The Tiger at Midnight-review

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496 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
A huge thanks to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegan Books for allowing me an advance copy of this book to review.
This book drew me in from page one. But after reading more, I almost set it aside for next month. This was not because the story was terrible, but because I got some book mail and had other books that were higher on my Setempber reading list. But after reading one of those books and about to move on to another, I got the nagging feeling that leaving this book waiting and unfinished wasn’t going to fly, so I went back to it and finished the last 400 pages in less than a day.
This story is told by two POV’s. Esha, a rebel assassin and Kunal, a dutiful soldier. Their paths cross one night and take their lives in a direction neither anticipated. Along the backdrop of an Indian inspired fantasy world, we learn of betrayals, secrets, and an exciting game of cat and mouse as Kunal hunts Esha across the land for the death of his uncle. They are two incredibly different people who bond over their past and realize their futures were not as they imagined them to be.
First off, I LOVE enemies to lovers. I’m sorry, but I’m not. Kunal going on a wild goose chase after Esha and having her slip from his grasp over and over did me in. I loved every second of it.  The slow burn romance and the fact that Kunal is a soldier falling for assassin just so swoon-worthy. Esha is cool and all, but KUNAL IS MY BOY. Skilled, strong and a little in touch with his emotions. Yes, yes and yes. And, MY GOD, he loves to paint. MY BOY IS A SOLDIER WHO LOVES TO PAINT. Just kill me now because I am already dying in love with him. GIVE ME BOOK TWO NOW.
Anyhow, deep breaths, I am upset at how early I read this book because it doesn’t come out until April of next year and that means I have to wait longer for the second book. All that depression aside, fans of Ember of the Ashes and Onyx and Ivory will love this book. I loved it. And I will probably name my second born Kunal. Thanks, Swati.

 

Dragon Pearl-review

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304 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this title.
This book follows thirteen-year-old Min who runs away from home in search of her brother who is suspected of desertion from the Space Force. She is also a fox with special powers. Most of the universe in this story have different abilities and appear as a human though they are different animals such as tigers and dragons.
I had to keep reminding myself that this was a middle-grade novel and all the sheer coincidences were, so the story wasn’t too complicated for younger audiences. Once I remembered that t the story took off for me. But something continued to drag, and I started to feel bored. The instances of situations happening just to add drama jarred me, as well as characters appearing that did not appear again in the story, which I would have liked a lot. Min made decisions so quickly, there was no build-up, as most of her choices lacked. The pacing was off. I also wanted more of other animals to appear. The dragons, for instance. The ending also irked me a lot. UGH
I can see how this would appeal to younger audiences, but as an adult reading it (and don’t get me wrong, I read a ton of MG books) it wasn’t doing it for me. There was a lot of potential for the story that never got there.

Resistance: review

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400 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Scholastic Inc.
Bravo! That is the one word I thought to use after I finished this amazing novel. Bravo.
This story follows Chaya who, after her family is split apart during the war, decides to use her job as a courier (adopting a Polish persona) and joins a Jewish resistance group called Akiva.  The story skirts along actual events that took place in several ghettos throughout Poland. After a semi-botched event, Chaya is separated from her group, only to find that one is left and that their mission has become more dire and important than she ever imagined.
As I said before, this story centers around actual events and actual people like Chaya and those we are introduced to in a fictional and nonfictional sense. Chaya is courageous in every sense. She stands for every brave soul who fought for their freedom. Those whose stories we don’t know. She had her share of heartache, but rises above it. She knows she cannot save everyone, but even just one life would be worth it to her. She is probably the most heroic protagonist I have ever read about
I swept up by this story, its nonstop action, and tension. This is one of those books that will stick with me. I will also probably buy it for anyone who doesn’t already own it whom I think will enjoy it as much as I did.
Bravo, Jennifer. This get s rare five stars from me.

Damsel: ARC Review

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320 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Balzer + Bray
Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for a ARC of this book.
Oh me oh my. Okay, first off, this is marketed as a YA and part of me wants to say, THIS IS NOT A YA BOOK, but the other part says, THIS IS IMPORTANT.
This was a fairly quick read for me, at only 320 pages, I got through 100 pages each day while I walked on the treadmill as I do with most of my e-arc books. Once I got halfway through though, I just had to devour it.
It starts off with a prince named Emory who is on a mission to slay a dragon to rescue his damsel. Seems simple enough, right? Once he accomplishes sadi tasks, we switch over povs to the damsel herself. She remembers nothing of her life before Emory saved her, which he does well to remind her, over and over and over…needless to say Emory turns out exponentially obnoxious with his hardcore sexism which is normal for this world apparently. Our damsel doesn’t know better and goes along with it at first and then she opens her eyes.
I don’t want to go into too much to give away important details, but this book has a lot of talk of penises, or “yards” (I giggled) and basically nonconsensual sexual acts that made me cringe.  As much as I wanted to say that this book didn’t need it after some thought I decided that it certainly did. It is sad that this almost feels modern with the violence that she endures from men around her.
The ending left something to be desired. I even “turned the page” just to see the Acknowledgment section and I almost cried.  All in all, it wasn’t a bad book. It read much older, but I enjoyed reading it.