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Book Review ‘The Extraordinaries’ ~ TJ Klune

49646353._SX318_SY475_The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Publication Date: July 14th 2020

Publisher: Tor Teen

Series: The Extraordinaries #1

Blurb: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. 

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

★ ★ ★ ★/5

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Book Review ‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ ~ Samantha Shannon

29774026The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publication Date: February 26th 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Blurb: A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

★ ★/5

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Book Review ‘Docile’ ~ K.M. Szpara

40522814Docile by K.M. Szpara

Publication Date: March 3rd 2020

Publisher: Tor.com

RRP: AU$41.99

Blurb: There is no consent under capitalism 

Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.

To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future.

Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.

★★★★★/5

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Waiting on Wednesday…The Empress of Salt and Fortune

49882356._SX318_SY475_The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Publication Date: March 24th 2020

Publisher: Tor.com

Blurb: With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama, Nghi Vo’s The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.

Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor’s lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for.

At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She’s a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.

Tor Dot Com continues to dominate my Waiting on Wednesday post – (seriously I’m starting to think they made a deal with the devil because they keep bringing so much good shit to the table) – this time with The Empress of Salt and Fortune!

It sounds amazing, it looks amazing and I’m very excited. Tor Dot Com novellas have become one of my favourite things to read not just because of the aforementioned deal with the devil but because I’ve come to love the bit-size-ness of them. Don’t get me wrong I love a good epic but sometime you just need something short and tasty…as a treat.

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Book Review ‘Carved From Stone and Dream’ ~ T Frohock

43801242._SY475_Carved From Stone and Dream by T. Frohock

Publication Date: February 25th 2020

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Series: Los Nefilim

Blurb: February 1939

Catalonia has fallen. Los Nefilim is in retreat.

With the Nationalist forces hard on their heels, the members of Los Nefilim—Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons—make a desperate run for the French border.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of angelic and daimonic descent, follows Guillermo and a small group of nefilim through the Pyrenees, where the ice is as treacherous as postwar loyalties—both can kill with a single slip. When a notebook of Los Nefilim’s undercover operatives falls into a traitor’s hands, Diago and Guillermo risk their lives to track it down. As they uncover a pocket realm deep within the Pyrenees, Diago discovers his family is held hostage.

Faced with an impossible choice: betray Los Nefilim, or watch his family die, Diago must nurture the daimonic song he has so long denied in order to save those he loves.

★★★★★/5

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