Author Spotlight: Maria V. Snyder

Author Spotlight: Maria V. Snyder

So this is a new feature I had been debating doing for a while and I’m finally sitting down to write something! So these posts are going to be spotlights for authors that I adore that I maybe don’t see much about or if I do it’s a single series or something. These are all going to be authors I like myself so I’m not being sponsored and these authors aren’t being requested or anything.

I just really love them.

And who better to start with than Maria V. Snyder.

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2020: The Time for a Dystopian Return?

2020: The Time for a Dystopian Return?

Ah dystopia. A sub-genre of sci-fi that was all the rage a few years ago. When I was still a teenager myself actually. But it’s a genre that I still love today and I’m hoping to write my own one day.

But a lot of the dystopian books I love aren’t the ones usually recommended.

So with the world being such a mess now and with a new Hunger Games (a series that will never be on my personal dystopian rec list) having coming out this year and a new Legend book last year (definitely worth a read) I thought maybe now’s the time to bring back dystopian books. Vampires are getting a new lease of life after all!

So all these books are completed series. I have three books that I read when I was younger and another series that were written and released within the last few years. These aren’t the only dystopian books I’ve adored and if you want more recs then I’m always happy to provide! Or accept any you want to give me in return!

So let’s get started.

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Book Review: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

So, I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m not a Romeo and Juliet fan. It’s one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays and I’m happy to be salty about it. But the moment I heard about These Violent Delights, I was curious. And the moment I started it, I was hooked.

As you might have gathered already These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920’s Shanghai. It follows Juliette, the Scarlet gang heir and Roma, the heir of the White Flowers. Juliette is Chinese but spent most of her childhood in the US and Roma is Russian but spent his whole life in the city. When a monster seems to be spreading madness across the city they wind up tangled in each other’s lives again as they try to stop the monster.

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BLOG TOUR: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

BLOG TOUR: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

When I first saw this book on NetGalley, I hadn’t seen it anywhere else and was intrigued. Now it’s out I’ve being seeing hints of it everywhere and I’m so honoured to be on this blog tour with Wednesday Books and St Martins Press.

A Golden Fury follows Thea, an alchemist adept living with her mother in France as revolution begins. When her mother successfully makes the philosopher’s stone she goes mad and Thea winds up being sent to Oxford to live with the Father she never knew. But when there she discovers more about this madness and with new and old friends winds up being forced to make the stone or lose those she loves.

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BLOG TOUR: Dread the Harvest Moon by Sarah Glenn Marsh

BLOG TOUR: Dread the Harvest Moon by Sarah Glenn Marsh

So if you’ve seen me talking about books on any social media platform then you probably know that Sarah Glenn Marsh is one of my favourite authors and actually, just one of my favourite people in general. She is an amazing, super sweet person and the Reign of the Fallen duology is one of my favourite series EVER.

I knew her debut was Fear the Drowning Deep but I’m terrible and only recently got around to reading it. But with the companion novel Dread the Harvest Moon coming out I knew I had to read it because I so wanted to be part of this blog tour. And what better timing to talk about these historical fantasies set on the Isle of Man then Faedathon?

Fear the Drowning Deep featured many creatures from Manx folklore, creatures I hadn’t heard much about and I was so excited to learn about. With the new book going to follow the main character of the first book’s sister a few years later and more focused on the fae, I’m super excited for that too.

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Book Review: Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

Book Review: Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

This book review is so late but there’s a reason for that. I thought I was getting it in a book box and then I didn’t so I finally made myself sit down and read it. And wow. I started it late one night. And finished it in one session.

It was that good.

Lies Like Poison follows four teenagers: Belladonna, Jack, Lily and Raven who a few years before had made a plan to kill Raven’s step-mother with flower petals in her tea. But they don’t go through with it. A few years later she’s killed with belladonna in her tea and now these four have to find out what really happened.

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Book Review: Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

Book Review: Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

It’s been a while since I reviewed any books on this blog that I actually bought – or got in a book box – rather than just the ARCs I’ve received. But I definitely want to be reviewing more books so here we go!

Shielded is the book I got in the July 2020 Fairyloot. It was a book that I didn’t know I was certain that I was going to get but it was one I wanted. I originally started reading it in September but I had to put it down because I just wasn’t in the mood for fantasy. I picked it up again a few days ago and boy, did I enjoy it.

Shielded follows Jennesara a princess with magic and fighting skills who has been told the only way she could help her country is by marrying another country they risk going to war with. Only, when she’s making her way there she gets attacked by people claiming to be from the country she was marrying into and she has to go undercover to find out what was really going on.

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Things I Learned From Booktube

Things I Learned From Booktube

Ah booktube!

It’s something I loved watching and something that I was eager to try myself. And it was fun at first but it also wasn’t the social experience I was hoping it would be. So I’ve decided to take a break for now if not forever.

But do I regret it?

No! Because I learned more about myself as a reader and how I interact with bookish content so I want to share that with you all to see if any of you feel the same way.

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Book Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Book Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Holy wow. Star Daughter has been one of my most anticipated books for 2020 and I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. So when I saw it was available to request in the Harper360 Blogger Newsletter? I obviously requested it, but didn’t have much hope that I’d be lucky enough to get a copy. And then I was and I was so damn excited.

Now I’ve read it I’m still so damn excited about this book.

This book follows Sheetal, a half-human and half-star girl who was raised in New Jersey by her human dad without much clue as to how being a half-star affects her. One day her father gets burned by starlight and the only way for her to heal him would be to get the blood of a star. This sends her on a journey into the celestial court to find her mum and there she winds up entering a tournament for the sake of her family and to earn the blood for her dad.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

Can’t Wait Wednesday: These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

It’s been a long while since I did one of these! I’m not even sure if this is still going by this anymore! You’ll have to let me know what the new thing is if not.

But this Wednesday I’m talking about a book that’s coming out in the next few months that I’m super excited for. I’ve been really in the mood for YA thrillers recently so this one is right up my alley right about now!

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