2 stars · 3 stars · book review

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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monthly wrap-ups

December 2018 Wrap-up + January 2019 TBR | January Anticipated Releases

Happy new year, everyone! May 2019 be kind and prosperous. In December I finished 4 books, and DNF’d one book. These are the books I read in December:

  1. These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch | review | 2.5/5 stars
  2. The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye – David Lagecrantz | 3 stars
  3. Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean | review | 3 stars
  4. Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor | 4 stars
  5. Everless – Sara Holland | DNF
  6. The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle – In progress ~65%

Letfover books planned for December:

  • Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody
  • Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
  • The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

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4 stars · 5 stars · book review

review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

★★★★★ // 4.5 out of 5 stars

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“A woman who can think for herself delves beneath the surface. Pulling out the threads of another’s story and applying them to your own life is the mark of a queen.”

I loved this book wow. The only reason I could rate this book lower is because there wasn’t enough of it and it ended too soon. I’m SHOOK. This book is like a call-out post for all the problems I have for mainstream YA fantasy. Julie brought her A-game here! And I was living for it!

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monthly TBR

November Wrap-Up + December TBR

I finished 6 Correction 7 books in November and DNF’d 2.

  1. Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody | review | 4/5 stars
  2. The Speaker – Traci Chee | review | 1/5 stars
  3. Damsel – Elana K. Arnold | review | 4/5 stars
  4. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black | review | 3/5 stars
  5. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan | review | 3/5 stars
  6. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix – Julie Dao | review | 4.5/5 stars
  7. Air Awakens – Elise Kova | review | 3/5 stars

I also got a head-start on my December TBR in the last days of November. I’ve mentioned some of these books in the past but December’s my final chance to get to them this year! I’m determined to finally read them after delaying them for so long.

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3 stars · 4 stars · book review

review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

★★★☆☆ // 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Two words: Demon furries.

Natasha really knew how to target me here with the furry content and loads and loads and loads of Asian food porn and cultural references. Unfortunately I didn’t *love* this book but I do like it enough to continue the series. This is like the world of Kung Fu Panda anthropomorphic animals but demons plus humans meets a highly non-consensual version of the Selection situation. I’m trash for both KFP and the Selection, so I’m all buckled up for the ride anyway.

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3 stars · book review

review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

★★★☆☆ // 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads review: here

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This is like Fairy AU Hana Yori Dango fanfic, y’all. I mean it’s hella entertaining, but I got some problems. And it’s probably not what you think they are.

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4 stars · book review

review: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

★★★★☆ // 4 out of 5 stars

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Wow. This is basically literary fiction. I think you could teach an English lit course or a unit using this book because it’s that expertly crafted. Fun fact: I found my own copy in half-priced books SIGNED (made out to somebody else… but it’s mine now).

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1 star · book review

review: The Speaker by Traci Chee

The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold #2) by Traci Chee

★☆☆☆☆ // 1 out of 5 stars

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Previous review of the Sea of Ink and Gold series: The Reader

Well this is a day and half I won’t ever get back. I tried really hard to like this series, but I can’tttttt.

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