Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I have started a very casual project of reading some classic YA books that have helped build the genre into what it is today. Throne of Glass was the first book I read for this little project, and I have to admit that I assumed I’d hate it. I’m (now) very vocal about my grumpy feelings toward A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in Sarah J. Maas’s other series, and figured some of those themes I strongly disagreed with would carry over into Throne of Glass. So you can imagine my surprise when I actually found myself enjoying Throne of Glass! Is it brilliant? No, I don’t think so. But damn, is it a compulsive readable. I buddy read this with brilliant author, blogger, and YouTuber Josie Jaffrey and I think that was the best way for me to tackle this book. I’d highly recommend the audiobook because of the story’s pace and plot -- your house will never be cleaner.

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Book Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I’ve been curious about Victoria Schwab’s new middle grade tale because it's such a departure from her adult fantasy novels.  As you all may know, I’m not a huge fan of her adult books but really like her as a person. City of Ghosts sounded promising because it contains so many things I love -- ghosts, Edinburgh, and cats.  I dove in a little skeptical, but ended up really enjoying this little tale.

Book Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Apparently this has been the Summer of the Novella for me -- I recently read the three books in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire and The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris.  While novellas aren’t something I often read, I really feel like I’ve been missing out on great stories lately.  All Systems Red is a book I’ve been hearing amazing things about, so I decided to take a chance.