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

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!

 

Kasie West Read-A-thon!

Hey! So I did something I hardly ever do. I ordered a bunch of paperbacks/hardcovers a while back as a bit of a treat, and now two of the three have come in! I thought I would share with you my bookish bounty lol.

P.S. I Like You   The Fill-In Boyfriend   By Your Side

So far I’ve read “P.S. I Like You” and I thought that was a really cute read. I gave it 4 stars overall, and I thought the premise of the story was refreshingly original for a YA romance. I just started “The Fill-In Boyfriend” the other day, and I look forward to seeing how that scenario will pan out 😉 Anyway, I should be getting “By Your Side” by the beginning of February, so hopefully I’ll have some more reviews to come!

P.S.

I recently got an author Instagram account, so if any of you want to follow me, I’m at @authorindaherwood. And if you want to find me on Twitter, it’s @IndaHerwood.

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A writer’s guide to survival for writing your first manuscript:

  1. Caffeine. In any form you can find it.
  2. Something you can throw across the room and it won’t shatter.
  3. Ear plugs.
  4. An understanding family/spouse/significant other. Mood swings and violent tendencies come with the job. I recommend gift cards as apology tools.
  5. And last but not least, fearlessness. It’s not an easy job. You’ll never please everyone, and criticism will greet you every day. You’ll doubt every page you write at first. People will make you feel like less for chasing down such an impossible dream. But if you can remind yourself that this is what you love, that this is what makes you happy, then what others have to say, and even your own doubt, won’t matter. And in doing that you accomplish fearlessness; by being the person you want to be, and doing the things you want to do.

So open that laptop, grab that can of Coke, put your hair up in an unattractive bun, and go kick some ass my fellow writers \m/

REVIEW: VAMPIRE GIRL BY KARPOV KINRADE

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Synopsis:

You think it’s safe to walk alone at night. It’s not.

You think the only threat is other humans. It’s not.

Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real.

And I’m about to become one of them.

My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there’s a way to save her. There’s something the princes of hell want more than my mother.

Me.

So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live.

I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn’t expect beauty. I didn’t expect magic.

I didn’t expect love.

But the princes are keeping secrets from me.

Secrets that could shatter everything.

REVIEW

Well, it had vampire in the title. The cover looked cool. And I love me some weird plots. Check, check, and…check! So naturally I had pretty high hopes for this book. It’s been a while since I read a vamp themed YA and I was curious how the author was going to fit both blood suckers and demons into one plot line. Turns out it wasn’t how I thought it would be. At all. But instead of telling you and spilling the beans, I’ll show you how I felt about it.

Any hoo…never mind that. Back to the review.

I liked the idea for the story, the originality of it and some of the plot twists, but still, I found a lot to be desired. A lot goes on in this read, both romantically, politically, and, well, everything else. And that was my biggest problem with it. There was TOO much going on and it felt like I was being pulled in a hundred different directions. Which do I focus on first? I had no clue, which had me lagging to finish this until today.

I’ll admit that I liked Fen (our main man) and the clean writing style, but I wasn’t sold on Ari, and some of the things that happened never got explained like they should have in the first book of a series. A lot was left a mystery, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on the story. I just would have liked a bit more explanation on some of the things this book centered on.

Overall it was a solid read, but I was left kind of disappointed in the end because I was looking for something a bit more exciting. Though I’ll tell you this, I wasn’t expecting how the book ended :0

VAMPIRE GIRL BY KARPOV KINRADE = 3 STARS

 

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Jules Gray

So recently my girl over at The Perks of Being a Bibliophile just got an Instagram page, and since she’s awesome, I wanted to share the good fortune with you all 😉 If you love her reviews and book promotions, go follow her at @bibliophileperks, and if you haven’t heard of her, RUN TO HER BLOG RIGHT NOW AND HIT THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON. She’s passionate about the books she reads and you can see that in every review she posts. Also, find her on Twitter at @JulesGrayBooks for updates on book giveaways, currently reading lists, and so much more!

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend everyone! I just wanted to give a shout out to all of the moms out there that inspire us every day and encourage us to do our best and chase our dreams. I know that I wouldn’t be where I’m at in life if I didn’t have my amazing mother as a part of my support system. She quit her job to be a full time mom to me and my sister, and homeschooled us from day one to when we walked across the stage in our cap and gowns on graduation. She is my rock, my inspiration, and the ideal kind of woman of faith and family I pray to be one day. Don’t take just one day a year to tell your mom how much she means to you. She’s your superhero all 365 days a year.