Book Review: The Last of the Firedrakes

Author: Farah Oomerbhoy

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 13+

Published: By Wise Ink Creative Publishing on August 15th, 2015

Content Warning: Cruel stepparents, bullying and violence

Format I Read: E-book

Grade: Poor

Note: I received a free digital copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Book Synopsis (section header)

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms — including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

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Book Review: Jade War (Jade War Blog Tour)

Author: Fonda Lee

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 18+

Published: By Orbit Books on July 23rd, 2019

Content Warning: Gory violence, death, homophobia

Format I Read: Paperback

Grade: Outstanding

Note: I received a free finished copy of the book via Caffeine Book Tours and Orbit Books in exchange for an honest review

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Bookish Indian Sweets Tag (Hungry Hearts Food Crawl)

I’m posting after a really long time but this is one blog post I was excited for from a very long time! Today is my stop for the Hungry Hearts Food Crawl organised by CW @ The Quiet Pond and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads. This blog tour is unique and wonderful because #OwnVoices reviewers review a story that represents them. Today I will be sharing my thoughts on Rain by Sangu Mandanna, which features food from the state of India I was born in and belong to, Karnataka. I wanted to include some additional creative content, so the review is followed by a bookish tag that some of my book blogging friends and I came up with. Without further ado, let’s get to the heart of the post!

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Book Review: Love, Hate and Other Filters

Author: Samira Ahmed

Genre: Contemporary

Age Range: 13+

Published: By Hot Key Books on January 16th, 2018

Content Warning: Racism, bigotry and hate crimes

Format I Read: Kindle e-book

Grade: Exceeds expectations

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Book Synopsis (section header)

Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?

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Book Review: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 13+

Published: By Hachette Children’s Group on December 27th, 2017

Content Warning: Dying parent, traumatic past and violence

Format I Read: Hardcover

Grade: Outstanding

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Book Synopsis (section header)

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever… and possibly the future of time itself.

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Book Review: Wonder Woman

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 13+

Published: By Random House Children’s Books on August 28th, 2017

Content Warning: Violence, sexism and death

Format I Read: Hardcover

Grade: Exceeds expectations

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Book Synopsis (section header)

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law — risking exile — to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine — determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Book Review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

Author: Julie C. Dao

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 13+

Published: By Philomel Books on November 6th, 2018

Content Warning: Violence and death

Format I Read: E-book

Grade: Outstanding

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Book Synopsis (section header)

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn’t want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?

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