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6/10
Ninth House
Reviews / May 8, 2021

by Leigh Bardugo In this book we follow Alex who’s been chosen to join a secret society at Yale because of her ability to see Grays, the spirits of the dead. She has a very troubled past and … well, that’s about as much as I can really remember without spoiling the whole plot in the intro to this review.  I don’t know what I was expecting going into this book, but the build-up for this book, the hints and details we got as this was being written, the marketing of the book, it all focused on these secret orders at Yale, yet this book was not about that, at all. Sure it takes place at  Yale, and the orders are present, and perhaps part of the plot, but it’s not about them.  To be honest, I’m not even sure what the book is about. There’s not really any plot here, there a mystery surrounding the strange behaviors of the Grays, and a murdered woman. Yet this isn’t really a murder mystery, while at the same time, it is. We also have the mystery of one of the POV characters having gone missing, and the details of this event is…

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6/10
The Shadow of the Gods
Reviews / May 6, 2021

by John Gwynne I was super excited to read this book, not only because I knew of the author and their previous works, but also because of the premise. This is an epic fantasy set in a norse inspired world. Getting into the story, however turned out to be more of a chore than a fun time. It was very slow and never really took off. I like the writing and the world and how things are explained, and I know epic fantasy tends to be rather slow paced, but this was extremely slow and with characters that didn’t really stand out on the page for me, it didn’t mix well. About 25% in and I still had no idea what I was reading, by the 50% mark there were some interesting plot lines that I wanted to follow, but none of them were enough to get me through the massive portions of scenery and unnecessary details in between. I’m sure devoted fans of the author will love this, but it was too slow and not enough forward momentum in the plot for me. I wasn’t really invested in any of the characters or their journey so, it’s a three…

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6/10
Spin the Dawn
Reviews / April 19, 2021

by Elizabeth Lim Quick summary is that this book follows Maia who has to disguise herself as her brother to partake in a trial/competition to become the emperor’s new tailor. It’s said to Mulan crossed with Project Runway, which sort of is true but also not.  I like the writing a lot here, and it’s an easy read that never really makes me stop and wonder what’s going on. It’s a straight line, easy to follow, good worldbuilding, nice characters and overall an okay read.  This book, however, doesn’t stand out to me. It’s kind of generic in a way, which is a shame because the premise is really good and the world could have been wonderful. There was so much potential here that perhaps I was just disappointed that my own expectations weren’t met.  The main characters is likeable, which is great, and I feel for her and I want her to succeed. I can’t really see the likeness to Mulan here though, apart from the “has to dress up as a boy” part of the story. But it feels like that part isn’t even developed well enough to matter. It’s never a problem for her posing as her…

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7.2/10
In the Ravenous Dark
Reviews / April 7, 2021

by A.M. Strickland Rovan is a 19 year old bloodmage in hiding, doing what she can to avoid the kingdom’s other bloodmages who have been assigned undead spirits as guardians. It’s a way for the king to control them and their power, and Rovan is determined to remain unknown to the king and therefore also unguarded. But when her lover and friend Bethea has an accident, Rovan uses her bloodmagic to save her life, exposing herself as a bloodmage. She’s instantly brought to the palace by the king’s men and is assigned a guardian of her own. Desperate to escape, she befriends some unlikely people in the palace and together they uncover secrets that will change everything and destroy their kingdom. In the Ravenous Dark is an interesting read. It’s full of queer representation in a way that doesn’t focus on the queer experience, but it’s treated as any romance subplot, the romance just happens to be f/f, m/f/f etc. And there’s also representation of nonbinary and asexual characters in the book, which is another thing I really like about it.  So, the queer rep here is prominent, it’s a big part of the book the way they discuss their…

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8/10
Mistborn – The Final Empire
Reviews / April 6, 2021

by Brandon Sanderson So the time has finally come when I finish the first book in the Mistborn trilogy. And I’m very conflicted and find it hard to write this review. I had heard so many great things about this series, been recommended it by I don’t know how many people. I suppose my expectations might have been set a little too high here. The book is good, no doubt about it, but is it great? I’m not sure. I like fast books where things happen all the time, where there’s little time to rest. I’m perhaps impatient, I want to get to the resolution and don’t have time for meandering along paths that don’t lead straight to where I want to go. And this book is far from a fast read. I should have known it wouldn’t be considering what I know about Sanderson and his writing, but I was still surprised about the level of “slowness” that this book gave me. So, to actually get into the review. We follow Kelsier and Vin, two people with a rare magical gift that makes them able to ingest and use metals to alter their physical world and/or the people that…

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8/10
Serpent & Dove
Reviews / February 9, 2021

by Shelby Mahurin  In this book we follow Lou who is a witch in hiding, and Reid who’s a witch hunter desperate to make his mentor proud.  Lou is living from day to day, hiding and stealing to get away from a past she doesn’t want to remember or speak of. Together with her friend Coco, a blood witch, she’s seeking to steal a piece of jewelry called Angelica’s Ring. It’s a magical piece who’ll help Lou hide from those who seek to find and kill her.  But when the mission takes un unfortunate turn, Lou and Reid is forced to marry to avoid a scandal. Now Lou is trapped in a tower crowded by witch hunters who’ll burn her without question if they knew what she is. At the same time, there’s probably no safer place to hide from those she’s hiding from.  So, I tried my best to share what the book was about here, but I found it surprisingly difficult. I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the book is about.  I thought this would be a riveting story of a war between witches and the church, of battle and enemies…

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9/10
The Gilded Ones
Reviews / February 3, 2021

by Namina Forna In this book we follow Deka who’s a young woman in a world rules by men. All women are forced to serve men, but for those who are revealed to be different, serving the men in their lives sound like a dream. At fifteen, all girls undergo a ritual meant to separate the pure from the impure. Those who’s blue run gold are called alaki and they are tortured and murdered under the law. And when Deka is revealed to be one of them, she’s mutilated and tortured in the priest’s search for her final death, the method where Deka dies for good. But thanks to a woman she calls White Hands, Deka is rescued and brought to the emperor to train and fight as his elite force deemed to vanquish an enemy called Deathstrikers. An unholy band of beasts that slaughter humans for sports. As Deka trains with other alaki, she forms friendships she never thought possible, and she earns for the freedom she’s promised once the her 20 years of service is up. But as time passes, Deka’s powers evolve, and for every truth she uncovers about her heritage and the gilded ones, dozen more questions…

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5.8/10
Secrets of the Starcrossed
Reviews / January 25, 2021

by Clara O’Connor In this book we meet Cassandra and Devyn, two star-crossed lovers who must work together to ignite the spark of rebellion in a futuristic world where the Roman Empire never fell. It sounds amazing, and I love the premise. And thinking that it’s compared to authors like Marie Lu, Cassandra Clare and comps Panem and Grishaverse as similar world, well… it didn’t quite live up to it’s promise there. So, I’m really conflicted about this book. On one hand I like it, on the other I honestly barely read it because it was too slow and filled with unnecessary details. The plot is there, it’s interesting, and I love the idea of this world. A place where the Roman Empire never fell? Now in some dystopian version of that alternate future? How interesting is that? However, I feel like the author got lost in the desire to share this world with the reader, so much so that the plot of the book drowned in unnecessary details mostly included to give a sense of the world. It was there from page one and unfortunately only got worse. I mean, I’m not supposed to be able to skim through…

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5.8/10
Mix Bloods
Reviews / December 21, 2020

by Bobbie Gott In this book we follow Celestria Slavic, who is what would be similar to the princess of the vampire covens. Being a purebred vampire, she’s the next in line to take over after her father. Until then, she works with the newly turned vampires called Mix Bloods. At the beginning of the book, Celestria is forced to marry one of her students, Killian. This starts a spiral of events that leads to Celestria realizing that the coven keeps many secrets. Now, she must find a way to survive. So, I think this book is very interesting with a good premise. It has vampires and blood and a good plot with interesting characters. I can see how those who love vampire stories will enjoy this. It’s a rather traditional style of vampire that we’re introduced to here, which for me is a good thing. They are not good, but at the same time they are not all evil either. It makes them very real and interesting. This is a fast read and I appreciate that it’s not bogged down with exposition and unnecessary descriptions. It moves fast and things happen all the time and we move from one…

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2.2/10
Imperfect Women
Reviews / August 29, 2020

by Araminta Hall In this book we follow three women and their struggles in life. One of the women, Mary, is found murdered and we then follow her two best friends as they navigate the strange world where their friend is gone. We mostly follow a woman called Elanor since she was the one closest to Mary and also happens to be in love in Mary’s husband. It is set up as a mystery. Who killed Mary? It starts out rather interesting where we learn that Mary had an affair with someone, a man called David. No one knows who he is and we get hints here and there to this man and at the same time the mystery unfolds and suspicions are cast upon Mary husband. Then, nothing sort of happens. The mystery is there, but lessens for every page as we get information in the most unsatisfying way. It’s just nagging women who can’t seem to fulfill their lives without the utterly assholes of men in their lives. I struggled with this book so much. It sounded so good and a murder mystery and these women and… well. It was boring. Straight out boring. Nothing happened, the characters…