Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Summer 2020 Penguin Teen ARC Reviews

Good afternoon! I am excited to share two more Summer 2020 ARC reviews, from Penguin Teen Canada!

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

36683940RATING: 4.25 stars

RELEASE: July 7, 2020


In this fast-paced sequel to Spin the Dawn, Maia is stuck in a kingdom threatened by war, and Edan is still gone. As she slower shifts closer and closer to full demon, Maia has to work to save her kingdom, her friends, and herself, before it's too late.

I really liked this one, especially after enjoying the first book as well. There was growth in Maia's character, and how she handled situations, even through struggling to remain herself. I liked the added political intrigue in this novel, but did crave the romance aspects that Spin the Dawn featured. The setting and kingdom that is described throughout is also beautiful and easy to envision, and was one of my favourite parts of this duology. I highly recommend this series!

Review on Goodreads

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

33973264RATING: 4 stars

RELEASE: June 2nd, 2020


Claiming a mix of Les Misérables and Six of Crows, Court of Miracles is the name of the nine underworld criminal guilds that rule the dark-side of Paris in 1828, following a failed French Revolution. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a cat burglar for the Thieves Guild, and spends nights stealing food and valuables while keeping an eye on her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger - the most ruthless lord in the Guild, Nina races to keep her safe - as Nina's own sister had done years ago for her. As a battle between the Guilds, French royalty, and a brewing rebellion looms, Nina must sacrifice everything to save who she loves.

Despite a slightly slow start, I enjoyed this novel and its dark historical story. I liked the mix of mystery, royalty, and scheming, in the historic Paris setting, which added a level of suspense. Nina was easy to root for as a main character, and I enjoyed reading about how her plans developed. I did find the jumps in time a bit confusing at times, which made it a bit harder to follow. Overall, it was great YA novel.
P.S. the covers on the various editions for Court of Miracles are all GORGEOUS.

Review on Goodreads

* Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for the advanced copies, in exchange for honest reviews *

Monday, April 13, 2020

ARC Review: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

Good morning everyone!

Today I am sharing my review for The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton - what a fun girl-power book this was!

RATING: 4.25 ⭐

RELEASE: May 5th, 2020


44779658. sy475 Kit Sweetly works as a wrench - aka waitress, at a local medieval-themed restaurant. She dreams of becoming a knight like her brother - and has the skills and knowledge to make it happen. However, the company has a guys-only policy for knights, and her uncle, the owner of this location, is not wavering from those rules. When she takes the place for her brother after he's injured, her identity reveal at the show leads to internet fame - and trouble. The Girl Knight must join forces with fellow wrenches to burst through the stereotypes, if they are not fired first.

I really enjoyed this one - the girl-power vibes were a great pick-me-up, and Kit's go big attitude was relatable and easy to connect with. The breaking through of stereotypes was enticing to cheer for, whether it was based on gender or race, and was written very well. I thought the characters were good, and liked Kit's commitment to the cause, but first, her friends and family.

I think contemporary fans will rejoice in Kit's quest - to become a knight, and make a difference.

Link to Goodreads Review

* Thank you Manda Group for the Advanced Copy in exchange for an honest review *