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Quick Take: Windwitch

Windwitch (#2) by Susan Dennard
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windwitchI decided to do a “Quick Take” style review on this recent read of mine because it’s the second book in the series and I don’t want to risk spoiling it for anyone. I think this started as a duology, but is now expanded into a larger series which is very exciting based on this second book!

Overall, I really liked this. I thought it was leaps and bounds better than the first book, as the first book was a lot of world building. This one delved deeper into building each of the character arches and I think Susan Dennard did an incredible job balancing all of it. There were 5 main POVs that we switched around throughout the book and not once did I feel that one character’s POV was not as built out as the rest. Susan Dennard clearly took the time to give each character their due time and I am so glad that she did! I found myself connecting with characters that I wouldn’t have connected with, had I not had the background contextual information that this book gave me. Like the first book, I loved Iseult in this book and if anything, my love for her only grew!! Her character is so complex and I think she takes a very important turn in her character. I am so excited to see what she does moving forward!

The other thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the political intrigue/plot line woven through the book. Even more interesting, the politics circulated around female leaders, which was so refreshing!! It was incredible to read about strong female leaders and the double-standards that they find themselves facing in their courts of all men. I enjoyed reading about the different types of female characters as well; some more dominant than others, but all have these incredibly unique personalities that make them beautiful. I loved it!!

Overall, I really enjoyed this installation to this series. I cannot wait to continue on!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Quick Take: A Study in Charlotte

A Study in Charlotte (#1) by Brittany Cavallaro
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This was a super fun read! I’ve had this on my Kindle for forever and I had a recent work trip, so I read almost the entirety of this book on the plane travels home from a study in charlotteIndianapolis! This was another “retelling” of Holmes and Watson, as it follows the descendants of Holmes and Watson.

The story follows Jamie Watson, as he is sent to an American prep school on a rugby scholarship where he meets the infamous Charlotte Holmes. People keep trying to push them together because of their great-great-great-grandfathers and how famous the two families are, but Charlotte keeps Jamie at arms distance. Jamie is about to resign to not having any kind of relationship with Charlotte, and then a student at their school is murdered starting a string of murders all pointing ย to the two of them as the main suspects.

This was a fun, modern take on the Holmes and Watson story. It had a very “Sherlock”-esque (the BBC show) feel to it, which made the book a quick and fun read. What I enjoyed most was the characterization of Charlotte Holmes. She was not portrayed in a specifically different way simply because of her gender – she was portrayed to have inherited a lot of the negative qualities of her great-great-great-grandfather such as his drug addiction, his social ineptness and his arrogance, but none of these were tempered because of her gender, which I appreciated. I appreciated that Charlotte Holmes could be a girl who was intelligent, witty, quick, but also arrogant and socially awkward.

It was super fun and I will definitely pick up the next one in this trilogy (?). This is a great vacation read and I highly recommend it if you are any kind of fan of the Sherlock/Watson stories! ๐Ÿ™‚

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BYLTHM Mini Reviews

Because You Love to Hate Me Anthology
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bylthmThis was such a fun read! This is an anthology full of re-imagined stories of villains, both
that we know and that we may not know. What made this even more fun was that it was a collaboration between 13 authors and 13 BookTubers!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Each of the BookTubers gave a prompt to their author partner and then the author created the story! Additionally, after each short story, the BookTuber got to add a supplemental piece at the end of each short story.

A lot of these BookTubers I have been following for quite some time, so it was so fun to be able to support them in this next venture! This is also a dynamic group of authors, so it made the reading all the more fun!! I am going to write some mini reviews for each of the stories – I hope you all enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Series Review: “Legend” Trilogy

I’m here to do my first ever series review on this blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently binged the “Legend” trilogy and so I thought legend trilogythat this would be the best and concise way to share my thoughts on the trilogy as a whole! I have been wanting to read Marie Lu’s books for quite some time now, so I thought that this was a great place to start and it definitely was!

I’ve recently done a quick take review on the first book in this trilogy, “Legend”, here on the blog…so check it out before continuing to read on! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, I am going to share my star reviews for each of the next two books and then my overall series rating!

Prodigy (#2)
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Champion (#3)
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“Legend” trilogy
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Since this is a full series review, there are definitely going to be spoilers…so do not read on if you haven’t read this trilogy! Go read them and come back to enjoy the review! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’ll definitely be checking out more of Marie Lu’s book and most specifically, I am super stoked for her newest book coming out in September!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Quick Take: China Rich Girlfriend

China Rich Girlfriend (#2) by Kevin Kwan
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china rich girlfriendJust like the first book,ย “Crazy Rich Asians”, this was hilarious, touching and so full of scandal! I had so much fun with it! Definitely the perfect summer read.

This continuation of the story from the first book starts as the wedding of Rachel and Nick is approaching. We are seeing the fallout impact of Nick being cut off from his family and how his slightly overbearing, crazy mother is going to whatever lengths to figure out all the details that she can about this wedding that she was not invited to. We also see Rachel coming to terms with the story of her parentage and how she never got the opportunity to know her birth father, especially with the wedding approaching. Lo and behold, Nicks’ mother shows up with information about Rachels’ birth father! And hijinks ensues!! Rachel and Nick are swept off to Hong Kong by her birth father, but then are dragged into the drama of the rich and famous instead. Just like the first book, we follow all the adventures, see all the drama unfolding and of course, there are some big revelations revealed that definitely left my jaw hanging.

I had a super fun time with the continuation of this story and I cannot wait to pick up the concluding novel here soon! If you are looking for a fun read, I highly recommend these books! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Does Shelter Always Equal Comfort?

Shelter by Jung Yun
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I was so excited for this book when I first heard about it. This is a debut novel that sounded like it was going to address the Korean-American child experience with sheltertheir Korean immigrant parents. This story follows Kyung Cho and his wife, Gillian, as their debts and bad decisions catch up with them and begin to threaten their livelihood. They live very close to Kyung’s parents, Jin and Mae, who gave Kyung everything they could’ve, but never showed a shred of kindness or love or patience. Seemingly out of the blue, a violent act towards Jin and Mae force them to move in with Kyung and Gillian, which also forces out the many issues that the family has bottled up over time.

In reading the synopsis for this, I was strangely excited for the opportunity to read about a struggle that I could partially relate to. My parents were much kinder and more loving growing up, however, we still had to learn the tricky balance that immigrant parents and their American-Born children typically need to learn. How does the family balance the importance of culture and the new culture that they live in? How does the child balance honoring where their ancestors come from and figure out making a new life for themselves? These are so many questions that don’t get addressed or represented in books, so I was excited for a Korean author to take a leap in addressing these issues in this debut novel.ย Warning: Spoilers ahead and trigger for abuse/rape.ย 

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Quick Take: ADSOM

A Darker Shade of Magic (#1) by V.E. Schwab
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a darker shade of magicI first fell in love with Victoria Schwab’s writing when I read herย Archivedย duology
back in 2015. Since then I had been meaning to read some more of her books, particularly the ones written under her V.E. Schwab pen name. I’ve read that she was branching off into adult books under her V.E. Schwab pen name and I was excited to read about her venture into Adult Fantasy from the Young Adult Fantasy world. On top of that, I’ve heard some rave reviews about her books!! So I was so excited to finally get my hands on this one and I was happy that I got to read it.

In this book, we travel through four different parallel Londons with Kell, who is one of the last Antari (magicians). The different Londons are denoted by color which reflects the main characteristics of each one; Red, the vibrant magic-filled London; Grey, a London like ours that has lost all its magic; White, a London ruled by power and manipulation; and Black, the London that has been lost. Kell is an ambassador, traveling between the Londons carrying messages to each of its rulers. However on the side, Kell is also a smuggler…bringing back and forth little artifacts for people who are willing to pay. In Grey London, he meets Delilah (Lila) Bard, a pirate who earns for a ship of her own. In Grey London, however, he also stumbles upon an object from Black London that shouldn’t even exist…and this is where all the trouble begins. Continue reading

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