The Hazelwood ★★★★★

5 stars

This book was so weird and I loved everything about it. I fell in love with this cover and it definitely drew me deeper into the story. I read this book in less than a day on my phone and I loved every second of it. There was never a dull moment and every time I would put the book down, I would think about picking it right back up.

This book comes out on January 30th, 2018

*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*

Goodreads Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

My Review:

I found this book while looking on NetGalley and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to read it but I got the email yesterday (today is the 21st of September). I was so excited to start reading it that I jumped right into the twisty story about Alice and her family. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into when I started reading this book but I think this was the best way to go about it.

I really liked how odd Alice was, especially after learning about her past and what exactly she’s been through. I never saw anything coming in relation to her but maybe that’s just because I never slowed down enough to give it much thought. I really enjoyed finding things out as they happened to Alice, there was never a time when I knew something that she didn’t and it just made things more interesting for me I guess.

I loved the setting of this book because it was so mystical. I think it really reminded me of the tv show The Magicians that’s on Netflix. I ended up picturing a lot of the setting like the tv show and I don’t think it was that far off. The setting was like something out of a children’s fairy tale but with a dark twist and that made it so much cooler to me. I tend to prefer books with a darker take on things like magic and so this was a really easy book for me to love.

I would highly recommend this book because it is so mystical and it’s just a book that sucks you in and doesn’t let you loose until you finish it. I think this is going to be an amazing book to read in physical form and I’m definitely going to be buying a copy once it comes out!

There are some spoilers in the next paragraph so feel free to skip those if you plan to read this book. Feel free to read them if you think you’ll forget about it by the time the book comes out. 

The only thing I didn’t see coming at all was the fact that she doesn’t end up with Finch. This was something I haven’t seen a lot of books do, in the sense that the main character doesn’t get the love interest but I actually really liked the way this happened. I think they were good together but being in Hinterland was something that changed both of them in ways they can never fully understand.

Colourless ★★★☆☆

3.5 stars

I read this book on my phone and it was something I picked up when I had down time and didn’t want to pull out a physical book. This was an interesting book and since it wasn’t long it didn’t really take me long to finish. Technically I would have finished it faster if I had read it in one sitting.

*I was sent this book by the author and this in no way affected my review.*

Goodreads Summary:

In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but a myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.

Their only target: Annabelle.

My Review: 

I really liked this book but it wasn’t jaw dropping amazing or anything. It was just a plain book that I never really found myself being eager to pick it back up. I mean this in the sense that some books make me want to read them as soon as I’ve put them down but this book didn’t really have that charm for me.

The main character wasn’t the worst and I didn’t really have any problems with her but sometimes she would fall a little flat. Other times she would be great and she really did want to do good for the people in her town. I like that there is a little bit of romance building between her and another character but nothing has really happened yet. This is a book that focuses on plot and the problems the main character faces instead of her potential love interest.

Theres also a gay couple in this book! The couple isn’t perfect and they are shunned by society but in the end both are willing to die for one another. Thats not really a spoiler because neither one dies in this book. This is a gay couple I can get behind because they both love each other but are forced to act a certain way to keep their bloodlines pure and not anger the congregation.

The magic system in this book was a little odd but it wasn’t anything difficult to understand. I didn’t feel as much resentment for the Magicians or Monks that I felt I should have and I would have liked there to be a little more for me to hate. I know they want to kill our main character but I just felt that they weren’t the most hate worthy villains I’ve ever read about

I’m interested in the next book as this seems to be a series but I may not be interested once it actually comes out. This book came out in August of this year and as such, it will most likely take a while for the next book to come out.

Mask of Shadows ★★☆☆☆

2 stars

I was really excited to read this book and I was sadly disappointed. Even though I loved certain aspects of the novel, I just found it a little flat. It was just lacking. This book is going to be released in September of this year but I don’t think that I will be recommending this book to anyone.

*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*

Goodreads summary:

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

My Review:

So this book has a gender fluid main character, which would be really cool if the character had any substance. I ended up getting bored with the character, Sal, and found the quest for revenge tiresome. I feel like the character should have been further developed and because they weren’t, the book just fell short of anything above 3 stars.

That being said, there were some interesting parts in the book that kept me interested in reading, even though I already knew what was going to happen. That’s another thing, this book is incredibly predictable and that kind of made me want to consider it a DNF book. But I kept reading. Can’t say that it would have made a difference, though. I basically figured out the end within the first hundred pages.

Throughout this book, there is a seemingly forced and unrealistic romance between the main character and a young noble. To me, this seemed like an attempt from the author to get the reader to feel more connected to the character. It really didn’t work. I found both characters to be boring and 2-dimensional. Neither was particularly interesting and I found myself skimming their dialog.

Then there’s the plot about the kingdoms and revenge and all this stuff that isn’t talked about enough or made important enough for the reader to care about. It was such a yawn to read about the politics of the kingdom because I just didn’t care. I could see in some areas that the author would try and get the reader interested in the politics and the corruptness of the government but it fell short. It never kept me interested. I never felt the anger that Sal feels, I never felt his need for revenge. That is the biggest flaw with this book I think, the inability for the reader to connect with the main character.

I really doubt that I will be reading any other books in this duology because I could really care less about the characters or the plot of the story for that matter. While I hate talking bad about a book, I just found this one to be boring and forgettable. For this reason, among others, I will do not recommend this to anyone unless they don’t mind boring characters and a predictable and boring plot.

Select ★★★★☆

4.5 stars

Publish date October 3rd

So once I got into this book it was like I couldn’t stop reading. Every time there was a break in my day I would pull out my phone so I could continue the story. Not only was this book interesting, it also had an interesting romance that was realistic. I will say that the beginning of this book is a little bit slow but once you get passed the 50-page mark it really picks up. Most of this review will be spoiler free but the last paragraph will have spoilers (but I will make it obvious). 

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The Book of Whispers ★★★☆☆

2.5 stars

So this book was actually really really interesting! I didn’t start it as soon as I got it and I went into it without knowing very much about it. I just knew that it was a book set in 1096 AD and that there were demons. That’s all I really needed to be sold on such an interesting looking book.

*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*

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The Traitors Kiss ★★★★★

4.5 stars

I really loved this book and couldn’t stop reading it after about 80 pages. I was up until 2 am just reading on a Monday night. This book was adorable and I really enjoy reading about a kingdom with arranged marriages. Not that I enjoy arranged marriages, but I like reading about how different main characters will react to the proposal. At least in this world, you can be matched by someone who tries to put you with someone who is “good” for you.

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Beauty of the Beast ★★★★★

4.5 stars 

“Nutrisco et extinguo. I nourish the good and extinguish the evil.”

This book was adorable. Unconsciously I’ve been reading a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings and that’s probably because the movie comes out soon (or already has come out). I will say that I hated the beginning and there will definitely be some trigger warnings at the end of this review because I feel like some of the stuff in this book will affect certain people.

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