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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi ARC {3 Stars}

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi ARC {3 Stars}

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touched Queen #2)
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 28th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

3 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of A Crown of Wishes from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi eARC {4.5 Stars}

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is an absolutely beautiful fantasy that feels like a fairytale retelling, but pulls in Indian mythology and culture (and might be a retelling of a myth from Indian mythology? Let me know!). I went in expecting a romantic fantasy, but what I got was a heroine who refused to trust the handsome man who just rescued her under suspicious circumstances, a vivid world full of creepy monsters, and a freaking hilarious demon horse. I can’t wait to see what Chokshi writes next! If you’re excited about this book, check out my Kickstarter for a hardcover copy, two gorgeous items themed after it, and a recommendation list for what to read next!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Star-Touched Queen from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi eARC {4.5 Stars}

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 26th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

4.5 Stars

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Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule {3 Stars}

Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule tells the story of Sing as she starts at a music conservatory and gets pulled into a world where creatures from stories have come alive even though she’s just trying to get the lead role in the upcoming school opera. The fantasy elements of Strange Sweet Song are pulled from a fabled opera written by the conservatory’s founder and the setting evokes imagery of mist-covered woods and bright eyes shining in the dark. If you enjoy stories involving music and singing, you definitely have to check out Strange Sweet Song.

Note: I received Strange Sweet Song from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule {3 Stars}

Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 11, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal Romance, YA
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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A young soprano enrolls in a remote music academy where nothing, not even her mysterious young vocal coach, is as it seems

Outside Dunhammond Conservatory, there lies a dark forest. And in the forest, they say, lives a great beast called the Felix. But Sing da Navelli never put much faith in the rumors and myths surrounding the school; music flows in her blood, and she is there to sing for real. This prestigious academy will finally give her the chance to prove her worth—not as the daughter of world-renowned musicians—but as an artist and leading lady in her own right.

Yet despite her best efforts, there seems to be something missing from her voice. Her doubts about her own talent are underscored by the fact that she is cast as the understudy in the school's production of her favorite opera, Angelique. Angelique was written at Dunhammond, and the legend says that the composer was inspired by forest surrounding the school, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. But was it all a figment of his imagination, or are the fantastic figures in the opera more than imaginary?

Sing must work with the mysterious Apprentice Nathan Daysmoor as her vocal coach, who is both her harshest critic and staunchest advocate. But Nathan has secrets of his own, secrets that are entwined with the myths and legends surrounding Dunhammond, and the great creature they say lives there.

3 Stars

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Four Stars: Dogs and Goddesses by Jennifer Cruise, Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich

Dogs and Goddesses by Jennifer Cruise, Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich is the story about three woman, and their awesome dogs, meeting, becoming and battling ancient Mesopotamian goddesses; oh and their dogs start talking :D 

When I had a twelve-hour drive I went over to the library and grabbed at any audio-books that looked fun and easy. Dogs and Goddesses looked exactly like the book I was thinking of and it was! If you like audio-books, this is a great one for audio, because dog voices are adorbs!!

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Title:
 Dogs and Goddesses
Authors: Jennifer Cruise, Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich
Pages: 400 (paperback)
Genre-ish: Adult Contemporary with a little Fantasy and a lot of Romance
Rating: ★★★★ – Really fun story, little over the top
Setting: Modern setting in Small Town, USA, but with a Mesopotamian goddess (not historically accurate) who has and gives real magic.
Premise: Daisy, Abby and Char are three dog-loving women who have never met before a mysterious dog training class starts up in their town. After the first meeting they start realizing that things are not at all what they seem…. And they all have some magic in their heritage they didn’t know about, which comes in handy when they have to save the world.

Strengths:

  • Really fun and strong female leads who start out as ordinary women and find out a lot about themselves and their strength!
  • The audio-book edition’s narrator does the best dog voices ever! :D
  • Fun and interesting plot of how an ancient goddess would react to being accidentally reawakened in our time :)

Weaknesses:

  • There was definitely a strong romance aspect given that part of the goddess magic involves sex, so definitely not PG-13 and a little much for me, ha.
  • I wish that it was based on actual Mesopotamian myths instead of something made up for the book to work.
  • For reasons that will be clear for anyone reading the book, I craved cookies every time I listened to the book D:

Summary:
For a random book I found on the shelf of the library, I really enjoyed this book! It’s certainly not high-brow fantasy, but would make for a great airplane or road trip book. I highly encourage you to get the audio-book if you have any interest or want to try out audio-books for the first time, since puppy voices are the best!!

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