ARC REVIEW | Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

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Title: ONCE & FUTURE

Author: AMY ROSE CAPETTA & CORI MCCARTHY

Released: 26TH MARCH 2019 by ROCK THE BOAT (UK); (JIMMY PATTERSON – US)

Genre: TEENS + YA/FANTASY SCI-FI

Rep: LGBT+, POC | TWs: SLAVERY, ANIMAL DEATH, ABANDONMENT, RAPE MENTION, DEATH, SUICIDE, WAR THEMES, GENOCIDE.

OH MY GOODNIGHT, I LOVED THIS STORY SO MUCH MORE THAN I EXPECTED I WOULD! I AM CURRENTLY A PILE OF MUSH AND FEELING AND LOVE OVERFLOWING!

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way… HAPPY PUBLICATION, ARI, KAY, LAM, VAL, GWEN, MERLIN, JORDAN, AND MORGANA! I LOVE YOU ALL. And authors and publishing houses, of course! Thank you for giving us this book. You’re amazing.

The novel was written so well. The pace, plot, and characters were perfect for me. The story moved along at a nice speed, keeping me interested in what comes next without feeling overwhelmed by details and everything happening at once. Ari’s quest to defeat the greatest evil in the universe is so fun! Obviously, there is a lot going on at any given point, but the authors balance it all so well. The characters were each unique and complex. Their relationships with each other added that much more depth to the story.

So, Ari is the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur, which she discovers once she pulls Excalibur from a tree, and she has to work with Merlin (who has aged backwards into a teenager) and her knights to bring peace to humankind. She goes through so much on this quest (and this is only the first book), but she stays strong the whole way through. She is lost and betrayed, yet handles it all with wit and grace (mostly). Also, can I just say Morgana is so well-written in this story. I loved their interpretation of the villainous enchantress.

One of my favourite parts of the story is when Merlin assumes one characters gender and it becomes a conversation about how he’s from a world where gender was assumed based on physical markers and how, in this futuristic world, you should ask someones pronouns because it’s the accepted thing to do. And clearly a much better way of living life. It’s important to allow people a voice to tell you their pronouns. Honestly, this book opens up a lot of really necessary dialogues and I would recommend everyone read it when they get a chance.

Truly, this was a unique novel. A genderbent Arthurian space odyssey is exactly what I never knew I needed. I love that this was ownvoices and I enjoyed learning more about different perspectives, such as fluidity and ace (among others). It’s really interesting to see those perspectives and try to understand more about them. This represented a wide spectrum of the sexuality/gender spectrum and it was awesome!

This was a FIVE STAR read for me and easily one of my favourite books of the year.


King Arthur as you’ve never imagined! This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the Once and Future King as a teenage girl — and she has a universe to save.

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

Thank you so much to Rock the Boat (as well as Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy) for the ARC.

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Rebels in Ballgowns: FAIRYLOOT June 2018 (Unboxing)

Hi Wayfarers!

I wanted to share my first unboxing with you all! Now, I’ve been getting Fairyloot for 3 months, and have been totally blown away by their quality. I’m in love. Definitely one of my favourite subscription boxes!!

If you don’t like spoilers, or haven’t opened your June Fairyloot, STOP READING HERE! Or proceed, I’m not gonna tell you how to live your life 🤣

June’s theme was Rebels in Ballgowns:

I’ve warned you…thar be spoilers ahead!

Full unboxing 😍😍😍

A beautiful 6 month reading journal that I’ll be using the rest of the year!

A new cushion cover with a Legendary quote! It’s perfect; just need an insert to fill it…

Some odds and ends included! I think I’ll need to get a canvas tote to start decorating with iron on patches….

I can’t tell you how excited for this book I am!! It’s beautiful and has an amazing synopsis… Ugh, need to have more time to read everything!

The cover under the dust jacket is designed, too!!! 😱😱

Also, so excited for the sampler/poster of Sea Witch! It’s stunning 💚


What was your favorite item? Do you love Fairyloot, like me? Let me know in the comments 😊

Light Years by Kass Morgan (ARC review)

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AUTHOR: Kass Morgan

RELEASES: October 9th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

GENRE: Teens + YA Sci-Fi

Like dancing – if your partner was armed with 140 megatons of explosives.

In Illumicrate’s May box, we unexpectedly received an exclusive ARC of Light Years. On first look, I was sure I wouldn’t like Light Years much…boy, was I wrong! See, until very recently, sci-fi hasn’t really been my bag. Ever since reading the likes of The Lux Series, Illuminae and LIFEL1K3 (review here), that’s really changed! Holy damn, Kristoff has changed my life… I’m starting to love the space setting and ‘other life forms live in space’ approaches.

He’d always known he was a wiseass who’d never amount to anything.

This novel is so multi-cultured and diverse! There are serious LGBT themes and the characters all hail from various planets, making for a serious melting pot of personalities. You have your opposition to mixing the academy (damn racist shitheads), of course, but a major part of the premise is based on inviting in new skills and untapped potential from the ‘Settlers.’ These characters really show us that different does not mean less than capable. They also hilarious, unique, and interesting. There’s even an infiltrator! I especially loved that it was told from multiple viewpoints. I felt we get so much more from the story this way.

“We’re shaped by our pasts, but we’re not defined by them. We can all make choices.”

So, why not 5 stars if I loved it so much? Well, I feel like there could have been more depth to a few of the characters, as well as the plot itself. I realise this is the first in a new series, but I got through it very quickly and still had some questions. I feel like the relationships should have taken more of a backseat to the actual storyline of being new to the Academy and the strife between the Quatra Fleet and their sworn enemy. That cliffhanger, though, really redeemed the whole thing! I’m definitely going to be reading book 2!

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Ender’s Game meets The 100 as hidden secrets and forbidden love collide at an interstellar military boarding school in a new sci-fi series from New York Times bestselling author Kass Morgan.

Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain–but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy–even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong–he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret–she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy–and they might even fall in love in the process.

Light Years is the first book in a thrilling and romantic new sci-fi series from the bestselling author of The 100.

If you’ve read this already, what did you think? Love it or think it needed a bit more? Leave me a note in the comments!

Thank you so much to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Illumicrate for providing me with an ARC. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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