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Goodreads Book Tag

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Hello! A tag today, and I was actually tagged! Woot! Thank you Nicola @Thoughts on Fantasy for thinking of me! Today’s tag will be fun. :”D

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Just did so about an hour or so ago actually. I need the second book now, but I dun have it. Guess who’s likely making a book order soon. :”D Maybe. Shh.

 

 

What are you currently reading?

There are quite a few. I’m not good at sticking with a single book. Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams, A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin, The Black Prism by Brent Weeks and I’m also flipping through a book on the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood to familiarize myself with it for an upcoming D&D game I’ll be involved in.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)That would be A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I’m very late hopping onto this bandwagon and honestly this time two years ago, you would have found me saying that I wouldn’t read anything by her. Boy have I eaten my words. I recently finish A Court of Mist and Fury and loved it. I need this book. My veins are calling for it.

What book do you plan to read next?

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)As in ‘after I finish all my currently reading books’? Probably The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, which I will be buddy reading with Zezee sometime in February I think. :”D Or March. I’m having a brainfart which one it is.

 

 

 

 

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes. I have a whole post on it, since it seems to be a pretty subjective thing. I need to edit it though and add in what half-stars mean for me.

Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yep, I’ve signed up for 50 books, which is what I did and accomplished last year. It seems to be a pretty doable yet still challenging thing for me and my time schedule.

Do you have a wishlist?

I do but it’s not up to date. I fixed it up a bit for Christmas when a couple family members asked for it, but otherwise it’s not public.

What book do you plan to buy next?

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)Probably Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson. There are others I want but I think this one is sticking out to me the most at the moment.

 

 

 

 

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

I actually just ran across a new one day! I added it to my liked quotes, but I haven’t read anything by the author yet (I’ve a buddy read planned to fix that though. I’m excited :”D)

“I say that there is no role for women—there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself.” ― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

Who are your favorite authors?

Naomi Novik, Alan Campbell, Robin Hobb, Patrick Ness and Neal Stephenson

Have you joined any groups?

Yep! Quite a few, though honestly I keep updated on only a couple of them. I’M A BAD GROUP MEMBER D”:

I Tag:

Ace and Zezee!

Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 01/31/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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January Book Haul | #14

It’s that time of month again, the time where I show you how little self-control I have. Woot.

Between gift cards I’d received for Christmas, two different bargain outlet stores and just me burning through series and ‘NEEDING THE NEXT ONE NAOOOWWWWGHGHWOGHGH’ I’ve accumulated a lot of books this month. So here they are:

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So this is all of them together. I’m gonna go into a bit further detail this time around because I wanna. :”D

20170129_090758First, I wanna point out and be happy at my local bargain outlet. I mean seriously guys. Hardbacks. Look how much. If you’ve ever wondered how I end up with so many books each month, this is how. Seriously, can’t beat it. They’re new, too! Overstock is a lovely thing, ladies and gentlemen.

And this month, I’ve fallen into a YA fantasy kick. A huge one – it’ll be evident in the Wrap Up I’ll post in a few days. But I’ve been on a streak and that’s basically all I’ve been reading. Half the books below I’ve already zoomed through and there are others I’m currently working on and almost done with as well.

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The few books I got this month that weren’t YA fantasy were manga, sci-fi or cookbooks. I’ll start with the cookbook, which was actually a Christmas present from my fiance that I forgot to haul last month because I’m a ding dong. But if you’ve ever seen the show ‘Good Eats’, you’ll see why I’m obsessed with this book. It has recipes, snippets from the show, all sorts of stuff. I’ve been pining after it for years and my lovey was kind enough to give it to me for Christmas. :”D I like him.

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I spent all the gift cards I got for Christmas on manga, as my local bookstores (both of them!) were having a buy-two-get-one sale. I kinda went nuts. I also purchased vols 6-10 of Attack on Titan as well, but they’re currently lent out so they’re not pictured. I’m obsessed with this series like I haven’t been with a manga for years. It’s been years guys. I missed buying volumes and buzzing through them. It’s a nice feeling.

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And finally, this last purchase was a total cover-buy. I read the back and it definitely sounded like it’d be something up my alley but honestly I would have walked right past it if it wasn’t so beautiful. It caught my eye and drew me right to it. The last time I bought a book this way, it ended up being one of my favorites of all time (*cough* The Fold *cough*) so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one just as much. I’ve linked my instagram video I made of me taking off the cover below. LOOK AT IT. LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS OH MY GOSH.

IT'S SO LOVELY 😢 . . . #bookstagram #bookhaul #books #beautiful

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So that’s it for this month! As I’ve said, a good deal of these I ended up reading this month too, so I thinking I’m doing rather decently. If you’ve read any of these, do let me know! 😀

Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 01/29/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Most Underrated Books

Top 5 Wednesday

Hello, it’s Thursday Wednesday! (Shh)

Today’s topic is Underrated Books and I didn’t notice that it was this topic ’til just now. So I’m doin’ it anyways even though I’m late. So there. I’m very excited about this one – especially reading them. Gives me a chance to learn about books that typically aren’t talked about in the book community. So heeeere we go. For this, I’m going to consider ‘underrated‘ as ‘has less than 5,000 reviews on Goodreads‘ since y’know, some books on there have several hundred thousand.

If you’d like to join T5W, here is the link to do so.


5. The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes, forward by Stephen Fry

The History of the World Through TwitterGoodreads ratings: 25

I don’t understand why this book never took off. It’s hysterical. It starts at ‘the beginning of the world’ with God tweeting about his mishaps making flat animals and the takes off into the future with dinosaurs tweeting about food and hunting and caveman tweeting about cave paintings. It goes up through present day, at least as present as when this book was published. It’s light, fast and pretty damn funny.

 

 

4. Demon Diary by Lee Chi-Hyong

Demon Diary, Volume 01Goodreads ratings: 4260

This series is a comedy about a young man who finds himself sitting on the thrown of a demon empire. Problem is, he’s totally childlike and unsuited for the position. He’s a cutie pie though, leading to some pretty funny scenes between he and his ever-more-frustrated advisor as they try to govern the realm. It’s totally adorable and a lot of fun to read. It has hints of light shonen ai the farther you get into it, too. Unfortunately, this is an older series and honestly I think it might be out of print at this point. Not entirely sure.

 

3. Priest by Min-Woo Hyung

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedGoodreads ratings: 473

This gem seriously surprised me. I picked it up on a whim at a half price books clearance sale for fifty cents. Honestly didn’t expect much from it, but this manga man, this manga is excellent. The art is dark and gritty and the storyline is exactly the same. It’s set in the American West and follows a fallen priest who has sold his soul to the devil as he tries to save humanity from impending doom. It’s seriously good. Really, I’m loving this series. I need to find more volumes – I have 3 or 4 so far and I’m smitten.

 

2. The Dark City (The Relic Master series) by Catherine Fisher

The Dark City (Relic Master, #1)Goodreads ratings: 1902

I’ve never actually seen or read anybody mentioning this series before and I can’t understand why. It’s amazing! Mixing sci-fi and steampunk and fantasy, this four book series is definitely imaginative, fast-paced and fun. I buzzed through the thing and went to find people to blab about it with and couldn’t find anyone! If you’ve read it, please do tell me so I can goo about it with you. The first of the four books has probably the most sedated pace, but each one just picks up and runs from there. I loved this series, man. AND I WANT TO SHARE MY LOVE OF IT WITH YOU SO READ IT. D:

1. Scar Night (The Deepgate Codex) by Alan Campbell

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Goodreads ratings: 3322

Guys. GUYS. This is one of my favorite series ever and every time people ask me what my favorite books are, this always makes the list. And then promptly I get blank stares because nobody has ever heard of it.

This steampunk fantasy is set in a city suspended over a seemingly bottomless abyss by chains and at the bottom lives the deity that rules over the city. This book has renegade angels and anti-heros galore. I feel gooey just thinking about how much I adore this series. It’s a three-book trilogy, each one holding its own as a book. If you take away anything from this list guys, make it this book, this series. Read it. READ IT.

 
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Posted by on 01/26/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Blogger Aesthetic Award

Hello. :”D

Today, I’ve been tagged in an award post by the wonderful Orang-utan Librarian. So thank you!

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips:

My Aesthetic:

I feel like the photos I chose suggest I’m a much deeper person than I actually am. Haha oops.

I tag Nora, Ace, Shivii, Alex and Jazzy. Peer pressure, do it.

 
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Posted by on 01/19/2017 in Book Tag

 

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo | Blabber

(I’ve decided to change the review titles from ‘yapping’ to ‘blabber’, just because that’s the catch-phrase of my blog as is. So there. :P)

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Grisha Trilogy, Book 3
Read Jan 12th (the whole thing)
422 pages
YA Fantasy

-Spoilery blabbing-
Dun read unless you’ve read the book or don’t care about being spoiled out your ass.

I started this book this morning around 4am and stopped only for about 30 minutes at 7:30am so I could drive to work, where I promptly started reading again because it was dead as hell. It’s now 1:30pm and I’ve just finished this thing.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a complete series so quickly before. I started The Grisha trilogy on Jan 5th. The first two books took me two days each to read, then I read a different book for a day while I waited for this one to arrive in the mail, then I buzzed through this one in about 9 hours. I feel like the speed at which I read these makes my opinions on them different than they would be if I would have taken them slower, but who knows.

This third book, the final in the series, was a very bittersweet read for me. Overall, I really liked it, but it left me feeling bleak, I guess. The story picks up in the caves where the characters had escaped to at the end of the second book – the setting stayed there for a few chapters or so while Alina recovered got worse under the Apparat’s care. Honestly at this point in the book, I was under the impression that Alina’s powers were gone, kaput, nada. I reasoned this much from her saying just that at the end of the second book. But hey, low and behold, it was just because she was out of direct sunlight. Which in itself is fine, but she seemed to know as much – she actively sought sunlight so she could use her summoning abilities again. It just confused me – why have her state her powers were gone if she knew that weren’t? Not a huge deal, but I feel it was unnecessary. Image result for jaimie alexander

The book itself has a bit of a slow pace during the cave scenes but picks up fairly quickly
once they escape from it. One of my favorite parts
about this book is the character development, particularly Zoya’s. In book one (and part of two) she was a very one-dimensional stereotypical mean girl. She still kinda holds onto that persona, but at the same time, we get to see a bit more into her personality and sense of humor, which was a refreshing change. I keep picturing Jaimie Alexander, who played Sif in Thor, in my mind as I read for her, too. So she’s totally and completely cast in my mind and any other choice if they make a movie or tv show will pale in comparison, hawhaw.

But anyways, the meat of the book: The ending. I both loved and hated the ending. When I was reading and when Mal was killed, I got upset. And then when the Darkling was killed I got really upset. Like, that almost ruined the book for me – Alina sitting in the sand with the two deadies on either side of her. Like really. It would have been awful to end it that way. But Mal ended up living, which saved the book for me. If she would have ended up alone and mourning both of them, I feel like I would have cast this book away and never looked back.

But Mal lived and Alina is happy. And Nikolai lived as well, though I feel like I wanted to read more about him.

But the Darkling man, the Darkling. WHY did he have to die. I feel like his death is what caused this book to bump down to a four star rating for me. Until that point, it had been a solid 5 stars easy. There were so many ways he could have lived and the plot would still make sense. But ugh man. Ugh. I’m so mad about that. Honestly it’s mostly because I’m team Darklina all the way. (I fully understand that he’s awful and in no way suitable, but like I said since the first book, I was fascinated and was rooting for him hahah). So now I need to go find my non-canonical fanfiction and just stew in there for a bit, thank you. But even with my ship not happening aside, the character still could have lived. Buh. BUH.

Happy-sad-frustrated ending to the book. It was a really good ending – a really solid ending and honestly probably the most logical one for all the plotlines that had been set up and needed completed. It was good. But it wasn’t what I wanted. 😛

Rating: 4/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 01/12/2017 in Book Discussion, Books, Review

 

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Spoilery Yapping

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Grisha Trilogy, Book 2
Read Jan 7-Jan 10
432 pages
YA Fantasy

– Spoilery Yapping –

Don’t read the following unless you’ve already read the book or don’t care about being spoiled out your ass.

And the award for the most insecure couple goes to! I swear, I’m getting so tired of reading about two people that can’t effing talk to each other when they’re mad. That’s like… the foundation of a relationship, yo. You need to be able to talk to the person you love even when you’re mad at them. Goodness. And not to mention the exchanges they do have are super unhealthy. Both go out of their way to say things to hurt the other. You don’t do that in a relationship either. You be nice.

So aside from Alina and Mal’s super frustrating interactions or lack thereof, I rather enjoyed this book. I’ve decided to drop the review bit for this one, just because it’s book two and it’s hard to do a review for a sequel without spoilers anyways. So here we are.

This book is a rather solid sequel I think, buuut I’m thinking I liked the first one a tad better, mostly because Alina and Mal aren’t being dramatic all over the place in it. And the Darkling in this one definitely wins the creeper award. Yes, let’s sneak into people’s bedrooms and smooch them all over in their sleep. Totally not creepy. (And yet I’m still fascinated with the guy. I should despise him but I don’t and I don’t know why).

I think one of the best parts of this book is Nikolai. He’s just too cute. He’s the one character that got me laughing out loud during this thing when everyone else was either brooding, crying, bleeding or a combination of all three. Nikolai is definitely a strong character and I hope he has a big part in the third book (which I can’t start right away because my shipment from amazon hasn’t arrived yet SIGH).

The pacing of this book is a lot better than in the first book, so there’s a strength that this one has. I didn’t feel like the book was stalling and then dumped everything on me at once this time. But I’m noticing the use of ‘convenient plot devices’ more and more in this series and I gotta say I’m not digging it. And by convenient plot devices, I mean the entire end of the book occurring because it was sprung on the read that ‘oh hey the older prince was dumb, by the way’. No build up, nothing. Just ‘here’s the reason why I’m going to write these next three chapters’. It was all tell and no show. I mean I guess it worked because it fit the prince’s character, but at the same time, it was mentioned in the past tense which rubbed me in a way that suggested to me the author didn’t want to write out earlier what could have caused the end events. Maybe I’m alone in this, but ew.

And now instead of the dreaded love triangle I was sensing in book one, now I think I’m picking up on a love square. Alina, who feels she’s unattractive and dull and plain and whatever… apparently has the attention of three, count’em three male super handsome suitors that range in alignment from chaotic good to lawful evil. I’m sure you can tell who belongs where. But really, for someone who is supposedly so plain, she’s sure good at rounding up the dudes, regardless of their actual intentions.

I don’t know man. Maybe this trope is actually starting to bug me. It’s probably because Alina’s character is starting to bug me – I’m losing patience with her actions and reactions when interacting with other people. I feel like she’s not actually pausing to think about what she’s saying or the possible outcomes. More than once I read the line ‘as soon as I said it, I regretted it’. Then why did you say it. There are checkpoints in your brain, you know. You have a frontal lobe. Control that shit. I’m getting tired of plot happening because Alina said something stupid and then ‘immediately regretted it’. Yucky. At this point, I’m kinda rooting for the Darkling to win.

And from what I wrote above, it probably doesn’t sound like I enjoyed the book, but I totally did. The main character is just aggravating. :”D The plot and setting and all sorts of stuff though are still pretty great.

Can’t wait for book three! I’ve heard it’s rather polarizing as far as opinions on it go. So I’m sure I’ll have a lot to yap about afterwards.

4/5 stars


Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 01/10/2017 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | Review and Spoilery Yapping

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Read Jan 5th- Jan 7th
358 pages
YA Fantasy

– Spoiler Free Reviewy Bit –

I’ve very, very late onto this bandwagon. I feel like everyone and their mom has read this book and that a review on it at this point might be a bit redundant. But hey, I’m gonna do it anyways.

Shadow and Bone was a fast paced fantasy where nothing happened and then everything did. I feel like that was my main problem with the book – its pacing was all over the place. That being said, I still loved the thing. I was (and still am) in the mood for YA fantasy and this book definitely scratched that itch in the best way. I can see why a lot of people enjoy this book, and at the same time, I can see where many had problems with it. Luckily for me, I’m on the ‘I like it’ side of the spectrum. There were a decent amount of tropes that this book fell victim to that should have bothered me but somehow didn’t. I really must have been in the mood for a book like this. I seriously enjoyed it but I can recognize its flaws.

The book begins a trilogy following a young woman who falls into the chosen one trope. Because of this, she’s whisked out of her military lifestyle to become a Grisha, a practitioner of the Small Sciences. The Grisha wear color-coded clothing, depending on which concentration they work in. The Darkling, for instance – the ruler of all the Grisha – wheres black. Summoners – those who can summon fire, water, etc – wear blue, yada yada. There are four different colors total, and what I found interesting was that while the Grisha made up a very small number of humans, they still had barriers between the different groups. Rivalries, jealousies, strengths and weaknesses. It was fascinating reading the politics between the groups for the little time that it was focused on. The main character Alina, finds herself placed in one of these groups, but saying which one is a spoiler and would ruin why she’s ‘the chosen one’.

The plot picks up after Alina begins her Grisha training and details about the multiple wars with other countries causing strife across the nation and the unsea, a vast, huge realm of darkness that stretches across the land like a scar, are revealed.

This book has action, romance, hints of ‘magic school’ness, even though all the Grisha whine ‘It’s science! IT’S SCIENCE SHUT UP’, and great world building. Based on Russian culture, this book is definitely unique in its background. I think one of my favorite things about this book is the strong female friendship present throughout most of it. The characterization is great as well – The Darkling in particular is fascinating. His motives, his actions, all of it. He’s like watching a train wreck. I just couldn’t look away. Alina’s character, while also pretty decent, I feel still lacks a bit of development. I’m hoping that’ll change in the future two books, especially after having to deal with the events in the first one.

The writing is wonderful as well. The usage of verbage and syntax sometimes almost give a poetic feel to the book and at other times, convey grittiness and despair. I really enjoyed the writing.

And my top absolute favorite thing about this book is that I had heard rumors about certain characters going in, so I was kind of waiting for something to happen, something that would prove these rumors, and when it finally happened, I was still caught off guard. I knew something was gonna happen and I still didn’t expect it. It. was. awesome.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book. It’s given a solid beginning to a series that I’m hoping will stay just as good throughout.

4.5/5 stars


– Spoilery Yapping –

Okay so, as of 2017 I’m going to start adding these sections to my reviews. Only read these if you’ve read the book or don’t care about being spoiled out your ass.

This book was exactly what I needed I think. A YA fantasy that had handsome dudes in it to get me out of my reading slump. I read this baby in two and a half days. That’s practically unheard of for me. So this book follows Alina, right. She’s this girl who in my opinion reminds me of Violet from The Invincibles. At least, I pictured an older version of her throughout this thing. A stringy, skinny girl that (shocker) is secretly beautiful. Like I said above, tropes that should bother me but somehow didn’t. I think it was the writing and characterization that kept me from being overly annoyed by the tropes. I was just enjoying myself so much that they didn’t irk me.

Anyways. Violet Alina is plucked from her life as a military recruit to be trained as a Grisha after she blinds a bunch of people with her body. Shortly after she’s convinced everyone around her that she’s not a living time-bomb waiting to explode, she’s introduced to The Darkling, who I’ve developed a weird obsession with.

Image result for the incredibles violetThe Darkling is this very attractive ancient organism who tells Alina she’s destined for great things. And gasp, Alina starts falling for the guy. As soon as this started happening, my spidey senses started tingling and I felt the imminent approach of a love triangle. That’s because Alina’s best friend Mal (also strikingly good looking) whom Alina is secretly in love with (despite her being near him for their entire lives and her never mentioning it, shocker) saves her life and is then shipped off into war. Misunderstandings abound and Alina pines for the guy until his perfectly-timed-to-cause-drama return.

But lucky me, I’m not so sure about this love triangle anymore, especially after the end of the book. This is that thing I mentioned earlier. That rumor. I had heard going in that people loved and hated the Darkling, that he was despicable but they still loved the guy. I was 50% into the book and was still thinking ‘I don’t see it. He seems like a decent guy’ and then wham. The Darkling is actually an evil bastard.

Everything that Darkling had done up until that point, the romance, the kindness, everything, evaporated. And though I knew something like that would have to happen to prove the rumors, it still caught me totally off guard. And that’s what made me love the book: The Darkling’s character. His character is written so, so so well. Alina, upon realizing his true intentions, went back over all of his past behavior and she came to the realization that all of it was manipulative, all of it. He played her like a fiddle and showed no remorse. And the best part was, I didn’t notice any of it earlier on either and Alina’s realizations were also mine. Even parts that she didn’t go back and cover, I did, and I found them to be full of ulterior motive. I loved it. This book, this character. He’s a conniving bastard and I think it’s spectacular.

I hate the Darkling and I’m obsessed with him at the same time. Alina’s a decent character, Mal is a decent character, Genya is a decent character, but the Darkling is just morbidly fascinating and it’s great. Really, he’s like a train wreck. It’s just so awesome.

Wah, I need book two, stat. I need more.

I just sincerely hope that the author doesn’t decide to be all ‘lol Stockholm Syndrome!’ because I think I’ll have to punch the book in the head. We shall see now, won’t we.

 
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Posted by on 01/07/2017 in Book Discussion, Books, Review

 

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