Author: Marina Lostetter Publication date: April 13, 2021 Genre: fantasy My rating: 5/5 stars
Magic masks. A serial killer. Political intrigue. Mysterious gods. Folks, this is my favorite fantasy novel I’ve read this year–a deliciously dark tale with intricate worldbuilding, memorable (and diverse!) characters, and a nuanced portrayal of the impacts of trauma on the human psyche. I’m so grateful to Jean Book Nerd for having me as a host on this tour. Stick around for my review, more info on the book, and a giveaway you don’t want to miss!
Author: Adrienne Tooley Publication date: March 9, 2021 Genre: YA fantasy My rating: 4/5 stars
Today is my stop on TBR and Beyond’s blog tour for Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley, a debut fantasy full of darkness, witchy magic, love bargains, and two girls who are polar opposites learning to work with each other to save their world–and fall for each other in the process. Read on for a brief review and some of my favorite quotes from this lovely slow-burn!
Author: Jessica S. Olson Publication date: March 9, 2021 Genre: YA fantasy, romance, retelling My rating: 4/5 stars
Phantom of the Opera phans, rejoice–this is the gender-swapped Phantom retelling we’ve all been waiting for. Dark, luscious, and full of twisted magic, this story offers a fresh twist on the musical (and novel) you know and love. It takes out the love triangle, adds in a magic system rooted in the buying and selling of memory, and doesn’t shy away from the tricky blend of monstrousness and humanity that is the Opera Ghost. In other words, it tells a new tale while maintaining the best parts of the original. The end result is magical–music to my ears, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Author: Scott Reintgen Publication date: February 16, 2021 Genre: young adult fantasy
Listen up, y’all: Ashlords was a freaking fantastic book and I loved it when I read it last year. Phoenix horses, alchemy, the fantasy equivalent of “social media celebrities,” and of course, the first seeds of a good old-fashioned revolution against an oppressive upper class. I’ve been stoked for the sequel since I turned the final page. And when, during a live chat, the author started talking about the sequel even more, my interest was piqued even more: promises of technology and magic, with the added interest of interfering gods. Now the sequel is here, gorgeous cover and all. I’m reading it right now and loving it so far; a review will be headed your way as soon as I’m done. In the meantime, here’s a little promotional material from the lovely team at TBR and Beyond Tours.
Author: Emily Victoria Publication date: February 2, 2021 Genre: young adult fantasy My rating: 4/5 stars
Self-aware magic-AI-robot-person! A world inspired by ancient Greece! Pirates! Aro-ace protagonist! And so much more! This Golden Flame is a solid debut with adventure, diverse representation, and lots of wholesome character friendships. I’m so happy to be able to bring you this review as part of TBR and Beyond Tours’ blog tour for this book! Read on for my review, some more info about the book, and a chance to win a copy for yourself!
Author: Adrienne Young Series: Fable (#1) Publication date: September 1, 2020 Genre: YA fantasy My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Folks, this book is more than just a pretty cover. After all the hype surrounding it when it came out, I wasn’t sure whether I would end up actually enjoying it as much as people suggested. But I am so glad I ended up reading it anyway last month, because y’all: this one is actually really good. Pirates, diving for gemstones, trade rivalries, and boats–it is a quintessential female-fronted maritime adventure, and I need more books like this one, stat.
Author: Maxine Kaplan Publication date: January 19, 2021 Genre: YA fantasy
Hello, friends! Time for another fun-filled blog tour, this time for a fast-paced, feminist YA fantasy. Huge thanks to the team at TBR and Beyond Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour! Because my life is chaotic, this is just a promo post, but you should definitely check out the other stops on the tour HERE for reviews, quotes, mood boards, and more!
Author: Kacen Callender Series: Islands of Blood and Storm (#2) Publication date: December 1, 2020 Genre: adult fantasy
After absolutely falling in love with Felix Ever After earlier this year, I simply had to try out more of Kacen Callender’s work. So when I saw an opportunity to get involved in a blog tour with one of Callender’s books–and one that is in my favorite genre, no less!–I simply had to sign up. And I am so glad that I did; this dark fantasy, full of political struggles and open commentary on colonialism, is excellent. Callender’s writing prowess apparently spans a wide range of genres as well as age levels (seriously, they write MG, YA, and adult, and genres including both contemporary and fantasy??), and I will certainly be picking up more of their books in the future. But enough about how much I love this author–let’s get on to the story!
Author: Jennifer San Filippo Publication date: November 10, 2020 Genre: young adult fantasy My rating: 4/5 stars
Okay, hear me out: take the elemental powers of Avatar: The Last Airbender and fuel them with singing, rather than martial arts. That absolutely golden combination lies at the heart of the world Jennifer San Filippo has created in her debut novel, Divided Fire. A captivating tale of sisterhood, magic, and the meaning of strength, this book was a quick, refreshing read with a premise at once classic and original.
Authors: Danni Bennett and Jaida Jones Publication date: November 10, 2020 Genre: young adult fantasy My rating: 4.25/5 stars
It’s no secret that I love dark fantasy, morally gray characters, queer characters, thieves and other sketchy people, sarcastic humor, and ragtag teams of misfits. So it should come as no surprise that Master of One, a book that combines literally ALL of those elements, was a huge hit for me. I laughed. I cringed. My heart twisted a few times. What starts out as the story of an irreverent thief on a mission way above his pay grade morphs into a sprawling, slow-building tale of fae, magical silver animals, evil sorcerers, corrupt monarchy, and all that other fun stuff. I’ll admit, I was a little confused at the start, but once the story really got going, I was very invested, and I’m already dying for the sequel. (Plus, huge bonus–there’s some nice physical disability rep in the book as well!)