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Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Before reading this book, all I knew was that it was compared to Mulan and had a gorgeous cover. By the way, I like both cover versions!

There was a lot of action and although I listened to the audio book (Nancy Wu did a fabulous job), I’m sure if I read it, I would have a hard time putting the book down.

I was satisfied with the ending. There was enough conclusion for me to not be upset with the cliffhanger. I loved Ahdieh’s writing and use of multiple POV. I can’t wait to read the sequel! I’m giving this book a 4 out of 5.

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Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I am not sure how to feel about this book. There was so much going on, so many plots, but I ultimately don’t feel as if anything was resolved. I also feel like not much was revealed from the original plot (in Truthwitch) besides who the Chiseled Cheater is and what type of person Merik’s sister Vivia is. This book gave me more questions than answers. Despite this, I’m still hoping for answers which is why I will continue with the series and read Bloodwitch when it comes out.

One of the most frustrating things about this book is that I didn’t get more of Iseult and Aeduan’s story. They’re definitely my favorite characters.

I’ll be honest, I did skip ahead a few times to read the next Iseult/Aeduan chapter (and I usually hate doing stuff like that). However, most of the stories didn’t connect in a way where if you skipped ahead, you’d miss important information from a previous character.

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I read this second book as soon as I finished the first. Which worked well because the second book starts right where the first one ended.

I was glad the second book started here, but it took some time before things calmed down from the action. Of course a fast-pace is an easy read, but I was ready for the protagonists to get a break. I wanted them to explore their relationship. When they got to this point I loved it!

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

After a recommendation I received months ago, I was guided to Susan Dennard’s site for editing advice. Her site has great suggestions! I finally had time to read this month and because of her helpful website and interesting concept, I decided to finally read her book.

It was quite an interesting read! I felt like this world was very unique in how the elemental magic was used. The threadsisters, heart threads, and cleaved witches was an interesting concept!

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

First of all, I am so upset it took me so long to read this book! For some reason, I kept confusing it with another book (titles seem to run together in my ‘old’ age). From the back cover of the other book (I read this blurb about five years ago), I wasn’t as interested in reading it. Then I kept hearing the name “An Ember in the Ashes” and “Sabaa Tahir.” I decided, once I found time for a reading-spree, it would be the first book I read. I was not at all disappointed.

Before I started reading, all I knew about the book was what I read on the back cover (when I finally read the correct one): “Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.” We’re introduced to our protagonist in the middle of the night. When she goes running off looking for help, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought she would join a resistance and become this vigilante whose biggest weakness was a love interest. I was wrong.

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

First of all, let’s start with that cover. That beautiful cover! That cover and all of the talk surrounding this book is what influenced me pick it up in the first place. The Belle’s setting was so beautiful. Not only was the world based around beauty, the writer wrote and described things beautifully. I could easily visualize and even smell the things she described.

At first it reminded me of Tyra Bank’s Modelland. It was a book centered around beauty but with great messages about what beauty is. However, from what I remember, Modelland was longer and more fast-paced. The pacing of this book is why I’m rating it a 3. It took me a long time to finish because I kept putting it down. However, I agree with most reviewers, the book does pick up in the third act.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Tears of satisfaction as I finish “Children of Blood and Bone.” Bravo to Tomi Adeyemi. She and her characters are a great inspiration. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy. I’d recommend for lovers of “Avatar the last Airbender” and “Six of Crows.” The ending brought me to tears, and it’s rare that I will say a book is good if it doesn’t make me cry. Don’t judge my logic. This book was familiarly unfamiliar. What I mean by that is, as an African American woman, I knew this story. Yes it is in a fantasy world, but I know ideas of colorism, bleaching, feeling inadequate, feeling the pressure of being a representative for your entire community, etc. However, you don’t have to be of African descent to understand this, but if you didn’t before, hopefully after reading COBAB you will! It made me proud to see a Black woman on the cover, a Black author on the jacket, and a world full of beautiful Black people.

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Review

Well, I liked the first book, was okay with the second book, but I loved the third book! I wanted more of Alina’s story. What I got was more of Mal and the Darkling’s backgrounds. I still want to know more about Alina and Mal’s parents, but this book was a satisfying end to the series. I’m someone who likes bittersweet endings that lean more toward the sweet part.

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Review

I loved the beginning and end of this book! It was a lot “quieter” than book 1. I would still describe book 1 as quiet, but it was a lot more fast paced. The beginning and ending of this book was tension-filled and fast paced as well. However, the middle, for me, wasn’t as interesting.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Review

After finishing “Six of Crows” I was advised to read the “Grisha Trilogy” before I read “Crooked Kingdom.” I had no idea where this story was going or how it related to “Six of Crows” other than the setting being Ravka. I intentionally didn’t read the blurb because I I just wanted to jump right in and be surprised by the plot, which I liked. It helped me understand this world a lot better. I didn’t realize that people other than Grisha lived in Ravka or that there was a non-Grisha king. I don’t remember the Darkling being mentioned either so he was an interesting character.

Besides all of this. I loved this book. It was a quick read. For the most part, I feel like everything was tied up well enough for me to not be frustrated with the ending or the wait for the sequel (if I had to wait).

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