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The Devouring Gray is a new release that has caught my eye, but Meltotheany had a somewhat mixed review.  She praised the atmosphere but feels that the multitude of characters and the POV switches kept her from truly connecting with the characters.  That said, she actually did praise some of the character work in the novel. She also wanted more information about the threat the heroes are facing.  Meanwhile, Avid Reader interviewed author Christine Lynn Herman, revealing that much of her debut novel comes from her own personal experiences.  Megsbookrack felt that the amount of set up required led to some issues with flow, but the ending left her eager to continue the series.

Descendant of the Crane is another new debut novel, a story of murder and intrigue in the royal court of a fantasy kingdom.  The Reader Voracious blog praises the world building, which gets the important information to the reader without just dumping it all at once.  She was also deeply invested in the books thematic questions of whether the ends justify the means, and how far a person will go to do what’s right. Vicky Who Reads was also impressed, signalling out the intricate plot bas she calls this one of her favourite books ever.  Pinot and Pages offers up another positive review, highlighting the book’s nuanced, morally gray characters.

If you’re looking for a creepy book, Epic Reads offers a list of 19 unsettling reads to choose from!  The first two choices are recent releases Dreaming Darkly and Other Words for Smoke.  Kara Thomas’ newest book is also there, and while I can’t speak about it, Little Monsters is another book from her that could fit.  This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is here as well.  I didn’t hate it or anything, but a lot of people seemed to like it more than me.

Aurora Rising is probably one of the most anticipated YA books this year, but A Court of Crowns and Quills was unimpressed.  Part of this could be due to misleading advertising, as the cast of characters were not the rag-tag group of misfits that were promised.  But that didn’t seem to be the only issue.

I was enjoying Adriana Mather’s witch books, so I have mixed feelings about her moving to a new series with Killing November.  The Book Addict’s Guide presents a review that definitely suggests the book is a solid start to a new series.

If you’re not sure about picking up Sky Without Stars, a sf reimagining of Les Miserables, check out this excerpt from Andi’s ABCs. Finally, The Library Ladies look at Internment.  Though not perfect, the review finds it important and effective.

Published by Andrew Clendening