Friday, June 23, 2023

Anticipated July 2023 Releases!


Another month, more amazing releases! This year has just been packed with incredible new books, and July is not going to disappoint. I've had the chance to read a number of ARCs from July already and I am so excited to see them all released. I'm currently reading The Sun and the Void and I am loving it so far. I doubt I'll ever catch up on all my ARCs and new releases, but I'm going to try my best. :) What books are you all most excited for in July?

The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero Lacruz  || July 25th -- Amazon |

The Beast You Are by Paul Tremblay  || July 11th -- Amazon |

The Carnivale of Curiosities by Amiee Gibbs  || July 11th -- Amazon |

The Militia House by John Milas  || July 11th -- Amazon |

The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei  || July 18th -- Amazon |

Horses of Fire by A.D. Rhine  || July 25th -- Amazon |

The Weaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec  || July 25th -- Amazon |

The Jasad Heir by Sara Hashem  || July 18th -- Amazon |

The Saint of Bright Doors
 by Vajra Chandrasekera  
|| July 11th -- Amazon |

The Sea Elephants by Shastri Akella  || July 11th -- Amazon |

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia  || July 18th -- Amazon |

House of Roots and Ruin by Erin A. Craig  || July 25th -- Amazon |

The Splinter in the Sky by Kemi Ashing-Giwa  || July 11th -- Amazon |

Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle  || July 18th -- Amazon |

St. Ambrose School for Girls by Jessica Ward  || July 11th -- Amazon |

The Woman in the Castello by Kelsey James  || July 25th -- Amazon |

Alchemy of a Blackbird by Claire McMillan  || July 11th -- Amazon |

The Bones of the Story by Carol Goodman  || July 11th -- Amazon |

Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James  || July 4th -- Amazon |

Dead of Winter by Darcy Coates  || July 11th -- Amazon |

Ripe by Sarah Rose Etter  || July 11th -- Amazon |

Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington || July 25th -- Amazon |

What are your anticipated July releases?

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Blog Tour: The Savage Rebellion Trilogy by Matt Wallace, ft. Savage Crowns (#3)

Today I'm thrilled to share my stop on the blog tour for the latest and final installment book in the Savage Rebellion, Savage Crowns! I have been absolutely loving this trilogy, and I'm pleased to say that Savage Crowns is the perfect conclusion to what has been an incredible story. Below you'll find some information about Savage Crowns, a short review, some praise for the entire series, and a bit of information about the author. Huge thanks to Cassidy Sattler at Gallery Books for including me on this blog tour and sending me copies to read!

Author:  Matt Wallace
Pub. Date: June 13th, 2023
Publisher: Gallery/Saga Press
Find it: | Amazon

"The final installment in Hugo Award–winning author Matt Wallace’s epic and spellbinding Savage Rebellion trilogy about a utopian city with a dark secret—and the underdogs who will expose it, or die trying.

The final war for the nation of Crache has begun.

At the helm of the people’s rebellion is Evie, the Sparrow General. She has been captured by the Skrian, Crache’s vicious army, and is being brought back to the Capitol for punishment. But reinforcements are coming for her.

Dyeawan, who has climbed from street urchin to Crache’s highest seat of power through clever schemes and ruthless bloodshed, finds trouble on every front once she arrives. The rebellion approaches, and there are whispers of a martyr within the city who holds enough sway to stage a coup. If she doesn’t act quickly, her rule will be short-lived.

As the women who hold the nation’s future meet each other from different sides of the battlefield, will they be able to find a shared vision of Crache, or will they destroy each other first?"

You can find my reviews for the first two books below:
Savage Legion (#1)
Savage Bounty (#2)

The Savage Rebellion has been a whirlwind of a trilogy and Savage Crowns has proved to be an excellent conclusion to the story. I was sorry to have to say goodbye to all of these characters that I've grown to love so much. 

Savage Crowns picks up pretty quickly after all the tumultuous events of Savage Bounty, and if you, like me, ever struggle to remember some of the finer details of previous books then you'll be please to find out that Matt Wallace provides a quick recap at the beginning of this book. This was the perfect refresher before I was ready to get back into this world. 

When I first read Savage Legion, I was immediately captured by the world and characters that Matt Wallace developed. This world and characters have remained just as strong and compelling as they ere from the start, and I loved getting to see their development and individual arcs. This series is packed with some truly incredible women as the leading protagonists and I think Wallace did a consistently wonderful job of showcasing their individual strengths in a variety of ways that really highlighted them as unique people with their own motivations and goals in place. This series also has had abundant representation from the start, including featuring characters with disabilities and queer rep in ways that felt both natural and proud, and this continues into Savage Crowns

This book felt the most action-packed out of all of them, which makes perfect sense since everything that the previous two books have been building up to has finally come to fruition. The pacing is a bit faster in this book than previous ones, but it works well for the story and really helped to keep me on the edge of my seat–I actually ended up flying through this book even faster than I anticipated that I would. I loved how well everything was wrapped up, but at the same time I feel like there is still plenty of possibility for the future if Wallace ever chose to return to this world and/or these characters.

If you haven't had a chance to start reading this series yet, then I highly recommend you pick up Savage Legion and let yourself become immersed in this compelling fantasy series. It's perfect for anyone who loves fantasy with strong characters, an interesting world, and plenty of political intrigue (and especially if you prefer your fantasy <400 pages!). 

So I accidentally took this picture in backwards order for some reason, but regardless of that–how amazing are these covers? I love how bold and strong they are.

Praise for the trilogy:
Praise for Book 1, SAVAGE LEGION: “Impressive tale of swords and super-science [with] multifaceted characterization… Wallace masterfully subverts readers’ expectations, [who] will be left thoroughly satisfied and eager to know what’s to come.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW *

Praise for Book 2, SAVAGE BOUNTY: “Fast-paced action, emotional choices, and non-stop tension through the last page will leave readers immediately clamoring for the trilogy’s final book.” —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW *

Praise for Book 3, SAVAGE CROWNS: “The captivating finale… features an epic world and showcases hidden power structures, family secrets, and women who believe in a better life for all.” —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW *

Photo credit:
Edward Earl Norton


Matt Wallace is the Hugo nominated author of Rencor: Life in Grudge City and the Sin du Jour series, and he won a Hugo Award alongside Mur Lafferty for the fancast Ditch Diggers. He’s also penned more than a hundred short stories in addition to writing for film and television. In his youth, he traveled the world as a professional wrestler and unarmed combat and self-defense instructor before retiring to write full time. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Nikki (bio from Simon & Schuster).

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Instagram 

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero Lacruz, Horses of Fire by A.D. Rhine, & The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera


 Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero-Lacruz
Publication: July 25th, 2023
Paperback. 511 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"In a lush world inspired by the history and folklore of South America, a sweeping epic fantasy of colonialism, ancient magic, and two young women's quest for belonging unfolds.

Reina is desperate.

Stuck living on the edges of society, her only salvation lies in an invitation from a grandmother she’s never known. But the journey is dangerous, and prayer can’t always avert disaster.

Attacked by creatures that stalk the region, Reina is on the verge of death until her grandmother, a dark sorceress, intervenes. Now dependent on the Doña’s magic for her life, Reina will do anything to earn—and keep—her favor. Even the bidding of an ancient god who whispers to her at night.

Eva Kesare is unwanted.

Illegitimate and of mixed heritage, Eva is her family’s shame. She tries her best to be perfect and to hide her oddities. But Eva is hiding a secret: magic calls to her. Eva knows she should fight the temptation. Magic is the sign of the dark god, and using it is punishable by death. Yet, it’s hard to deny power when it has always been denied to you.

Eva is walking a dangerous path, one that gets stranger every day. And, in the end, she’ll become something she never imagined.

Isn't that cover gorgeous!? I am also so excited about this South American folklore-inspired setting and think this entire premise sounds like it'll make for an incredible new fantasy.

Horses of Fire by A.D. Rhine
Publication: July 25th, 2023
Dutton Books
Paperback. 528 pages.
 Amazon |

From Goodreads:
I know the stories they will tell. I've heard the echoes of their songs--songs that will outlive us all. But this song is not theirs. It is mine.

Behind the timeless tale you know is the captivating story you never heard: a sweeping epic in which Troy's strong, yet misunderstood women take center stage in the most famous war in history.

Andromache is cast as the doting wife of Prince Hector, yet her Amazon warrior name means "battler of men." The only one with the cunning to outwit the invading Greeks, she must gather a band of outcasts and become the military commander she was born to be before the life she and Hector have built is reduced to ashes. Rhea is a war refugee and a horse whisperer who finally earns a place and sense of belonging in Hector's stables. To save her new home, she must become an unlikely spy and face down a forbidden love that will test all her loyalties. Helen is blamed by all for starting the Trojan War, but no one knows her real story. To escape her tormentor and foil a plot to undermine Hector, Helen must risk everything by revealing her true face to the one who despises her most.

Set in the wider landscape of the late Bronze Age collapse, this realistic and immersive Troy is a perilous battleground for warriors and politicians alike, not a playground where the fate of men and women make sport for gods and goddesses. It's a harrowing novel of palace intrigue, the transcendent bond of female friendship, and the everyday bravery of invisible heroes in times of war.

The women of Troy are threads spinning on a single loom. Can they reweave the tapestry of fate?

Do we really need more stories focused on the women of Troy? The answer is yes. I love the sound of this one and can't wait to see A.D. Rhine's take on this!

The Sint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera
Publication: July 11th, 2023
Hardcover. 368 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"The Saint of Bright Doors sets the high drama of divine revolutionaries and transcendent cults against the mundane struggles of modern life, resulting in a novel that is revelatory and resonant.

Fetter was raised to kill, honed as a knife to cut down his sainted father. This gave him plenty to talk about in therapy.

He walked among invisible devils and anti-gods that mock the mortal form. He learned a lethal catechism, lost his shadow, and gained a habit for secrecy. After a blood-soaked childhood, Fetter escaped his rural hometown for the big city, and fell into a broader world where divine destinies are a dime a dozen.

Everything in Luriat is more than it seems. Group therapy is recruitment for a revolutionary cadre. Junk email hints at the arrival of a god. Every door is laden with potential, and once closed may never open again. The city is scattered with Bright Doors, looming portals through which a cold wind blows. In this unknowable metropolis, Fetter will discover what kind of man he is, and his discovery will rewrite the world.

I've had an ARC of this sitting around for a while now because I've been waiting til closer to its release, but my curiosity is getting far too high for me to wait much longer. This sounds like a really unique story and I have no idea what to expect from it. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Mini-Review: The Rise and Reign of the Mammals by Steve Brusatte


The Rise and Reign of the Mammals by Steve Brusatte
Mariner Books
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Hardcover. 528 pages.

About The Rise and Reign of the Mammals:

"A sweeping and revelatory new history of mammals, illuminating the lost story of the extraordinary family tree that led to us

Though humans claim to rule the Earth, we are the inheritors of a dynasty that has reigned over the planet for nearly 66 million years, through fiery cataclysm and ice ages: the mammals. Our lineage includes saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths, armadillos the size of a car, cave bears three times the weight of a grizzly, clever scurriers that outlasted Tyrannosaurus rex, and even other types of humans, like Neanderthals. Indeed humankind and many of the beloved fellow mammals we share the planet with today--lions, whales, dogs--represent only the few survivors of a sprawling and astonishing family tree that has been pruned by time and mass extinctions. How did we get here?

In his acclaimed bestseller The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, American paleontologist Steve Brusatte enchanted readers with his definitive his - tory of the dinosaurs. Now, picking up the narrative in the ashes of the extinction event that doomed T-rex and its kind, Brusatte explores the remarkable story of the family of animals that inherited the Earth--mammals-- and brilliantly reveals that their story is every bit as fascinating and complex as that of the dinosaurs.

Beginning with the earliest days of our lineage some 325 million years ago, Brusatte charts how mammals survived the asteroid that claimed the dinosaurs and made the world their own, becoming the astonishingly diverse range of animals that dominate today's Earth. Brusatte also brings alive the lost worlds mammals inhabited through time, from ice ages to volcanic catastrophes. Entwined in this story is the detective work he and other scientists have done to piece together our understanding using fossil clues and cutting-edge technology."

I had a blast with Steven Brusatte's The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs, so when The Rise and Reign of the Mammals was announced I knew it was going to be a well-researched and fascinating read. How often to do any of really stop and think about mammals as a whole and their development and role in the world's development? I know I don't, so I was that this book proved to be a bounty of information on the subject.

What I liked: Brusatte does an excellent job of incorporating immense amounts of fascinating and useful information into a very readable and accessible-size book. 500 pages is a considerable size, but this has the information of probably a whole series of books and manages to condense it in a way that was still wholly informative and also helped me follow along easily with the timeline, since there is so much to keep track of. I think Brusatte categorizes information well and conveys it in a way that is approachable and makes sense for the average reader. I loved learning about the evolution of mammals from the beginning until now, and I think Brusatte led readers along perfectly in their timeline. He tackles everything from mammalian origins we've never thought about to saber toothed tigers and woolly mammoths (spoiler: these two species weren't even enemies and probably didn't even interact much! We can still enjoy Ice Age, though) to the gradual development of man as it is today.

What I didn't like: It feels a bit silly to complain about info-dumping in a book like this, but there were a few times throughout where I feel like Brusatte just gets a little carried away with listing off a lot of scientific names/etc. in sequence that makes it hard to maintain attention and understanding. I listened to this on audiobook and I didn't particular care for the narrator, either, but that's a purely personal opinion because he did a great job otherwise! Other than that, I have no real dislikes about this book. 

Overall, it's four stars from me! If you're at all interested in the origins of mammals, their evolutions, how things changed from dinosaurs dominating to mammals, and so on, then this is something you have to check out. 

*I received a copy of The Rise and Reign of Mammals courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Buy the book: Amazon |

Friday, June 16, 2023

The Friday Face-Off: Current Read #9

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 Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Current Read #9

For this week's currently reading Friday Face-Off, I've gone with the only book I'm currently reading that actually has multiple editions: The Cloisters by Katy Hays! I'm enjoying this one so far, but I'm not sure how it's going to go and I could see things either getting much better or much worse, so I guess time will tell! That being said, I love the covers that are out there for this book, which include the US, UK, and an exclusive Goldsboro clothbound cover. Let's take a look!

2022 US Hardcover

2022 UK Hardcover

2022 Exclusive Goldsboro Edition

My choice(s):
I really like all of these covers, actually! I think the US cover is beautiful with its dark coloring that really highlights the title in a somewhat ominous and intriguing way. I also like the skulls and cover on the UK edition, but I'd probably choose the Goldsboro edition of it out of the two because I think the black and white is very dramatic and fits the story a bit better. Which cover(s) do you prefer?

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Beast You Are by Paul Tremblay, The Weaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec, & The Sea Elephants by Shastri Akella


 Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

The Beast You Are: Stories by Paul Tremblay
Publication: July 11th, 2023
William Morrow
Hardcover. 352 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"Paul Tremblay has won widespread acclaim for illuminating the dark horrors of the mind in novels and stories that push the boundaries of storytelling itself. The fifteen pieces in this brilliant collection, The Beast You Are, are all monsters of a kind, ready to loudly (and lovingly) smash through your head and into your heart.

In "The Dead Thing," a middle-schooler struggles to deal with the aftermath of her parents' substance addictions and split. One day, her little brother claims he found a shoebox with "the dead thing" inside. He won't show it to her and he won't let the box out of his sight.In "The Last Conversation," a person wakes in a sterile, white room and begins to receive instructions via intercom from a woman named Anne. When they are finally allowed to leave the room to complete a task, what they find is as shocking as it is heartbreaking.

The title novella, "The Beast You Are," is a mini epic in which the destinies and secrets of a village, a dog, and a cat are intertwined with a giant monster that returns to wreak havoc every thirty years.

A masterpiece of literary horror and psychological suspense, The Beast You Are is a fearlessly imagined collection from one of the most electrifying and innovative writers working today.

I've enjoyed a number of Paul Tremblay's books in the past, so I'm intrigued by a short story collection from him! These sound like they'll be quite a ride. 

The Weaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec
Publication: July 25th, 2023
Hardcover. 368 pages.
 Amazon |

From Goodreads:
The lives of two women—one desperate only to save her missing sister, the other a witch destined to become queen of Norway—intertwine in this spellbinding, powerful novel of Viking Age history and myth from the acclaimed author of The Witch’s Heart.

Oddny and Gunnhild meet as children in tenth century Norway, and they could not be more different: Oddny hopes for a quiet life, while Gunnhild burns for power and longs to escape her cruel mother. But after a visiting wisewoman makes an ominous prophecy that involves Oddny, her sister Signy, and Gunnhild, the three girls take a blood oath to help one another always.

When Oddny’s farm is destroyed and Signy is kidnapped by Viking raiders, Oddny is set adrift from the life she imagined—but she's determined to save her sister no matter the cost, even as she finds herself irresistibly drawn to one of the raiders who participated in the attack. And in the far north, Gunnhild, who fled her home years ago to learn the ways of a witch, is surprised to find her destiny seems to be linked with that of the formidable King Eirik, heir apparent to the ruler of all Norway.

But the bonds—both enchanted and emotional—that hold the two women together are strong, and when they find their way back to each other, these bonds will be tested in ways they never could have foreseen in this deeply moving novel of magic, history, and sworn sisterhood."

I adored Gornichec's The Witch's Heart and have no doubt that this is going to be just as beautifully written. I have been a little burnt out on Norse-related stories lately, but I think this one will hit the spot anyway!

The Sea Elephants by Shastri Akella
Publication: July 11th, 2023
Flatiron Books
Hardcover. 384 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"For fans of Shuggie Bain and A Burning, a queer coming-of-age novel set in 1990s India, about a young man who joins a traveling theater troupe

Shagun knows he will never be the kind of son his father demands. After the sudden deaths of his beloved twin sisters, Shagun flees his own guilt, his mother’s grief, and his father’s violent disapproval by enrolling at an all-boys boarding school. But he doesn’t find true belonging until he encounters a traveling theater troupe performing the Hindu myths of his childhood.

Welcomed by the other storytellers, Shagun thrives, easily embodying mortals and gods, men and women, and living on the road, where his father can’t catch him. When Shagun meets Marc, a charming photographer, he seems to have found the love he always longed for, too. But not even Marc can save him from his lingering shame, nor his father’s ever-present threat to send him to a conversion center. As Shagun’s past begins to engulf him once again, he must decide if he is strong enough to face what he fears most, and to boldly claim his own happiness.

Utterly immersive and spellbinding, The Sea Elephants is both dark and beautiful, harrowing and triumphant. An ode to the redemptive joys of art, Shastri Akella’s debut novel is a celebration of hard-won love—of others and for ourselves.

This premise sounds like a wonderful mix of all the things I love. I can't wait to have a chance to read it!

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Review: The First Bright Thing by J.R. Dawson

The First Bright Thing by J.R. Dawson
Tor Books
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
Hardcover. 352 pages.

About The First Bright Thing:

"If you knew how dark tomorrow would be, what would you do with today?

Ringmaster — Rin, to those who know her best — can jump to different moments in time as easily as her wife, Odette, soars from bar to bar on the trapeze. And the circus they lead is a rare home and safe haven for magical misfits and outcasts, known as Sparks.

With the world still reeling from World War I, Rin and her troupe — the Circus of the Fantasticals — travel the midwest, offering a single night of enchantment and respite to all who step into their Big Top.

But threats come at Rin from all sides. The future holds an impending war that the Sparks can see barrelling toward their show and everyone in it. And Rin's past creeps closer every day, a malevolent shadow she can’t fully escape.

It takes the form of another circus, with tents as black as midnight and a ringmaster who rules over his troupe with a dangerous power. Rin's circus has something he wants, and he won't stop until it's his."

The First Bright Thing is a dazzling story of magic, misfits, and found family, as well as a thoughtful story of war, trauma, and finding one's place, meaning, and purpose in this world. This book was a very mixed bag for me, and many things worked well for me, while some things didn't work quite as well. 

The story follows Rin and her circus troupe of misfits, who are comprised of individuals gifted with unknown magic that have made them targets for those who fear their new magical gifts, as they travel as the Circus of the Fantasticals and bring joy and hope to every place they travel. It takes place in a post WWI setting where people are still struggling to overcome the trauma from that event, only to slowly realize that tensions are once again rising and there are new impending wars on the horizon. In addition, Rin is continuously on the run from a figure from her past who wants to bring ruin to her own circus. 

I loved how this story incorporated so many beautiful elements to make it into inclusive and magical tale. You can find queer and Jewish rep within this found family of unique individuals that all work together to celebrate one another's talents and backgrounds. I found The First Bright Thing to be a much more melancholy and darker story than it is perhaps it may seem, and I liked how Dawson captured this atmosphere and turned it into a story with many layers to explore and incorporated just enough hope and promise for a better future to give it some strong impact. 

The characters in The First Bright Thing are all developed well and have unique and compelling backstories that help to bring them alive. Rin, our protagonist, is an incredible complex person who struggles everyday to move forward with her past and memories hanging onto her with every step she takes. I honestly didn't connect with Rin as much as I had expected to, and there were many things about her that I felt frustrated with. Despite this, I still very much enjoyed her journey and learning more about her Jewish culture and how that has impacted her life, as well as how she has managed to created such a safe and loving home for a myriad of different people who need it. 

I'm not a big time travel fan in general, but I don't mind stories that explore it and occasionally I can really enjoy it. I'm honestly still not entirely sure where I've landed on my feelings for the time travel in this book. I appreciated that the women made some general rules about how it would work and in what ways they would allow themselves to alter things, but at the same time it felt as though those rules were very hazy and only existed when it fit the story. That being said, I did enjoy getting to explore some of these different eras through the eyes of our central characters and hearing the different ways in which they attempted to help people by traveling through time. 

Some books hinge heavily on the magic where the details really matter, but The First Bright Thing is what I would describe more leaning into magical realism where I don't think you're really meant to dwell too heavily on the 'why' and 'how' of things. The magic that exists just is, and if you can accept that and simply live within the magical world that has been created, then it should all work out just fine. 

The pacing is probably where I struggled the most, as I found it rather clunky at times and containing many highs and lows of intensity that didn't always work for me. It often felt as though the progress of the story was either repetitive or stalled at times as we dove back into a flashback, and then upon returning to the present it felt as though the story spent too long rehashing something that it felt like we'd already explored at times. The flashbacks were helpful, but sometimes felt too long or as if they weren't all as needed. The pacing is also impacted by the plotting, which at times felt very thin. 

Despite inconsistent pacing, Dawson's prose is gorgeous, and I think it is her prose that really allowed me to push through any pacing or plotting issues and simply enjoy the story and the way it is told. The writing is really what makes this story feel so magical and dazzling despite the often heavy subject matter it explores and heavily focuses on. It is a style of writing that really highlight the beauty and hope that exists within the characters' world, as well as in our own world. 

Lastly, I really appreciated Dawson's exploration of trauma and the many ways in which it can affect people. This is very intermingled with the magic gifts that some characters have, and I think it was really expertly interwoven into the story in a way that felt natural and thoughtful. We see a lot of this exploration of trauma and its effects with Rin in particular, which was present in many of her struggles and actions, though we also see it with many of the supporting characters as well. 

Overall, I've given The First Bright Thing 3.75 stars!

*I received a copy of The First Bright Thing courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Buy the book: Amazon |