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...

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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 t...

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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, tha...

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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 ...

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8.6/10

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 g...

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7.9/10

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 ...

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6.7/10

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 d...

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6.3/10

by Alex Austin In this book we follow actor Philip Raines as he tries to piece together what really happened when his friend Niya was shot and left in a pseudocoma. We get to follow Philip as he somehow tries to maintain a somewhat normal life after what happened while he simultaneously takes his on-screen role as a detective into the real world and searches for Niya’s attacker and the reasons someone wanted to take her life. As for Niya, she...

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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

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 main...

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July TBR/Wrap Up
Blog , TBR , Wrap Up / July 24, 2015

Ok, so this month is already over, but I am still hoping I can manage to complete one more book. I am currently reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, but I haven’t really gotten that far in yet, so I am not sure whether I’ll be able to finish it before August begins. So far I am kind of getting a bit of an X-men feeling, which unfortunately isn’t a good feeling to have. Not that I have anything against X-men, I rath...

Writer’s Blog
Blog / July 23, 2015

I woke up during the night one day and just had he idea that I should make a website dedicated to my book reviews and to my own writing. So even if I tend to be a very lazy blogger, I thought ‘why not’. So here goes. At first this place will probably be a bit empty and boring, but I hope to fill it with some good stuff eventually. Until then, all I can tell you so far is that I am currently working on two different novels th...

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3/10
The 5th Wave
Reviews / July 19, 2015

by Rick Yancey This book is probably not the worst I’ve read, but it sure isn’t the best. It’s an OK book, nothing else. Personally I don’t like the style of writing, I find it confusing, repetitive and “jumpy”. One moment we’re in present tense, the next it past tense. It also feels like some events are skipped and you’re not sure about what’s really happening. Sentences feel backwa...

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3.4/10
SWAB
Reviews / July 14, 2015

by Heather Choate I want to start by saying that this book is not bad (I have read much worse), and the writing is good. I do however have serious issues with so many things in this book that I just couldn’t give it more than two stars on Goodreads, and the only reason it went from one to two stars was because I kind of liked the writing. The main plot is OK and it’s a very different thing than anything I have ever read befo...

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6.7/10
Four: A Divergent Collection
Reviews / June 30, 2015

by Veronica Roth This is a super short review, but basically this was the best part of the whole Divergent series as far as I’m concerned. Maybe it’s because I have a thing for Four or maybe it’s because I’ve always found Tris do be really irritating. But being able to follow Four, without having Tris there to mess everything up, was great and I loved seeing his version too....

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4/10
Allegiant
Reviews / June 29, 2015

by Veronica Roth The third installment of this series was for me the least enjoyable. The plot, the twists and the characters didn’t feel real anymore and it all sort of felt forced. I had hoped to get a resolution to the conflict that had started this whole series, but instead we’re here thrown into something completely different and the thing that the two other books have been building up to sort of got forgotten a bit. Th...

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5.4/10
Insurgent
Reviews / June 25, 2015

by Veronica Roth I didn’t like this as much as I liked the first one, but it was still good and I kept struggling with putting it down, I wanted to know the end. But, not because I cared for Tris, but because I cared for Four. I hated Tris in this book and as far as I’m concerned she was weak and annoying and was starting to become mean to Four. He should have picked a girl that would treat him well. Just like in the first b...

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6.6/10
Golden Son
Reviews / June 13, 2015

by Pierce Brown Having fallen completely in love with the first book in this series (red rising) I was so excited to start this book. It began quite nicely, but unfortunately I found that it soon started to drag a bit. There were so many new words and names and places that my mind felt like it was about to explode. There was Rip Wings and people of all colors and Obsidians and whatnot and they blasted each other from space and…I d...

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3.4/10
Mockingjay
Reviews / June 11, 2015

by Suzanne Collins I really liked the first book, the second was OK, but the third…it was bad. Not only did it feel rushed and sloppy, it also made me care less about Katniss and what happened to her. There was nothing happening, but at the same time there was a lot. But the things that happened rushed by so fast that there wasn’t time to think about it and there were almost no reactions to the things that happened. I had to...

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5.6/10
Catching Fire
Reviews / June 10, 2015

by Suzanne Collins After such a great first book I was excited about this one, but it didn’t do much for me at all. The beginning was slow, really slow, and it took forever to get into it. I kept waiting for some action, but nothing happened. Then as soon as the new games began, the book took off and I enjoyed it. But why the horribly dragging beginning? Even though this book had a lot of similarities to the first one in the serie...