Tag: ya fantasy

Mini Reviews: ‘King of Scars’ and ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’

Mini Reviews: ‘King of Scars’ and ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’

So I recently read two books that were pretty high on my anticipation list: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I’m a huge long-standing fan of Leigh Bardugo, and I was so excited when I heard she was writing an entire duology about one of my favourite characters, Nikolai Lantsov. Meanwhile, Girls of Paper and Fire is a book that I first heard about on the 88 Cups of Tea podcast, and have since been seeing quite a lot on book blogs. Whilst I enjoyed both of these books, I didn’t… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

As much as I enjoyed my Harry Potter reread, it’s been kind of nice getting back to reading ‘new-to-me’ books. Both of the books I’ve read since finishing Harry Potter have been on my TBR for a while, one for a few months, the other for literally years, but thankfully they both lived up to my expectations! Check out my reviews below for more information! Scythe by Neal Shusterman ‘My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy… Read more »

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Why read YA?

Why read YA?

Whilst YA, or ‘Young Adult’ fiction is probably the most popular genre amongst book bloggers, I’ve personally found that in the wider world, there’s still a sense that ‘adult’s shouldn’t be reading books for kids’. Unsurprisingly, this attitude is one often held by ‘book snobs’, or people who insist the only things worth reading are Ernest Hemingway and the latest Booker Prize winner, but also more surprisingly amongst non-readers. On the odd occasion I’ve spoken about my love of books to non-reader acquaintances, there’s been a sense once I’ve mentioned that I like YA books, that this somehow isn’t ‘proper… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Recently I read two YA books that I really enjoyed, both with strong female leads, vivid world-building, and if I may be shallow for a moment, absolutely gorgeous covers! It’s a shame I only own these books on Kindle, because I literally adore both of these covers, especially this edition of Flame in the Mist! But onto my thoughts about the books themselves… Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh “Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain. And you can do anything…” Mariko may be clever and accomplished, but… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Queens of Fennbirn’

Mini Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Queens of Fennbirn’

Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Queens of Fennbirn were two books I was super excited to read, because both were by authors I already loved. I ended up loving one, but being slightly disappointed by the other, so read on to find out more! Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ‘Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.’ Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is desperate to prove herself to her sisters, all of whom have past lives as famous warriors. However, when an opportunity to be truly heroic… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake were both books I was super excited to read. There has been a huge buzz around The Cruel Prince in the blogosphere lately, whilst One Dark Throne is, of course, the follow-up to Three Dark Crowns, which I absolutely loved. Thankfully, I really enjoyed both of these books, although perhaps due to the immense hype and my own high expectations I didn’t love either of them quite as much as I’d hoped? Check out my reviews to find out more! The Cruel Prince by Holly Black  ‘What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Shadow and Bone’ and ‘Siege and Storm’

Mini Reviews: ‘Shadow and Bone’ and ‘Siege and Storm’

A while ago I read and absolutely adored Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, and I’ve been meaning to read her earlier series, The Grisha Trilogy, ever since. I had heard from various people that this series isn’t as good as Six of Crows, but I decided to give it a go anyway and see what I thought. Plus I was pretty anxious to return to the Grisha world that I had come to love so much in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom! Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo “So I’m the Darkling’s prisoner?” “You’re under his protection.” “What’s the difference?” “Pray you never find out.”… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Promise of Fire’ and ‘Wintersong’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Promise of Fire’ and ‘Wintersong’

Today I’m reviewing two YA fantasy books, and I have to say, I absolutely adore both of these book covers! So pretty! Unfortunately I didn’t like one of these books quite as much as I liked the cover. So read on for my full reviews! A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet “I conquered a kingdom and found a treasure.” His voice turns gravelly, low. “I won’t let you go. Not now. Not ever.” In the far North, where magic is plentiful, a ruthless Queen rules with an iron fist. Meanwhile in the magic-starved South a rebellion is rising against the Queen’s tyranny,… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Gathering of Shadows’ and ‘A Conjuring of Light’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Gathering of Shadows’ and ‘A Conjuring of Light’

So I finally finished the Darker Shade of Magic series, about a million years after everyone else! Hooray! You can check out my review for book one, A Darker Shade of Magic, here, or keep reading for my reviews of books 2 and 3! A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab ‘“Oh yes, your relationship with Miss Bard is positively ordinary.” “Be quiet.” “Crossing worlds, killing royals, saving cities. The marks of every good courtship.”’ Four months after the events of A Darker Shade of Magic, and Lila and Kell have gone their separate ways. Lila is living out her dream of becoming a pirate aboard the Night… Read more »

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Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

‘Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.’ Warning: Spoilers!  As a big-time fan of the Throne of Glass series, I was super excited for the release of Empire of Storms! I bought it on release day and began devouring it pretty much as soon as I got home from work later that day. However, now I’ve finished it, I do have some slightly mixed thoughts on it. In many ways it’s my favourite book of the entire series, and in others it’s my least favourite. Therefore I thought the best way of… Read more »

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