Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard
I gave this book a 3/5 stars. My main complaint with this book was that it wasn’t what the reader was promised with the first chapter. The first chapter shows you this cool fight between people with powers in an arena. There’s a little bit of this but mostly it’s about Mare learning to act like the royal Silvers. I just thought it was going to be different and it let me down.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
This was a 5/5 star read for me. It was ridiculously readable. Every character was so nuanced. I loved how I never knew what was going to happen. Holly Black was very creative when she got her characters into trouble and the way she got them out of it.
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
This book was spectacularly magical. Everything about the setting and characters felt luxurious and exotic. Laini Taylor is definitely a master story teller. However, I gave this book 4.5/5 stars. I felt like sometimes it was too much of a good thing. The expression “kill your darlings” refers to when an author gets rid of things that, while beautiful to the author, don’t move the plot forward. I felt like people were entranced by the beauty of this book and didn’t watch carefully for parts that were just beautiful for the sake of being beautiful.
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
This book was written in 2006 and you can really tell when reading it. Despite that, I gave this a 4/5 stars. I enjoyed how different the Fae element was compared to the other Fae stories I have read. I also enjoyed how the main character really embraced being feminine. Because of that, this book reminded me somewhat of Buffy the Vampire Slayer so if you enjoyed that, you might enjoy this.
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
This whole series really resonated with me. I gave it a 5/5 stars because the author made me deeply feel the character’s struggles. They are very conflicted because they feel strong ties to their country but also they could both recognize the wrong that each side was causing in the conflict. I loved how Kestrel was a formidable opponent not because of strength but because of her intelligence and understanding of strategy. It made me cry and was such a good finale.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Although this definitely feels like the beginning of a series when reading it, it was still very good. The reader gets to see Vasya and her family from before she is born so you come to know the characters very well. I enjoyed how Vasya was wild and magical and everyone could recognize it, even if they didn’t respect it. This book was unexpectedly funny but very touching. At the end, Vasya is finally grown so I cannot wait to see what she does now. 5/5 stars.
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