All posts filed under: 5 stars

Book Review – The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Oh my goodness! What a unique read. How am I ever going to review this little oddity? I shall try my hardest! What it’s about: Okay, so there is  library that holds all the secrets of the universe, run by a god. This god, known as Father has twelve apprentices (librarians), who each study a particular catalog (War, Death, Language, Medicine, etc.) and must master it. Their studies aren’t easy, and Father is, for lack of a better term, an absolute sadistic asshole. When he goes missing and the librarians  are locked out of the library, they must all try to solve the mystery of their missing god before his enemies decided to move in and take over. “For all intents and purposes, the power of the Library is infinite. Tonight we’re going to settle who inherits control of reality.” What I thought: Honestly, it’s pretty damn brilliant. It is extremely dark and absolutely one of the oddest books I’ve ever read, but it is just damn good. It kept me up past 2 am several nights this …

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I was sent this book by Bloombury Australia for review… but at the time I hadn’t actually read books two or three in the series. So I have been marathoning this series over the past couple of weeks and I have enjoyed it so so so much! You can see my reviews for Crown of Midnight here, and Heir of Fire here, and my Recom-Monday-Tions post about Throne of Glass here. This is now one of my absolute favourite series! It will be difficult to review this without spoiling anything in the series, but I will try. This series gets better with each consecutive book you read, and Queen of Shadows is by far my favourite. I absolutely couldn’t put it down. There was not a single moment where I felt bored or where my mind wandered to other things. It is just completely all-consuming. There are some new characters in this book who are absolutely delightful, and we finally meet Arrobyn, the King of Assassins that Celaena used to work for, for the first …

Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Well, well, well. Sarah J. Maas is quickly making it onto my list of favourite authors, because Heir of Fire was absolutely awesome. “And then I am going to rattle the stars.” As always, as this is a sequel this review will be quite short, and wont contain any spoilers of the series. So it will basically be me ranting about how amazing it was for a while. This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series, which is about the assassin, Celaena Sardothian and her wild exploits. These books really do keep getting more and more amazing as they go along so I am eagerly anticipating Queen of Shadows (which is sitting right next to me just begging to be opened. *purrs* Soon, my pet. Soon). In this installment of the series, we delve farther into Celaena’s past, and learn just how much she had endured during her rather short life, and grows hugely as a character. If you loved Celaena before, you will love her even more now. I promise. For …

Book Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

“It’s a small kind of weapon, this story. I stab someone with and they hurt, every time.” I picked this one up after watching one of Tilly and Her Books videos on Booktube. And I am so glad I did. There really is something special about this book. What it’s about: Minnow Bly was raised in a cult, ruled over by a prophet named Kevin. When Minnow disobeys the prophet, he cuts of her hands as punishment. This act of brutality finally gives her the push she needs to escape and live a life of freedom… but then things don’t exactly go as planned and she ends up serving time in a juvenile prison. “I figure out they’re not making me new hands. They can’t do that, the doctor says like I’m slow, and I turn away to glare at the wall, eyes burning. Growing up, I believed in miracles. I guess I don’t anymore.” What I thought: Firstly, this book is dark. It’s horrific and violent, but also beautiful. I can imagine this book …

Book Review: The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Where to start with The Lesser Dead, or as I like to call it The Babysitters Club: Hellish Vampire Edition.  “He gets away with it because he’s strong.’ ‘This is the story of mankind.’ What’s it about? Imagine being a 13 year old forever. That’s reality for Joey Peacock. Joey and his little family of vampires live in the underground tunnels of the New York subway, where they mostly keep to themselves, feeding without killing. His ‘life’ is pretty carefree, going to clubs, watching soap operas, but he finds himself struck with a whole lot of responsibility when he finds a group of murderous vampire children, and a parrot. What I thought? So in a nutshell. It’s fantastic. The back of the book says “As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz.”  Well, I’ve never read Dean Koontz, but I reckon this is probably right. But there’s also something a bit Salinger-ish about it too. “Happiness is the province of those who ask few questions. I remember, even before this was visited upon me, how I …

Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Imagine you’re in a post-apocalyptic world where if you open your eyes and see some…thing… you will die horribly. How are you going to survive? How are you going to get food and water and protect yourself with your freaking eyes closed? Sounds fucking terrifying huh? Welcome to Bird Box. “It’s better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.” What’s it about? Mallory finds out she’s pregnant the day the world ends. Something is making people go crazy and murdery when they see ‘something’ and the only chance for survival is to never open your eyes outside. Unless you want to die and awful bloody death. For five years Mallory has trained her children to be like baby versions of Daredevil with super developed senses so that when they eventually have to leave their home, they just might have a chance of making it to safety. What I thought: I really liked this book. It was bloody creepy. I have never read a book that …

Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” When I finished this book, it left me with quite the book hangover. It’s pretty damn amazing, and is definitely one of my favourites. What is it about? So, this book has been called ‘the next Hunger Games’ and that is pretty accurate. It is SO like the hunger games that it must be a hommage. The number of similarities is astounding. But I have to say that I think I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the hunger games. So basically this is a dystopian set in a world (or worlds) where there is a class system based on colours. Red is at the bottom, and Gold is at the top. The golds are basically genetically engineered super-humans that rule the world with an iron (gold) fist. Darrow is a red, and a Helldiver, meaning that he mines below the surface of Mars for some mineral that is used to terraform the planet and get it ready for the people of earth to …

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

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still” I was initially sent a preview of this book by the publisher and after about two chapters I had already pre-ordered it. I knew I would love it right from the start. Unfortunately, my pre-order took a very, very long time to come and it was a terrible, terrible wait. I wanted to finish it so badly that I ended up buying another copy in the interim. It’s that good. Seriously. “Magic is a truly beautiful disease” What’s it about: This is the story of four alternate Londons, three magical, one not, and the man who can travel between them. Kell belongs to the royal family of Red London (the nice magic London), and must travel between his London, Grey London (non-magic London), and White London (creepy magic London) carrying messages between the royal families which rule each London. Although forbidden, Kell ocassionally brings objects from one London to another for the right price, and when he unknowingly he accepts to carry a piece of …

Book Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

“Some revolutions change the world in a day. Others take decades or centuries or more, and others still never come to fruition. Mine began with a moment and a choice.” What’s it about? The Mime Order is the Sequel to the dystopian fantasy, The Bone Season. The story takes place in an alternate London, called Scion, where clairvoyants (humans with magical abilities) exist, but are hunted down by the government. We follow Paige, a young voyant who works for the underground voyant crime syndicate. In order to avoid spoilers for either The Bone Season, or The Mime Order, this review will be rather short. What did I think? Right off the bat I thought this book exceeded its predecessor, which was also excellent. A lot more of Scion and the Syndicate’s place in the city is revealed, along with more details of the remarkably constructed machinations of the voyants and the aether. We really get to see how beautifully unique and finely constructed the world Samantha Shannon has created is with this novel. This world is …

Book Review: John Dies at the End and This Book is full of Spiders; Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch it.

“Solving the following riddle will reveal the awful secret behind the universe, assuming you do not go utterly mad in the attempt. If you already happen to know the awful secret behind the universe, feel free to skip ahead.” These books may seem like a strange choice for my first review here on WordPress; they aren’t new, or particularly popular. They are firmly rooted in the ‘weird fiction’ category. I can see why people wouldn’t be rushing to pick them up, but let me tell you, those people are fools. These books are fantastic.