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Review: The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi

I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Everything about The Final Strife's general description made me excited to read it. In an empire built on a literal blood-based caste system, Sylah is one of the Stolen: a child of the highest caste (Embers, whose blood is red)… Continue reading Review: The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi

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Review: In A Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley in return for my honest review. Ok, I love mythological fantasy in general, and Rory Power's In A Garden Burning Gold is a genius mix unique fantasy universe, Greek myth, and Italian city-state power politics. The story opens when the eldest daughter the family in charge… Continue reading Review: In A Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

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Review: Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

I mean, even the cover gave me the heebie-jeebies. Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw is a short and horrific punch in the guts, and I loved it. Set in a haunted mansion, the story centers around a group of twenty-somethings who have obviously been friends for quite a while, and who fit the… Continue reading Review: Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

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Reviews: Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things, and Unlock Your Storybook Heart by Amanda Lovelace

Amanda Lovelace is my favorite poet. She combines mythology and fairy tale themes with issues people who grow up as girls (whether they remain identifying as girls or women as adults) often face in a way that cuts directly to the heart of things. Her work has a lovely balance of light and dark, grief… Continue reading Reviews: Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things, and Unlock Your Storybook Heart by Amanda Lovelace

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Review: The Resting Place by Camilla Sten

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Eleanor didn't remember the face of the person who killed the formidable grandmother who'd raised her, Vivianne. Even though the killer walked right past Eleanor after stabbing Vivianne with scissors. She couldn't remember in therapy, in dreams, not even in her PTSD… Continue reading Review: The Resting Place by Camilla Sten

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Review: Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen

*I received an ARC from the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm a sucker for good historical alternative fantasy, especially dark fantasy, and I adore a story that I can't predict. Erika Johansen's Beneath the Keep is brutally satisfying, and left me wanting to read the rest of the series… Continue reading Review: Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen

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Review: Immersed in Pleasure by Tiffany Reisz

I was prepared to dislike this story. Let me explain: I have real difficulty reading traditional "the only value a woman has is if she's virginal" tropes, particularly when they're virgins being exploited for their virginity alone. So, when I read the description of Immersed in Pleasure, I gritted my teeth and decided I'd read… Continue reading Review: Immersed in Pleasure by Tiffany Reisz