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 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? 😛
I don’t really know what to say about this book. I requested this book via NetGalley due to the synopsis alone, and when I was approved, I was quite excited. But then I started reading it and I felt “meh” about everything.
Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for providing a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
TRIGGER WARNING(S): Abuse, rape, sexual violence
All the books I wanted to listen to from the library are on hold and I won’t get them for weeks. So on a work trip a few days ago, I decided to check out Leah on the Offbeat. I thought both of Albertalli’s previous novels were so adorable, so I figured Leah would be the same. My conclusion? Yes, there were adorable parts, and I laughed out loud and smiled. But there were things I didn’t like as well.
Reign of the Fallen sat on my shelf for over a year before I decided to pick it up. Thanks to the lovely ladies over at MTMC Tours, and the Twitter chats they host, I was eager to pick up Reign, especially after finding out its sequel, Song of the Dead, released last week. I didn’t know too much about this book when I bought it, just that it was a complete cover buy! I’m happy to announce it was an excellent decision, and I’m currently patting past-Nicole on the back. 🙂
Just to let you know, I’m writing this review from my grave because I am seriously dead, d-e-a-d, dead! Honestly, I spoiled part of what happened in this book by reading the first part of the synopsis of Queen of Air and Darkness and then scrolling through fanart on Instagram… So I really have no one else to blame but myself. However, I did not see the last few chapters playing out like that. How? Why? But the children!
Right. So. Are y’all ready for a coherent review? You may not get one because all I have are EMOTIONS and things.
After Queen of Air and Darkness released, I figured it was high time I read Lady Midnight so I could see what all the fuss was about. Truthfully, the Shadowhunter books have been a hit or miss with me. The Mortal Instruments isn’t my favorite; I much prefer The Infernal Devices. So to say I was going into my reading of LM with hesitation would a bit of an understatement.
I really want to look this series, and after reading the first book, I can say it looks quite promising. 🙂
Holy smokes! This was the absolute perfect read going into 2019! I did have some hesitation since I didn’t care much for Chokshi’s previous series (TSTQ was a 3.5 rating while ACOW sat at 3), but I went into The Gilded Wolves with an open mind. It’s historical fantasy set in freakin’ 1889 Paris of all places! Let me tell you, this book didn’t disappoint at all!
Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
Yes, yes, I know this book came out back in November but the struggles of trying to even read at this point in my life are basically maybe an hour a day with just a bit more on the weekends. Anyway! No excuse, no apologizing! Let’s just dive right in!
Thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for providing me with a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!