I saw someone on Twitter review this and it caught my attention, and I'm really glad it did. I loved reading this unique concept and the audiobook was an excellent experience. Apparently it's also going to be a movie featuring Robert Pattinson and that is absolutely the perfect casting. I can't wait to see his take on the very chaotic Mickey.
REVIEW | The House Across the Lake | Riley Sager
Another day another Riley Sager novel that I desperately wanted to love slightly more than I did. This wasn't bad by any means, but I did find the ending ultimately overwhelming after a fairly intense build-up throughout the first half of the book. I didn't dislike it, but I do feel like I'm still chasing the high of my first Sager book.
REVIEW | Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf | Jody Houser & Roberta Ingranata
Tal and I have been rewatching Doctor Who for a few weeks now, so when I saw EMPIRE OF THE WOLF pop up on Netgalley I knew I had to request it. As soon as I was approved, I curled up to read it and it's totally rekindled my love for reading Doctor Who content. As I write this, I'm listening to an anthology of short stories (12 Doctors, 12 Stories) and I've added a dozen more to my tbr. Oops.
REVIEW | Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor | Xiran Jay Zhao | Zachary Ying #1
I got two chapters into this book and I knew it was going to be a new favourite. I'm a huge, huge Percy Jackson fan, so I was nervous and excited when I heard this book hyped as Chinese Percy Jackson meets Yugioh. I shouldn't have been nervous, Xiran Jay Zhao writes perfect books and I was wrong to doubt them. ZACHARY YING AND THE DRAGON EMPEROR is my new middle-grade obsession and I need everyone to read this immediately.
REVIEW | Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes | Chilling Effect #1
I am absolutely obsessed with the cover of this book. It has the perfect vibes, my favourite colours and a tagline that is straight-up irresistible. Unfortunately, CHILLING EFFECT did not live up to my hopes and I was a little disappointed and frustrated that it wasn't quite what I wanted it to be. I was hoping for something like THE LEFT HAND OF DOG or the Becky Chambers series, but that's not what I got.
REVIEW | The Haunting of Aveline Jones | Phil Hickes | Aveline Jones #1
I kept seeing this book on display in Waterstones, and I loved the cover. It has the perfect balance of spooky and fun, and I picked it up while I was on my pre-birthday middle-grade shopping trip. I nearly picked up both, and now I wish I had because THE HAUNTING OF AVELINE JONES is a perfect gothic middle-grade read and I need the sequel stat.
REVIEW | The Discord of Gods | Jenn Lyons | A Chorus of Dragons #5
This book was everything I ever wanted. I won't pretend I didn't feel extreme trepidation when it came to reading the final instalment in my favourite fantasy series of all time. But I should never have doubted Jenn Lyons. THE DISCORD OF GODS is a perfect conclusion to a spectacular series, and I know that this series is going to be my chunky comfort reads for a long time now.
REVIEW | Star Wars: Brotherhood | Mike Chen
I was so excited to get a finished copy of this book. Even just looking at the cover had me excited. Mike Chen's BROTHERHOOD is a fantastic story about Obi Wan, Anakin and Padme, and adds depth to their characters while also telling us about that business on Cato Neimoidia.
REVIEW | The City of Dusk | Tara Sim | The Dark Gods #1
I absolutely devoured THE CITY OF DUSK in two days, which even I was impressed by considering it's a hell of a chonky book. I've been on a huge adult fantasy kick lately, and when I spotted this one in Waterstones I knew I had to have it. I really loved Tara Sims' SCAVENGE THE STARS series, and everything I heard about this book made me more excited for it. It held up to my hopes, and I already can't wait for the next book in this new series.
REVIEW | Escape Room | Christopher Edge
I picked this one up on a birthday book buying spree because I absolutely love escape rooms and I've been on a huge middle-grade horror and thriller kick lately. I love the cover, it's very eye-catching and beautiful. Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of this book, but it hasn't dented my love for the genre and I do want to try more from Christopher Edge.