“The Continent” by Keira Drake Review:

This is probably one of the most controversial books I’ve ever read but I honestly loved it. I worked very hard on this review and tried to be critical but also fair. I have read a lot of other people’s reviews while also trying to stay true to my own opinion and not let others change the way I feel about a book.

 

I did not read the arc, and I know nothing about the arc other than lines I’ve read from a few other reviews. I do not know how the author handled things when the book was pulled, I haven’t read her apology, I only know about the finished copy which was the book I read. I can also say that it infuriates me that people are giving this book 1 star without having read it. There are so many books that I know I’ll hate that I choose not to read, and I’m not on goodreads giving it 1 star when I don’t really know anything about it. Honestly people make your own opinion. I would like to state that I am not a POC, and if you find this book offensive then you have every right to feel that way. I also have the right to my own opinion and like this book. All this being said, let’s get into this review.

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“An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir Review:

This review was hard to write because I LOVED reading this book and gave it five stars but now looking at my review I’m like did I even like it?? Lmao. All and all I did love this book and still give it five stars, but there were some snags that bothered me that I shall discuss below. There are some spoilers that I probably won’t cover up so maybe don’t read this until you’ve read the book!

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“Scythe” by Neal Shusterman Review:

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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“Unearthed” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Review:

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

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“Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon Review:

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones …about a love that transcends the boundaries of time …and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ….

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart …in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising …and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves….

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“Gemina” by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman Review:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

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“Want” by Cindy Pon Review:

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

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“Sightwitch” by Susan Dennard Review:

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To be completely honest, Sightwitch left me a little underwhelmed. Sightwitch is an illustrated novella following Ryber’s adventures at the sightwitch convent and is told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches.

Summary (from Goodreads): Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

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“The Sixth Gate” by K.T. Munson Review:

Oh my goodness K.T. really outdid herself this time!! The Sixth Gate is a stunning science fiction fantasy adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat for every twist and turn.

The interplanetary gates have existed between the five planets and the Netherworld for as long as living memory. Dr. Elisabeth Avery is a woman caught between two worlds. Little does she know that others like her, other half-breeds, are being hunted. When a creature drags a princess into the Netherworld, Elisabeth is determined to save her by any means necessary. But conflict lurks within Elizabeth’s very soul. Being half demon isn’t easy–she tries to ignore the darkness within her, but it still lurks beneath the surface.

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