One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig

One Dark Window was hyped as a gothic fantasy with a unique magic system and while I can see why it’s being marketed as ‘gothic’ if I turn my head and squint (and no, this is NOT the fault of the writer, rather the marketers), the unique magic system had 2 parts, one of which […]

The Crimson Moth by Kristen Ciccarelli

This was a really enjoyable story once I got past the incredibly slow first half. With a focus much more on characterisation and worldbuilding and far, far less on plot, with barely any action until halfway through, I was actually wondering what all the hype was about! That being said, once the game of cat […]

From Blood And Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

Let me preface this by saying that if you can get over the staggeringly slow start, past the shockingly bad worldbuilding, and through the molasses of a character whose life is so bland and boring she makes Auren from the Plated Prisoner series almost look like she’s actually doing something with her life (besides wandering […]

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

So I kind of missed the hype on this book (as I so often do). It was published in 2020 and it has, as of March 2024, over a quarter of a million ratings on Goodreads, which means more than that many have read the book. I actually wasn’t even that interested in reading this […]

Divine Rivals (Letters of Enchantment #1) By Rebecca Ross

I had seen this book around and dismissed it, not because I didn’t like the author, because I do (I quite enjoyed her debut novel The Queen’s Rising), but because I have zero interest in stories set in World War I and II. It wasn’t until the book won the  Goodreads Choice Award Winner for […]

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 […]

Assistant to the Villain by Hannah Nicole Maehrer

So this was a hyped book. Allegedly. OK truth be told, I didn’t see ANY hype for this book outside of the Australian publishers doing an ARC call out (thank you SO MUCH to Penguin Random House Australia for sending me a copy of the book for review!) and of course, the adorable author’s own […]

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