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review: The School for Good and Evil #1-4

The School for Good and Evil #1-4 by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil (#1) ★★★

A World Without Princes (#2) ★★

The Last Ever After (#3) ★★★★

Quests for Glory (#4)

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Hello, all. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy amidst the global COVID-2019 pandemic. I realize I haven’t been active at all in updating my book blog as of late. Previously before the UK went on lockdown in March I was scrambling to get results from my experiments before they locked the PGRs and staff out from working at the Uni. In Feburary and March I was sporadically reading the School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani on their audiobooks. I just finished the 4th book on Kindle and am on an immensely long wait-list for the 5th.

Here I will bulk review the first trilogy of books and also the 4th installment, Quests for Glory, which takes place after the 1st trilogy and is the 1st book in the sequal trilogy, the Camelot Years.

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review: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

★★ // 2 out of 5 stars

goodreads review: here

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Verdict: Kingdom of Souls had a phenomenal concept to work with, but unfortunately the execution of the prose and pacing in it really did it in for my enjoyment. What could have been amazing worldbuilding and cast of characters read as a rough outline rather than a fully fleshed out book.

This essentially will count as my November Wrap-Up post because this is the only book I managed to finish in that time. Spoilers will be in white, so please highlight if you wish to see them!

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review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

★★☆☆☆ // 2 out of 5 stars

Previous review of The Cruel Prince: here

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Despite how quickly I got through book 2 of Holly Black’s Folk of the Air series, I can’t say I was too impressed.

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review: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

★★☆☆☆ // 2.5 out of 5 stars

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So the story goes: people thought there were gay pirates but then found out there weren’t but then *I* read it and there were gay pirates, so now I’m confused because that isn’t the main problem I had with this book.

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review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

★★★☆☆ // 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads review: here

Oh Kiersten White, I love your writing. But I got beef with your creative decisions.

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review: Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

2.25 stars | Goodreads review

I got this copy from Fairyloot and I honestly considered pawning it.

Imagine hate-reading 80-90% of this book only to find out the last 10-20% was actually almost good if not for the contrived shift in quality. It’s like I complained all this time only to have my concerns addressed almost point-by-point at the very very tippy tip end of this book. I don’t know whether to be more annoyed that I think I was played or that Barton purposely made the first 80% of this book stupid only to make the ending seem amazing in comparison.

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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

2 stars | Goodreads

I don’t get it.

That’s it?!

My god I should have known I’d be disappointed if Laini Taylor and Bardugo blurbed this because my taste often clashes with their creative (and in my opinion medicore) decisions and NOW I KNOW WHY HHKLJFDS.

Gen is not a bad character. Sophos isn’t bad either. But damn, this book was too full of walking and horse-riding and non-essential details about geography and olive farms. I wish the entire book were like the last chapter, because I am not one for delayed gratification and waiting almost 250 pages to make sure any of the aforementioned non-essential details were relevant to the ending. Intent does not absolve impact. If the intent were to make a gripping story with an unrealiable narrator throughout, the intent was there, but the impact was not.

The inclusion of so many details in the writing lacked focus, so the ending and reveal may seem like it came out of nowhere. A book that ends with a predictable ending can still be satisfactory, because it builds up the readers expectations and lets them enjoy the journey there. The journey to the end of this book was like floating in an ocean floating in no particular direction and gasping for sweet, sweet land when you inadvertently find it. It’s over. Thank god.

If you’re anything like me, you thought watching the Lord of the Rings movies was tedious and didn’t get past the part where they just walk over landscapes for what felt like hours. This was the same for me.

Lemme know if it gets better please. If the rest of the series is so beloved, there better be a drastic improvement from the Thief.

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book review: A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

2.5 stars | Goodreads

I can’t believe this book was about a powerful rock. And yes this took me more than a year to finish.

First thoughts:

– This works better as a movie.
– Lila is insufferable.
– Kell is a male Ariel
– Holland and Astrid deserved better than cheesy villain dialogue.
– I don’t get the 4 London hype. I can give you 4 alternate versions of a whitelandia suburb with more creativity than this (as a resident of one, I say small town life is romanticized and boring BUT I could make it work with the same premise but a middle of nowhere suburb).

Mild spoilers below.

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