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.

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

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??

Rebecca

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?

Rebecca.

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?

Rebecca.

Throne of Glass Review

So, another Sarah J. Maas. I can’t say I enjoyed this book as much as A Court of Thorns and Roses.

It was good, but read a bit like books people update online – some of the chapters felt like fillers.

Celaena was annoying at times, but I loved how girly she was, as well as kick ass.

I didn’t really connect with the romance, but this has time to develop in the rest of the series.

I can’t say I enjoyed the ending much either – but I’m not really a big fan of demons etc.

I loved the begining though, so I’m hoping outside of the competition to be Champion, book 2 will be better.

Overall, definitely worth the read, but nothing stunning.

I will continue reading the series as I’m doing a readalong with my discord group.

Rebecca.

A Court of Wings and Ruin Review

So I finished off the trilogy!!! And it was super good – such a rollercoaster. The first half built slow, but the second half was just a whirlwind of feelings and I cried multiple times.

The book tied up so many endings. The Suriel, The Bone Carver, The Weaver…

I enjoyed the ending, and Elain and Nesta had perfect endings. I loved their touching moments with Feyre. And their father.

There were huge amounts of woman power, love and friendship. I’m glad that all the courts came together – something I really hoped would happen. It was good to see so much more of the world explored. The banter between the High Lords was excellent.

The setting reminds me of the woods where I live

I’m excited to read A Court of Frost and Starlight – a novella – but perhaps after a little break.

Rebecca

A Court Of Mist and Fury – Review

What can I say? This book was really long, and suffered a bit from classic middle of the trilogy not much action but lots of character development. Which I actually quite liked.

There was one particular character where I didn’t like what Sarah J. Maas did with him. Won’t spoil it but I’d rather he remained the same as the first book and didn’t just get made into a jerk with no development.

I enjoyed Feyre’s development. She’s a very strong character but still shows the feeling and empathy that I loved in the first book.

I loved the romance. So much romance. Looking forward to how that continues in book three. It’s better now it isn’t as love triangle like.

Again, I adored the scene setting – it’s a really beautiful fantasy world and I’m glad Sarah built on it from book one.

My sister took some photos at Arundel and it reminded me of Spring Court.

I’m not sure how I feel about the alternating points of view at the end so I’ll have to see how I find it in book three if it continues.

Rebecca

The Snow Child Review

Hi everyone!

I’ve had The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey downloaded for a while – and I kinda wish I’d read it over Winter because it has a really nice snowy theme to it. I’ve recently watched Wild Alaska and that helped me picture the setting so well.

It was an emotional story, related to a fairy-tale. Faina was a super character and I was left wondering if she was real or not for the beginning of the book. I loved how Mabel and Jack looked after her but let her be, and how they sort of became parents to Garrett too.

It built slowly, with the second half being a much faster read. It breaks your heart in many places, but also makes you smile and appreciate those you love. The relationships build beautifully. The imagery is perfect – you can really picture the wild, remote setting and feel how cold it is.

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The ending is bittersweet, both sad and happy. I enjoyed part 3 of the book the most. It was predictable / there is lots of foreshadowing, but this is the way it’s meant to be, and the sadness still hits you hard.

Definitely going to give it a re-read one winter.

Rebecca