Sands of Arawiya: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

“If I told you my name, would you bow?” His voice was soft. A melancholy caress. He lifted his chin when understanding dawned on her face. “Or would you flee?” Nasir – Page 211 Publication: May 14th 2019 Synopsis: People lived because she killed. People died because he lived. Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would … Continue reading Sands of Arawiya: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

This series turned out to be nothing like I expected, and is most assuredly one of my favorites! Publication: November 15 2017 Synopsis: When sharpshooter Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, … Continue reading Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

“A new dawn. A new desert.” – Rebel of the Sands Publication: March 7th 2017 Synopsis: Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani Al-Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne. When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime–the Sultan’s palace–she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget … Continue reading Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Shadow by Kara Swanson

“If Peter Pan is going to die with this Neverland-it’s going to be by fighting until my last breath.” -Shadow, Page 266 Publication: July 13th 2021 Synopsis: Peter Pan has crash-landed back on Neverland. But this is not the island he remembers. Desperate to rescue Claire and the fractured Lost Boys, Peter must unravel what truly tore his dreamland apart. But with each step, he is haunted by more of his own broken memories. Not even Pan himself is what he seems. Claire Kenton is chained to a pirate ship, watching the wreckage of Neverland rocked by tempests. When she … Continue reading Shadow by Kara Swanson

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Even with the Western aspects, this book held a Prince of Persia vibe to it, and I was all for it. Publication: March 8th 2016 Synopsis: Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed … Continue reading Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

I’m a sucker for Peter Pan books, but what else is new? There was no hesitation in figuring out whether I needed to read this one yet too. Publication: March 23rd 2021 Synopsis: When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers. It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in … Continue reading Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Willa of Dark Hallow by Robert Beatty

Can we take a moment to take in the beauty of this cover? Like, it’s so gorgeous! Publication: May 4th 2021 Synopsis: Willa and her clan are the last of the Faeran, an ancient race of forest people who have lived in the mountains for as long as the trees have grown there. But as crews of newly arrived humans start cutting down great swaths of the forest she loves, Willa is helpless to stop them. How can she fight the destroyers of the forest and their powerful machines? When Willa discovers a mysterious dark hollow filled with strange and … Continue reading Willa of Dark Hallow by Robert Beatty

Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken by Oliver Bowden

Assassin’s Creed 3 is definitely one of my favorites when it comes to the games, and so it’s not really that big of a surprise that I was gonna end up reading this book. Publication: December 4th 2012 Synopsis: ‘I am an expert swordsman. And I am skilled in the business of death. I take no pleasure in my skill. Simply, I am good at it.’ 1735 – London. Haytham Kenway has been taught to use a sword from the age he was able to hold one. When his family’s house is attacked – his father murdered and his sister … Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken by Oliver Bowden

A Twisted Tale: Go the Distance by Jen Calonita

There are some books that I’m just super excited to read, that drop my other current reads and read the one I’m excited for. Needless to say this was one of them. Publication: April 6th 2021 Synopsis: What if Meg had to become a god? After Hercules proves he’s a true hero and regains his godship, all seems right in the world. That is, until Zeus tells Meg that she can’t be with Hercules because she’s, well, mortal. Luckily, Hera has a solution, offering Meg a chance to prove herself worthy of a spot on Mt. Olympus–as a god. All … Continue reading A Twisted Tale: Go the Distance by Jen Calonita

The Aurora Cycle: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Did I seriously just fall for the strong silent type elf boy who has a few anger issues? …Maaayyybee. Publication: May 6th 2019 Synopsis: 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 … Continue reading The Aurora Cycle: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff