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8/10
Willoughby’s World of Wonder
Reviews / July 26, 2019

This is the International Edition of Willoughby’s World of Wonder, a fictional reproduction of the famous 1882 Field Guide to Strange Beasts & Curious Creatures. Willoughby’s, as it was popularly known, was created by noted cryptozoologist and naturalist, Angus Willoughby.

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6.9/10
King of Scars
Reviews / July 26, 2019

by Leigh Bardugo In King of Scars we follow the young prince we first met in the Grisha trilogy, only here, Nikolai has become king and has to work hard to keep the enemy from marching upon a much weakened Ravka. The only problem is that Nikolai carries a dark secret—the Darkling’s monster resides within him, and it’s fighting for control. Nikolai has to find a way to defeat the monster and keep his secret hidden while at the same time maintaining his image as a king in control. A task that gets harder by the minute. I read this book in a fairly short amount of time, which is a sign that it’s an interesting book that was easy to read. And I did enjoy the book for the most part, but also not so much at all. I’m very conflicted about this book to say the least. As usual, I find Leigh Bardugo’s sense of characters and personality to be on point. Her characters are the most interesting part of her stories and she makes them feel so real, like old friends and family. And I really love that because I rarely get so attached to characters as…

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7.1/10
Ruin and Rising
Reviews / June 24, 2019

by Leigh Bardugo This is the last book in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and here we continue to follow Alina and her group of friends as they prepare for a war against the Darkling and his demon-like creatures.  After the disappointment of book two, I was nervous getting into this book, but I can easily way that this is the best in the series. This book was great. Action from page one, and great plot and interesting twists and turns that never made reading this boring. I love how we get to see more of the Darkling in this book and dig deeper into his complicated relationship with Alina. Their connection is strong, in more ways than one, and Alina suffers from the fear that she’s meant to like him. At the same time there is a part of her that longs for it too. But she’s deemed a Saint, a role she does not want to have, but people see her as the savior, the one who’ll destroy the darkness. And that’s what she wants too, she wants to be the hero. That’s why it’s great to see her being torn between light and dark and how…

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5.6/10
Siege and Storm
Reviews / June 24, 2019

by Leigh Bardugo In the sequel to Shadow and Bone we continue to follow Alina, who’s now on the run from the Darkling and the memories of what he made her do, of the lives he made her take. She’s wanted and hunted, but when she has no other option than to fight for Ravka, for the people she loves, she’s willing to sacrifice all to stop the Darkling. The first book in the series was a breeze compared to this one unfortunately. It took me forever to finish this book, and not from lack of trying. I read every night before bed, for weeks a struggled with one chapter at a time. But to be honest, it was so boring that I kept falling asleep constantly. I really wanted to like this book, I wanted there to be something here that pulled me in and made me want to continue, but nothing happened. At the same time, things obviously happened, but there wasn’t really a plot here. I realize that all of the things that happen in this book is necessary for the third installment to work, but couldn’t it have been done in a less boring way? We’re…

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6.9/10
Shadow and Bone
Reviews / June 24, 2019

by Leigh Bardugo In Shadow and Bone we follow Alina, who’s an ordinary girl in a world where people called Grisha has special abilities. Alina is an orphan, a map maker and longtime friends with a boy called Mal. When they enter the impenetrable darkness of the Shadow Fold, Alina’s journey from ordinary to exceptional begins. So I finally managed to complete this book (and the whole series) after trying like five times. I found this first book in the series incredibly hard to get into, and it was just something that didn’t pull me in at all. But as I reached about 10-20% in, I found that the story really took off and I could see why this is such a popular book. I liked seeing Alina struggle with accepting who she had become and what she could do, while at the same time feeling inadequate and uncomfortable with everyone’s expectation of her. At times I got a bit tired of the school-like setting, and there was a lot of details surrounding training, gossip, dances and all that kind of stuff. It was almost some weird Russian-inspired take on Harry Potter at times. But behind all of that shallow…

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8/10
Crooked Kingdom
Reviews / March 4, 2019

by Leigh Bardugo This is the second and last book in the Six of Crows duology and here we follow the team as they seek to get their hands on the money they think they deserve and also to push down the man that betrayed them from his upstanding position. Crooked Kingdom is a well-crafted sequel to a very good book, but I do find that it’s not as great as its prequel. Crooked Kindom has the same great cast as the first book, and Bardugo manages her cast well and gives the reader plenty of insights to their lives, their backstories and their rolls in the current heist. She had a way of making sure that the full scheme of the heist is never fully revealed to the reader, which is what makes it so interesting to read and I love when there are twists and turns that surprises me in a book like this. The fun thing about a good heist story is that feeling of not really understanding how they did it until it’s all explained afterwards, and Leigh Bardugo does this well. All of her characters are also very fleshed out and they all have backstories…

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8.6/10
Six of Crows
Reviews / February 16, 2019

byLeigh Bardugo It took me quite some time to get to this book, mostly because I never managed to read the original Grisha trilogy, I tried several times to get started with it, but there was something about it that didn’t quite suck me in. Eventually though, I gave up that series and decided to dig into Six of Crows even though I had not read the Grisha trilogy in advance. And I am happy that I did because Six of Crows was an easy read that pulled me in rather quickly. In Six of Crows we follow a group of six criminals from a gang called the Dregs, and when their leader, Kaz, gets a job that would change their lives forever, he can’t say no, despite the job being as impossible as it gets. So, in this book, we get to come along on the quest as they set out to break into one of the most secure prisoners in Fjerda. There’s a lot of things that I really enjoy in this book, but also a few things that slightly annoyed me. But for the most part this is a great read and the way the author has…

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7.8/10
Nyxia Unleashed
Reviews / August 18, 2018

by Scott Reintgen I read the first book in this series as an ARC before it came out, and I was more or less blown away. I loved it, and I couldn’t wait for the release of the sequel. So, I was so happy when I got the opportunity to read the ARC of Nyxia Unleashed too, and I had been waiting for so long to see what happened to Emmet and all the other kids from Genesis 11 and 12. Nyxia Unleashed takes us on a very different journey than what the first installment in the series did. Now we find ourselves on an alien planet full of dangers and our cast is scarred and hurt from all that Babel put them through. They struggle with through of what they’ve been forced to do, which getting back home and who to trust. All in all, I truly enjoyed this story and the twists and turns this story takes are enjoyable. I love seeing the relationship between Morning and Emmet evolve despite these harsh conditions, and it’s a joy to once and awhile get a glimpse of the lightheartedness we saw in book one. This sequel though, is dark and…

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5.6/10
The Initiation
Reviews / May 15, 2018

by Chris Babu I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In this book we meet a 16-year-old boy called Drayden. He lives in a dystopian world where Manhattan is called New America. Within it’s walls, the society is divided into groups. When Drayden’t mother gets banished from New America, Drayden is determined to find out why. And the only way to do so is to enter the Initiation, and by doing so also risk his own life. But if he wins, he’ll get moved to the Bureau, the place where the rulers live, and maybe there he’ll find the answers he’s looking for. The premise of this book was great and I really enjoy myself a good dystopia. But already from the start, even the first page, this book threw me off, and I had this feeling that this would not be a book in my taste. Unfortunately, I can’t really put my finger on exactly what it was about the story that I didn’t like, but it felt like it was all tell and no show in the beginning. And the main character, Drayden just felt like a 10-year-old in the beginning. He was…

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5.9/10
Brooding YA Hero
Reviews / January 20, 2018

by Carrie DiRisio I got this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Before coming in contact with this book, I had seen a few tweets from the popular Brooding YA Hero account, but I wasn’t actively following it. I did, however have a pretty clear idea of what this book would be and the style it would be written in since I “knew” Broody from before. This book is written from the POV of Broody, who is basically the male main character of every young adult book out there.  Unfortunately for Broody, authors are currently not picking him to be the main character in their story, so he decides to write his own book instead. I mean why not? He’s the hottest, most talented genius out there. The book is written with humor and sass, and it deals with important topics and it puts the light on common things that YA fiction portrays these days. In short this is a book that will inform you of everything that you shouldn’t do when writing a YA book, and it does it in a fun way that not only makes you remember it, but also not…