Publisher: Bloomsbury

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When We Collided: review

When We Collided: review

Sometimes, you’ll meet a girl who bursts into a room and draws all eyes to her. Someone so charming and vivid that you can’t help but love and envy her–and perhaps wonder at how she burns so brightly, because there are times when it almost hurts to be in her orbit. Vivi Alexander shows up in a sleepy beach town one summer, and turns Jonah’s life upside down. In the stoic routine and worry of his life, Vivi is dazzlingly beautiful in her vintage dresses and bright lipstick, as well as kind to his little sister and wise beyond her years. Their attraction is immediate, and they’re soon sneaking kisses when people aren’t looking, he’s making her caprese sandwiches and leaving them outside her door, and she’s pulling him into a whirlwind of joyous outings and scandalous liasons. Their romance is sweet and funny and endearing, especially because they’re drawn… Read more »

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A Court of Thorns and Roses: Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses: Review

In the deepest winter forest an arrow is shot in desperation. The quarrel finds its target, but the consequences are far reaching and unexpected. Feyre, youngest daughter of an impoverished nobleman, has unintentionally killed one of the Fae and broken the treaty between humans and Fae. Now she must trade her life for that of her slain foe. Caught between death or handing herself over to live in the lands of the Fae, never to return to her family, Feyre surrenders. This is a totally new fantasy world, completely separate from that of Throne of Glass. Feyre lives on an island resembling Great Britain that is divided among human ruled lands and the realms of the Fae (many blessings upon Bloomsbury for including a map for those of us “constant flippers”). The humans live in constant fear of the Fae, and the Fae live in constant fear of the ever… Read more »

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Soulprint: Review

Soulprint: Review

While Soulprint brings up some interesting questions – how are we shaped by our pasts? how are we shaped by our environments? – I was ultimately not thrilled by its execution. In the world of the novel, here are the things you need to believe for this book to make sense to you: that there are souls, one; that souls are reincarnated (and are immediately reincarnated upon dying, but only travel short distances because … reasons), two; and that there’s a study that claims a high level of correspondence between criminal activity in past lives and criminal activity in current lives. Once a psychopath, always a psychopath. In the novel “shared souls” is kind of a stand-in (at least to my mind) for genes and their influence – the comparison to heredity is made more than once over the course of the novel. There is also a biological component to soul-printing… Read more »

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The Mime Order: Review + Giveaway

The Mime Order: Review + Giveaway

Well, this one took me completely by surprise. I had enjoyed The Bone Season, but with reservations, considering how long it took me to really understand the incredible world Samantha Shannon has built for us. It took me very little time at all, however, to disappear into the pages of this second installment of the genre bending series. At once futuristic and Victorian, The Mime Order is a fantastical, dystopian, paranormal murder mystery, and I couldn’t get enough of it. This a lush and opulent storyworld, one that unfolds in intricate detail and rewards the reader for their patience. It is perfect for character readers and for anyone who would love a series that offers a “crash course” in the nuances of its world (like me! I am one of those people!). Reading this, and even though it is third person, I felt like I was walking with Paige through… Read more »

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Heir of Fire: Review

Heir of Fire: Review

Send help. Once again, the inimitable Sarah J. Maas has destroyed me. Darker, more animalistic and complex, with a spate of awesome new characters, greater sense of magic, and ever expanding locations, this series has started to fully realize its potential as truly epic fantasy. At last, the world of Throne of Glass feels as though it’s living up to the promise of The Assassin’s Blade when it comes to the scale of the story. This volume has a very different feel from its predecessors. The majority of the novel takes place outside of Rifthold, has Celaena separated from Dorian and Chaol, and features plots and locations that make the story fresh, new, and unpredictable. In many ways I can’t help but admire Maas for having the guts to to be true to her story when it’s so different from what readers have come to expect from previous books. But… Read more »

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Open Road Summer: Review

Open Road Summer: Review

When Crossroads came out, I was in high school, and I saw it with my friends opening night. I knew I would hate it. I knew it would be terrible. I was right. But I LOVE stories about teenage friendships. The friendships are my favorite part of any coming-of-age story. Something that adults frequently get wrong when writing about teenage romance is that in real life, girls’ friends are significantly more important to them than their romantic partners. Once you get older and start thinking about marriage and maybe starting a family, suddenly the person you date/marry/whatever becomes the center of your life, but in most healthy teenage relationships (those without co-dependency issues) this isn’t actually the case. Teenage girls rely on their female friends for most of their emotional needs. The friendship between Reagan and Dee is the backbone of this story, and they fit together like one of… Read more »

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Crown of Midnight: Review

Crown of Midnight: Review

Help. I’m drowning in a river of feels. If you enjoyed Throne of Glass, prepare to be completely bowled over by Crown of Midnight. For me, Throne of Glass was “just” a 3.5, but this installment blew me away. Everything about CoM is more. More action, more badassery from Celaena, more world building, more villains, more mystery, more magic, and more romance. The plot ascends to the next level. There are so many twists and turns. There’s magic, romance, betrayal, adventure, absolute heartbreak, and death. I can’t believe one book contains so much awesome. And even though the two biggest twists can be seen from miles ahead, the story is so engrossing, the plot so intricate, and the characters so easy to care for that I didn’t even mind. This book took me on an emotional thrill ride. My heart went from soaring to absolutely devastated. No, really. Devastated. There… Read more »

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