Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black || This entire review is just me explaining my *lack* of feelings

The Cruel Prince

The Folk of the Air #1

Holly Black

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.


And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Review: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland || I cried my soul dry

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Krystal Sutherland

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.

As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love. 

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Review: This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow || This is too personal and I’m feeling THINGS

This Is What It Feels Like

Rebecca Barrow

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It doesn’t matter what the prize for the Sun City Originals contest is this year.

Who cares that’s it’s fifteen grand? Who cares about a gig opening for one of the greatest bands to ever play this town?

Not Dia, that’s for sure. Because Dia knows that without a band, she hasn’t got a shot at winning Sun City. Because ever since Hanna’s drinking took over her life, Dia and Jules haven’t been in it. And ever since Hanna left — well, there hasn’t been a band.

It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now — and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship. No contest can change that. Right?

But like the lyrics of a song you used to play on repeat, there’s no forgetting a best friend. And for Dia, Jules, and Hanna, this impossible challenge — to ignore the past, in order to jumpstart the future — will only become possible if they finally make peace with the girls they once were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be.

Rebecca Barrow’s tender story of friendship, music, and ferocious love asks — what will you fight for, if not yourself?

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Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik || Angry women are my aesthetic

Spinning Silver

Naomi Novik

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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You’re the Best and You’ve Probably Emotionally Compromised Me in 2018 || Twenty-Ace-Teen and Contemporaries

The twenty-ace-teen™ joke (because there was a lot of asexual rep this year) is something I’m really proud of… let me have my moment. 

I was debating on writing this post seeing as I tend to gush about my faves year round so you’re probably tired of hearing about them…

But it’s customary to write this kind of post… so here we are.

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Hey, Thanks || Blogmas Day #24

Sooooo, I may or may not get a bit sappy here… viewers discretion is advised.

So, I’ve been blogging for a year and some change now andI’ve learned a lot. I’ve found my flow and I’ve come out of my shell a bit. It’s kind of strange.

I mean, I talk about how scary this whole internet thing is pretty often and honestly, you guys have made it easier.

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You’re the Worst and You Disappoint Me || Blogmas Day #21

I was actually iffy on doing this post… which is why I didn’t do it last year. I know people like reading negative post, but it’s still awkward for me to post them. Am I bitching too much? Ya know? But, we’re going to see how this goes…

To be honest, this is kind of a short list: while there was a lot of two star and DNFed books, those kind of books are more from bordomthese book genuinely made me mad? But I am proud that I can weed out books I know I won’t like, leading to this short list 😉 

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The End of the Year Book Tag || Blogmas Day #13

I HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT FOR ALL THE BROKEN PROMISES I MADE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. I was tagged a while ago, but wanted to save it for blogmas (and closer to the end of the year hehe) so thank you so much Avery, This should be fun… XD Continue reading “The End of the Year Book Tag || Blogmas Day #13”