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.

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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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May Wrap Up and June TBR

Time for another monthly wrap-up and TBR!! I actually read a decent amount of books this month so I’m really proud of myself! I’ve linked any reviews I’ve done to the titles of each book so if you’re interested in reading any of those you can just click on the link.

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Books I Want to Read This Summer

Now, these are both books and series that I hope I’ll be able to read this coming summer! I am going to Scotland/Ireland this summer so I’m going to have a lot of time to read between the plane rides and long drives. I didn’t really put any descriptions or any reasoning behind any of the books but there isn’t really a reason behind each book. I just really want to read some interesting books, but of course, I didn’t want them all to be from a series so I added some contemporary books to the list.

I did receive the entire Whispers of the Fallen series (the companion book included) from J. D. Netto in exchange for a review so I will be posting a review of all four books at some point in the future!

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A Study in Charlotte ★★★★☆

3.5 stars 

It’s not this book wasn’t good but it just wasn’t amazing. It was just an eh book for me but I did enjoy reading it. I think I might pick up the next book in the trilogy (edit: I have in fact picked it up) but that might not actually happen because of how many books I want to read.

I also include some small trigger warnings towards the end of the review because I wasn’t exactly prepared for it to come up.

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Strange the Dreamer ★★★★★

4.75 stars 

Not only is the outside of this book gorgeous but the inside is stunning as well. The only reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars is because the beginning was a little hard to get into for me but that was because of what I was doing so. If I had to give it a full star rating it would totally get 5 stars. I really cannot wait to read The Muse of Nightmares when it comes out in 2018!

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