Tag: ARC

A strong start can’t shake the letdown that is Crown of Coral and Pearl

A strong start can’t shake the letdown that is Crown of Coral and Pearl

(2.5 stars)

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Even the tagline of this book is at war with it’s concept: Steal the crown, save the kingdom. Dramatic, bold, and entirely unrelated to both the pitch and actual plot.

This was a book I asked for and was semi-surprised I’d received. It sounded interesting and the cover was gorgeous, but I didn’t know what I was stepping into. The pitch is fantastic, and at first I thought I was getting into a solid 5, or 4.5, star book: the first 100 pages are slow moving, but also have fantastic writing, emotional beats, and story elements. Then the rest of the book happens.

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YA literature can do worse than The Beholder… so at least there’s that

YA literature can do worse than The Beholder… so at least there’s that

★★★☆☆

(3 stars)

This (The Beholder, Anna Bright) is not a book I would have ever picked up, but I got it in a book crate and felt I ought to give it a go. It’s…. well, it’s not very exciting, and there isn’t a ton to talk about. I don’t hate it or have much to dislike, and generally enjoyed reading it, but it’s also not very engaging (or plot focused). The world building is a wonderful idea, but the execution is at times head scratching.

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Let’s not get too meta: The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project

Let’s not get too meta: The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

(I received this book for free for an honest review off of Netgalley)

I’m a little stumped on writing this review, hence my lack of attempt at coming up with a more snappy title. This is a very tricky book to review, on account of it being extremely meta about… books. And itself. Is it satire the plot, world, and characters are lacking? Is it on a winking purpose that the romance and story arc is so predictable and simple? Is the writing style meant to lampshade the meta nature of the story?

What I can say for certain is my own levels of interacting with it, and I didn’t end up liking this book much. The meta nature makes it far harder for me to say ‘this ain’t a great book’. We’ll see how I can best talk about this.

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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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Evenfall breaks a few genre conventions, but can’t shake a cliche story

Evenfall breaks a few genre conventions, but can’t shake a cliche story

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

Got this book as an ARC off NetGalley for an honest review. Like an odd number of recent reads, I picked this because *kisses fingertips* the cover is fantastic. I am incredibly easy to persuade about a book if I like the cover, and I especially love the illustration on this one. It’s fantastic arc and deserves credit, as does the typefacing and font-work!

Anywho, this is a slightly different YA fantasy- that still, very much so- is extremely conventional. It’s an indie book with an extremely mainstream storyline, and seems to fight itself over if it wants to tell a typical YA story, or if it wants to make a point about breaking those cliches. While the latter half of the book surprised and pleased me, overall I found the cast not particularly likable, the worldbuilding uninteresting, the storyline plain, and the writing far too overdone.

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The Iron Flower is a lush fantasy with lovable characters and far fewer issues

The Iron Flower is a lush fantasy with lovable characters and far fewer issues

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

What a turnaround!

If you tried to tell me a month ago I’d be a certified Black Witch fan, I would have been very worried for my future. Now I sit here quite excited for the next book in the series, and quite certain it’s good to have a bit of fun.

There’s still some negatives I’ll talk about, but on the whole I had a blast. The characters grew on me. I understood the large world better. The drama and storytelling was up a notch. It’s YA, but good YA.

I even drew fanart (possibly the first ever for the poor series).

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