Review: Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1) – Linsey Miller


Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1) – Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows (Untitled #1)

Title: Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1)

Author: Linsey Miller

Release Date: August 29, 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Format: ebook

Page Number: 310

Source: Netgalley

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

1 out of 5 stars


I got this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

This book was nothing special. It honestly was just a rip-off version of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It was about assassins fighting to the death, so in that sense it was also a little bit like The Hunger Games.

I hate when books are just rip-offs, and I thought this would be interesting because it was marketed as a gender-fluid main character. Okay. A little bit about that.

The ONLY representation of that was when they said that they liked being called what they were dressed as. Which I’m assuming is a quality of someone who is gender-fluid, but there was nothing other than that. There was no reason other than the fact that the author wanted it to be a diverse book. Which pisses me off. Have adequate representation, and if you’re going to try, at least do it right and do it justice. Please. There are people that refer to themselves as gender-fluid, and I feel like this isn’t good representation of that.

There was also no beginning to the story. None at all. It just jumped right in with Sal fighting people pretty much. I’m not about that. Give me a little background information, please.

The romance in this book was also quite below average, and I was so disappointed with that. Because the gender-fluid thing wasn’t really introduced well, the romance seemed so rushed and fake because there was no back story on sexual preference. Sal just kinda ended up liking this girl, but she was of course the one who he robbed at the beginning. UGH give me some actual plot please.

I would not recommend this book just because of the poor representation attempt. I’m sad because I wanted this to be good. Ugh, life.

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Review: They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera


They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

Title: They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 384

Source: Barnes and Noble

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

5 out of 5 stars


Spoiler alert: I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Mateo is shy and has some anxiety. He lives at home, his mother died, his father is in a coma in the hospital. Mateo receives a call from Death-Cast telling him he’ll die in the next 24 hours.

Rufus lives with a foster family and loves his foster brothers more than anything. He is beating the shit out of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he receives a call from Death-Cast.

Mateo and Rufus both sign up for the Last Friend app in hopes of finding someone they connect to to make their last days on Earth more bearable. They match with each other, and spend the best days of their lives living the rest of their lives to the fullest.

I loved this book. I loved every single moment, and I didn’t want it to end.

This was my most anticipated release of the year aside from Lord of Shadows. I am so happy to say that this is one of my favorite books, and will recommend it to anyone and everyone. Quick story. I went to Barnes and Noble on the 4th of September knowing that this book was supposed to come out the next day. I go in with a plan. I’m going to cheat the system with this book because I want to read it now. So, I walk into the store. I go straight to the register and ask for help finding this book. I show the woman at the counter a photo of the cover, and she immediately tells me she’ll look for it for me. She calls some guy over to get help because she sees that it’s supposed to be released the next day, and he tells her that he put the books on the shelf that morning. He leads me over to the YA section, and points out the book to me, and I control myself while he hands me the book. I went in with the plan of cheating the system, and didn’t even have to. Go me.

Anyway, I started this book on the 4th and knew I was going to love it right away. The writing style was so fun and interesting, and also beautiful and poetic. The characters were so beautifully flawed it felt real. I can’t even express how much I loved reading this book.

Mateo and Rufus were so different from each other, but meshed so well together. Their friendship started, and you just knew that they were going to have a real friendship on their last day together. Even though this book took place over one day, the friendship between them felt so organic and real. So real. I loved them together because they helped one another so much.

The concept of this book is what originally sold me. It sold me, because I could see something like this actually happening. I don’t know how it would actually happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a way to figure it out. Getting a call on the day you’re going to die seems eerie, but it’s a really cool idea for a book. I think this would be such an amazing movie to watch, and I hope it happens, because damn I’m all for that.

This book was sweet, beautiful, sad, funny, cute, and full of love and heartache and hope. I will recommend this book to anyone. I loved this, and plan on reading more by Adam Silvera because I need more of his writing. He created one of my favorite friendships I’ve read, even though they only had one day together. Please read this book :)

Review: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) – Samantha Shannon


The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) – Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

Title: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: February 1, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 501

Source: TBR Pile

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was just as amazing as the first one. Wow wow wow.

The Mime Order follows Paige and her little entourage in the hopes of solving all the issues with the Rephiam and the Syndicate and SciLondon. She decides to enroll into the battle to become Mime-lord with Jaxon. The two are the dream team. Mime-lord and mollisher of I-4.

Paige is the most wanted criminal in all of London, and she has to escape people that want to kill her, while also trying to be helpful to everyone. She’s stuck between a rock and a hard place, here…

Oh my gosh. So no spoilers, but the ending was everything I wanted in life it was so fricking good. If you want an epic fantasy/sci-fi series, read The Bone Season, then read this because it’s amazing.

Samantha Shannon has a way of writing that just draws you in so much, and keeps you hooked until the last sentence. Literally the last sentence of this book omg. So much happened in this book, and the only reason it took me so long to read was because I was buddy-reading this and my buddy didn’t read as fast as me. So I’ve had to take breaks while reading, but it was still so good. If this wasn’t part of a buddy-read I would have easily finished it in a couple of days because I was hooked.

WARDEN IS BACK. Yay!! He’s my favorite character, I think, because he’s so mysterious. He’s just trying to do the best for everyone around him, and his feelings for Paige… I don’t know exactly how he feels yet, but I have a feeling the next book will let me know. I’m so excited to read the next book because I know it will answer so many questions!

I cannot wait to see what happens with the rest of the series. I have no idea at all where it’s going to go because I don’t even know what’s going to happen in the next book! I know Samantha Shannon will take it great places because her writing style is gorgeous.

I actually gasped at the end. The last page gets ya, but don’t spoil yourself and go read it *I see you guilty last-page-before-the-book-starts-readers…*

Please read this series. It’s so well written, and there’s so much action. Seriously so much action the whole entire time. Paige is always getting into something, and she somehow always figures out how to get out of it.

I can’t wait for the rest of this series!!

Series:

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

 

August Wrapup + September TBR


Read:

  1. The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) – Erika Johansen *review*
  2. Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn *review*
  3. Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn *review*
  4. Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn *review*
  5. Nimona – Noelle Stevenson *review*
  6. In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang *review*
  7. Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #1) – Yumi Unita *review*

TBR:

  1. Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) – Robin Hobb
  2. The Mime Order (The Bones Season #2) – Samantha Shannon
  3. Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1) – Linsey Miller
  4. The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1) – Kellyn Roth

Review: Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #1) – Yumi Unita


Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #1) – Yumi Unita

Bunny Drop, Vol. 1

Title: Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #1)

Author: Yumi Unita

Release Date: March 23, 2010

Publisher: Yen Press

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 208

Source: Public Library

Going home for his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover! The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to take her in himself! But will living with this overgrown teenager of man help Rin come out of her shell? And hang on, won’t this turn of events spell doom for Daikichi’s love life?!

3 out of 5 stars


Daikichi takes in his grandfather’s illegitimate child, Rin, into his life. He brings her home and quickly realizes a child is hard to take care of. He tries to get to know her while being her parent. He figures out day-care. Figures out his job. His life revolves around her…

This was pretty okay. I don’t feel super attached to the characters, but I would like to see what happens next. This is my first ever manga! I picked it up because the cover was super cute, and I was intrigued by the synopsis. I think that I’m going to make myself finish both the books I’m currently reading before letting myself go and check out the rest of this series so then I don’t get behind…

Overall I think this is a cute series. I think there will be more information regarding the mistress lady (mom of Rin) in the next books because it left at a cliff-hangerish part at the end. I think that it was a nice way to end it because it makes me want to read the rest. I’m down for that.

Because this is the first manga I’ve ever read I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I liked the art style. It was easy to follow, and honestly the whole reading backwards wasn’t that bad. I’m excited to branch out into more manga, because I think I will really enjoy the format.

Like I said in my last review, if you have any recommendations for manga or graphic novels, let me know!!

Review: In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang


In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

In Real Life

Title: In Real Life

Author: Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: First Second

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 175

Source: Public Library

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

4 out of 5 stars


Anda is a gamer, and she gets invited to join a game called Coarsegold Online by a woman who comes to talk to her computer class at school. She gets told that she won’t have to pretend to be a boy in the game because there is an all girl group in this game. Everything is great, until she’s told she needs to go and kill some gold-farmers, because they’re just mooching off the system.

So she goes, but she finds that they don’t fight back, but she goes through with the orders anyway. Later, she meets a gold-farmer who speaks English and talks back to her about what’s happening. She befriends him against her leader’s wishes.

She finds times to talk to him and finds out he lives in China and doesn’t make much money, so he has to work a lot. She decides to try and help him…

The artwork is literally everything I’ve ever wanted from a graphic novel. It’s kind of like watercolor, and the colors are so vibrant and beautiful. It’s pretty much all pastels and very saturated color; I highly recommend reading it just for the fact that the art is GORGEOUS.

I’d say that the story is a pretty solid 3/5 stars, but the artwork sold me. Oh my gosh I’m in love. I think the message was good, and this would be good for any gamer girls who just feel out of place in the male dominated gaming world. I am personally not a gamer, but I could still relate to this.

I’ve been really getting into graphic novels/comics recently and would LOVE some recommendations. The library in my town for college is amazing and has tons of different options. Please, please, please give me some graphic novel/comic/manga recs!

Review: Nimona – Noelle Stevenson


Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

Title: Nimona

Author: Noelle Stevenson

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 266

Source: Public Library

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m just on a graphic novel kick, and I’m loving it :)

This book follows a girl named Nimona who is a shapeshifter. She wants to be a villain just like her idol, Ballister Blackheart. She finds him, and convinces him to let her be his sidekick and the story takes off from there.

Nimona is different from a lot of people her age because she’s constantly dealing with issues from her childhood, and finding out who she wants to be. Ballister Blackheart holds a grudge that’s so deep to him that he blocks everything else out. They end up making the perfect team.

I enjoyed this book. I didn’t give it higher than 3 stars just because the writing seemed very childish. I understand that Nimona is a kid, but it was very immature sounding. I liked the idea of the story, that the villain becomes someone he wants to be not what society has been telling him to be. I enjoyed that, and I also really liked the artwork. It was interesting to look at and easy to understand. The colors were beautiful, and I would recommend this book to a younger audience.

There wasn’t much plot, so again, I find it a little hard to review, but I did enjoy it. I liked the little adventures that Nimona and Ballister went on. I liked that Nimona called Ballister, “Boss.” It was cute. They became close friends, and I thought that was an important element to the story.

This hinted at Ballister being gay, and I was all for that. I really liked this because it wasn’t obnoxiously stating that he was gay; it was subtle and I don’t know if a lot of people would have caught that. I really loved the little story at the end with Ballister and Goldenloin. It was so cute. Aww.

Overall, I think this is targeted towards middle grade readers, and I think if I would have been exposed to books like this when I was the right age it would have changed my reading experiences.