ARC REVIEW | Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Title: INFINITY SON

Author: ADAM SILVERA

Releases: 14TH JANUARY 2020 by SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN’S UK

Genre: YA FANTASY


Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.


What a let down…I was so excited for this release and it just fell flat. Was it over-hyped, maybe? Now, I’ve never read Silvera before, but everyone was so excited for this cross-over, and I wasn’t at all impressed. The writing was too young – as in the lingo was very uneducated teenager trying to be cool – which felt very unrealistic, or possibly I was just the wrong reader for this book. The characters felt very forced, as well. The plot was slow and then the ending was an ‘of course that happens’ moment.. Very little was unexpected in Infinity Son. I may read the next one just to find out more (and hope it gets better), but overall I was pretty bored with this story so far.


Thank you to Simon & Schuster UK for this review copy.

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Sunday Selections

Happy Sunday!! I thought it might be fun to write a Sunday Selections post of what I’m reading and upcoming reads for the week ahead, or anything else you may want to add in. This will be pretty informal, but feel free to play along if you like!

WHAT I’M READING

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (eARC – and on the blog tour, so keep an eye out this week!!)

The Deep by River Solomon (review copy) Thank you Kate!!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (review copy)

The Handbook of Applied Dog Behaviour and Training by Stephen R. Lindsay (coursework)

UPCOMING READS

Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna (ARC)

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen (eARC)

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz (eARC)

LATEST READS

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera – 🍾🍾🍾

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran – 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾 (probably gonna be my favourite of 2020)

Is anything here on your list, too? What reads have you loved lately?

ARC REVIEW | The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

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Title: THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

Author: PETERNELLE VAN ARSDALE

Released: 7TH MARCH 2019 by SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN’S UK/22ND JANUARY 2019 by MARGARET K. MCELDERRY BOOKS (US)

Genre: TEENS + YA/FANTASY

The Cold is in Her Bones is a decent Medusa-inspired read, but wasn’t for me, if I’m honest. I liked it well enough, but found the overall story to be boring and I couldn’t relate to the MC at all. She seemed weak and tedious and a ‘boo hoo baby’ like her mother. The world and characters were very well written and realistic, but I couldn’t get over the pace of the story. I really wanted more from this novel. The prologue was truly the best part of the novel and I thought we’d get more of Hulda’s story or that maybe she’d feature in it a bit more. No such luck. Also, Gitta and Jakob are just terrible people, which actually made me like the writing a bit more than I would have otherwise because I love when an author can make me hate a well-developed character. I guess you could argue that the mother was just trying to not get so attached in the case her own daughter wound up cursed, but I found that a massive character flaw for her. Gitta nearly redeems herself in one of the end scenes, but I needed more from it. The last 15% of the story was pretty good, though. I liked the way it wrapped up.

I really loved that this focused more on friendships and there was the allusion to love, but romance was never the main focus of the book. The themes of desire to be accepted for who you are and overcoming your demons were also great! We need more books that explore those and other hard themes that teens struggle with.

All that said this was just a THREE STAR read for me. I would recommend picking it up from your local library if you’re interested in trying it out.


One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

Thank you so much to Peternelle van Arsdale and Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (via Netgalley) for the ARC.


3 stars

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (ARC review)

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TITLE: The Boneless Mercies

AUTHOR: April Genevieve Tucholke

RELEASES: October 4th 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK

GENRE: Teens + YA Fantasy

A dark and gorgeously drawn standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory. Won in a major six-house auction!

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling—and who gets to be the storyteller. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, V.E. Schwab, and Heidi Heilig.

Wayfarers, this just might have made top reads of 2018 for me! It’s been marketed as a genderbent Beowulf in alternative Scandinavia. Now, having never read Beowulf, I can’t say how true that is or not. However, I can say this story delivers all the things I love: soft-hearted boys, strong-willed girls, and an epic adventure to save a village. DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are ferociously driven girls who give no fucks about what the world thinks of them, and I love it! They navigate their world with their own moral compass, staying true to each other and their own minds.

I also really loved Trigve. He’s so kind hearted and sweet. He really adds a certain element to the story. I did think his relationship with Frey was a bit odd, though.

Their journey brings them into contact with so many interesting characters. It’s a brilliant novel that is extremely well written. I’ll definitely be reading it again.

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster UK for providing me with a proof copy. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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