Book Review: The Book of M

Title: The Book of M

Author: Peng Shepherd

Genre: Adult fantasy

Format: Kindle e-book

Published: By HarperCollins Publishers on June 28th, 2018

ISBN13: 9780008225629

Grade: Exceeds expectations

Note: I received a free digital ARC of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

The Book of M

Synopsis

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

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Book Review: Tempests and Slaughter

Title: Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1)

Author: Tamora Pierce

Genre: Adult fantasy

Format: Kindle e-book

Published: By Harper Voyager on September 20th, 2018

ISBN13: 9780008304331

Grade: Exceeds expectations

Note: I received a free digital ARC of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

Tempests and Slaughter

Synopsis

In the ancient halls of the Imperial University of Carthak, a young man has begun his journey to becoming one of most powerful mages the realm has ever known. Arram Draper is the youngest student in his class and has the Gift of unlimited potential for greatness . . . and of attracting danger.

At his side are his two best friends: clever Varice, a girl with too often-overlooked, and Ozorne, the leftover prince’ with secret ambitions. Together, these three forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.

But as Ozorne inches closer to the throne and Varice grows closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

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Book Review: The Wicked Deep

Title: The Wicked Deep

Author: Shea Ernshaw

Genre: Young adult paranormal fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Simon Pulse on March 6th, 2018

ISBN13: 9781481497343

Grade: Exceeds expectations

The Wicked Deep

Synopsis

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow… where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under. Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters. But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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Book Review: The Nowhere Girls

Title: The Nowhere Girls

Author: Amy Reed

Genre: Young adult contemporary

Format: E-book

Published: By Simon Pulse on October 10th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781481481755

Grade: Outstanding

Content warning: Sexual assault and harassment, bullying, slut shaming, racism, homophobia

The Nowhere Girls (Book Review)

Synopsis

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school. Told in alternating perspectives, this ground-breaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

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Book Review: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Title: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Author: Edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

Genre: Short story anthology

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Greenwillow Books for Young Readers on June 26th, 2018

ISBN13: 9780062671158 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Synopsis

Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate. From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish.

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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: Audiobook

Published: By G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th, 2015

ISBN13: 9780399171611 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Exceeds expectations

The Wrath and the Dawn

Synopsis

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

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