3 stars · Young Adult

Mini Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Published Aug 29th, 2017; 352 pages; Historical-ish fiction

I think the biggest problem with this book for me was that the main character felt too flat. She didn’t grow much as a person, and she stayed focused on revenge all book. It was fresh and interesting to experience a gender fluid main character, but that’s not character development. There is way more to any person than what this character was.

The story was good, the writing and the pace were interesting, but I wish there had been more to the main character. 3 stars, and I wouldn’t personally recommend it if you’re not already psyched to read it.

3 stars · Young Adult

Mini Review: Forbidden 1 & 2 by Kimberley Griffiths Litle

Book 1: Forbidden; 397 pages; YA historical fiction

Jayden is betrothed to the future tribe leader, but isn’t looking forward to her upcoming marriage. When she meets a traveling stranger and starts to have feelings for him, all sorts of trouble breaks loose. Continue reading “Mini Review: Forbidden 1 & 2 by Kimberley Griffiths Litle”

3 stars · Dystopian · Fantasy · Young Adult

Mini Review: Fireblood by Elly Blake

Published Sept 12th, 2017; 416 pages

This is book 2 in the Frostblood series.

Summary from Goodreads:

“Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…
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3 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Mini Review: Sabriel and Lirael by Garth Nix


Although it starts out a bit slow, the story gradually builds to follow the journey of Sabriel as she learns to take on the duties of the Abhorsen, a necromancer who puts the dead to rest instead of raising them.

3.5 out of 5. I really enjoyed it by the end, but the beginning dragged on a bit.



DNF at 60 pages.

Not only was the beginning more dull than Sabriel, but it starts out with a whiny, suicidal teenager. I’m happy to skip this one.


Due to how awful the second  one was, I would NOT recommend this series.

3 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Mini Review: Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

I love that it was a book about Wonder Woman, and it was a fun read. However, I’m not sure it would be worth a re-read. The story follows a kind of cliche YA plot line, and some of the hunor was bland (not the ones aimed at Diana’s ignorance though- those were great).

I don’t think it was through any fault of Bardugo. The writing was sound, and the origins, story, and plot fit well enough along Wonder Woman’s story to be faithful to her origins while still feeling original. still, it was definitely no Six of Crows. It’s a lot harder to take creative liberties when you are remaking a story that has been done many times before.

Overall it was a great once read, but I’m not sure I’ll pick it up a second time.

3 stars · Fantasy · Young Adult

Mini Review: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser


published June 6th, 2017 by Bloomsbury; 373 pages

Not too bad. A book with a strong female lead about sailing, water gods, and privateers.

Some of the sections, even fight scenes, were a bit dull. It wasn’t bad for a one time read, but I won’t be picking it up again, or any sequels. It didn’t really grab my heart and attention. 3 stars.

(Note: Contains a few minor sex scenes that are vaguely described)