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Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison

 Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison "Where are you really from?" It's a question every brown girl in a white-washed town is familiar with, and one that Lucie has never been able to answer. All she knows is that her mother is white, she's never met her father, and she looks nothing like the rest of her family. She can't even talk about it because everyone says it shouldn't matter! Well, it matters to Lucie and-with her new friend Nav, who knows exactly who he is-she's determined to find some answers. What do you do when your entire existence is a question with no answer? You do a DNA test. Looking for Lucie is a fascinating look at what it is like growing up mixed race in contemporary Britain. It's a story about family and culture, and what they can mean for different people, as Lucie tries to figure out where she fits into the world. She doesn't look like any of the rest of her family, and her ethnicity is impossible to figure o

Review - We Are Bound By Stars by Kesia Lupo

Review - We Are Bound By Stars by Kesia Lupo

On a mysterious island where the very earth holds magic, masked assassins plague the city and strange creatures rise from the desert. Livio has riled against his destiny his whole life. Beatrice longs to escape her life of servitude. But when a twist of fate unites them, it is up to them to stop a deadly revolution.

Are they just puppets in someone else's game? Will they have to accept the hands they have been dealt or can either change their fortunes?

I really enjoyed We Are Bound By Stars.

It's a fast paced, exciting political fantasy, one of my favourite subgenres. 

The magic system was interesting, with a lot of the intricacies left unexplained, the book focused on explaining the most relevant areas and this worked really well for me. 

The same principle applies to the political factions. It felt like there was a lot going on in the background that wasn't made explicitly clear, particularly the different temples, but this never detracted from the plot and lengthy exposition would have just slowed the book down too much. 

The battle for control of Scarossa was instead told with pace and vigour, making for a thrilling ride.

The twists and turns of the plot were expertly done, and the whole thing was full of intrigue and mystery. The threats and peril felt real and deadly and the elements of feminist authority and gay romance were both welcome touches, lightly applied as they were.

We Were Bound By Stars sacrifices extensive lore dumps for a fast paced narrative full of threat and intrigue, and is a great fantasy novel for it.


We Are Bound By Stars by Kesia Lupo is out now, published by Bloomsbury

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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