Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

Book: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books, 2013
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Rating: HalfHeart
Source + Date Read: Library + April 2015
Recommend: Great plot with amazing sci-fi element.
Book Pro’s: Strong characters.
Book Con’s: I didn’t like the alternating perspectives style.
Favourite Line: “Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.”

Summary: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.
Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

More Information: GoodReads

I got this at the Finsbury Library in Islington and the minute I saw the cover, I nabbed it. I’d heard a lot of talk about this book when it came out and I was living in The Bahamas then so, I had no chance of getting my hands on it. But yet! 2 years later! I find my chance! I find it! It was staring at me from the Children’s section. I didn’t care about that fact and I’ll get into that in another post.

OK back to the book. The 5th Wave had a rough start for me. I didn’t particularly enjoy it and I got really sick of hearing about Ben Parish (and now that I’ve finished it, I still don’t like to hear about darn Ben Parish) so I had to keep pushing myself to get into it, to get going. Finally, about a quarter into the book when Evan walks in, I get into it. Yancey writes pretty well and everything is described in such simple yet really rich detail. There is a bit where Cassie describes the stars, like that it’s so quiet she can hear the stars scraping. I loved that description! I remember mouthing it verbally when I read that part, it seemed so rich and so sensory.

The book is also told from alternating perspectives, this is a device that I do not enjoy. I have never enjoyed it and I will probably also, never enjoy it. I hate flipping between perspectives and protagonists. In the 5th Wave it is done well but I will admit that I skipped some chapters, like skipped the entire thing because that character’s perspective was not engaging for me. This is a personal choice and I’d like to hear from others as to what they thought of this literary device.

I greatly enjoyed this book’s plot- I don’t know how Yancey managed to twist everything around so artfully, but he did it well. Actually, if I had to sum up the plot for this novel, I’d say that it’s smart. Everything about this is smart. I’m definitely invested in this series and need to find a way to get the second book! I can’t wait till the third comes out as well.

All in all The 5th Wave is a great series with a rich plot and so many twists and turns that I was left enthralled and completely emotionally invested.


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Real Talk: Challenges in Reading Diversely Challenge

I’M BURNT OUT! Maybe? I think that is what I’ve been enduring anyway.

What follows is an outpouring of thoughts. (When is it not? haa)

In case you didn’t know (and, honestly, I don’t see how you could – I told no one), I was away for a week in Cardiff hanging out with my mum and brother, which was super great(!!) but also travel exhausts me. But even before I went down to Cardiff, I noticed a slowing down in my reading and in my desire to read anything (especially anything long!) Ugh.


Well, I think it’s partly because, although my challenge to read more diversely was going swimmingly at the start of the year, I feel like I’m having more difficulty at the moment balancing my reads. It would be easy to say “aw the hell with it!” but isn’t the POINT partly that if I want things to change and if I want a wider range of authors and stories, I do have to stay aware and keep my eye on what I’m reading and take up this challenge. I think so. I want to do this. I think it’s good and much-needed.

The ‘easy reads’ and audiobooks I wanted to turn to all happened to be by white dudes (or the occasional white woman which is fine because it’ll up my female authors count, but that’s not suffering nearly as much as my non-white authors count). And the challenging/longer reads I wanted to try this year are both by John Steinbeck soooo I felt like starting one of those now (though it’s a great time of the year to start) would just make me feel bad about adding yet another white dude to the Pale Male pile of books that is my Currently Reading list.

The issue isn’t simply about finding books though. I have a lot of interesting-sounding books listed that are from authors of diverse backgrounds. And there are resources out there—databases and lists—that identify these authors and their books… But they sometimes seem annoyingly difficult to actually get my hands on. The most common issues I’ve been running into lately is that the books I want are either out of print or only sold in the US so I have to get them ordered to my store or house… And don’t even get me started on the number of diverse authors and illustrators in comics! (The number is “very few” in case you were wondering.)

An aside: I actually am super into comics from an illustrator point of view and would really love to write and draw my own comic, but I don’t consider myself much of a writer so don’t hold your breath for anything too soon… But…eventually.

Another issue I’ve run into, I’ve really been craving some antiquity recently. I kind of want to read from some Greek philosophers and playwrights and poets…I blame Jean/BookishThoughts entirely. But I also don’t want to sacrifice the (relative) balance I have in my reading at the moment (or have to pull myself back to a more balanced place).

Let’s talk genre too. I want more non-fiction from non-white authors that isn’t about race. There’s only so much Michio Kaku and Reza Aslan can do. Also, ladies; where you at?! Basically, I’m looking forward to another Mindy Kaling, and Akilah Hughes‘ new book.

And I don’t want to be ridiculous. I know there are loads of books out there by a wide range of authors. I did actually just order 4 or 5 books by authors of colour from Waterstones (and the Waterstones Marketplace for books sourced from the US) and each one sounded really interesting (with about half by non-Westerners). It’s just annoying that they take a week or so to get here (longer for books coming across the Atlantic) and I can’t always just pick them up when I’m at my local Waterstones.

I feel like I might have done a call-out for books by authors of colour before and I know I added a few things to my TBR semi-recently, but I’m asking again.

Can you recommend some books by authors of colour?

(Bonus points for non-Westerners?) Genres I particularly like include:

  • literary fiction
  • comics
  • children’s books
  • middle-grade
  • memoir (I’m still feeling out how much I like this genre…I probably won’t like celebrity or politician memoirs…I like comedians though.)
    • comedy? maybe..?
  • politics
  • science (particularly pop-sci and pop-psych)

NB: It’d be great if the suggestions are readily available in the UK.

And maybe that’ll help me get my motivation back.

Alternatively, I’m going to take a week or two as a reading rest and fill that time sewing dresses for myself (I’m fixing my sewing machine’s broken foot pedal finally after months of leaving it in disrepair! YAY!). Then come back at it all with a fresh brain.

 Speaking about challenges, I am pretty much THROWING IN THE TOWEL on my classics challenge. It feels pointless, it feels at odds with my (more-important-to-me) diversity challenge and I am really not someone who needs to ‘challenge’ themselves to read classics. They’re almost my ‘go to’…Just not the ones I picked out for the Classics Challenge haaaah


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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)

Book: The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2015
Genre: YA/NA, Fantasy
Source + Date Read: ARC + March 2015
Recommend: For those that like female led fantasy YA.
Book Pro’s: Strong characters.
Book Con’s: It’s very meh feeling.
Favourite Line: “I am the perfect weapon, I can kill with a single touch.”

Summary: I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch. Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla‘s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla‘s chilling role to the girls she truly is. Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen’s, some truths should not be told..

More Information: GoodReads

I’ve got mixed feelings about The Sin Eater’s Daughter. It’s a very interesting book and the premise for the world here is fascinating, I’d like quite a bit more of that in the forthcoming books in this series.

The reason why these feelings are mixed because I’m not entirely sure I liked the book. I don’t dislike it, or it would have a rating well below 2.5 hearts. It was massively entertaining and I think well written, but I couldn’t connect to Twylla at all, and I think that this an obvious thing that colors my overall perception of the book. I read it in one night and when I shut it, I thought, well, that was interesting and moved onto another. It’s rare that I find a book like this, I tend to be dramatic (we are not shocked, I’m sure) so books tend to be wow or ugh for me, not just a flat middle.

In general I do think that The Sin Eater’s Daughter is a well written contribution to the YA or NA genre (I can’t quite figure out which genre it actually is in, I do think it’s a bit NA) with some serious world-building and imagination. I find the whole idea of sin-eating fascinating and I wish this bit was explained or explored more in the novel. Her mother is also a force to be reckoned with and I so want more of her in the series (I do think that she’ll show up in it, I’m sure she will). Actually, Salisbury’s ability to paint these amazing and terrifying characters is a strength in the book. THE QUEEN. Oh gosh, the Queen, she’s… I want to read more just to figure out what happens.

What I will say is a strength and something that bumped up it’s rating is that the author writes “adult” or sex scenes with maturity that I am so relieved for.

I’m sorry this review is so disjointed, I don’t have any strong feelings about it but I do think it’s good and I can see why it’s so popular within YA circles.


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Reading Recording Accuracy & Book Polygamy

From here on let’s just assume I’m talking about Goodreads (because that’s where I mainly record my reading), but this could apply for any other system too.

I like to keep fairly accurate records. Fairly accurate. But not precise. I try to match my editions on Goodreads exactly but if I can’t find my edition I try to match cover/format and page number (in that order of importance). I’m not super strict about things, but I do make an effort. I just don’t go that extra mile to add a new edition. (Actually I’ve done this once ever and decided it wasn’t worth the pains because someone else would probably sort it out at some point and I ain’t no stickler for accuracy.)

I try to be fairly accurate in my ‘Currently Reading’ statuses too. If the page numbers aren’t the same as mine (or if the page numbers include a lengthy bibliography) I’ll calculate the percentage of the way through the book I am: page I’m on divided by the total pages in my copy minus bibliography.

However, I cannot tell a lie, my ‘Currently Reading’ shelf is rarely accurate. I am almost always nosing through more books than I list. But seeing the shelf overloaded on my GR dashboard can sometimes make me a bit…anxious? I don’t know why. It makes me feel guilty sometimes about starting new books without having finished past ones. But this only ever happens when the shelf gets past about 5 books. And I think it only happens when I’m aware of that GR shelf. When the shelf is out of my mind, I don’t mind if I’m currently reading 3 or 7 or 13 books! I don’t bat an eyelid. But when I see the list and click “show all 8″ (like it says now) and look at the list, it feels like a testament to a fickle nature.

How does that even happen? Well, oftentimes I’ll have one or maybe two ‘main books’ I intend to read. Then I’ll see a number of novellas that seems interesting to me. “Hmm..only 120 pages? I can probably squeeze that in between these two. Take me a day maybe to get through it with distractions…” I’ll get 30 pages in and then…something happens? I have no idea what. Somehow a week later I’ve added two more novellas. (We’re up to 5 so far in case you’re counting.) Something else will catch my eye on Net Galley so I’ll start that. Then another New Galley find and it’s probably going to be archived soon so I better get on it now! (That’s 7…) Then some book with a quick, doable-under-normal-circumstances deadline pops up and I really want to get it in before that deadline and, VOILÀ! We’re up to 8.

And I actually do dip into all the books concurrently. I won’t always record insignificant advances – a page here or there. That hardly seems worth it. But, for most of them, I haven’t left them alone long enough or certainly enough to put them in a “TTNF (but BRB)” category.

I wonder, is this flakey? Should I just STOP myself and acknowledge that all the new book finds are going to still be there even if they have to wait for me to finish my current ones? Or should I just wade deeper and deeper into the dense jungle of unfinished tales?? (That’s completely rhetorical. I’m totally gonna wade forever. Always have. Always will. #WadersGonnaWade)

Hmmm. Let’s try to bring this around to a point though. If I’m honest, I don’t have any problems with my book polygamy itself. But the anxiety of making an unending list of the books that pops up and reminds me of my slow (or unmoving!) progress seems to conflict with my desire to keep neat notes on my reading. I don’t like feeling like I’m not getting any further along. No closer to knowing what I came to the books to know! And I’m not closer to having resolved feelings about it all either… But it helps to unravel the workings of a muddled mind that darts so easily from one thing to the next. I love making occasional notes from as I’m reading – a sudden plot twist? a shocking discovery? social commentary? a hilarious typo!? I’m on it!

If nothing else, I suppose my Currently Reading shelf is a peak into my mind and the things it wonders about…*

*(At least the non-comic/audiobook things because I tend to fly through those without recording progress.)

I’m not sure where I was going with this so thank you so much for sticking around. You deserve so many book-shaped cookies and your choice of hot drink, be it tea, coffee, hot chocolate or mulled wine. Don’t worry; I ain’t here to judge you! ;)

Are you super meticulous about recording your reading?

Are you a book polygamist?


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Literary Listings: 5 Books I Read When I’m Stressed

I have some pretty bad anxiety and stress issues and this recent move had me clinging to my a few of my favourite books to help alleviate it. Nikki will roll her eyes at this list in bit because of course, there is a certain series that will appear up top, but the others I hope will be a bit more surprising.

5 Books I Read When I’m Stressed

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

How could this beauty not appear on this list? It’s the first thing that I read when I’m upset or too stressed out to calm down. I think its why I choose to reread it every year because the minute I pick up it’s pages I can feel my breathing regulate and my shoulders relax. It’s like the best drug ever, this magic, and I’d say I’m proper addicted.

The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix

This series is everything and a bag of chips. I haven’t even reviewed it yet but I will soon. In short I love it and the magic of the series surrounds me with such vigour.

This kind of magic is a great way to relax because it’s so foreign and different and odd from our very own, it’s necessary.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

I’m sure many are surprised that this book is here. I read this when I was 15 years old and now that I think back to it, a 15 year old should not be reading this book. Yet, it struck a chord with me and ever since when I’ve become immensely restless and frustrated it always manages to calm me. It’s very melancholic but I love it because it gives me a feeling of immersion and quiet which is wonderful when I’m stressed or my head won’t simmer down.

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Though scathing, this book is a brilliant commentary on Caribbean life. Being from the Caribbean and having spent significant time in Antigua visiting family, I recognise the places that she mentions so for me, though harsh and satirical, this book is plain funny. I laugh and cheer Kincaid’s writing on every single time.

Sailor Moon series by Naoko Takeuchi

Oh come on, who doesn’t love some magic girl for their stressed out days? I even made a Sailor Scout alter ego for myself once (it involved a sun, some pretty rad prism colored colors and pretty sensible shoes, with a magical, badass staff of course, I was always the staff girl). I don’t have them with me now but there is a new edition that I’ve been sneaking eyes at… I may get them soon and start my magic girl journey all over again.


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Review :: The Golem and the Jinni

A review of Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni*


Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

• • •

I’ve had this book on my TBR for just over a year having added it 15 Feb 2014. I was intrigued by the synopsis, but it was something no one else I knew had read yet and it felt like I’d be taking bit of a risk on investing myself in a longish story I might not be able to get into. But I’ve been in the mood for a good new audiobook and The Golem and the Jinni had been on my library audiobook wishlist for a while so when an illustrator friend vouched (highly!) for it, I checked it out.

I can now confirm the reluctance was really silly and only served to keep me from a wonderful story that I wish I’d picked up sooner. To tell the truth, I hadn’t actually remembered what the synopsis had said from when I read it last year—just that it sounded really good—which made this full of even more surprises and I’m glad of that too so maybe it’s OK that it took me this long to get around to it..

The storytelling is entrancing. The flawed characters tended to make later situations more meaningful or more frustrating or more hopeless or more joyful. I had pangs of discomfort at the restrictions of tradition and arranged teen marriages and at how silly/naive/easily seduced the women are who fall for the Jinni. Some of the main themes running through the novel are (in no particular order) religion and belief, language and translation, feminist issues, human customs, feeling out of place, curiosity (and its consequences?), loyalty, and free will.

I love their odd circumstance of both the golem and the jinni being knowledgable about certain things, but also being babes in this strange world not knowing any of the basic knowledges humans take from granted every day: customs, myths, daily practices, greetings, ceremony, and so on.

Coming to the story, I think I expected it to be more difficult to get into than it was in an ‘epic fantasy’ kind of way, but it wasn’t at all. It is a story told by examining the scattered pieces of a puzzle—each piece beautiful in its own right. The whole picture changes slightly from what you thought it would be as each new piece is added to the narrative. I think this works well to form a solid story that needs no deus ex machina to solve its problems. The solution lies in the pieces of the puzzle.

An odd thing that I found interesting was that relationships aren’t always explicit. At times I found myself wondering, ‘Is this platonic, romantic, one-sided or opportunistic/business contractual?’ Like in real life, certain action doesn’t always signify full intent or apparently associated emotion. Some relationships feel ambiguous… Specifically, all relationships involving the jinni. I think this is attributed, at least in part, to the fact that his kind live hundreds of years and have chiefly fleeting affairs with each other that don’t mean much. Human ceremony, finality and fidelity is a peculiarity to them. But then some humans are like that too, so maybe that’s just how he rolls.

All that said, I think it would be a mistake going into this thinking you’re going to read a love story. It’s more about friendship and purpose. Both the Golem and Jinni have their dilemmas and, in a world neither of them belongs to, they find some solace in the mere existence of the other. But it’s not all cherries and roses. They’re very opposite people dealing with their problems in very different ways (partly owing to their nature as well as their personalities) and it’s not so easy discerning the ‘right’ way to go about things because there is none.

I need more time to think about everything and to assess how I feel about it all, but I could certainly see this book creeping up onto my (figurative) favourites shelf. This book has crept into my favourites shelf.

I listened to the audiobook from the library, but I am considering buying it so I have a copy of my own to re-listen and never have to give back. If you’re a fan of fantasy or magical realism, I think you might enjoy The Golem and the Jinni.

*It is published under the title “The Golem and the Djinni” in the United Kingdom.

rating: ★★★★★
genre: fantasy, magical realism
publisher: HarperCollins
source: library
date read: 30 April 2015
recommend for: fantasy fans, magical realism fans
pros: engrossing story, magical writing, interesting socio-cultural backdrops, great audio performance
cons: …TBD


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Claire x Nikki Review April 2015


Claire x Nikki Mash Up

Overhyped Books


Well April was a world wind! I moved to London, got into a terrible flat, started a new job and got lost many times. London is a big city and I forgot about the big bad chill that is the end of winter. It’s getting warmer though and I’ve bought a portable heater (blessed heat! I have my room like a sauna right now.) and I’m having fun. It’s a very different life from what I’m used to and it’s a tad lonely at times (I know all of 3 people and I feel like I might be making them a bit sick of me) but I truck on. I’m not complaining just stating a fact: it isn’t peachy but I’m grateful for the opportunity. I will say one thing, I’ve been diagnosed with GAD and this move has caused a bit of a flare up, my social anxiety has become a bit of a bother but there is no better time to fight on and conquer this! Well, if not conquer, at least learn to cope and control. Right?

I’m a bit sluggish today though because I went to a Spanish festival yesterday and shared a pitcher of Sangria and I very much regret that now. The headache, ugh.


2015 Reading Challenges: Quarterly Check-In (Claire) & My First Month in London
Review: Harrison Squared
Review: Pacific Fire (Daniel Blackland #2)

Books Read

Abhorsen (The Old Kingdom #3) by Garth Nix
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancy
Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1) by Ben Aaronovitch
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Infinite Sea by (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancy
Clariel (The Old Kingdom #4) by Garth Nix


Book of the Month (x2)


Song: Been totally obsessed with Fall Out Boy for some reason- they’re normally not my cup of tea but Immortals, Centuries and Novacaine make me jump up and down and dance.

TV: If y’all don’t watch Daredevil I will very disappointed in you! Plus, I’d just like to thank Amber for getting me totally obsessed with The 100- it’s a really good show, like unbelievable. Plus the fandom is rich there and I love a strong fandom, it makes things so much more fun.





(This is Claire doing Nikki’s session because I was a bum and forgot to tell her about this post in advance).

Massive hugs to Nikki for holding down the blog this month when I disappeared, I LOVE YOU NIKKI!


2015 Quarterly Check-In #1
Bookish apps
Coffee Table Books
Little Black Classics: mini-reviews
100 Books to Read in My Lifetime
BWB Book Awards 2015

Books Read

*Claire’s note: I had to dig in Nikki’s Goodreads for this and I felt vaguely stalkerish*

  • Southern Cross #1 by Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger, Lee Loughridge
  • Speaking Of Siva (Little Black Classics #79)
  • The Dhammapada (Little Black Classics #80)
  • Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury
  • The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The Vinegar Works #1) by Edward Gorey
  • The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll
  • Come Close (Little Black Classics #74) by Sappho
  • Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope (Low #1-6) by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker


How was your April?


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Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk (A Memoir by Lady Trent #3)

Book: The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
Publisher: Tor Books, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Kick-Ass-Women
Rating: HalfHeart
Source + Date Read: ARC + Finished March 2015
Recommend: Fantasy and dragon lovers, harken forth!
Book Pro’s: A seriously solid 3rd installment, much better than the third.
Book Con’s: It’s a tad long but it has few cons.

Summary: Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.
More Information: GoodReads
Further reading: Review of #1, Review of #2

I’ve done reviews for previous installments in this series but I must rave about this one. It’s amazing. It had all of the magic and wander that the first had without being bogged down in petty plot details. It’s strong for one simple reasons: the dragons. There are a lot of dragons! The first had a multitude, the second hardly any and the author picked right back up and wrote about a whole new range here. Small fire serpents, large sea dragons, flying beasts, everything!

It’s also a significant installment due to its movement of the plot. I felt like the second one lagged quite a bit, and this book had pockets or quiet moments of dragging, but it was well-paced and well-written. The plot was moved quite a bit and we learn of the origins of certain creatures and objects in that particular world. I was so captivated during certain parts I had to gasp and sit up straight, I was so entranced! What I appreciated the most was not only did it situate the world better within a sort of fantastical timeline, but the protagonist’s personal life moved a long as well. She became much more well-rounded and the plot, dragons and character were interwoven skillfully.


I see what you did there Marie Brennan, and I approve.


I know that when I like a book I tend to be all gung-ho about it, but this is an amazing book and if you love dragons, fantasy or anything that has a Victorian-era academic feel, with the most amazingly strong women, then this book is for you. Boom. Go read it.

E-Book Vs Physical:

I had this portion in a previous review but I have to include it again. I read this via eARC on NetGalley. The formatting was amazing but on an eReader you don’t get the full scale of the book and the illustrations. Indeed, I didn’t have many of the included illustrations and had to use my imagination completely, instead of having the guidance of the physical illustrations. All in all, get the physical copy. It’s well worth the money.


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