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Book Review: Kingdom of Ash

If you’ve been wondering where my reviews have been, know that they were missing because of this book. This book, clocking in at almost 1,000 pages, was a beast to get through.

The Summary

At this point there are so many characters and plot threads to get through that it would be impossible to completely describe the premise of this book with brevity. Truly though, if you are interested in this book you’ve already the previous six books. You know what’ll be happening at the start of this book. Aelin is held captive by Maeve. Rowan, Elide, Lorcan and Gavriel are searching for Aelin. Dorian is with Manon and is looking for the Wyrdkeys. Chaol is returning north with new allies. Aedion and Lysandra are on the front lines.

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Book Reviews: Impostors

It’s a book I never would have thought to ask for, but I’m surprisingly glad for its presence all the same.

The Summary

Frey is an impostor, assassin, body double. Few people know of her existence, and rarely does she get to leave her home for any reason other than as a brief stand-in at a party or presentation. Rafi, 26 minutes her elder, is her twin sister and the one Frey pretends to be, when she isn’t training to kill or hidden away from most of the world. This changes when her father decides to send Rafi as a hostage to a rival family. But it’s Frey who is actually going. She may have to pretend to be Rafi, but at least she is out in the world…

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Book Review: Sadie

There are two things about this book that believe to be true. The first is that it is entirely worth the buzz, the NY Times bestseller status and a 5 star Goodreads reading. The second is that if you do not enjoy serial crime podcasts or the most disturbing episodes of Criminal Minds, and if you are easily upset by tragedy in the news…this book is not for you.

The Summary

Between the alternating points of view of a podcaster, and Sadie herself, we learn more about what happened after Sadie’s sister, Mattie, is murdered.

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Book Review: As She Ascends

With this book comes a surprise: my favorite part wasn’t the main storyline. It was the bits with Aaru’s past, a feature I didn’t even know this book would have.

The Summary

In the present, Mira and her friends are on the run, while also trying to find a safe spot for the poached dragons.

In the past, we see Aaru’s life building up to the moment he is sent to the pit.

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Book Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Though a bit of a drag in some parts, it is undeniable that this book had a grip on me. In part this is due to the unique premise, and the tantalizing memory surrounding it, but also because the narrative voice is strong and different and mesmerizing.

The Summary

April May notices a peculiar statue during a late night journey home in NYC. She calls up her friend Andy to film her analyzing this statue, that she believes to be an art installation. This video leads to overnight viral fame. The statue April dubs “Carl,” is not just in NYC, but in dozens of cities throughout the world. And April might have made first contact…

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Book Review: Muse of Nightmares

Though Strange the Dreamer is delight and sweetness and mystery, Muse of Nightmares is a different story altogether. It is dark and solemn and so, so heavy. Where Strange the Dreamer hinted at horror, Muse of Nightmares brings that out to the forefront. The book leaves a bitter taste, but not for lack of quality or investment. It’s just the nature of the story Laini Taylor is telling.

The Summary

Sarai is dead, now a ghost under Minya’s control. This changes everything. Instead of looking in fear at Weep, those around Minya hope to save it.

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Book Review: Mirage

Mirage is one of those books I didn’t know I needed until I read it. It’s a very relationship-centric book, and mostly builds up to a plot without getting deep into it. In another book I might have hated the lack of “plot,” but here I loved it.

The Summary

Amani is kidnapped and secretly brought to the royal palace. Here she discovers that she has an uncanny resemblance to the horrible half-Vathel Princess Maram. To protect against attacks on Maram’s life, Amani must learn to talk and act like Maram, to be Maram, in order to stand in her place in dangerous situations.

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Book Review: The Way You Make Me Feel

If you compressed a million bursts of sunshine into a food truck, you get this book. That probably sounds like nonsense, but this book was an entirely new experience. I didn’t like it for any reason other than that it made me laugh, and it made me happy. Sometimes that’s all you need from a book.

The Summary

After she takes a prom night prank too far, Clara is stuck working on her father’s food truck all summer with her archnemesis. That means no summer days by the pool, or overseas vacation away with her mother. Worst. Summer. Ever.
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Book Review: Catwoman Soulstealer

Maybe it’s because of Queen of Shadows. Maybe it’s because I still haven’t managed to enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses enough to finish reading it. Maybe it’s bad Internet buzz, tainting my own opinions. Whatever the reason, however, I can say one thing for certain. I approach Sarah J. Maas books with caution, even though her hits far outnumber her misses in my eyes. And so, with that caution, I picked up this book. And somehow managed to be surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The Summary

Like the other titles in the DC Icons series. Catwoman: Soulstealer focuses on a famed DC comic character in her youth. Unlike the other DC Icons titles, this one does not a character that fits under the name of Soulstealer. Wonder Woman had a Warbringer. Batman had Nightwalkers. Where is the literal Soulstealer?
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