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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4 Reasons to Read Rebel Mechanics

So many of you thought the idea to do a review like this was great so I thought I’d do another for a book I might not have reviewed other wise!

★★★★

I ended up giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!

1. It has really cool magic and even though only the rich, upper crust people have it, you get to see a lot of it in this book. I really liked reading about how their magic worked and how many of the magisters, or magpies, stopped learning how to cast their own spells because they’ve made everything automated.

2. I love historical fiction and this is a version of that, even if it really doesn’t feel like it because of how made up it all feels. Then again, if you’re going to write about how the American revolution didn’t happen because the British had magic then I guess you do have to make up a good portion of it. I know that in the third book there are mentions of the Colonial Assembly and I really like how the author is writing about how the Americans still would have won eventually.

3. There is love and betrayal! I know most people don’t like love triangles but the one in this book isn’t even that concrete. The main character, Verity, has two love interests but when you finish the book it is obvious who she ends up with and there isn’t really any debating who she is with throughout the book. To me, this is just how the real world works. Sometimes a relationship will work out but sometimes you have to move on and for Verity, moving on just meant she ended up on the other end of the triangle. I also ship this new relationship so I may be a little biased because they’re adorable together.

4. The main character is 15. Verity is 15 and she’s helping start the non-magical American revolution. I love Verity as a character because once you realize how young she is, you realize why she sometimes acts like a child. That being said, I can only really think of one big scene where that happens. She is so composed and interesting to read about because you’re always finding out new things about her.

Dreamology ★★★★☆

3.5 stars

THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!! When I’m in the mood for it, I absolutely love mushy romantic stories and this was just that! Of course, everyone knows how it’s going to end but I just love all the cute moments and everything about the story. This is exactly the type of book you read if you’re in a book slump because it’s only 300 pages and you just get swept away in the unrealness of the love story

Goodreads Summary:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

My Review: 

I read this book in a day and every time I put it down I kept finding myself thinking about it because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. While the ending might have been predictable, the events leading up to it weren’t. Of course, the book follows a basic romance book outline but with the added detail of the book having dream melding in it made it so much more interesting.

I really enjoyed reading about Alice and overall she was an okay character that handled most situations alright. For a junior in high school, some of the things she does can be seen as too childish but I never held any of that against her.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the relationship between Alice and her mother. I know it was essential to the plot because it gave Alice the nightmares but it just really hurt me to see how her mother never talked to her. I know that not all mothers have the best motherly instincts and the character wasn’t put there for anyone to love but I just wanted better for Alice. This isn’t really a negative about the book, it definitely wasn’t something that made the star rating change, it was just something I wanted to mention.

I also want to say, the 3.5 star rating isn’t because I didn’t love the book. Because I did. I just feel like the book isn’t something any more than four stars, which is why when it comes to a full star rating it’s got 4 big ones. I just feel like this book was more than three stars because it was exactly what it set out to be with a little extra something thrown in there.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is in a reading slump or just wants a cute, quick, contemporary read. I can definitely see myself picking this book back up when I find myself becoming less interested in reading.

A Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★★★

4.85 stars 

This book was so good I devoured it. I just couldn’t stop reading it and I loved it. The only complaint I have is that the pages are so thin. Like hi no I want a thick book with nice pages (not that the pages aren’t nice but ya’know). This book was fast paced and I’m really happy that it ended up being a total of 705. I know this is the last book with Feyre and Rhysand as the main characters but I cannot wait for the novellas to come out next year!

I’ve made this review 100% spoiler free for this book in the series but if you haven’t read the first 2 books I would recommend against reading this review.

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Norse Mythology ★★★★☆

4 stars

I bought this book with the intention of reading it slowly and in between other books but once I started it I decided that I needed to read it all. The book itself isn’t long so I read it in three days because I read it only at night but I’m sure this is the type of book that you can read in one day.

I’d also like to say sorry for not posting on Thursday like I normally do. I have my ap environmental exam on May 1st so I’ve spend a large majority of my time studying for that. I will have a review up on Tuesday but from then on I think most of my posts will be book tags and they probably will be shorter. My last exam will be on May 10th and so after that, I will definitely have time to write some more reviews! This, of course, is all what I think is going to happen and maybe I’ll write a review before my final exam but I thought I would at least tell everyone. 

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Golden Son (Red Rising #2) ★★★★☆

3.5 stars 

I don’t know what it was about this book but it just took me forever to get though. It wasn’t that this book was bad but it just didn’t hold my attention. I’ve just lost interest in the trilogy and sadly I don’t think that I will be reading the last book.

I will mention that there are minor spoilers in this review but they are incredibly small and they are surrounded by bolded words. Feel free to read around these areas because they aren’t very big and if you do happen to read them it wouldn’t spoil the entire book for you!

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