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The Black Prism, by Brent Weeks

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 15%.
I am just so bored. I don't really like any of the characters and the magic system is confusing, but in a "it's not explained very well" not a "it's too complex" way.
Song of Silver, Flame Like Night, by Amélie Wen Zhao

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adventurous emotional lighthearted tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

I received this book from NetGalley for review.

This was one of the best books I've read this year.
The prose drew me in and immersed me in the story. The characters are wonderful, and the world and setting are so vivid. The magic system was very interesting to read and learn about, even if sometimes it felt a little like info-dumping.

Lan and Zen are fantastic characters. Both have their own amount of baggage to deal with. Both have their own traumas and secrets they feel the need to keep, and I really liked their slow-burn romance. They were so cute and I want only the best for them.

I don't read as much middle grade as I used to, but this one had few things in it that I dislike about YA now that I am in my mid-30s. There is so much going on in this book and I feel like it's only the tip of the Ice berg for what's to come. I look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out. 
Death by Dumpling, by Vivien Chien

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funny lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

 
This is the first murder mystery book I have read since my grade-school days of reading Nancy Drew, and I had so much fun reading it. 

 The "who done it" aspect did have me guessing of who it could be for most of the book, but there was one point where I figured it out before out heroine seemed to, it was near the end of the book so it was just all the pieces falling into place. I did wonder why she didn't tell the detective some of what she found out sooner. It could have helped save her some stress. But I suppose that was her stubbornness getting in the way. 
 
 There are some 'meh' reviews out there for this book, but I think they were wanting a more thrilling mystery, where this one is a cozy mystery. Sure, there was a murder, but there's a heavy focus on family and community that I really enjoyed reading. 

There is a "romance", but not really either. More like a lot of awkward flirting that ends with them going on one date at the end of the book. 

I plan on reading the rest of the books in this series because I adore the characters. 
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall

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informative slow-paced
I don't rate non-fiction.

Mixed feelings, but overall an interesting look at the subject of feminism. While it offers another view, it still lacks being America-based. 
Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson

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adventurous mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

Possibly an unpopular opinion, but this book was kind of boring. I only really cared about one charcter, Vasher, and he was simply not in this book enough for me to enjoy the rest of the book. I liked Siri only a little more than Vivenna, and that was because she was just more likeable. Vivienne was very judgemental, self-righteous and often a little cruel in how she views those who didn't think or behave the way she does. Likely unintentional, but it felt like negative commentary on overtly religious types. She views herself as this virtuous person, but instead of showing compassion for those who may have less than her. She has either pity or judgement. 
 
Lightsong was the second more enjoyable character to read, but it took a nearly half the book to get there for me. All the "Lesser Gods", I don't really understand how their position in court matters, since they can't really do any thing but give their life to save one person, and then are replaced. Their existence is almost redundant. Perhaps if I hadn't been skimming most chapters the magic and how politics work would've made more sense to me.

I honestly thought, and feel, that Siri and Vivienne's father would've played more of a role in this book. He has POV chapters at the start of the book, then never seen or heard from again. Not even to send people to try and retrieve Vivienne despite her threats. That is also something else really bothered me. I read the foot note where Sanderson tires to justify the King isn't a piece of trash for sending the younger daughter to potentially die because he loves his eldest daughter more. No, he sucks let's not pretend that he's a good dad. He ignores his other kids, nearly hates his youngest daughter to the point where he's okay if she dies. 

This is very obviously one of Sanderson's early books. It might also be one of my least favorite. The Reckoners is only better because there aren't a bunch of loose ends and flat one-dimensional characters. If this book ever gets a sequel I might read it only to see if things are tied up better. This book has a very abrupt ending. And to be frank, if this book had been my introduction to Sanderson, I might not have read any other books by him. 
Year One, by Nora Roberts

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 10%.
I just wasn't invested in anything. I wanted to give it at least half the book, but I wasn't caring about any of the characters. 
Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 37, by Mizuho Kusanagi

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adventurous emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

It's been too long since reading that previous one for my liking. So I didn't remember some of the smaller details and characters from the invading force, but I remembered quickly enough.

This was a really tense volume. Hak is keeping the invaders at bay while Yun completes their mission of getting the herbs to hopefully cure the Crimson Sickness. 
Yona continues to be left in the dark about things. 

The ending of this volume makes me super nervous for one of the core characters. I really hope they're alright. I may riot if they aren't.
Summer Knight, by Jim Butcher

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

   Is it just me, or is Harry Dresden a really bad detective? He seems to mostly luck his way out of situations. I know at the start of this book he's really distracted with trying to find a way to save Susan. But he doesn't always use his head. Harry spends the majority of the book fumbling around not know who's the culprit, nearly dies a few times, almost gets Murphy killed. And suddenly knows who done-it after being utterly clueless a page ago. I think he'd be a better detective if he wasn't checking out every body with breasts. 
 
   I really like the introduction of the White Council, but I don't like how every member is "just out to get Harry". It comes across as them being very short-sighted. Maybe that's the point but this is the first time really meeting the Council, so a more nuanced approach would've been better. I could understand if one member of the council still didn't trust him because of who his mentor was. But Dresden is I think in his mid-30s and that event happened when he was a teenager, so it's been about twenty years. You'd think if he was an evil dark wizard, he would have done something already. He's too rash to play any kind of long game.

   Leaning more about the Nevernever was interesting, the expanding world was nice to see as well. Learning more about the Fae-lands in this world was also nice, taking things out of Downtown Chicago was good for people like me who've never been to Chicago and have no frame of reference for anything. 
   
   I have heard that as the books go on the world expands, so I do plan on reading more. I just also hope that Dresden grows a brain-stem and stops being a moron. 
Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman

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dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

I went into this with no expectations, and this was a wonderful dark retelling of Snow White. I didn't know it was a graphic novel, but with the story that's being told that's the best medium to tell it.

There is so little I can talk about that isn't a spoiler. But it takes the fairy tale and turns it on it's head.
The Revenge, by Tijan

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fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

Eh, this was an alright ending.
SpoilerSecret twin
plot was annoying, would've preferred a different connection to Kash than that. Made the book a little more soap opera than it needed to be.
SpoilerAlso, Chase had exactly the same personality as Kash. It doesn't make any sense that they would have the same personality. I know a lot of twins, and not a single one had the exact same personality and those twins grew up together.
 
There are too many side-plots in this series that makes it as a whole not have a great over arching plot. Nothing felt as connected as it was meant to. Quinn being allowed to get out on bail doesn't make any sense, even with the excuse given. 
There were also some open ended threads that were never covered, small ones but enough of loose thread that I notice it and it made me wonder why it was ever brought up at all.

I am also realizing that this author gives all her characters the same personality.
One guy has to be broody
One guy has to be a sarcastic, but lovable, jackass
and the girl has to have limited emotions, for reasons.

Will I still read her books, sure. They're fun.