Slow-Burn Romance and Visual Storytelling: Fable by Adrienne Young Review

If you’re reading this review right now, I will waste no time and just tell you directly: READ THIS BOOK.

I haven’t read any books from Adrienne Young before this but when I saw the cover, I just couldn’t resist it. I mean, look at how pretty and tempting it is. But while some books are only beautiful on the outside, this book will not make you regret you ever picked it up.

Initially, I had a hard time reading this. It was difficult to imagine some scenes in my head because I wasn’t familiar with the technical terms about ships and navigation. I am a visual reader and when I read, a movie plays in my head. I need to understand the details so that I know what to imagine. If you’re like me and decide to read this, it really helps if you google the terms to see what they look like. But rest assured that you will eventually get the hang of it.

A Heart-stopping Ending: The Rose & the Dagger Review

This broke my heart into a million pieces and put it back together again. It is one of those books that fill your heart after reading it. The one that never leaves your thoughts even after its end.

The Wrath and the Dawn duology is a tale with love at its core — a powerful emotion for a powerful book. Love, which can be a person’s greatest strength or ultimate weakness.

While I said The Wrath and the Dawn was a rollercoaster ride of emotions, The Rose and the Dagger played with my feelings. One of the many reasons why this book tore at my heart is the love triangle. Although I don’t hate this trope, I am not a fan of it. More often than not, the third person is annoying and only exists to torment the couple. Or sometimes, the female MC is so indecisive that she can’t bear to choose one. But when done well, the love triangle trope can be powerful and heartbreaking.

A Captivating Retelling: The Wrath & the Dawn Review

I have no idea what I was doing in 2015 that I haven’t even heard about this series. I only found out about it when a fellow member of an author’s Facebook group asked about this. I was so intrigued by the description that I moved it to the top of my TBR list. Honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

This was definitely a rollercoaster ride of emotions for me. I am not saying this to be cliche, I am saying this because it’s true. I’ve experienced a wide range of emotions these past few days — pity, confusion, excitement, frustration, swoon, and sadness among many others.

A Sweet Tale of Music and Romance: More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn Review

How do you deal with the grief of fictional character death? If you’re me, I would say, read something cute and fluffy. I was really devastated by the death of one of my favorite characters in the book I read before this. I wanted something that would make me forget and squeal in happiness. More Than Maybe seemed cute enough so I moved it to the top of my reading list.

When I read the first chapter in this book, I knew that I would like it. Mutual pining and assuming feelings are unrequited? It’s one of the tropes I live for.

A Bittersweet End to the Duology: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Review

That was one hell of an ending and yet, I don’t think it was wrong. Still, I would be lying if I say it didn’t break my heart into pieces.

I think the best thing about this series is how close the characters were to my heart. They’re a crew that I loved fiercely. It’s hard to think of them as only characters. Leigh Bardugo breathed life into them. They have feelings, fears, goals, and weaknesses. I prayed that everything will work out for them. But try as I might, even in this fantasy world, perfect endings don’t exist.

Is It Worth the Hype? Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review

How do I even begin to write a review for the perfection that is Six of Crows?

If you’re into YA fantasy, you’ve probably heard of the name Kaz Brekker. It’s hard not to. There is so much hype surrounding that name and Six of Crows. But now that I’ve finally read the book, I definitely understand why.

Kaz is unlike any character I’ve ever read. He is greedy, selfish, and cruel when he wants to be. But despite that, he is also clever and strong. Kaz did not have an easy childhood. Certain events made him who he is — a boy bent on revenge. I know this book is not only about Kaz but to me, he was the most fascinating character.

Warm and Fluffy Read: Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris Review

This is the kind of book that leaves you feeling giddy and warm at the end. The kind that makes you sigh with contentment, wishing to find a love like it.

Before reading this, I reread one of my favorite books by the same author, The Fine Art of Pretending, so I couldn’t help comparing the two. I guess every Rachel Harris book I read will always have high expectations to live up to. But although The Fine Art of Pretending remains my favorite, this one was great too.

Just as Good as I Remembered: The Fine Art of Pretending Review

Before I start this review, let me just say that I have “book amnesia”. I can barely remember books I read years ago even when I absolutely loved it. Honestly, what leaves a lasting impression on me is not the plot but the way a book made me feel.

The Fine Art of Pretending was one of the books that had the honor to be included in my favorites (stand-alone) shelf but I couldn’t even remember any of it. All I know is that it was sweet and fluffy and I absolutely loved it. So despite reading it five years ago, it still felt like the first time.

A Satisfying Ending: End of Days by Susan Ee Review

You know that feeling when you finish a series but it was published a long time ago so no one’s talking about it now? That’s exactly how I feel right now. 😦

Let me begin by saying that overall, I like this series. Still, I must admit that this is one of those series where none of the sequels could ever measure up to the first.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed this for a lot of reasons.

Suffered from Middle Book Syndrome: World After by Susan Ee

Although this was good, it just wasn’t good as the first. Unfortunately, as with a lot of series, it suffered from what we know as middle book syndrome. This generally refers to an author’s second book not quite living up to their first, particularly if it’s part of a series.

I think part of the major reason why I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first is that Raffe was barely in it. The witty banter between him and Penryn was a major factor that made the previous book more fun. I spent most of the time reading this book just waiting for him to come.