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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Me & Milo The Great ★★★★★

4.5 stars 

Okay wow, this book was so good I can’t. You know when you read part of a book and then when you put it down you keep thinking about it anyway? This is one of those books because wow the characters are just amazing and the story is so engrossing.

*I was sent this book by the author, Michelle Schlicher, in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affected my review in any way* 

This book comes out on September 14th, 2017

Goodreads Summary:

My name is Holiday Sanchez. I carry a heavy burden.

But I’m not the only one.

There are others who know what it feels like to remember. Maybe they are the answer. Maybe we can help each other. Maybe I’ll finally get past it.

Maybe it just takes time—and a little bit of magic.

My Review:

At first, I thought this book was weird because it’s written kind of like a memoir but it’s really something amazing. This book has long chapters and I really did like that even though I prefer to stop reading at the end of a chapter. Long chapters just mean that I end up reading for longer and that’s something I really like doing when the book is amazing.

Holiday is a character that I couldn’t really connect with because I’ve never experienced a trauma like that but I related to her anxiety and love for her cat. This is the second book that I’ve read about a trauma like this and both of them were hard hitting stories that took over my mind for the week after I read it. This is the kind of book with the power to put you into a book slump because of how quickly it takes over your thoughts. I say this with admiration, of course, only the best books have the ability to do such a thing.

I really liked the fact that Milo was a bad magician but he still never gave up because it was something that he loved to do. When Milo was introduced I was a little skeptical but he really did grow on me within the first few chapters that he was in. He ended up becoming an amazing character that I loved reading about. I also loved who he became to Holiday.

I will say that the twist in the story was something thought about but I still loved the reveal and how Holiday dealt with it. I also love the fact that there was an epilogue to show how they lived after everything was revealed. It’s definitely one of my favorite things that an author can do and I’m so happy that this book had one.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary novels and likes to read about how a character recovers from a past trauma. This book is something I will recommend to more than a few people because of how much it resonated with me and I can definitely see plenty of people enjoying it.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere

There will be spoilers for all the previous seasons in this post so if you’re trying to keep away from any and all spoilers, I don’t recommend reading this post. This isn’t really a review but more of a collection of thoughts. This is just a little post I thought about doing but I won’t be talking about any other episodes because I don’t think it’s the best idea for this blog. I hope none of you mind the different post, I’m going back to book related posts on Thursday!

Before the show thoughts:

I absolutely love Game of Thrones and this premier has been such a long time coming! I’ve been waiting so long to see what Daenerys does with her dragons in King’s Landing because she is definitely my favorite on the show. I was also so excited to see what Sansa does now because she is such an interesting character to watch. I also love Sophie Turner as an actress so I was really excited to see her on Game of Thrones again.

After the episode thoughts:

This was such a good premiere episode omg I loved it. Everything from Sansa to Little Finger was amazing and I can’t wait for the next episode to come out! I watched the episode about 30 minutes after it started airing on HBO Go and I really loved going on Twitter after and reading everyone else’s thoughts on the episode.

I know that there’s blood, murder, and incest in the show but I think the sequence of Sam cleaning up everyone’s mess in the Citadel was by far one of the worst things I’ve seen on the show. I couldn’t take his gagging and I felt terrible for him but at least his wife and young son are able to have a roof over their heads.

I love Daenerys and every time she was on screen it was amazing. I also loved seeing her dragons but I wish they had more screen time. Then again I always want the dragons to have more screen time. “Shall we begin” was literally all she said in the last scene and I was still so in love with those three words. I’m so ready for her to kill everyone with her dragons!

Also, Ed Sheeran was in the premiere??? I was so shook when he came on cause I was not expecting that in any way. I just hope he doesn’t die a hellish death because his singing on the show is always welcome.

The next seven weeks are going to be all about Game of Thrones for me and I’m definitely okay with that because of dragons and murder.

The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) ★★★★☆

4 stars

I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to read this book when I finished the first one but when I saw it at Target the next day I figured why not. I really did enjoy this book more than the first one but it still wasn’t an absolutely amazing book if that makes any senses.

I also thought I would recommend the audio I was listening to while I was writing this because it is amazing. Not only is it calming but there are a multitude of videos that anyone could listen to.

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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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