Review: “RoseBlood” by A.G. Howard

Content warnings: human trafficking; use of the term slur/slang “gypsy” to describe the Romani people; attempted murder

I’ve been on a Phantom of the Opera kick so after reading the actual novel, I picked up this PotO-inspired retelling. This is the first book I’ve ever read by A.G. Howard. I really like how she weaved both real life (from Leroux’s novel) and fiction into this story. I have to be honest though, after reading the synopsis, I thought this was a historical fiction novel. Of course that wasn’t the case, so I was eager to see how the author would turn this into a modern retelling. And let me tell you, it took some twists I didn’t expect at all.

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Review: “The Beautiful” by Renée Ahdieh

Look, y’all, I am SO SAD I wasn’t able to give this book more stars. I was crossing my fingers I’d at least give it 4 but it simply didn’t work for me. I want to continue to support this author, but it’s so hard when I haven’t been a huge fan of her works. I think I may have said it before but I don’t think Ahdieh is the author for me. I didn’t even bother to continue The Wrath and the Dawn; Flame in the Mist and Smoke in the Sun, while enjoyable, were books I didn’t fall completely in love with and ended up unhauling from my personal collection. Sadly… this book will be unhauled as well.

Content warning: Blood, racism, attempted rape

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Review: “Lord of Shadows” by Cassandra Clare

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.

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Review: “Linger” by Maggie Stiefvater

Well, I think I’m going to set this series aside for the time being. Linger was a bit harder to swallow than Shiver, so I’m unsure how to approach the third book, Forever.

While I enjoyed the new PoVs, I think there was handful of…questionable content and heavy topics, too. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but I’m glad I’m reading it now than say…12 years ago. With that being said, this book deserves at least two trigger warnings, 1) talk of suicide and 2) is a bit harder to define without spoilers, but as a fully recovered self-harmer, I’m going to tag this with self-harm content, despite the said injuries not being self-inflicted, but rather an area of the body self-harmers may use.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Want to Write Like

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started on Goodreads. You can check out the group and keep an eye out for the topics here.

I find this topic broad and very subjective, obviously, so I figure I’d take a look at some of my favorite authors in a variety of genres and discuss why I like them and what I admire about them, not just their writing skills. Let’s see how this goes. 😉

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