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descendant of the crane by joan he; a review

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title: Descendant of The Crane
author: Joan He
genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (AW Teen)
release date:
 April 9th, 2019
source: Publisher via NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

❝Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by
death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?❞

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girls of paper and fire by natasha ngan; a review

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title: Girls of Paper & Fire
author: Natasha Ngan
genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
publisher: Jimmy Paterson
release date:
 Nov 6th, 2018
source: NetGalley
goodreads summary:

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.❞

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greetings gals and gays, welcome to one of the best reads i’ve had this year.

girls of paper and fire has been a highly anticipated book of mine for months. i was over the moon when i got approved for an early copy of it and immediately dived in, and despite having little to no time to read because of uni, i managed to finish it within two weeks (a perfectly reasonable time, imo, and indeed quite fast for a student in a reading slump during term time!) quite honestly, i surprised myself with exactly how much i enjoyed it, it was that good. Continue reading “girls of paper and fire by natasha ngan; a review”