Source: YALLfest

Mini ARC Reviews: A Long Stretch of Bad Days, Mysteries of Thorn Manor

Mini ARC Reviews: A Long Stretch of Bad Days, Mysteries of Thorn Manor
Posted by Jessi (Geo) on January 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

I don’t have all that much to say about this one, other than I enjoyed it! Mindy’s contemporary books are almost always a hit for me, which is funny because I’m not usually a fan of contemporary. Even funnier that her fantasy books usually don’t work for me. Her contemps just knock it out of the park! This one felt so realistic, like the events had actually happened. There isn’t really a whole lot going on plot wise for a […]

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ARC Review: Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao

ARC Review: Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao
Posted by Jessi (Geo) on January 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

This book was awesome! I got an ARC at YALLfest, and honestly I was just in it for the cover and the fact that it’s Asian fantasy. For some reason I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, even though I haven’t read anything else by Zhao. I went in with little to no expectations, and the result? I was blown away! First of all, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book so cinematic! In the opening scenes […]

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ARC Review: Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman

ARC Review: Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman
Posted by Jessi (Geo) on December 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

I have never read a book with an autistic MC (that I know of), and now that I have, I wonder if maybe I’m on the spectrum. Because I have never related to a main character as much as I related to Seelie. She’s brash, and stubborn, and reactive, and feels too much…and I honestly saw myself in her. She’s also super socially awkward (like to the point of it being painful, lmao) and shies away from human interaction and […]

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ARC Review: Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

ARC Review: Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
Posted by Jessi (Geo) on June 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the beginning, I was totally hooked. It felt a lot like Aurora Rising: girl wakes up hundreds of years – or in this case, a thousand years – late from cryosleep and everyone she knew is dead and the future is cray. Girl out of time! The girl’s name is even similar – Andromeda (Aurora), or Andra (Auri) for short – maybe not the best decision? But that’s where the similarities to Aurora Rising – as well as my […]

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ARC Review: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

ARC Review: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Posted by Jessi (Geo) on March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

What a beautiful debut!! The world of Aritsar as well as Ifueko’s prose were stunning and vivid. I loved the culture! It felt a lot like a mashup of Children of Blood & Bone and City of Brass, but was everything I wanted from both of those books (and didn’t get). This was the gorgeous Nigerian fantasy that I expected jumping into CoB&B, which left me feeling disappointing. This one did not! I was utterly hooked from the first chapter! It […]

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ARC Review: The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

ARC Review: The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
Posted by Jessi (Geo) on March 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Hooboy *takes deep breath* This is not going to be pretty. Honestly, I should have just DNFed this book. The only reason I didn’t is because the world was intriguing and in the beginning I was really interested. But sadly, the farther I read, the worse it got. I’ll start with the positive: The concept was FANTASTIC. In the beginning, I was so onboard! It felt so much like Waterworld, which I love. The idea of a post-apocalyptic world of […]

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