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The Cruel Prince Review

Taken From Entertainment Weekly

I would like to start this review by saying I read this book for the first time last year (2018) and re-read it this year. However, for whatever reason, I forgot just about everything. All I remembered was the first chapter.

That being said, I absolutely loved this book! Although Jude wasn’t my favourite character, I really enjoyed the way she narrates the story. Maybe that sounds paradoxical, but there you go. On Goodreads, I gave The Cruel Prince five stars because of the twists, the writing style and the characters. Everything I would want in a book was in this one. The romance was particularly interesting because it didn’t seem forced.

Sometimes I read books and the romance is there because the author wanted romance there, and no other reason. Holly Black, however, put a great spin on it, and it seemed more natural, but still unnatural. I don’t know how else to explain what I’m thinking, and I know I haven’t done it well.

For the entirety of the book, Taryn infuriated me. The most irritating character I have ever read about. The only redeemable quality she had was that she was Jude’s sister. But, she needs to get her act together. Because she is annoying.

The most interesting thing about this book was the moral rules of those in Faerie. They have intensely strict morals, but their rules are not ours. This is not a spoiler: the book opens with this. Madoc kills Jude’s parents and didn’t think it was ideal, but it wasn’t wrong in his world. BUT, he felt honour-bound to take care of the children he had just orphaned.

Holly Black’s writing style is incredible, and I have loved her books since I read The Spiderwick Chronicles when I was a child. (If you haven’t read those books, go and do it. Thanks.) Her use of words, her choice of words, is sensational. Every word is there for a reason, and the tension builds slowly which I loved.

Although, in the beginning, the book was slow, the second half makes up for it, and gives us more. It was amazing.

I will say, though, I really, really don’t like Dain, or Balekin. They are beyond enraging, but to a lesser degree than Taryn. No character will top Taryn’s ability to irritate.

I will read The Wicked King (obviously) and I have just preordered it, and ordered a few of Holly Black’s other books.

Rating: 95%


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Moon Struck Review

Moon Struck by Ben Alderson and Danielle Rose

Thank you to Ben and Danielle for sending me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Anyone who follows me/knows me is aware that I adored Crimson Bite. Moon Struck, however, topped Crimson Bite in every way a sequel should. The development of the characters, the pace of the plots, the twists – one in particular – and the shifts all added up to Moon Struck being the standard of sequel every author should strive to create.

My hatred of George’s mother deepened with every scene in which she appeared. Ugh, I’ve never hated a character so much in my life. She is vicious, selfish, menacingly calm and emotionally manipulating.

Again, the worldbuilding was fantastic, and everything started to tie in with everything else. I haven’t enjoyed a world this much since I read Harry Potter. If it wasn’t for the fact that I would die instantly, I would love to live in Hillcrest.

I really liked how the friendships in this book were explored and pushed to their limits in such an authentic way. You know how sometimes you’ll read a book and the friendships are either underdeveloped or unrealistic? That is not this book.

This series is quickly becoming one of my all-time favourites.

If you are debating reading it, stop it. Buy the books, read the books, review the books, and tell everyone you come into contact with to do the same.

My excitement for Hex Bound is growing every single day.

Rating: 99%

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz Review

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I have always said that I’ll never give a book 100%, and so the first thing I need to say is this: I was wrong.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, written by Heather Morris, tells the story of Lale Sokolov, who was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau – the most infamous Nazi Concentration Camp – where he was given the job of tattooing the prisoners’ numbers onto their arm as they arrived. That’s all I’m going to say as it is not my place to tell his story.

I’ve read several reviews of this book where people have been intensely critical of the writing. Personally, I found the writing style, void of fancy words, void of any attempts to spruce up the writing, to add her own emotions into it, to be the most respectful way of telling this story.

In my opinion, to have added anything flowery would have been detrimental to the impact of Lale Sokolov’s – and millions of others – story.

Heather Morris didn’t try to sugar-coat her words in the telling of history. I found the entire book to be incredibly difficult to read – not because of a lack of understanding, but rather through the unwavering depictions of the brutality. I cried several times while reading, and have thought about it constantly since opening it for the first time.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, although heart-breaking, has a beautiful theme of the surviving nature of love, and its ability to give the most horrific of circumstances a modicum of hope.

Lale and Gita’s mutual adoration gave the two of them a reason to survive, something to long for: a life together outside the inhumane monstrosities of the camp, a life without barbed-wired fences.

This book is one of the most important I have ever read, and will ever read. Going straight into my Top 10 Books of All Time, I know I will return to its pages time after time. Reading of the horrors of the Concentration Camps is never easy. However, when you realise every picture of a prisoner was someone who had a life before the Nazi started persecuting, people with dreams, hopes, family, friends, it becomes even more essential that this is never repeated.

I don’t think any book has ever put my problems into ‘Big Picture’ perspective as this one. Not only did it break my heart, it reminded me of all the things I have to be thankful for.

An instant classic. I cannot recommend The Tattooist of Auschwitz highly enough.

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Crimson Bite Review

I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

Crimson Bite is an instant top three of 2018 for me, which I was not expecting. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read books by both authors, and loved them, so I thought I would enjoy the book. But, I did not realise how much I would adore it. Usually, however, novels about vampires or witches don’t really interest me because a lot of them seem to be overly similar.

THIS BOOK, THOUGH! There were so many things I loved! I want to, first of all, make sure I get one thing out the way. I hated the mother in this book. Like, properly despised her. I don’t think I have ever reacted so strongly, so negatively to a character before in my life. She is just an awful, for lack of a better word, person. Vile. Vicious. Hate her. Whiny and annoying.

What I enjoyed the most out of this book was the friendship between Savi and George, how it works when you are incredibly close with someone, but scared they’ll judge you. How keeping secrets work. Everything about the friendship was so authentic. Although they are furious at each other for portions of this book, they still love each other and want to help, and put themselves in danger.

Sometimes I read books where the world building is lacking in every way. Crimson Bite was different, and you can tell Ben and Danielle put a lot of effort into making sure everything made sense. Despite this, the world-building is seamlessly weaved into the story. I was really interested in the history and the treaty.

I instantly related to George. I took a little longer to get behind Savi, but when I did, I loved her. I can’t really pinpoint what exactly I disliked about Savi. It doesn’t matter, though: my dislike for her only lasted the first few chapters.

I really can’t recommend this book highly enough. Buy it. Read it. Recommend it to others. Buy the book again. Read it again.

Rating: 95%

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Sincerely, Harriet Review (eARC)

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Taken from Google

Thank you to NetGalley for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This graphic novel tells the story of a girl with chronic illness (MS) and how she deals with it. Through boredom and loneliness, she leans on making up stories about those she comes into contact with, which initially makes her an unlikeable character. However, as the story progresses, we see more about what she’s experiencing, and we sympathise with her. An example would be how difficult she finds it to make friends, despite relentless attempts.

The sweet relationship Harriet shares with Pearl, a middle-aged woman who lives downstairs, was so fun to read about and it was really interesting to see what stories she picked out for Harriet to read, and her persistence in doing so in spite of Harriet’s resistance.

The representation of minorities in this graphic novel was so seamless, and didn’t at all seem like it was just included for the sake of including it. I felt the hardships of adolescence were sensitively explored, and the importance of kindness clearly displayed.

I have never read anything by Sarah Winifred Searle before now but, from what I’ve read, I’d definitely recommend her to anyone who would like something different to read. As someone who has only read the Tintin graphic novels, I can’t say I’m huge on them. However, Sincerely, Harriet may have opened a door.

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