Some of Those ARCs From Last Year Sophia Finally Got Around to Reviewing

Posted August 24, 2017 by Sophia
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stack of library books and flowersSometimes I get my act together and gather the strength to write a decent review or two or three, which is insanely hard when it’s been months since I’ve actually read the books and have notes to rely on.

Honestly, slumps shouldn’t exist for this very reason. Neither should real-life problems resulting in high amounts of stress.

And really… it’s probably bad enough that I’m not rating it (or I won’t reveal it)?

Actually, I just want to take these reviews and hide because it’s probably worse than my first review when BWT was a three-column and the formatting was baddd.


The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Advanced copy provided by Hot Key Books via Netgalley

Heilig’s debut novel is inspired by Hawaiian myth and folklore and has an entirely diverse cast with a biracial main character, a Persian love interest, etc. (I’ve completely forgotten about everyone else).

Have I mentioned time traveling is through maps?! If the Hawaiian myth and folklore don’t grab you, then the maps definitely should.

Paradise is a promise no god bothers to keep. There’s only now, and tomorrow nothing will be the same, whether we like it or not.

The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M. O’Brien
Advanced copy provided by Roaring Brook Press via Netgalley

The second book in The Vault of Dreamers starts from the cliffhanger of sorts O’Brien left off with, though I personally think The Vault of Dreamers should’ve been left alone as a stand-alone. This sequel might be a little disorienting at first, as Rosa is in another body and it takes awhile to figure out what was going on.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Advanced copy provided by Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley

Chupeco’s latest novel follows Tea as she first discovers her abilities as a bone witch and undergoes an apprenticeship, and years later as an adult. Secretly I am in love with The Young Elites by Marie Lu because Adelina is a villain and The Bone Witch is honestly similar because Tea is basically a villain.

It is a slow book. There are lots of descriptions and world-building, but the book definitely picks up a notch later.

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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