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Apr 04
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Reviews 0 ★★★

This review contains spoilers. You have been warned.

This book both surprised and disappointed me. I’m stil not sure how I feel about it, but when reading The Wise Man’s Fear I got the impression that Patrick Rothfuss took all these wonderful ideas about how he is going to change fantasy literature, and then proceeded to stuff his book with them without really thinking about the flow of the narrative or character development.

When reading these books it’s sometimes hard to remember that Kvothe is sixteen - the adventures he has are befitting of an older man. But he assumes...

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Apr 01
Angel by L. A. Weatherly

Angel by L. A. Weatherly

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Angel is a nice change of pace from the other angel-related novels available. In this book, the angels are the bad guys, sucking auric energy out of willing human beings.  There is an interesting motivation for the angels to migrate to Earth, and I hope the Crisis is explored further in…

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Mar 18
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Reviews 0 ★★★★

A long synopsis that doesn’t do justice to the book. The Name of the Wind is a unique novel, a triumphant debut from a hither-to unknown author. The level of mastery the author has displayed is rarely found in a debut novel, and in this light, I like the novel…

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Mar 13
The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan

The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Just like The Poison Throne, this book is heavily driven by its characters and their relationships. While the plot moves slowly and is punctuated with long discussions, readers are kept engaged by the interactions between characters. These discussions also provide insight into the politics and history of the world as…

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Mar 08
The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan

The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

It’s the characters and their relationships that really make this book. Wynter’s relationship with Prince Razi, whom she calls ‘brother’, was especially sweet. I think they behaved very much like siblings. Her sudden and irrational jealousy of Christopher, Razi’s best friend, irritated me until I realised acts just like a…

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Mar 01
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Jay Asher writes contemporary young adult novels, the first of which was the New York Times bestselling novel Thirteen Reasons Why. Carolyn is widely known for her teen novels as well, notably Love and Other Four-Letter Words and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (which won the…

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Feb 13
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

As the final book in The Farseer Trilogy, I was expecting great things from Assassin’s Quest, and it did not disappoint. It is a strong book, full of surprises and plot twists, and it kept me guessing until the last page. Fitz’s journey has been wonderful, and I feel like…

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Feb 07
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

The story-telling in this series keeps getting better. I was sucked into this book from the first chapter, and found myself reading it hungrily in large chunks. While the action moved slowly, it was driven by character development. Prince Regal’s scheming allowed the climax to build steadily, with the author…

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Jan 28
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

As usual with Robin Hobb, this story is rich in detail and has empathetic, believable characters. The politics of the world were clear and the sense of place was strong. Reading about Fitz as he grew up and slowly found acceptance within the royal household was fascinating for me since life in…

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Jan 25
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

When I first heard about Cinder, I was sceptical. I haven’t had positive experiences with retellings of fairytales, and a retelling of Cinderella with a cyborg Cinderella sounds silly to me. Once I started reading the book, I found that it isn’t the same calibre as most of the YA…

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