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  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    Games of Power and Deceit are my Favourite

    I don't want any of the queens to be devoured, however, because I love them all. Three Dark Crowns was an incredible story, and knowing Kendare Blake's wonderful prose from her Anna series, I knew she wouldn't disappoint in this first installment in this new series. My excitement for One Dark Throne is real, and I cannot wait to see where this series is taken to next.

    Three Dark Crowns pits sister against sister and constantly debates whether you are family by blood or by the connections you make. Each queen is also going through their own personal set of problems throughout the novel while the main story arc continues of preparing for the Beltane Festival. At the Beltane Festival, the queens will have to prove themselves before the fight can begin. Read More

  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
    Diversity, Magic and Dancing Galore

    The Bone Witch is definitely one of my favourite reads of this year. It was my cup of Tea. (I'll stop with the puns... maybe) Perhaps, not enough to beat Strange the Dreamer but it still ranks very high! Exploring the story of The Bone Witch along with its world and the Eight Kingdoms was delightful and impressive. The diverse elements of world-building were clearly shown which WAS EXCELLENT and seeing these diverse elements integrated into the society so well had me in awe. The prose was captivating, it clung to me and didn't let me go.

    The story is told from two different perspectives (Tea and the Bard) from two different periods of time, and both are very distinct. I do like how both perspectives rely on each other to tell the story which proves they have a purpose. Also from my perspective, this book had next-to-no romance apart from a few occasions of flirting but it mostly focuses on the relationship between Tea and her brother, Fox. Read More

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    Can I live in this world?

    I am in love with Lazlo Strange. A weird confession but I'm also in love with the entire world that this book is set in. The Kingdom of Zosma and the City of Weep are fantastical places filled with imagination, knowledge and an intriguing mystery.

    Everyone has forgotten the real name of the City of Weep and it has led Lazlo on a quest to discovering where the city lies, while also getting involved in other events along the way. The prose and pacing were excellent and the world building felt subtle and like coats of paint. Taylor let one coat of world-building dry before she added another and it felt natural.

    As a lover of myths as well, I loved how much they were incorporated into the story and how they affected the plot overall. There was just so much that I kept cheering and fanboying over in the novel. I couldn't help but love the story the more I read it. Read More

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    A Beautiful Backstory to the Queen of Hearts

    I hate that Heartless is a standalone novel, I wanted so much more from this story. The backstory of the infamous Queen of Hearts, the main villain in Alice in Wonderland was one of trials, tribulations, and terror. It was awesome to see how Cath's character changed throughout in her negative character arc, seeing an innocent girl turn into the Queen of Hearts. Meyer manages to add her own touch to the story, providing a new perspective on the world of Wonderland and enriching it for new readers to explore. Read More

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
    A Book Which Played Games With My Mind

    The cover was perhaps what drew me to the book most (I mean look at it, it's beautiful), but the story was still equally as amazing. I loved how I was drawn into a game which changed when I least expected it, and how the world of where Caraval takes place was excellently explored but left enough for me to want the sequel.

    Caraval is a magical book, there are moments of humor, romance, tragedy, and mystery and it was glorious. The prose was excellent, the pacing was slow at first but quickly picked up and each character was a mystery waiting to be solved. Read More

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