Book Review: “Brightly Burning”

“Brightly Burning” by Alexa Donne

Source: Shelflove Crate

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Retelling, Science Fiction

Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

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Backlist Review: “Thorn”

This isn’t my first attempt at book blogging. I ran The Cheap Reader for a number of years before burning out. I’m dusting off some of my reviews and giving them new life over here.

Thorn is a special review. I read this book years ago when Intisar was a self-published author. Here were are years later and Intisar has hit the big time! Thorn has been bought by HarperTeen and is being reworked and republished. This review is based on the original version of the story.

“Thorn“ by Intisar Khanani

Source: Bought

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling

Summary:

For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.

But powerful men have powerful enemies–and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

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