[The Gilded Wolves] Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves is a heist style novel reminiscent of Six of Crows, but that is where the similarities end. Set in Paris in 1889, the city is on the cusp of advancement and change, with the Exposition Universelle filling the city with industrial advances and the whiff of new power. There’s magic to this world, with characters having the power to read objects or build incredible inventions as they try to navigate this changing world.

The tone of the novel is set immediately, thrusting the characters and the reader into this world where the fragments of the Tower of Babel are protected by the Order of Babel. In France, this falls to the four Houses. Each House also tracks in magical artifacts, selling them to the highest bidder who then marks them with the name of their House. The seal makes them impossible to steal when they’re under House protection…but there is a short window before they’re marked where a well-planned heist could pay off.

This is where Séverin and his crew come in. Each of them have talents, whether it’s reading an object, creating explosives, or inventing new things for heists. They work together as an efficient unit, stealing things that others don’t want them to have. When one of the House patriarchs enlists them for a mission, Séverin and the others find themselves embroiled in a situation that is bigger than any of them anticipated.

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What I really love about The Gilded Wolves are the characters. There’s a really diverse set of characters, and each of them have very unique backstories. They may be working together right now, but they all have their own agendas too. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Can I switch places?

Have you ever read a book and wished with all of your heart that you could switch places with a character? There’s been so many for me throughout the years and ones that have stuck with me since I was younger.  Some have places that I really want to see. Others have awesome powers that I’d like to have. But no matter the reason, these ten books have something that just sparks my interest.

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Switching places with Harry or someone else in the Harry Potter books is always going to be number one for me. I don’t think it will ever lose its magic for me. I’d want to be friends with Hermione and Luna!

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This is a hard one. I don’t know who I’d swap with! I really want to see Red London, but I also would want to be friends with the main characters. Swapping with one of them would mean I miss out on being friends with them. I’d have to roll a die or something because I don’t know if I’d be able to choose.

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When I read these books I never liked Susan or Edmund very much, so it would be easy for me to switch places with one of them. Narnia is another world that is so immense that I’d have a lot of places to explore.

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[King of Scars] Leigh Bardugo

Most of us can hide our greatest hurts and longings. It’s how we survive each day. We pretend the pain isn’t there, that we are made of scars instead of wounds.

How do you review one of the year’s most anticipated YA releases? And it’s only February! King of Scars is the follow-up to both The Shadow of Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. It brings back some favorite characters, namely Nikolai for me, and introduces some new ones.

King of Scars is a novel that slowly builds up to the conclusion and the climax of the story. Some people have criticized it for being too slow, but I really enjoyed the pace. We get to see more of the world and the way it’s been after the conclusion of Ruin and Rising. There’s hints of it in the duology, but the focus is on an entirely new place and storyline. I love books that do that because I feel like you can really become part of the world. Granted, a lot of the world-building has already been done in the previous books, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t new things in King of Scars. Fjerda is expanded upon as is the area around the Unsea. It’s new and it’s different. It’s also something I can’t really detail without spoiling, but just know that it was really well done and I loved it. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Wanderlust

Almost everyone dreams of traveling, whether it’s the next town over or another country entirely. Reading is a way that many people travel without going anywhere, which is a magical thing about books. Today I’m going to talk about ten books with real world locations. I really wish I could trade my cold blah weather for something for something foresty and beautiful!

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Set in Wallachia, And I Darken is a book that is darkly beautiful, full of forests and isolated manors. Today, the region that was once known as Wallachia is in Romania.

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I’ve never been to New York, but I really want to go visit all of the museums there. Vassa is set in Brooklyn.

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This is Viking inspired and though the country is never specified, there are Norse inspired words in it. Whether I go to Norway or another Scandinavian country, I’ll definitely be looking for places that reminds me of Sky in the Deep.

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[The Girl King] Mimi Yu


This novel follows Min and Lu, two sisters whose paths are spread out before them. Lu is destined to become the first female Emperor, and all of her lessons are preparing her to take over from her father when he deems her ready. Min is her younger sister, seemingly destined to be forever in Min’s shadow. But when their father betrays Lu and passes the throne to a male cousin, suddenly Min has the potential to have more power that her sister. As Lu flees her home and becomes a fugitive, Min discovers something inside of herself that she begins to nurture. Power comes in many forms.

The Girl King starts with a prologue, something I both love and hate in equal turn. Prologues can work to set the tone of the book, but I don’t think that the prologue in The Girl King did it any favors. It actually made it very hard to get into the story. It starts with characters we don’t see in the next chapter, so I was left wondering what the point of the prologue was and who the people were. Eventually it ties into the rest of the book, but when the main plot of the book involves Lu and Min, I really felt like the novel should have started with them.

The three main characters of The Girl King were Lu, Min, and Nokhai. Lu and Nokhai traveled together through most of the book, while Min was on her own. I thought they were all well-developed, with my favorite being Nokhai. I wish that more of this story had been spent on his past and shapeshifting Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: My TBR list keeps growing and growing and growing…

This top ten list is coming a bit late because I just have been feeling a bit under the weather lately. The negative 20+F/ negative 28+C degrees has been killing me. I can handle cold, but when it’s so bitterly cold that it feels like you’re breathing in glass…that’s hard to deal with.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading because I’ve been hibernating. Even though I’ve been getting some books off my TBR list, I keep adding more books! It’s a never-ending––though enjoyable––battle. These are my most recent additions to my TBR.

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A modern day Henry VIII. I really like reading about the six wives. I think it’s fascinating. This one is narrated by the modern day Anne of Cleves.

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This is set in the Romanov court and has magic. Historical fiction + magic is something that I can get behind!

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This is a mystery surrounding twelve sisters and the tragic deaths of some of their number. It’s a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses but I’ve never read it, so it will be new for me!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018

As I mentioned in my last top ten, 2018 wasn’t a great reading year for me. There were a lot of books published last year that I really wanted to read! Others are ones that have been published in the last few years that I’ve been itching to read. I’m really going to try reading them this year because I need to make my TBR list shorter.

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The end of one of my favorite historical fiction / retellings, I want to get to this one soon! But I’m also putting it off a bit longer because I don’t want it to end.

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As quickly as I read through Truthwitch and Windwitch, I didn’t get to this one yet! I’m planning on reading it before Bloodwitch.

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I got this in a book box last year! The cover is so beautiful and I’m really looking forward to reading the story this year.

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