A Medley of Book Reviews

A thought popped into my head today: I haven’t written a review in awhile…

Which of course prompted me to check how many books I’ve read since my last review. 9. 9 wonderful, enlightening reviews that I’m sure all of you have been savoring to read.

Ahem… So I guess now is the time to do a roundup, with me snuggled under the covers of my bed with a laptop at hand and some fun tracks to listen to.

Let’s get started!

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Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1) by C.S Pacat

I love some court intrigue and bit of romance sprinkled on top – which is partly what this M/M fantasy novel is. Captive Prince is about a prince, who after his bastard brother takes over the throne – he is sent to a rival country as a slave to its own prince. Except no one there knows who he is…

If you are looking for novel with complex characters, chemistry and interesting world building – this is the one for you. It surprised me a bit by how much I enjoyed it.

I give it 3.5/5*

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Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grimm #2) by Juliet Marillier.

Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors and this novel doesn’t disappoint. This is the second novel in the Blackthorn and Grimm series about a snarky healer and her companion solving fantastical mysteries in a medieval Britain. And I’m so glad it didn’t suffer from second book-itis, it expands on the depth of the characters and the world in a brilliant way and main mystery was so interesting.

I give it 4.5/5*

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The Deep: Here Be Dragons by Tom Taylor

I picked this up on a whim whilst browsing the stalls at OZ Comic Con Sydney and I’m so glad I did. It’s a wonderful, fun adventure story about a mixed-race family discovering the secrets of the ocean. Also the art style is so bright and gorgeous!

I give it 4/5*

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Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

This is the kind of novel that produces more questions than answers – and I’m not sure if that is a bad thing. Annihilation is a slow burning novel about a group of four women on an expedition to discover a place called Area X. It’s very gothic weird, but the world building is interesting despite the lack of character development. That said, I’m still intrigued to read the second novel in the series.

I give it 3/5*

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

I really enjoyed this novel at the beginning – a fantasy novel about an female accountant taking on a revolution and empire. Wow. A novel with some really interesting world building at its core with complex characters with murky ambitions. I did drift off about half way through due to the hardcore politics and ever-increasing dark turns the plot took, which negatively affected my emotional investment in the characters. However I’m still thinking about it till today and that in my book is a good thing.

I give it 3.5/5*

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Gold Fame Citrus by Clare Vaye Watkins

Set in a future California where water has nearly run out, this is a beautifully written novel about a couple and a child surviving in this ugly scenario. In a way this novel felt very dream-like, and every line felt like it needed to be interpreted. Because of that I could admire the writing – but it left me rather detached to the characters.But overall I enjoyed it – the cult, the bleak descriptions, the mood that all the reasons why people would come to California (gold, fame and citrus) are rather obsolete now.

I give it 3/5*

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This was fun, moving novel about fanfiction, university and growing up. I really enjoyed it, not only for how easy it was to read but also because it had depth to its characters and the issues that it dealt with. It really hit home and I kind of wish now that I had read it when I first started university.

I give it 4/5*

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A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

I think this is the first classic Australian novel that I’ve really enjoyed – partly due to the permeate melancholy found in Australian fiction. A Town Like Alice is a wonderful novel full of romance, intrigue, violence and fantastic descriptions. A tale of love and war, and an awesome heroine at the center who ‘get things done.’ I loved the parts set in the Malayan jungle during the war, and although the other parts were wonderful too (Australian outback) – it really made this novel shine.

I also may be biased as I used to live in Alice Springs…So yes, if you want to try some Australian fiction – this is the novel I would recommend.

I give it 4.5/5*

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Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

Looking for a Austen-ite novel full of magic and romance? This is the novel for you. It really feels like a mix of Jane Austen’s novels and I powered through the audiobook (yes, the audiobook!) in a few days…I rarely finish an audiobook that quickly. I also loved the magic system – it really worked for the story (characters use glamour to change the appearances of things, make a room smell like lavender, to paint a mural etc). I don’t know what else to write, only that it was a fun novel and I enjoyed it.

I give it 4/5*