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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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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Mirage by Somaiya Daud
★★★☆☆ // 2.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads review: here
Mirage has a lot of heart to offer. Unfortunately, the writing heavily skews toward telling over showing.
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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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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.
– 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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2 out of 5 stars | GR review
What the hell did I just read? Interesting concept. Lackluster everything else with a few good sprinkles of Kashmir, the best character in this whole damn ordeal.
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2 out of 5 stars | GR review| booktube review
I liked things in this book, but I also have a grocery list of salt for this book.
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I just came back from vacation in Netherlands and Iceland and I felt like updating my blog here because I have a backlog of books I never posted reviews for here.
This is a joint review of And I Darken and Now I Rise by Kiersten White, books 1 and 2 of the Conquerer’s Saga. I preface this with saying that I’m in no way a Romanian + Ottoman history buff. I’m basing this review off of what I thought about the storytelling + writing. I will also say I love Kiersten White’s writing style and I don’t know the woman, but she seems pleasant and I enjoy her twitter account. What I think of the book and her characters doesn’t reflect how I feel about her. I don’t even know why I’m prefacing a review post with this because it’s been done before. In this particular instance I’m really disappointed with the work even though I love the author’s writing style. I think it’s entertaining, but I didn’t find the story itself to be like that.
And I Darken: 2.5 out of 5 stars | GR review
Now I Rise: 2 out of 5 stars | GR mini review
And I Darken booktube review
Now I Rise booktube review
And since I’ve gotten this far in the series, of course I’m going to read Bright We Burn. I do love poegranates and the cover has got me in its clutches.
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