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Book Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

“When it fails, they do call it madness, Lazarus. But when it succeeds, they call it genius.” This review will not contain spoilers for either book in the series. Oh my! Wow. What a great sequel! There was a lot riding on this sequel to The Queen of the Tearling (see my review here). With these books being set in such a bizarre world, it would have been so easy for this to all fall flat on its face. But It really didn’t.  We get to know a lot more in this book about The Crossing, and I think Erika put this very unconventional world together incredibly well. We are back in the kingdom of the Tearling, with the queen, Kelsea, having to deal with some pretty disastrous (but completely right) decisions made in the previous book. I wont go into more detail because I don’t want to spoil anything, so this will probably be a fairly short review. This book is quite different to the first book in the series, mainly in that it …

Friday Reads

I am so excited to be approved for The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen on Netgalley! I’m really excited to (hopefully) make some sense of the crazy makes-no-sense world of the Tearling. I sound sarcastic but I actually really enjoyed the first book, but lets face it, no one has any fricken clue what the hell is the deal with the world. Like it’s Earth but its like medievalish. No one knows what’s going on. BUT I MIGHT SOON!

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

“Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book.” What’s it about: In a fantasy universe that is somehow a future version of our universe, but actually nothing like it except that we share some of the same literature, a young girl named Kelsea seeks to reclaim the throne of her kingdom, The Tearling, and free it from the oppressive dominion of the neighbouring country ruled by an evil queen. What I thought: I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this book, and I am a bit mixed myself. I loved Kelsea as a character. She was strong, intelligent, knew right from wrong, and had a very realistic hang up about her looks. I have heard so many bad things about how Kelsea felt about her looks from reviewers, and I kind of get the impression that these people are probably attractive themselves. Living in a world that values beauty above nearly anything else, you’re constantly aware that you …