Tell the Wind and Fire


Thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the arc of Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan! Tell the Wind and Fire is a take on A Tale of Two Cities with a bit of magic involved. Lucie’s boyfriend, Ethan, has a doppelganger named Carwyn. Ethan lives in the Light city and Carwyn is from the Dark city. Lucie’s parents are both non-existent in her life. Her mother disappeared (she was punished for using magic to heal people) and her father was tortured and drained of his blood and dark magic use. Lucie’s father has some lucid moments but not many. She gets involved in the rebellion unknowing who is leading it. The dynamic characters make this a wonderful book! I also appreciate the author’s note at the end of the book that explains her reasoning for basing her story on A Tale of Two Cities. Highly recommended for fantasy readers as well as readers of Charles Dickens.

Rebel of the Sands


Thanks to Viking Books for Young Readers for the arc of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton! Amani, a gun-shooting young woman living in the desert, brings this story to life! After the first chapter, I was hooked and thought to myself, “This is fantastic!” Amani lives with her aunt and her family. Amani’s uncle wants to either find a husband for her or marry Amani himself; he already has several wives. Amani has lived with them since her mother was hanged almost a year ago for shooting the man they were residing with. A foreigner comes to town and he and Amani leave together. The story is equal parts adventure and fantasy with a touch of clever wit thrown in that adds some fun. Stories and Amani’s adventures teach the reader about the mythology of her world. Rebel of the Sands is the beginning of a series that I definitely want to read!