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The Wicked King By Holly Black | A Book Review

Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy

About the book: It’s the second novel in a series that picks up right where The Cruel Prince left off.

I received a free copy of the book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I read the first novel about a year ago, and I was curious to see what would happen next.

I love the title and cover. Both capture the essence of the story perfectly.

Characters: The main characters, Jude and Cardan, grew on me. They’re both flawed, even morally questionable. Their development made them more likeable.

Black offers additional backstory, especially in regards to Cardan. Even the evil villains have greater depth to them than I expected.

Quote:

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”

Writing: I’m a huge fan of the dialogue, specifically between Jude and Cardan.

There’s a bit of nearly everything from fantasy to romance to suspense. The scenes aren’t too mature or graphic in nature either.

Final thoughts: The ending is just cruel. I need closure, and Holly Black didn’t give me that.

If you’re interested in reading The Wicked King, I recommend reading The Cruel Prince beforehand. If you enjoyed the first novel, you might love the second novel even more.


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The Black Witch By Laurie Forest | A Book Review

Title: The Black Witch

Author: Laurie Forest

Genre: Fantasy

About the book: It’s the first novel in a series that follows a young protagonist named Elloren.

I received an advanced reader’s edition from HarperCollins Canada.

First impressions: I enjoyed the beginning. It sets the stage for the rest of the story.

Characters: Most of the characters are likeable. Elloren develops a lot, and she grew on me.

Both the platonic and romantic relationships were well done. I especially love the banter because it adds some humour to the story. Forest struck a nice balance between serious scenes with funny ones.

I’m glad certain characters could put aside their differences to work together towards a common goal.

Quote:

“More and more, your future will be decided by the company you keep.”

Writing: It’s long but a good read nonetheless. Despite being over 600 pages, I didn’t feel like any of the scenes dragged on too long. The pace of the plot is just right.

I appreciate how the author builds the world gradually. I could visualize various settings in my head.

The romance isn’t too in your face either.

Final thoughts: The ending ties up some loose ends but leaves several questions left to be answered in the next novel.

Overall, I liked The Black Witch more than I thought I would. I recommend it if you’re a fan of young adult fantasy.


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Dark Sacred Night By Michael Connelly | A Book Review

Title: Dark Sacred Night

Author: Michael Connelly

Genre: Thriller

About the book: It’s part of a series that follows Harry Bosch and Renée Ballard.

I received a free copy of the book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I read Two Kinds of Truth and enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to reading another book by Connelly. I like the title. The cover is plain and simple.

Characters: Bosch and Ballard complement each other well. Renée has an interesting backstory.

There are a ton of secondary characters, but I found it relatively easy to remember who was who.

Quote:

“You’ve got scars on your face but nobody can see them.”

Writing: Even with the alternating viewpoints, the plot unfolds at a solid pace. I’m a fan of the short chapters and sentences. They help build suspense.

Connelly knows how to foreshadow. He also addresses relevant issues like the #MeToo movement.

Final thoughts: I read through the ending quickly. I messed to know who committed the murder of a young woman. I had no idea who dun it until Connelly revealed the their identity

I’m impressed with Connelly’s research, and it shows in his stories. I feel like I learn something new whenever I read his novels.

I highly recommend Dark Sacred Night to fans of suspenseful thrillers about crime.


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The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond By Jamie Jo Wright | A Book Review

Title: The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond

Author: Jamie Jo Wright

Genre: Romantic Suspense

About the book: It’s a story following two female protagonists, Libby and Annalise.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

First impressions: I read Wright’s debut novel, The House on Foster Hill, earlier this year. I liked it, so I figured I’d read another book by her. The stories are similar in style but different in many ways.

I think the cover is great. I also feel like the colours help establish the tone of the book.

Characters: I love that everyone is flawed, especially the main characters. They all seem to have secrets, and that makes them more relatable.

The female protagonists are great, and the male characters are likeable as well.

Quote:

“Never refrain from saying what you think.”

Writing: The story jumps between the past and present. I think Wright did a good job because the novel flows well.

There is more suspense than romance, which is totally fine by me.

Final thoughts: I didn’t predict the ending, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. One antagonist is more surprising to me than the other.

Overall, The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond is a good read. It’s not my favourite, but I had fun. If you like romance, religion, and suspense, check out Wright’s latest novel.


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Would You Rather: Bookish Edition

Would you rather only read the first book or the last book in a series? The first. I don’t want to be completely lost

Would you rather never go to a bookstore or a library ever again? Bookstores. I love libraries too much. I can always buy books online.

Would you rather live in a fictional world or have fictional characters live in your world? I want to live in a fictional world. That’d be fun.

Would you rather buy every book or borrow every book? I love buying books. My bank account doesn’t however.

Would you rather read out loud or listen to someone read to you? Read out loud. I don’t do it often enough.

Would you rather always bring a book with you or never be able to? Always bring a book. Ebooks make this much easier.

Would you rather throw a book into a fire or into water? Water. I don’t have what it takes to burn a book.

Would you rather eat dinner with your favourite author or favourite character? I’ll pick the brain of an author any day.

Would you rather spoil a book for someone else or have someone spoil a book for you? I can’t stand spoilers. So I’m going to spoil a book or ten for someone else. Sorry not sorry.

Would you rather have to recommend books you hate or be recommended books you hate? Be recommended books I hate. What an awful life either way.

Would you rather only read at home or on the go? I’m such a homebody. I do a lot of reading at home. I’ll survive doing other things on the go.

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When We Caught Fire By Anna Godbersen | A Book Review

Title: When We Caught Fire

Author: Anna Godbersen

Genre: Historical Fiction

About the book: It’s a novel about three best friends and the Chicago Fire.

I received an advanced reader’s edition from HarperCollins Canada.

First impressions: I didn’t know much about the fire prior to reading the novel, but I am a fan of historical fiction. So the concept of a story in 1871 intrigued me.

The cover is colourful, and I like the title too.

Characters: Emmeline, Fiona, and Anders are best friends. They love each other in different ways. Each character has secrets as well as shortcomings. They grew on me.

Quote:

“When you know for sure what is good and right, what is true for you, you must act on that, and not convince yourself of something else.”

Writing: While I don’t typically enjoy love triangles, I liked the trope in this book. At times, I could predict where Godbersen was going plot-wise, and I looked forward to seeing the relationships develop.

I think the author blends history with fiction well. The epigraphs at the beginning of every chapter is a nice touch because readers get to hear from other voices.

Final thoughts: I wasn’t sure how the book would end exactly. So much happens in the last 100 pages. The ending threw me for a loop, but I loved it.

Godbersen also provides some historical context at the end of her book. A part of me wishes I went in with more knowledge of the fire in Chicago, but now I want to learn more.

I recommend When We Caught Fire, especially if you’re into history and romance. It’s not your traditional historical fiction novel though. Although romantic novels aren’t really my thing, the author created likeable characters with complex relationships.


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Sex Plus By Laci Green | A Book Review

Title: Sex Plus: Learning, Loving, and Enjoying Your Body

Author: Laci Green

Genre: Nonfiction

About the book: Green is a sex educator and a YouTuber who has written a book about sex.

I received an advanced reader’s edition from HarperCollins Canada.

First impressions: I liked the introduction. Green does a good job giving readers an idea of what to expect.

Summary: The author covers anatomy, consent, periods, etc. Green answers frequently asked questions. She provides facts and stats. There are diagrams in addition to images. She does a good job dispelling myths and misconceptions too.

Quote:

“We don’t need to have another person to make ourselves whole.”

Writing: The writing is descriptive, and Green’s voice shines. I’ve never watched her YouTube videos, but even on paper, she has the ability to connect with young readers.

The author addresses important issues in an informative manner. It’s a great resource on its own. There’s also a list of resources at the back of the book, and Green cites all her sources as well.

Final thoughts: The book is more female-focused, but males would benefit from reading it too.

If you’re interested in learning more about your body, check out Sex Plus.


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Pride By Ibi Zoboi | A Book Review

Title: Pride

Author: Ibi Zoboi

Genre: Contemporary romance

About the book: It’s a modern remix of Pride and Prejudice that features people of colour.

I received an advanced reader’s edition from Harper Collins Canada.

First impressions: I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, but I was interested to see how the author would give that story a modern twist.

Isn’t the cover so pretty?

Characters: The protagonist, Zuri, is very proud and protective of her “hood” as well as her heritage.

I took a while to warm up to the characters. But eventually I grew to like them. Plus, I love the racial diversity.

Quote:

“We’re not gonna just throw away the past as if it meant nothing.”

Writing: I found the writing simple, which makes sense for a YA novel. That said, the author tackles some important issues.

I’m not a huge fan of romance in general, but I did enjoy the trope of characters who despise each other at first but later start to develop feelings.

The chapters are short, and it’s an easy story to follow.

I also loved the use of Spanish in the novel. Although I didn’t necessarily understand every word, I find it was a nice touch.

Zoboi includes some poetry alongside the prose. The poems are from Zuri’s perspective. I adore rhyming, so I had fun reading them.

Final thoughts: The ending isn’t surprising, but it does provide closure.

I’d recommend Pride to readers looking for a modern love story with characters of colour in prominent roles.


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