Rapid Review of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

No spoilers in this rapid review of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I liked it and give it 3.5 stars. It was incredible to be back in this world again; I never thought I’d get to read another book set in Panem. Immersing myself in Collins’ crisp prose again was great,…

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Rapid Review of Chain of Gold

No spoilers in this rapid review of Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. This is my favorite Shadowhunter setting, and Clare is the master of desperate, doomed love stories. This book had its faults but was good overall. Chain finds us back in the London of the past, this time a few years later in…

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Rapid Review of American Royals

No spoilers in this rapid review of American Royals by Katharine McGee. I liked fairly well it and give it 3 stars. The concept is original, and I enjoy McGee’s writing style. While the storyline is fun, McGee doesn’t capitalize on the facets of this alternate America like she could have. Instead, her main focus…

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Rapid Review of Ashlords

No spoilers in this rapid review of Ashlords by Scott Reintgen. I liked it and give it 3.5 stars. This is the first of Scott Reintgen’s book I’ve read, and it won’t be my last. He has a fresh, straightforward style that I appreciate, and both his plot and characters were intriguing. Ashlords follows three…

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Rapid Review of The Toll

No spoilers in this rapid review of The Toll by Neal Shusterman. I loved Scythe and Thunderhead, the first two books in this series, and was eagerly anticipating the finale. But it wasn’t as good as the first two. I thought it was just okay and give it 3 stars. The situation seemed pretty bleak…

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Rapid Review of The Starless Sea

No spoilers in this rapid review of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Overall, I was not a fan. I give it 2.5 stars. This is Morgenstern’s second novel, and The Night Circus, her debut, is my all-time favorite book. Sea was my most anticipated release of the year, yet I don’t think it suffered…

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Rapid Review of Kingsbane

No spoilers in this rapid review of Kingsbane by Claire Legrand. I liked most of the book and LOVED the ending, so I decided on 4.5 stars. I put this book down and picked it back up several times before I finished it. The crazy thing is, I was never bored. That wasn’t the problem,…

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Rapid Review of The Beautiful

No spoilers in this rapid review of The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh. This one started off slow for me, but it grew on me by the end. I decided on a rating of 3.0 stars. This is the story of Celine, a young woman who flees France after a tragedy. She boards a ship bound…

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Rapid Review of Dark Age

No spoilers in this rapid review of Dark Age. I give it 4.5 stars. Thank you for this masterpiece of a series, Pierce Brown. He describes it as high tech Rome meets space Vikings in the acknowledgements, and this explanation makes me smile. It’s the easiest way to sum up the series for those who…

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