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The Inheritance Games 💫 Spoiler Free Review 📚 Blogtober #28

Title: The Inheritance Games
Series Name: The Inheritance Games
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genre: YA Mystery
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 384
Publishers: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

This one was a very pleasant surprise as there has been very little talk about it & I had no idea what to expect.

The Inheritance Games was a very mysterious & unpredictable story. It was gripping & I found myself not wanting to stop listening. It was very addictive actually, even if I could only listen to 3 minutes of it in between other thinks I found myself putting it on when I usually wouldn’t. So that tells me that I was enjoying it!

All the characters were very realistic and nearly all had a backstory and depth put into them. I like that you also saw the characters developing & showing more of themselves throughout as Avery got to know them. I also like how different the 4 boys are. The author could have gave them all the same qualities but every one was unique & interesting in their own way.

I also loved how atmospheric the book was. I loved learning about the house & surrounds as it really built a picture & set the scene. The authors writing when it came to explaining things definitely helped in engrossing you in the story and being invested in the characters.

Overall I really enjoyed The Inheritance Game and more than I thought I would as I simply didn’t know what to expect as I have heard basically no one talking about this. This is book 1 in a duology, so I’m loving that as duologys are hard to find. I’m very keen to see what will happen next!


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The Tea Dragon Tapestry 💫 Spoiler Free Review 📚 Blogtober #25

Title: The Tea Dragon Tapestry
Series Name: Tea Dragon
Author: Katie O’Neill
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 128
Publishers: Oni Press
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Join Greta and Minette once more for the heartwarming conclusion of the award-winning Tea Dragon series!

Over a year since being entrusted with Ginseng’s care, Greta still can’t chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief. Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside.

Told with the same care and charm as the previous installments of the Tea Dragon series, The Tea Dragon Tapestry welcomes old friends and new into a heartfelt story of purpose, love, and growth.

The Tea Dragon Society: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spoiler Free Review
The Tea Dragon Festival: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spoiler Free Review
The Te Dragon Tapestry: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Tea Dragon series is just so cute! It is an overall wholesome & enjoyable read that always leaves me feeling better after reading them!

I loved that we learned more about Minette & their back story in this book. That was something that I wanted more of in book 1 so that was a nice surprise. We also got to see most of the characters from The Tea Dragon Society & The Tea Dragon Festival come back in The Tea Dragon Tapestry which was awesome. They are also amazing & such well developed characters so it was nice to see them all again.

I also love that all of the books have an amazing story to tell and all have a message to teach the reader. The Tea Dragon Tapestry features a beautiful message involving grief and the importance of small gestures.

Overall I love these books & I will definitely be rereading them! I wish there was more but The Tea Dragon Tapestry was the conclusion. It is amazingly wrapped up but I would be totally happy to read another 10 books based on these adorable tiny dragons! I highly recommend checking out this series if you need something wholesome and feel good to read!


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The Tea Dragon Festival 📚 Spoiler Free Review 💫 Blogtober #20

Title: The Tea Dragon Festival
Series Name:Tea Dragon #1
Author: Katie O’Neill
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 17th, 2019
Pages: 136
Publishers: Oni Press
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

The Tea Dragon Society: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spoiler Free Review
The Tea Dragon Festival: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Tea Dragon Tapestry: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spoiler Free Review to come

These books are just AMAZING!

Just because something comes easily to you, does not mean it has no value.

Firstly the diversity is amazing! This one is set well before the events in The Tea Dragon Society and does not focus on the same characters or location. So we have new diversity being featured including someone who is deaf. I love that the the book features sign language in this one! The author didn’t have to include the actual sign langugae & translation but she did it so smoothly that it just works naturally and that amazing.

I love the messages that are portrayed in this graphic novel series. It doesn’t come across as a motivational kind of book but that is really how it feels sometimes. The author always includes some message that makes you think and that can relate to the real world.

I enjoyed learning about a new species in this one as well as we meet a full size dragon. The world is always being expanded and it feels very well developed and explained even though the books are under 150 pages each.

Of course I have to mention the artwork as it’s gorgeous and so colourful! I’d love to get some of those chapter headings as stickers or something as they are just beautiful!

Overall I really enjoyed The Tea Dragon Festival! The books are gorgeous, feature amazing diversity, always have a really good message & they are just cute and wholesome reads. I highly recommend giving this series a go as I simply can’t fault anything about it!

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Salt to the Sea 💫 Spoiler Free Review 📚 Blogtober #16

Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 2nd, 2016
Pages: 391
Publishers: Philomel Books
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well-documented disasters, the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little-known January 30, 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army. The ship was overcrowded with more than 10,500 passengers — the intended capacity was approximately 1,800 — and more than 9,000 people, including 5,000 children, lost their lives.

Sepetys (writer of ‘Between Shades of Gray’) crafts four fictionalized but historically accurate voices to convey the real-life tragedy. Joana, a Lithuanian with nursing experience; Florian, a Prussian soldier fleeing the Nazis with stolen treasure; and Emilia, a Polish girl close to the end of her pregnancy, converge on their escape journeys as Russian troops advance; each will eventually meet Albert, a Nazi peon with delusions of grandeur, assigned to the Gustloff decks.

This book is absolutely amazing! This is actually my reread of this one as I did listen to the audiobook a couple years ago and loved it then too. However, I didn’t end up reviewing it last time so I decided to do it this time!
Firstly I highly recommend the audiobook! It is amazingly done & has full cast narration. It’s definitely worth the listen.

This is a very emotional and hard hitting book. I spent the last couple chapters with tears in my eyes & actually had to put the book down twice to pull myself together. It is written in a way that you have an instant connection with these characters (well most of them) and you just want them to get to freedom. Of course this is based off WWII and a lot of people did die, so it’s something you know is likely coming in the book but it doesn’t make it easier to read when it does.

I love and care for Florian, Emilia & Joana so much and genuinely hate Alfred as a person and a character. These characters feel so fleshed out and you learn their stories & their history. It makes it hard to not think of them as real people.

This book also drags you in and won’t let go. I didn’t want to put it down as I just wanted to find out what happens next. It’s also very unpredictable. Just when you think everything is going alright the shit hits the fan again and you are left in shock because of it.

I also love that the author kept the book as historically accurate as she could. Not only did she do that but she also explained it all and told you what really happened and what was fiction. I love that this also focuses on a lesser known event that was extremely deadly. I wish more YA books focused on specific lesser known events so as to educate readers.

Overall I highly recommend this book. Of course it is a WWII story and it’s extreme and hard hitting. There is of course the obvious trigger warnings for a war book such as violence, death, children suffering, etc. but also, please be aware that there is references & discussion of rape in this one. However I think it is an important read and one that needs to be discussed & promoted more.

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A Song Below Water 💫 Spoiler Free Review 📚 Blogtober #16

Title: A Song Below Water
Series Name: A Song Below Water
Author: Bethany C. Morrow
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Pages: 288
Publishers: Tor Teen
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

I was highly anticipating this book before I picked it up! A siren story with POC MCs & Black Lives Matter themes?! Sounded like the perfect mix of contemporary issues & fantasy elements. What could go wrong? Well, turns out a fair bit. I easily have more negative points than positive and while I did have a good time actually reading it and it dealt with some good topics the overall execution just wasn’t there.

So as I said I did enjoy the discussion on the Black Lives Matter topics. I enjoyed that the author blended the hate towards the black community in with the hate towards the siren community. I’ve also seen some own voice reviews that claim the book has good representation, so that’s a positive as well even if it’s not something I can directly comment on.

However, that and the general enjoyability of the audiobook experience is really the only reason why this book got the rating that it did. It isn’t necessarily bad but it could have been done SOO much better.

Firstly for the negative side of things, there is basically no world building or background given at all. You are just thrown in and are just meant to understand what is going on when really you have no idea. There were also a general lack of explanation for a lot of aspects and also a fair few references to things, events, etc. that just weren’t explained. As if you are magically meant to know the back story and understand the references.

The main thing that bugged me with A Song Below Water is that it was advertised as a Siren Story but kinda wasn’t. Yes it started out that way but after a certain point Tav (the siren) basically doesn’t matter anymore and it’s all about Effie. The story turns into Effie trying to find herself and figure out what she is. What about Tav? And the siren hate? And her accidentally exposing her voice? And basically everything siren related?
Also slight spoiler but when Effie’s species is revealed it’s one we basically hadn’t heard of and have no idea what it is but everyones just like yeah cool she is a ….. And that’s it. We are just supposed to be like ‘yeah, makes total sense’ and move on. Prime example of lack of explanation.

I did start reading this book physically but found myself pushing to get through it due to simply not feeling any connection towards Effie or Tav. I like Tav but there was not real connection there and the characters had no depth. They felt very flat and one dimensional which makes it hard to connect to them as they have basically no personality. So, I ended up swapping to the audiobook which definitely made it easier to read.

Overall I am not particularly impressed with A Song Below Water. This book had so much potential but it just didn’t quite hit the mark. I’m not sure if I will end up picking up book 2. I’m kinda curious but also not really that curious, so I don’t know. If the audiobook pops up on Scribd I may end up giving it a go but I don’t think I will go out of my way to buy it.

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All the Stars and Teeth 💫 Spoiler Free Review 📚 Blogtober #7

Title: All the Stars and Teeth
Series Name: All the Stars and Teeth
Author: Adalyn Grace
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 4th, 2020
Pages: 368
Publishers: Imprint
Rating:

4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

Dark blue background with spine bones up either side of cover. There is a Boat on waves in the bottom left, Mermaid tail on the bottom right, skull surrounded by octopus tentacles in top left & two hands holding a crown in top right. In middle left & right is an identical decorative sword.

All the Stars and Teeth was amazing! This whole story and world is extremely unique and refreshing. Majority of the plot was unpredictable and it kept me on my toes. I also loved the pacing as it was mostly fast paced that made the books quick and engaging to read but there were also those few slower sections thrown in to really concentrate on world and characters.

While I don’t usually enjoy romance and while I didn’t particularly care one way or anything for the romance in this book I also didn’t hate it. It did feel natural and developed well rather than falling prey to bad tropes.

I really enjoyed the characters and most of them were very fleshed out and felt realistic. I also loved that most of the major characters were badasses and I was rooting for all of them.

The characters and the magic system is really what invested me in this book. I also really enjoyed learning about the backstory and building up the world. Everything was very well described & atmospheric.

Overall I really enjoyed All the Stars and Teeth and I am keen to get my hands on All the Tides of Fate which is set to release February 2nd 2021. I’m also very keen to see what worlds/magic systems that Adalyn Grace creates next after the All the Stars and Teeth duology is over. This one was so unique that I’m hyped to see what will be next!

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The Bone Thief 💫 Spoiler Free Review 📚 Blogtober #3

Title: The Bone Thief
Author: Breeana Shields
Series: The Bone Charmer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 26th, 2020
Pages: 375
Publishers: Page Street Kids
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

A deft exploration of the weight of grief and cost of revenge, Breeana Shields’s Bone Charmer duology reaches its spine-tingling conclusion in this high-octane fantasy-thriller.

Saskia returns to Ivory Hall to train in bone magic, determined to stop Latham from gaining the power of all three Sights—past, present, and future. But danger lurks within the fortress’s marrow. Trials are underway for the apprentices, and the tasks feel specifically engineered to torment Saskia, which is exactly what Latham wants.

As she grows increasingly more suspicious, her thirst for revenge becomes all-consuming. Together with the friends she can trust and the boy she loved in another lifetime, Saskia traces clues from Latham’s past to determine what he’ll do next. Their search leads them across Kastelia and brings them to a workshop housing a vast collection of horrors, including the bones Latham stole from Gran, and the knowledge that the future isn’t all that’s in jeopardy—but the past as well.

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I absolutely loved The Bone Charmer and you can find my spoiler free review for it HERE!

I think the thing I love the most about this series is the characters and the world. The magic system is extremely unique and I love learning about it and the world in general. The world building is amazing in this series and I find it very atmospheric especially when the MC is back in her home town. I enjoyed that we got to discover more of world in this book and explore new places.

As I said before I loved the characters but especially the main character. This book really shows the main characters struggles and her growing throughout the story because of what she goes through. I also really enjoyed how well her confusion was written when it comes to her dealing with the plot of book 1 (no spoilers here). I would have been disappointed if she just went straight back to life as usual as if nothing happened. So I’m glad that was done well. I do also enjoy the side characters and they are all very well fleshed out and realistic. Also I love the focus on friendship and really enjoyed the friend group in this book! There was a bit of romance but it was done well too given the circumstances. So, I’m not mad.

I also found this book extremely gripping. I read it in just a couple sittings and couldn’t put it down. It was very action packed and hooked me from the very beginning. There was also a good combination of fast paced action and slower paced world building & character development. Which made for an enjoyable experience.

Overall I really enjoyed The Bone Thief and book 1, The Bone Charmer, and I highly recommend checking them out! While I would love to read more following these characters or set in this world I also like that it’s a duology as that isn’t too common in YA Fantasy. I am also very keen to read Breeana Shields next book The Splendor which is set to release Fall 2021!


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The Price Guide to the Occult 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Price Guide to the Occult
Author: Lesley Walton
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 272
Publishers: Candlewick Press
Rating:

3.5 stars

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From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting maelstrom of magic and murder in the lush, moody Pacific Northwest.

When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundred–some years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: First, her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. Second, her love life is nonexistent, which means she might escape the other perverse side effect of the matriarch’s backfiring curse, too. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure she’ll be smack in the eye of it. In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide’s malevolent author — Nor’s own mother — looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.

The Price Guide to the Occult book cover. Black background with lime green title surrounded by fern leaves & vines of the same colour. Three of the fern leaves have red on the tips.

Trigger Warning: Child abuse & self harm

I was pleasantly surprised by The Price Guide to the Occult. I previously attempted The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and couldn’t get into it at all so this was a surprise that I enjoyed this one.

Firstly, the story was a bit choppy and confusing at times. Especially when we swap time frames and jump back to her childhood without any warning at all. This led to a bit of confusion until I realised what was going on. I did enjoy that we had those glimpses into the past as they set the picture of what Fern, the MC’s mother was really like. However, I do wish they indicated that change somehow in the book by maybe putting a date at the top or even Nor’s age at the time of the event. This confusion was also present when Nor was having a dream. It took a couple pages to realise that she was not doing these things and that it was a dream..

The other small thing I didn’t like was the romance. It felt forced and a little flat and I don’t feel like it was really necessary. It would of been a lot more enjoyable if they had the focus on the friendship between Savvy & Nor rather than the romance between Nor and another character. Also what the heck was that random bit of love triangle thrown in at the end?? I get that if you are in a situation where you believe you’re about to die that you may do something unexpected but it just didn’t make sense and added absolutely nothing to the plot.

The Price Guide to the Occult was an enjoyable, quick, fun & easy read. It’s super short but packs a lot in and is fairly action packed so I found myself flying through it. I think I read it in basically 2 sittings which is quick for me even for a book just under 300 pages. I was also engaged the entire time and didn’t want to put it down. There were a couple things I didn’t understand but overall and enjoyable reading experience.

I loved that we got a prologue that really set the scene and explained the world and magic systems. For such a short book I feel like we got a tonne of world building and explanation about the magic. There were a few things that were never explained and I feel like this book was set up to have a sequel where we got more explanation but alas, it is only a standalone.

The ending was also slightly disappointing. There was tonnes of build up to this big ending and then when it came to defeating the bad guy it just kinda happened and then that was it. It wasn’t draw out and there wasn’t some big battle or anything. There was like 2 lines and it was all over. So the ending definitely felt a tad lacking compared to the rest of the plot.

Most of the major characters like Nor, Savvy, Judd and a couple others felt fleshed out and we got some background from them however there were a fair few side characters that were talked about but weren’t really given any depth. They were kind of just a name and that’s it.

Overall while this book was enjoyable there were a few things that definitely could have been improved. I feel like this book would have made more of an impact if it had been a duology rather than a standalone. There would have been more time for explanation and also a better conclusion possibly. However, that is not the case and while I did enjoy the reading experience this isn’t a favourite.

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Loveless 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Loveless
Author: Alice Oseman
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: July 9th, 2020
Pages: 435
Publishers: HarperCollins Australia
Rating:

5 Stars

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The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.

Loveless book cover: Pink background with drawing of girl holding a love heart with hearts floating away

Firstly, the representation in Loveless is AMAZING! Loveless features a Latinx Lesbian, Asexual/Aromantic, Gay Asexual Indian, Bisexual or Pansexual (not specified but liked both male & female) & Bisexual Aromantic! I’m not sure I’ve actually read a book with an Asexual or Aromantic character before so this was awesome.

I loved the themes of friendship that were prominent in Loveless. As someone who doesn’t love romances in books its amazing to see good friendship themes instead. I loved how the friendships developed in this book and I also loved that it showed the rocky side of things when it comes to friendship.

I also really enjoyed the characters, especially Georgia. There is so much character development for all the characters in Loveless but especially Georgia. It was amazing seeing her learn and struggle and grow throughout the book. I also love that even when she did something that was problematic she realised that mistake and genuinely apologised for it. It’s so annoying to see problematic actions made by characters thats never discussed afterwards or rectified in any way. *Cough* Leah on the Offbeat *Cough*…

This book was also super fun and easy to read. There were lots of drama to keep you interested and it was very unpredictable. I had a tonne of fun reading this and it definitely helped with my reading slump!

Overall I really enjoyed Loveless and I highly recommend picking it up! I can’t wait to see what Alice Oseman brings out next and I’m super keen for Nick & Charlie to release in physical copy! I will definitely be jumping on that one!

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Ever After 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Ever After
Author: Olivia Vieweg
Genre: YA Horror Graphic Novel
Publication Date: June 4th, 2012 (Sept 1st, 2020 for English Translation)
Pages: 288
Publishers: Lerner Publishing Group
Rating:

2 Stars

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Vivi and Eva are two travelers in a countryside filled with the undead. After a train breaks down, stranding them between safe zones, the young women partner up to stay alive. Vivi is struggling with grief–and guilt–over the loss of her sister. Eva is hiding the start of a horrifying transformation. Together they’ll face heat, zombie hordes, and their own inner demons, searching for signs of life in a land of the dead. This graphic novel addition to an enduring genre is thoughtful and emotion-driven, but also full of zombie scares and action.

This graphic novel was just straight out confusing. I still have no idea what really happened in this graphic novel. It was very hard to follow and didn’t have any context or really explanation as to what the heck was going on. I found my self not really following what was going on for majority of the book. There was a couple sections where I thought ‘ahh okay, I get it’ and then the next page I was back to being confused.

This is on the longer side for a graphic novel. This one is nearly 300 pages and majority of graphic novels are around 100 – 150 pages. So this had the potential to really build the world and grow the story but it simply didn’t do any of that. There is a zombie apocalypse but that is literally all we find out. I don’t think there was really any world building to this and the characters were just flat and didn’t really developed or even get fleshed out at all. I couldn’t follow what was going on in the plot so really there is nothing positive for me to really say.

Also this book kinda just ended. It didn’t wrap anything up or answer any questions at all. It feels like there should be a book 2 to explain everything but this is a standalone. So that definitely felt off.

The only positive is that the art is nice but even that left me slightly confused because when you look at the cover compared to the inside of the book it REALLY doesn’t match. The cover makes it look like it’s going to be a cute or whimsical story (well thats the vibe I get at least) and then the themes of the Graphic Novels are mental health & zombies… So I’m not sure how that fits at all.

Overall I don’t recommend this book. Nothing was explained, nothing made much sense and nothing was concluded.

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