The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

Don’t you just hate it when you read a book that objectively wasn’t bad, it wasn’t particularly riveting, either? I think I am possibly the wrong audience for this book. Sure, it’s a YA fantasy with a strong female lead, and although I enjoyed it to a point, overall I was not as engaged as […]

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

I generally don’t enjoy books that dump the reader with an already super-powered, super-confident arrogant and entitled lead character with minimal room to grow. However, Alosa is remarkably different to this brand of heroine, and I couldn’t help but love her. Is she super-powered? Yes. Is she super confident? Yes. Is she arrogant? Sometimes, but […]

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

So. This book. I can see the similarities to The Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge! which were the selling points that drew me to this book. The elements are there. But it’s just so… Boring. I’m not going to do a ‘real’ review since I didn’t finish the book. I got about three-quarters […]

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

I was looking forward to this book so much, because I love stories about magical girls who save the day, and I also love foxes, so I was super keen to read about a magical girl who had a fox companion and a creepy, cursed forest. Unfortunately I got really sick and was unable to […]

Forest of Souls by Lori M Lee

I really liked Lori M Lee’s short story Steel Skin in A Thousand Beginning and Endings, so I was really looking forward to Forest of Souls I think Sirscha’s name is supposed to be Saoirse, as in Saoirse Ronan (Saoirse is pronounced “Sur-sha”), the Irish actress. It’s like the author heard the name and went, […]

Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows #2) by Linsey Miller

Apparently I have a lot of thoughts about this book. Maybe you should get a hot drink or something before reading this. The TL:DR version is ‘Overall this book had a great concept but was marred by poor/inconsistent writing’. As a sequel, the timing in the book was all off. Sal kept insisting that they’d […]

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

I’m really torn on how I feel about The Winter Duke, because there were some really good, interesting, original aspects, but some aspects also fell short. In The Winter Duke, Ekata’s whole family mysteriously falls ill, leaving her as the new Grand Duke of Kilma Above, a tiny sovereign nation with a palace made entirely […]

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

HOW A HUFFLEPUFF FELL IN LOVE WITH A SLYTHERIN (the Hufflepuff is me, btw) To be honest, I never understood why so many of my book loving peers lusted after actual asshole bad guys, like Draco Malfoy, until Alessandra came along. I would despise Alessandra in real life. She’s the complete opposite of me and […]

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

I’ll start of by saying that Chima’s writing and me? Did not gel. I am definitely not a fan of Chima’s writing. I know the adage is to show, not tell: but when important plot points are neither shown nor told, it kind of leaves me wondering what the fuck is happening. There are also […]

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