ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

SUMMARY

33382313Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother.

Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she’s from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.

In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha’s and Key’s paths collide, and the two must learn to work together–a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintain unity.

With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.

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ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: Toil & Trouble Anthology

SUMMARY

36426163Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

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Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: The Soldier Prince by Aarti V Raman

SUMMARY

51rDk+I24tLPublisher: Karou Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the author

This is Royal life. Not a fairytale.

Sasha

When I think of princes, I know exactly who I am looking for. A sophisticated, handsome man who will ride with me into the sunset.

Surly, generous, blond alphas nicknamed “Iceman” need not apply.

I thought I was saving his life when I went to warn him about the bad guys gunning for him. But then I saw him in action. And he doesn’t need my help at all.

The Iceman is an ex-military warrior.

When the world rights itself after my night of danger, I am flying on a private jet to a tiny nation in the Swiss Alps with the Iceman. Turns out, the warrior is the Prince of Stellangård in disguise.

And he just might be everything I am looking for.

Except, this is real life. Not a fairytale. And The Ice Prince could never belong with a struggling student-waitress from New York City.

Right?

Alexander

I thought I could outrun my past, my guilt, and duty to my homeland by joining the military. And it worked like a charm for a decade.

But civilian life is much more exciting and dangerous.

And Sasha Ray is the most dangerous of them all.

She is meant to be protected within the walls of the castle I call home. But she destroys my defenses with her compassionate heart and sharp wit.

I am known as the Iceman for a reason. I don’t melt. I don’t give in to temptation, even when every touch makes me want her past sanity.

This is Royal life. Not a fairy tale. And I know the price she’d have to pay for being mine.

Don’t I?

When fire and ice collide, all bets are off. And with an unknown enemy closing in, can Sasha and Alexander decide if happily ever after is worth everything – especially their hearts?

Meet the Royals of Stellangård – Alexander, Helena, and Michael – burdened by their heritage, freed by love.

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REVIEW: The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

SUMMARY

35059797Publisher: Flux
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.

But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.

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