Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | Review


Pages: 429
Publisher: St. Marin’s Press
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
My Rating: C


In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


O, gentlfriends, I am here to put thoughts to page of my feelings for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.  I had initially the idea to write it in the same vein as Kristoff put his brain-speech to page, but it seems my simple mind cannot seem to make the words of my review sing like the feathered choir in the sky,

So I’m just going to stop with that.

I think my biggest gripe with the book is the way it’s written. The narrative is, I believe, supposed to be lyrical and humorous, but most of the time came through to me as confusing and slightly juvenile.

“She introduced her boot to his partner’s groin, kicking him hard enough to cripple his unborn children.”

“Tric wondered what the girl was on about. But as she slipped into Chivalry’s pen for another saddling attempt, he heard wails within the garrison tower, please to the Everseeing, and a burst of profanity so colorful you could fling it into the air and call it a rainbow.


Kristoff overwrites his sentences to the point where I find myself not paying attention because it feels like useless information.

“Tric gave another half-hearted stab, but the beast had forgotten its quarry entirely, great eyes rolling as it flipped over and over, dragging its bulk back below the sand, howling like a dog who’s just returned home from a hard turn’s work to find another hound in his kennel, smoking his cigarillos and in bed with his wife.”


Also, Drinking Game (for those in the 21+ Club): take a shot every time Mr. Kindly is referred to as a “cat that is not a cat.” Go on. I dare you.

The biggest offender in terms of the writing for me, though?

The footnotes.

The footnotes in the novel come in two varieties: extensive world-building that took half the page, or useless quips to the story (one literally telling the reader to get their mind out of the gutter after a slightly sexual joke in the narrative).

I will admit: if the footnote was longer than maybe three sentences, I didn’t read it. I appreciate the unique way Kristoff went about the structure of his storytelling, but footnotes belong in textbooks, and I don’t want to feel like I’m reading one.

This resulted in me not really knowing too much about the world, minus the basics.

The characters also fell a little flat for me. Most of them, of course, were throw-away characters that were just put into the story to be killed off. The ones that were developed at all were either lacking in personality (Tric) or neatly packed into their character archetype (Jessamine, Ash).

I will admit to having a soft spot for Ashlinn, as I am a sucker for the sassy thief archetype, but she is the only side character I felt anything for.

The only other character I liked (in fact, I loved this character), is Mia.

I don’t know what I was expecting from her going into this book, but it definitely wasn’t her shooting up to one of my favorite female protagonists of all time.

Mia is badass, smart, and ruthless, but she isn’t without her honor and compassion. You do see her struggling with her morality throughout the book and I’m actually really impressed with the way her character was handled; definitely a character that I want to root for.

I just wish I could say the same about her love interest in this book, Tric. He reminded me of every other meat-head male love interest that writers keep inserting into their books. He has no personality aside from his fragile masculinity. I found it hard to believe Mia got along with him, at all.

It’s a shame, because underneath all of the questionable writing in this book, there is a fun story. I just wish I had been able to appreciate it more.

Will I continue with the series? Yes. I already have a copy of Godsgrave sitting on both my shelf and my Kindle. I just hope the series goes up from here.



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To All The Bookish Boys I Loved Before

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All the time I see people raving about their favorite male characters in books–their “Book Boyfriends,” if you will. And it got me thinking that there are so many “Book Boyfriends” I had in the past that my feelings have faded for over time (or turned to distaste).

And I want to talk about them today!

And I am going to do it in a bit of a cheesy way. Lara Jean in To All the Boys I Loved Before wrote letters to all of her crushes. I’m going to write letters to my previous crushes and tell them why I’m just not that into them, anymore!


Dear Ashallyn’ Darkmyr Tallyn from The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa,

When I think of my old crushes, you are the first one that comes to mind. At least, your awful cover model does. In fact, I don’t think I can pin one personality trait to you. I believe the only reason I preferred you over Puck (the superior choice, if we’re being honest), is because you fit the Tall, Dark, and Mysterious trope.

Simply put, I have grown up a lot since my love for you. I prefer my men with personality now.

Sincerely, Me

P.S. Your name is ridiculous.


Dear Eli Ever from Vicious by V.E. Schwab

It should come as no surprised that I tend to root for the bad guy. My favorite characters in books are almost always the ones a psychologist would have a field day with. And, upon my first reading, you fit that bill. You were interesting, and henceforth, I loved you.

However, upon my reread this past Summer, I came to the conclusion that Victor Vale is so much better than you are. Not to say you aren’t still interesting (because you are), but I suppose, once again, that my tastes have simply changed. I would much rather root for a villain with a soft side than a hypocritical, egotistical hero.

Sincerely, Me.

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Dear Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas,

I want to start off by saying that my love for you fading isn’t entirely your fault. It isn’t your fault that you went from the only character with a good head on your shoulders, to an ass, to simply a wash of a character–it’s the writing. I do still love you as you were in the first and second book in the series. I even didn’t mind you in Queen of Shadows. But upon reading Tower of Dawn, I’ve come to the conclusion that you are really just kind of boring.

I hated Dorian in the first book; I was rooting for you at the start. But somewhere along the line, my opinions on the two of you switched. It’s unfortunate, really. It makes me sad to think about what you used to be.

Sincerely, Me

P.S. I still love you more than Rowanimg_0217-6

Dear Rhysand from Acotar by Sarah J. Maas

Oh, Rhys, you are probably the biggest disappointment of them all. My love for you was brief, but it was fierce. In Acomaf, you seemed the perfect man. You were caring and sexy and misunderstood.

However, somewhere between Acowar and Acofas, you lost the caring, the misunderstood, and the “y” in sexy. I will admit, all the sex in Acowar already seemed to grate my nerves, but in Acofas, it seemed to be all you cared about. It left me wondering how a five hundred year old man can still have the mentality of a sixteen year old.

Sincerely, Me

     P.S. I could probably make a whole blog post about decline of your character. And I kind of want to.


Dear Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer,

Just kidding. You will always have my heart.

Sincerely, Me.

P.S. I’ll love you forever


And, that’s it! I’m sorry if I low-key roasted any of your faves (I mean Rhysand). Are there any characters you used to love that you find your don’t anymore! Tell me in the comments!


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All My Current Reads (In Accordance to GoodReads)


I am a chronic DNFer.

Not on purpose, mind you. In fact, it’s rare that I put down a book simply for the fact that I’m disliking it. No, I just have a problem of wanting to read too many books at once.

I’m sure we’ve all been there. One second, you are fully immersed in the world of your current read; the next you are staring down another book on your TBR pile.

I always say I’ll get back to the book I was reading. However, I’m starting to think that I’m in denial.

My Currently Reading shelf currently has ten books in it. Which is the perfect number for a list! And here they are!



Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Reading Progress: 24%

The book that I am actually currently reading! So far, I have no plans on putting this down!


The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
Reading Progress: 55%

I have been technically reading this book since February. And it’s not for the fact that I’m disliking it! I actually recently picked it up again on Scribd and I’m hoping to get it finished this month!


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Reading Progress: 0%

This one is a bit of a funny story! Technically, I finished it! But that’s only because I fell asleep on the audiobook and didn’t have it on night mode.

I do have a physical copy now, though, so I will hopefully also be getting to this by the end of the month!


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Reading Progress: 16%

I think my downfall with this one was the fact that I started it right after finishing A Gathering of Shadows (review here). I usually need a break in between series installments (good thing they usually take a year between publication, eh?). I don’t think I’ll be picking this up within the month, as I really am just not in the mood for it.



Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Reading Progress: 48%

Isn’t it great when you’re buddy reading something and you both just stop reading it? I honestly don’t remember why I put this down. I was having a good time while reading it! Hopefully, I can get back into it soon.


The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Reading Progress: 35%

I attempted to listen to this via audiobook two years ago, but wound up being too busy at the time and never finished it. Fast forward to the past Tome Topple and you have me trying again. Unfortunately, I got caught up in life again and wound up still not finishing it.

One of these days, Brandon Sanderson.

But not today.


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Reading Progress: 30%

Fun Fact: I consider The Lies of Locke Lamora one of my favorite books.

Funner Fact: I have yet to read the sequel. Or, finish it, anyway.

This was just another time where life got in the way. And once you put a book down because of a slump, it’s really hard to pick the book back up.


Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Reading Progress: 36%

Another book I tried reading for Tome Topple this year. I really want to get this done before Kingdom of Ash comes out, but I don’t actually know if I see that happening.


Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Reading Progress: 45%

I was in the middle of reading this when I decided “Hey! Let’s re-read Vicious by V.E. Schwab!”

Both books are similar in theme and I found that when I did get back to this, I was unfairly comparing it to the other book. I was really enjoying it initially, though! And with the sequel coming out soon, I’d love to finish it!


Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Reading Progress: 43%

This might come as a shock to you, but I haven’t finished Uprooted by Naomi Novik. You would think I had, considering how much I adore this book. Too bad I don’t know the ending. Or most of the middle.

I don’t have an excuse for this. But I vowed to myself that I wouldn’t touch Spinning Silver until I’ve finished this one first.


Are you someone who keeps starting books without finishing the ones you’re currently reading? Or can you successfully read multiple books at once (if you are, lend me your talent)? Comment below and start a discussion!

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Would You Rather Book Tag

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It’s that time of the week where I can’t think of anything else to post, so I’m going to entertain myself with a Book Tag!

I couldn’t track down the original maker of this tag, so if you know who it was, please tell me in the comments!

Without further ado, though, let’s get on with the tag!

1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

This one really depends. I do find that a lot of the time, I’ll go into a book thinking it’s a stand-alone, only to get very disappointed by the fact that it is, indeed, part of a series.

So, I guess stand-alone.

 2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?

Again, I don’t really have a preference. As long as the character is written well, I don’t care what gender they are.

But I suppose if I had to choose, female.

 3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?

I feel like a traitor for saying this, since I used to work for Barnes & Noble, but I much rather just order from Amazon. I get too much anxiety at stores.

 4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?

TV shows. There is much more time to develop the book’s plot in a television series rather than a two hour movie. Plus then I have something to look forward to while its airing.

 5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?

Considering I’m a reviewer and need to be able to read for content, I’ll take the ability to read five books per week.

 6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?

Like a lot of us reviewers, I do have a goal to have a book published at some point. So, I’ll go with author.

 7.  Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?

It’s really rare that I can re-read books (whether due to the fact that I already know the plot or the pressure from needing to read new books for content, I don’t know. Probably both). I’ll go with a new book every six months.

 8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?

Look, I already manage a small business. I don’t need to be taking on another. I’ll be a librarian.

9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?

Favorite genre. I’m not guaranteed to love all of my favorite author’s books. Plus, that just sounds very limiting.

 10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?

I do enjoy eBooks. However, it is really rare that I pick them up. I’m going to go with physical copy.


What do you guys think? Do you agree with my answers? Comment down below and start a discussion!

WWW Wednesday | September 12, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where you answer three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

This is my first time participating in this! Let me know if it’s something you think I should continue doing in the future


Currently Reading: Technically, I haven’t started this one yet, but it is the next on my TBR. I’ve had this sitting on my shelf since Christmas 2016 and I think I am finally ready to pick it up!


Recently Finished: The last book I read was The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. You can read my review here, but in short, I am in love with this book!


Next Read: It’s always hard for me to gauge what I’m going to be in the mood for, but I think the next thing I’m going to read after Nevernight is The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera.

What are you all currently reading? Comment down below and let me know!

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang | Review


Pages: 530
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
My Rating: A


When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.


I think I have officially found my favorite book of the year.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang isn’t something that I had much desire to pick up. I had seen raving review upon raving review for months, but the promise of a military fantasy just didn’t jive well with me.

Luckily, I did wind up getting this book for half off. Good thing, too, because I freaking loved it.

This book takes very heavy inspiration from the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Nanking Massacre. It should go without warning that this book is dark. I’m not usually one to be disturbed by imagery in books, but Chapter 21 was probably the most disturbing thing I have ever read. For a complete list of triggers, I would check out this post by the author.

Formalities aside, though, let’s talk about what I loved about this book:

If you know anything about me, it should be that I am a sucker for any plot-line or character arc that centers around morality.

Fang Runin, or Rin, is a war orphan that escaped an arranged marriage to train for the militia. She is head-strong and determined. We also learn rather quickly that her morals are fairly corrupt. Everything she does comes from a good place, but her means of achieving things can very well be taken as unjust.

“They were monsters!” Rin shrieked. “They were not human!”

“Have you ever considered” he said slowly “that that was exactly what they though of us?” 

It could be said that most of the characters in this book are about as morally-grey as you can get. They are ruthless, as one must be when faced with war.

Speaking of characters, I do want to mention that there is no hint of romance anywhere. What we do have, though, is great friendships. And amazing character development. There is one character in particular that I hoping will be able to finish off their arc in the coming books.

When going into these types of books, I always expect the pacing to be painfully slow. That was not the case with The Poppy War. I never felt like we were stuck at any one plot point for too long. And that’s not to say that anything went too fast, either. I think the pacing was just right for the story being told.

Often in reviews, I see people mention that the shift from Part One to Part Two is jarring and feels detached from the first part of the book. Frankly, I think that was the point. The students are ripped from the school suddenly and forced into a war that they weren’t fully prepared for. I personally felt it was well done, even if I did immediately miss the school setting.

I also really enjoyed the incorporation of Chinese Lore. I am not all that familiar with it, myself (nor am I familiar with Chinese history), but it made me very interested in the subject. The magic system was also interesting because it directly affected the growth and arcs of the characters. It makes me really anticipate how things are going to play out in the next books.

All-in-all, I don’t think this is a book for everybody. If you can’t handle brutally dark subjects, I’d probably skip this one. But if you want a fresh take on the fantasy genre, I would definitely check this out. I can honestly say that this is a book I’ve been wishing for for years, and it is everything I could have hoped for!

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My Plain Jane by The Lady Janies | Review

Pages: 464
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 26 2018
My Rating: B


You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


After reading My Lady Jane a couple weeks ago, I immediately ordered it’s companion novel, My Plain Jane.

While the first book was a reimagining of Tudor history, My Plain Jane is a paranormal retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

I had little to no knowledge of the original tale going into this, which might have been to my advantage, as I am currently watching the mini-series, and My Plain Jane follows Jane Eyre almost scene for scene, with the only major difference being the ghosts.

The best thing in this book, for me, were the main trio: Jane, Charlotte, and Alexander. I didn’t find them as charming as Lady Jane, Edward, and G., but they were still a joy to read about in their own right.

Jane Eyre, our Janie of the book, was probably the least interesting personality-wise of the three. She is kind-hearted and plain, and she is well aware of it. She is also a bit of a romantic, and is hoping to be swept off her feet by her own Mr. Darcy.

Charlotte was an interesting character to include, as she is the Charlotte Bronte. In this book, she is an aspiring writer and is taking inspiration from her best friend Jane and her misadventures. Her chapters were probably my favorite.

Then we have Alexander, a ghost hunter. He is as clever and charming as I would expect going into these books. I usually wouldn’t be one for ghost stories or paranormal investigation, but I very much was engaged in him and his subplots.

If you are one for slow-burn romances, this is a good place to find one. The who’s are a bit of a spoiler, but know I was practically ripping my hair out waiting for them to come together. I was also pleasantly surprised that the romance didn’t go entirely how I expected it to.

The romance might have been slow to build, but I did find the pacing of the plot to be jarringly fast, especially toward the end. I feel like the authors were just trying to cram too much into four-hundred pages. Jane Eyre itself is over 500, and with the inclusion of the ghost subplot, it might have been too much.

The ending in particular could have been handled better, I think. Namely with Mr. Rochester and Bertha. Again, spoilers, but I don’t like how they were adapted into this new story. I feel like it was all terribly convenient.

I also generally wish the last few paragraphs in the epilogue didn’t exist at all. That part weirded me out more than Jane and Mr. Rochester’s age difference ever could.

My Plain Jane is a quirky and fun story that I think anyone could get into as long as they detach themselves from the original story. It’s full of great characters and humorous dialogue suited for anyone trying to get a good laugh and make fun of the ridiculousness of pre-Victorian romances.

Have you read My Plain Jane? What are your thoughts? Comment down below and let me know!

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August Bookhaul | 2018

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I wasn’t going to post a book haul. Simply because I buy so many books that I honestly don’t know what books I buy in what month.

However, book hauls are one of my favorite things to watch and read, and I wanted to participate!

Without further ado, these are the books I added to my shelf in the month of August (links to the Goodreads pages embedded in the covers):

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And that’s it! Have you read any of these books before? Or are some also on your TBR? Let’s discuss!



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Fawkes by Nadine Brandes | Review

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Pages: 448
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
My Rating: D


Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.


Remember how, in my review of My Lady Jane, I said that it could have the same exact plot, minus the humor, and not have gained as much traction?

This is the book I was referring to.

Here we have another book that reimagines history that replaces the feud between Christians and Protestants with magic.

Here, the magic isn’t nearly as charming. And I personally found it confusingly unnecessary.

In this alternate history, people can “speak to colors.” When they come of age, their parents will present to them a mask which will allow them to use their color speech.

I think?

Usually, a person can only speak to one color. They are called The Keepers (or, the Catholics). However, there are also a group of people called the Ignitors (the Protestants) who choose to speak to what is called the White Light (God) and thus are granted the ability to speak to all colors.

And what does speaking to a color mean?

Well, I believe it simply means that you can control whatever objects are that color.

As I said: I’m not too terribly a fan of the magic system. I feel like it was too heavily focused on while not being fleshed out enough.

The characters are another thing I feel could have been handled better.

Thomas Fawkes, our main character, is a pretty boring character to follow. He’s whiny, starts off as incredibly entitled, and makes constant stupid decisions.

The “characters” involved with the Gunpowder Plot (all of them were actually people, hence the quotation marks) all kind of bled together for me. Not one of them was distinct enough to even remember their names–including Guy Fawkes.

I’m kind of disappointed with how much of a wash Guy’s character was. I’d go as far to say that he felt less like a character and more like a plot device. I was at least expecting him and Thomas to have bonding moments to strengthen their relationship, but it never happened.

The only character really worthy of note was Thomas’ love interest: Emma. She was smart and one of the strongest magic wielders in the book. The only problem I had with her–and, spoiler alert–her race was used as a plot twist?

I am not kidding when I say the fact that there is an interracial couple in this book is a spoiler.

How, you ask, does the author hide the fact that Emma is black? Well, she wears her mask all the time. And I guess wears enough clothes to completely cover every inch of her skin.

Besides the fact that I find it distasteful to use one’s racial (or sexual) identity as a plot twist, I felt like it never really went anywhere. Yes, Emma spoke out a couple times about racism, but there wasn’t any real overarching plot about the racism in 17th century England. It all just felt like it was shoehorned in there for brownie points.

In short: Emma’s racial identity was a pleasant surprise, but one that I feel could have been handled better with better plotting.

Overall, though, this book was just boring. The only parts I felt even the slightest bit engaged was when Thomas and Emma were together. I did feel their romantic relationship was a bit forced, but their interactions were still good enough to keep me paying attention. At least, it was better than sitting through talk of the Plot.

I do have to give credit where it is due, though: this book was very well researched. As I said earlier: the characters were all involved with the plot and their story arcs carried out like their real-life counterparts did.

I also thought that, though I wasn’t a fan of the execution, the idea of the magic system was interesting. I just wish it were fleshed out a bit better.

At the end of the day, this was a book I felt had a lot of potential that simply went unrealized. Still, I am interested to see what she does with her reimagining of the Romanovs next year!

Did you read Fawkes? Share your thoughts down below!



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Pre-Ordering Books And Why I Rarely Do It


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There are two types of people in this world:

The type to pre-order books


The type that doesn’t

I fall into the later category. And here I’m going to detail exactly why I rarely  don’t pre-order books.

(Before we begin, I do want to preface this by saying that I do currently, in fact, have a book on pre-order. It’s Vengeful by V.E. Schwab and it is the one case where I simply could not help myself.)

1) Money!

It think this one is pretty self-explanatory. I’m broke.

2) Impatience!

I think my biggest issue is that I’m impatient. I have a hard time even waiting that month for my next subscription box to get to me, let alone waiting MONTHS for an anticipated read to get to me. And if it’s something that I’ve already put the money down for, I’m just constantly going to be thinking about it and how I could have used that money for something else–like a book I can hold in my hands now!

3) My TBR

Part of being a book blogger is having a giant pile of books you haven’t read. Why am I going to spend money on books that I have to wait for when I have so many books that I haven’t read yet?

Now, you could also probably say “Why spend money on any book when you have such a long TBR???”

And I’d say:

That is a post for another time.


Because books.


Do you pre-order books? What is you reasoning for doing (or not doing) so?


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