ARC Review: Empire of Exiles by Erin M. Evans

Twenty-seven years ago, a Duke with a grudge led a ruthless coup against the empire of Semilla, killing thousands. He failed. The Duke was executed, a terrifyingly powerful sorcerer was imprisoned, and an unwilling princess disappeared.The empire moved on.Now, when Quill, an apprentice scribe, arrives in the capital city, he believes he’s on a simple... Continue Reading →

ARC/Audiobook Review: Strike the Zither by Joan He

The year is 414 of the Xin Dynasty, and chaos abounds. A puppet empress is on the throne. The realm has fractured into three factions and three warlordesses hoping to claim the continent for themselves.But Zephyr knows it’s no contest.Orphaned at a young age, Zephyr took control of her fate by becoming the best strategist... Continue Reading →

ARC/Audio Review: Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra

To learn what she can become, she must first discover who she is.A stunning and immersive debut set in an alternate medieval India infested with monsters, where a young guardswoman struggles with her unwitting role as a major pawn in the deadly games between two kingdoms. With incredible characters, a vivid setting and heartrending emotion, Night... Continue Reading →

Audiobook Review: Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums; about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of... Continue Reading →

Audiobook Review: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family—and a new love—changes the course of her life.As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t... Continue Reading →

Audiobook Review: My Imaginary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Mary may have inherited the brilliant mind of her late mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, but she lives a drab life above her father’s bookstore, waiting for an extraordinary idea that’ll inspire a work worthy of her parentage—and impress her rakishly handsome (and super-secret) beau, Percy Shelley.Ada Lovelace knows a thing or two about superstar parents, what... Continue Reading →

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