The Seafarer’s Kiss – The Little Mermaid retelling of my Dreams

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Publication date : May 4th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Interlude Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 230

Synopsis : Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4.5 stars

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review*

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Thinking about The Seafarer’s Kiss makes my heart swell, swell, swell, that’s how much I loved it. IT IS SO AMAZING, GUYS. This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and it didn’t disappoint, not at all. In fact, it was different in more ways than one and better than what I expected. I think it is scientifically proven (ok maybe not) that it’s impossible not to be excited about this gem. Little Mermaid retelling? Bisexual MC? Norse Mythology? My answer was automatically GIMME.

The writing is absolutely stunning. It is soft and lyrical, and I didn’t expect anything short of that coming from Julia, she’s a word whisperer, she wields them to her will and does beautiful things with them. My favorite part about it has to be the descriptions, they were mesmerizing and set a whimsical tone to the story, the magic seeps through them especially when it comes to the mermaids, I was all heart eyes. One thing that made me really happy is the use of gender neutral pronouns for the gods, we tend to have a binary look at everything and this was a very refreshing and needed change.

The world building is seamless, it’s so well weaved into the story that i didn’t realize how much I knew about the world the author created until I knew it all, it wasn’t overwhelming in any way. This being a retelling, I was afraid it would be predictable in some way but the author was inspired by the original tale only lightly, she took “staple” pieces from it, twisted them and put them to a different use to be able to bring in the Norse mythology element. And it was a very successful mix.

Now, this was darker than I expected. It started off slow (not the bad kind) and things escalated progressively until the pace picked up and kept me on my toes for the rest of the novel, it even managed to surprise me with some minor twists a few times. You know how I have a soft spot for morally grey characters, right? Well this one hit all the marks with me in that area. I absolutely adored how the lines between evil and good were blurred and everything and -almost- everyone was in the middle, much more complex than the black and white default settings.

The Seafarer’s Kiss is written in first person from Ersel‘s POV and she has my heart. Like most characters in this book, she’s flawed and selfish. But also gorgeous, clever and resourceful. She doesn’t give up on her goals no matter what challenges are thrown at her. Although she did some questionnable things for questionnable reasons, the fact that she tried to make it all right made me love her even more. Special mention to her mom who is a total badass, super supportive and loving.

Next comes Ragna, the human girl and love interest. She’s confident and absolutely stabtastic but I also felt like I had to protect her at all costs even though I was fully aware that of the two of us, I’m the one in need of protection heh. Here comes a confession and the reason for no giving this book a full 5 stars, a completely selfish reason but you know. I WANTED MORE ERSEL/RAGNA PAGE SPACE. I shipped them so hard that I just wanted way more of them than I got (which wasn’t a lot to be honest).

Havamal. is. a. mess. He acts out on impulse and regrets it afterwards but he is so endearing and I’m total trash for him. There it is, I said it. I ADORED Havamal no matter how much I wanted to smack him because of his choices, it just is what it is. Last but not least is Loki, they took the gold for my favorite villainous characters of all times, THEY WERE AMAZING, smart, sneaky, ruthless and quite funny. I love the original Loki but the way Julia wrote them here is just fantastic.

I think this will be it for this review. Oh, nope, one last thing, IT HAS THE CUTEST BELUGAS EEEEEVER. So if all of this doesn’t make you want to pick The Seafarer’s Kiss as soon as it is out, I don’t know what will. Seriously though, preorder it NOW, you don’t want to miss out.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Seafarer’s Kiss? If so, what did you think?

Who was you favorite character? Because I can’t decide. 

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Ink and Bone – The Book that shows the Power of Knowledge

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Publication date : July 7th, 2015goodreads

Publisher : Berkley Publishing

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 352

Synopsis : In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 3.5 stars

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I have many, many conflicting feelings about this book. Going into it, I didn’t know what to expect, IT’S A BOOK ABOUT BOOKS (I feel like all people who read this book, say this exact same thing haha.) and the premise sounds cool but other than that, I didn’t know what to think. After reading it, as much as I wasn’t disappointed, it didn’t blow my mind either. The concept delivered but I still had a few issues with the book that weren’t negligible.

One thing I want to get out of the way before starting the proper review is that the synopsis is misleading. It makes it seem like the fact that Jess’s (the main character) friend committing heresy is what’s going to get the plot going, it is not. That doesn’t happen until the end of the book. That was kind of a bummer because I kept expecting it to happen and it didn’t. Anyway, moving on.

The writing is easy to follow without falling into being over-simplistic. It was just what the book needed. Though the first complaint I have is about the chapters, they are so painstakingly long. Ink and Bone is with no doubt the book that contains the longest chapters I’ve ever read and that didn’t help with the pace of the book -which I’ll get into a bit later. Last thing, read this:

“For the most part, the people matched the place: exotic, clean, attractive, polite. Cosmopolitan.

Yikes. You probably don’t see what is wrong with that sentence, let me enlighten you. You DON’T describe a person as exotic, NEVER. No matter what your reasons are, they’re not food, they’re not exotic. After that, I watched like a hawk for more vocabulary like that but there weren’t so I’ll just call this one a slip.

Onto the plot now. I loved the concept, it is unique and unheard of, even though I must admit at first it was a bit confusing and I found it hard to get the hang of but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. What it basically is, is a world where the Alexandrian Library didn’t burn and it controls all knowledge, no one has the right to own books and doing so is against the law. Because of that, the world progress is rendered slow and it is stuck in a 19th century sort of vibe while technically the book is set in the future.

But the book was slow. Very slow, with no apparent direction to the plot for the first chunk of it. I blame that pace on 1/ the long chapters and 2/ the misleading synopsis which made me expect something that wasn’t coming. But once the pace picked up, it was GREAT and very complex. Plot wise, the second half of the book would easily get 4 stars from me, shit got very real very fast, people started betraying, stabbing, dying, etc… I loved how through the letters that were inserted between the chapters, the reader isn’t kept in the dark and knows right off the bat that the library is the bad guy -which honestly is like a sect.

The world building -along with one character- was my favorite part, it was really well done and explained in depth with no info-dumps, all the information that was needed was introduced through dialogue, lectures to the postulants, etc.. So that it all flowed nicely.

I LOVED the characters, each one of them came from a different part of the world, they made for a very diverse cast. But what I loved most of all about them is how none of them suffered from SSS (That’s Special Snowflake Syndrome if you weren’t following me when I first used that acronym), they all had strengths and weaknesses that complimented each other’s.

Funnily enough, Jess who is the main character felt like the one I knew the least about and the one that I didn’t particularly care for, though I loved his friendship with Thomas aka the big bear of the story. I loved that boy so much. Speaking of characters I loved, Wolfe -their instructor- was such a fascinating character to read about, he was an authority figure while never taking advantage of his position. He also had an entire backstory that drove part of the plot and explained other parts.

My favorite was Khalila by far, she is a Muslim girl from Saudi Arabia and SO SASSY, she’s such a confident, brave character, I felt like kick-ass is a word that was created with her in mind. The fact that she was only a side character made me think that being written in one single POV didn’t work in favor of Ink and Bone because I wanted more of her. But not only Khalila, I wanted more of all the other side characters as well.

There were a few romances happening, one being M/M, another being interracial, both of which I loved but again, the main one that involved Jess didn’t do much for me. I saw it coming and liked it, it was cute and all BUT it was a bit rushed and that made it feel underdeveloped and lacking chemistry.

This may seem like a rant more than anything else but it’s not haha. Mostly. I still really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Ink and Bone? If so, what did you think?

Who was your favorite character? What was your favorite part of book?

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The Forbidden Wish – The Aladdin retelling to crush the Original

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Publication date : February 23st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Razorbill

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 352

Synopsis : She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? (From Goodreads)

Rating : 4.5 stars

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*swoons* *swoons* *swoons* *swoons* Okay, I’m good. I LOVE THIS BOOK YOU GUYS. This is the Aladdin retelling I never thought my life was missing, until I read it. This is such a feel-happy book, it will just make you smile broadly with its story, relationships, magic and everything in between. It will also suck you in and keep you turning the pages until there are no more pages to be turned. And you’ll keep thinking about it and how warm and fuzzy it made you feel for a while after putting it down. At least that’s what it did to me.

The writing in The Forbidden Wish is the most precious, exquisite thing I’ve read in a while. It is so poetic that it brings to life the magic of the book. It makes it more mesmerizing, more tangible, almost real. And most importantly it fits Zahra’s (the jinni) character. The book is written from her POV and she is thousands of years old so that ought to show on the writing and it does. Zahra recounts the story as a long letter to her Habiba (translates to darling, dear, etc…) queen Roshana -whose identity and role in the book you learn later on- and she loved her which you can see through the text, the narration holds a lot of emotion.

I can’t not mention the descriptions obviously, they are very vivid which helps a lot with the complex world building. Speaking of which, that world building is amazing. It is very detailed and thorough, the history that was laid down as a base to the story was really impressive and left no room for confusion, inaccuracies or plot holes.

More importantly, it has the most accurate depiction of Jinnis (or jins) I’ve ever encountered in a book, they are portrayed as the complex beings that they are. This resembles a lot what we grew up hearing and believing (although not 100%, you gotta leave some room from imagination and creativity), from the shapeshifting, to the silent language, to the existence of good ones and bad ones. The slight problem I had is that there were multiple Sheitans (when Sheitan is used for a unique creature which is the equivalent of the devil).

The Forbidden Wish is pure magic, the story is threaded of many subplots that end up connecting and making perfect sense. The main one being the romance. THIS is how I want all my romances to be, it is so soft, gentle and most all SLOW BURN, the pace of it made my dead heart sing. Zahra and Aladdin’s relationship starts off as a friendship which keeps on evolving until they can’t see their respective lives without each other anymore, and THEN they realize how deeply in love they are.

The romance doesn’t eclipse the other -no less important- parts of the story. One thing that I particularly love is how it reaches far beyond Zahra and gives every character their own goals and motives (at some point the book even shifts its focus onto princess Caspida), some less honest than others which makes for an exhilarating and addictive adventure that gives the book a fast pace -when needed- and a guaranteed page-turner.

Zahra is very intelligent and full of contradictions if you ask me but in the best ways. She has a very strong personality but is also full of doubts, she is both selfless and selfish, gentle and firm, proud and ready to sacrifice herself for others. She has flaws. And all of these things make her all the more loveable. I adored everything she stood for, as well as how the author kept a part of her past veiled throughout most of the book but teased us enough to remind us that that is something we really want to learn.

Aladdin is such a fun character. He has a flirty personality, he is also cunning, hilarious and very smart. All of this being said, he has some deeply rooted insecurities  that break that confident, borderline egocentric facade that he puts up. Last but not least, we need to talk about princess Caspida. I love how she broke that damzel in distress stereotypes, she’s powerful, wise and an amazing fighter, her part of the plot was so refreshing to read, I loved it.

The Forbidden Wish is a mesmerizing story that puts a twist on the original Aladdin and easily surpasses it. It is a beautiful tale of friendships, love and freedom. Relentlessly hopeful and ultimately happy. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on it.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Forbidden Wish? If so, what did you think?

Did it make you as happy as it made me? Did you love it more than the original?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Book I wish had never Happened

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Publication date : July 31st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Arthur A. Levine Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy | Script

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 2.5 stars

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Why didn’t I leave it alone? Why didn’t I leave it alone? WHY DIDN’T I LEAVE IT ALONE? I started off with a very nostalgic warm feeling inside but as I kept on reading and realized how they screwed EVERYTHING up, I went from warm, to disappointed, to frustrated to straight up angry. I just didn’t get it, like why hurt our feelings like that? 😦 Some parts of it hurt physically to read.

Anyway. I’ve seen a lot of people around saying it reads like a fanfiction but to me it didn’t (that may be because I haven’t read fanfiction in 6+ years). I used to read a lot of plays for school growing up so that felt just like that, the writing was alright even though the narration felt awkward and forced at times but the dialogue made me smile at some points because it was funny and reminiscent of the characters as kids. Mostly for Ron and Hermione because he was very hilarious and kind of the cool uncle and she was still bossy, witty and intelligent, and most of all they still bicker.

A character that I despised most of all was Harry, WHO WAS THAT? That’s not the Harry we know and love, that’s a dull, stuck up, know-it-all version of him that I didn’t enjoy reading about. Not at all. Especially when around his son Albus. I must admit that Albus can be a pain in the ass but he is a teenager, his tantrums are to be expected, the same can’t be told about Harry because he responded like a teenager more often than not. Just look at this:ou

ALBUS: No! I just wish you weren’t my dad.

HARRY (seeing red): Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.

WHO SAYS THAT? I get that he was angry and that he regretted it right after but that? Our Harry would never do that. He was also controling of Albus’ life without even hearing him out or taking his feelings into consideration. Oh! And best of all is when he said this to Professor McGonagall:

HARRY: Albus didn’t like me before. He might not like me again. But he will be safe. With the greatest respect, Minerva – you don’t have children –

GINNY: Harry!

HARRY: – You don’t understand.

I just couldn’t. And how did he justify his behavior at the end? “I didn’t have a father so I don’t know how to be one.” For God’s sake! And how are you a good father to James and Lily then? I call bullshit. You can say that I have lots of feeling about what they did with Harry’s character.

Now Scorpius. THAT BOY STOLE MY HEART. He’s the most precious potato I’ve ever read about, I just want to squish him into a hug. He is such a nerdy sweet boy who breaks all Slytherin stereotypes, I felt like he belonged in all the houses. I also loved how Draco just wanted to be happy.

As for the plot, I feel conflicted about it. As a plot of its own, it’s great, it holds itself and all but as a continuation that happens more than 20 years afterwards, it seemed really far fetched, especially since I had just finish Deathly Hollows the day before I just couldn’t separate the two and read it as its own thing. I would’ve preferred Albus and Scorpio to go on their own adventure instead of recycling Voldemort again and him having a daughter with Bellatrix is just so mind boggling to me. I know there have been theories going that way but I’ve never been on board with any of them. I must admit that Delphi being the villain took me by surprise because I didn’t expect it there to be a villain, just Albus and Scorpio screwing up the timeline.

Anyway, I just think they should’ve left the play alone, they just messed it up by releasing the script. I’m sure the actual play is magical and amazing, and if I could watch it I think I would be able to separate it from the original series and actually enjoy it. So, I’m not holding this thing against it. I’ll just pretend it doesn’t exist.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Cursed Child? If so, what did you think? Did it live up to your expectations?

Did you watch the Play? If so, how was it? 

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Winter – The Happily Ever After to our Futuristic Fairytales

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Publication date : November 10th, 2015goodreads

Publisher :  Feiwel and Friends

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction – Fantasy

Page Count: 832

Synopsis : Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating:  4 stars

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Well, I’ve FINALLY had the time to finish the series and it was SO SO good, the perfect wrap-up after all the build-up and the crazy adventures BUT here’s the thing, as much as I loved reading it, I was in a funky mood and didn’t enjoy is much as I expected. I was set on giving it a 5 stars but then as I started reading, something didn’t feel right and I nelt more towards 3.5 stars THEN came the ending and it made me so happy that I decided on a 4 stars.

The book starts slow and lets the tension climb up slowly  but once it picks up, HOLY MOTHER OF MACARONY, it was so so good, everything was happening so fast and when something went right another thing went wrong to make everything all the more difficult for them to get Luna back and THAT, I really appreciated, because as much as this is a fairytale retelling, we can’t make it too easy on our protagonists, can we?

Alright, I’m having a LOT of difficuties reviewing this book, because in other circumstances I would be raving all over the place and now I’m not??? Like I have nothing bad to say but then again all the good things are numbed by this freaking mood I am in. Anyway, this book read fast, life real fast for how long it is, it didn’t feel like 800+ pages at all, I would have finished in half the time I did if I didn’t have to study *sigh* because the action in it was such a page turner that I couldn’t get enough of it and I just needed more. Speaking of which, I LOVED how that final battle scene was handled, as much as it was kick-ass and full of hope, it was also desperate and violent and just GREAT.

Though, one thing that was really peculiar is reading  from Winter‘s POV, it wasn’t bad, I actually really liked it, it was just different from all the others, having the condition that she had, we could witness her drifting between reality and her hallucinations in an instant, and even though she was conscious that those weren’t real she still couldn’t extract herself from them and in those moments even the tone of her narration changed, if that makes any sense. I loved her so so much, she has this wise, calm aura about her that was soothing and graceful. She’s also very innocent and and loveable.

Moving on to my other beloved characters, I LOVED how they all had each other’s back and fought for one another. Iko is still my favorite out of the bunch, she is so hilarious and brave, and I loved seeing her experiencing these new human feelings and relationships and how she delt with them. Scarlet is SO kick-ass, I knew she was from book 2, but here there was this new strength about her, she shone through as a leader. Cress surprised me, she had great character development and grew more confident and mature than she was before, I particularly loved the moment when she confronted Thorne, I just kept screaming YES and flailing. I obviously cannot talk about all of them one by one but these are the ones that stuck with me.

Also, the ships, ALL OF THEM!! Wolf and Scarlet’s reunion scene GAVE.ME.LIFE. Kai and Cinder are KaiandCinder and they deserve to be happy and I love them so much. Winter and Jacin were the cutest because their relationship felt so innocent. As for Cress and Thorne, CRESS AND THORNE, I LOVED how awkward and nervous, confident cocky Thorne got around Cress.

That ending was a true fairytale ending and it made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside which kind of helped with the funky mood, even if it didn’t cure it completely, and to me the 3rd book “Cress” will always be the best. May I add that I feel like Winter’s Arc is the one that stayed the truest to the original Snow White fairytale? It had almost all the elements (if not all).


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Winter? If so, what did you think?

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Unicorn Tracks – On finding Love while Casually saving Unicorns

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Publication date : April 21st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Harmony Ink Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 180

Synopsis : After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.
Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 3 stars

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*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review*

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First of all, I have been eyeing this book for a few weeks before I got it, just LOOK AT THAT COVER, it is so gorgeous and I wish I had the physical copy so I can craddle and love it forever. Then I got it and I couldn’t be happier because there are girls in love, unicorns and adventure, doesn’t it sound like something any of us fantasy lovers would enjoy? Yes? Then you’re definitely not wrong, this was an enjoyable and quick read but I was ultimately disappointed.

The writing in this book is good. Really good. The author has a way of telling her story that threads through your mind and keeps you flipping the pages. At some points, it was just straight up beautiful, it took me by surprise. Just read this and judge for yourself:

“A shrill melody floated on the air, rising higher like the climax of a song. Bending thr muscular crest of his neck, the stallion touched his muzzle to his knees. And I could have sworn he was taking a bow.”

The setting of the book was probably my favorite thing about it. It is set in Nazwimbe which is a fictional land inspired from southern African countries, everything from the actual place, to the culture and the beliefs were heavily empreinted with that. While we’re on it, the world building is well done, especially for a book this short. Everything was so detailed and well thought out that I never felt confused or disoriented by any of it, it just made sense and flowed very nicely. One thing that nagged at me though is that I didn’t know WHEN it was set, today? yesterday? 300 years ago? 50 years in the future? I DON’T KNOW.

The major fictitious elements are the creatures. They are a mix between real -elephants, lions…- and mystical -unicorns, mermaids…- and a slight problem I had is that when some of the latter were introduced is was kind of infodumpey and didn’t flow as well as the rest of the story. The unicorns take front stage in the plot and how I adored them! They were so majestically described and were made out to be very intelligent and strong, and I just really really enjoyed reading about them. They truely fascinated me.

As I said before, the unicorns are at the center of it all because our protagonist and her love love interest set on a mission to rescue them from poachers who are exploiting and harming them -which was a neat and subtle way to raise awareness to animal cruelty I might add. At first, the mystery was kept alive and a real pageturner for me but as the story progressed and the plot unfolded it started becoming more predictable, the girls just got away too easily with things they’ve done and from situations they were trapped in. There was no real stress for me or fear for them not getting out of it whole because I just knew they would. Just. Like. Every. Other. Time. And that kind of bummed me a lot because the premise was so interesting and some impredictable twists and turns would’ve made it better.

The story is told in first person from our MC, Mnemba‘s POV and I have a love/hate relationship with her. She made really rash and nonsensical decisions that ALWAYS put her and Kara in danger, she didn’t think things through and defied authority when it was for her own good, on the other hand there was just something preventing me from disliking her, I simply COULDN’T. I really liked the mix of strength and vulnerability she was made off. Kara, I don’t think much off to be honest, she was there, pushing Mnemba into taking the rash decisions, but still she had a bold personality and that’s not something to dislike. Their romance though was quite cute, BUT also insta-lovey which annoyed me knowing how I can’t deal with rushed romance.

Special notice to Bi Trembla, the sassy maternal figure that never failed to kick their asses everytime they did somthing irrational -which is ALL THE TIME- but she is also loving and endearing. Last but not least, Tumelo, Mnemba’s cousin and also my favorite, he was such a drama queen that it made for some really funny moments that I very much appreciated, he’s very heavy on theatrics, but really he’s a very caring young men.

Overall, even though the book didn’t live up to my expectations, I liked it for its premise, its setting and most of all for its diversity. It felt rich! And lest not forget about the Unicorns. I have never read a book about them and now I want more, they’re so amazing !


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Did you read Unicorn Tracks? If so, what did you think?

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Crooked Kingdom – I… I don’t know what Words are anymore

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Publication date : September 27th, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Orion Children’s Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 536

Synopsis : Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 5 stars

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Well, after the way Six of Crows left me hanging, my eyes practically out of their sockets, I just had to pick up this one right away. Which I did and it blew my mind even more than the first… I just don’t know what to say. Like, really! You should see my review notes, they’re so short it’s a joke. But I’ll try. I promise I’ll do my best to make you see THE AWESOMENESS THAT THIS BOOK IS OMG! You need it in your life and let me tell you why.

Writing wise, Crooked Kingdom follows the same structure as its predecessor. It has all 6 POVS plus the first one from a nobody and the last from Pekka Rollins. It also has those flashbacks whenever they’re relevant, what I loved about that is that no matter how good we get to know the characters (aka MY PRECIOUS BABIES) there is still more to know and ways for them to surprise us. And lest no forget, holy shit! The action scenes in this book are the best I’ve read in a while, they made me feel the tension and danger as if I were living it.

So, the stories picks up around a week after (If I remember correctly) the end of SoC with the crew in more danger than ever with the whole world wanting them caught or death. It was literally them against the world and I was scared. Nina even brought it up at one point, how there was no one rooting for them, worried about them and it broke my heart a bit, all I wanted to do is scream “BUT I AM. PLEASE DON’T BE SAD!!!!”

The only problem I had at one point is that the pace slowed down drastically as the characters were cornered and didn’t know what to do, and that’s what made me doubt whether this book would be as good as the precedent one. BUT I WAS WRONG! I should never have doubted Bardugo’s genius because after that she made a huge mess of things that I couldn’t see how it would resolve itself with all of them being safe and sound <Spoiler> But I guess they weren’t all safe and sound, WERE THEY? WHY? WHY? WHYYY? Why did my precious Matthias Helvar have to die? That just didn’t make sense to me -or anyone else for that matter- HE COULD’VE LIVED! HE COULD’VE HAD GORGEOUS BABIES WITH NINA!!!! But NO. Bardugo had to go ahead and break my heart. <End of Spoiler>

Also, the last couple of chapters gave me life. <Spoiler> KAZ AND INEJ ACTUALLY HELD HANDS! THEY HELD HANDS FOR GOD’S SAKE AND HE WAS NERVOUS ABOUT MEETING HER PARENTS!!! And what she did to Pekka was hilarious, he almost pooped his pants and I was sitting here cackling like a crazy person because of how much he had if coming.<End of Spoiler>

My precious evil -and not so evil- babies go through so much development throughout the book, they grow separately -each finding a real purpose to fight for- as well as in their relationships with each other. AND OMG THE FRIENDSHIPS! I adored the group dynamic and the silly banter that could go on forever between them.

Kaz is more ruthless than ever, with each decision he makes being more cruel than the last. But at the same time, he was getting more vulnerable?!! It’s like the more he felt things the more he fought it by being worse. Add to that the fact that his scheming was beyond me, I couldn’t help gapping in awe of how pull things off so greatly. If you ask me, Nina was the most interesting character to follow in this book, the changes in her and how she held ot together through it all, still being strong, devoted and SASSY. I loved how she teased Matthias and how he responded to that, and starting to loosen up after a while, he became such a sweetheart. Another noteable character being Wylan and how he adjusted to everything, finding his marks while still seeing the best in people and in the world. Inej and Jesper I loved as much as before.

AND THE SHIPS HAVE SAAAAILED !!!!! This is all I’m going to say!! My heart was happy about how all the romantic relationships were handled.

To wrap it up, what I appreciated the most is how diverse Bardugo made her cast of characters. I know that that’s easy to implement into fantasy but we don’t see it a lot and here she was including POC, M/M romance, characters suffering from PTSD. And this made me love the book all the more.


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Did you read Crooked Kingdom? If so, what did you think?

Who was your favorite character? What did you think of the certain Something that happened towards the end?

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Six of Crows – The crew of Misfits I didn’t know I needed in my Life

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Title : Six of Crows

Author : Leigh Bardugo

Publication date : September 29th, 2015

Publisher : Henry Holte and Company

Genre :  Young Adult | Fantasy

Synopsis : Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 5 stars

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“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”

(No Spoilers)

Holy mother of crows and thieves. WHAT IS THIS BOOK? I am absolutely and completely in love with Six of Crows, the characters, the world, the action… Just EVERYTHING. This was my first -of many, I hope- buddy-read with Kat @ Life and Other Disasters (Side note: I don’t know why it took us this long to buddy-read?!) and let me tell you, we flailed A LOT, and shipped A LOT. I can go on and on about how much we loved this but that wouldn’t make for a good review, would it? Not a coherent one at least, so I’m going to dive straight in. Take a sit, because WOW! I have a lot of things to tell you.

The book is written from a gazillion of perspectives, okay I’m exagerating here but we have 6 misfits as ours MCs which means we have 6 POVs as well, and I was really scared at first that I would get mixed up and lose sense of who was telling what. But I didn’t, which is amazing. Each characters has their own voice, very distinct from the other ones, with its own quirks, I never went “Who’s talking now? Maybe, it’s Kaz? No, no, that’s Nina” plus, I got to know my babies really well, so it would be a shame to not recognize them. One thing all the voices have in common is that they’re really funny, even without wanting to be (read: Matthias)

Another thing that’s brilliantly done in this book is the back and forth between the past and the present. I’m not even kidding, this is the best book I’ve ever read in terms of transitions between flashbacks and the actual story, they are so smooth and perfectly placed that they never stick out or feel out of place, the story just flows through them if that makes any sense. Also, Leigh Bardugo is so freaking skilled, the woman doesn’t bite down on her words. The scenes are very graphics and I just… Enjoyed it?! I really really did!

The story is set in a very intricate world. SO intricate, that I got really confused, but once I went back to the maps (GORGEOUS MAPS!!) and with Kat’s help, things got organized in my mind and I started getting my head in the actual plot. Luckily, that only lasted for 2 chapters or so. It would be WAY too complicated to explain it here but it is a mix of magic and politics and I adored that, I’m finding myself loving books involving some kind of politics more and more and this just made that even stronger.

There’s no such thing as a “slow” moment in this book. The pace picks up from the very first pages and doesn’t go back down, not even after the last one. Six of Crows is so action packed, with our MCs jumping all over the place, doing kick-ass dangerous things, toying with death more times than I could count. All I could do is hold my breath (my brain is probably oxygen-deprived at the moment) and hope for the best because MY BABIES CAN’T GET HURT.

This is not your typical good guys vs. bad guys story. In fact there are no good guys! There are obvious bad guys, but with the MCs that line is blurred and you won’t know what they are anymore. They’re the definitions of morally-gray characters. But here’s the thing.. I’ve come to adore each one of them like A CHILD (okay maybe not Kaz, Kaz is bae). Their relationships are so well thought and their backgrounds so well detailed that I felt like I’ve known them my whole life. They all have a traumatic past. ALL. OF. THEM. And I guess that’s what really brought them together. Aside from the money obviously.

Especially Kaz. Oh my little vicious Kaz! He’s ruthless and cruel at times, rude 99% of the time but with that past of his I’d give him a free pass card to do anything he wants because WOW. I don’t think anyone could survive that. He’s also kick-ass and cocky because of that. He has some feelings as well but they’re shoved so deep down that it is really hard to tell from the outside. If I didn’t have chapters from his POV I would’ve hated his guts, but things are otherwise and I love him. Inej, otherly known as The Wraith is the person he trusts the most (The only person he trusts ?!) and I loved her, she’s a unique twist on your female bad-ass. She is tough and skilled but not because she enjoys it, it’s because she has no other choice, she does whatever she can to survive.

Nina is me with food. Like, REALLY! She adores food more than any character I’ve ever encountered and that was so relatable to me. I started off thinking she was dull and didn’t see what purpose she served, but as the story progressed she started making sense to me. She’s the “girly” girl of the group but don’t be fooled, she’s as bad-ass as any other, she’s so so so brave and caring. Matthias was the hardest to love but also the one with the most character development. I hated him at first for his backward thinking but that was essentially because of his upbringing in some sort of extremist-religious/military base but as he opened his eyes to what the world really was that started to change and it was REALLY hard for him, he had some hardcore internal battle between what he always believed and how that needed to change.

Jesper is the the most precious, hilarious thing ever. I couldn’t get enough of him, he’s so funny and flirty, his witty retorts are also the best which means that he brings a jovial vibe to the crew, otherwise they would be just sad and violent potatoes.To be honest, at first, I thought Wylan was the stupidest character out of the bunch (The Mark comment, anyone?!) but he’s really a genius, he just had that innocence about him that felt really out of place and he needed time to adjust to the new environment. He’s curiouser and curiouser, and that helped him learn and adapt really fast to the crew.

One thing that was really notable about the characters is how old they all felt. I had to keep reminding myself that they all are between 16 and 18 years old because they felt 30. And people around underestimated them just because of that. And for that reason, they got what they deserved.

Oh Gosh! ALL THE SHIPS! I ship everything and everyone and I just need them to get together right now (I know, Kat! Patience little Grasshopper), I just don’t have the patience for this to be dragging. But at the same time I loved how the romances didn’t overtake the plot, there were just slight hints of it and all of them are slow burn and I’m grateful for that.

Anyway with that ending, I would’ve been hyperventilating while writing this review if I wasn’t in the middle of Crooked Kingdom already. BUT HOLY SHIT! Make sure you have both books before you dive into this one because I don’t think anyone can handle that ending for long.


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The Song of Achilles – My favorite myth gets revamped

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Title : The Song of Achilles

Author : Madeline Miller

Publication date : September 20th, 2011

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre : Adult | Fantasy – Historical Fiction

Synopsis : Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.
But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear
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(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4 stars

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“I will never leave him. It will be this, always, for as long as he will let me.
If I had had words to speak such a thing, I would have. But there were none that seemed big enough for it, to hold that swelling truth.
As if he had heard me, he reached for my hand. I did not need to look; his fingers were etched into my memory, slender and petal-veined, strong and quick and never wrong.
“Patroclus,” he said. He was always better with words than I.”

(No Spoilers)

Well what’s better than being a HUGE greek mythology lover and reading this book? It’s having Achilles’ myth as your favorite AND reading this book. And that’s me, folks! ME!!! But the thing is… I didn’t love this as much as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, I did love it but I think it was too hyped up to me and that kind of ruined it a bit. That being said, I still have many things to rave about -as per usual- that will hopefully get you to read this book. BECAUSE IT IS GOOD.

First things first (No. No realest), the writing is very poised and poetic, it suits the kind of narrative the story needs perfectly. The descriptions are on point, I might add. Especially when it comes to battle scenes, they’re gripping and left me panting afterwards because of how good and intense they were. To be honest, the writing is what kept me loving the story even when I didn’t care much for what was happening. Yes, that’s how good it is.

I went into this blind, I didn’t even read the synopsis, all I knew was what other people told me, meaning: It’s about Achilles and he’s gay. So, imagine my surprise when I realized how accurate and authentic this was to the original myth. The Illiad version that is, because for those of you who didn’t know there is a version from the Illiad which is this one and another one in which Achilles was put in a lake to gain immortality and that left the ankle by which his mother was holding him as his only weak spot. The latter is my favorite one, I was a bit disappointed when it wasn’t the one used in the book. I might add that I quickly got over that fact because I was too busy being fascinated with all the politics and laws talks as well as the works of war, honor and relationships which are some of the best aspects of Greek Mythology, in my opinion.

The story is told from Patroclus’s point of view which was a refreshing set of eyes on a beloved myth of mine. Not being much into war and fights and things that were considered manly back then, he depicted the cruelty and violence or it all with great accuracy and we also got a very interesting take on Achilles, his personnality and way of thinking. It is truly brilliant because Patroclus is kind of on the side lines for most of the story which gives us a “panoramic” view of things as he saw them. The only slight problem I had is that I felt like the story dragged on for a bit which prevented me from being as emotional as others might have been when that tragic ending came into sight. That might also be because I’m a heartless superhooman and nothing can break me.

So, I’m gonna be completely honest with you and don’t trash me until you’re done with the paragraph. I started off really hating Patroclus, I was VERY annoyed with him. For the first half of the book, he felt dull, erased and too absorbed in Achilles to be his own person. But then the went through remarquable character development and around 23 years old he became fantastic and I loved him to pieces. He started thinking for himself, seeing Achilles’ flaws and being the bravest little pumpkin while still having his vulnerability untouched. I just wanted to hug his precious face. (Can someone hug a face?)

As for Achilles, well I loved him, I was about to dislike how perfect he was and the remembered he was a demi-God, facepalmed and moved on with my life. At first. But then I hated him. HE WAS SO FREAKING ARROGANT. ggnd prjpg gfldopqm (No I didn’t fall asleep on my keyboard).I know that he’s almighty and the best fighter in all of the land and blablabla, and it’s good that he’s confident and acknowledges it but there is a fine line between that and being an arrogant brat. Which he became in the second half of the book. It ended up being his undoing. GOOD!

What I loved beyond everything (ok maybe not everything) is their chemistry. OH MY GOD!! I lived for the intimate moments *swoons* and Achilles was a changed person with Patroclus who tamed and grounded him.

All in all, give me anything Ancient Greece and I’ll devour it because those are stories that are REALLY hard to screw up and the author here managed to do a great job in highlighting certain parts of the original myth while bringing her own twist to it.


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Iron Cast – Or the Reason behind my Trust Issues

destiny-soria-iron-castTitle : Iron Cast

Author : Destiny Soria

Publication date : October 11th 2016

Publisher : Amulet Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy – Historical Fiction

Synopsis : It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. 

Rating: 3.5 stars

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“She felt like the world was falling in on itself. Like Something nameless had splintered Inside her. She felt like she had when Gabriel had locked that door, when the first few notes of Ada’s song had wrapped around her mind. She felt broken.”

*I was provided an e-Arc of this book by the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

You know how Historical Fiction and Fantasy are two of my favorite genres, right? So, just combine the two and I come running. That is exactly what happened here. Especially since this book’s era is one I have been meaning to read more from. I thouroughly enjoyed the concept and reading about the issues this books deals with, and can we talk about that cover for a second, HOW GORGEOUS IS IT? I must admit that this was a cover pick above all for me #Shallowlikethat and then the synopsis pulled me in even more.

The writing is something very settle, it is not something that would strike you or sweep you off of your feet but it is still beautiful in its own way and quite easy to keep up with. The story is written in Dual POV from both our two MCs perspectives, two girls who happen to be best friends. One of the problems that I had is that even though they have distinct personnalities, their voices were quite similar, which made me go back and look for the character’s name to situate myself in the story, and that kind of annoyed me because it kind of disturbed the reading flow.

The idea behind the story is unique and I really loved it. What it is, is that some people called “hemopaths” have a blood sickness that makes them “allergic” to iron, but on the flip side that also gives them certain powers, ART RELATED POWERS! How cool is that? There are wordsmiths, songsmiths, thespian (shapeshifters) and artists, and each one is details and has specific things that they can do which means that the magic side of things was well studied, but what I would’ve liked is for the sickness side to be that detailed too. What activates it for the first time? or at least, what are the exact symptoms? Because all it kept saying is “When the symptoms first appeared”, WHAT ARE THE DAMN SYMPTOMS? Okay, moving on.

As I said before I loved the premise and it started with a bang. A cool evasion from an Asylum. When you give me that from the start, you set the bar really high for yourself because I expect everything that follows to be head spinning and intense, and don’t get me wrong I got some intense scenes, twists and turns and betrayal that took me off guard more than once and OH MY GOD!! THIS is why I have trust issues! You don’t do that to my heart, please!! But then again, that didn’t happen until the last 100 pages of the book. Before that, there wasn’t much happening. It wasn’t boring per say, but it did catch my attention enough to keep me coming back for more, the curiosity that had me enthousiastic in the beginning kept gradually fading, which I think explains why it took me more time that usual to read less than 400 pages. I loved the ending though. It wasn’t the perfect fairytale ending, it was kind of a compromise between what’s lost and what’s gained, and some of it was left to the reader’s imagination, which in this case, is well done.

Question: Does anyone know if this is a going to be a series?

Another thing that I really appreciated is how “Iron Cast” deals with the racism that was such a normalized thing back then. But it did so in a subtle way, it wasn’t thrown at my face and it didn’t take centre stage. It was there, and I was aware of it.

Moving on to the characters. I didn’t particularly love them but I didn’t despise them either. They were alright and served their purpose. Corinne is not a nice person, as she likes to put it. She is blunt and can be rude at times -most of the time- but she is caring and passionate about her community, she has a leader kind of profile even though she can make reckless decision. On the other hand Ada is the voice of reason, she counterbalances Corinne’s temper, calling her out when she’s crossing a line. What I loved most about these girls is their relationship. I admired their blind faith in each other and how they always had each other’s backs. This is what female friendships should be represented as, take notes, people!

There’s also romance but here again it didn’t take over the plot, it was in the background with some stolen moments, little breaks from the main story. What I liked about it is that it was flawed and kept real. Not these rainbows and sunshines that solve all the problems.

Overall I really liked this book and would recommend it for its unique kind of magic. Oh! And bonus points for the Victor Hugo poem thrown in there. It is actually my favorite and I had a little fangirling moment when I read it.


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