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.

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.

To Best The Boys Review

My edition of this book is stunning, with grey sprayed pages and beautiful patterns inside. Another reminder of how beautiful hardbacks can be.

I relate to the story as soon as it begins, being a woman in STEM myself. It feels like The Hunger Games crossed with The Maze Runner with a splash of science.

The first half of the book is quite slow, but still really engaging. And then we hit the Labyrinth, which I expected to come earlier in the book.

The second half of the book I couldn’t put down. I was so gripped by all aspects of the plot, the Labyrinth, the disease, the characters.

Rhen, the protagonist, goes through so much that girls do even today. Not having the same opportunities. Being expected to sacrifice dreams for family. I did really enjoy that she had supportive parents.

The romance was cute but not the main focus of the story.

I think this book wraps up the story neatly but there is potential for more adventure!

Viper Review

I received a beautiful paperback copy of Viper in the March fairyloot box (a few weeks before it is released!). Always glad to read British YA authors.

The book starts off similarly to other YA fantasies. The heroine, Marianne, is a very standard protagonist of this genre. She’s overlooked, expected to be more ruthless than she is, and her Dad is a complete jerk.

And then it gets completely brutal just after 100 pages, way more than I was expecting.

The plot is full of twists and turns, the pacing is good – though not much unexpected happens. However, Bex is absolutely not afraid to kill characters, which definitely gives this book something else.

I actually think this trilogy has potential to be really good – I’m excited to see where the story goes now this part has closed.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Being introduced to Hazel is a whirlwind. She’s a bit of a disaster, and it’s great. I’m particularly jealous of all her animals (Janis Hoplin the rabbit hahaha). And Winnie the labradoodle!

Josh on the other hand is one of those people you imagine to be a rock. Dependable, calm, strong…

I love how parts of the book subtly show Hazel’s intelligence.

There was a reference to gymnastics!

I mean, parts of this book are super cliché and predictable but it’s just super enjoyable and quick to read.

And then the end. It felt really rushed and had the potential to be really intense and heartbreaking. I wish Christina gave these really difficult topics a little more attention.

Overall though, a solid book.

The Darkest Minds Review

The last book I read because a movie was coming out was Ready Player One and I really wasn’t into it.

Unfortunately, the same has happened with The Darkest Minds.

The premise is interesting, but I just found the plot really boring. Nothing much happened.

Zu was my favourite character and I especially loved the scene in Walmart with her and Ruby trying on clothes.

And I enjoyed the bits where Ruby realises she’s 16 now and tries to shave her legs for the first time and stuff.

But this book just didn’t do it for me. Besides Zu, I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters.

Perhaps the sequels are better but I’m not sure I want to try them.

Rebecca.

Ice Massacre Review

Okay so I wasn’t expecting much from this book, I’ve got to be honest. I didn’t love To Kill a Kingdom so wasn’t up for the killer mermaids again.

But. But. But.

Ice Massacre is brilliant. I was so invested in Meela’s story and how she sees the world. I literally couldn’t put it down.

It was always going to be interesting to stick 20 eighteen year old girls on a ship. I mean, it just screams drama. The book handled it so well, covering teenage friendship drama in a way that didn’t demonise teenage girls too much.

I loved Meela’s brain – and how she saw the mermaids as intelligent and maybe not all demons. I loved how the beginning of the book showed her childhood and how she met Lysi and had her little heart broken.

I loved how Lysi came back into the story later on.

The dynamic between Dani and Meela was also very interesting to follow. There were moments that were so emotional.

But yes. Tiana Warner has written an excellent book that is incredibly gripping and fast paced, and she’s not afraid to kill off characters either.

I’m so excited to read the best book, especially anticipating more Meela and Lysi together!