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 […]

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I read and loved the Spellcaster series by this same author last year, and although a lot of people have said they love the cover for this book, I never really looked at it that closely when it was available to borrow from my library. I guess I thought maybe it was too busy? Maybe […]

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

This is another book that for me, was just kind of in the middle. There was nothing particular wrong with it, but it also didn’t sparkle for me. I was initially drawn to this because of its premise: an #ownvoices with Hindu mythology inspired by Stardust by Neil Gaiman, which is both an amazing book […]

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

I borrowed this audiobook from my library, and it took me a while to do so because from the cover, title, and blurb (which I probably didn’t read all the way through or comprehend when it said Second Civil War), I was under the impression this was a genuine historical fiction book about a Wild […]

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 […]

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