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Book Review: King of Scars

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.)

The Summary

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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Book Review: Spinning Silver

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.

The Summary

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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Book Review: The Gilded Wolves

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.

The Summary

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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Book Review: The Wicked King

Will this be my favorite book of 2019? We’ll see…

The Summary

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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Book Review: Undying

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.

The Summary

(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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Book Review: Amber & Dusk

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.

The Summary

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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Book Review: An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason

As I near the end of the year, several books shy of my reading challenge goal, I am happy I picked up such a winner of a book. It’s been a mixed year in my ability to read–several hiatuses included–though it was not for a lack of quality books. Between this and my next read (Spinning Silver) that I hope to read before the end of the year, my 2018 reading time is sure to end with a bang and not a fizzle.

The Summary

This book isn’t a retelling of Twelfth Night so much as it is inspired by it, but I would consider it a retelling all the same. In this book, learn how Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is used to snuff out a rebellion against the Queen in this alternate version of Elizabethan England.

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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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