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.
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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I enjoyed this one less than I’ve enjoyed Schwab’s other books, but even Schwab’s weaker book manages to be better than most others.
Weeks after the events of This Savage Song, Kate is no longer on the run, but instead rooted in Prosperity, finding purpose in fighting its monsters. August remains in Verity, fighting the monsters Kate left behind.
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What a disappointing book.
Like many tales before it, a farm boy unlike any other is picked from the masses to be the next Chosen One. Spoilers follow in this review…
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
For a book where not much happens, I suppose it was decently interesting.
In a Now/Then narrative format, readers watch as Ellory’s life falls to pieces. Then: Ellory meets Matthias, falls in love, and sees her life change forever. Now: Ellory returns to school, forced to face a painful past.
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On some level it was probably dumb to read two Little Mermaid inspired stories in such close proximity of time. Even so, I didn’t find myself comparing Sea Witch frequently against To Kill a Kingdom. The former is moreso a prequel than a retelling, and though both focus on antiheroes, they are different in tone and execution. Despite the differences–the books can hardly be compared beyond where its inspiration comes from–one of these titles is clearly superior. And it isn’t this one…
Evie has always felt like an outcast in her community, a feeling that only grew after her best friend drowned. When Anna seems to inexplicably reappear in the form of a mermaid-turned-human named Annemette, Evie thinks she might have her chance to fit in, and to make up for losing her friend so many years ago.
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If you’ve read my reviews of Eliza and Her Monsters or This Adventure Ends (and maybe of a few others?), you know I love fandom in my YA contemporaries. It should therefore come as no surprise that Geekerella interested me most for its focus on fandom communities. The only downside to finding these awesome fandom-focused reads is that eventually I’ll probably reach a limit and not find them impressive anymore.
In a world where Star Trek and Star Wars exist, there is a similar sci-fi TV show called Starfield that makes the geeks of the world go wild. When Starfield undergoes development as a movie with an all new cast, the ultimate Starfield fangirl Elle works to get into the ExcelsiCon cosplay contest without notice or interference from her horrible stepmother and stepsisters, all while striking up a new relationship with a guy who may or may not be the prince from her ultimately nerdy dreams…
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Grace and Fury is one of those books I put on my TBR simply because of the buzz. Since it didn’t catch my eye because of the author, or an interesting summary, my expectations were mild. I didn’t need, however, to be wary. This book is terrific!
Serina and Nomi move to the palace, Serina hoping to become a Grace, and Nomi to be her servant if Serina becomes one. A twist in fate leads to the opposite. Nomi becomes a Grace, and Serina is sent to prison for the crime of reading, though Nomi is the one who actually knows how to read. Though in different circumstances, it becomes a fight for life for both of them.
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Back in the spring, it seemed like every YA bookcrate to exist was doing this book…and for good reason. This is a solid debut title…and a standalone at that! It was refreshing to pick up an exciting, complete story without worry of cliffhangers.
This Little Mermaid retelling poses a new concept: What if Ariel (in this book…Lira) were a siren known for taking the hearts of princes? What if Prince Eric (in this book…Elian) were a known siren killer? When Lira accidentally saves Elian’s life she is turned human against her will by the Sea Queen with the ultimate ultimatum: take Elian’s heart, or stay human forever.
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For fans of this title, happy movie release day! Today the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie is available for streaming on Netflix. Due to this timely event, I read up on the first book in this series earlier this month. It was pretty cute and I definitely want to watch the movie, but I also get why this book receives such divided reactions from readers.
It’s plot fit for an early 2000s romcom: Each time Lara Jean develops a crush, she pours out her feelings into a letter to her crush that she never mails. One day the letters are mysteriously sent in the mail. To cover up for the letter sent to her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Lara Jean arranges a fake relationship with a different former crush, the ever-so popular Peter. Continue reading “Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”
It’s a week of reading contemporaries! I’ve wanted to read more from Emma Mills ever since I read Foolish Hearts several months ago. I loved that one, and felt a strong connection to the main character. Between her two previous titles, This Adventure Ends is the one that interested me the most.
Sloane’s family moves from New York to Florida. She expects to live her new life with no friends, but under weird circumstances finds friendship with social media influencer Vera and Vera’s tense group of friends, including Vera’s brother Gabe. When a painting from Vera and Gabe’s late mother is accidentally sold, Sloane finds purpose in attempting to track down the missing painting.
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