An Ember in the Ashes Review

I loved it. That’s all I can say really! Two points of view: Laia and Elias.

Laia, who becomes a slave spy on behalf of the resistance. And Elias, a Mask who hates the Empire.

They’re a great team.

It’s a book with themes of empathy, how to cope with guilt and finding the good in yourself.

The side characters are also complex and interesting – particularly Helene and the Commandant.

Cook was also an interesting character and I really want to know who she really is – I have a small incline, we’ll see if I’m right.

The plot didn’t have any filler chapters – everything counted and there were no boring, slow bits.

I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2!

The photo shows some new leaves growing – the book made me think of it.


Ink Review

Okay okay okay this has to be my favourite book for a while. It reminded me of Terri Terry’s Slated trilogy which I adored.

Basically, Alice Broadway killed it – and with no romance!

It had the perfect writing style for me, and a lovely, quiet, introverted protagonist who has her world turned upside down.

I enjoyed the concept of having your life milestones tattood on you. That creative jobs like being an inker are viewed as male dominated and important. That was so cool.

The story is a little predictable at times, but I didn’t mind. There were slight differences to the usual dystopia trope.

Overall, a great read and I’m very excited to read the next book, Spark!

I wish I had the physical book because the real cover is gorgeous.


The Kiss Quotient Review

So I picked up an adult book for a change – a romance with some maths in it!

At first I thought the book was going to be only about sex, which is fine, but not what I was expecting. But after about halfway through it got more romantic and sweet and lovely.

The main character, Stella, is autistic and it was really cool to see a book about a woman with autism as it’s so different in women to men.

I liked how Stella was really successful in her career and Michael, the love interest, didn’t scold her for going to work every day, even at weekends, because she loved her job so it wasn’t like it was work for her.

I hated Phillip with a passion – he was such a jerk and I’m glad Stella didn’t end up with him (not that that was ever going to happen).

And Stella is an econometrician! Maths! Women in STEM! Representstion! In a romance? Loved it.

Overall, the first half of the book was weird, and the second half was wonderful. Definitely worth the read! It’s also an own voices book so definitely give it a go!


Crown of Midnight Review

Hey guys,

Honestly it took me a few days to get into this book, but after I hit 40% the pages flew by.

It was shocking and heartbreaking in places. I loved the romance at the beginning. I loved that the romance wasn’t the focus too.

I enjoyed introductions of new characters. How lethal but girly Celaena is. The biiiig plot twist at the end.

Celaena, Dorian and Chaol remind me of a less likeable Harry, Ron and Hermione. Can’t be a bad thing.

I’m excited to see what happens in book 3, especially with the magic that’s introduced. Can’t wait to see Aelin in action too!

Hopefully we’ll get strong friendships again. And some more romance!


Ruin and Rising Review

I heard big things about the end of the Grisha trilogy and it didn’t disappoint.

The beginning was back to the pace of the first book, it dragged a little in the middle and the last 25% or so was amazing!!

They solidified Alina’s friendships and made a big thing of it!! I’m so happy. I thought the first books lacked friendship elements – especially between women, but this one was packed with it.

I was finally convinced that Mal is a good guy at heart. I think. I much preferred Nikolai as a character but maybe not for Alina.

The Darkling was an excellent conflicted villain throughout. It was an excellent exploration of how you behave is a choice sometimes.

The last ‘after’ was the cutest thing ever and I loved the end with all my heart.

I recommend the trilogy and I’m really excited to read Six of Crows at some point!

What did you think of the Grisha trilogy?


Siege and Storm Review

So, Grishaverse book 3.

For me, it definitely suffered from being the middle book a bit.

There wasn’t much happening for the first 80% or so, just lots of character building but was a bit disappointing given how much I loved the pacing of the first book.

The last 20% I didn’t really see coming, which was cool. Loved how much happened.

I hope Alina gets more friends in book 3, and the relationships between the characters develop.

Also, she could do with a boyfriend who doesn’t suck because she’s more powerful than he is. That definitely wound me up a bit.

I adore Nikolai, he’s a breath of fresh air. And still a fan of David, who is still the quiet, inventive, completely people clueless guy from Shadow and Bone.

Book 3 has lots of potential and I’m looking forward to giving it a go!

Shadow and Bone Review

Hi everyone,

Continuing my exploration into the latest YA fantasy, I tried Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

Now I enjoyed ACOTAR but it didn’t quite live up to some of my old favourites. Shadow and Bone absolutely did.

It was fast paced!! So fast paced!!! And heartbreaking! And all about the power of the mind in overcoming your problems!

There was friendship and love and the main character, Alina, was so ordinary and she became brilliant and the Darkling still makes me curious so I’m really excited to reaf the sequel. And Mal was a bit urghhh at times but he’s actually quite sweet and caring.

I think David might be my favourite character though. He’s very sweet not that he plays a huge part. And Genya. Both of them are cute.

But yes, I’m very excited to read the rest of the trilogy! And Six of Crows duology at some point after that.

What did you think of Shadow and Bone?

Isn’t the cover just beautiful??


Pestilence Review

So this was my first Laura Thalassa book and I really enjoyed it!

It was a bit odd at first – I didn’t think Pestilence could ever redeem himself – and I’m still not sure I like him – he’s very controlling and possessive.

I did like that love can change people and bring out the best of them. The romantic chapters were beautifully written. The tense chapters were sometimes horrifying.

The protagonist, Sara, has a great, honest voice. I enjoyed her wit and sarcasm and laughed out loud in places. Pestilence was also funny at times – if accidentally!

I’m glad the ending was good – with a little epilogue teasing the next book – War. I hope it keeps the rhythmn of the first book. I can’t wait to read it!

Isn’t the cover beautiful? I wish I had the hardcopy so I could see the colours.

Have you read Pestilence? Or any other books by Laura Thalassa?


To Kill a Kingdom Review

I’ve had To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo downloaded for a while.

It’s a really beautiful retelling of The Little Mermaid – though alot darker.

I did find that the build up was a bit too slow, and consequently the ending where all the action happened was too rushed.

The romance wasn’t really convincing to me. It was very slow burn but if I hadn’t known of The Little Mermaid, I wouldn’t have noticed the characters falling in love.

However the characters are multi-dimensional and excellently written. You get POV from Lira, a siren princess, and Elian, a siren killer prince, and I enjoyed both which is rare for me in books with multiple POVs.

I wish the sea queen had a bit more depth to her – I love conflicted villains and this would have been a perfect opportunity.

Overall, I’m glad I read it – it’s always good to have a standalone fantasy novel.

Do you have any favourite standalone fantasy novels?