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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel, by Zoraida Córdova

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  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated
The Inheritance of Orquidea follows the story of Orquidea and her descendants as the latter tries to solve the puzzle that was their grandmother/mother who was always surrounded by an air of mystery and magic their whole lives. This was a stunning book about tragedies, complicated families, making and finding one’s own way, generations of haunting secrets and mystery, and intriguing with magical realism. Cordova’s writing was wonderful and the way she used the dual timeline was seamless and made for more compelling reading. Her prose is beautiful as well and she made me care for each and every character in this book. The characters were diverse and layered. Their dynamic with each other and their struggles with themselves were realistic and relatable and will tug at your heartstrings. While the story did take a while to unravel, I appreciated learning about the other characters as well which I didn’t mind. I’m not always fond of abstract magical realism but for this story, it worked. It only added to the mystery and intrigue of it all.It reminded me a lot of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is Addie got the chance to live her life and have a family. But it also gave me elements of Encanto in a gothic kind of way with a dash of body horror. This was overall a wonderful book and my first from Cordova. 

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The Last Graduate, by Naomi Novik

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  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes


3.5/3.75 Stars 

I was not aware this would be a trilogy and that ending left me reeling! Scholomance has excellent world-building and very well-thought-out lore. There were moments when it was overwhelming especially when we're already 75% into the story and we're still going a boat-load of info dump but it did make sense with the story and the world. El isn't your typical fan favorite YA heroine and for that, I appreciated her. I loved the twists and turns and relational developments El has made not just with Orion. I am torn about Orion and El's relationship. On the one hand, I am glad it didn't take center stage in her story, but I wish we could have seen more of its development happen on the page. I also wish there was more research done on the different cultures included in the story. I can see why readers might have issues with it. I thoroughly enjoyed the last quarter of the book. It was way more action-packed than the beginning of the story but it made up for it. And I am so invested in this story and where it is going. I can't wait for the last book and see how it all ends. 
Mere Mortals, by Erin Jade Lange

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  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


3.5/3.75 out 5 Stars

Mere Mortals is an interesting and refreshing take on the classic Vampire story. I was looking forward to reading a YA story that wasn't about newly turned vampires and one that has main characters who were centuries old. Mere Mortals tells the story of the siblings, Charlie and Reg, who were turned back into mortals as punishment for an unforgivable act. The lore and storyline were intriguing and I did enjoy it. However, the main character is probably my least favorite element in the story which is unfortunate since the story is told from her perspective. There were also some holes in the lore which made the development of the characters or lack thereof a bit frustrating. Still, I know there are a lot of younger readers who might enjoy this book and I'm glad I read it if only for Sal and Lina's story.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper audio for the audio ARC. Opinions are my own.