I’ll be honest with you–I was afraid I wouldn’t like this book because I’m too familiar with Leigh writing the Grishaverse. While I love Wonder Woman and Leigh herself, I wasn’t sure how to bring the two together. Well, I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed this book! More than I thought I would actually, but I’m almost not too surprised because… Well, it’s Leigh! She’s a great storyteller!
Dark of the West has been on my radar ever since I learned earlier last year that it’s comp title was The Winner’s Curse. Comp titles, or comparison titles, are 1-2 similar titles to the book. (Think of it as “If you liked these titles, you’d like [this book].”) Along with TWC, the other comp title is Code Name Verity, which is a book I haven’t read but one I’ve heard.
Anywho, DotW was pushed back by almost a full year when it got a cover redesign. There are some ARCs still floating around with the old cover on it (of a girl in a red dress, running, and a plane in the sky), but I’m quite glad the cover was redesigned; it has all these hints of things from the book.
I want to say a special thank you to the author, Joanna Hathaway, for sending me a copy. I won it in a giveaway she hosted, and I’m just so thrilled to have been able to get my hands on an early copy.
All quotes are taken from the ARC and may change in the final, finished copy.
I imagine this has something to do with Valentine’s Day on Thursday, but I’m not complaining. Any time I get to gush about my favorite literary couples… I’m down!
Warning: This post may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the books! Read at your own risk!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this book. When I initially read Three Dark Crowns, I rated it 3 stars, but when I reread it in prep for Two Dark Reigns, I bumped my rating by half a star. Can you imagine how I rated One Dark Throne? 😛
Originally I was going to post a book haul and wrap-up, but then my mom reminded me over the weekend that Korean New Year (generally known as Lunar New Year) is today! Happy Year of the Pig! 🐷 Growing up, I didn’t celebrate Korean holidays, and only started learning about them as an adult. (My mom thinks it’s funny, but I secretly know she likes it when I remember them!)
I can’t believe I’m writing a review for the final Throne of Glass book. This series has swept me off of my feet, taken me to places I’ve never been, and made me fall in love with fantasy even more. Each book was an amazing journey–some of them shocking!–and such a pleasure to read.
And yet… (You saw that coming, right?) I have some mixed feelings about Kingdom of Ash. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it because I certainly did, I simply felt like this novel fell short of my expectations and suffered from a variety of things, which I hope to explain in decent detail.
So, let’s get to it!
Oh man, where do I even begin? How can I write a review for a favorite series by one of my favorite authors? It’s a little bittersweet to be honest.
A huge shoutout to the person who shall remain nameless for trading this ARC with me. I’m eternally grateful, especially since I was able to get it (and a finished copy) signed when I saw Marie a few weeks ago as part of her book tour.
Oh. My. Gosh.
Guys! This graphic novel is one of the most adorable things I’ve read in my life! I’m putting it right up there with Sarah’s Scribbles because it is just that relatable and hilarious.
A huge thank you to the author and Skyhouse Publishing for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
Guys! This book! 😍 The synopsis immediately grabbed my attention; the cover reveal (Asian model!) made me yearn for this book! So when I saw it on NetGalley, I ignored my looming (physical) TBR and requested the book! It was such a pleasant surprise to know I’d been approved.
Thank you, Albert Whitman & Company, for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
I’ve always been a reader. Well, duh, you might be thinking, but the thing is I never gave much of a thought to what I read. I picked up whatever sounded interesting. Now that I’m older, with the boom of social media and me following more bookish accounts on both Twitter and Instagram, I have become a bit…choosier with what I read. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but I often time do follow the bandwagon and read the “popular” books.
But I’ve come across some books that I really wish had been around when I was a teenager. Maybe I would have felt less awkward or…whatever if I had read them. But I’m glad I get the chance to talk about them today.
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