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Book Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

February 16, 2018

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“That’s how you get deathless, volchitsa. Walk the same tale over and over, until you wear a groove in the world, until even if you vanished, the tale would keep turning, keep playing, like a phonograph, and you’d have to get up again, even with a bullet through your eye, to play your part and say your lines.”

Deathless is nothing less than a fairytale written for an adult audience. It delivers everything you’d expect from a children’s tale; strange events occurring in threes, witches who cook people in stews, and that wonderful dream logic that proclaims that husbands are actually birds who fall out of trees and bounce up as prospective bachelors and the working mechanisms of how someone can be a woman and a gun at once. Are you confused yet? You won’t get much more clarity from reading the novel, I’m afraid, but you may yet enjoy this masterfully written, gritty tale.
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Book Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

December 27, 2017

Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Date of Publication: January 2, 2018

Genre: Young adult, fantasy

Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

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 years old 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.

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Book Review: The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

December 10, 2017

Title: The City of Brass

Author: S.A. Chakraborty

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Date of publication: November 14, 2017

Genre: fantasy, historical, mythology

My rating: ★★★

 

 

 

 

 

The City of Brass is a highly ambitious debut that weaves a lush tapestry of Persian culture and mythology reminiscent of One Thousand and One Nights. Chakraborty’s incredible attention to detail brought the setting and characters to life and created a fully immersive reading experience. The characters are full of complexity (and more than a small helping of deviousness which was much fun).

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Book Review: The Girl in the Tower (Winternight trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

November 15, 2017

Title: The Girl in the Tower

Author: Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey, imprint of Penguin Random House
Release date: December 5, 2017

Genre: fantasy, fairytale, historical fiction

My rating: 5/5 stars

Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This review contains mild spoilers for The Bear and the Nightingale.

If you don’t already know, Arden’s debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, was one of my favourite releases this past year. I mean really, if you have paid attention to my social media sites for even a few minutes you are probably aware of this fact. Arden’s frosty fairytale and beautiful characters have enchanted me completely and I can’t even begin to describe how excited I was for the chance to read and review the sequel early as it is one of my most anticipated new releases.

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REVIEW: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

October 29, 2017

 

 

Title: A Skinful of Shadows
Author: Frances Hardinge

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publish date: September 21, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, paranormal, historical, young adult

My rating: 5/5 stars

 

Thank you to the publisher for providing a review copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Synopsis:

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.

Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.

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