Good afternoon! I am excited to share two more Summer 2020 ARC reviews, from Penguin Teen Canada!
Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
RATING: 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
RATING: 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 *