Rule Number 32

Enjoy the little things. ~Zombieland

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the NightingaleThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(2.5 stars)

I was confused throughout most of this as to where the plot was and what the point was supposed to be. Just didn’t click with it I guess… It was interesting enough in general, but it felt disjointed and most of the characters were flat. I did really enjoy the relationships between Vasya and her brothers, as well as the mystery surrounding the little village. Morozko was great and I’m still not sure about his motives throughout the book. Knowing that book two will focus on Vasya outside of her village (which was boring and constrictive) intrigues me enough to pick it up eventually.

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Curse Workers series review

This was a unique series that was lots of fun to read, with intriguing magic and immoral characters that were refreshing among all the totally good characters that are typical in YA. Plots that revolve around crime and cons are always entertaining!

White Cat (Curse Workers #1)White Cat by Holly Black

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(3.5 stars)

The magic system was super cool and I like quite a few of the characters, but the plot was a bit slow for the first two-thirds. (Like he talked about how the lunch lady got him a plate of lukewarm spaghetti after he was late to dinner… There was some not-exactly-relevant stuff like this before the plot got back on track.) One it picked up and there were some great plot twists, I was really into it and thoroughly enjoyed the ending. Cassel was an interesting character to build a story around and I loved his personality. I thought there was going to be a lot more crime and mob stuff and dodgy behaviour, but I think that will be featured more in the next two books. This first one was all about Cassel figuring out who we was and letting the crime be a background thought.

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)Red Glove by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sarcastic and conflicted Cassel Sharpe made for another great read. The plot was really fun! It had a lot more mob stuff and mystery in it, so I enjoyed that a lot. Cassel and his friends were cool and developed a lot more together. There were some great secrets and the way the reveals were written was very well done. There is so much that has to happen in the next book!
Black Heart (The Curse Workers, #3)Black Heart by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t write a review for Black Heart, but I thought it was a great end to the trilogy and it was another fun read!

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Theme Thursday: Middle grade books I thoroughly enjoyed

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Pretty Girls review

Pretty GirlsPretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first I thought this was going to be so basic and generic – then shit hit the fan and this got super intense and very, very dark. I had to keep reading and reading to find out what would happen and how all the details fit together. The writing was compelling and really kept me hooked. The main characters were interesting and made for a wild plot and some great dialogue. There are a ton of characters that I didn’t know if I should trust or not. All the conspiracies and twists were great and this book was very enjoyable.

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Grounded #18

Jan 2018

My Life Next Door review

My Life Next DoorMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An adorable large family, a cute slow-burn romance, expertly crafted characters, a huge plot twist, real depictions of teenage life, and dialogue that draws your right into the story make up a great novel that was a real treat to read all in one sitting. Sam and Jase made this an awesome book, but it was all the side characters (aka Jase’s siblings and Tim) that made this so much more. All their problems and triumphs felt so real and I was super invested in the outcome. George was my fave little Garrett.

Sam makes some bad choices and can’t really stand up for herself, but I still thought she was a good character, flaws and all. Jase is beyond amazing. (Why can’t a Jase live next door to me??) Everything between them was going along fine, all cute and such, and then something ~really bad~ happens. I wasn’t expecting this book to get as dark and sad as it did, and I really hated how some characters acted and the choices they made. (It made this book even better, but GAH. Screw you, Clay and Gracie). Some people really suck… I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending because it felt too rushed. But then I discovered there is a companion novel about Tim and Alice, so I’m hoping to find out some of the missing details in that one!

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