The Crown and the Arrow: A Wrath and Dawn Short Story by Renee Ahdieh (★★★★★)
Loved The Wrath and the Dawn? This very short story tells the beginning of the tale from Khalid’s point of view and reminded me exactly why I’ve been beyond excited to read The Rose and the Dagger at the end of April! While not a necessary read, I loved visiting Renee Ahdieh’s beautiful prose again — if only for a little while.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (★★★★★)
While the plot of V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows is remarkably different from the first book in the series, A Darker Shade of Magic, it was a treat to return to Red London for a brand new and exciting plot centered around an event that is essentially the element Olympics. From magic to intrigue, disguises, secret romances, fancy parties and a sinister plot, AGOS has everything, including one hell of a cliffhanger. [READ FULL REVIEW]
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (★★★★☆)
What Reign of Shadows occasionally lacks in nuanced storytelling, it more than makes up for in plot, characters and setting! Set in a world driven into darkness by an eternal eclipse, this Rapunzel retelling is notable for its strong female protagonist and plenty of “where did this even come from?” plot twists. [READ FULL REVIEW]