#ARCstravaganza: The Dragon Republic – R. F. Kuang

Happy Monday! #ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme now hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile where readers can show off their wonderful ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and spread the word about upcoming releases. For more information about this meme and its origins check out this post.


ABOUT THE BOOK

41118857Title: The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2)
Author: R. F. Kuang
Release: August 6, 2019

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.

With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.

But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.


I was so excited that I was approved for this ARC because this is literally the first time I’ve ever been approved for anything on Edelweiss and it also happens to be one of my most anticipated releases for this year! Are you excited for The Dragon Republic? Have you read The Poppy War? Let me know in the comments!

REVIEW: Descendant of the Crane – Joan He

36430989Title: Descendant of the Crane
Author: Joan He
Rating: ★★★★

Is Descendant of the Crane a wholly unique story sure to please even the most critical of readers? No. Is this Chinese-inspired fantasy a beautifully written and well-crafted novel? Absolutely.

Descendant of the Crane might be low on the action, but it is high on the suspense and political intrigue. I was expecting something very different from what I read, however not necessarily in a bad way. I actually really enjoyed the slower paced story and the focus instead on the intricacies of the murder mystery and the inner court machinations. Hesina was a character that I greatly enjoyed following as she attempted to navigate her struggles between her personal wants/beliefs and what she needed to portray in order to gain the support and find justice for her father’s murder. There were a few plot twists woven into the story that made it all the more interesting. I did successfully guess the big reveal/twist at the very end, but I loved its cleverness nevertheless and am excited for where the story will go next.

The love interest/romantic plotline was only okay. I didn’t hate it, but on the other hand I think I also might have been okay without it (*le gasp* who am I?!). I still quite put my finger on what it is or why I feel this way, but something about the way Akira was written just felt off compared to the rest of the book.

My biggest disappointment was finding out that there will be no sequel, but rather a companion novel. I felt like Hesina’s story was left totally unfinished, but hopefully there will be some answers with the companion novels. Overall, I think Descendant of the Crane was a wonderfully written YA fantasy debut and I greatly look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: King of Fools – ARC Review

Welcome to my stop on the King of Fools book tour! Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour host!


ABOUT THE BOOK

37545571 (1)Title: King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2)
Author: 
Amanda Foody

Release: April 30, 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: YA Fantasy

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…or die as legends.

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REVIEW

ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Ace of Shades was a book that took me completely by surprise when I read it, and so I was really looking forward to the next installment in the series. I have to admit that it started out a bit slow, but once the story starts rolling King of Fools is a book that will likely have the reader flying through the pages.

It took me longer than I had anticipated to get back into the world of King of Fools and to remember everything that had happened previously. However, once the plot started to pick up, I found myself once again really enjoying the characters and the story! One of the best aspects of the book was the character growth present throughout. While there was not much action-wise until later on, the story was full of astounding character developments. In particular, I absolutely loved how Enne finally embraced her upbringing and used her unique personality to her advantage.

Amanda Foody has repeatedly referred to King of Fools as her #GirlGang book and after reading this I could totally see why! Enna fully assumes the Seance facade and creates her own gang. I loved watching the growth of the Spirits and Enne’s relationships with the other girls.

Although there was a lot less action present in King of Fools, there was plenty of intrigue and character development to keep the plot interesting and moving forward. From heartbreaking twists to a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, I’m really looking forward to the conclusion of this series!

★ ★ ★ ★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

fLceakuQAmanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

She is the author of two published novels, DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY and ACE OF SHADES. The next books of THE SHADOW GAME trilogy will release in 2019 and 2020.

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GIVEAWAY

One finished copy of King of Fools (US only).

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WWW Wednesday #19

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

28220826WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. This is the book of the month for the Dragons & Tea Book Club hosted by Melanie and Amy! This has been on my radar for a while and I’m a huge fan of McLemore so I’m really looking forward to reading this.

 


40590407WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

 

 


39841372WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Defy the Fates (Constellation #3) by Claudia Gray

#ARCstravaganza: Aurora Rising – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Happy Monday! #ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme now hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile where readers can show off their wonderful ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and spread the word about upcoming releases. For more information about this meme and its origins check out this post


ABOUT THE BOOK

30075662 (1)Title: Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Release: May 7, 2019

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.