The Last Namsara Review

Okay, I know I say this alot, but this was one of the best books I’ve read this year?

I mean it had dragons, amazing character development, a really cute romance and a kick ass plot.

Asha was amazing. I loved how much she grew as a character, how realities hit her and how much she became a better person.

Parts of it really pulled my heartstrings – I almost cried at some of it! Especially Asha’s realisations about herself.

Not the mention the writing was beautiful – it’s really simple and easy to read and doesn’t take away from the powerful story and characters.

The little fairytale like stories at the end of some of the chapters were also a nice touch.

I can’t wait for the sequel!

What’s your favourite book with dragons in?

Spinning Silver Review

This was a book I was really looking forward to reading! I even got a hardback!

The plot was so well developed and just like Uprooted, the writing was beautiful. But unlike Uprooted, I didn’t connect with the characters as much.

I enjoyed the multiple perspectives – they didn’t feel forced. Especially little Stepon, which was a surprise. Miryem was also excellent (I especially loved her parents). I liked Irina too, just not as much.

The romance that was brief and at the end felt a little rushed and if I’m totally honest, unnecessary.

I absolutely loved the magical setting, Naomi Novik is just wonderful at creating that spooky wintery atmosphere.

Overall, I much preferred the first half to the second, but still a stunning read.


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?