ARC REVIEW: Lore – Alexandra Bracken ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½

Title: Lore
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Rating: ★★★★½

Thank you to Disney books for sending me an ARC!

Alexandra Bracken’s newest standalone fantasy has seriously impressed me. From the Greek mythology to the deadly competition giving off Hunger Games vibes to the dark urban fantasy setting, there was so much about Lore that thrilled me.

The premise almost sounded too good to be true, but the writing and execution of the plot were excellent. The way Greek mythology was woven into a modern world was so clever and impressive. I was hooked from the first few chapters and completely intrigued by both the world created and Lore, our protagonist. Lore was an absolute fantastic heroine. She was resourceful, spirited, and resilient. It was so easy to root for her as she worked towards saving those she loved while seeking revenge for her slain family.

The pacing was another aspect of the story that Alexandra Bracken nailed. This book is long, and when books are this length there are usually spots where the plot begins to slow down. However, I found no such issue here! The pacing was perfect throughout the novel, and just when you think it’s about to slow down, another element is thrown in to build the suspense again. My attention was easily held throughout the entire book and it made reading this that much more enjoyable.

Lore reminds me of a darker, more mature Percy Jackson perfect for fans of a good urban fantasy or stories featuring Greek mythology. I have nothing but praise for this book!

ARC REVIEW: To Love and to Loathe – Martha Waters ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Title: To Love and to Loathe
Author: Martha Waters
Rating: ★★★★

ARC provided by Atria Books through NetGalley.

To Have and to Hoax was a gem of a book that I had happened upon last year and ended up absolutely thrilling me. I knew immediately after finishing that I would read whatever else Martha Waters wrote, and I’m so pleased that To Love and to Loathe shines just as bright as it’s predecessor.

The only thing better than the promise of a frenemies-to-lovers situation, it’s when said book delivers successfully on that promise. Jeremy and Diana’s interactions in To Have and to Hoax had me hoping for a book focused on their story, and this did not disappoint in the least. There was so much to love: their constant bickering and witty remarks, the subtle attempts at undermining one another, the sizzling chemistry, the underlying romantic feelings obvious to everyone except themselves.

Besides the excellently written romance, I found Jeremy and Diana to be complex characters with personal struggles that resolve with character growth throughout the book. There is just so much emotion within the pages and I really loved reading it. To Love and to Loathe is a wonderful historical romance and I highly recommend it!