February is all about fantasy reads, and that's exactly what we're going to do with Fantastic February! Are you ready for this challenge? Because I sure am! [Among other things..]
I was in total awe of the cover the first time I stumbled upon The Gilded Wolves. As you all know, I'm usually not that big on historical fiction but.. First the cover, then the blurb and.. I was sold?
Political intrigue, a character destined to become the first female ruler and then there's shapeshifters? Nobody should even expect me not to read this, want to read this, want to cuddle this and devour it and.. and.. well.. everything.
I took a while to read this trilogy, but I'm honestly.. happy to say I've both started and finished all three books in a little over a month's time! I've had these for quite some time now and, because I'm very interested in Kiersten White's The Conqueror's Saga, decided to finally give them a shot! But did I like them? Or do I wish I hadn't read them at all?
The thing that got me to pick up this book is very simple. Empress of All Seasons is an Asian-inspired young adult fantasy, written by an Asian author. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I have some issues? Yes.
Back when I went to YALC in July, this is one of the ARC's I succeeded at picking up. I was so pumped to read it, but.. as usual, it disappeared down the TBR-mountain. That is, until people kept saying and mentioning how they were looking forward to Girls of Paper and Fire and I couldn't not pick it up immediately! So, here's my review - fingers crossed I do this novel justice with it.
I don't think I have to tell any of you why I immediately requested this book on NetGalley when I stumbled upon it, right? But in case I do: Can you blame me for not being able to resist a cupcake on a cover? A blue cover at that? Me and my cupcakes.. Me and my favorite color being blue.. and on top of that a fantasy with a murder mystery? No way I was going to resist that! Absolutely. No. Way.