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book review: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge 5/5 stars 🎉| Goodreads Review

I’m back from the UK! I went to Edinburgh for vacation and headed down to London for my graduation ceremony ;;; I’m still recovering from jet-lag but my jetlag from China seems to have reset, so now I only have a 6 hour difference to get over. Anyway! I bought A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge from the airport bookshop on a whim because it was shiny and it was about ghosts and I did not regret it at all. It seems to be a reoccuring theme that I invest heavily in historical or historical-based fantasy books all while history was my worst subject, but I can’t help it, it’s my niche.

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monthly wrap-ups

I have no recollection of the new years and I resolve nothing

Guys, I slept through new years. And I make no resolutions besides keeping at it with the art and self improvement as always. I’m honestly all about the treat-yoself life nowadays, I’m not gonna feel bad if I don’t have to, so I guess if I had one resolution, it’s to drop the BS in life way faster.

November/December reading

I honestly have no recollection of this other than the books I’ll list that I’ve finished. I have the memory of a gold fish and it’s amazing that I’ve gotten this far:


  • Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio 👌 3/5 stars
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir👎 3/5 stars | Review
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson👎 2.5/5 stars | Review

Not exactly a good month for me in terms of quality of books I read. I feel like Brooding YA Hero tried to do too many things at once and was a bit repetitive but was still enjoyable despite that. This review (not mine) of it summarizes my thoughts about how some elements didn’t blend well together. An Enchantment of Ravens had interesting world building, but it tried to be an anti-ACOTAR type romance while hitting many similar motifs as ACOTAR does and it’s not nearly as interesting. And plus it shits all over romance while trying to be “smart” and “not like other romances.” It’s not exactly a loving jab at the tropes you see nowdays in YA paranormal romances, which COULD work, but it was just obnoxiously done here. I honestly Do Not want to remember what happened in ATATN there was some NTR and momma doesn’t like NTR even tho it is a YA romance staple at this point.


  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik 👎 2/5 starsReview
  • Before She Ignites by Jodie Meadows 👍 4.5-5/5 stars | Review
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes 👎 2/5 stars | Review

The Wood is a great villain in Uprooted, but god the rest of the book falls flat. Before She Ignites was a gem and I’m interested in reading Meadows’ other work. Give me some dragons and political intrigue and I’m there for you. I boght Falling Kingdoms for $1 at my library and honestly I want to put this thing back on their shelves. It’s just mediocre. Everyone is TSTL and so OFC the evil king looks like a genius in comparison. Hm.

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