Mask of Shadows and Genderfluidity

Hello, my name is Rosina and I use she/her pronouns but I’m actually genderfluid. So when better than pride month to celebrate that? My genderfluidity is something that I’ve only really been figuring out in the last few years. It’s definitely something I thought about briefly as a teenager but…even with the internet, I didn’t really know where to look so I always just brushed it off.

If Mask of Shadows had been out when I’d been a teenager then that would have been…it would have been something.

Mask of Shadows is a YA fantasy novel by Linsey Miller. It’s not own voices but it features a gender fluid MC called Sal who feels realistic. They dress the gender they feel that day and I get that. As it’s the way I deal with my own gender. They’re unapologetic about it and they aim to be the best no matter how people see them.

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Book Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

The Red Queen series is officially over. This is both a joyous and miserable occasion because this was an awesome finale but now there’s no more!

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That being said this review will contain SPOILERS as I babble about my feelings. So if you don’t want to know what happens then turn back now!

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Book Review: Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell

Man, oh man, was this a book I was looking forward to so I was stoked when I was able to get an early copy of this through ReadersFirst.

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Charmcaster is the third book in the Spellslinger series and as good as you expect it to be? It’s actually even better than that. This time it focuses on what happens when Kellen, Reichis, and Ferius stumble into an old friend before heading into a city of invention to find a mechanical bird and destroy an obsidian worm.

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Book Review: The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

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Okay, I’m gonna try using GIFs in this review so let’s see how it goes.

Oh dear. I was so excited for this book and I’ve just been so let down. I received this book through Kate Tilton’s Author Services through Instagram and this was an immediate request. And I do feel lucky to have been granted a copy but I just didn’t enjoy this book.

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Book Review: Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler

I heard about Runebinder last year before it’s official release and it’s been a book that I’ve been dying to read since. So when I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review? I was super happy.

Runebinder is a book that feels like a mix between This Savage Song and The Immortal Rules. It was an interesting and very dark read but at moments it could seem a little slow. It focuses on Tenn, a boy whose water magic seems to be starting to control him, just as the Kin – human monsters who want to use him to help them win.

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Book Review: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Man, oh, man. Ash Princess is a magnificent fantasy debut by Laura Sebastian and i completely devoured it. Before I started reading it I checked the reviews and most either commented on how violent it is or described it as a dull mix of many other books. So I was surprised by how much I adored this book. However, it definitely contains a lot of violence, racism and features slavery so please be aware. But if that’s something you think you can handle then definitely pick this book up. I was granted a feel copy through NetGalley in return for an honest review but the book is due for release on the 14th June in the UK.

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Book Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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Aren’t fairy tale retellings just one of the best things ever?

I love them. Even when I’m not a fan of the original fairy tale itself.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is one such fairy tale that I’ve never really enjoyed and the Evil Queen isn’t a villain I particularly cared about. But hey, it was an East Asian inspired origin story of a villain who doesn’t have an obvious reason for her evil. So I decided to give it a go and, man, I’m glad I did.

Forest of A Thousand Lanterns follows Xifeng, a beautiful village girl who had been informed by her Guma that she was destined for greatness and the throne. Following her destiny would lead her down the path of darkness as the only way to increase her power is to eat the hearts of the recently deceased.

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Book Review: Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray

No pretty picture for this review as well…I couldn’t take one. And one of the points I’m making with this fresh start is I’m not gonna avoid writing a proper review as I don’t have one.

Anyway, I should probably start off this review by saying I received a physical copy of this book through Readers First in return for an honest review. I was super excited to get a copy of this book, even if I couldn’t start it right away!

Defy The Worlds is the second book in the Constellation trilogy by Claudia Gray. The series focuses on Noemi, a soldier from a war-torn planet and Abel, a mech with a human soul that she rescued by accident. This book starts off six months after the end of the first. The people of Genesis have started to grow sick after Cobweb has hit their planet whilst on the other side of the galaxy, Abel is looking into what Mansfield is researching as he and his daughter start to offer organic mechs.

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Book Review: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

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For those unfamiliar with me, Reign of the Fallen was my most anticipated book of 2018 and had been since I took part in a Twitter chat that not only gave us a few previews but allowed me to speak to Sarah herself.

Reign of the Fallen is a YA Fantasy novel that focuses on Odessa, a necromancer working for the royal family of her home country. Her job, along with her friends, was to track down the spirits of the rich in the afterlife and return them to life safely. It’s a risky job but one they had been training all their lives for.

But when something happens and Odessa’s partner and boyfriend dies, her life begins to unravel.

For its pretty pastel cover, Reign of the Fallen is an incredibly dark book. Sarah has crafted this world where death is ever present and yet, or maybe even because of this, some people cannot handle it. Odessa suffers from addiction as a coping mechanism for her grief and yet it’s written in such a way that even as you’re mentally screaming at her, your heart is breaking too.

The grief in this book was dealt with beautifully and at a good pace. Even at the end, it’s still felt but she’s slowly starting to heal and that is what I wanted to see. Not a truly happy ending but the glimpse of it in the future.

This book has an amazing cast of characters. Seriously, I’m glad Odessa was bi, as I really don’t know who I ship her with. I like her with Jax, with Meredy and hey, I could even do her with Valoria or her brother until…well. But the chemistry and relationships in this book are so good. There’s not a single character who felt flat which could have easily been possible during points of Odessa’s narration. I’d also like to add that though I was slightly uncomfortable with the Meredy stuff at first, what with her being Evander’s sister but Sarah still made it work. She didn’t push the relationship so it doesn’t feel too much like a rebound thing for either Meredy or Odessa and I look forward to reading more about them.

As well as that the use of language and world building in this? Just perfect. I could pull so many quotes out of this book but I wouldn’t know where to place them right now.

This book was completely amazing and it’s one that I’m sure I’ll be recommending for years to come.

5/5 Stars