romantic fantasy setting is everything I didn't need and more. Torn, then, is filled with plot-twists, but also heartfelt moments.

All in all, this book was another solid five star read. It's rare for me to not give Natalia's books a five-star rating, so this is certainly no exception. However, I think this might actually be my new favorite book of hers. Make sure to pick this up when it releases at the end of the month, because it sure is worth it!

Thank you to Natalia Jaster for providing an ARC of Torn!

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RECS: Binge-worthy K-drama's For Your Summer Holiday!

As many of you know, I love me a good K-drama. There's nothing that's more satisfying than watching romantic, tropey, somewhat predictable television shows that you can binge straight away. Because we're nearing summer holidays, which usually means more free time to binge-watch some television, I've compiled a list of 8 of my favorite K-dramas from the past 3-ish years. Most of these are rom-coms, but I've tried to curate a list that features a lot of different sub-genres so that there's a lot of variation! Without further ado, let's get into it!

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1. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Idol-Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Cast: Park Bo-Young, Park Hyung-Sik, Kim Ji-Soo

To start this list off, I'm starting with one of my ultimate favorite K-drama's: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is definitely one of those. Bong-Soon, a girl born from a line of women with superhuman strength, is in desperate need of a job. When the young CEO of a gaming company, Min Hyuk, is looking for a personal bodyguard due to the fact that he's been receiving death threats, Bong-Soon figures this is her perfect opportunity. Meanwhile, their city has been plagued by a serial-killer targeting young girls, and police officer - slash Bong-Soon's childhood crush, Guk-Doo might need Bong-Soon's help to track down the killer.

This drama is perfect if you're looking for a good mix between comedy and drama. The acting is EXCELLENT (seriously, these three are among my top favorite k-actors!), and the romantic, as well as the mystery aspects of this drama are what make it such a great watch!

(image source: SBS)

2. Suspicious Partner (2017)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Thriller
Cast: Ji Chang Wook, Nam Ji-Hyun, Choi Tae-Joon, Kwon Nara

Next up is another one of my top faves! Suspicious Partner centers around Eun Bong Hee and Noh Ji Wook, who both work at the same lawyer's office. However, there's a killer on the loose with amnesia, and Bong Hee finds herself the suspect to one of the killer's murders. Will their team be able to catch the killer?

 Suspicious Partner is another one of my favorite dramas (both SWDBS and this one share my 'favorites' spot, don't make me choose!) and has a similar feel to the aforementioned Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. It's a mix between comedy and thriller elements, mixed with a healthy dose of romance! Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun are two of my favorite K-drama actors, and their chemistry is off the charts. What a treat this show is!

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3. Just Between Lovers (2018)
Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Idol-Drama
Cast: Won Jin Ah, Lee Jun-Ho, Lee Ki-Woo, Kang Han-Na

Taking a break from the rom-coms to address a somewhat heavier drama, but no less quality. Just Between Lovers follows the POV of two people who survived the same accident. When he's caught in the collapse of a mall ten years ago, Lee Gang-Doo's dreams of being a professional soccer player are over. That is, until he meets Ha Moon Soo. Caught in the same accident, Moon Soo has lost her sister and is tasked with taking care of their mother, while she hides her own emotions. Being faced with Gang-Doo, then, will bring long-buried feelings to the surface.

Dealing with survivor's guilt and a ton of emotions, Just Between Lovers explores what happens to the survivors of a detrimental accident. This one is a tear-jerker! (In a good way)

(image source: KBS)

4. Angel's Last Mission: Love (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Melodrama, Idol-Drama
Cast: Kim Myung Soo, Shin Hye Sun, Lee Dong Gun, Kim Bo Mi

Moving on to a more happier scenario: Angel's Last Mission: Love centers around ballerina Yeon Seo, who has lost her eye-sight after an unfortunate accident, and has become a young bitter heiress. Unable to perform ballet anymore, she's cold, detached and mean to her surroundings. In comes (literal) angel Dan, who is tasked by the higher powers to help her find true love. Dan is kind, a little childish (and a lot mischievous!), and due to some previous trouble he has caused, he now has to complete this mission or be extinct. But what happens when you're tasked with a mission that seems impossible?

This drama has become my newest obsession. It's funny, warm, and so adorable! Also, it's ongoing, so the perfect time to start watching it is now!

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5. 100 Days My Prince (2018)
Genre: Historical, Romance, Comedy, Idol-Drama
Cast: Do Kyung-soo, Nam Ji-Hyun, Jo Sung-Ha

Another staple sub-genre within the K-Drama scene is of course the Historical drama! I'm not usually someone who watches a lot of those, but 100 Days My Prince was such a breath of fresh air for me! We follow Lee Yool, who is the crown prince. He suddenly disappears from the palace, and ends up in a local village with amnesia. When peasant girl Hong-Sim, who is in desperate need of a husband, finds a random guy with memory-loss, she feels this is her chance. She convinces Lee Yool that he's her husband, Won-Deuk, and all kinds of hilarious scenarios ensue.

This drama was fun, original, but also still carried a lot of depth. I'm not someone who enjoys comedy merely for the comedic value, so I was pleasantly surprised that, despite it being a funny show, it also did have a bunch of emotional scenes. Also, this drama showed us some familiar faces by casting Suspicious Partner's Nam Ji Hyun, and EXO's (Yes, the Boy group!) Do Kyungsoo. What a treat!

(image source: KBS)

6. Healer (2016)
Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Cast: Won Jin Ah, Lee Jun-Ho, Lee Ki-Woo, Kang Han-Na

Healer is the oldest drama on this list, but still an absolute must-watch! Much like 100 Days My Prince, it features another familiar face: namely, Ji Chang Wook from Suspcious Partner. Now then, what is this show about? Healer goes back to the time when a group of friends ran an illegal pro-democracy radio station in the times of the Republic. This illegal activity somehow connects three people together in present-time; the illegal thief "Healer." a curious reporter by the name of Chae Young Shin, and the famous journalist Kim Moon-ho, who are all trying to decipher what exactly happened all those years ago.

This show has a definite vigilante vibe with Healer's secret identity, which is unlike something I've seen in other K-dramas. It's a perfect mix between action, mystery and romance, and I loved every thrilling minute of this.

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7. Come and Hug Me (2018)
Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Mystery
Cast: Jong Ki-Yong, Jin Ki-Joo, Heo Joon-Ho

Another tear-jerker on this list is the 2018 drama Come and Hug Me, which follows two people who connect over a horrible tragedy. Han Jae Yi and Chae Do Jin were each other's first loves, until Do-Jin's father turned out to be a psychotic killer and murders Jae Yi's parents. Now, atoning for his father's sins, Do Jin is a police officer, while Jae Yi pursues an acting career despite her PTSD. What happens when fate realigns and brings these two people back together despite their horrific past?

This show is so emotional, scary, but beautiful all at once. With two rising stars as its main actors, incredible chemistry, and a heart-wrenching plot, it's surely a good one!

(image source: KBS)

8. Are You Human Too? (2018)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Politics, Romance
Cast: Seo Kang-Joon, Kim Sung-Ryoung, Kong Seung-Yeon

Last on the list is another out-of-my-comfortzone drama. When Nam-Shin gets taken away from his mother, a gifted scientist, she makes a robot that resembles him eerily. When the real Nam Shin gets in a car accident and is trapped in a coma, Nam Shin's mother sends Robot Nam Shin to take his place and take care of his company. In comes Kang So-Bong, who was the real Nam-Shin's bodyguard until she's dismissed. Assigned to protect the new Nam-Shin, she is determined to uncover why he exhibits such strange behavior.

This show is very unique. I'm not usually someone who gravitates towards post-humanist fiction but Are You Human Too? provided such an interesting take on the sub-genre and is definitely something I would recommend!

There we go. That marks eight of my favorite drama's! If you enjoyed this, I'm thinking of making this a more regular feature on my blog. I know people who want to branch into drama's but don't really know where to start, and I'm by no mean an expert on K-drama's, but I've watched my fair share of them, which means not all of my favorites were able to make it on this list. Let me know if you've enjoyed this and what you guys' favorite drama's are, or which ones I should watch next. Thanks so much for reading and until next time!

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REVIEW: The Tiger at Midnight

Title: Tiger at Midnight
Author: Swati Teerdhala
Genre(s):  Young Adult, Fantasy
Release: April 2019
Rating: ✭✭✭✭,5/5

"Never greet a tiger at midnight, 
for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds."

The Tiger at Midnight is yet another highly anticipated 2019 favorite of mine, which is why, as soon as I received my copy I started reading. I highly enjoyed the atmosphere, the characters and most of the plot, so let's dig into this review!

What is this book about?
Esha, the legendary assassin by the name of the Viper is out for revenge. Her mission: to kill the military general. When she encounters Kunal, the general's nephew and (seemingly) loyal soldier in the army, the two engage in a cat and mouse game that may result in a detrimental ending.

“It never failed to Delight her, 
knowing that all these soldiers, these men, 
were terrified of her.” 

What did I think about The Tiger at Midnight?
So.. the premise should give you a clue as to why I was so excited to read this book. Female assassins... hello? GIVE ME FEMALE ASSASSINS ANY DAY! The characters, then, are essentially why I'm giving this book such a high rating. The reason why I thought this book was such a strong debut was because I adored Kunal and Esha's dynamic. These two... made my so giddy. From the moment the two interact (very very early on in the book) I was hooked! Kunal is a soldier, who isn't actually cut out to be a soldier. His soft soul starkly contrasts the horrible deeds he has to execute as part of the army. Then there's Esha... oh boy... Esha. I loved her character a lot: from the way Esha interacts with Kunal - kind of standoff-ish, but simultaneously not immune to his kind soul, to her secret identity as the Viper. Her character is layered, and really drew me in from the very start. The hate-to-love trope that seems to be the focus of their dynamic very much captured my attention, and the contrasting alliances of both Esha and Kunal delivered some interesting angst!

As for the writing, it's quite simple but effective. There are some good and powerful quotes sprinkled throughout the book, but it's not overly filled with poetic language. I did think the plot was solid in the sense that I was immediately pulled in, rather than having to wait to be captured. I do think the writing picks up and gets more climactic as we near the ending, but that's due to the world-building, which is explained rather slowly in the beginning. The last fourth of The Tiger at Midnight, then, marked the best part for me - plot-wise, and also introduced some more characters (the rebels, and Kunal's fellow soldiers) that spark the reader's interest. I do hope to see more of these characters in the future books because there's certainly something interesting there!

2019 being the year of diverse fantasies, I really like that a large part of the book featured Indian history and Hindu mythology, which I feel like a lot of people might be able to relate to. I, myself, feel that fantasies get a lot more rich if they feature some kind of cultural component at its root, which was also the case here. The way the author has weaved elements of Indian culture into the story was so wonderfully done and really helped to set the story apart from other books that feature a similar plot.

In my opinion, The Tiger at Midnight is such a solid debut novel, and I cannot wait to see what else the author has in store for us in the next book! I will definitely keep on reading this series for both the characters and the story. What a treat this was!


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REVIEW: Nocturna

Title: Nocturna
Author: Maya Motayne
Genre(s):  Young Adult, Fantasy
Release: April 2019
Rating: ✭✭✭✭,5/5

"Magic could not speak, yet interacting with it felt like a conversation, 
a dance, a story shared with a friend with the ending left up to interpretation."

2019 is just full of beautifully diverse fantasy releases, and Nocturna had been on my TBR since the beginning of the year. Imagine my delight when I received this book in one of my April subscription boxes (and this gorgeous special edition no less!) Of course I had to immediately dive into this book!

What is Nocturna about?
Set in a Latinx-inspired world, Nocturna centers around professional thief, Finn Voy, who uses magic to take on many faces but her own. But, when she is caught by a mobster, and the only way out is a heist of something valuable in the Castellan palace, she is faced with the danger of losing her magic forever. Finn teams up with prince Alfie, who is grieving the loss of his brother, and is desperately trying to find a way to get him back. However, the two of them accidentally unleash a horrific power, and, in order to contain it, Finn and Alfie are forced to work together. Will this unlikely alliance work?

“She'd always imagined the weight of someone's hand in her own to feel like an anchor, tugging her into a forced stasis when she only wanted to run, to be free. 
Yet now, she wanted nothing more than to stay. 
She felt more freedom in this moment than all her years combined. 
Freedom, she was coming to understand, could be found in a person instead of a place.”

What did I think of Nocturna?
Reading Nocturna was such a pleasant experience: I found that the writing and characters immediately pulled me in. The world-building was rich and the Latinx-inspired universe was very refreshing within the YA genre. I enjoyed the little Spanish phrases plastered about in the text, seamlessly switching between languages, as well as the non-white cast. That is right, all of the characters are latinx! 

The premise for both main characters is what initially drew me in. The concept of a face-stealing thief is very original. Her past abuse and trauma has resulted in her never wanting to look like herself again, which adds such a great layer to the character of Finn. I also like how versatile and dynamic she's portrayed. The way in which her confusion between the affection she seems to feel for Alfie and her usual apathetic side seems to conflict, and how she switches between 'Prince' and Alfie's name supplies yet another interesting tier. In addition, I also really liked Alfie as a character, which for me, isn't very surprising considering we know I have a thing for princes. Alfie's grief for his brother, and the issues he has with magic really made the character feel alive.

The witty dynamic between the two is reminiscent of Kell and Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic, but not overly so. (Also, I've seen a lot of ADSOM comparisons in previous reviews, but I feel that comparing books often sells them short, in the sense that essentially they are all their own universes and characters!). Additionally, it was refreshing to see the relationship between the two develop not too quickly. I've read a lot of fantasy debuts this year that featured a rapidly growing relationship (sometime too quickly). And, while that's not so much of a turn-off for me when it comes to books, I prefer the slowburn Motayne has going on between her characters! In the end, the characters and their interactions ended up being what made the book so enjoyable for me. 

Another interesting dynamic was the one between Finn and Ignacio, her previous father-figure/abuser who uses his magic to manipulate her into staying with him and acting like his 'daughter'. The fact the villain seems to have a close personal connection to the protagonist added that extra bit of dramatics, and made the villain a lot more interesting to read about. I find myself often bored when YA fantasy includes a very black-and-white two-dimensional villain, and while Ignacio seems to still be portrayed as pure evil, the fact that Finn has a connection to him made the stakes higher for readers of the story.

The plot in itself was interesting and I see where the writer wants to go. However, it sets up for a climax that unfortunately doesn't succeed when it comes to the height of its impact in this first book. The climactic events are resolved rather quickly, which was kind of a shame because, as a reader, you're anticipating more than you're essentially getting. Although, aside from this fact, the pacing of the book didn't feel either too rushed or too slow, and overall provided a very enjoyable reading experience. 

Motayne, then, has definitely captured my attention with these characters when it comes to future books in the series. The characters, setting and universe all promise great things for the sequel that is inevitably coming soon! 

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BLOG TOUR: The Candle and the Flame

Hello guys! The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad released ONE WEEK AGO! If you've checked out my review of this book, then you know I absolutely I adored it, but in case you still haven't had a chance to pick this up, now is the time! As part of the official Candle and the Flame Street Team, I'm here to tell you all about The Candle and the Flame!

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population -- except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.

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The book features such an intricately crafted universe, gorgeous writing, and absolutely amazing characters. It's a stand-alone so it's perfect for a quick read, too. The Candle and the Flame really makes you think about social issues, and features a beautiful fantastical universe as well as some really interesting magic! It's absolutely amazing to read! The seamless blend of languages, cultures and magical elements makes this book truly one of a kind.

Creative Effort:
As part of the blog-tour, I designed some fan-made posters for the book. Check them out below! 

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