Review: Shadow and Bone

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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I started this book, then got sidetracked with some e-books and finally came back to this. Once I got going again, I really enjoyed the story. This is my first Leigh Bardugo book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy and her next two books, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

The world building was amazing and I was immediately sucked in by the beautiful descriptions.

I was especially drawn to the Darkling. Is he a good guy? Bad guy? I looked forward to every chapter he was in.

I wasn’t sure where the story was going to go with Mal and Alina but I was pleasantly surprised by their story. Mal seemed a bit boring through a lot of the book to me but I grew to like him the more I read.

Alina’s story went through many changes. I especially liked how she came to see herself as beautiful, which is a struggle so many women deal with.

I’ve heard a lot of people say they didn’t care for this trilogy. I am new to young adult fantasy and I’m surprised to say I enjoyed it as much as I did and definitely recommend it.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

~Lisa~

Review: More Happy Than Not

Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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More Happy Than Not is a book everyone must read. It was wonderfully written by Adam Silvera, who I am eagerly awaiting another novel from.

I went into this book pretty much blindly, because I had heard it hyped so much on booktube. I knew it was one I had to read. So glad that I did! I thought all of the characters were well fleshed out and I had differing opinions of each one. Their personalities were each unique and and highlighted the best and the worst in them all. I loved the story and felt a wide range of emotions through the book; from sadness, shock, heart wrenching heartbreak to happiness.

The lasting lesson here is we are all born the beautiful unique way we are. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to read this book 10 times over!

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

~Lisa~

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review: Illuminae

I’m not sure if I can even form words to describe what I feel about this book.

First, I am typically not a sci-fi reader. I’ve just never been ‘into it’ and the genre didn’t hold my attention. Evidently, I wasn’t reading the right books.

I saw this book originally all over booktube and loved the format of the book itself. It’s made up of emails, IM’s, pictures, drawings, charts, etc. Just seemed intriguing to me. So I went ahead and bought it. I started it a month or two ago, then put it down because I was struggling to concentrate on it. Whether that was from my own mind wandering about the stresses of daily life, or that the book was not reeling me in right away, I’m not sure, but I’m glad I picked it back up.

Characters: I loved Kady and her bold personality won me over. Ezra could be a bit annoying at times but he quickly grew on me. If I must surrender to using OTP, well…Kady and Ezra are it. I even began to enjoy AIDAN as the story went on.

Plot: It took me a bit to get into everything going on, what with the technical names and different worlds, etc but once I got it all down..there was nothing about the plot of this book I didn’t like. Also, just when I thought they couldn’t go anywhere else with the story they hadn’t already been…they did..and never disappointed me for a minute.

World Building: While there didn’t seem to be a massive amount of world building at the beginning where the story begins, there was plenty of it later in the book on the ‘ships’ themselves. There are several charts and drawings showing the different ships and where certain areas and people are located which helps to envision everything better.

This book will be a reread and have a permanent home on my shelves.

I have Gemina, the sequel, preordered and it is due to come out October 18th. Can’t wait to get it!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
~Lisa~

A Little About Me…

What I love…is READING! I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child. I love books, being around them, reading them, buying them, talking about them and even the smell of them! 😊 I’ve had lots of life changes since I last tried blogging elsewhere on the internets and reading has always been a calm in the storm. I look forward to discussing what I’m reading, reviewing books and anything else that pertains to my love of reading.

If you happen to be reading this, thank you for taking the time and I look forward to starting this new journey!

Lisa~