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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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book review: And I Darken + Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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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