Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

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Beyond the Black DoorDate Published: October 29, 2019

Published By: Imprint

Pages: 400

Genre: fantasy, young adult

Edition Read: ebook, arc

Dates Read: 10/29/19-11/13/19

Rating: 3-star-rating

 

 

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen …

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.

A.M. Strickland’s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai’s own soul, but the entire kingdom …

 

 

My Thoughts: I really liked Kamai as a character. I thought that she went through some good growth throughout the story. I do think that the pacing was a little off. It felt like things were happening very quickly with not a lot of explanations. I also think that there wasn’t much backstory told about how the soul walking came about and why certain people had it and others didn’t so I wish we had learned a little more about that. Overall it was a pretty good book and I will pick up more things by this author in the future.

Waiting On… Nameless Queen

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This weeks book is:

Nameless Queen

Expected Publication Date: January 7, 2020

Publishing Company: Crown Books for Young Readers

 

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: One girl must make a name for herself–or die trying –in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.

It shouldn’t even be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t?

 

Why I’m Anticipating This: The premise of this sounds so good. I also really love supporting debut authors. The idea of a class of people not even being granted names is something that I haven’t seen before so I am looking forward to reading something new. I can’t wait for this one, I have some high hopes.

Immunity by Erin Bowman

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Immunity (Contagion, #2)Date Published: July 2, 2019

Published By: HarperTeen

Pages: 433

Genre: sci-fi, young adult

Edition Read: hardcover

Dates Read: 11/6/19-11/12/19

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: Survivors of a deadly planetary outbreak take on a new, sinister adversary in the sequel to Contagion.

You can find my review for book one here!

 

My Thoughts: This was super action packed from the start. It was so nice to be back with these characters again. We also got a new main character in this book that I really liked. There were twists and turns and some unexpected things that happened. I really like the direction the story took and that it wasn’t a perfect ending with no problems along the way. Things happened and it made the story so much better. I really like the way it ended. I do wish that we had an epilogue or novella that took place like  6 months later just because I want to know what happens to everyone afterwards. I highly recommend this duology, especially if you like books that take place completely in space!

Waiting On… Children of Virtue and Vengeance

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This Weeks book is:

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2)

Expected Publication Date: December 3, 2019

Publishing Company: Henry Holt & Co

 

 

 

Synopsis: Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy. 

My review for book one can be found here. Spoiler Alert… I LOVED it!

 

 

Why I’m Anticipating This: I read the first book in this trilogy last year and I absolutely loved it, gave it 5 stars. So needless to say this book immediately went on my anticipated list for this year. I can’t wait to finally read it. It was supposed to be out earlier this year and then the date got pushed back so now I’m so excited that it comes out in a month!

The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce

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The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals, #4)Date Published: March 15, 1996

Published By: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Pages: 314

Genre: fantasy, young adult

Edition Read: paperback

Dates Read: 10/19/19-10/27/19

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: The final book in the Immortals series. I have reviews for the first three books that you can find here:

Book 1: Wild Magic
Book 2- Wolf Speaker
Book 3- Emperor Mage

 

 

My Thoughts: I liked this book way better than I did the third book in this series. This was pretty action packed from the first page which was really nice after the slow pace of the previous book. I liked how things ended and I am a little sad to not be with these characters anymore. I thought that Daine was a great main character and I just loved Numair. I really like Tamora Pierce’ writing style and I can’t wait to read more of her series in the future!

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones

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The Bone HousesDate Published: September 24,2019

Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 352

Genre: fantasy, young adult

Edition Read: hardcover

Dates Read: 10/11/19-11/1/19

Rating:  4-star-rating

 

 

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.

 

 

My Thoughts: The premise of this book was interesting and I am so happy that it lived up to my expectations. There was a plot twist that I totally should have seen coming but didn’t. I really liked the two main characters. There was also a goat involved in the story which was honestly amazing. I really liked the different directions that the story took along the way. I think that the myth’s and stuff behind the bone houses were very interesting. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more from this author because I really enjoyed the writing. This was a great book to read in the month of October as well. Definitely recommend.