Heathen by Natasha Alterici My rating: 4 of 5 stars Release date: August 8, 2017 Aydis is a viking, a warrior, an outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a … Continue reading ARC Review: Heathen
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. It is amazing how half the year has gone by like this *snaps fingers* but I also feel like it has been a long time since the start of the year. (Time … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far
Ringer by Lauren Oliver My rating: 4 of 5 stars Release date: October 3, 2017 In the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a … Continue reading ARC Review: Ringer
End of Days by Susan Ee My rating: 3 of 5 stars After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of … Continue reading Review: End of Days
World After by Susan Ee My rating: 4 of 5 stars In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a … Continue reading Review: World After
Angelfall by Susan Ee My rating: 4 of 5 stars It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to … Continue reading Review: Angelfall
Orange 1 by Ichigo Takano My rating: 4 of 5 stars One day, Takamiya Naho receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Naruse Kakeru. The Naho … Continue reading Review: Orange 1
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs My rating: 4 of 5 stars As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and … Continue reading Review: Library of Souls
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig My rating: 5 of 5 stars Some things should not be stolen. After what seems like a lifetime of following her father across the globe and through the centuries, Nix has finally taken the helm of their time-traveling ship. Her future—and the horizon—is bright. Until she learns she … Continue reading ARC Review: The Ship Beyond Time
This post brings up the disturbing return of the alpha male trope in YA books, and how normalization of toxic love interests is unhealthy. Suffice to say, I won’t be reading/reviewing this, but in light of the fact that this book has high ratings on GR (4.07 stars as on 20 June 2017) I feel it would be enlightening to anyone hoping to read this book.
Author: Cora Carmack
Rating: 1/5 Stars
Eagle-eyed blog readers may note that the usual purchase links to online retailers is missing from this post. This was entirely intentional because I think every dollar that goes towards Roar is a dollar wasted. I went in expecting an entertaining fantasy, filled with storm magic and a princess discovering her destiny. While the book partially delivered on these expectations, it also came with a significant amount of toxic masculinity, two domineering and possessive love interests, a romance that perpetuates rape culture, and a woman of colour thrown under the bus to further the heroine’s own storyline.
I’ll get the lone positive out of the way first. The world building in Roar was compelling, set in a world haunted by tempestuous storms where gifted humans employ magic to control them. Since the internet has no shortage of glowing reviews…
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