Book Review: Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

language of thornsI’m obsessed with books that have short stories in them. This book has done that to me. I want to read more like this book.

Ayama and the Thorn Wood: This story is about an unwanted daughter and an unwanted prince that’s half wolf and other things. He has horns and is locked under the castle for a majority of his life. This story is one of my favorites. I think it’s because it’s the first story in the book.

The story was slow to start but it didn’t lose my interest. I was throughly invested in this story and I absolutely love the ending.

The Too Clever Fox: When I met Leigh Bardugo a few months ago, she said that this story would be Kaz’s favorite, so I was excited to get to this story. It was a cute story and I definitely saw the twist coming. But it’s about a fox that’s always getting himself in and out of situations. It was a cute story, not one of my favorites but I still liked it.

The Witch of Duva: This story was by far the most fucked of them all. I’m not sure how to review this story without giving away spoilers, but this one was… in terms of something that could actually happen, this story has a factor in it that could, well, actually happen.

Little Knife: This story was my second favorite. I was mad at how Yeva’s father was  treating her, but I LOVE the way the story ended. LOVED IT.

The Soldier Prince: It took me a while to start this story, but once I did, I was sucked in. The story gave me a strong feeling of Pinocchio, only a little darker. It also reminded me of my childhood when I played with my toys and we went on adventures together. I liked this story a lot more than I thought I would.

When Water Sang Fire: Do not get me started on this story. DO NOT. I had a feeling this one would be my favorite just because Angel, my writing buddy, her favorite is this story. And plus, mermaids. Who doesn’t love mermaids?

This story is the longest one in the whole book. It’s about 90 pages long. I read it in one sitting because you can’t just stop reading this story. It’s about betrayal and finding yourself. I’m absolutely IN LOVE with Ulla. Everything about this story is perfection. I want a story about Ulla after the story ends. I want more of her.

5/5

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Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

warcrossI’ve read a lot of virtual reality books: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Mortality Doctrine Series by James Dashner, and The Leveller by Julia Durango. And now I’ve read this and holy shit is it good.

This book is realistic and diverse. The main character is Japanese with rainbow hair. Rainbow hair.

There’s a steady build to the climax. I started to get worried at one point because things were going too good and I was just waiting for the shit to hit the fan.

There was a twist at the end, which I suspected but there was a part of the twist that I did not see coming. It’s so hard to review without giving anything away.

But Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors. I need to start her trilogy, The Young Elites. I’ve only heard good things.

I can’t wait to read Warcross #2 next year!!! Bring it!!!!

5/5

Book Review: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

17735067I knew this book would leave me thinking, “WTF did I just read?” And in all honesty, what the fuck did I just read?

Patrick Ness never fails to leave me stunned. This isn’t one of his best works, bit I hold him to such a high standard that it’s still a great book.

The ending is very ominous which I absolutely love. Most of Ness’s books have endings like that. Which I like because I write ominous endings too. Patrick Ness seems to write that way, when he wants the reader asking questions and making up their own endings.

There’s so much going on in this story too. George’s relationship with his daughter, Amanda, his employee, and Kumiko. His daughters relationship with her coworkers, Rachel, her ex-husband, Henry, and her dad and her son PJ. Amanda even had a dynamic with Kumiko.

The characters relationships were just so real and it’s something Ness has mastered. All his characters and stories are real.

The only thing that didn’t feel real was the art. It was hard for me to picture the art that George and Kumiko made. I think that was the point though. Art is always up to interpretation, but I would’ve liked to get a clear mental image of the art George and Kumiko made.

I met him recently too. I should’ve asked him. Damnit.

Overall, great book by Patrick Ness. I just have three more of his books to read and then I will have read all his book. *cue maniacal laughter*

5/5

Book Review: The Unwanteds Island of Fire by Lisa McMann

island of fire.jpgThe way this story is playing out is almost exhausting. It’s lost the Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games vibe/spark.

Instead of the main character, Alex, trying to go through the whole series to resolve one goal/plot, each book has it’s very own main plot to solve, and then near the end of the book, the plot for the next book is revealed.

If you’ve read Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, then I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean when I say the plot gets repetitive.

I’m a little sad to say that I’m going to have to take a break on the series. I don’t know how long the break could be but it could become indefinite.

I had such high hopes for this series too. I shouldn’t forget that this is a middle grade book.

4/5

Book Review: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our dark duetNot going to lie, I tweeted Schwab about this book. BECAUSE THE ENDING IS TERRIBLE.

Legit almost cried.

When I was recounting the book to one of my coworkers, I nearly cried again.

I will never not love this series. I wish there was going to be more written in this world. I want to know more about the main characters after the events in this book. (I’m trying so hard to not give away any spoilers).

I’m not even sure how to review this book without giving away spoilers.

But I didn’t expect to get through this 400+ page book as quickly as I did. And I actually wish the book was longer. I want to read more about this world. Schwab should write a spin-off series like she’s doing with  A Darker Shade of Magic. It could be revolved around Kate’s friends that she makes in Prosperity.

Or maybe even a novella on the aftermath of the events in this book.

I just need more of this world.

5/5

PS. Schwab is so underrated.

Book Review: Exo by Fonda Lee

exo.jpgSo I just found out that there’s going to be a sequel to this book and I might not judge it so harshly anymore.

I really enjoyed this book. It was quick to start and grabbed my attention from the start. I had tons of questions about this Earth. I wanted to know more about the world building (if you’ve been sensing a but, here it is) but because the world is Earth, there wasn’t world building where it needed to be.

I had questions about what the Zhree looked like and their planet too. I found out about ten chapters in what the Zhree look like.

I wanted to know more about the hardening process, and how it worked. This book is a sci-fi, but there’s no science to back up the fiction. I wanted reasons and explanations as to why things happened and worked the way they did.

If you compare the beginning and the ending of the book, there’s no significant change. I was expecting a giant battle near the end but there was nothing (but now I know there’s a second book). The book was hard to get through when I neared the end. There wasn’t much action happening. Not like the book advertised anyway.

4/5 though because of the concept (and because now I’m hype for book 2)

Book Review: The Unwanteds #1 and #2 Lisa McMann

It’s kind of hard to sum this series into a single review. Especially if it’s only the first two books.

So far this series is a combination of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson. It’s a middle grade book too, so the writing and story is simple.

The main conflict is an interesting one and not often seen. Twin brothers, Alex and Aaron, are enemies. That was the main conflict in book 1. And the way McMann is going with the series makes it feel like Percy Jackson. Right now Alex is trying to find his friends by exploring the islands around his island. And he has a giant winged cheetah that’s also part statue as his companion during these quests. His name is Simber. I really want some type of figure of him. He’s really cute.

I’ve always been a fan of McMann’s writing, so I can’t wait to dive deeper into her middle grade books.

5/5 for both.