Tag: YA

Darkest Part of the Forest is solid, but unengaging

Darkest Part of the Forest is solid, but unengaging

★★★☆☆

(3.5 stars)

This is my second foray into books about the fey, and even though Cruel Prince brought me a lot to complain about, it was for sure a lot more interesting and together than this was. While I’d say the book was good- specific flaws are hard- it felt like some things happened too quickly, others too slowly, and overall I just wasn’t that engaged.

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I Would Like To Please Throttle The Entire Cast Of ‘The Cruel Prince’

I Would Like To Please Throttle The Entire Cast Of ‘The Cruel Prince’

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

Honestly, this was a good book that left me in a haze after finishing it, and I totally felt motivated to read it in one short sitting (which I did!) Hell knows the cast is full of complete assholes though, and I want to pummel all of them into the ground, especially the titular Prince Carden.

cruel prince

This is the only way Jude/Carden is an okay ship and if you don’t understand it, you are a better man than me.

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What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

This grade is entirely based on the book, overlooking (most) of the colonialist controversy and all of the author-sex-abuse stuff. It’s just a shite book.

But the above is why I’m dropping it early. I meant to write a sick-ass takedown of what was a painful read, but it’s kind of relevant if it’s being taken out of print, fans are turning against it, the series is cancelled and the author has been disavowed. Kind of makes my deep literary critique pointless.

If the allegations end up false and she’s brought back to honor, maybe I’ll finish the book. I’m using this as an excuse not to.

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Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

There’s nothing technically wrong with this book, and you’ll find I have very little to gripe about beyond my general ambivalence on the subject of boats. ‘Boat fiction’ is just something I have never been into.

I read this as part of the Sapphic book club, and as always, it’s great to read a good action-adventure lgbt genre book, especially on the tailend of the horribleness that was 27 hours (review pending).

This will be super short.

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The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess

The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess

★★★☆☆

3.5 stars

This book, at least the first half of it, is wondrous in it’s possibilities and killer high-knowledge based magic. Second part is eh, leading to more eh, and a pretty eh-based series. With bonus edgy whiny characters.

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State of Grace wasn’t, at all, garbage. I’m quite surprised.

State of Grace wasn’t, at all, garbage. I’m quite surprised.

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

 

help I really liked this

The pacing was slow at times and the end was a bit messy, almost a lead in to a sequel (that doesn’t exist), but I liked it way more than I thought I would.

Fun fact: the summary reveals a fact we don’t learn until 75% into the plot, and that’s super dumb.

Guðsríki’s strengths cannot overcome its weaknesses

Guðsríki’s strengths cannot overcome its weaknesses

★★☆☆☆

(2.5 stars)

(This is about book 3 in a series. Book 1, Valhalla, can be found here. And Book 2, Ragnarök can be found here.)

Three stars is my go to for hard to place books. So, welcome Gu… Guðsríki… Welcome to book Hell.

I had a lot, lot of problems with this book. All of Ari’s ticks in the last books that I could overlook came back in full force, leading to a very long (and very negative review). Buckle in.

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