Three ARC Reviews: "Birth of Chaos" (Age of Magic: Wish Quartet #3) by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh, "Trail of Lightning" (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse, "The Accidentals" by Sarina Bowen

Birth of Chaos by Elise Kova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads


A new wish is pushing the weary members of the Society to their breaking points. But as Jo’s complex relationship with their leader reveals dangerous truths about who she truly is, and was, her priorities quickly change. Now, she seeks to expose the enemy lurking in their midst, but it may already be too late to thwart an ancient goddess bent on stealing Jo’s power and destroying everything she loves.




I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

The plot on Birth of Chaos was one big fat surprise. Jo and the remaining Society must face a new wish, which will tear them all apart and yet the plot worked in a way I didn't expect it to. I was very surprised by the ending and I am eager to see what will happen in the final book!

About the authors:

Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.

Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it's a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she's not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.



I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

If you've been following my reading progress then you know why I am going to rant about this book. As a historian with a tiny obsession with mythology, the first thing that drew me to the book was not only the cover but also the summary. The gods and creatures of the Native American mythology have risen again after the apocalypse, which also took the form of a flood and the Navajo reservation became one of the thriving places to live.

If that is not a literal slap to some people, then I'm a flying mermaid!

Anyway! The next part was the cover; seeing Maggie on the top of the truck with Kai on the passenger seat was a delight; you can feel the power emanating from both of them and not because of the lightning behind them. Maggie is a monster slayer who tries to survive in the Dinetah after the disappearance of her mentor (maybe more?) guardian who also is an immortal Hercules type. When strange monsters begin creating havoc, she will partner with Kai, a man who loves color, has humor and is swoon-worthy (WE ARE TALKING AS HIGH AS RHYSAND SCALE!) in order to investigate the murders.

The scenery of the apocalyptic US is described not only through Maggie's eyes but also Kai's. We see what has happened to the world, how some events are tied to the rising of the gods and if you are a mythology nerd, you'll discover that all the mythologies carry common elements.

Take the Coyote for example; if you read the book, and I am begging you to do so, you'll see similarities to a Norse god we all know mostly through Marvel.

And Neil Gaiman of course.

But the book doesn't stand only for its great plot, the cliffhanger of an ending and Maggie's power; it's a testament to the need of having more books, not only written by indigenous authors but also having plots and stories inspired by them. I know only two other books, which have the elements of the story of the Native American people;

The Messenger by Pamela DuMond
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Rebecca delivers a stellar book with Maggie as a realistic heroine who not only deals with mental wounds but also manages to be brave, intelligent and brilliant! And in a side note, I can only count one similar character who is as amazing as Maggie; Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews.

The ending downright killed me. I really can't wait for the next book!

About the author:

Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula Award-winning speculative fiction writer. She is also a Hugo/Sturgeon/Locus Award Finalist for her short fiction, WELCOME TO YOUR AUTHENTIC INDIAN EXPERIENCE(TM), as well as a 2017 Campbell Award Finalist for Best New SFF writer. Her debut novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING Book #1 in the SIXTH WORLD SERIES (Saga Press) drops June 26th, 2018. Book #2 STORM OF LOCUSTS will follow in 2019. She also has a middle grade novel coming in the Autumn of 2019 from Rick Riordan Presents, titled RACE TO THE SUN. And in 2020, an Anasazi-inspired epic fantasy BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY (Saga Press). She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong. 

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost. 
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul. There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love. 

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There is a beauty in storytelling and Sarina Bowen creates a spectacular YA book, filled with music, love for life, secrets and a speck or romance.

Rachel has been through a lot in her 17 years of life. No father and a mother has just died plus she is living in a group home that's too hard on her. As her father appears for the first time both she and he will have to face their shared new reality and Rachel will also have to get through her own depression. The story is raw and emotional and very different from the NA books I am used to reading Sarina Bowen.

Yet she delivers a stellar story that will leave you carving more YA from the author.

About the author:

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of many things, including: the True North series, Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy, The Ivy Years series and the Brooklyn BruisersAnd more!
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