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…

His & Hers
Reviews / July 31, 2020

by Alice Feeney In this novel we meet Anna and Jack, a reporter and a detective chief inspector, as they try to solve the murder of one of Anna’s childhood friends. There’s always two sides to every story, and things are rarely as they seem. And as Jack appears to be set up for the murder, and Anna seems to be keeping secrets that may be the key to solving it all, things are heading straight towards disaster.   The above paragraph was perhaps not the greatest way to describe this novel, but in truth, I don’t really know how to share what this book is about without spoiling it. This book will definitely be best going into without too much knowledge because it is a roller-coaster of twists and revelations and unexpected details. I listened to the audiobook and one of the things that made this book an awesome experience was how one of the two narrators, Richard Armitage, really brought the character of Jack Harper alive. He was an awesome narrator that was so soothing to listen to.  At first I found that the book was progressing a bit slow, it took a while for it to take off, and…

A Golden Fury
Reviews / July 13, 2020

by Samantha Cohoe In this historical fantasy we meet Thea, an alchemist’s daughter and a protégé alchemist herself, a very talented one at that. She’s growing tired of the way her mother treats her and dreams of a life together with a boy called Will that used to work for her mother. At the same time, Thea and her mother is so close to reaching the ultimate goal, the creation of the Philosopher’s Stone. It’s a piece what can cure all illnesses, make anything into gold and it’s incredibly powerful. Thea’s mother wants to create to make a name for herself in a world where women are more or less owned by their husbands. So when Thea’s mother excludes Thea from the final steps of the creation, Thea’s furious and can’t believe her mother used her to get the stone but won’t share the credit for making it. Thea’s mother grows increasingly hostile and when she decides Thea will be leaving the country with a man she doesn’t even know, Thea can’t keep her mouth shut and the fight that follows changes everything. Thea’s mother becomes mad and tries to kill her when Thea discovers that her mother has in…

A Reaper at the Gates
Reviews / January 25, 2020

by Sabaa Tahir This is the third book in the Ember Quartet and here we follow Laia, Elias and Helene. To avoid spoiling, I can’t really go into much of the plot here, but in this book we’re basically following three different plotlines with different goals and motivations that slowly but surely starts to merge as the Nightbringer’s plan gets more and more revealed. I’m really conflicted when it comes to this book because I feel like there was so much potential here and so much that could have been great, but wasn’t. I really enjoyed the plot and the sub-plots in this book, but oh my what a “skim-fest” this was. There were so much stuff that wasn’t needed, so many words that were just completely unnecessary. It slowed down the story so much that nothing felt urgent even though it was repeatedly expressed in the book how little time there were until things were too late and so on. But then all those pages that just went on and on about whatever. I wanted to throw the book away so many times. On top of the slow pacing of this book, there was no surprises, no moment when…

A Torch Against the Night
Reviews / January 15, 2020

by Sabaa Tahir This is the second book in what’s called the Ember quartet. And in this novel, we continue following Laia and Elias as they try escape Serra and the Martials that are after them. In this book we also follow Helene, who is Elias’s best friend and a Mask as she’s forced to hunt down her friend. I think this is a solid continuation of the series, however I do find that it’s a bit slow and I found myself skimming a lot to get to the action. That’s probably just a personal thing, but I like books with fast pacing and lots of action. I don’t enjoy lingering on feelings and boring stuff.  There are also quite a lot of brutality that sometimes just seems to be there for shock value rather than something necessary for the story. It’s not like I’m turned off by the brutal descriptions and all that, but it’s more like they are too shallow and happens too often for them to really mean anything. When a character gets tortured, both physically and mentally, I want to care, I want to be horrified. But when they get out of one kind of torture…

An Ember in the Ashes
Reviews / January 9, 2020

by Sabaa Tahir In, An Ember in the Ashes we follow Laia and Elias, two people with two very different lives. Laia is a Scholar, a suppressed people living under the strict ruling of the Martials. They fear for their lives every day. Elias is a Mask, a force trained to kill and torture for the Empire. When their stories align, Laia have to get into Blackcliff, the school where Masks are trained, and Elias wants out. This book was a win for me, that much I can say. I flew through it and I found myself constantly wanting to read more and it was hard to put it down. Sabaa Tahir is great with tension, of building up each chapter in a way that makes it impossible not to read the next one and the next one. And it was this tension that made me end the book feeling like it was great, that it was a clear 5/5 stars for me. And because of that feeling, I am going to give it a full score.  The relationship between Elias and Laia is instantly full of tension. He’s a Mask and she’s grown up fearing them. It makes for…

At the End of Your Tether
Reviews / October 4, 2019

by V. V. Glass, Adam Smith There’s one word that perfectly summarizes my feelings towards this graphic novel, and that’s confusing. I have no idea what I just read, and despite giving it my best effort there was nothing that explained the complex plot in this book in a way that made it understandable. The idea is wonderful, the art it great, but the biggest problem here is that the dialogue doesn’t seem to fit with the images, there’s no natural flow between the different frames and it’s impossible to keep up with what’s happening. One moment we’re learning that Arlo has disappeared from her home, but the next frame jumps back in time and without explanation we’re given what appears to be a completely random scene from the past.  It all starts in the 1st chapter, and I didn’t understand a thing. There wasn’t anything cohesive about the chapter and I actually had to stop and make sure that it wasn’t a case of formatting gone crazy on my computer. The dialogue didn’t match up, and it seemed as if the characters answered the wrong questions. So odd. I still decided to keep reading and I had high hopes…

Reviews / October 3, 2019

by Scott Reintgen In Ashlords we meet three characters from very different cultures, and they are all competing against each other in a horse race of a lifetime. One is an Ashlord golden girl, born into a position of power and fame, one is a revolutionary’s son who bears the fate of his people’s freedom on his shoulders, and one is a determined alchemist protégé who hopes to show the Ashlords her people are done bowing to them. When I got the chance to read and review Ashlords I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve read several books from Scott Reintgen and I’ve truly loved all of them. As I stared reading Ashlords, I had no idea what this book was about. I hadn’t read a single thing about it, nor did I read the blurb, all I did was begin at page one. The first thing I noticed was how unusual this world was, and I really fell in love with the whole concept of riding horses that had died and burned to ashes every night and had to be revived at sunrise. It was so fascinating to see the alchemy and what could be done with it, and the…

Saving Fable
Reviews / September 30, 2019

by Scott Reintgen Scott Reintgen describes this book as a love letter to the world of literature and that’s exactly what it is. It’s a fun and adorable adventure/mystery that features all the characters that authors write their stories about, but also the characters that never get a part in a story.  We follow Indira, a character-in-waiting who’s chosen to come to Fable and study at the Protagonist Preparatory, a place where authors find the characters for their stories. But when a failed audition puts Indira as a side-character rather than a protagonist, she has to work twice as hard to prove she can be the hero of her own story.  This book is a light and fun read that never stops to surprise. The world is so interesting and when I read this book, I actually felt bad for all the characters I’ve written about and given up on and deleted in my own writing. Scott Reintgen made Fable seem to real that I wanted to go back and finish my shelved stories and give all of them the chance to shine. And I truly loved that about this book, how it hooked me and made me care so much for…

Reviews / September 23, 2019

by S. Kaeth Palon is a dragonbonded, which means that she shares the mind and life with a dragon. Her dragon partner, Windward, also shares her love for risky adventures. Together they have become renowned among their nest for their flying skill, and Palon is known to take big risks and bend the rules a little more than she probably should. And paired with her tendency to lash out, Palon’s reputation doesn’t help her when treasures from the dragons’ hoards are found in her collection. No one believes her when she tells them she’s innocent, and she’s forced to risk everything to find the true culprit and prove she was framed. I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I want to say that this is a great book with a new take on dragons (at least for me). I found the world very interesting and the characters were well developed and there was a great plot with good twists and turns that made it interesting to read all the way to the end. So, if you like fantasy, and dragons, don’t hesitate to order a copy of this book. I’m sure…