Category: Book Review

Review – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

January 2, 2016 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

“We are Winter.” I’ve been waiting to get a hold of a copy of Snow Like Ashes for a while now. It took a little over a year but I finally made that happen. As such, I think it’s the perfect book to review as a kick-off for 2016. This book is exactly what I crave in a YA fantasy novel. I’ve had it on my to-read […]

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Review – Soundless by Richelle Mead

December 23, 2015 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Soundless by Richelle Mead

I was so saddened by this book. Not for its content, so to speak, but because Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors and yet I barely managed to push through Soundless. Where her other worlds stood out and swept me away, I felt distant and bored by this take on Chinese folklore. Between this and her other newer series, Age of X, I’m starting […]

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Review – Trials of Artemis by Sue London

December 20, 2015 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Trials of Artemis by Sue London

For a free Nook book through Barnes & Noble, my expectations for this book may have been a bit too high. The innocent young woman is compromised by a rake and forced into an unwanted marriage. Pretty standard. Moving on. Said young woman is a Habadasher, one of three women who banded together in their youth to have their version of a “boy’s club.” Now […]

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Review – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

December 16, 2015 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae is nothing like I’ve ever read before. A sci-fi spaceship adventure, this book is told through message logs. Emails (for lack of a better word). Thoughts from an Artificial Intelligence. Interview logs. Reports. Do NOT expect prose in the sense you’re likely used to but be assured you’ll be sucked in just as quickly with little hope of survival. To be completely honest, I’m […]

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Review – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

December 9, 2015 | Book Review by Austine
Review – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Empire is not to be toyed with in this epic fantasy of soldiering Masks, prophecies, and creatures from legends. An Ember in the Ashes tells the alternating stories of Laia, a young Scholar woman seeking a way to save her brother, and Elias, a soon-to-be Mask with a destiny far beyond his imagining. As time goes on, their lives become impossibly twined until the fate […]

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Review – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

October 7, 2015 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It’s… hard to talk about this book. Six of Crows is not my first experience with Bardugo’s writing (having read the Grisha trilogy) and while I found the style to be on par with what I expected — excellent — I’m not sure how I felt about the story overall. Now I know everyone has given this book raving reviews and at the base level, it’s fabulous. […]

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Review – Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

September 30, 2015 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

After Maas proceeded to break my heart into a million pieces in Heir of Fire, I prayed for a “happier”story this time around. Which, in comparison to how the last book ended, I’d say this one was an a slightly more positive note. Time has sprung forward a bit and Aelin is back in Rifthold and ready to stir up more trouble. With Chaol working for the […]

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Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

May 27, 2015 | Book Review by Austine
Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When I began reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, I wasn’t a fan. I’m obsessed with the Throne of Glass series and expected something of that caliber diving into this book, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, I fell in love with a beast and shipped him and his beauty something fierce. This book takes the Beauty and the Beast fairytale and breathes new […]

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Review – First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

March 15, 2015 | Book Review by Austine
Review – First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

While relaxing at home over spring break, I played blind pick with the novels on my TBR shelf. My finger landed on First Grave on the Right, so I flipped through the comments. Overall, pretty good. My mom read the whole series so far and loves them, and we typically like the same books. Okay, it all sounds promising. So I start reading. Oh! The […]

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