Review: Even the Darkest Stars

Author: Heather Fawcett

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Published: September 5, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, YA


Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

Hi guys! So it’s been a while since I made a book review so here it is 😅. This book is all about adventure, magic, and fantasy. It had the plot of witches and traveling to faraway lands to look for a treasure.

First off, the writing style kind of threw me off because it made me bored at a lot of points. The writing lacked excitement and swoon for me. But I definitely did not expect the plot twist in the end! I thought that I was going to be bored as I finished the book but the surprise by the end of the book made me want to read the next one like right now! That cliff hanger tho!

On the other hand, the romance was there and I enjoyed the first part of it but in the middle of the book it kind of got boring and the romance wasn’t really developed but going to the end of the book, there were more romantic scenes. But those scenes didn’t quite tug on my heartstrings. At the end of the book, the pace quickened and I got into it. I actually enjoyed the ending.

Overall, the plot was good and the only thing that should be improved is the writing style and the romance. But I think that this is one of those series that gets better and better after the next book.

Book cover: 5/5

Writing style: 4/5

Romance: 3.5/5

My overall rating: 4/5 🌟

I definitely recommend this to fans of fantasy books that have a lot of traveling. And of course to those who are looking for a fresh newly released-ish fantasy book.

Happy reading!

⁃ Bookish_angel 🤓

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Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Published: February 28, 2017

Genre: Pirates, Romance, Fantasy, YA


There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Hi guys it’s been a while since I last posted a review since it’s also been a while since I read a good book that I could write a review about. This book is the most recent that I read that suits a book review since not many people know it and know what it’s about. This book was amazing. It’s a bit of a short read and I read it in one sitting but I loved it. There were plot twists that I definitely did not expect. I expected nothing when I read this book and it turned out great.

For a new author, the writing style of this book was fast-paced and it didn’t drag along the whole book. It wasn’t boring and I enjoyed the strong will of the main character as well as the romantic interest. What you can expect from this book is that it’s all about pirates and the sea. It was full of action and romance. I felt like I was watching a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The plot was also entertaining and it’s unexpected. This book is certainly a fresh read from YA books that we have now. If you’re looking for a new read and you’re into pirates and the high seas, then you definitely should pick up this book. Not to mention, the plot isn’t an ordinary pirate and thieving kind of story. There’s more of an intricate detail to the story and I got hooked immediately.

The romance was also present and it wasn’t slow. I love that kind of romance in books. It wasn’t dragged on until the end of the book but rather it was present all throughout. The love interest was also good. Although I would’ve loved a ruthless bad boy pirate to be the love interest. But the love interest was a first mate of the ship. He was described as handsome and he was kind in the book. So I was well satisfied with that.

Book cover: 5/5

Writing style: 4.5/5

Romance: 4.5/5

My overall rating: 4.75/5

I highly recommend this book to those who love stories of fantasy and adventure. Although they didn’t travel much, the sense of being a pirate and being on the ship was still there. If you aren’t a huge fan of pirates, you could still enjoy this book since it’s definitely unexpected and isn’t your typical YA read. If you’re having second thoughts about it, I suggest that before you buy this book, you should have a fondness for pirates and the high seas. Because if you dislike that kind of theme then maybe this book isn’t for you 😅. But there was a lot of female badassery in this book so if you love those then you should definitely read this one!

⁃ Bookish _angel 🤓

#WishlistWednesday Book Tag 6

Hi bookworms! I recently got my mail from @eviebookish (Instagram). I got a The Night Court bookish mug and it looks so amazing. Her designs are so creative and beautiful! You guys should definitely check her out. 

Here’s her society6 site:

And here’s the mug I got:

So this week the things on my wishlist are bookmarks from @dreamyandco and bookish candles from @flickthewick. 

They’re all shops in Instagram and are owned by only one person, Angeline. I got the chance to talk to Angeline personally and she’s such an amazing person! She was so kind and I’m not saying that lightly. She really is.  

And her designs in @flickthewick are so amazing. They all look so beautiful and are perfect for bookish photos. 

Here’s the links of the shops:



I especially love these bookmarks from @dreamyandco. They’re chibis that are designed by @silketara and of course Feysand!

So that’s all for this week lovelies! Thank you for reading ☺️

– Bookish_angel 🤓

Review: The Crowns of Croswald

Author: D. E. Night

Publisher: Stories Untold Press

Published: July 21, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Magic, YA


In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret… 

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever. 

An ARC package was generously provided to me by the publisher and D. E. Night. It’s such an amazing box with high quality items and my own Glanagerie 😍. 

(This review is in no way under the influence of the publisher. This is all my opinion about this book.)

Here’s my unboxing:

The box includes:

– ‘Scriven This’ newspaper

– Post card/card of a graphic art

– Glanagerie bottle

– Glanagerie instructions

– Letter

– The Crowns of Croswald book

Isn’t it amazing? 😆

To get started with my review, the writing style wasn’t really good for me. It didn’t grip me and there were some points where in I couldn’t understand what was happening. But it is very interesting and unique. 

The plot was a mix of Harry Potter and Snow White for me. If you’re looking for a replacement while in a Harry Potter hangover. There’s a lot of magic and the theme is in a school of magic like Hogwarts. The names of the classes and professors are also Harry Potter like.  

Although it seemed a bit vague in describing the characters. Like I couldn’t really picture how Ivy looked like and how the setting looked like 😕. 

There wasn’t really a romance. But like the Harry Potter series, it was all about adventure and magic. 

Book cover: 4/5

Writing style: 3.5/5

Romance: 3.5/5

My overall rating: 3.5/5

I highly recommend this to those who are a fan of Harry Potter. Because of the fantasy school theme of this book along with magic, this book is perfect for Potterheads. And the plot is also for fantasy readers so you better check this book out!

– Bookish_angel 🤓

#WishlistWednesday Book Tag 5

Hi guys! So this week the thing in my wishlist is the September Fairy Loot box. Their theme for this month is ‘All That Sass’ and from that title alone I’m swooning 😍. 

Here’s their description for the box:

Do you love sassy characters? Characters that make you laugh out loud? Characters that are full of spirit and are cheeky, lively and bold?

The September ‘All That Sass’ box is inspired by our favourite sassy characters in YA! You can expect items themed on a certain blue eyed shadowhunter in The Infernal Devices, a certain high warlock in The Mortal Instruments, a blonde haired assassin in Throne of Glass, a green eyed demi-god in Percy Jackson, a sassy prince and captain from The Grisha Trilogy, as well as a couple more sassy characters that we’ll hint to in social media posts… 

The book we’re featuring is full of sassy characters, adventure, evil witches, ghosts, high stakes and has some fantastic plot twists! We read this book in one sitting – it simply blew us away! It will come with a signed bookplate and letter from the author, and the FairyLoot edition will have EXCLUSIVE FOILING on the title of the cover! That’s right, only the FairyLoot edition will have this – the standard edition won’t!

Doesn’t it sound amazing? I’m so tempted to buy if only I had the money 😭😭😭. 

Fairy Loot is a monthly subscription box that contains a book and other bookish merch. It’s a mystery box so you din’t know what’s inside. Their boxes are always amazing with highly quality products that are perfect for #bookstagram.

Check out Fairy Loot here:

There’s a 70% chance that I won’t be able to get this box because of lack of funds which is so sad. But good news is I finally got my mail from @designsbytheia (Instagram)

Here’s a bit of a not high quality photo of them hanging in my bookshelf. They look so amazing in real life 😍😍😍

They’re chibis that are designed by @silketara in Instagram. Check her out! She makes amazing and really cute chibi arts and I’m obssessed with them!

That’s all for this week bookworms! Thanks for reading ☺️. 

– Bookish_angel 🤓

Review: Flame in the Mist

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: Putnam

Published: May 16, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, YA


The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires. 

First off this book was amazing. The writing style was incredible which is to be expected from the author. At first I was intimidated because I’m not really a fan of Mulan and Japan but then the story was amazing. 

As I read throughout the book it gave me a lot of feels and it got better and better. I didn’t really enjoy it at first but as I continued to read, I fell in love with the plot and the characters. 

I read this in one day! 😆

Don’t let the feudal Japan theme of this book hinder you from reading it. I almost didn’t read this book because of that but the story is really great not to read it. 

The romance was present although it came full blown by the end of the book. Okami wasn’t much of my book boyfriend type but I did enjoy the romance in this book. 

The plot twist was amazing. Although this book came a bit slow but I enjoyed it. It definitely needs more explanation because of the family plot stuff but overall it was good. 

Book cover: 5/5

Writing style: 4/5

Romance: 4/5

My overall rating: 

I highly recommend this to those who are a fan of retellings and fierce and strong woman lead characters. Also to those who enjoy a good historical family drama in the plot. 

– Bookish_angel 🤓

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#WishlistWednesday Book Tag 4

Hi guys! So this week I’m obssessed with Silketara’s designs. She has an Instagram (@silketara) and she draws chibi bookish characters and I’m addicted. 

I currently want to get my hands on these bookmarks from @designsbytheia in Instagram. They also have an Etsy account. 


Here’s some of their products that I want:

I love how expressive these drawings are 😍. 

Speaking of Silketara, she also has these designs for The Mortal Instruments series and I want those too! 😍

They’re only available in the Philippines from @idlestuff on Instagram. Don’t forget to use my rep code: IDLEVIV5 for a 5% off!

Don’t they look amazing? 😍

That’s all for this week bookworms! Thank you for reading ☺️. 

– Bookish_angel 🤓