Book Review: Crier’s War (Blog Tour)

Author: Nina Varela

Genre: Sci-fi

Age Range: 13+

Published: By Harper Teen on 1st October, 2019

Content Warning: Death of family, violence and drug consumption

Format I Read: Kindle e-book

Grade: Exceeds Expectations

Note: I received a free digital ARC of the book via FFBC Tours and Epic Reads in exchange for an honest review

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Book Synopsis (section header)

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will. Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death… by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter TBR (2018)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for December 18th, 2018 is: Winter TBR. I love making TBRs but I rarely ever stick to them. Looking back at my older TBR posts, I found that my Summer TBR had a 70% success rate and my Fall TBR fared even worse with only a 30% hit rate. I want to be smarter about this season’s TBR so I actually pick books I’m very excited about and will positively read soon. Feel free to check back in spring and yell at me if I don’t have at least a 70% with this one!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall TBR (2018)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for September 18th, 2018 is: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR. I really want to get to as many books as I can, what with review copies piling up and my mood reading getting in the way of reading some of my most anticipated books. Today I will showcase ten of them, divided into five different categories.

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Book Review: Mirage

Title: Mirage (Mirage #1)

Author: Somaiya Daud

Genre: Young adult sci-fi fantasy

Format: Kindle e-book

Published: By Flatiron Books on August 28th, 2018

ISBN13: 9781250126429 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Note: I received a free digital ARC of the book for promotional purposes as part of a blog tour and this in no way influences my opinion

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Synopsis

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring/Summer Cover Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. There was no set topic for April 17th, 2018. as it was freebie, so I decided to go with: New Releases With a Spring/Summer Cover. It’s that time of the year again where the northern hemisphere is transitioning to warmer weather and I absolutely love covers that reflect this and happen to come out around the April-May timeframe. These are not necessarily all on my TBR, but either have some great diverse rep or are rated highly. I hope you all enjoy feasting your eyes on these beauties and piling them on top of your precariously balanced TBR stacks!

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(Note: The average rating for these books will definitely change as more people rate them on Goodreads. These were the ratings as on 15th April, 2018, so please click on the Goodreads link provided to check the updated rating.)

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Book Review – Beasts Made of Night

Title: Beasts Made of Night

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi

Genre: YA fantasy

Published: By Razorbill on September 26th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.
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