July Book Reviews

Soooooo, it’s totally not July anymore. It’s barely even August. To be honest, I didn’t get much reading done in the past month anyway.

Not sure if it was a slump or if I was just too busy, but I think I just needed some time away from this little space. I’m happy to be back though! With a new round of rapid-fire reviews to boot! Whoo. Lesgo.

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The Final Empire ( Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Ah, Mistborn. This brought me back to my early reader days, when I would stay holed up in a treehouse totally engrossed in fantasy stories for hours and hours. It had all the elements of a good fantasy but without a lot of the cliches, no dragons and princesses and such. I loved Sanderson’s world and discovering all the nuances of allomancy. The plot was action-packed, emotionally charged and totally unique in my opinion. Some kinda meh points though :

1) Occasional slow pacing

2) The narration felt really distant from the characters sometimes. I wish we got to know more of them more intimately

3) Fight scenes could be difficult to follow at first, especially when you’re still trying to remember the mechanics of all the pushing and pulling.

4) Totally detached from the Elend / Vin romance. Though I appreciate the general lack of relationship drama through most of the book. This is definitely an action/fantasy adventure – not a romcom disguised as one – and I love that.

Other than that though, I really enjoyed this one. Been a while, but can’t wait to pick this series back up.

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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

World-building was rushed, not elegant in typical schwab style. There were too many elements, not all of which add to the story. I wasn’t particularly invested in the characters or side characters. The villain/threat felt underwhelming. Stakes didn’t feel high enough because of the general lack of investment. The idea and the premise seemed interesting enough, but I felt like it wasn’t sufficiently fleshed out. From the lore behind the monsters to the two main characters themselves, we weren’t given the time to really immerse ourselves in any of it. End of the day, I was pretty disappointed by this one. To be honest, my library books were due and I didn’t care enough to finish this series out. So I left the last quarter of the book alone and I’m not sure if I’ll go back.

 

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

So my sister churned through all these audiobooks insanely fast and told me she was pretty disappointed with how the series played out. I, on the otherhand, felt like the second book gave me what I kept expecting from the first one – all the action and gore of war. Some part of me missed Kaoru when she was just Kaoru because she had a light-hearted, almost naive fearlessness that her Madrigal counterpart seems to tame down a little. But anyways, I was so much more intrigued by the fallout of the star-crossed lovers tale than the tale itself that was presented in book one. Not to mention, all our secondaries (Ziri, Liraz, Hazael, Zusana) get more screentime in all the Eretz madness. Me gusta. All in all, a solid sequel, I think. I may even like it more than the first one.

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Welp, I think that’s it from me for now! Hope ya’ll didn’t miss me too much, ha! Can’t wait to get caught up on all your wonderful posts.

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #8

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Friends, I have a confession. I DNF’d A Court of Mist and Fury. I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t that it was awful, it was just not my cup of tea. Maybe someday I’ll get back to it, but end of the day, I didn’t look forward to reading it. So good-bye for now, Feyre.

I haven’t been reading too much lately. Work’s been stealing my day again, but I’ve been listening to the Days of Blood and Starlight audiobook on my runs. I have my qualms with the series, but it’s such an entertaining read. And easily one of the best audiobooks to listen to.

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What did you recently finish reading?

 

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Mistborn : The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Really enjoyed this one! Though the middle bit dragged a little, I loved this world and these characters. Perfect for all the fantasy buffs out there who are in it for the world-building, the action and the epics. It was a nice break from all the YA fantasy. It was dark and bloody at times with none of the teenage fluff. Also, look at this cover! How beautiful is that? Reminds me of the Fables covers a little bit. Intrigued to see where this goes as a series because I felt like the first novel reads so well as a standalone. Not sure where it’ll go from here.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t think I’ll pick up the Mistborn sequel just yet. Strange the Dreamer is really calling to me, but I’ve also been trying to get my hands on a copy of Our Dark Duet. As always, who knows? We’ll see.

Happy Reading!

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June Book Reviews

One week late? Oh wells. I’ve given up posting on time. Despite this being a crazy month with me training like mad for my third fight, I actually got a decent amount of reading in. Huzzah! Also seems like I was in a red book cover kind of mood. Totally not planned. Totally digging the aesthetic though.

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I can’t recommend this series enough. A Conjuring of Light was a heart-wrenching, action-packed, feels everywhere ending to a great fantasy trilogy. As much as I loved it, I think my favorite book in the series may still be the first one. There were moments of brevity and light-heartedness whereas A Conjuring of Light was heavy and dark – as all series climaxes should be. Regardless, I totally fell in love with all of these characters and the only reason I’m even remotely capable of talking about it reasonably is because I finished this book at the very beginning of the month. So I’ve had four weeks to mourn its end. Trust me, I was a wreck.

 

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Schwab comes up with the coolest premises and writes such believable fleshed out characters. Vicious was no different in that respect. I was disappointed though in the lack of scheming and complicated plotting particularly from a novel about two supposed geniuses. After reading the Shades of Magic series, I was expecting something a little less straight-forward. Either way, I’ll be picking up the sequel without a doubt!

 

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I actually wrote a full review for this one. TL;DR : I was super impressed with the world-building and creativity of the this book, but super disappointed to see it devolve into a story of star-crossed lovers.

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Yet another Schwab book! What can I say? I was trying to fill the void left by A Conjuring of Light. And yet again, cool world building, but I was left kinda of meh about this book. Even though I was left wanting more with Vicious, I still felt like her characters were unique and creative. What may have fell short for me here was that This Savage Song didn’t make me fall in love with its characters, nor did it have all those cool world-building details that the rest of her novels had. Maybe the fact that it was meant to be YA vs. an adult novel played a role. Idk. It reminded me a little bit of Legend by Marie Lu. 

 

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As usual, I’m also a bit behind on reading all of your posts too. Luckily, I’ve finally got a slow-paced weekend and I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been checking off your TBR’s!

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Daughter of Smoke and Bones | Review

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ARGH. Such mixed feelings about this book. I finally picked it up and finished it in a week, hopping between the audiobook and the ebook. First off, it was probably the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. Christine Hvam’s narration brought the story to life in a way for me that was more intriguing than when I first attempted to read the book a few weeks ago.

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What I liked : 

The world is gorgeous. The chimaera and angels, their worlds, the whole idea behind Brimstone and the teeth…it was all vivid and surreal. From Zusana’s quirky charm to the pitiful, yet grotesque Razgut, Laini Taylor’s characters were equally captivating.  So imaginative, I felt like there was an immense amount of potential to the story.

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What I disliked :

Things started to fall apart for me when Akiva came into the story. I was hoping he would be our story’s villain, to be honest. But then our epic fantasy action mystery adventure slowly devolved into a romantic tale of star-crossed lovers. The world around it was still incredible, but I was disappointed at the romance being the central and driving factor for the story.

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Plus, I wish their backstory was revealed slowly throughout their journey through Elsewhere. Instead, we have this epic story set-up that kind of just grinds to a halt as the backstory becomes the whole second half of the book. It doesn’t feel like a climax, it feels like two separate stories, instead of that mysterious history unfolding along with the rest of the plot. Harry Potter, Shades of Magic and even The Mortal Instruments series does this pretty well – giving you nuggets of answers across a series of subplots. Also even the original romance felt kind of…rushed? All of sudden? Kind of beastiality-ish?

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TLDR :

Daughter of Smoke and Bones is chock full of gorgeous, inventive dark characters and worlds, but is ultimately let-down in the latter half of the book with an overdose of romance and cheese.

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By no means is it a bad book though, there’s definitely enough here for me to pick up the second book. I just wish there was more action and less heart fluttering. I’m impressed with Laini Taylor’s creativity though. It may have bumped Strange the Dreamer much higher on my TBR list than it used to be.

Happy Reading!

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