Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes

I’m not sure what made this book not as great for me, but I don’t see why it’s so hyped, and I feel awful about it. Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies…

Book Review: Now I Rise

Now I Rise?  More like now I fall down some stairs and crash and burn. **Update** since my friend had the guts to finish this book then told me things I missed, I have lowered the ratings to one star because the Jenassairy were cool.  And the cover is pretty.  That’s all I’m giving this…

Book Review: Starfish

As someone who suffers from little to no anxiety, I was blown away by the insight into someone’s mind who tackles anxiety on a regular basis.  That and the love of art made this book perfect for me. A gorgeous and emotionally resonant debut novel about a half-Japanese teen who grapples with social anxiety and…

Book Review: And I Darken

Definitely a solid four star book.  I had issues with some of the main characters (oddly enough not the main character, Lada). **MAY CONTAIN BRIEF SPOILERS** No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland…

Book review: Midnight Jewel

The first book was OK, but I went ahead and read Midnight Jewel.  It started off so strong, and then it nosedived. Will contain mild spoilers for both The Glittering Court and Mira/Grant’s relationship in Midnight Jewel. Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home…

Book Review: Nemesis

Why are there not more historical/cultural books out there?  I can think of only two non-Rick Riordan books off the top of my head that are Egyptian-esque, and one is a historical drama and the other one is Nemesis by Anna Banks. The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis. Princess Sepora of Serubel…