A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance t ...more
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DNF @ p.130
I originally wasn't going to rate this book, since it was a debut and I didn't particularly care for the writing style, but people keep coming onto this review and leaving me rude comments saying that apparently you aren't allowed to write (non-rated) reviews for books you haven't read... so while I wait for my copy to renew again from the library, and since I did read almost a quarter of it, I will post my (rated) review with ...more
I'll clean up this review later, but here's a summary of my thoughts:
- The incorporation of African mythology was great, and I loved the Hyena stories. I hope we get to hear more of those.
- Love me a good musician, and Karina's performance skills were a fun addition.
- As I mentioned, the mental illness rep was great. Malik's panic attacks and Karina's migraines an ...more
and although im not as obsessed with the plot (full of YA clichés) and characters (karina is soooo annoying) as everyone else seems to be, i still found this to be a pretty good story. i thought malik was a high point - his humble nature is quite ...more
in case you need some good news right now, the author describes this book as: black princess who doesn't give a fuck, black boy who gives so many fucks, slow burn enemies to lovers romance with PINING, so much backstabbing.
it's literally a west african jasmine and aladdin au but they need to kill each other despite obvious attraction.
CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS.
tw: death of family members; anxiety/panic attacks; hallucinations; self harm; possession
This was an intriguing start to a fantasy duology featuring a world and magic inspired by West African folklore. The world is lush and interesting, with a lot to build on. Creatures, celebrations, dieties, spirits, different kinds of magic.. this has it all!
I enjoyed both of our main characters seperately, but less so when their paths crossed. Karina is an angry, stubborn character without feeling ...more
I'm proud of how different communities are supporting #BlackLivesMatter in the current climate.
Thanks to Cath, I've found out Fairyloot has a limited exclusive edition of this book, all of the profits for which go to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which supports the Black College Community and thousands of Black college students.
It's hardcover and comes with green sprayed edges and a signed book plate. For more info, go HERE. ...more
A unique, compelling, exci ...more
The constant telling instead of showing, lack of interesting character motives and instalove made me feel disconnected from this story. A shame, because the world is unique and i feel this had a lot of potential. I did have an overall good time reading this, though (especially loved all the lore and storytelling aspects).
I go a bit more in depth in my video review!
So A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a debut YA fantasy and the premise for this book is extremely interesting. Both main characters are seeking to help their families in ways that will put them into situations where they would ultimately kill each other. Of course this doesn't end up working out the way ...more
- "Hunger Games" trials
- Multi POV
- Sweet boy, tough girl
- Demons and magical oaths
- Court drama
- Rags to riches
- Own voices fantasy
At it's best, ASOWAR was exciting, dramatic, and fills you with a sense of Disney wonder. At it's worst, it's slow and boring. The pacing structure is incredibly strange- sometimes picking up and moving with grace and speed- and other times, dragging and focusing on details that didn't feel like they w ...more
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CWs: grief, parental death, murder, violence, self-harm, panic attacks, anxiety, alcohol use
Rep: West African inspired world + mythology, all-Black cast, MC with major anxiety and panic attacks
Fully-realized complex characters with dual points of view, rich world-building, gripping plot and a roman ...more
Between the Patron Deities (who doesn't love a good faction-like system?), all the mythical creatures (talking hyenas? chipekwes? serpopards? yes), and the challenges we get to witness both inside the actual Solstasia competition and outside of it (...the wakama ...more
representation: all Black cast (own voices West African inspired fantasy), anxiety and panic attacks.
[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]
I really enjoyed this! I did guess who the baddie was pretty early on though and I think I was expecting more based on the huge amount of hype surrounding this book, but it was a really solid read and I can't wait for the se ...more
I need a minute to collect myself after finishing this. It's the first YA fantasy I've read in a loonng while that didn't have a romance that took over the entire plot. There was a hint of a romance, and I cannot WAIT to see how it plays out in light of the last few chapters.
My body is so ready for the next book! ...more
This book was pitched as "What if Jasmine and Aladdin tried to kill each other?"
So I was already prepared for action and intrigue which this story delivers.
Katrina needs a king's heart to perform a ritual to revive her slain mother and Malik needs to kill Karina to free his sister from a powerful being.
Whenever I hear romance and fantasy together I expect for some cringey moments. Luckily ...more
haven't done this in a while
it's great to be frickin up my sleep schedule again.
review to come when I'm coherent
edit: it's been 6 months
I'm kinda coherent now
malik deserves rights
he is mentally ill and hot
which is a mood
Karina is hot AS FUCK
extra points for dark skin characters
the PINING, the YEARNING
this is straight and I cared
I'm shocked as well
lol why did I say 'frickin' shut the fuck up bitch
not me acting like I don't swear multiple tim ...more
I'm so beyond disappointed. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. The summary made it sound so interesting but I can't say the same for the execution.
It started really slow and boring. There was a LOT of info dumps and the worldbuilding was super confusing with so many names thrown around. It was just all over the place. I also didn't like the writing, I'm not saying that the w ...more
The rest of the empty space in my brain: oooo shiny green tbr button, me want to press ...more
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