"The longer I looked at him, the more I wanted to go and kill, not quickly and quietly, but messily and noisily. I wanted the people who had done this to him to know they were dying and why. I wanted them to have time to regret what they'd done." - Fool's Quest, 'Winterfest Eve … Continue reading SPOILERY BOOK REVIEW: Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb
"We were very good friends for a long, long time. We did hard things for one another. Risked our lives. Gave up our lives and faced death, and then faced life again. You might be surprised to learn that facing life can be much harder than facing death." - Fool's Assassin, 'Dreams' - First off, … Continue reading SPOILERY BOOK REVIEW: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
"They had come so far, yet now that she was here, the years of journeying were already fading in her mind, giving way to the desperate needs of the present." - Dragon Keeper, opening line - Reviewing Robin Hobb's books has kind of become tradition on this blog, so how could I deprive you of … Continue reading Series Review: The Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb || MAJOR SPOILERS INCOMING!
"The problem with seeing through things so readily was the development of a certain degree of natural cynicism." - The Atlas Six - Have I developed a certain degree of natural cynicism? After reading this book, quite possibly. As a massive fantasy and dark academia fan, I had been excitedly looking forward to reading The … Continue reading Unpopular Opinion Alert: The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake Was a Major Letdown
Happy Friday, everyone! We've made it to June! Which means I have two weeks off for Pentecost break starting tomorrow 🤗 I mean, I will probably need that break to catch up on all the stuff I need to do for work, but still... When given the choice between a busy break and no break … Continue reading What I Read in May 2022
"He came one late, wet spring, and brought the wide world back to my doorstep." - Fool's Errand, opening line - What better way is there to start off April Fool's Day than by gushing about a trilogy named after the Fool? The Fool, whom I have always absolutely adored, but who has now, with … Continue reading Series Review: The Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb || FEATURES HEAVY SPOILERS, SO PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
"Everyone had told him not to do it." - Shadow Status, opening line - A sci-fi novel set in a dystopian world that also includes AI characters? Of course I wasn't going to turn this one down! Honestly, I have never really outgrown my dystopian phase, and give me a book featuring artificial intelligence and … Continue reading Book Review: Shadow Status by River K. Scott
"Maulkin abruptly heaved himself out of his wallow with a wild thrash that left the atmosphere hanging thick with particles." - Ship of Magic, opening line - If you had told me that I would ever start a new reading year with three five-star books in a row, I would have laughed and said you … Continue reading Series Review: The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb || WARNING: Features Lots of Rambling and Major Spoilers!
"To hold faith in one's self, in one's convictions and choices, is, when you come to think of it, a curiously difficult thing." - Pariah's Lament, opening line - ** DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nevertheless, all opinions presented here are my own. ** How could … Continue reading Book Review: Pariah’s Lament by Richie Billing
Of course the Parshendi wanted to play their drums. - Rhythm of War, opening line - I did it, guys! As far as The Stormlight Archive is concerned, I am finally all caught up! I mean, maybe not all caught up, since there are still the novellas, but I have now read all of the … Continue reading Spoilery Book Review: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
"The noise in the attic wakes me again." - The Bridge of Little Jeremy, opening line - ** DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nevertheless, all opinions presented here are my own. ** When a friend of the author's reached out to me and asked whether I … Continue reading Book Review: The Bridge of Little Jeremy by Indrajit Garai
Eshonai had always told her sister that she was certain something wonderful lay over the next hill. - Oathbringer, opening line - Am I really giving you another behemoth of a Stormlight Archive book review? Of course I am 😁 Oathbringer had been eyeing me temptatiously throughout all of October, so the minute my thesis … Continue reading Spoilery Book Review: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
"Jasnah Kholin pretended to enjoy the party, giving no indication that she intended to have one of the guests killed." - Words of Radiance, opening line - Thus, my friends, begins the book that has managed to topple The Betrayals out of my number one favorite spot of the year. The book that has opened … Continue reading Book Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson // CAUTION: Here Be Spoilers!!!
"What's the cube root of eight?" the computer asks. "Where am I?" I say again. This time, it's easier. "Incorrect. What's the cube root of eight?" I take a deep breath and speak slowly. "Two times e to the two-i-pi." "Incorrect. What's the cube root of eight?" But I wasn't incorrect. I just wanted to … Continue reading Book Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Still, “Maybe we should call these The Happy Years,” he told Jude one morning. […] “I don’t know,” Jude said, and although he could only see the edge of his face, Willem could tell he was smiling. “Isn’t that tempting fate a little?” - A Little Life: The Happy Years - So, I finally read … Continue reading Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Warning: In addition to loads of spoilers, mature content, and highly inappropriate language, this review includes a whole bunch of opinions that might be offensive to people who really love this series. So read at your own risk! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. “The black water nipping at her thrashing heels was freezing.” A … Continue reading My Very Spoilery Thoughts on A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
** DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nevertheless, all opinions presented here are my own. ** “My conviction is that education must be about thinking – not training a specific set of skills.” Normally, I’m extremely picky when it comes to accepting review requests. What with one … Continue reading Book Review: How to Think Like Shakespeare by Scott Newstok
Happy Friday, everyone! I know, I know - two book reviews in one week? Even though I don't particularly like writing them? Something must be wrong with me 😂 But then again, university started this week, and I need to make the most of being able to read and blog until the first homework assignments … Continue reading Book Review: Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
“These are the times that scare her the most, the beginnings and endings: this is when the world is most unpredictable.” - The Betrayals - The Betrayals is a book that sneaks up on you. The first couple of chapters, you will probably be hopelessly confused as to what is going on, who these characters … Continue reading Book Review: The Betrayals by Bridget Collins
“Why is it forbidden to write down specific knowledge of the magics? Perhaps because we all fear that such knowledge would fall into the hands of one not worthy to use it.”- Royal Assassin, page 1 - Happy Sunday, everyone! I wasn’t actually planning on posting today, but ever since I finished Royal Assassin yesterday, … Continue reading Spoilery Book Review: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb