Infinity Son by Adam Silvera | the urban fantasy I didn’t know I needed

OVERALL: ★★★★/5

(GoodReads summary here.)

What’s this? Me, writing a review? Which implies that I actually finished a book???

That’s right, folks! I managed to find time to finish not one, but TWO books in the past two weeks. A slight caveat, though: I started both over the summer (oops). But that’s not the point!

This was an interesting one for me in terms of the circumstances in which I read it. When I started Infinity Son, it was via audiobook and listened to probably a little over half, not quite 3/4 before I called it quits with audiobooks for the time being. Then I missed my window to claim an eBook through my library, so I had to wait even longer for my next hold to go through. I finally got my second try a couple of weeks ago and panicked because I wasn’t sure I would actually have time to finish it in the 3 weeks I had it. Fortunately, I was actually in a reading mood for once last week, and since I didn’t have that much left and I found it was a quick read, I managed the last 35-40% or so in one sitting.

All that being said, the odds were kind of stacked against me liking it since that’s a bit of a wild ride, especially compared to my usual reading habits. And yet I really, genuinely enjoyed just about everything in this book, which kind of surprised me. I don’t really know why I expected to not like it, since I generally really love Silvera’s books, but I thought that between my half-listening, half-reading and just how long of a break I took in the middle, I wouldn’t be to shift to reading or be able to get into it again. But that was not the case!

Alright, enough rambling about my sad reading circumstances and onto the review, where I will continue to opine about listening vs. reading but to a lesser extent. There will be a pretty big spoiler towards the end that I’ll do my best to keep vague, but as per usual, there will be a warning before we get there!

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September Wrap-Up and October Goals

I’m sure y’all are sick of hearing it, but HAPPY SPOOKY SEASON!!!

Part of me wishes I wasn’t as obsessed with autumn/Halloween as everyone else, but I objectively think it’s the best season and second-best holiday (I am a big Christmas fan), so I don’t really care that I’m in the same camp as everyone else.

Seasons aside, I am so ready for the fall. I’ve been impatiently waiting for the weather to turn, and it FINALLY has. I’m definitely going to miss the trees turning on my old campus, but I’m hoping the city will have at least some places that get really pretty. October means that I’m also approaching the halfway point of my first semester of law school, which feels really surreal. Somehow I lucked out and don’t have any midterms, but that also lowkey stresses me out because it means I don’t have any ways to indicate that I’m actually learning. I do have a writing assignment due tomorrow (well, today, if you’re reading it the day I post this) that I’m freaking out about (am I writing this in part to procrastinate on that? . . . maybe.) ANYWAY. Let’s get to the wrap-up!

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Skyhunter by Marie Lu | a prescient story of resilience

OVERALL: ★★★★½/5

(Goodreads summary here.)

When I first got the email telling me I was on the street team for Skyhunter, I nearly lost it. (I had to really school my expression because I was in class and all I wanted to do was grin from ear to ear.) I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I absolutely adore everything Marie Lu writes, and this was no exception.

From the get-go, all I wanted to do was sit down and read it all in one sitting. Unfortunately, that was not an option, nor was reading it over the course of just a couple of days. While I think that would’ve been a better experience for me personally (less disruption of flow because my goodness, this book flows like a masterpiece), it still absolutely astounded me.

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Mini Reviews: Ninth House + The Beautiful

Well guys, it’s been a minute since I’ve written a review. I don’t feel quite ready to do a deep dive into a full length review for either of these (I also waited a little too long since I read them before sitting down to do this and didn’t take good reading notes, so I’m a little blurry on the details.) Still, I really thought both of these were phenomenal for entirely different reasons; I fully expected to love Ninth House because I love Leigh Bardugo and everything she does, and I was really pleasantly surprised by The Beautiful. Without further ado, let’s get into what I thought about these books! Just a note: the last paragraph of my thoughts on The Beautiful contains some spoiler-y stuff, although I keep it really vague. Just be aware it’s there!

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June Wrap-Up and July Goals

Hi everyone! June has finally come to its end, even though I certainly feel like summer has just begun. I’m lucky enough that my one of my summer jobs has opened back up, so I’ve been busier the past week than I have been in months, but it’s also so nice to have something to do and a way to make some money. Anyway, June wasn’t a great reading month for me, but again, now that I’m at work more regularly, I actually have more incentive to read because it’s one of the only things that I can do easily in my downtime. But let’s get to this wrap-up!

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Wildcard by Marie Lu | I love ethics-driven sci-fi

OVERALL: ★★★★/5

(Goodreads summary here.)

Hello again! Long time, no post because I’m a busy (albeit lazy) bee, so much so that I’m only just now writing a review for a book I read a month ago! I hate doing this, but I am happy to say that I remembered way more of my original thoughts than I expected to, so go me! With that in mind, this review may be a bit shorter and less put together than some of my others, but it is still an accurate reflection of my opinions. In short, sorry I stink at the whole “schedule” thing (being on top of everything? Don’t know her.) Without further ado, let’s review.

I am not sure if I’ve said it before, but Marie Lu has written some of my absolute favorite books and all of my favorite finales (*cough The Midnight Star cough*). Needless to say, I had some pretty high expectations for Wildcard. While Warcross was far from my favorite book or favorite book by Lu, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to see what happened in the sequel/finale. I’m happy to report that it met my expectations. But that’s about it. I really did like it, and there were even parts that I loved, but I wasn’t blown away. It is still very much a satisfying Marie Lu ending, which I have to give it credit for because I tend to be very critical of series finales. Anyway, let’s get into the nitty-gritty.

Minor spoilers for Warcross below, but nothing major from Wildcard.

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Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff | tbh I’d probably find Kristoff’s grocery list compelling

OVERALL: ★★★½/5 

(Goodreads summary here.) 

I think I can now officially say that Jay Kristoff is one of my all-time favorite authors. Maybe it’s just because he writes my favorite genres, but I really just think his writing style is perfect for me. It’s clear and not too wordy, yet descriptive as hell, and he knows how to keep the action going. Also, his Instagram stories get me every time. 

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the actual book. Lifel1k3 is full of action and adventure, science and friendship, badassery and morality. It’s definitely not my favorite of Kristoff’s, but it was still really damn good. I really want to be able to give this 4 stars, but the truth is that I was a little unimpressed until about 75% way through the book, and I don’t think a book that took 300 pages for me to get into can get 4 stars from me. 

Because of that, the last portion of this review will have major spoilers for the ending, so reader beware! I will let you know when they’re coming up. 

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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart | give me more female friendships like these

OVERALL: ★★★½/5 

(Goodreads summary here.) 

I am not going to lie: I was so excited for this book. It has so many things I love. Commentary on sexism and oppression? Yes. Mistaken crimes? Yes. Loving yet complex sibling relationships? Yes.  

I was a little disappointed, though. Grace and Fury definitely had all the things I was excited about, but it also just fell a little flat overall. I enjoyed it, but I also don’t think it was anything overwhelmingly special. I would still recommend it if you like sibling dynamics and social commentary via fantasy worlds, but I wouldn’t break your back to get your hands on it if you haven’t already. Read More »

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor | I lost a bit of the magic

OVERALL: ★★★★/5 

(Goodreads summary here.) 

If my reread thoughts didn’t make it clear enough, Strange the Dreamer is one of my favorite books ever. I love the magical whimsy that exudes from the pages, and Lazlo Strange has my heart and soul, largely because I feel like he is part of me.  

I wanted so badly to love Muse of Nightmares as much as Strange. But I just don’t have it in me. I keep going back and forth between 4 and 4 ½ stars, and I wish I could give it that extra half star. And it breaks my heart a little bit that I can’t even do that. 

Don’t get me wrong. I loved this book. I just don’t think there’s much that can surpass my love for Strange, even its sequel. 

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas | a frustratingly flat finale

OVERALL: ★★★/5  

(Goodreads summary here.)

Alright you guys, it has been a hot sec because school is overwhelming, BUT I am here with what will probably be a wonderfully controversial review! 

So. Kingdom of Ash. THE top YA release this fall. The conclusion to the Throne of Glass series. My thoughts? It was okay. And just okay.  

I should preface this by admitting I have a complicated relationship with this series and SJM in general. I remember my sister buying the first Throne of Glass book on Kindle like 6 years ago. And I remember starting it sometime shortly after that and not being able to get through the first 3 pages. And then I tried again a year later with the same result. And once again. Fast forward 3 years and one of my close friends at college is absolutely in love with this series. And so I forced myself to read it at the very end of my freshman year. And you know what? I liked it, which was crazy to me. I read the whole series (up until Empire of Storms, since Tower of Dawn hadn’t been released) in about a week and a half.  

So from the beginning, I’ve had some ups and downs with this series, but I was really hoping the finale would solidify it as a great series and sway me towards a more positive opinion of it. That didn’t happen. Let’s get into why. 

Also, this will be VERY spoiler-heavy, since I can’t think of a good way to talk about some things without it, so reader be warned! 

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