Review: The Darkening by Sunya Mara

Review: The Darkening by Sunya Mara

The Darkening by Sunya Mara is the first instalment in a gripping new fantasy series that kept me hooked from page one. With experimental magic, a cursed storm, an undercover protagonist, and a royal love interest, this one contains so many elements that I love. I especially enjoyed the balance between worldbuilding and action, which makes this one a rich and unputdownable debut that fantasy fans will love. Continue reading

Breathe and Count Back from Ten, Natalia Sylvester

Breathe and Count Back from Ten, Natalia Sylvester

Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester is beautifully written contemporary about a girl with hip dysplasia who dreams of becoming a professional mermaid. With a complex main character who comes to reclaim her agency in her own life and a poetic writing style, this is a meaningful story that touches on several important topics. Those looking for a summer read with more serious themes–and realistic representation for disabilities–will not want to miss this one. Continue reading

Graceling (Graphic Novel) by Kristin Cashore

Graceling (Graphic Novel) by Kristin Cashore

Graceling the Graphic Novel by Kristin Cashore is a fast-paced fantasy that lends itself well to the graphic novel format. Following characters with special abilities, this one contains a fair share of action and strong main characters. The artwork is also stunning, making the story come to life. This is a great introduction to the world of Graceling, which left me excited to pick up the original series. Continue reading

Review: The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni

Review: The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni

The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni is an addictive fantasy with secret scheming and shocking plot twists. Set soon after the events of The Prison Healer, this one is a little calmer and takes the time to explore the main character’s shifting allegiances. While this book is a sequel, it is just as thrilling as the first book, and I loved getting to explore the world outside the prison. This is a tense and original series that I can’t recommend enough. Continue reading