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Review | Falling Kingdoms

Review | Falling Kingdoms

I feel like this review is going to be hard to write. This book isn’t amazing, and it has some issues with worldbuilding and characterisation, but I enjoyed it. Or, well, parts of it anyway. Mytica is made up of three kingdoms, and they all sound the same. Sure, they’re described differently—the bountiful one, the poor one, the strict and religious one—but they all talk the same ways. There’s no slang, there aren’t many references to kingdom-specific things at all. Everyone […]

Posted 30 July, 2017
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Review | The Bone Witch

Review | The Bone Witch

“Tea,” the figure said. But then it smiled, and it was Fox’s smile, quiet and kind. The Bone Witch is slow to start. The worldbuilding is great, I love the world building and the descriptions are lovely. However, not a lot happens and it drags for a while in the middle before finally getting to the plot in the last ten to fifteen percent of the book. There is so much world building; there’s so much information on the cities, and […]

Posted 29 July, 2017
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Review | Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Vol. 1-4

Review | Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Vol. 1-4

Narumi and Hirotaka start dating out of convenience; they’re both otaku, they’re both single, and they both enjoy each other’s company. It’s a great idea, and it works well for them. It’s almost as if they’re not dating. Narumi is adorable and a bit of an all-rounder otaku (games, manga, idols, etc); her main interests are shoujo manga and BL. Hirotaka is dead-set on games, he’ll give other things a chance if you recommend them, but he’s fully focused on games rather […]

Posted 27 July, 2017
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Review | Dating You / Hating You

Review | Dating You / Hating You

I slump my shoulders in mock defeat. “But that’s in married territory.” “We don’t have tickets to that side of the room,” Carter adds. Give me these awkward nerds or give me death! Dating You / Hating You switches points of view between Evie and Carter each chapter, and both of them are complete messes of awkward and very entertaining. Evie, or Evil as Carter calls her, is in her thirties, married to her work, and knows she has to […]

Posted 23 July, 2017
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Review | If We Were Villains

Review | If We Were Villains

It’s been days and I’m still not over this book; I think everyone at work is sick of me recommending it, but it’s really good okay. If We Were Villains switches between present time, where Oliver has finally been released from prison, and his past at Dellecher Classical Conservatory. The characters lives are entrenched in Shakespeare that sometimes, even for them, it’s hard to tell where one of them ends and the role begins. They swap lines like barbs, and the […]

Posted 22 July, 2017
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Review | A Million Worlds With You

Review | A Million Worlds With You

Traveling to other dimensions can be scary—but I’ve never been thrown into anything as terrifying as this. I stayed up too late reading this. A Million Worlds With You is a vast improvement over Ten Thousand Skies Above You already; it doesn’t drag, and the way it ties all the dimensions together is great. You know how in YA novels sometimes you end up rolling your eyes because no one even thinks to just ask an adult? Well, Marguerite’s parents are fantastic in […]

Posted 21 July, 2017
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Review | Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Review | Ten Thousand Skies Above You

There are cliffhangers galore in this series, I swear. Ten Thousand Skies Above You drops you straight into the action after A Thousand Pieces of You, but I couldn’t help but feel like it was missing something. This book confronts many of the questions I wish had been mentioned at least slightly in the first novel. The idea of splintering was something that would have been a great thing to bring up in the first novel as well as another reason for […]

Posted 19 July, 2017
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Review | Our Dark Duet

Review | Our Dark Duet

That’s okay, I didn’t need my heart anyway. Seriously, just take it. Seems like I’m rating everything four stars or higher these days, and Our Dark Duet is no exception. I’m still in love with Kate and August, and I was really looking forward to seeing what happened next for them after This Savage Song. I expected pain, and I was not disappointed. If Verity’s sins were knives, quick and vicious, then Prosperity’s were poison. Slow, insidious, but just as deadly. […]

Posted 17 July, 2017
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Review | A Thousand Pieces of You

Review | A Thousand Pieces of You

This is a reread and I adore it just as much the second time. I like most fiction that deals with alternate realities or parallel dimensions in theory, never so much in practice. Perhaps it’s the part where people end up in a universe where they don’t exist, and they find out how much they’re needed in their original universe and go back feeling better about themselves. It’s boring. Thankfully, the book mostly avoids this. Because, here’s the best part: you […]

Posted 14 July, 2017
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Review | This Savage Song

Review | This Savage Song

There are a lot of times to hate switching points of view; This Savage Song is not one of them. Both Kate and August are interesting characters with different and similar ambitions. In the end, it’s about living how they like. This book was an easy read, and I couldn’t put it down. Even when Kate and August weren’t interacting, the differences in the ways they thought and their experiences kept me reading, and I was interested in seeing the tension […]

Posted 12 July, 2017
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