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!

The Tethered Mage Review

I think this is my favourite book I have read in 2018!

Amalia is certainly one of my favourite characters. She’s not your typical superhero fantasy character. She’s quiet, bookish and has great intellect.

I loved her growing friendship with Zaira, a fire warlock who grew up on the streets. They couldn’t be more different as people and that’s why I loved the dynamic between them.

I also loved that Amalia’s mother, La Contessa, wasn’t too horrible. She was hard on Amalia, but gave her confidence and praise when necessary.

I loved the light touch of romance that didn’t dominate the plot. Amalia makes very mature choices throihht the book.

The plot itself was gripping for such a long novel. No section was like a filler episode. I enjoyed the politics (there wasn’t an unbearable amount of it), the magic system, and I didn’t guess the plot twists!

Altogether, I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the sequel, The Defiant Heir.

Rebecca.

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??

Rebecca