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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Posted September 8, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

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 […]

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Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Posted August 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

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 […]

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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Posted August 15, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things.  There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city.  In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground.  Either view could have been interesting enough in […]

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Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

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Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Posted July 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

This book has such a pretty cover.  The OwlCrate edition is a beautiful purple and orange gradient and the cover aesthetics are everything I love.  It has perfect purple end pages.  It’s so, so pretty. I wish I liked the book as much as I like the cover. The first word that comes to mind in describing Amber & Dusk is “clunky”.  There are the bare bones here for a decent story.  It reminded me of a cross of Mirage and Red Queen.  There’s an interesting magic system and characters that could be interesting if there was a little more care taken.  There are also a lot […]

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