Ahh, this was a fun one. I came for the intriguing sci-fi mystery mash-up and stayed for the murder mystery. There should be more YA murder mysteries, pronto.
A thieving success goes very, very wrong when it involves Keralie in a conspiracy plot to kill the four queens of Quadara.
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With such mixed reviews, I was honestly unsure whether I would like this book or not. In the end it felt very…familiar…but I still enjoyed it.
Lei is forcibly taken from her home to serve as a Paper Girl…a concubine to the king. It’s her greatest nightmare come true, but amidst the horror Lei finds unexpected love, as well as new purpose in her role within a rebellion.
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After reading this, I felt heavy. This book has so much weight to it. I knew it would focus on mental health, but didn’t anticipate in what way. It’s really, really something. TW for suicide and depression.
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As much fun as I found the majority of this book, I’ll admit it has it’s slow parts. It was also weird reading this without reading Crooked Kingdom first. King of Scars is very spoilery for that book. I already knew several of the major spoilers, but still…reading without the full knowledge was odd.
(Also, there are definitely spoilers for the previous Grishaverse books below.)
King of Scars is a continuation of Nikolai, Zoya & Nina’s story. For Nikolai and Zoya, that means dealing with the after effects of magic still lingering from the Darkling’s reign. For Nina that means being undercover in Fjerda, helping Grisha in hiding.
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In a rare move, I not only picked up an adult fiction book, but greatly anticipated. I still haven’t identified what brings such a great appeal to me for YA, but in this case I read outside the genre. Largely in part because Novik write a similar YA book I adored. Spinning Silver and Uprooted have similar aesthetic, but make no mistake–the sameness ends there. And both are special for different reasons.
After years of surviving on the edge of poverty due to her father’s failings in his job, Miryem takes over for him as the town moneylender. Her gifting in the job connects her to unexpected people…including an icey Staryk king who desires her ability to turn silver to gold.
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One word comes to mind to describe this book: exquisite. It’s so, so good. It also has a description and premise very similar to Six of Crows. And yes, it has a lot of similarity but still manages to be so unique that the comparison feels unnecessary.
Séverin, after a job gone wrong, gathers his unlikely allies together to find the most challenging-to-find artifact of all, and unknowingly save the world at the same time.
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Will this be my favorite book of 2019? We’ll see…
For those who haven’t read The Cruel Prince, don’t read this review. Read the book instead. For those who already read it, the ending has been in the back of your mind for many months. I don’t need to catch you up with a summary because you already know. So here we go…
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Undying was always going to be at least a 4 star read. I’ve come to expect that much from Amie & Meagan. Even with that appraisal, however, I can’t help feeling disappointed.
(Super big spoilers for Unearthed are in this review.)
Mia and Jules are trapped aboard the Undying ship, heading to Earth, with…the no-longer-dead Undyings. Who also happen to look very human. It’s a race against the warship to warn and hopefully save all of humanity from an alien invasion.
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I read this book only because it cane in my Owlcrate box. Reading it made clear why a book subscription crate is so great for broadening my horizons. Sometimes it leads to unexpected delights such as this book. Sometimes there isn’t a magic piece at all that makes the right book become appealing. I didn’t find the summary of this book terribly interesting, but it was a light, unique, fascinating read.
After years of hiding her power, Sylvie is finally on her way to Amber City. Here she can join the empress’s magical court and express all she is meant to be. Unfortunately, entering this court is not all she hoped from it. There are many secrets lurking under illusions, and it’s up to Sylvie to figure out how to navigate them. Big but also somewhat obvious spoilers are included below.
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Since everyone else does one of these, here is mine! Before reading the list, I wanted to shout out a few honorable mentions: Children of Blood and Bone, Sadie, Grace and Fury, Mirage, From Twinkle, With Love and The Hazel Wood. Without further ado, I give you my best of 2018 book list. Continue reading “Favorite Books of 2018”