We Are Not Free by Traci Cee

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: We Are Not Free

 

Author: Traci Cee

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Diversity: Japanese MCs and side characters

 

Recommended For…: history buffs

 

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

 

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

 

Recommended Age: 14+ (war mention, racism, calling out an author for being racist (Dr. Suess), POWs, romance, and slight sexual content, violence)

 

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

 

Pages: 400

 

Synopsis: From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.

Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.

Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.

In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

 

Review: For the most part I thought this was an excellent book! I loved the multiple (14) povs and the story of these kids. The book did well to convey the horror of the real life situation Japanese people went through. The book also gave me information that I didn’t have due to the poor American education system. I highly urge people to read this. We should know about the horrors we inflicted on our own people.

 

The only issue I had with the book is that the POV switches can be weird. You start really liking a character then have to go to a new one.

 

Verdict: Highly recommend and required reading!

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

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Book: The Rise of Kyoshi

Author: F.C. Yee

Book Series: The Kyoshi Novels Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Asian and Sapphic romance!

Recommended For…: ATLA fans, Asian fantasy, fantasy, superhero books

Publication Date: July 16, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (slavery, cat calling, gory, starvation, violence, death, romance, sexual content, abandonment, found family, torture, sassy Kyoshi)

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 442

Synopsis: F. C. Yee’s The Rise of Kyoshi delves into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom–born Avatar. The longest-living Avatar in this beloved world’s history, Kyoshi established the brave and respected Kyoshi Warriors, but also founded the secretive Dai Li, which led to the corruption, decline, and fall of her own nation. The first of two novels based on Kyoshi, The Rise of Kyoshi maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.

Review: Overall I really enjoyed this book. It has the raw emotions and feel of Avatar that I love and Kyoshi is such a complex character. I loved her development and the romance. I loved the action scenes and the plot line too.

The only issue I had was that the book sometimes did more telling than showing and the book sometimes was confusing in bits. I had to reread some of it but it was a great book overall.

Verdict: Highly recommend Avatar fans!

Roaring by Lindsey Duga

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author and publisher for tour. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Roaring

Author: Lindsey Duga

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommended For…: Romance, fantasy, monsters, historical fiction

Publication Date: August 3, 2020

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 422

Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, slight sexual content, violence, gore, 1920s slang)

Synopsis: Colt Clemmons is an agent in a specialized division within the Bureau of Investigation—one that hunts down not just mobsters, but also monsters.

For reasons that are kept top secret, Colt is the only person who can resist a siren’s voice. But he’s never had a chance to test this ability. The last siren left in the world mysteriously disappeared years ago.

Then one night, with a single word, she reveals herself. It seems too good to be true.

And it is. Because nothing about this siren—her past, her powers, or her purpose—is what it seems…

Review: For the most part this was a good book. I enjoyed the romance, the characters were well developed, and I really liked the plot of this book and it kept me intrigued from start to finish.


However, the pacing was super slow and the book constantly flipped between “I’m in danger save me” between our two enemies to lovers and that made my head spin. It’s kinda infuriating when the same cliche ploy pusher is used multiple times.

Verdict: It was good!

Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao

Disclaimer: I received the e-arc and a finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Broken Wish

Author: Julie C. Dao

Book Series: The Mirror Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: fantasy, ya fantasy, magic lovers

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (slight violence and gore, romance, sexism, homophobia mentioned, grief, death)

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Pages: 320

Synopsis: 1865
Hanau, Germany

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow. But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner—none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

Review: Oh my I really loved this book! It’s a dark retelling and the overall story spans multiple generations. The character development is amazing and, this being my first time reading Julie Dao, I’m very excited to read some more of her work. The world building was also well done and the plot kept me intrigued from beginning to end.

The only issue I had was pacing. I thought the book was super slow in some spots, but overall I really enjoyed the book.

Verdict: Highly recommend!

The Girl in the Woods by D.J. Spurr

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: The Girl in the Woods

 

Author: D.J. Spurr

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: children’s books

 

Publication Date: June 28, 2020

 

Genre: Children’s Books

 

Recommended Age: 13+ (death, acceptance)

 

Publisher: Indie Published

 

Pages: 256

 

Synopsis: Amelia is an orphan girl who lost her parents at a young age and grew up in the woods. Her animal friends are her only family. Years later, when two strangers stumble into the forest, her life is turned upside down. She becomes friends with the strangers and embarks on a quest to save their parents. Amelia’s resilience is put to the test. Will she be able to be the protector of the forest, or will she put it in harm’s way? Will she abandon her humanity or find a way to connect back to the human world?

 

Review: Overall, I think this was a good first book. The plot is interesting and the mood of the book is well done. I admire for such a young author for writing this book!

 

However, I think the pacing is a bit too slow for me and the book has some story issues. The world and the characters aren’t as developed as I would like them to be. I also think the writing overall could use some work, but it’s a great book for a beginning author.

 

Verdict: It’s a good first book!

Raybearer by Jordan Ifuenko

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook from Macmillan Audio. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Raybearer

Author: Jordan Ifuenko

Book Series: Raybearer Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: lesbian side character, asexual and bisexual character, African inspired

Recommended For…: fantasy, epic fantasy, LGBT+

Publication Date: August 18, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (sex mention, violence, abuse, sexism, suicide, racism likeness, gore, sexual content)

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 400

Synopsis: Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

Review: I really loved this book! The magic system was unique and so well written and described. The author did well with the characters and the world building. The book was rich with descriptions and I could listen to this audiobook on repeat without getting tired of it. They did well to find a narrator who accurately portrayed what I thought the MC sounded like. I also loved the commentary on the criminal justice system and how corrupt and unfair it can become and is in some countries.

The only part I didn’t like is that I thought the relationship with two characters, one a demon kinda, was a bit weird with what I think the age difference is (maybe it’s not a bad age difference. It’s hard to flip back through an audiobook. I do know he’s a child when he became part of counsel but idk how long ago that was). The audiobook also had a glitch on Chapter 23 so I won’t know what’s in that chapter until I get another version of the book.

Verdict: An excellent book! I loved it!

Wolfish by Matt Ward

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the author for Indie Blog Hop Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Wolfish

Author: Matt Ward

Book Series: Wolfish Book 2

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi, technology rebellion

Publication Date: September 28, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 18+ (violence, gore, death, politics)

Publisher: Myrmani Press

Pages: 277

Synopsis: His impossible hybrid rebellion crushed the immortal government. But then, his wife died, and his unborn son, both at the hands of his all-powerful father.

Now a cripple, Raek must rise once more to fulfill his wife’s dying wish: to unify the splintered species of humanity… Even the cyborgs and fallen immortals push for war, revenge, and the absolute decimation of the once subservient hybrids.

Unimaginable destruction amidst a veneer of peace, until a mysterious figure from Raek’s past emerges once more.

Overnight, Raek’s world is obliterated. Politics, power, betrayal… a new world order? There’s a war coming for humanity’s future, one with murder, massacre, and intrigue. An awful game, yet all that stands between tyranny and total destruction is a seventeen-year-old wolfish warrior with built-in blasters, and a dying promise he dare not break.

Welcome to 2097, the beginning of the end, or of something much greater. Only time will tell.

Review: For the most part I thought this was a good book. The book did well to mix action and politics and the characters are well developed. The book also did well with the world building and the plot was intriguing as well.

The only issue I had with the book is that the pacing is a bit wonky. It’s fast then slow, and then back to fast throughout the book.

Verdict: It was good.

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book:  Wayward Witch

 

Author: Zoraida Cordova

 

Book Series: Brooklyn Brujas Book 3

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: urban fantasy, paranormal, witches, magic

 

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

 

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

 

Pages: 384

 

Synopsis: Rose Mortiz has always been a fixer, but lately she’s been feeling lost. She has brand-new powers she doesn’t understand, and her family is still trying to figure out how to function in the wake of her amnesiac father’s return home. Then, on the night of her Deathday party, Rose discovers her father’s memory loss has been a lie.

As she rushes to his side, the two are ambushed and pulled through a portal to the land of Adas, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea. There, Rose is forced to work with a group of others to save Adas. Soon, she begins to discover the scope of her powers, the troubling truth about her father’s past, and the sacrifices he made to save her sisters.

But if Rose wants to return home so she can repair her broken family, she must figure out how to heal Adas first.

 

Review: DNFed at 23%. While you can read this book as a standalone I kept getting the feeling that I should start at the beginning of this series instead..I blame netgalley again for not letting me know lol. The writing is great and the plot seems interesting but I kept getting tripped up on the details and characters. Will definitely try again in the future.

 

Verdict: It’s good, but I want to start at the beginning.

Heir of Doom by Jina S. Bazzar

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October 19 – Paige @popthebutterfly
October 20 – JP @mr.pink.ink
October 21 – Stacie @borenbooks
October 22 – CE @chelscey
October 23 – Marizaan @south_african_fangirl
October 25 – Melina @melisbookreviews
October 26 – Nicole @thereadingrebel
October 27 – Zeba @hijabi_reader
October 28 – Ode Ray @authoroderay
October 29 – Krishnasree @_bookmarked
October 30 – Sadie @sadiesspotlight

Roxanne Fosch has joined the Hunters. 

She no longer has to run and hide, but other problems have surfaced. Her clan has other plans for her, and even the combined might of the hunters might not be able to save her.

To survive, Roxanne will have to choose between being labeled a traitor and cast out as a rogue – or join hands with the darker powers to save her life, and the lives of her friends.

To achieve her goals, she’ll have to risk her life. But can she control the powers she’s still learning to use, and fears so much?

The Somebody People by Bob Proehl

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: The Somebody People

 

Author: Bob Proehl

 

Book Series: The Nobody People Book 2

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: Heroes like story, sci-fi

 

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

 

Genre: Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, slight gore, some romance, dictatorships)

 

Publisher: Del Rey Books

 

Pages: 624

 

Synopsis: Fahima Deeb changed everything seven years ago when she triggered the Pulse, imbuing millions of people with otherworldly gifts like flight, telekinesis, or superhuman strength. She thought that would herald the end of the hostilities between those with abilities and those without, but it instead highlighted a new problem: There is someone behind the scenes, able to influence and manipulate these newly empowered people into committing horrible acts against their will. Worse still, that shadowy figure is wearing the face of Fahima’s oldest friend, Patrick Davenport. Fahima is horror-struck when she realizes that Patrick has built an army entirely under his control to wipe out all who oppose him.

With nowhere to turn and few she can trust, Fahima must rely on uncertain allies: Carrie Norris, whose illusion of a normal life vanishes at Fahima’s reappearance. Clay Weaver, a retired soldier fighting to keep his husband and son safe–and to keep Patrick from taking over his mind. And, finally, Emmeline Hirsch, adrift and untethered from her ability to travel through time. Together, they might be able to topple Patrick’s shadowy regime . . . though it may spell destruction for the entire world.

 

Review: The book is pretty good. It’s a straight continuation of the first one. The book has good world building and good pacing. The plot of this one also kept me intrigued in the book. This is another book that will be great for tome topper as well!

 

Overall though, I don’t think this book is as good as the first. The characters were a bit weirdly wrote and I can’t fully describe it. The book had weird structure also and it didn’t really grasp my attention. You also have to remember the last book and it would be best to read these back to back unlike what I did.

 

Verdict: It was good, but make sure to read book 1 first or you’ll be confused like me!