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Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

This is my second read through of Midnight Thief and being perfectly honest, I still enjoyed it.  It isn’t perfect, though, so lets start with one of the things I didn’t like. For one, there’s a very clear love triangle forming.  Kyra grew up with Flick, who helped get her out of the gutter and develop her trade.  But then there’s Tristam, the sweet, good-hearted young knight from a noble family.  Kyra doesn’t spend a lot of time harping over, “Oh my, fellas, whoever shall I kiss?” but the tension between the boys is definitely there.  I imagine this will develop […]

Posted November 26, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon is one of those books I feel a strong connection to, because I read it over and over again in my youth.  I grew up with both Eragon and Eldest, even though I didn’t finish the cycle until I was an adult.  The story of the dragon rider and the evil king captured my imagination, as tales of good and evil are wont to do. There is a bittersweet sadness to coming back to a book I loved so much as a high schooler only to find it riddled with flaws.  I want so desperately to be in love with Eragon the […]

Posted October 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

What a well done middle grade novel. 🙂 A lot of middle grade novels feel a bit overly ridiculous for no reason, throwing any sensible storyline to the wind, preferring ridiculous humor to a sensible plot.  Tuesdays at the Castle maintains a more-or-less clever storyline, but doesn’t sacrifice the troublesome wink of humor so common in middle grade. In Tuesdays at the Castle we have three main characters and a variety of friends and villains.  The characters do lack a bit of depth, becoming more and more shallows the more minor their role.  Even Princess Cecelia if not very well fleshed […]

Posted September 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

As the risk of starting this review with a bit of a bad pun… Flawed is inherently… flawed. I’ll start with the good.  The concept of this dystopian world is fascinating and not so outlandish it couldn’t be possible.  There’s a great pressure to fulfill a sort of expectation as human culture evolves, and with with rise of social media, the pressure to keep up with others and to be perceived as perfect grows and grows.  So why not take it a step further – create visible brands for those who are imperfect, so they can’t hide it and we know? […]

Posted September 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I needed The Wrath and the Dawn because we need more unconventional retellings, guys! While I haven’t read The Arabian Nights, I am well aware of its framework. Scheherazade’s stories that run from one night to another, preserving her life on the basis of basic human curiosity, is a fantastic foundation for a retelling.  Going into The Wrath and the Dawn, I expected a book full of tales and a lot of tension about will-she-or-won’t-she die.  While The Arabian Nights definitely served as the launching pad for this novel, the theme did not continue through the story.  We hear the tales of Agib […]

Posted September 8, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

This was a book I was either bound to love or hate.  It’s like a new movie with a lot of big name actors.  It’ll either be wonderful or absolute ridiculousness riding on the power of its stars.  Speak Easy, Speak Love has a lot of elements I like – it’s set in the 1920s and it’s based on Much Ado About Nothing.  That’s my favorite Shakespeare play – a great comedy and light romance with a lot of wit instead of the usual foolishness.  Add the glitz and glamour of a ’20s speakeasy, and there are a lot of promises. For […]

Posted August 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //