Book Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

This book did not disappoint.

I’d first like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an advanced digital copy. My opinions are my own.

Where do I start? Eelyn is the female character I want in everything. She might also be more badass then Aelin?? If that’s possible. They’d either get along or they’d fight like Aelin does with Manon.

She’s literally not afraid to take an eye to get answers. I love her.

There’s romance in the story but unlike other books with fierce female leads, the romance is barely there. It’s not the main focus of plot. And it’s such a gradual thing that the buildup is so natural and you don’t even care that there’s a romance integrated into it.

I love this book.

There’s a lot of gore in this book and it’s detailed really well. So this book isn’t for the faint of heart. About the detail though, the fights are so different and clear that it feels like it’d be a real story.

What I also love is that men don’t look down on the women at all. Some want to be fighters and so they train for it. Some want to be healers and so they train for it. Some want to just raise families and so they do it.


I’m in awe of this book and I’m probably going to buy it once it hits shelves. I can’t wait to see what else Adrienne Young has in store.

5/5 exceeded my expectations.


Review: Starflight Duology by Melissa Landers

Starflight was everything and more that I wanted in a space opera. With a badass heroine, a complicated but lovable crew, and worlds beyond your imagination, this book is miraculous. It’s probably one of my favorite books.

Solara is the main character. She’s a convicted felon and looking for her escape where no one will judge her for her tattoos on her knuckles. I really liked the concept of having tattoos on the knuckles if you’ve been in jail before. It’s original and not really far fetched.

We meet Doran who is a prissy, spoiled brat that is the heir to the company that supplies fuel to the space ships that fly to other planets.

Right from the start though I could see that Solara and Doran were going to be a thing and I actually wasn’t upset about it. It was a good build up. And there was a lot of angst between the two. They started off hating each other and then they had to work together but they both hated it and it grew to a mutual understanding of having each other’s backs without expecting it from the other. I just love their dynamic.

And then traveling from planet to planet, or sector to sector was realistic. It’s something I need to fix in my space opera.

There was one predictable thing but I don’t think that could’ve been avoided. Predicting part of the end still made the book good. I absolutely loved this book.


Unlike Starflight, Starfall mostly takes place on a planet and that’s where I think I lost my interest. This book is good but it does meet the interest that the synopsis does. Too many things were easy to predict. And then the whole thing with denying Kane and then accepting him and then denying him again.

It got old.

I also didn’t like the way Solara was represented.

She legit giggled at one point. And she was also all over Doran and I’m just like….. that’s not her.

I wasn’t a big fan of the storyline either. Like once it got going I was kinda like bleh.

Something I will always complain about will be the ending of this book. Literally everything goes down in a single chapter and there’s no suspense at all. I literally blinked and a guy was killed. Like what?


I’m just really disappointed that this book turned out this way because the first was sooo good. 😦


Review: Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter

This book was good. It was hard to get used to the girly outdoor character that is Maddie. But I appreciate the fact that she’s into ‘girly’ thinks while also knowing how to fish and chop wood and do ‘manly’ things.

My one complaint would be that literally on almost every page Maddie said something about ‘Alaska’. It was clear the first time that she lives in Alaska, why are we reminded so often about it?

The relationship between Logan and Maddie could’ve been developed more. They didn’t move as fast as some relationships in YA but there could’ve been more emotion there.

Can we take a moment to appreciate the cover though??? Like it’s beautiful.

The story was a little misleading because it says Maddie wants to kill Logan but there wasn’t really a strong incentive there.

I felt the ending was lacking too. But it’s still a decent and entertaining read.



Book Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

I liked this story. It’s my first proper space opera since Beth Revis’ Across the Universe. I don’t even remember how long ago I read that. But this book was good. I liked the way the worlds seemed to work.

I liked the knowledge Noemi had. She knew weapons and ships (the author did her research) it gave me a lot of ideas for my space opera which is partly why I finally picked it up.

I really enjoyed the gradual personification of Abel. He questioned his human traits frequently but then fell into them without questioning them a second time. The author did a really good job with his arc. From the first time we meet him he’s got one goal in mind and he works for that goal and only that goal. He almost feels like a robot. But by the time the book is over, he’s completely new and in a great way. I love his character arc.

The book is great as a standalone. It doesn’t leave on a cliffhanger so I have no plans to read the second book. I also fear it might suffer from ‘Second Book Syndrome’ and I don’t want to ruin a great book. Maybe I’ll wait till the reviews are in. Who knows?



Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Where do I begin with this one?

Characters were introduced waaaaaay too quickly for me to remember their significance at all. I had to keep rereading the description of the book just to remember the names of the Queens. And don’t get me started on the pronunciation of some of the names. You’ll get names like ‘Katherine’ and then they’ll be a name with a ton of letters thrown together and it’s just like what???

The pacing was slooooow af. I zoned out so often that I eventually gave up rereading paragraphs just because I wanted to finish the book asap.

I probably had a quarter of the book left when I finally understood what a ‘familiar’ was. I blame that on me zoning out so much. But at the same time I could not for the life of me remember what an elemental was or what the other thing was. (The power that Arisone has). Or maybe it’s what Maribella has? Who fuckn knows?

What I absolutely really hated the most about this book is the world building. There literally isn’t any?? All I know is that there’s an island that is out in the middle of nowhere, shrouded by something that I assume is similar to what the Amazons use in Wonder Woman. There are hints that the book takes place on Earth but no solidifying evidence. And then on this island there’s a rule or something that triplets will be born from a queen and those three queens or princesses, whatever you wanna call them, will then have to fight to the death to gain the throne. And each queen will have a power that will divide them into different houses? and then they’ll train until their 18? birthday. I don’t know and I don’t really care to remember. There should’ve been more solid information about this island. What does it look like? How big is it? Does it have seasons? What’s the population like? Large? Small? Just the little questions that make a world real.

I expected a queen dead at the end of this book but this book is more or less a prequel to the actual story. But I don’t know when the actual story is going to start because I DNF’d the second book at 300 pages.


Maribella is so soft that wind could literally dent her and she’s forgive it. AND SHE FUCKING CONTROLS THE WIND.

Forever salty about this book. It should be either a standalone or a duology. Not a four-part series.

3/5 (probably going to lower that at some point)


Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This book was kinda overhyped for me. I was expecting a badass heroine that kicked ass like Aelin from Throne of Glass. Alosa sadly didn’t live up to my expectations.

Aelin doesn’t let men distract her unless it’ll benefit the insane plan she has. Alosa sort of let men distract her. And she’s also the character that hates dresses and I totally can relate to that but I was expecting her to be able to kick ass and still rock and fancy dress. I forgot exactly what she said but she throws a negative comment in there about dresses. I get it but I was hoping she’d be a bit more—dare I say it, girly.

I do have plans to read book two, it’s just not high on my list of books to read.



Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

heartlessThis is my first Alice in Wonderland adaptation. My knowledge of this world extends to the Tim Burton adaptation. I haven’t even seen Alice Through the Looking Glass. I do have an interest in it though.

That being said, I wasn’t a big fan of this story until I reached the end. About 95% of the book was listened to so that could be why, but I don’t know. I just really disliked the instalove between Cath and Jest. And Cath’s willingness to give up her entire life for someone she just met was annoying. But the final chapters really packs a punch.

I really want to watch Tim Burton’s movie again. Hopefully it’s on Netflix.

I think Heartless is a good transition into this genre. I’m more willing to pick up other books that center around Wonderland.