December 26, 2017

The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn

Renee Ahdieh

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I didn't like this one as much as I expected. So far, both of the thousand nights retellings that I've read have been a little too similar.

December 20, 2017

The Winner's Curse

The Winner's Curse
 
Marie Rutkoski
 
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4.5 stars and I really don't have much that's bad to say about this. I read it in 3 sittings of about 100 pages each and couldn't put it down!
 
*minor spoilers below*

December 18, 2017

The Bat

The Bat
 
Jo Nesbo
 
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I've heard this series gets much better, so I'm sticking through and hoping that's the case.
 
*SPOILERS BELOW*
 

December 6, 2017

Half a King

Half a King
 
Joe Abercrombie
 
 
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Ever since I started my fantasy kick, I've been searching out the best of the best and have gotten quite a lot of recommendations. Along with Sanderson, people had great things to say about Abercrombie. I find that they have a lot in common.
 

December 5, 2017

Red Rising

Red Rising
 
Pierce Brown
 
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Not going to lie, I was really into this. There were a few things that bothered me a bit and I hope that they're resolved in the next book but I felt like this was something that took a really old concept and turned it into a really interesting plot.
 
**SPOILERS BELOW**
 

November 29, 2017

Caraval

Caraval
 
Stephanie Garber
 
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*SPOILERS BELOW*

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one. I think that the concept was interesting, but part of it was a bit extra and another part was underdone.
 

November 24, 2017

In the Woods

In the Woods

Tana French

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I think this is a great example of a psychological thriller.

November 22, 2017

A Shadow Bright and Burning

A Shadow Bright and Burning
 
Jessica Cluess
 
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(3.5)
 
This was a pretty good one, but I felt like it's ideas were conflicted.
 

November 16, 2017

The Hero of Ages

The Hero of Ages
 
Brandon Sanderson
 
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The ending made this whole series worth it.
 
Best wrap up of a trilogy I've read, honestly. There are no questions left un-answered.
 

October 31, 2017

An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens
 
Margaret Rogerson
 
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I honestly feel bad for the author. If this came out and/or if I read this before A Court of Thorns and Roses, I would have liked it a lot more. Unfortunately, it felt like reading ACoTaR all over again with little differences. One thing I will say is that the writing was beautiful.
 

October 28, 2017

Nest

Nest

Terry Goodkind

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*Thank you to the publisher for a chance to read the book in exchange for an honest review*

Two stars for creativity of the premise, that's about the only good thing about this.

October 27, 2017

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone
 
Leigh Bardugo
 
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I finally got around to reading a Leigh Bardugo book to see what all the fuss was about... I was pleasantly surprised.
 

October 20, 2017

Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies

Scott Lynch

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I'm not sure exactly what it is about this series, but I just can't seem to get into it. I have the third book so I'll continue but that might be the end of it for me depending on whether it's better than this one or not.

October 6, 2017

The Ninth Circle

The Ninth Circle
 
 
C. A. Harland
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*This review is based on an advanced reading copy. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read the book in exchange for an honest review*
 
There were one or two things I liked about this book, but I just didn't feel anything while reading it and there were a few discrepancies within the book that I couldn't look past.
 

September 29, 2017

The Well of Ascension

The Well of Ascension
 
Brandon Sanderson
 
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I feel a bit mixed about this one. I know a lot of people loved it, and it was great writing, but I found myself wishing I would just be done with it.
 

September 14, 2017

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn

Sarah J. Maas

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* SPOILERS BELOW*

I really wish that this had been kept as a novella

September 2, 2017

The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Alice Hoffman


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*This review is based on an advanced reading copy. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read the book in exchange for an honest review*

I never read Practical Magic, nor have a seen the movie so I'm not exactly sure how this relates or compares. The only experience I have with Hoffman is that I previously read an advanced copy of her book Faithful from Netgalley and absolutely loved it.

I see a trend in her writing (although I haven't read much from her). Both books I have were almost coming of age stories. With that being said, I've been into a lot of fantasy lately so I may just be expecting a bit too much, especially considering this book is about witches. I wish it was less character-driven and more about the magic, but it is what it is.

August 29, 2017

Air Awakens

Air Awakens
 
Elise Kova
 
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(3.5)
 
Finally, they're adding some decent books to prime! Amazon is my life so I'm really excited about the prime ebooks.
 
This one was pretty entertaining, but I was missing a few details that I hope the rest of the series will cover.
 

August 24, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes
 
Sabaa Tahir
 
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(4.5)
 

I tried not to get too hyped about this one because everyone seemed to love it and that usually means I get overexcited and expect too much, but I think this one deserves the praise it gets. Go into this blind if you can.
 

August 17, 2017

The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora
 
Scott Lynch
 
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(3.5)
 
Maybe I was expecting more out of this? It was a great read and I absolutely loved about 75% of the book, but the ending just kind of ruined it for me and there was no awesome cliffhanger to make you keep going with the series.
 

August 10, 2017

Mistborn: The Final Empire

Mistborn: The Final Empire
 
Brandon Sanderson
 
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(4.5)
 
Oh man, that ending was good. I really think that this series will be worth the hype it gets after reading this and hearing that the other books are even better.
 

August 2, 2017

Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes

Sara Raasch

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(more like 3.5)

Another book where I really only enjoyed half. The ending redeemed the story for me, other than that it was pretty much the same as any other YA fantasy with magic. I felt like it was a mix between Sarah Maas and The Selection, which didn't really do it for me (details below)

July 31, 2017

The Identicals

The Identicals

Elin Hilderbrand

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This was a pretty entertaining and light beach read, perfect for vacation. It's not something I would normally read, but my boyfriend's stepmother lent it to me so I thought I'd give it a shot.

July 29, 2017

Me Before You

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

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Overall, I thought it was okay. I was expecting a bit more, but I'm glad it wasn't just some sappy love story and I like the idea behind the book, giving insight into the life of a quadriplegic.

July 27, 2017

July 20, 2017

Who Am I?

I'm in desperate need of a distraction from The Dark Tower because there are spiders and characters dying and I can't handle it right now. SO! I saw someone post this and decided to give it a try :)

July 13, 2017

Song of Susannah

Song of Susannah
 
Stephen King
 
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At this point, I'm just reading to finish. One more to go, and I REALLY hope that it's much better than this book because I'll be sorely disappointed if I read this whole series for nothing.