A River of Royal Blood review

Goodreads Synopsis –

Set in a African-inspired fantasy world where two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown. Sixteen year old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood— a dark and terrible magick that hasn’t been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured county of Myre. It’s last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, this beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina’s long and dark shadow, Eva must face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death is she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne— because in the Queendom only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive. When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye— and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turned to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death or her own.

Trigger Warnings-

Animal death, death and racism

Genres-

Pages-

Edition- ebook

Rating- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thoughts and Opinions

Contains Spoilers. Thoughts are a bit scrambled.

The world that Amanda created was so wonderful. I throughly enjoying every second of this book. It was such a rich world that she created. The magick system was explained so it was easy for me to get it. I’ve very much a cover read kind of person and when I saw this cover I know I had to read it. Poc on covers? yes please! I loved the back stories of the characters so much. The story includes the following creatures.. the Fey who have pointed ears, the Bloodkin who have red tinged skin also drink the blood of the living, and the Khimaer who have horns, and animal attributes like wings or tails. There is no doubt in my mind that Evalina is a warrior and will the next Queen! The way that Eva went to Aketo’s rescue was so beautiful and the way she accepted his gift during her nameday celebration was the cutest. I want them to end up together so bad. Eva has this mentor who is teaching her the way her magick works named Bacca and boy was he was sassy. Eva called him an insufferable immortal bastard and I laughed so hard at that. I love their relationship, it’s the best. Eva and Bacca have a bond called coalescence which is a fey technique used to increase ones power that bonds people for life.

Monthly Wrap Up

January was a good reading month. I read a total of nine books. Three were five star reads and five were four star reads.

1) Renegades by Marissa Meyer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Seriously everyone should read this book. It has a main poc character. A gay couple who are also superheroes. Amazing world building with equally amazing characters. What more could you want?

2) House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I only read this during the day because some parts were very spooky but recommend it so much.

3) Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I love watching Audrey and Thomas’s relationship progress throughout the series. I’m excited to read Escaping from Houdini in February.

4) Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I read this book is one sitting. I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s has a bisexual main character who falls for the Princess of England. Please read it. So cute.

5) Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This book broke my heart all over again and put it back together with a few missing pieces of course. It’s one of my all time favorite books ever.

6) Royals by Rachel Hawkins

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This book fell flat for me. I was expecting more from the book. The older sister got on my nerves so much. I didn’t really like the romance too much.

7) Legend by Marie Lu

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I was hook by the second chapter. I couldn’t put it down. I must protect June and Day. I’m hoping to read the second book soon.

8) Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

A whirlwind of events going on in this book. I’m not sure who I like more the Renegades or the Anarchists. Both have done some horrible things but also good.

9) An Ember in the Ashes by Saba Tahir

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

It was very fast pace for me. The Commandant is so cruel to everyone when meets. I’m excited to see what Elias and Laia do in the next book.

Arch Enemies book review

Goodreads Synopsis:

Time is running out. Together, they can save world. But they are each other’s worst nightmare. In Renegades, Nova and Adrian ( aka Insomnia and Sketch ) fought the battle of lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short lived victory. The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes that will protect her. The Renegades also a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

Trigger Warnings:

Violence. Manipulations. Torture.Mention of dead parents. Mention of drug abuse.

Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Genres:

Young adult, fantasy and romance.

Pages: 560

Edition: Ebook

Review:

The end of Renegades had me wanting to pick up the second book immediately. I love a good plot twist and the Renegades definitely had it. I enjoyed how the Renegades and Anarchist aren’t good or bad but a mix of both. Yes they both do things that aren’t right but that doesn’t exactly make they all bad. When the Renegades introduce Agent N a Prodigy who uses their powers for “bad” things will lose their powers when the serum is injected into their bloodstream. I was so sad when the Puppeteer was give Agent N. I wanted Nova to save him. It was hard reading about the aftermath of it. The Puppeeter shouldn’t have lost his powers at all. The Renegades shouldn’t have control of Agent N, no one should. Nova and Adrian’s relationship is so adorable. I really hope they end up together and show Gatlon City that the Anarchists and Renegades can work together and not be so divided. I’m really excited to read Supernova but also nervous because anything could happen.

Empress of All Seasons review

Contains spoilers

Genre : Fantasy

Author : Emiko Jean

Rating : Five stars

Summary: The book follows Mari, who is Animal Wife, to the imperial city of Honoku to enter into a competition to become the next empress.

Thoughts and feelings : I read this book in 2019 and it completely took me by surprise. Everything about is so well done. The character arcs are the best I have ever read. Mari is such a strong female protagonist and throughout the book you see how much she’s changed. The death of the love interest broke my heart to pieces and how Mari doesn’t marry anyone else as empress. Her heart belong to Taro and no one else. I loved the fact that even though Mari rejected Akira but he always stood by her side. I wanted the book to be longer because I wanted to read more about how Mari gathered supporters in the towns before she stormed the palace to get her throne back from Satoshi.

Nameless Queen Review

I was so lucky to get this book as an earc from Netgalley. This review contains spoilers.

Rating: Five Stars

Genre : ya fantasy

Thoughts and Opinions:

The first line of the book was what really caught my attention. It couldn’t have started any better in my opinion. Coin is such an amazing female protagonist. Rebecca created an amazing world. The plot twist was done amazingly. I didn’t see it coming at all. I have never gasped so loudly from a book. I was sorta disappointed that it was revealed that Esther was Coin’s sister because I was kinda hoping that they would fall in love and rule as Queens of Seriden if they weren’t related at all. It would have been made for a great ending to the story. I’m also a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to find out what Coin’s real name was. I would have liked to have known.

I would recommend it 100%.

My most anticipated 2020 books

Mostly ya fantasy book

1) The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

2) Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

3) All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

4) The King of Crows by Libba Bray

5) The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

6) The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

7) Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

8) Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch

9) Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

10) Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

11) The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

12) The Gravity Of Us by Phil Stamper

13) Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

14) Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

15) Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

16) Belle Revolte by Lindsey Miller

17) Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

18) Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

19) Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer

20) The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen

21) The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

22) Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

23) The Princess Will Save You by Sara Henning

24) Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

25) House of Dragons by Jessica Clues

26) Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Brayon

27) The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

28) Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson

Book series I want to read / finish in 2020

1) The Shadowhunter books. I want to catch up all the books in 2020. I’m going to be reading with some friends. It’s gonna be a fun time hopefully.

2) The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I’ve read the first seven books of the series and for 2020 I’m hoping to finish the rest of books as well as the other series set in the same world.

3) The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff. I finish Nevernight recently and I absolutely loved it and I’m excited to read the other two books to find out what happens to Mia and Mister Kindly.

4) The Diviners by Libba Bray. I really enjoy the first two books of the series and got to read the rest. The series is the right amount of creepy for me.

5) The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I’m disappointed in myself for not reading all the books this year because I loved them so and I flew through the first five in a week. I just need Imagine me and all the novellas to read.