Monday, March 2, 2020

Min Book Reviews | January - February 2020 ✨

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Hello everyone! Sorry for not making a new review post in a while, I've been quite busy lately so I didn't think I would get a lot of reading done because of that. These books have been on my to-read list for a while so I decided to catch up with them before reading the exciting new March releases (you can read my post here about all of those) here are my short reviews of five books I read recently.

Min Book Reviews | January - February 2020 

city of ghosts Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)

Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Middle-Grade

Review: I don't usually read middle-grade books but I made an exception because I was in the mood to read something by Victoria Schwab whom I love! Also, this book is fairly short and was easy to read. I really enjoyed the world-building and finding out about Cassidy's powers and ability to see Ghosts. The friendship between Cassidy and Jacob was one of my favorite things in the book, it felt very genuine.

The book is set mainly in Edinburgh, the vivid descriptions of Scotland, the history that was mentioned along the way, were interesting for me and I thought the history and ghost stories were very well done. I loved the atmosphere and It is fast-paced and entertaining, I feel like this is a great book to read on Halloween since it has supernatural elements and ghosts.

Ghosts of the Shadowmarket

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

Authors: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published June 4th, 2019. 617 Pages

Review: Even though this was over 600 pages and took me quite a while to finish, it was still so much fun to read! It was great getting more insight into different characters within the Shadwohunters world.
 Jem is one of the key characters in this book and is present in most of the stories which is something I loved and definitely made me more connected to him as a character and if you love James Carstairs and Tessa you will love these stories.
Even though different authors were involved in writing these stories,  they still felt like a cohesive collection.
My favorite stories were: Through Blood, Through Fire. Learn about Loss and A deeper Love.

If you love Cassandra Clare's books, look forward to her next series and still haven't read these novellas then I highly recommend it! It's the perfect read before The Last Hours is released later this month since it features many of the characters that will be in the new series.

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Review: *spoilers ahead if you haven't read the previous books*
Heir of Fire was my favorite book in the series so far but this one comes in close second because I loved how all the characters reconnected and mostly everyone was together. The reunion scenes of Aelin and Aedion and Aelin and Rowan were well written and emotional.

Rowan is a character that grew on me a lot in this book so I can say I quite like him now, along with a new character named Elide which I thought was a great addition to the story.

Chaol and Aelin found closure at the end and were able to accept each other even if they don't agree on everything. which I thought was so important to them since at the beginning of the book there was so much animosity and anger between them. Speaking of Chaol, his determination and stubbornness of not giving up on Dorian were one of my favorite parts and I loved him for it. The ending was so satisfying and I adored the scene with Dorian and Aelin as they destroy the demon that possessed Dorian.

I didn't feel like SJM added something really new in terms of world-building since it mostly takes place in two main locations. In addition, the book drags a little in the middle since it's so long, but overall I have to say I enjoyed it and the ending made up for it since it was action-packed and emotional and even though there are many characters, I felt like in the end, they all got a proper conclusion to their story and a set up for the next book.

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Review: I finally finished this series! It took me a while but I usually like to take breaks between books in a series to have more time to think about them.
Even though I still have issues with how Maggie sometimes leaves things unsolved, the characters are so incredible I am okay with looking past that. All of the characters had so much more depth in this book.
I truly loved Gansey in this book, his feelings of inadequacy are so genuine and real and he's still brave and compassionate. I enjoyed the journey he went through. Also, Gansey and Blue are so adorable together in this book it was lovely to read.

A beautiful ending to this beautifully magical series. The friendship between all the characters is the best part of this book so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Format: 🎧 Audiobook

Review: I don't usually listen to many audiobooks but it was useful this month since I didn't have much time to sit down with a book.

I loved this book, It was witty, funny and clever. Monty is a layered character and I loved that because you're not quite sure if you like him or not but by the end, he really grew on me. Percy, I loved instantly, he was a precious and kind soul. Percy is a person of color and I thought the writer did a very good job of emphasizing the struggles he would have faced in 18th century Europe.

The chemistry between Percy and Monty was incredible and I have to compliment the person who narrated the audiobook, he did an incredible job and it contributed a lot to my interest in the story.
I appreciated that there was a good balance between the humor (which had me laughing out loud at certain parts) and the more dramatic moments, it was well done. I would say the overall plot was less interesting than the characters so If you love a more character-driven story you will enjoy this book.


Comment and let me know what books have you read in January-February!


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