Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

“And that was what destroyed you in the end: the longing for something you could never have.” *This review is going to be very very spoiler heavy and also very long, read at your own peril* Crooked Kingdom is the second installment of Bardugo's Six of Crows duology, and it is, amazingly, just as good… Continue reading Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

"'You think I'm playing God? Fine, you play, Sydney. You decide, right now, who should live. Us, or them.'" Vengeful is the second book in Schwab's villains series, and it achieves a feat most sequels can't; it was equally as (if not more) brilliant as the first. Brilliant pacing, structural choices and character exploration made… Continue reading Book Review: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“When I lost my sight... people said I was brave. When my father left, people said I was brave. But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don't you do the same?” All The Light We Cannot See is a carefully constructed novel that takes place amid… Continue reading Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?” *Small disclaimer before you read: I am in no way trying to discourage anyone from reading this book, nor am I trying to claim that people that have read the book shouldn’t enjoy it. I am… Continue reading Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

“The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.” Though it was written around 130 years ago, Tess of the D'Urbervilles remains an important read, largely due to the issues that Hardy approaches… Continue reading Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.” Circe is Miller's second novel and like the first it is a retelling of Greek mythology, this time focusing upon Circe, a relatively minor character in the tale of Odysseus. A complex background… Continue reading Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

Book Review: The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

“Once upon a time we were the standard colors of a rainbow, cheery and certain of ourselves. At some point, we all began to stumble into the in-betweens, the murky colors made dark and complicated by resentment and quiet anger. At some point, my mother slid so off track she sank into hues of gray,… Continue reading Book Review: The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” Through fluid and beautiful prose Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist that has to deal with the ramifications of creating a living creature, and the creature itself, who is continually shunned and subsequently… Continue reading Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

“But the thing about people, Kell had discovered, is that they didn't really want to know. They thought they did, but knowing only made them miserable.” A Darker Shade of Magic is a beautifully crafted fantasy that explores the concept of four parallel but incredibly different versions of London that can be traveled between, but only by… Continue reading Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab