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2/10
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…

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8.6/10
Ashlords
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…

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7.9/10
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…

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6.7/10
Windward
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…

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6.3/10
Pseudocoma
Reviews / September 13, 2019

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’s stuck in her hospital bed and shares the horrifying story of how she ended up in America after escaping an arranged marriage to a much older man. This book is a little outside of what I usually read, but I do enjoy a good mystery and I think this book had a lot of great twists and turns that comes with a great mystery book. It was interesting and personal and felt real in so many ways. I particularly enjoyed reading about Philip and following his investigation and even though I knew more than he did (since we also get Niya’s backstory) I never felt bored with his journey. It was a joy to read about his discoveries, and…

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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…