ARC Review: Master of One // A YA queer fantasy packed with action and yearning

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: Master of One
Author: Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Genre/s and tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Heists/Adventure, LGBTQ+
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: November 10, 2020
Content warnings: Violence, murder/mentions of murder, torture, manipulation
Goodreads synopsis: 

Sinister sorcery. Gallows humor. A queer romance so glorious it could be right out of fae legend itself. Master of One is a fantasy unlike any other.

Rags is a thief—an excellent one. He’s stolen into noble’s coffers, picked soldier’s pockets, and even liberated a ring or two off the fingers of passersby. Until he’s caught by the Queensguard and forced to find an ancient fae relic for a sadistic royal sorcerer.

But Rags could never have guessed this “relic” would actually be a fae himself—a distractingly handsome, annoyingly perfect, ancient fae prince called Shining Talon. Good thing Rags can think on his toes, because things just get stranger from there…

With the heist and intrigue of Six of Crows and the dark fairy tale feel of The Cruel Prince, this young adult fantasy debut will have readers rooting for a pair of reluctant heroes as they take on a world-ending fae prophecy, a malicious royal plot, and, most dangerously of all, their feelings for each other.

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I received an e-arc via Edelweiss in exchange for honest review.
Thank you so much to one of the authors!

Listen, Master of One is one of my most anticipated reads for 2020! So when one of the authors said they’ll send me an e-arc, I almost cried. I was so excited for this book! I mean, heists, faes, plus queer romance?! It caught my attention indeed.

Filled with action, yearning, and a dark and intriguing plot, Master of One will surely leave you wanting for more.

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Thoughts While Reading The Ikessar Falcon

Hello book nerds! It’s another tour stop day! Welcome to my stop on the The Ikessar Falcon Book Tour aka #DethroneTheDragonlord hosted by Caffeine Book Tours!

I have wanted to read The Wolf of Oren-Yaro for so long after hearing a lot of great things! When I found out that Shealea @ Caffeine Book Tours is hosting a blog tour for the sequel The Ikessar Falcon, I knew I had to try and join! And well, here we are! I read the two books back-to-back, and let me tell you it was a ride.

Today though, it’s all about The Ikessar Falcon!

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Reasons Why You Should Read Cemetery Boys

Hello book nerds! Welcome to my stop on the Cemetery Boys Book Tour hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours! I am so excited for this tour stop because I get to rave about all the reasons why you should read this debut novel from Aiden Thomas!

Releasing in September 1st, Cemetery Boys is all kinds of amazing. I personally thought it was lush, well-crafted, and best of all, it will get you invested. You can see my full review here!

Today though, allow me to be more specific. Here are seven reasons why you should read Cemetery Boys!

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Book Review: The Library of the Unwritten

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: The Library of the Unwritten
Author: A.J. Hackwith
Series: Hell’s Library #1
Genre/s and Tags: Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural/Paranormal, Books About Books, LGBTQ+, Pansexual rep
Content Warnings: Violence, discussions about death/afterlife
Goodreads synopsis:

In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren’t finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.

Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing—a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto.

But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell … and Earth.

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A book about books?! About unfinished books, and characters manifesting in real life, and heaven and hell? And wow. It’s safe to say that when I read this book’s synopsis, I was already brimming in excitement.

The Library of the Unwritten feels so much like a love letter to authors and book lovers. It’s exciting, it’s poignant, and absolutely wonderful.

My thoughts on The Library of the Unwritten

First of all, let me just say that this book has one of the most beautiful prose I have ever encountered. It’s so beautiful and elegant and poignant, (and I have 162 highlights on my Kindle to prove it!).

When it comes to the characters, I was pleasantly surprised. They were interesting, yes, but they were also full of surprises. As I read through the journey of Claire and her little mismatched gang, I kept finding new details and revelations about them. Claire herself was such a wonderful protagonist for me—level-headed, yet also flawed, but she showed spunk all throughout the book. Hero was also a surprise for me. I was indifferent about him at first, but I believe his character (pun intended?) grows on you.

The plot was entertaining and I love how it was both ominous and unpredictable at the same time. There plot twists were great and they added so much impact to the story. The fantasy and supernatural elements in the book also make it thrilling and exciting. The book referred to different kinds of mythologies, mentioned different kinds of ideologies, and featured magic that’s not quite like other fantasy novels. (And in a way, it has vibes similar to Supernatural and The Good Place.)

I also have to mention how I adored the casual queer representation here. Claire is pansexual, and I think this might be the first time I read a book with pansexual rep! I loved it, and the casualness of it all just made it more delightful.

Stories and writing were obviously a big theme in The Library of the Unwritten. It’s why I firmly believe it’s a love letter to authors and book lovers alike. Throughout the whole book, there were many discussions about being an author, about finding inspiration, about writing, about the characters we write and read about, and so much more. I loved it!

Overall, The Library of the Unwritten spoke to me and moved me in many ways. I am so glad I picked up this book, and it looks like I found myself another adult fantasy series to look out for!

Quotes from the book 

What is a story without want, without desire, without need?

​​That every story, every human, matters. The hard part is convincing ourselves first.

Stay out of politics? Ridiculous! When has a writer ever managed to avoid politics? Every story is political. Tell a soul a story they want to believe, and you can change the world.


Buy The Library of The Unwritten

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Has anyone else read this book? Please tell me I am not alone! And if you haven’t read it yet, go ahead and tell me what you think!

5 Reasons Why Forest of Souls Should Be Your Next Read [Blog Tour]

Hi book nerds! Welcome to my stop on the Forest of Souls Blog Tour hosted by The Royal Polar Bear! Thanks so much Raf for including me in this tour! Page Street Publishing also sent me a finished copy a while back, and I’m so thankful!

Forest of Souls is a real page-turner! A fast-paced, adventurous YA fantasy novel you shouldn’t miss! But those are not the only reasons why you should read this book. I’m listing down 5 reasons why Forest of Souls should be your next read!

It has a fantastic world-building

When I saw that this book featured a glossary, I just knew the world-building will be fantastic! There are three kingdoms, and different types of shamans, dragons and wyverns, old magic that runs deep, a dangerous forest that seems to be alive, and a magic system that is as interesting as it is mystifying.

It features a strong female main character

Sirscha is an orphan, and she uses this to motivate herself to become something more—specifically the queen’s next royal spy. She goes through a lot in the course of this book, but she stayed resilient and determined (especially if it involves Saengo!).

The fight scenes are awesome

The fight scenes, without a doubt, are exhilarating and heart-stopping. Sirscha is a fierce soldier/spy and she will not back down from a fight. You’ll see her battling assassins, royal guards, other shamans, and more.

The plot twists will shock you

The author knows how to add something new to the story to shock you, or to twist the events into something that will keep you turning the pages. The plot twists will glue your eyes to the book, I swear.

It’s the start of a trilogy

Forest of Souls is only the first book of a trilogy. This means there will be more adventures to take, more secrets to unveil, more plot to unravel! I’m personally excited for the sequel, and if you read this book, I know you will, too!


About the Forest of Souls

Title: Forest of Souls
Author: Lori M. Lee
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Release date: June 23, 2020
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
ISBN: 9978-1624149245
Goodreads synopsis:

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.


Buy Links

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About the Author

Lori is an avid writer, reader, artist, and lover of unicorns. She should probably spend less time on the internet (but she won’t). She considers herself a unicorn aficianado, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.