Gallant by V.E. Schwab

My first DNF of 2024. I find this novel incredibly unengaging. I like Schwab as a writer. I enjoyed both The Near Witch and The Invisible Life of Addie Larou. Schwab has a lyrical, whimsical, old-fashioned style of writing where every word is a masterpiece carefully woven together. The worldbuilding is lush and I feel […]

Vengeance of the Pirate Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #3) by Tricia Levenseller

I really enjoyed this tale, a revisit to Levenseller’s popular Pirate Queen series starring said queen’s misanthropic pirate assassin Sorinda accidentally unleashing a threat to the world while on a rescue mission. Sorinda’s characterisation was top tier. She was deadly without being one of those stuck up entitled fake assassins we see so often in […]

Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision

I was initially drawn to this book because it was about forbidden elemental-based magic. By all accounts, Bree was a normal child brought up by her father, having been told that her mother died in childbirth, and she was kept ignorant of her father’s complicated past. Bree and her father ran a pub or a […]

Iron Flame (The Empyrean #2) by Rebecca Yarros

I DID IT. I listened to a 28 hour audiobook in under 3 weeks. I’ve never done that before lololol. I was worried that having a 600 page book come out so quickly after the phenomenal success of Fourth Wing (six months between releases which is quite rare in traditional publishing) meant that the book […]

When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord

This book was fantastic. I was a little hesitant in the opening chapters because I wasn’t sure I would get invested in a weird rivals-to-lovers where the main characters already thinks the rival is hot as fuck, but in the end the strength of the rival character won out. I recall at first wanting there […]

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Loveless by Alice Oseman introduces readers to the complexities of aroace (aromantic asexual) identities mainly through the character of Georgia. This book delves into Georgia’s journey of self-discovery and acceptance, highlighting her challenges in understanding her aroace orientation. Funnily enough, Loveless wasn’t my first ace book… or even my second. I didn’t realise I was […]

The Study of Poisons by Maria V Snyder

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 for Goodreads. “The Study of Poisons” is a modern high fantasy companion novel to “Poison Study,” and it’s narrated from the perspective of the beloved assassin, Valek. The story retells the events of “Poison Study” from Valek’s viewpoint, offering readers a different lens through which to view the narrative. […]

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