Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Cruel Prince | Holly Black | Published January 2nd, 2018
Source: I received a copy from Readers First in exchange for an honest review.
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This was just fantastic.

There is nothing I love more than a fantasy that completely enraptures me from beginning to end. The Cruel Prince has a perfect balance of drama, twists, cruel yet charming characters and a plot that surprises. I loved every bit of it.

The world is vivid and intriguing. The characters are flawed and complex and the twisty, evil politics will keep you turning page after page. Our main character, Jude, is a mortal who has been raised in Faerie. She battles her desire to want to belong in a kingdom she has grown to love when her parents were ruthlessly murdered by the man who raised her and her sisters. She isn’t always likeable and it’s not easy to always get on board with her decisions but that’s what makes her all the more compelling.

As for the Cruel Prince himself, Cardan... he definitely lives up to the title. But if you have a fondness for charming villains (and who doesn’t?) then you’re going to want to pick this up.

This is my first read of 2018 and, honestly, it’s going to be a hard act to follow. The ending is sufficiently wrapped up after some surprises but has still left me begging for the follow up. I cannot wait for that release and in the meantime I’ll be devouring everything else Holly Black has written.

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Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

I absolutely love discovering new authors. Whether it's a debut whose book I loved and I can't wait to see what they read next, to authors who have been around a while, and whose backlist I can binge-read. I read a mixture of the two in 2017 and these were my 10 favourites:

  1. Marissa Meyer  (with Heartless)
  2. Juno Dawson (with Margot & Me)
  3. Angie Thomas (with The Hate U Give)
  4. Laini Taylor (with The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy)
  5. Karen M. McManus (with One of Us is Lying)
  6. Sandhya Menon (with When Dimple Met Rishi)
  7. Estelle Maskame (with Dare to Fall)
  8. Leigh Bardugo (with Wonder Woman, The Grishaverse Trilogy and The Six of Crows duology) (clearly a new favourite!)
  9. Gail Honeyman (with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine)
  10. Sara Holland (with Everless)

I can't wait to read more from all of these authors in 2018 and beyond! Did you read any of these authors for the first time in 2017 too or disover other favourites? I would love to know!

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Top Ten 2018 Releases I'm Looking Forward To

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

One of my favourite things to do towards the end of a year is look at new releases for the following year and make a spreadsheet of the ones I'm looking forward to. It's quite geeky but I absolutely love the organisation of spreadsheets and it helps me keep track of the books I want to read all year.

I found it really hard to narrow this list down to just ten but these are the ones I'm most excited for right now:

Are you looking forward to any of these releases too?

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Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

I feel like I haven't read that many books this year. I think it's because I haven't completed my goodreads challenge yet of 50 books but I'm only a few behind and 50 is a big number! It's probably also due to the fact that I've had a lot of reading and blogging slumps this year but I finally have some motivation again and it's good to be back!

These were my favourite reads of 2017:

I finally got around to reading some series that I've meaning to read for a looooong time this year as well as some great standalones so overall I think I had a pretty great reading year. Roll on 2018 and the many new releases (my most anticipated of which will be posted in a few weeks time!).

Do we share any 2017 favourites? Let me know!

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Review: Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Undercover Princess | Connie Glynn | Published November 2nd, 2017
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Undercover Princess combines royalty, a boarding school setting, puzzles and mysteries and creates something really fun.

Lottie and Ellie are polar opposites but quickly bond and become inseparable when some school gossip gets out of hand and they find a solution that works for both of them. I liked their friendship and the overall focus that was placed on female friendships throughout the book. Whilst there is a little romance (including LGBT), I liked that friendship was at the forefront and how it’s important to be a good friend.

Unfortunately I also had a few problems with the book. There are a lot of the usual YA cliches and the writing isn’t perfect. The world-building is lacking in some places and there are elements that aren’t fully explained at all. It is a contemporary book but there are a few “magical” instances that aren’t properly developed or explained.

Is it perfect? No. But if you can look past the cliches and the flaws, there is a warm and charming story to be found here.

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