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.

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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6 Random Book Recommendations

So I’ve done a decent amount of book tags recently so I thought that I’d change it up by recommending some of my favorite books! I’m going to recommend both contemporary books and series’s because why pick one! I do have reviews for almost all of these books up on my blog so I do link to them in case anyone is interested in reading more about a particular book. I also don’t mention anything by Cassandra Clare or Sarah J. Maas because I talk about them a lot and figured I should mention some other books.

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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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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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