Book Review: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

I tried to get into Veronica Roth’s books. But perhaps the stars didn’t align or whatever. I got Divergent and was bored after Chapter 1. I started this one and… also got bored. DNF’d after — I lost count. A few chapters. I don’t think this post contains enough information to spoil, considering I did…

Book Review: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I’ve been a fan of Holmberg’s work and her magical world ever since The Paper Magician trilogy, so I was beyond excited when I learnt a new book, based in the same world as Ceony and Emery, was coming out. The Plastic Magician is set a few years after the events of The Paper Magician…

Book Review: Summoner by Taran Matharu

Taran Matharu is one of the Wattpad-turned-published authors. His book, Summoner, amassed millions of reads on Wattpad before being published. I never got to read the Wattpad version, but at the start of 2018, I did pick up a copy at the library and read it through. Contains spoilers, duh.

Book Review: Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman

I love Philip Pullman. His Dark Materials changed my teenagerhood; those were some of the best books I ever read, growing up. I’m not sure what happened with this book. I DNF’d at 42/95 pages because nothing was happening. Lee Scoresby, an aeruonaut, was on the hunt for a job. He was dull and misogynistic….

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus caught my attention a while back, with its slick vector cover and stark black, white, and scarlet contrasted colouring. I didn’t pay it much attention and it remained in my collection of 300+ books on the TBR pile until I read the pretty but disappointing debut novel that was Caraval. Multiple Goodreads…

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

I hesitated a lot posting this review. SJM seems to be well-loved within my circle of writers and readers and I’ve heard endlessly about how great ToG is, so when I picked up a copy at last, I honestly couldn’t help but be taken aback. First thought: am I reading the same Throne of Glass as…

Book Review: Steelheart (Reckoners Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson

After falling in love with Brandon Sanderson’s work (okay, so I’m late on the train) with The Rithmatist, I was super keen to jump onto a series of his. Mistborn has been pretty elusive in the library thus far, so I started on Steelheart. And, well, yes, I enjoyed it. I liked The Rithmatist more,…

Book Review: Bec by Darren Shan

Bec is yet another new character in the Demonata series, a refreshing female significant character in the exceedingly male-dominated world so far, although the female numbers remain disappointingly low in Book 4 despite this. We’re set in Ancient Ireland, a world very different to the pseudo-medieval generically European I’m used to so I’m loving the…

Book Review: Demon Thief by Darren Shan

Demon Thief follows the story of Kernel Fleck, a character newly introduced in Book 2 of the Demonata series and follows the same ass-kicking blood-and-gore formula with plenty of action, adventure, and thrill as its predecessor. This review does not contain spoilers.