4-star Books, Uncategorized

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.94/5 stars

I had a hard time settling into Aveyard’s world in her first novel, Red Queen, but I was completely entranced once I arrived. It took me about fifty pages or so. As the second book in the series, Glass Sword is no less well-crafted or exciting than the first–in fact, there may be more get-up-and-go action in this second novel than there was in the first–but unfortunately, my original hardships immersing myself in Aveyard’s fantasy world struck again.

It was worth the wait. Continue reading “Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard”

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1-star Books, Uncategorized

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

My rating: 1/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.87/5 stars

I would love to be able to say something cheesy about this story like, “The Jewel is a shining gem in my treasury of novels!” Unfortunately, though, this jewel is not a glittering diamond, not a geode that’s better once you crack it open (the cover is one of the best things about it, actually–and don’t you all pretend you don’t judge books by their covers, too!), not even a fun pebble that a little kid might find in somebody’s flower garden and decide to keep. Honestly, it’s more like a rock that you try to skip across the water but that only succeeds in sinking to the bottom. Continue reading “The Jewel by Amy Ewing”