Review of The Drowned by Laini Taylor

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Probably

Review:

Did you guys know Laini Taylor wrote a graphic novel?! I had never heard of it until a few months ago when I was lucky enough to win a copy (I’ve later learned that it is verrry hard to find, so I don’t feel as bad for this lapse). Anyway, let’s get to this review!

I want to start this off by saying that I’ve only recently started getting into graphic novels, so I’m by no means an expert on them. But, this artwork truly is gorgeous! Jim Di Bartolo is an incredible artist. And, of course, Laini Taylor is a wonderful author as well. So it really is a great combination!

The story was a little too odd for me, although I did appreciate a lot of aspects of it. The plot didn’t always make sense, but I think that might have just been because of how short this story is. But I really enjoyed the incorporation of crows (I always have a soft spot for crows) and Theophile was such a fascinating character!

If you enjoy graphic novels that are a little different than your typical superhero-saving-the-world type of story and don’t mind being slightly creeped out, I think this is definitely worth checking out! I’m glad I was able to get my hands on a copy of this.

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Review of Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

This was such a sweet book! It gave me all sorts of feels and warm fuzzies. I mean, who’s heart wouldn’t melt when reading about orphaned siblings fighting giant scary monsters? But, really, the love these siblings have for each other is just so wonderful. Even when they fought (which was about as often as you’d expect from four siblings who spent every waking moment together), it was so clear that these kids loved one another more than anything else in the world. And that just made my cynical little heart melt.

My biggest complaint is that I wanted more! This was such a short book and I feel like it only scratched the surface in regards to world building and character development. I liked what was there, but it was a little hard to fully invest sometimes because I felt that the story moved a little too quickly.

Honestly though, this was such a fun read. Even if I would have liked a little more detail occasionally, I had a great time getting to know Indi and his siblings. I would definitely recommend you all check this out!

Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review!

Review of No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Yeah!

Review:

This was a really fun read! It took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I did I had a hard time putting it down! I’m always a sucker for a good dystopian story, so I knew No Ordinary Star would be right up my alley. And I’m so glad I read this book!

I think my biggest issue was world building. Especially in the beginning, I had a hard time understanding exactly what this world (or, universe) looked like. The action started pretty much right away – which I really did love. But, that also meant that there was no time to learn about this world and it’s history before things began to pick up. So I felt like I had to play a little bit of catch up during the first few chapters. Once I began to understand things better, I was able to fully immerse myself in this world and the characters.

Speaking of characters, that’s definitely where No Ordinary Star shines. I loved the development of Felix and Astra. They were both such strong characters in their own unique ways. The differences in their thought processes and beliefs made for such a fascinating contrast.

Overall, I had a great time reading this book. While I had a few issues, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story. If you like SciFi and dystopian stories, I would recommend you give No Ordinary Star a read!

Thank you to the author, M.C. Frank, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review of Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

Rating: 4.5/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

This series just keeps getting better and better! I was a little worried when I first started because the beginning felt a bit slow. But once things took off, they reeeeaalllllyy took off! I loved that we got to dove deeper into the supernatural world of Brooklyn and learn more about these awesome characters.

Lula, Alex, and Rose are such powerhouses. I just want to be best buddies with them and go on all sorts of crazy adventures! It was so much fun to get to know the sisters better–especially Lula. She’s such a sweet, delightful character!

I don’t normally go for urban fantasies, but I took a shot with Labyrinth Lost. And it turned out to be an amazing choice. Now, with Bruja Born, I’m once again reminded of my love for the world Cordova created. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review of Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Review:

What to say about this book?

For the first quarter, I had such a hard time with it. The story was action packed and full of fierce ladies. But I just couldn’t connect to any of them. And I honestly can’t put my finger on why. So that made it hard for me to care what happened at first.

But then that last half happened and all of a sudden I was completely engrossed. I still didn’t live the characters, but I loved the story so much that I couldn’t put it down! By the time I closed the book, I was having such a good time. I’m really excited to see what happens next!

I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers. I’m still not sure what my problem was at the beginning, so I don’t think other people would share my difficulties. And that ending more than makes up for any issues! This turned out to be a great book!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review of In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle

Rating: 3/5

Recommnd: Probably

Review:

This was such a sweet and whimsical story. I loved Claudio and his relationship with Las Signora. It was so heartwarming to watch them bond.

The story moved a bit too slow for my taste at times and I had a hard time following exactly what was happening (or, not happening). Even though this is a relatively short book. I took a bit longer to read it because I occasionally lost interest. But I still really liked the sweet, magical feel and enjoyed most of the story.

I immediately felt a connection to grouchy old Claudio and my heart went out to him as he struggled to deal with all that life had thrown his way. I had a harder time bonding win some of the other characters though, so I wasn’t quite as invested in what became of them.

Overall, I’m really glad I read this book. It’s a slower book, but still so beautiful and sweet. Definitely worth a read!

Thank you to NetGalley and Tachyon Publishing for providing this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review of Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend: Probably

Review:

I was so excited when I had the opportunity to read this book. It looked like the kind of story I would be all over. And this was a good book. The concept is really interesting, the world building was awesome, the writing was beautiful…but I just couldn’t get into it.

The story just seemed to move a bit slow for me. I mean, plenty happened, but it just didn’t feel like things were moving very fast. I enjoyed all of the background information and learning about the characters, but I would have liked to be sucked in by the plot a little more.

I feel like I should also add that this book is really heavy on romance, and I’ll admit that I’m really picky when it comes to romance. While the love interests had great chemistry, I wasn’t quite as interested in their relationship as I was in what else was happening in the book. But maybe that was just me.

Despite my issues, I still had a fun time reading this book! Like I said, the writing is absolutely stunning. And I loved the world building so much. This world really did feel like a real place that I could just step into. So, I would probably recommend this book to those who love fantasy romances. I think it’s definitely worth a read!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!