Title: The Tiger’s Daughter
Author: K. Arsenault Rivera
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Tor and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Tiger’s Daughter captured my imagination the moment I heard about it. The summary suggested a sprawling tale of love and lost, where star-crossed lovers are caught in a predestined battle with ancient demons. Shizuka and Shefali’s relationship encompasses everything I seek in a romance – filled with tragedy and promise, poetry and passion, and a sense of longing that left my heart aching.
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Title: A Tale For The Time Being
Author: Ruth Ozeki
Rating: 5/5 stars
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A Tale For The Time Being is an audiobook I picked up on a complete whim. I have been hearing about the novel over the past year, and was intrigued by its premise: alternating between the life of a teenage Japanese girl and an American woman, separated by both space and time. Utterly unique, intelligent, and moving – this book has climbed onto my Top of 2015 list, possibly Top of All Time – for it’s a tale I’ll remember for not just the time being, but for years beyond this.
You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.
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Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Series? Yes. 1 of 3.
Snow Like Ashes to the second YA fantasy I’m reviewing this week that’s likened to Game of Thrones. I don’t agree, I think it’s more similar to The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta, which is another of my favourites. Snow Like Ashes also manages to be unique with characters that I can root for, I LOVED it. Here’s a few reasons why.
1. Vivid Setting
Oktuber was a maze of rickety barns and tents in maroon, azure, and sunshine orange, with the crystalline blue sky gleaming above, a sharp and beautiful contrast to the kingdom’s earth tones…Their skin glistened the same coppery brown as the leaves on some of their trees, only where the leaves were crinkled and dry, the Autumnians’ faces were perfectly creamy
There are 8 kingdoms in this world. Four are Seasons: with close links to magic that grants them only one season a year, thus they are named for these seasons. Hot, dry Summer that are uninviting to our protagonist. Cool, vibrant autumn with citizens of copper skin. Spring, though lovely in name, is ruled by a dictator named Angra with powerful magic. Finally, Winter, the lost kingdom of eternal snow – utterly destroyed by Angra 16 years before the start of this novel. Furthermore, there’s four Rhythm kingdoms that undergoes the normal seasonal cycle. We mainly got to see Cordella, a prosperous kingdom who’s chief exports are lavenders and princes that steals your heart. All of these settings are described in beautiful clarity and reading about them was akin to a cinematic experience. Continue reading “Book Review: Snow Like Ashes”