Ink and Bone Review

I was supposed to read this for a book club ages ago and never did. Now is the time!

I couldn’t really tell what it would be about at the start. And then it turned into all the kinds of plots I like! Entry tests, competition, learning, challenges!

The first half of the book flew by and I really enjoyed Jess as a male protagonist. The middle wasn’t so great but I liked the world building. I liked how each of the characters had their own personality – would have been nice to get to know some of them more before they died. I also wish we got to know Jess’ family a bit more – especially his Dad and his brother, Brendan.

The end was fantastic and I’m really excited to know what happens in the rest of the series.

I’ve Got Your Number Review

At first, I wondered how I was going to get through this book. The protagonist, Poppy, starts of being so incredibly annoying as she’s looking for her engagement ring (and this bit of the book feels completely out of character for her).

The story gets better when that part is over. It’s actually really cute.

I love the way Poppy learns that she’s not inferior to super intelligent people. Totally empathised with her playing Scrabble with Magnus’ family. I spend alot of time with people with PhDs with Dad’s with PhDs so this part was particularly nice to read!

I loved how much Sam (the boss of the PA whose phone Poppy finds) and Poppy learn from each other, being very different people.

I wish Poppy had nicer female friends because she deserves them.

The ending is cheesy but kind of adorable. It could have been a much shorter book though!

The Queen’s Rising Review

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. Brienna is an excellent protagonist and I loved how she had to try all the passions of art, theatre, music, wit and knowledge before settling with knowledge. I loved the relationship between her and her master, Cartier. Loved the dynamic between all the girls studying the passions.

We are then introduced to more settings, more characters, and I loved the history of the world Rebecca has created.

I found the second half of the book a little lacking – the twists weren’t really there and the absence of Cartier for a big chunk did nothing for the relationship building. I missed the energy of the female friendships at the beginning.

It actually felt like the story wrapped up at the end, but I know there’s another book so who knows what’s coming next! So much potential.

I think the last chapter of the book was my absolute favourite. Love a bit of romance.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review

Again, another book I read in less than 24 hours…

The beginning was excellent. I loved Karou and her blue hair. I adored the mystery and the characters, the imagery and the language. The first half was beautiful. I loved Zuzanna alot – she was super funny and great.

I can’t say I loved where the story went after that. The romance was a bit instalove, and I never really like it when the present story is related so strongly to the past. It was a little predictable in that sense. The light humour also sort of disappeared. I needed more Zuzanna!

Even still, it was so beautifully written. I just really couldn’t get into the last 30% or so.

I’ll still read the rest of the trilogy in hope that it returns to the magic of the first half.

I adore the cover on this one.

Rebecca

Scythe Review

So I picked up a book by a male author – Neal Shusterman. It was free on Amazon Kindle UK at the time. I usually hate books set it in the future so this was a bit of a risk – but hey it was free!

And it was absolutely amazing.

In a world where humanity has defeated death, Scythes were created to carry out population control.

The book delves into all sorts of questions – mainly what it means to take a life.

I loved how compassionate Rowan was, as a teenaged boy. He showed real feelings throughout the book and it was so honest and amazing. It’s nice to see a male character with so much softness and empathy.

There was also Citra, who was incredibly clever and also compassionate.

I very much enjoyed the plot which was always moving. There were a few twists which I didn’t guess.

The ending was absolutely fantastic and I loved it so much.

I’m really glad I loved this book! It just read so well and had likeable characters and really delved into morals.

Can’t wait to read book two!

Rebecca

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!

Rebecca