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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg is a must-read for fans of HBO’s WestWorld. If you haven’t started watching WestWorld yet, don’t have HBO, don’t understand or approve of piracy, and want to watch in the best quality, you can use this link to get the BluRay for the complete first season from Amazon.

This is also an excellent read for people like Shannon, who don’t want to get involved in the whole convoluted series of WestWorld (especially Season 3, which takes things to a whole new level). This book is a good one-off that gives you the main idea all at once without having to get invested in a series.

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The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

I know nothing about Les Misérables (shame on me), but I am a sucker for French historical fiction. So, when I saw The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant pop up on my radar I knew I just had to read it, and boy oh boy was it good! I seriously couldn’t put it down!

This story is about a girl named Nina. When her sister, Azelma, is sold off to the cruel Tiger, Lord of the Guild of Flesh, Nina is thrown into the secret underground world of thieves, ghosts, assassins and more. Nina becomes the Black Cat of the Thieves Guild, and as the Black Cat, she makes plans to save her sister from the life of drugs and prostitution that the Guild of Flesh is notorious for. However, with the cost being another girl’s life, Nina is not able to follow through. She then spends the next few years scheming and planning to not only save her sister’s life, but also the life of the girl she almost lost-her adopted sister, Ettie. Nina’s adventures take her deeper into the Guilds, to the court of French royalty, and onto the streets of Paris, where there’s unrest and an uprising being planned.

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This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

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This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

There has absolutely never been a better time to start reading This Mortal Coil trilogy by Emily Suvada. With COVID-19 threatening the world as we speak, you can really get into this series and hopefully see, with brand new eyes, the very real potential threat that a pandemic such as the fictional Hydra virus could pose against the population of the world.

I have waited a while to review this book, because I didn’t really know where to start. I almost didn’t review it, because it could almost be seen simply as a continuation of This Cruel Design, however, I absolutely understand the need to make it a separate book, which is obvious when you read it.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints was a buddy read with my wife, Shannon. Somehow, she ended up with two copies of this book, so we both read them at pretty much the same time. Shannon has since received an e-arc from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the sequel, Ruthless Gods, which she posted a review for earlier today.

This was Emily A. Duncan’s first book, and to be brutally honest, it started off reading like one. I absolutely couldn’t stand the foreign names that we difficult to pronounce even in my head (like why could Tranavia have not simply been Travania? — which would have made much more sense from a reader’s perspective). It took me a long time to get into this book (nearly halfway-through), but once it started getting good, it got good quick. The magic started flowing, and it turned out to be a really solid read.

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Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

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Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Heads up guys! I never know where to start when reviewing the 2nd book in the series, because there’s bound to be spoilers. So, friends if you haven’t read Wicked Saints and are planning on it, click away for now.  

Let’s start with a little background on my feelings about the first book in this series, Wicked Saints. The first half was absolute torture to read. All of the ridiculous and distracting names were just too much for me, but I continued on because honestly Serephin was giving me The Darkling vibes, you know from Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow & Bone series, and I needed to see some good happen for him — even though, does he really deserve that? I still don’t know, but I love him anyway.  I also kept reading because I was intrigued by how everything was going to play out, and was pleasantly surprised in the end. There was backstabbing, redemption, damnation, and more. It was a fantastic ending that left me needing to read the 2nd book ASAP, which leads me to Ruthless Gods

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Personally, I feel like Neal Shusterman really created a masterpiece with The Toll. I really enjoyed Scythe and its follow up, Thunderhead, but The Toll was the grand finale that tied up all of the loose ends and ultimately brought the series to its full and glorious completion.


There appear to be two distinctly separate camps when it comes to readers of this book. There are those who loved Scythe and Thunderhead who happened to be very bored and underwhelmed by The Toll, and this camp seems to actually hold the majority. On the other hand, there are readers who believe The Toll completely stands apart from the first two books in the series and truly deserves more credit than people are giving it. I happen to be a member of this second camp, as this book “resonated” with me pretty deeply.

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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of YA contemporaries. It’s not the genres fault, it’s just that I’m not in the age range these books are targeted towards. So, when I first saw that this book was being released, I wasn’t dying to get my hands on a copy, but it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and being someone who loves a good retelling, I thought why not give it a chance. I’m so glad I did!

I have read so many Beauty and the Beast retellings, and Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon one was so refreshing to me. It may be because this one is not set in a fantasy world, but at an elite boarding school. Also, I think the introduction of Indian culture and superstition surrounding the curse may have played a big part in my enjoyment of this book. Plus, the characters were such a treat. They had their moments, when all I wanted to do was knock some sense in them, but they ended up growing and changing for the better.

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Guys, I had the hardest time making a connection with Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth. I had to read pages and paragraphs over and over. I thought maybe I was just burnt out, but nope, I was able to read other things at the same time with ease.  This one was just rough for me.

I think a lot of my aloofness for this book comes from the fact that I had a hard time understanding the magic system, and so I was really relying on the characters and their development to get me through the book. Problem with that is I did not care for the main character or her chosen love interest.

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The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

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The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

All I wanted this past week was to read a light and fluffy romance with a splash of drama, and that’s exactly what I got from The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne. Score!! So, before diving into this book, I had heard that it was kind of like The Bachelorette, but set in space. There was even a nod to the show in the book, but that is not how I would describe this book at all. Yes, there is competition for affection, but it’s not what you’re thinking. This is less like the popular television show and more like a competition between sisters and family for the affection of someone who should be off limits.

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

Just to be clear from the start — John Dee and the Empire of Angels is not a book for everyone. It provides an excellent and remarkably granular history of John Dee and Edward Kelly, and for that reason alone I would recommend it. However, this book (unlike any other historical record of John Dee), goes balls deep into Dee’s angelic scrying sessions with Kelly, and then goes even further to relate how those scrying sessions went on to influence the realms of science, as well as the Western Esoteric Tradition in its entirety. If you are interested in occult studies, it is extremely interesting to follow the thread of Dr. John Dee and see how his impact inspired countless esoteric teachings and philosophies of the modern era.

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