A Lesson in Venegance
Reviews / February 9, 2022

by Victoria Lee In this book we follow Felicity who’s a student at Dalloway. She lives in a house together with four other girls. Felicity is a senior, who not only had to do her senior year twice, but who also had to be institutionalized because of an incident during her time at the school where her girlfriend Alex died. Felicity feels responsible for Alex’s death because she believes she’d conjured the malevolent spirit of a rumored witch. This year, she’s determined to let the past stay in the past and graduate without incidents. But then Felicity meets writer prodigy Ellis who she forms a close friendship with, and history seems to repeat itself when the ghost of her ex-girlfriend seems to haunt her.  I’d read about this book prior to reading it, and I loved the idea of dark academia and secret societies and what not. But as I started to read it, I was both happily surprised by the ease of reading, but also disappointed in the overall feel.  In the beginning, this read like a Ninth House fanfic, and honestly it didn’t help that the dead girlfriend’s name was Alex (which is also the name of the…

The Last Legacy
Reviews / January 29, 2022

by Adrienne Young Bryn Roth has been raised by her great-aunt to charm important men, to plot and scheme. Her destiny is to return to Bastian and the Roth family where she’ll finally take her place in her long-lost family. But the Roths doesn’t turn out to be quite the family Bryn had expected, and she has to use all her wits to get accepted by the family without losing the woman she wants to be, and to make herself so indisposable that her life won’t be bartered with.  That introduction to this book may not have been the most enticing when it comes to this book. But, honestly, I was struggling to summarize what the book was actually about. Usually, that’s a bad thing. It means I didn’t find a lof of meaning to the book. This was, however, not the case with The Last Legacy. I truly enjoyed this read. It was a solid book with an interesting plot and well developed characters and an equally well developed world. So, I’m not quite sure why I struggle to write a decent blurb. I found the book a little slow in the beginning. It took a while to get…

Only a Monster
Reviews / January 23, 2022

by Vanessa Len In this book we follow Joan who’s spending the summer at her Gran’s place. She’s sixteen and is just about to go on a date with Nick, a nerdy boy that she’s had a crush on for some time.  But while she’s waiting for him to arrive for the date something strange happens, Joan appears to have missed the whole day, but she can’t remember a thing. That’s when Gran tells her the truth. Joan is a monster. And monsters can steal time from humans and travel through time.  As Joan tries to explain to Nick without telling him the truth, she learns something even worse. Nick isn’t just any human. He’s the hero that kills the monsters.  This was a huge and delightful surprise for me. This book had me hooked from the first chapter until the very end. I’m the kind of person who read in bed before I fall asleep, and this is the kind of book that makes me go to bed early just so I can read a little more. On top of that, I couldn’t put it down after I reached the 60% mark and had to finish the whole thing…

Book of Sand
Reviews / January 17, 2022

by Theo Clare I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I thought the premise of this book was really intriguing, and it was pretty decent in the beginning. We follow two parallel stories here, one featuring Spider and his family group as they navigate a very strange desert landscape where dangerous djinni threatens to end them. Then we also follow McKenzie, who’s a teen in USA who apparently dreams of deserts, sees lizards that no one else can see and has a family that seems to be keeping some serious secrets from her.  I could never really get into Spider’s story. I found it repetitive and boring without any real progress. There was just too many words to tell the story, which made it hard to keep focus, and I kept wanting to skim through it all the time.  While Spider’s parts were just confusing and strange, McKenzie’s part, however, had more of a mystery element to it. Why did she have these visions, these dreams? Who is this person who claims to also see and feel the same things she does? This mystery was what kept me reading. I wanted the answers.  Even though McKenzie’s…

Once Upon a Broken Heart
Reviews / August 7, 2021

by Stephanie Garber This book … I don’t know how to better describe it than to say that it was a very delightful surprise.  I have not read any of Stephanie Garber’s previous books (Caraval etc.), and I had no idea when getting into this book that it was set in the same world. I don’t know why, but I had gotten the idea that it was a completely different series set in a new world. However, I can’t say that I missed anything because of this. The only reasons I even realized that this was in the same world as Caraval was because of some Caraval fan art that was shared on Instagram and the name of one character was the same as one in Once Upon a Broken Heart. So, what I mean is that you definitely do no need to read Caraval before this book to enjoy it.  So, on to the actual review. As I got into this book, I was really surprised by the style of writing. It was so odd in a way that intrigued me. It’s written very much like a fairytale. And the strange thing was that as I was reading I…

Unravel the Dusk
Reviews / July 11, 2021

by Elizabeth Lim This is the sequel to Spin the Dawn, and I can’t really tell you much what the book is about without spoiling the first book in the series, so I’ll just dig into my thoughts here.  In Spin the Dawn, I had some issues with the fact that the love interest was +500 years old and how it all was a bit too generic and overall pretty boring. It was a solid read with pretty decent worldbuilding and an okay plot. But, to be honest, I was pretty unenthusiastic going in to it.  But I was so wrong. This sequel was really good. And I flew through it, not wanting to stop reading until the end.  Unlike the previous book, this had a clear plot with high stakes and there was a lot more focus on the main character and her journey. This time she had to fight not only the demons threatening to ruin the country, but also the demon within herself.  I loved how the women of this book stood out and showed not only the reader, but the people in their world what equality is, that they fought for themselves, for their country and…

All the Stars and Teeth
Reviews / July 11, 2021

by Adalyn Grace In this book we follow Amora, a princess set to take over the rule of the kingdom after her father. To do so, however, she needs to perform a deadly ritual and use the magic reserved for her family’s bloodline to prove to her people that she’s strong enough to take on the burden. Her magic fails her though, and she risks execution for it not being able to control it. She flees her land with a mission to prove that she’s a worthy queen, but on her quest for redemption, she learns not only of an ongoing rebellion, but of secrets that changes everything. Now, she must decide which road to take and who’s side she’s really on.  I feel like I’ve said this a lot lately, but I’m really conflicted about this book. There are a lot of things that I like about it. It’s a great concept with an interesting and unique world, and the plot is good too. But the execution is lacking a bit for me, well, a lot actually. I had a really hard time believing the characters and their motivations and their actions. The characters are very one-dimensional and flat,…

Fire with Fire
Reviews / July 4, 2021

by Destiny Soria In this book we follow Eden and Dani, two sisters who are also training to become dragon slayers. In this modern world, dragons are reduced to myths and legends, but they do still exist in very low numbers. They are very dangerous and the slayers’s job is to basically make sure they go extinct. But when Dani, who’s the protégé slayer yet a lot less invested in the cause than her sister, ends up with some unheard-of soul-bond to a dragon called Nyx, things change drastically. Not only does she learn that the truths she’s been told about dragons may be complete lies, but she’s also forced to choose between the dragon and her own family.  Going into this book, I had such high hopes. The premise sounded amazing. Dragons in the real world? Sibling rivalry, dragon friends, sorcerers and magic? It seemed to tick all the boxes for an amazing read. I was, however, very disappointed, and to be honest seriously bored reading this book. Nothing happened. It was just sitting down talking between friends and family and bantering and scenes possibly meant to build characters and relationships, but it felt one-dimensional, repetitive and incredibly slow. …

The Bone Shard Daughter
Reviews / May 25, 2021

by Andrea Stewart In this book we follow Lin, the emperor’s daughter who spends her days trapped within the palace together with the boy her father has taken in. One of them will become the heir to the throne, but Lin has lost all memory of her life beyond five years, and she has to play catch-up with the protégé son her father now considers her replacement. But Lin is determined to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic, but it’s a dangerous quest and one that will question not only her father’s reign but the future of hers. This book was a disappointment to me. The premise was so great, and I loved Lin’s perspective and her as a character. It was interesting and fun and exciting and the bone shard magic, just wow. So, why the disappointment you might ask. Well, it was an unfocused mess of jumps in time, of an excessive amount of perspectives and no consistent plot to follow along with. I see what the author tried to do here, and the ideas are amazing, the whole story is great too and the characters and their stories too. But it’s…

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…