The Song of Achilles Review

I’ve had this downloaded on Kindle for a while and hadn’t gotten around to it. But I was saying how I like books that are emotional and a friend recommended it.

The beginning was beautiful – just two innocent kids growing up, falling in love. Achilles, a hero in the making, and the protagonist, Patroclus, an average, sensitive boy.

The middle parts were a little boring in my opinion, but the character development was strong and you really felt for the characters.

My friend was right. It was such a terribly sad ending. So so sad. Heartbreaking. The last quarter of the book was fantastic and wow I was so impressed.

The writing style was great throughout – it felt really magical to read.

If you’re looking for a book that plays with your heartstrings – this is it.

Rebecca

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

An Ember in the Ashes Review

I loved it. That’s all I can say really! Two points of view: Laia and Elias.

Laia, who becomes a slave spy on behalf of the resistance. And Elias, a Mask who hates the Empire.

They’re a great team.

It’s a book with themes of empathy, how to cope with guilt and finding the good in yourself.

The side characters are also complex and interesting – particularly Helene and the Commandant.

Cook was also an interesting character and I really want to know who she really is – I have a small incline, we’ll see if I’m right.

The plot didn’t have any filler chapters – everything counted and there were no boring, slow bits.

I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2!

The photo shows some new leaves growing – the book made me think of it.

Rebecca

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