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: 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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Love to Listen? Audiobook Recommendations

Love to Listen? Audiobook Recommendations

Audiobooks are something that it took me a long time to get into. I didn’t originally like listening to someone reading me something when I could read it myself faster. But I’ve since discovered you can choose the speed yourself on Scribd, Libby and Audible and now I’m hooked.

But some audiobooks are just a stand out from the rest and I want to let you guys know why these audiobooks are so good so you can check them out!

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Overwhelmed By Your TBR? Five Things You Can Do

Overwhelmed By Your TBR? Five Things You Can Do

If you’re anything like me then over lockdown you bought a lot of books and since being able to go back into shops and libraries it’s just getting worse. Whether you’ve got physical books, e-books or audio books; sometimes looking at everything you’ve got to read can be a bit much.

At least it is for me.

So I’ve been trying a few strategies to help me feel a little calmer and I’m hoping they might help you all too!

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Book Review: Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

Book Review: Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

This book! I was so excited to read this book! And when I won it in a giveaway from Harper 360 over the YALC Online weekend I was so hyped. Like, I hadn’t preordered this book but had planned on picking it up as soon as I could.

And now I’ve been able to read it!

This book follows Ash, a girl with fire magic and Madoc, a boy who pretends to had earth magic as they become gladiators and have to fight for their gods. Ash wants to bring her god down and Madoc might wind up being the key to doing that.

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Book Review: Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

Book Review: Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

I was so damn hyped for this book. Though I only really enjoyed the first half of the second book, I knew my fave was back and was excited to see what would happen this time. The moment I was able to request it on NetGalley I did and I started reading it the day I was granted it.

However…

I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped I would.

Queen of Volts is the final book in the Shadow Game trilogy. We follow Enne, Levi, Lola and Sophia once again as they try to figure out Bryce’s new game with a new narrator in Harvey.

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Book Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Book Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

I always thought that I’d like thriller novels but I always found that a lot of the adult books just had plots that…were kinda meh to me. So the recent influx on YA thrillers have been amazing because I’m absolutely loving it.

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this through the publisher and NetGalley!

The Cheerleaders came out a few years ago in the US but will be coming out in September in the UK. It follows a girl called Monica, the younger sister of one of five cheerleaders who died in a single week 5 years before. On the anniversary, Monica stumbles across something that belonged to her sister and now she has begun to wonder if everything that she has been told about that time is true or if someone else was involved.

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