Category: Four stars

Tithe is just the beta version of the rest of Holly Black’s novels

Tithe is just the beta version of the rest of Holly Black’s novels

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

I’ve enjoyed Holly Black to pick up Tithe blind, and I have to say, it was puzzling at first. People swoon over Cruel Prince and Darkest Part, but Tithe and the other Modern Faerie Tales are the awkward teenager stage between those and her beginnings in children’s fiction. Tithe often feels like it was written by a teen who just realized they could do anything they wanted in a book- there’s a lot of swearing, smoking/drinking, and sexual content right off the bat. Still, there’s a lot of likable things in this book, and a lot of the time the grime felt authentic rather than needlessly dark.

What stood out to me most by the end, however, was that this book is pretty much the same book as Darkest Part Of The Forest, which Black published 13 years later. I read and reviewed Darkest a while ago, and found it fine but not too compelling. I liked Tithe more, and there’s enough differences I couldn’t call it self-plagiarism, but the many story elements and plot points are present in both.

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The Fandom is a brutal, meta take on YA dystopia

The Fandom is a brutal, meta take on YA dystopia

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

Hey, funny! I didn’t realize when I started this, but this is a good companion piece to my last review on the Manic Pixie Boy Improvement Project. Both are meta focused YA fantasies, but The Fandom is far superior. I picked this up thrift not expecting anything, but once I started reading I couldn’t put it down.

A girl and her friends accidentally end up in the world of their favorite book. Violet, her brother, and her best friend Alice know every word to the movie, every scene from the book, every detail and every thing about The Gallows Dance. When they find themselves in the world of The Gallows Dance, they find it is just… horrible, and must find a way to escape before they end up dead. Not helping matters is that they accidentally killed the heroic main character, putting the breaks on canon.

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To Kill A Kingdom is a classic example of the Dark YA genre- that doesn’t mean it isn’t great

To Kill A Kingdom is a classic example of the Dark YA genre- that doesn’t mean it isn’t great

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

Honestly, this book always sounded really cool- I was still quite surprised to sincerely enjoy it. I don’t know, I seem to be a cynic when it comes to YA, especially the dark sub-set- writing analysis and studying it for University likely is one reason why. I even cited this book pre-reading when discussing cover and story tropes in the genre!

Yes, To Kill A Kingdom has it all in terms of what is ‘hot’: Difficult princes, dangerous leads, a spy/murdering main character, lots of royalty, a fairytale retelling, diversity, and a slight more ‘adult’ content than used to be the norm. However, none of those things- common tropes- are necessarily bad. They are just in right now. They are probably ‘in’ for a reason.

This book offers: good writing, characters, plot, romance, morality, and leads.

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As of ‘Wicked King’, the only character I’m interested in throttling is Carden

As of ‘Wicked King’, the only character I’m interested in throttling is Carden

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

I read the Cruel Prince a few months ago and enjoyed it, even though I despised the main male love interest, Carden. It’s tricky to say I hate him, because this book series is about 50% sexual-tension-hatred, and my feelings for Carden are purely murder based. I can get into a lot of discourse about him and what he means as a YA romantic lead, but I’ll mostly try to review this book.

Who gave me this ARC? I didn’t even get an email, but I checked netgalley and it was just there. This is one of the books I’ve been most excited to read, so thanks.

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Don’t let the mention of Wattpad fool you- White Stag is an engaging and original fantasy

Don’t let the mention of Wattpad fool you- White Stag is an engaging and original fantasy

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

This is a review of an ARC, which I got off netgalley for an honest review.

This is far from the first time, also, I’ve read a book where I have a small connection to the author- but again, I do not let this color my review, and I’ve in the past given books from friends low ratings.

Hey, Wattpad! Now, I don’t want to come off as too rough, but as someone who was active on Wattpad for many years, a lot of the books on their are hot garbage, especially the most read ones. Books like ‘After’, ‘Lailah’, ‘My life with the Walter boys’ do not set a good standard for Wattpad fiction being… good. Often you end up with poorly written books that got popular due to various circumstances, but don’t hold up in the mainstream market, least of all to outside critique.

I knew the author of this book in passing, though not particularly well. We were both active for a while on the same quiet chat thread, and while we were in no way friends, I kept her on my radar over twitter (where it turned out we had an absurd amount in common) and in passing. Seeing her book on Netgalley was a very pleasant surprise, so I requested it right away, still with a twinge of ‘Wattpad Worry’.

Luckily, White Stag came through.

Aw yeah.

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Pulp Binge: High-Rise climbs high, and descends further

Pulp Binge: High-Rise climbs high, and descends further

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: I had only vague, vague memories of high-rise, but the name and concept were familiar. The cover sure isn’t much (my copy is different, but still a very boring image of a high-rise… where’s the glam, guys?).

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): In a luxury high-rise, tensions between floors- a divide essentially between the rich, richer, and richest- devolve slowly into warfare… and continue to devolve from there. Three narrators, from three of the tiers, experience this change in the building and themselves.

WOULD I RECC TO READ: While it’s not a wonderful book to read, it is a good one- and unfortunately, the movie sucks, so this is really your only way of experiencing it.

Review:

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Do you like Satan? Do you like to cry? Can you tolerate multiple detailed descriptions of bowel movements?

Do you like Satan? Do you like to cry? Can you tolerate multiple detailed descriptions of bowel movements?

★★★★☆

(4.5 stars)

I, Lucifer is a weird book, and it’s not for everyone, or most people, or even probably me despite listing it for years as one of my favorite books. Oh, it makes me cry. Oh, it’s a fun, fast read. Oh man, does it contain a lot of gross but accurate details about the world we live in. I like it a lot, but I hesitate to recommend it. It’s not that it’s a shock-horror type of book either- it honestly isn’t.

It’s just… unique.

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