REVIEW: SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

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Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

REVIEW

Holy crap, I haven’t read something this good since…jeez, I’m going to say the Sweet Evil series. And I read that a LONG time ago. There was something special about this book. I don’t know if it was the characters and their multiple POVs, the world building, or just the irony of all these misplaced teenagers coming together to pull off the impossible. It was a really fun and entertaining read for me, and I’m kicking myself right now for not having picked it up sooner!

You have a kid from privilege, an ex-soldier, a prison inmate, a girl who makes no sound, a sharpshooter with a gambling problem, and the mastermind criminal. Alone they’re not much to fear. But together, they’re the only crew that has a shot at pulling off the most important ( and INSANE ) heist anyone will ever face. With a little humor, a smidgen of romance, and a lot of danger, “Six of Crows” was a seriously heart pounding read at times, and I absolutely loved it. Each character had their own back story, a personal reason for going through with such a risky task. And I was amazed at the details the author gave them, the descriptions she built, the world building… It’s astounding to me that this was created in someone’s mind and not a retelling of an actual historical event. Though I will admit that at times it was a little too detailed, and I couldn’t properly pronounce maybe half the names of the towns/villages/countries etc. But other than that this was a flawless story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves high fantasy. And suspense. And subtle romance. And… screw it. EVERYBODY READ THIS YOU WILL LOVE IT.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 4.5 Barrel stars

Currently Reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Yo, first off, the hardcover copy of this book is SICK. The outer side of the pages are black. BLACK! It’s almost too beautiful for my emo soul to handle. Seriously, I want to hang it up in a shadow box on my wall, it’s so dang gorgeous. Anyway, enough with my weird affair with the cover lol. I’m only 43 pages in, but already I can tell this is going to be an interesting read. Which brings me to ask: have any of you read this before? I’m going to imagine a few of you have, seeing as how this thing has a billion reviews on Goodreads, haha. Post in comments how you liked it!

LEARNING PATIENCE $.99 SALE IS TODAY!

Happy April Fool’s day everyone! And no, the title is not a joke, lol. Today through Monday I’m having a $.99 sale for my NA romance, “Learning Patience” on amazon.com. So if you haven’t read it yet, go pick up a copy at 67% off while you still can 😉

Synopsis:

St. Claire Adams is the newest up and coming rapper to face music since Eminem. He travels the world, performs to crowds of thousands, and he also finds himself in L.A. County jail. A lot. And his final arrest gets him in some deep water not only with his bodyguard Dylan, but more importantly with his record label. Now Saint has an ultimatum to face. Either spend the summer getting “personality rehab” at Dylan’s sister’s famous horse training center, or forfeit his contract with the label and lose the dream life he has as a hip hop artist. Which do you think he chooses?

Life is pretty simple for Patience Kellen. At eighteen she is the youngest trainer at her aunt Molly’s horse farm, Kellen Stables. When news that one of Dylan’s protection details needs a bit of down to earth rehabilitation, she doesn’t even flinch. That is until she meets the tatted up rapper who has…let’s just say a mouth on him. This summer just got a whole lot more interesting. For both parties.

Best Beta Reader – Now taking submissions!

So excited to say that my favorite beta reader/blogger is now offering her services to all my fellow authors out there! I’ve had Julia from The Romance Bibliophile beta read my last four books, and I couldn’t be happier about the results I get. She’s very precise about the things that need fixing, always gets back to me on time, and offers great incite as a reader. So happy that she decided to open her shop to other authors!

 

Swag Giveaway Time!

Here we go, my first ever giveaway for swag! Okay, so it’s not my own book swag, but I still thought this would be a fun thing for my readers to participate in.

Down below are four custom made bookmarkers for Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and A Court of Thorns and Roses (two versions). I’m going to pick a winner on Feb. 24, and they’ll get to pick the marker of their choosing. There will only be one winner, and to enter, just leave a comment down below with your favorite book’s title and your email address (Email optional if it makes you uncomfortable ;). All the best luck to you!

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REVIEW: BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST

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Synopsis:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

REVIEW

A few days ago I finally got my copy of “By Your Side” in the mail, and despite still being in the middle of reading “The Fill-In Boyfriend”, I couldn’t resist opening it up and diving in. Out of the three books I ordered of Kasie West novels (The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, and By Your Side) I was anticipating this one the most. And since I have the patience of a five-year-old, I put TFIB on the backburner for the time being and lost myself in BYS.

When I was debating how to write this review, I decided bullet points would be the most straightforward option. So please acknowledge exhibit A and exhibit B down below.

WHAT I LIKED

  • Dax and his silent, cute, and mysterious personality.
  • The whole idea of being stuck in a library. Personally, I think that would be any bibliophile’s dream.
  • How Autumn could be herself around Dax and vice versa.
  • Their playful banter.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

  • Dallin the douche canoe.
  • How Autumn couldn’t be herself around her own friends.
  • The way her friends pushed her to do things because they know she has a hard time saying no.
  • The love triangle.

Overall I really enjoyed the premise of the story. I thought it was an interesting, original plotline that showed a lot of heart in its characters, using real life issues a lot of teenagers face as the conflict. One of the main things, though, that bothered me was how almost the entire book was the conflict, unlike most stories that find it 3/4 of the way in, only to have the last quarter of the book to resolve it. I felt drained reading this because it was a constant struggle with the characters, and I don’t know why, but I absorb even fake negative emotions like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. So for me, this was a stressful read lol. But I enjoyed the simple writing style of Kasie West, and thought “By Your Side” was a unique read.

BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST = 3.5 STARS