I love a fantasy book about missing royalty and princesses and dragons and politics and wars between countries, but the fantasy books I love even more are the ones about small groups of thieves/criminals/rebels who pull off incredible heists and run rings around the people who are trying to stop them. The Lies of Locke Lamora is definitely the second type of book.
I’ve had it on my shelf since forever, and finally got around to reading it recently. If it’s on your TBR, please bump it up to the top because it’s FANTASTIC. As in one of my favourite reads of 2017 fantastic. And I’ve read some fab books this year.
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First off, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Marie Lu’s Legend series. I liked the first book, not so keen on the second, and then never read the third after hearing spoilers about the ending. However, I’d seen good things about the Young Elites (and also I bought the trilogy for a fiver) so I thought I’d read it.
My thoughts? I’m very confused about how I feel about this book. On the one hand, there were so many things that I loved! And on the other, boredom and disappointment.
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I was majorly excited about Seven Days of You. I actually bought it without reading a single review or even hearing anything about it because it sounded so good. I mean, it’s a whirlwind romance set in Tokyo, and it sounded like exactly the kind of read that I wanted.
And I did enjoy it. Sure, there were a few things that annoyed me, but overall the cute romance and the setting won me over. And also all the food. SO MUCH FOOD.
A brief summary: Sophia is a girl who’s moved around a lot in her life, and having been in Tokyo for the past few years, is now moving back to the US. But then her former friend Jamie turns up in Tokyo the week before she leaves, which brings back a load of (not completely unwelcome) feelings. Cue adventures in Tokyo!
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First things first, isn’t The Invisible Library a great title? Just those three words got me excited about reading this book! But what exactly is The Invisible Library about? Well, it’s got librarians, alternate universes, book thieves, magic, steampunk and dragons. There’s a lot going on in this book.
The book tells the story of Irene, a librarian who winds up trying to steal a book which a lot of other people are after (including fae, detectives, and other librarians). Did I mention that Irene is no normal librarian? You see, she’s from a library that exists between universes which essentially preserves unique copies of books from the different worlds. So basically Irene is a librarian/thief/time traveller.
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So I’ve left this review a little late – I read it several months ago, but I really wanted to say a few words about The Hammer of Thor. I’m a massive Rick Riordan fan, and I loved the first book in this series. And happily, I really enjoyed this book too. It made me laugh, it took me on a wild adventure full of norse mythology, and it had wonderful characters. If you’re a fan of Riordan’s books, then it’s more than likely that you’ll enjoy this one too.
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Well, this is the most heartbreaking book I’ve read so far this year, and I feel like it could easily stay on top in that regard. If you haven’t heard of The Bone Sparrow, then you need to know that a.) it’s about the refugee crisis (it’s specifically set in Australia) and b.) it’s very eye-opening. Oh, and c.) it’s heart-breaking. (And for those reasons, I feel kind of guilty for only giving it three stars).
But despite the three star rating, I do highly recommend reading The Bone Sparrow.
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It’s no secret that I loved Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (as my glowing review shows). I mean, why wouldn’t I? It has magic, guns, and sass (which, by the way, should probably be the tagline of the series). Not only that, but it also has fantastic worldbuilding, and also Jin i.e. the best character ever. So of course I was excited about reading Traitor to the Throne.
But did it live up to my expectations?
The answer: an enthusiastic yes! I devoured this book because of the plot, the characters, the world… Everything was fantastic, especially that ending. Man, I was stressed by the time I finished it.
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