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Mini Review Round Up: SF/F YA ARCs

Yes, I’m mini reviewing ARCs… I feel hella guilty about this, to be sure, but it’s been 2-3 months since I’ve read them which means I’ve read at least 60 books in between. 

Hopefully with all these mini reviews I’m getting in I’ll be able to put out some more thorough reviews soon. 

Here are the books I’ve reviewed below: 

*I voluntarily read and reviewed the following review copies.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)Aurora Rising

Synopsis from Goodreads: The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

Review: 

Another fantastic collab between Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!

Look, my review is hella late to the game, so Imma keep this brief. This book? Fantastic.
Yeah at times it hit my sci-fi limit, but the fantasy and amazing characters keep me tugging along. I was concerned about where the romance was going to, but now I think I know and I’m hoping I’m right.

The story??? I’m at the edge of my seat. I’m so excited for the sequel to come out. I have no idea how everything will go done and I’m so worried for the characters, but I believe in them!! That ending though UGH I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS!!!
Another series with amazing characters and a gripping plot to keep me wanting more.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)The Merciful Crow

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
A future chieftain.
Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince.
When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard.
Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

Review:
What even are my thoughts on this one except that I need more. I adore this book. Honestly, one of my top from 2019 and I didn’t think it would be the case. A good book? Yes. A good I wish I could hug to chest and gush over? Didn’t think so, yet here we are.

The characters, the sassy banter, the realistic life and death journey they are on, just… wow. There are consequences to actions and not no one is safe.

Let me also say the beginning scene has stayed with me — and I’m reviewing this almost exactly 3 months after reading it. I can still see the money dance, hear the screeching, and imagine the surrounding silence from the nobles as dread and terror fill them. Like, that is good writing!

I’m so nervous about the next book, but I’m ready for the adventure to continue!!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Rogue PrincessRogue Princess 

Synopsis from Goodreads: Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.

All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!

Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.

Review:
I’m a huge sucker for gender-swapped fairy tales– like yes! I mean fairy tale retellings in general are a love of mine, but throw in role reversals and I’m game! So, I had high hopes going into this one. Perhaps, too high…

It is hard to put my thoughts together in a way that doesn’t spoil things. Mostly, I didn’t like how events progressed and how easy I found the ending. So, I can’t go further into detail. There also felt like a whole bunch of random other inclusions that made the book feel chaotic, to me.
I’m not even mad at the plot twist– how it went down and everything surrounding it? totally, but it’s fine. The twist reminded me of Ashley Poston to be honest, which is strange since the closest comparison I have for this book is Cinder.

Anyhow, I see how some people will enjoy this sci-fi retelling– it has decent world-building and interesting characters, it just ended up not being for me.

Rating: ⭐⭐

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