I am going to regret posting this review

Title: Ice Planet Barbarians

Author: Ruby Dixon

Series: Ice Planet Barbarians #1

Published April 3rd 2015 by Ruby Dixon

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction

Pages: 188

“You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me… -Goodreads

My Review:

So if you come from BookTok (the side of TikTok about books), you already know what is going on…

If you have graciously never heard of this book before, RUN!!

Run away

This book series has taken over my FYP (For You page) on TikTok.

The fact I am even writing a review for this book is HORRIFYING.

But in all honesty I did enjoy this book.

Did I think the 11 page sex scene was necessary? NO

Did the writing sound like a twelve-year-old-fanfiction? YES

But do I still want everyone to read it? HELL YEAH

If you have not met the 7-foot-tall aliens with ribbed you-know-whats (sorry grandma and grandpa if youre reading this right now) then you are kind of missing out.

This book is disgusting and needed 300 trigger warning but it was an experience I will never regret.

I highlighted every time something was said that was just so out-of-pocket I wanted to cry laughing.

Things like “My c*ck hasn’t forgotten this” (73), or “I’ve found an alien that likes to eat p*ssy as a greeting” (49).

This book, while trying to be a serious novel about alien abduction and surviving on a new planet, turns into something that I think of as comedy. The sex scenes had me laughing at the various nouns to describe certain body parts.

There actually is a semi-interesting plot to this story. So far, there are 20+ books out for the series so I am not too concerned that this book was basically exposition into the story on Not-Hoth (the planet they live on).

The conflicts in the book are sort of easily solved. The feminism in this went out the window no matter how hard they tried to be strong independent women. The men are utterly insane. There was a reference to sex almost every page.

This book was horrible, but in a capturing and intriguing way.

Please do not read this book but trust me you will be missing out.

Seriously, I hope that you read this, but also hope that you dont.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 3 (only because I am going to read the next book)

Book Review: The Foxhole Court

Title: The Foxhole Court

Author: Nora Sakavic

Series: All for the Game #1

Published January 15th 2013 by Nora Sakavic

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ, Sports

Pages: 237

“Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.” -Goodreads

My Review:

AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Hello my fellow bloggers,

Please please please ignore my screaming a second ago, but I just cant help it. This book is just too good.

I have not read a lot of self-published books. The lack of hype and marketing around them make it hard to be aware in my opinion. But there was an insane amount of TikTok hype for this book so I had to pick it up.

And I am so glad I did.

Neil’s story is such a good story. To intrigue you, there is the mafia, gay romance, and morally grey (like dark dark grey) characters. He is placed on an Exy (it’s basically lacrosse but whatever) team with these ragtag bunch of teens who act more like gang members than college sports athletes.

It reads like a fanfiction but is full of OCs. The writing is a bit bland at times but it makes the story really easy to follow. With the writing, there is a certain lack of details but it is still a decent book. Some important details about characters are glanced over. A lot of actions are easily forgiven or the drama that ensues after them seems a bit dramatic.

I have not read any of the other books, but I have seen fanart for the pairing in the books. If that pairing is canon, this is a SLOOOOOOOW burn enemies to lovers for Neil. So far I am just seeing a man way to overprotective about someone he seems not to care about. But that is what we love, am I right?

It is kind of a triggering book and has a lot of drug abuse and violence in it. It does have dark undertones of the story. There are so many secrets to find out. The end leaves on a huge cliff hanger.

Even with some of the negatives, it is still a really good book. It is kind of a nice side book to have when you feel bored reading your main book.

I highly recommend people go check this out. When you are finished, go check out the fanarts for it too. They really are fantastic.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 3.5

Sensational: A Book Just as Exciting as the Women It Talks About

Title: Sensational: The Hidden Histories of “Girl Stunt Reporters”

Author: Kim Todd

Published April 13th 2021 by Harper

Genre: History, Non-fiction, Feminism

Pages: 400

A vivid social history that brings to light the “girl stunt reporters” of the Gilded Age who went undercover to expose corruption and abuse in America, and redefined what it meant to be a woman and a journalist — pioneers whose influence continues to be felt today

In the waning years of the nineteenth century, women journalists across the United States risked reputation and their own safety to expose the hazardous conditions under which many Americans lived and worked. In various disguises, they stole into sewing factories to report on child labor, fainted in the streets to test public hospital treatment, posed as lobbyists to reveal corrupt politicians. Inventive writers whose in-depth narratives made headlines for weeks at a stretch, these “girl stunt reporters” changed laws, helped launch a labor movement, championed women’s rights, and redefined journalism for the modern age.

The 1880s and 1890s witnessed a revolution in journalism as publisher titans like Hearst and Pulitzer used weapons of innovation and scandal to battle it out for market share. As they sought new ways to draw readers in, they found their answer in young women flooding into cities to seek their fortunes. When Nellie Bly went undercover into Blackwell’s Insane Asylum for Women and emerged with a scathing indictment of what she found there, the resulting sensation created opportunity for a whole new wave of writers. In a time of few jobs and few rights for women, here was a path to lives of excitement and meaning.

After only a decade of headlines and fame, though, these trailblazers faced a vicious public backlash. Accused of practicing “yellow journalism,” their popularity waned until “stunt reporter” became a badge of shame. But their influence on the field of journalism would arc across a century, from the Progressive Era “muckraking” of the 1900s to the personal “New Journalism” of the 1960s and ’70s, to the “immersion journalism” and “creative nonfiction” of today. Bold and unconventional, these writers changed how people would tell stories forever.” -Goodreads

My Review:

I do not read a lot of non-fiction books especially not about history. But I recently was talking to an editor at a local magazine in my home state who told me about this book. I would love to become a more well-rounded reader so I decided to use an audible credit and listen to it while I drove to Montana.

This is a story about female stunt reports in the later 1800s to early 1900s. I am a journalism major so I thought this was a fitting topic to pursue.

Todd does a great job of showing instead of telling all the facts. She writes in the story in a way that does not sound like a textbook but does not sound like a narrative piece. She does give great details and beautiful imagery.

Each chapter focuses on a certain woman or a certain event and how that affected the course of journalism or the women’s work. It highlighted a tie where female reporters were not seen as serious news reporters.

The book highlights so many great role models. Nellie Bly and Ida B. Wells are two of my favorites in the book. I love looking at their histories and what they risked to becoming such influential people in this time period.

I am usually not a huge fan of non-fiction. I usually get bored really easily reading long works like this. News stories are fine, like what the women in this book write.

This book I did not get bored at all. Sometimes, I felt a lull in the story. Some experiences felt like reiterations of the same story last chapter. I listened while I was driving so I probably would have fallen asleep and crashed if this book had not been as entertaining as it was.

I think it is really worth the read. Not everyone will enjoy it but if you like reading about women’s issues, are a journalist, or like non-fiction, this book will interest you quite a bit.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Book Review of a Court of Wings and Ruin

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3

Published May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 705

“FEYRE WILL BRING VENGEANCE.

She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

BUT WHILE WAR RAGES, IT IS HER HEART THAT WILL FACE THE GREATEST BATTLE.” -Goodreads

My Review:

As usual…

I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I do not think that there is a SJM book I have hated.

I will have to say, while I was reading, I received a TikTok from my friend about SJM’s use of m-dashes. Let me tell you, that was something that shocked me. Before this, I did not notice but now, there is not a page you can escape from her excessive (and incorrect) use of the m-dash.

Aside from that, and the weird growling/moaning noises heard from the tents in a war camp, this book was pretty awesome.

It developed the story and romance of Feyre and Rhysand in a way that was exciting but not unexpected. If you have ever read an SJM story, they all go along in the same way. They have the main female character usually do something heroic and her side male piece does the same thing (but we dont focus on that because WOMEN POWER). The story leaves off in a cliff hanger and torment. But, she always does it in an exciting way!

I think the characters lacked development in this book but like Queen of Shadows in ToG, this book seemed like a filler. A book that needed to be written to get all the necessary exposition out there, but not important enough to be the most exciting book in the series. (This is by no means slander to Queen of Shadows.) It had some good exciting scenes and some dramatic battles, but it lacked a storyline. There was a climax (multiple, many times in one night) but it was just simply a battle. There was importance to it of course, but it was still filler. It did not solve the grander issue.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It kept me entertained while still furthering along the plot of the series. I think it lacked its own general plot but it did help the series and give more depth to the issues that was lacking in the other stories.

I would recommend everyone read this series. Maas writes well (other than her excessive grammatical mistakes) and makes great worlds. I love talking with others about her books.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 4.1

Six Reasons to Like Six of Crows

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows #1

Published September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt & Company

Pages: 465

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Adventure

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.-Goodreads

My Review:

Wow!

The hype for this book was deserved. This made the whole Grishaverse from Shadow and Bone WAY more exciting and adventurous.

It had exciting plot lines and a huge adventure that ACTUALLY get finished in the book.

From binge reading the Shadow and Bone series to reading starting this duology was a huge change.

To review: Shadow and Bone lacked good development of characters and setting. It lacked a show not telling piece in the story that would have set it high on my list. It was a great story and had great characters…but it lacked depth.

But Six of Crows was a major improvement in that area. While it may have lacked in few key character and plot development moments, it was a drastic improvement from SaB.

  1. Plot

The plot was really interesting. It had a beginning, middle, and end. That seems like a very basic “well duh” element of a book but in Shadow and Bone, I felt like every book just stopped in the middle of a plot line until the next book. This book had a climax and falling action. It actually wrapped up really nicely with only one major cliff hanger for the second book.

2. Kaz

Kaz Brekker is my new favorite crush. This is probably influenced by the Netflix Shadow and Bone adaptation with him being played by Freddy Carter. But, hey what can I say. I love a man who secretly harbors a crush for a girl. I love the trope of “he-would-burn-the-world-down-for-her.”

3.Inej

Inej is a badass. You know I love badass women in literature. This book has the wraith, who no matter how much the world is out to get her, she defies them…and gravity.

4. Literally all of the characters

You couldn’t help but to love all of the characters. They all spoke to me in little ways. I think out of all of them Jesper is my favorite. He was witty and fun. He is also attractive and has some history around him.

5. Setting

Setting-wise, I was able to visualize Ketterdam and the Ice Prison really well. This was helped my a fantastic map of the Ice Prison thing in this book and a map of Ketterdam in the second book. Bardugo explains the setting with better details than her last series. She shows a lot of improvement in this series.

6. Multiple POVs

With multiple POVs, we get to see more characters and their thoughts. In Shadow and Bone, we only saw people through Alina’s eyes. Now we can make our own judgements about each character without bias from someone’s thoughts.

While she may have improved her writing, I did find a few things lacking.

The six person POV was interesting, but at times it felt rushed. There were moments and situations that I would have loved to see from another POV. I think that the six person thing was to needed at times because they were mostly all together in the same room.

The romance between Jesper and Wylan was a little rushed and lack luster. It seems to get glanced over. Jesper seemingly hates Wylan and than all of the sudden he is flirting with him? Yes, between the POV’s there is a whole lot of time going on there so obviously his feelings changed. I just wish I could have seen that.

There are more positives and negatives I would love to talk about, but I am trying to avoid spoilers.

Let me know what you guys thought down below. If you haven’t already, read this book (but read Shadow and Bone first so you don’t get spoiled for somethings.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Legen-wait for it-dary: Book review of Legendary

Title: Legendary

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval #2

Published May 29th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Pages: 451

“A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever…

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.

My Review:

When jumping into this book, I was a little nervous. I really wanted more about Scarlett and Julian.

But, this book is set in Tella’s POV.

From the first book, I was not really happy with her actions. Yes, she saved her and her sister but she had done it in a way that caused her sister so much pain.

This book I think she kind of redeemed herself. You actually see her side of the story. You see why she does the things she does. Sometimes I do not like her. Her relenting mission to hate love is really annoying, but you know, people change.

I think the two love interests in this book were…HOT. Dante and Jacks are great. (Yes, Jacks is a love interest dont at me). Dante is my ultimate choice for Tella but there are some factors that make him iffy. Same with Jacks though.

I really cannot talk much about the two boys because there are a lot of spoilers for each of them.

Pros:

  • DANTE
  • Tella’s character development
  • JACKS
  • Dante’s tattoos
  • More development of the government
  • World-building
  • Interesting new story about the Fates

Cons:

  • Weird addition of the Stars (you’ll know when you read it)
  • Complete abandonment of certain plot lines in the first book
  • No more Scarlett and Julian (sorta)
  • Very indecisive writing
  • Felt like more of a brainstorm than a complete set plot

I think the pros and cons weighed against each other well. I think it was a good book. I felt as though some elements of the plot were not fully developed. I feel like it was really good. I think the focus on only one place to have to world build helped us gain more knowledge about the world. The last book was a little difficult and was not as developed. This one is way better for that reason.

So, all in all, I think this book was really great. I liked it a lot. There were some down falls but they might be made up for in the last and final book, Finale.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Ruin and Rising: The…interesting…end of the series

Title: Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Shadow and Bone #3

Published January 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Pages: 465

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.” -Goodreads

My Review:

WHYYYYYYYYYYY

is this book series so good but so hard to read?

I do not want to make this long because I just have no f*cking words.

So many things went wrong. And so many things went right.

Lets start with right first since I think it will be a shorter list. Also SPOILERS IN THIS LIST!

Right:

  • Alina did not end up with the Darkling
  • Nikolai did not die
  • Alina and Mal ended up with a really happy ending
  • The Unsea is gone
  • The plot wrapped up really well (sort of)
  • Alina did not pull a lose-only-half-of-her-powers type deal

Wrong:

  • Alina did not end up with the Darkling
  • Nikolai did not die
  • Alina and Mal ended up with a really happy ending
  • Nikolai got turned into a monster
  • But like that was only touched on for a little
  • Mal was the third amplifier, like what????
  • Alina lost all of her powers
  • There were a thousand sun summoners created that was not described well
  • Nikolai got turned into a monster
  • Alina did not end up with Nikolai
  • Alina and Mal were supposed to go into hiding but they like didn’t?

The plot was, like I said last book, long on parts that should have been short and short on parts that should have been long. And there were so many holes.

But it was so good.

I just dont understand how mixed up my feelings are. I hated the means of the ending. The ending was nice (other than the aforementioned 1000 sun summoners) and wrapped well. But everything from the first page until the Unsea left, was wack.

Also, I hate to admit how I cried at Alina saying “Aleksander” at the end. That broke me in two. BUT HE WAS THE BAD GUY!

UGH I cannot talk about it anymore.

Did anyone else feel this way?

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 3.6

Mist and Fury and RHYSAND!!

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA

Pages: 626

“Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.” –Goodreads 

My Review:

I take everything I said about Tamlin back. Rhysand is life. Rhysand is my one true love. Tamlin is the spawn of Satan.

I mean seriously he was on his villain arc this entire book. I dont know if I am just dumb or if this was just so out of the blue.

Anyways…

Why does Maas always have to steal my heart like this? I just sit here and read her books and feel so engulfed in her books. She really knows how to hold her audiences attention better than most authors.

I feel so unfortunate to not be able to live in her worlds. Sometimes I just want to shift into the Faerie Realm and live 100 years with Rhys. But, I still do not know how to shift so that aint happening.

This book is so good. It literally made me so happy to read it. After finishing Throne of Glass, I was sad because Maas was a huge part of my soul when I read that. I was worried that when I read her other books, I would not feel that magical pull I felt from Aelin. But Feyre also has that pull. Aelin will always be my favorite, but I am glad to find Maas’ magic in this book also.

I bought two plants and named them Az and Cass. (If you saw the plants, you would totally see why). I believe that they are the best side characters in this book. If I could get a spin-off book of just these two, my life would be complete.

I will never love anyone like I love her characters. Rhysand is the new love of my life. I do not think I can stand mortal men anymore. And the wings seem like a great addition. I would love to be able to fly anywhere for free.

Feyre is pretty cool in this book too. I think her character development was a little blunt. Like it was more told not shown. I think that could have been better. But she is becoming a really cool person.

And lets talk about how Maas always has to have those twist endings where the main characters do not tell us something important.

I think there was a little lack of showing in this book. A lot of things are told in a way that they are Feyre’s thought which can be SUPER annoying. Sometimes it would be nice to lead the reader to a conclusion, not just blatantly compare and contrast everything. I do not recall Maas doing this a lot with Aelin in Throne of Glass. It is a weird change for me. I feel like I am being told everything and not being able to make my own inferences. If it happened once in a while it would be fine but the first half of the book it was “Tamlin does not let me do XYZ while Rhys lets me do XYZ,” which was Feyre stating the obvious at that point.

I still love the book though. I am not as smitten as I was with Throne of Glass but I do still like it.

It was a really good book and I am so ready to start the next book.

Let me know what you thought about the book!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Thorns and Roses and Sex

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Paperback

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Pages: 419

“Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.” -Goodreads

My Review:

I love Maas. I always have and always will.

Her books are just so amazing. I wish just once I could write a bad review about her. Just once so no one would think I am prejudice about her books.  

This book was no exception.

It took me forever to get around to reading this book. I wanted to finish all of Throne of Glass before I came to this. My mother kept begging me to read it. I just did not want the conflicting story lines confusing me.

But here I am now in the Fae world of Feyre and Tamlin.

The story starts of really well and ends really well. I could tell Maas was trying to hide a lot but I do not think she did it as well as she did back in the Throne of Glass books. She always had someone tell Feyre “oh there is more but I cannot tell you” which was a little annoying. But other than that I thought the story line was pretty good and unique to the story. I think it was hard to imagine that Feyre just decided to walk off with a faire beast in the beginning. I feel like in Tamlin’s human form it would have been fine, but not full beast.

Other things were kind of quirky that I thought could use some work, but Maas is a genius so I dont want to wrec her too much. The courts on the map are split by straight lines. Her dedication to Josh at the beginning says something like “because he would go Under the Mountain for me,” but going Under the Mountain was not like a test of love (except in Feyre and Tamlin’s case), it was just like a prison type deal.

Other than those things I loved it. I think it had the right amount of action/suspense. I read this within a few days. I literally could not put it down. I talked my co-workers ears off about it. It was so good!

I think I like Feyre. I think she was a really interesting character to begin with. I love that Maas creates these amazingly strong female characters. I did not feel like she had to much of a personality. Aelin in Throne of Glass was really thought out and was her own person. Feyre feels like she is floating through life. Yes, she is strong and independent, but she does not seem to have a set say she thinks or feels. I feel as though she goes a long with things to easily. She does not make up her mind a lot (which I can relate to) and follows Tamlin’s words really well. There were moments where she appeared to be following her own heart like when she disobeys some orders. Other than that, she seems to do what everyone else says. I wonder if Maas was trying to make her as least like Aelin as she could.

Tamlin seems really nice. Now, I have been spoiled and I know he is not the real love interest of the story, but I like him so far. I dont know what he does wrong and I dont know how Rhysand gets involved yet (even though he is mega delicious). I almost wish I read this sooner because BookTok hates Tamlin for some reason and I knew that. I probably would have liked to figure out that we hate Tamlin while reading so I did not have this lingering feeling of not getting attached.

And then there is Rhysand. Let me just say, I think I have a type. Assholes with dark brown hair are my new bread and butter. We do not know a lot about him in this book but he strikes that deal with Feyre so I am excited to see where that takes them. I think he really turned out to be a nice guy. I honestly think he was a nice guy overall but I do not think that his purpose was explained as well as it could have been, but maybe that is to come later.

One last thing, the riddle was such an obvious answer Feyre was dumb for not knowing it right of the bat. Anyways….

I think I really like this book series so far. I love Maas. There are a few tiny elements I would love to improve, but Maas knows everything so I do not want to correct a master. I know I keep doing a lot of short reviews but a lot of these books are older and I assume that most have read them. I just like to put my two cents in.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 4

Shadow and Bone: Book Review

Title: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Shaodw and Bone #1

Published September 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.

Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

Pages: 369

“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.” -Goodreads

My Review:

I repeat, this is about the book and not the show. I am currently reading all of the books to get to watch the show.

DONT JUDGE FOR ME BEING BEHIND

Anyways…

This book was pretty good.

I have read better and I have definitely read worse.

This is how it went for me:

Beginning: Eh pretty good

Half way through: Okay this going on forver

About the last 100 pages mark: YES I LOVE THIS

Last few chapters: Oh okay, back to eh

I think that it was a little slow to start, sped up, and then had a pretty dull ending. I think it built well for the second book, but like not well enough. I like to have a good structured ending so I kind of know what the next book will start like.

This book wrapped up the ending really nicely, but the only thing I can be sure of is that I will be seeing Alina and Mal on a boat or on new land. There was no destination. No end goals, nothing. I will have to see what happens I guess.

Alina was a really cool character. I knew she was going to discover that about herself, but the way Bardugo goes about that is a little lack luster. I think that she could have had Alina conscious. Because she was trying to save Mal, I think this would have been a good point to touch on during that certain event. I did not like that we had to see others recount the scene to her. I also think her character development where she learns to control the powers is also lack luster. I would have loved some more build up and some more action in that scene. The whole night of the ball thing near the end felt very rushed and then way to easily resolved. I think that the teacher lady could have dropped more hints and the Mal fight should not have been over and forgiven as fast as it was.

Anyways, Alina was a cool character but she was not fully developed in my eyes. She stayed pretty static throughout even though I think the idea was for her to become a new person.

Mal seems like a nice guy, but we know we do not like the nice guys on this blog. He seemed sweet, but he literally disappeared for half the story. That is not his fault but I do not think we got to see a lot of him to love him.

But lets talk about who we really love: The Darkling. Ah yes, I know we are not supposed to like him, but goddamn he is really enticing. I cannot say too much with out spoiling big things, but holy hell I think I am in love and I hate it.

Ravka was a really cool map and place to look/learn about. I think that the map could have had more details like the tiny towns that Alina passed through so that we would see where the journey took them the entire time. I have heard before that it is supposed to resemble a more Russian vibe than anything else so I took that into consideration when imagining everything.

I thought this was a pretty decent book. I would have liked to see more development. That will hopefully come in the second and third book. I am excited to see where Alina’s story goes and then watch the show.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 3.5