Book Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

Publisher: Viking Books

Date of Publication: March 8th, 2016

Dates Read: January 19th – March 16, 2017

Description:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. First of all, I must say that I kinda like this whole Western-meets-fantasy vibe that the book’s got going on. It was pretty unique to me, and it made for an interesting, wide world.

So yeah, the world building was pretty neat.

I also really liked our main characters, Amani and Jin. Amani is snarky, independent, but wholly human. She is not perfect, though her shooting is, and when she messes up she acknowledges it, even if only to herself. Jin is swoon-worthy but he’s also got his own personalities and characteristics, his own story, so he’s much more than just the love interest. Together they make a great duo, between their banter, planning, and cooperation.

I did find that I was a bit confused by what was happening in the beginning, but soon enough I was on board for the ride. There were some small but effective twists and turns to keep the story interesting and not easy for the main characters, but there was always enough hope in the story to keep me reading. Of course, the sexism in some cities was infuriating, but Amani and all the other kick-butt ladies in this book surely proved all those men wrong. I’m excited to read and learn more about these wonderful ladies in the next book!

With all of these great aspects, though, it did lose one star. There did seem to be an awful lot of characters, and while they were all really interesting, it was hard to keep track of them. In addition, there was a point where 2 months passed between two paragraphs. I wish those 2 months had been expanded upon, had more detail written about them. I would have liked to have seen Jin & Amani get closer, to see their relationship develop instead of it just happening between the lines. It could also be hard to imagine the layout of the world, and I think a map would be nice, especially for people like me who are geographically challenged.

And I will wholly admit that this is another book where the girl is secretly special but doesn’t know it, even though she’s so strange compared to the people in her town. Where she meets a boy and eventually because of him finds out what makes her special. If you’re tired of those stories, this book might not be for you. In this case, I think Hamilton’s writing won me over enough for me to overlook some of the clichés. Seriously, her writing was lovely and really vibrant and descriptive.

Overall: A fun read with beautiful descriptions and interesting world. 

 

Book Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

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Publisher: HMH Books

Date of Publication: December 27th, 2016

Dates Read: January 27th to March 8th, 2017

Description:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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Note: I received an ebook copy of this book from HMH Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Real rating: 2.5 stars.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for so long, so when I got accepted to read it on NetGalley I was ecstatic! Unfortunately, school and work and life in general got busy, so I was only able to finish it 3 months after its release – sorry. Better late than never, though, right?

Anyway, back to the review!

I want to start by saying that the description of this book is kind of misleading. A lot of the issues described are tackled early on, leaving the reader in uncharted territory for a good portion of the book. It’s not a good thing or a bad thing, per se, but I think it’s something readers should keep in mind.

One of the things I liked about Ever the Hunted was the descriptions – they were vibrant and vivid, making me feel like I was actually in Britta’s body, seeing the world through her eyes. I also really liked the magical elements of this book! How it was obtained (trying not to be spoiler-y here) was kind of neat and different, at least to me. I almost wish we had seen each type of magic being practiced, just to see them all used to their full extent.

I don’t know how to describe it without spoiling it, but I like what Summerill did between the “big reveal” and the actual ending. Having that happen was a good choice, even if it meant that something bad had to happen to one of my faves…

Look, the writing was generally great, and I was excited by the idea of this story. It was entertaining enough, but unfortunately I found quite a few problems with the execution.

First of all, I’m sorry to say that I did not find myself liking Britta very much. She was super whiney and annoying. I also feel like her priorities were kind of skewed – for a girl who was supposed to be finding her father’s murderer, she spent an awful long time groaning about her childhood best friend not being in love with her. Oh, and she’s supposed to be this ~amazing~ tracker and hunter, but she tends to miss a lot of details pertaining to tracking. I just never warmed up to her throughout the entire book. I also feel like there wasn’t any character development besides the… well, you know, and that’s not the kind of character development I’m talking about.

Another character I never warmed up to: Cohen. I didn’t like him the moment we were introduced to him, and I didn’t like him at the end. He just seemed like a cardboard cutout, a replica of the average love interest – muscular, hot, snarky, overprotective of the main character. Normally these characteristics wouldn’t bother me if they weren’t the only words I could think of using to describe him – and if they didn’t describe so many other love interests. He also says something near the end that kind of irks me, but anyway. Again, little development of his character throughout the story.

Basically, I liked Enat and Leif more than I liked the main characters.

Next, and the biggest problem I had: way too much focus on the romance. Listen, if you know me, you know I love a good love story. And most of the time I enjoy adventure books with romantic subplots. But the romantic aspect was overpowering in this story; it was supposed to be about Britta avenging her father’s death and finding his murderer, yet most of the pages were spent on Britta’s attraction to (obsession with?) Cohen. His ~wonderful~ scent (don’t get me started on how bad he’d actually smell after days without a bath) and bulging muscles were mentioned waaaaaay too often for my liking. And THE ANGST… the angst was probably the worst bit of this, to be honest. Does he like her? Does he not? Is he going to kiss her? It seemed endless when it was pretty clear how he felt about her, and it really got on my nerves. I wanted to move on from the angst in the beginning, but, to my displeasure, it continued.

I’m also kind of confused about why Malam and Shaerdan hated each other, and I just wish there had been more time spent on the history of these kingdoms, and clear explanations for why they were going to war.

OH, and I 100% knew who the murderer was about 15% of the way through. I was not surprised at all by the big reveal at the end. On top of that, I really don’t understand the cliffhanger.

Overall: While I enjoyed some aspects of this story, too much time was spent on cliches and romance, not enough on developing characters and setting.

 

 

January Wrap Up

Archived Book Reviews

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

 

Tags

Why I Am a Reader

 

Lists

Anticipated Releases: January – March 2017

Favourite Reads of 2016

 

My Reading

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To Hear the Ocean Sigh by Bryant A. Loney – ★★★☆☆

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Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – ★★★★★

Ya know, this isn’t a bad start to the year. I think 2 books per month is the reading pace that I want to keep up during the regular school term.

This month, however, I’m hoping to get through 3 books: Rebel of the Sands & Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton, and Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill.

How did your January go?

Have a great day, everyone!

~Becca

Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on FEBRUARY 20th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.

 

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Publisher: Harper Teen

Date of Publication: November 4th, 2014

Dates Read: February 16th – 20th, 2015

Description:

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

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My rating: ★★★★☆

Like seemingly everyone else, I bought this book because of its beautiful cover. The blurb was intriguing, too – haven’t read anything about inter-dimensional travel (at least not that I can remember). But after hearing a couple of poor reviews, I was worried. Could this beauty be too good to be true? There was only one way to find out.

Let me tell you: I enjoyed it. A lot, actually. I hardly ever wanted to put it down! The end of each chapter left me wanting to read on, to see what would happen to Marguerite and friends next. Where would the Firebirds take them? How easily would she adapt to the new situations? Would she ever return home?

As you can see, there is one empty star. There are 2 reasons for this.

  1. Sometimes Marguerite and Theo really, really got on my nerves (Theo’s persistence is later given a reason – spoiler! and Marguerite, well, her flopping affections/feelings grew tiresome.)
  2. There was a lot more romance than I was expecting, and while usually I welcome romance, I was hoping for a bit more adventure. Oh well.

Of course, some of the plot I could predict, but maybe I’m just too clever ;P

Overall: I really like this book, both the cover and the story, and can’t wait for the next one!

Liebster Award (Tag)

The always lovely Hannah nominated me to do this tag – thank you so much! Make sure you check out her blog, The Book Thief Without Words!

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave to you.
  • Nominate at least 5, but no more than 11 bloggers who you think deserve the award.
  • Tell those bloggers you nominated them!
  • Create 11 original questions for the next nominees to answer.

Hannah’s Questions for Me

1. Favourite Diverse Book?

Definitely The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I really cannot say enough good things about this duology – intense, swoony, action-packed, plus mouth-watering descriptions of food.

2. Are you a writer? If so, what’s your current project?

I kind of consider myself a writer on sabbatical, if you will. I did a lot of writing in high school – I was in a creative writing club and class, and I even had a short story published in an anthology! Right now, however, I haven’t been doing that much writing, between university work and job work and reading to keep up this blog. Writing is definitely something I want to get back into soon, though, because I really miss it.

3. Favourite song atm?

Power by Bastille is my jam when I’m walking to class.

4. Favourite vegetable?

Does corn count? Is that a grain? If not that, then carrots.

5. What is one trope you love and one trope you hate?

Is “girls taking their destiny into their own hands” a trope? I’m counting it. I’m all about that girl power. As for a trope I hate, I’m one of the many who is tired of love triangles.

6. Least Favourite Book?

The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay. I’m sorry, but that book was a mess.

7. What are your hobbies aside from reading?

Like I said, I used to do a lot of writing, but I started university and got a part-time job at the same time, so when I’m not reading or blogging I’m doing school work or helping people out at my library. I’m pretty boring tbh.

8. What’s your favourite underrated book?

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate!

9. What’s one book that you think doesn’t deserve the hype?

I was super underwhelmed by Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I found it really slow even 100 pages in, and I ended up DNF-ing it. But, hey, if other people loved it, that’s fine, too! It just wasn’t for me.

10. Favourite TV show?

The Amazing Race! It’s a dream of mine to be on that show some day.

11. One thing you’d like to see more of in books?

More close family relationships, more focuses on friendships – basically more books where romantic relationships are not the most important things. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but I like it when familial and platonic relationships are emphasized, as well.


I’m only going to tag two people because I’m boring and shy:

Adele

Cat

Your questions are:

  1. Where is the most beautiful place you’ve read at? Describe it, if you can.
  2. Do you prefer reading when it’s raining or reading when it’s sunny?
  3. What’s the best contemporary book you’ve read?
  4. What was the last book that you gave 5 stars to?
  5. Do you enjoy poetry?
  6. What bookish innovation do you wish would be invented?
  7. What’s your go-to reading snack?
  8. What was the last book someone recommended to you? Did you like it?
  9. Which book character do you relate the most to?
  10. If you could have a power or technology from a fictional book, which would you want?
  11. How far are you in your current read(s)?

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a lovely day ❤

~Becca

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on MARCH 7th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.

 

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Date of Publication: February 1st, 2010

Dates Read: February 27th – March 7th, 2015

Description:

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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My rating: ★★★☆☆

I have mixed feelings about this book. I really, really wanted to give it 4/5, but there were a couple of things holding me back.

The good: I like the idea behind the plot, especially since I haven’t really read any fey/fairy books. The writing was good (I’m a little biased because her writing style is very similar to mine), though the descriptions were a little lengthy. I also like that the Nevernever isn’t some fantasy land; it’s dark and treacherous, and not everyone is nice. I mean, I was a little annoyed that there were very few people who were actually kind and weren’t bitchy, but on the other hand it’s refreshing to see a darker side to the fairy/fey idea. Pace was pretty okay, and there were a couple of parts that had me on edge or squealing like a fangirl.

The bad: Okay, first of all, I’m sorry but Meghan was just so… reckless. Honestly, the girl needs to stop throwing out favours all willy nilly. I get that she’s not used to the way the Nevernever works, but it should not take her that long to realize that A. oaths are binding and should not be taken lightly, and B. iron hurts, stop suggesting hospitals. To me it just seemed like she never thinks.

Secondly, there were a loooooooot of cliches. Drooling over the captain of the football team, who also happens to be a jerk? The cheerleaders being the mean girls? It was all very off-putting.

Thirdly, and this is a little less important than the first two, I think, but there were many instances in which the same words were used over… and over… and over again, sometimes within the span of 3 sentences. Look, I know it’s hard to describe things – I do this all the time in first drafts. But this is a published book, and I don’t want to read “icy” every other sentence.

Overall: interesting enough for me to want to keep reading, but not outstanding.

Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on MARCH 18th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.

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Publisher: Knopf

Date of Publication: January 6th, 2015

Dates Read: March 16th – 18th, 2015

Description:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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My rating: ★★★★★

You guys… this book…

It was beautiful. So, so beautiful, and yet so, so haunting. It was everything I was expecting it to be and so, so, so much more.

I’m sorry, this will probably end up being a short, bad review, because I can’t even find the words to describe this masterpiece.

I’ve never personally been through what either of the main characters have been through, and yet this book is written so well that I could feel every. single. emotion. that they could feel. I was heartbroken when they were, terrified when they were, and yet utterly elated when they were elated. My heart sunk when they were at their lowest and I smiled when they were the happiest.

Lately, I’ve been reading books with characters that bother me, but this time around I have no complaints. I have found nothing wrong with these flawed, broken, wonderful characters.

The plot was great, and the pacing was great. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about this book.

It’s like AtBP has taken my breath away, finding the words has become so hard. It was poetic and it hit me so hard.

Did I cry? No.

But it was fantastic.

Overall: Haunting and beautifully written.

Book Review: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

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Publisher: Abrams Kids

Date of Publication: October 11th, 2016

Dates Read: October 23rd 2016 – January 24th, 2017

Description:

In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.

When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.

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Note: I received a digital copy of this book from Abrams Kids via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★★

First, I’d like to say that I had to stop reading this book for a while because my schedule got really busy and I was overwhelmed for a while. But now I’m back on track and I’m ready to tell you all how I feel about this book.

It. Was. So. Good.

Where do I even start?

The very idea behind this story is so creative and unique. We all already know that art has the power to make people feel and see things, but this book gave that power a whole new life. And it just fit so well in the setting of the early 1900’s!

These characters were diverse and well written. They all had their own distinct stories and personalities, and their interactions were realistic and entertaining. Particularly Ada and Corinne’s – their banter was fun, and you could see how much they love and care for each other.

That’s another thing: while there is some romance, the main focus of this book is on Ada and Corinne’s friendship, which is always lovely to read about. Friendships are powerful and can be more important than romantic love, which this book clearly and beautifully illustrates.

And, I must say, this book had my heart pounding until the very end. Just when I thought it was over, it wasn’t. Just when I thought I had the situation figured out, something happened and then my theories were thrown straight out the window. I thought I knew everything, but this book clearly proved me wrong. The use of the hemopathy throughout the plot was absolutely brilliant, manifesting in ways that I would not have imagined on my own. I must give credit where credit is due: Soria is incredibly creative!

Overall: With rich descriptions of 1919 Boston, beautiful displays of hemopathy, strong friendships, and clear diversity, this is one book I hope you do not pass on.

Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on MARCH 28th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.

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Publisher: Bloomsbury

Date of Publication: March 4th, 2014

Dates Read: February 19th – March 25th, 2015

Description:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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My rating: ★★★★☆

Maas has managed to rip my heart out and shred it to pieces. If you’ve seen my updates, you know I purposefully took a long time to finish this book because I knew, I knew what was going to happen. And I knew it would hurt a lot. I was delaying the inevitable, but my Goodreads Challenge was paying dearly, so I trudged on.

This is the first book in the Throne of Glass series that I read, and I must say I like what I’m reading. Celaena is definitely a strong character, but still has enough flaws to be real. I know a lot of people complain that she’s too good at everything, but we have to keep in mind that to be an assassin as strong as she is one has to be well rounded to be able to adapt to any situation. But don’t worry, you’ll see a couple of flaws eventually.

As for the stories, they were pretty interesting. The second one seemed a little out of place to me, although I guess it was a good excuse to show Celaena’s softer-ish side. And sometimes the activity was a little dull, and at these times I’d put the book down for a while before picking it back up again.

In the end, though, I did enjoy the book and I can understand why there is so much hype surrounding this series. I definitely can’t wait to read Throne of Glass, and I’m glad I read this one first. I like reading things chronologically.

Overall: A great read that will excite you for more Celaena in Throne of Glass.

Book Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on APRIL 1ST, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.

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Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Date of Publication: July 31st 2014

Dates Read: March 28th – April 1st, 2015

Description:

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

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My Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now, but didn’t think I’d get the chance to until it came out in North America. Luckily for me I won a giveaway, and my prize was this beautiful edition. Naturally, I had to read it right away.

And I’m so, so, so, so glad I did.

So to start off, I’m going to be perfectly honest and say that there are some bits that I’m still a little unsure about. It’s partially due to how vague and around-the-main-topic the writing could be, but mostly due to me not paying deep enough attention. I guess I’ll have to read it again to answer all my questions. Which I have no problems with at all. I’d gladly reread this, though maybe I’ll wait a couple months or a year so I can do so with a fresher perspective.

But that’s saying something, because there are only 4 books I have ever willingly reread.

Anyway, onto the more important stuff.

First of all, the character development to me was pretty much flawless. It wasn’t a sudden revelation, but it also wasn’t like there was no change. The change was so subtle that I knew the characters had changed by the end of the book, but could not place exactly when, which is very good.

I also enjoyed the characters, although I think all of them at one point had been called “psycho” in some way. Not sure if this was intentional or not. That’s probably my only critique, really.

The plot was strong and I was never bored. Hell, I never wanted to put it down! It’s funny because it wasn’t this epic adventure or a fluffy love story, what I usually read and what I usually can’t put down, but Solitaire always held my interest anyway. It is very different from my usual read, I think, but that is totally not a bad thing.

And every little bit felt so real to me. I felt everything the characters were feeling, experienced what they were experiencing, and it was fantastic.

Overall: 10/10 would recommend.