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Book Review ‘The Court of Miracles’ ~ Kester Grant

y648 (1)The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Publication Date: June 16th 2020

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Series: The Court of Miracles Trilogy #1

Blurb: Liberty

1828 and the citizens of Paris still mourn in the wake of their failed revolution. Among them, in the dark alleys and crumbling cathedrals of the city, the most wretched have gathered into guilds of thieves, assassins – and worse. Together they are known as The Court of Miracles.

Family

Eponine has lost more than most. When her father, Thénardier, sells her sister to the Guild of Flesh she makes a promise to do anything she can to get her sister back, even if that means joining the Court of Miracles, the very people keeping her sister a slave.

Treachery

Eponine becomes perhaps the greatest thief the Court has ever known, finding a place among them and gaining another sister, Cosette. But she has never forgotten the promise she made, and if she’s to have any hope of saving one sister, she will have to betray the other.

This beautiful reimagining of Les Misérables tells the stories of your favourite characters and what might have happened if the French Revolution had not come to pass.

★★★/5

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Book Review ‘The Extraordinaries’ ~ TJ Klune

49646353._SX318_SY475_The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Publication Date: July 14th 2020

Publisher: Tor Teen

Series: The Extraordinaries #1

Blurb: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. 

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

★ ★ ★ ★/5

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A Mini DNF Review ‘A Heart So Fierce and Broken’ ~ Brigid Kemmerer

42952728A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Publication Date: January 21st 2020

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series: Cursebreakers #2

Blurb: Find the heir, win the crown.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Harper has freed Prince Rhen from the curse that almost destroyed his kingdom. But all is not well; rumours are rife that there is a rival heir with a stronger claim to the throne and that ‘Princess’ Harper of Disi is nothing but a fraud.

Grey has fled the castle carrying a terrible secret. When he is discovered by soldiers and returned to Ironrose by force, Grey’s allegiances begin to shift. And as he grows closer to an enemy princess, he is forced to decide whether he will stand against Rhen for the crown he never wanted.

Review

After really enjoying A Curse So Dark and Lonely I really wanted to enjoy A Heart So Fierce and Broken but alas…..here we are.

I just could not, for the life of me, get into this. Some of the new characters annoyed me and old favourites just didn’t seem the same. I was going to push through but in the end it just wasn’t worth it. I wouldn’t say don’t read it – if you’re keen by all means go for it, I hope you enjoy it, but this time as much as I wanted otherwise I didn’t enjoy it enough to make it worth finishing.

“Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.”

*I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday…The Dark Tide

46398041The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

Publication Date: June 1st 2020

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Series: The Dark Tide #1

Blurb: Every year on Walpurgis Night, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a young boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Convinced her handsome brother is going to be taken, sixteen-year-old Lina Kirk enlists the help of the mysterious Tomas Lin, her secret crush, and the only boy to ever escape from the palace. Working together they protect her brother, but draw the Queen’s attention. When the Queen spirits Tomas away instead, Lina blames herself and determines to go after him.

Caught breaking into the palace, the Queen offers Lina a deal: she will let Tomas go, if, of course, Lina agrees to take his place. Lina accepts, with a month before the full moon, surely she can find some way to escape. But the Queen is nothing like she envisioned, and Lina is not at all what the Queen expected. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.

The Dark Tide is out in June next year and honestly sounds so amazing. According to the author it’s a F/F enemies-to-lovers, unapologetic hero x villain romance and I am here for it. What a enticing combination *chef’s kiss*

I’m in love with the cover’s simplicity too – it’s so beautiful for it 😍 Plus the author is an aussie – we have so many talented authors down under and I can’t wait for Alicia’s debut!

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Mini Review ‘Serpent & Dove’ ~ Shelby Mahurin

40024139Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Publication Date: September 3rd 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series: Serpent & Dove #1

Blurb: Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. 

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

★★/5

Review

I went into Serpent & Dove expecting to love it. It had a lot of hype, I’d seen a lot of great reviews and I had even put it on my 5 Star Book Predictions post. In the end I did not enjoy it.

At first I was enjoying it, the writing was lovely and it was something easy to sink into. However, there were several elements that no amount of lovely writing could erase.

  1. The bioessentialism. Whilst I get that the author was probably trying to say witches are human, that’s not how it reads. “Witches can give birth, Reid.”…”That’s what makes them female.” Being able to give birth isn’t what makes someone a woman. Trans men, genderfluid and non-binary people exist. Plenty of women can’t give birth for various reasons.
  2. Can we not refer to fat people walking as waddling. For the love of god.
  3. There was a noticeable difference between how white characters were described (very detailed) and how the characters of colour (barely) were described.
  4. I do love a good enemies to lovers storyline but I don’t know this one made me iffy. When the ‘enemy’ in this case is a straight, white, Christian-coded guy who uses ‘it’ to refer to a group of people and murders them without regret before he meets Lou, it’s less a fun trope and more like – I could walk outside to find people like this. I get that he grows and learns etc etc. but it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

These things culminated in me just not being able to enjoy it and part of me is wondering if I should bump it down to one star while writing this.

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