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Book Review #24: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo + Fierce Reads Tour

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4 out of 5 stars!

I’m not usually a fan of books written in different points of view and Six of Crows happens to be written in 6. And I loved it. I loved all the characters and their voices in the book. Leigh Bardugo did a great job of creating amazing and well developed characters. She took great care with creating all their backstories. The transition between the different voices was seamless. The book has a great storyline that gripped me from the start. My new favorite couple is now Kaz + Inej <3 I can see why this book was compared to Ocean’s 11 but it doesn’t do it justice. Six of Crows is dark and gritty. The main character, Kaz, is a fearless and crafty mastermind leading a ragtag team of thieves on an impossible heist. Kaz is always 2 stops ahead of his enemy and always has a trick up his sleeve. But my favorite character is Inej, his loyal and stealthy spy that can climb anything and sneak up on anyone. I really like how the female characters are portrayed in this book: self-reliant, smart and brave. My only gripe with this book is the cliff hanger ending. I didn’t like where the story ended, I just wished it had been wrapped up. I still loved it and can’t wait to meet the author at Books & Books on October 12.

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Fierce Reads Tour at Books & Books on Oct. 12, 7 p.m. at Coral Gables. I’ll be there! Can’t wait to meet more Leigh Bardugo fans 🙂

Also, if you aren’t able to attend the event you can follow along with their livestream here.

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

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Book Review #22: Armada by Ernest Cline

For our Armada review we had the wonderful and fashionable Meli from Melificent as our guest reviewer. Thank you Meli for stopping by! <3

Let me start of with, I loved Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s first novel. Why am I starting with his first book? So I don’t feel like such a d*ck for crapping all over Armada. It’s not a terrible book, but after such an amazing debut novel, Ready Player One, you can’t help but feel disappointed with Armada. The characters weren’t very well developed so I felt no emotional connection to them. I also had a hard time getting into the story. The whole book just felt rushed. However, it is well written and there were a couple of times that I chuckled out loud. I personally liked how he described the invading alien’s speech/language.

“…addressing the camera in its grating native language, which sounded sort of like a whale song, if the whale in question was into death metal.”

Armada was chock full of videogame and 80’s references but without the charm of Ready Player One. The references just fell flat in Armada and felt more like a gimmick. Maybe if you’re a hardcore video gamer you will get more out of this book. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

 

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Book Review #21: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

New romance novel by Penny Reid has a southern, bad boy twist to it.

Jessica has known the Winston twins since childhood. She has been hopelessly in love with one twin, Beau, the nice and endearing one. Meanwhile, the more serious and mean looking twin, Duane, is hopelessly in love with her. When Jessica finally comes back to her childhood town and mistakenly hooks up with the wrong twin, her whole crush belief system comes crumbling down. Dilemma ensues.

For me it was a fun, quick read with just the perfect amount of sex scenes. It had a couple of storyline holes which I could get past. I like how Penny Reid’s main characters are smart independent women. There are also several funny bits, like her psychotic cat named Edmund Hillary that is constantly trying to kill her. However, the whole Southern bit was laid on a bit thick and Jessica’s wonderlust/should I stay in town dilemma was tiresome. This being said, I still found the book charming and will most definitely read the next book in the series. Also, I think the cover is quite cute. Kudos on the design 😉

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

p.s. We mentioned a great historical romance series in the video called Maiden Lane series and mistakenly said the author was Courtney Milan. The correct author is Elizabeth Hoyt. Both are great authors we highly recommend you check out!