King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars by Leigh BardugoKing of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Imprint on January 29th 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 528
Goodreads

He straightened the lapels of his velvet coat and winked.
“It’s not exciting if nothing can go wrong.”

I feel really disappointed that King of Scars – one of my most anticipated books of 2019 – was only a 3-star read for me.

One StarOne StarOne Star

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuireIn an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
Published by Tom Doherty Associates on January 8th 2019
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 176
Goodreads

“What’s the Goblin Market?”
“It is a place where dreamers go when they don’t fit in with the dreams their homes think worth dreaming. Doors lead here. Perhaps you found one.”



One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Bright We Burn by Kiersten WhiteBright We Burn by Kiersten White
Published by Random House Children's Books on July 10th 2018
Genres: Historical
Pages: 416
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

 

“Disrupt stability. Petition for gold. Provoke the greatest empire on the face of the earth.” He paused. “This is going to be fun.”

 

Oh, it was. So much bloody, nasty fun.

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa TahirA Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Published by Penguin on June 12th 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 480
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

 

“There are worse things than death,” I say. “Shall we learn about them together?”

 

When it comes to heart-racing action scenes, I cannot think of another YA author who does it better than Sabaa Tahir. She plunges you into the chaos almost immediately and once again, for the third book in a row, she keeps the drama and bloodshed coming until the very end.

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sea Witch by Sarah HenningSea Witch by Sarah Henning
Published by HarperCollins on July 31st 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

 

The sea is a fickle witch.
She is just as likely to bestow a kiss as to steal the breath from your lips.

 

I gave myself a bit of a headache trying to rate this book. Parts of it were 2 teacups, other parts 4/4.5, so in the end I’ve settled on this. But I will say one thing: this book is probably not what you are expecting. I hope it can find the right readers.

One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen MirzaA Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Published by Crown/Archetype on June 12th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 400
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

 

She could hold in her heart a belief in Islam as well as the unwavering belief that every human had the right to choose who they loved, and how, and that belief was in exact accordance with her faith: that it is the individual’s right to choose, and the individual’s duty to empathize with one another.

 

Do you love those slow-burning, quiet family dramas that take you so fully into the lives of the characters? The kind that show complex human beings trying, often failing, and trying again to do their best? It’s not an action-packed fantasy or a spine-tingling thriller, but get me in the right mood and I adore these kinds of books. Celeste Ng is one of my personal favourites.

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsA Thousand Beginnings and Endings Published by HarperCollins on June 26th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
 

This is definitely one of the better YA short story collections I have read. As with all anthologies, some stories are much stronger than others, but I enjoyed far more than I disliked. Plus, it was just so great to see the exploration of mythologies we don’t often see in the mainstream. My average rating over the fifteen stories was 3.7.

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star