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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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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Review

During my second time submitting to Pitch Wars, I won a book that I will review after its release, got some great feedback and I was introduced to Leigh Bardugo’s work! It was a very successful experience! While doing the Mentor Blog Hop, multiple mentors said they wanted books like “Six of Crows.” I had heard the name before, but for some reason the title made me think the book was something I wouldn’t like. Although I’ve been working on something centered on crows, my first thought was that there would be demons in the book (which I’ve never liked). While one character is called a demon, I was wrong and I actually loved the book! Seeing all of these people agreeing on their love for the book made me feel like I needed to see what I was missing out on. And I was missing out! When I was reading this book and exclaiming about how interesting it was to non-bookworms, I described it as similar to “Suicide Squad.” If I had to rank it, I’d give it a 3.75 out of 5, but I’ll round up to 4.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Review

 

Like any Potter Head, I was ecstatic when I heard about the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” play and script publication. After hearing rumors that J.K. Rowling would never write or allow additions to the Harry Potter chronicles, I wasn’t upset. She ended the story perfectly. And all good things come to an end, or should (hint hint to television shows that go on and on). Despite this, I was still excited. I didn’t expect much from the story because I knew J.K. Rowling didn’t write the entire thing. Because I didn’t expect much, I wasn’t disappointed. It was simple and it was fun. Spoilers included past this point:  Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Review”

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Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard – Review

To start with the good. This was a great concept. I loved the red versus silver blood. It reminded me of the remark people make against racism, “we’re all human, we all bleed red.” Aveyard took this and turned it upside down. She created a world built on discrimination and classism. I loved this.

I loved the character Mare. She wasn’t your typical hero, but a thief. This was her superpower before she even had one. I kind of wanted this showcased a little more. I also liked Cal’s character and his uncle. I loved Aveyard’s world building, concept, overall plot and characters which is why I rated the book a 3/5.

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DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.

Learning that the book was written by a child helped tremendously. The tone and POV was very childlike, despite some phrases. This is definitely important when appealing to children.
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