A story that is full of representation and explores the lengths we go to for love. I expected there to be more fantastical elements, but it turned out to be mainly a coming-of-age love story. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t feel like anything special to me, so I gave it 3 stars.
My journey of exploring more science-fiction continues with Skyward. It didn’t give me quite the punch that I was expecting from a Sanderson novel, but the character development and dynamics made up for that. I had a blast reading it and flew through these pages. I gave it a rating of 4.5 stars.
Who else got moved into action to finally read this tome by the upcoming Amazon release of the Wheel of Time TV show? I definitely did, and I’m not sure what to think of it afterwards. It was a slow journey with a rushed ending and an abundance of unnecessary information and descriptions. Though I certainly enjoyed certain parts of it, I couldn’t give it more than 3 stars.
When I found out that The Devil Makes Three was going to be in an Illumicrate box, I honestly debated skipping the box because I didn’t think it would be up my alley. But oh, am I glad that I didn’t because this turned out to be such a pleasant surprise. I fell in love with the characters, I laughed, I cried, and I gave it 5 stars.
A grim and atmospheric story with a spectacular magic system that could have been darker to make more of an emotional impact. The writing choices pulled me out of it from time to time, but I overall had a fun time with this book. 3 stars from me.
The Once and Future Witches is a heavily character based story that was hard for me to read because of the flowery, but also 'overdone' writing with too many hyphens, through which the actual story got a bit lost. Only 2 stars from me.
This book made me feel. It made me feel angry, annoyed, happy, warm, sad,… All in a good way. I was either smiling or frowning whenever I was reading it and I love it when books do that to me. Isn’t that why we all read? It deserves 5 stars from me.
Six Crimson Cranes has a whimsical, fairytale-like feel to it, and to me it seemed like it could be directed towards a younger audience than it is now. There were some aspects of the idea and the writing that were executed extremely well and I have to give Lim credits for that, especially for the ending. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, but it didn't give me that "wow" feeling. 3.5 stars in my opinion.
In the Ravenous Dark was promoted as a book with keywords like "queer", "found family", "spooky" and "morbidly funny". These keywords drew me in immediately and I have never seen so much representation in a single book. It is needless to say that I was impressed with this upper-YA fantasy novel and I rated it 4.5 stars.
Going into a book without expectations and being disappointed by it is a weird feeling, but sadly enough, that is what happened for me with The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid. The characters feel too young, the marketing for it wasn't done it the best way and the main character doesn't behave like someone with her background. Though there were also some interesting aspects, I couldn't give it more than 2 stars. You can read my full thoughts in this spoiler-free review.