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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind is a book that I have wanted to read for years, but simply hadn’t gotten around to actually reading it. The reason for my procrastination was… Well, actually, there was no reason. I knew the book is highly rated, I knew I wanted to read it at some point, but I just never put it to the top of the pile of books I was reading. Having now read the book, I feel like an idiot for not reading it sooner.
The Push by Ashley Audrain
The Push is not usually the kind of book that I reach for. However, that being said, I am very glad I grabbed this book. It is a candid book; you see moments where the main character, Blythe, is at her best, but many parts of the book detail her struggles adjusting to life and dealing with grief. This book is a very emotional read, and, because of this, I will warn that this book is not for everyone. If you are wanting something lighthearted with a happy ending, do not read this book.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Dark Triumph is the second book of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, but it feels like a very different book from Grave Mercy. While both books are set in the court of 15th century Brittany, Dark Triumph deals mainly with the D’Albret household instead of the queen’s entire court. The change in main character and the change in setting means that the reader is in for a book that is distinct from the first of the series.
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
The Uglies series was originally meant to be a trilogy, but Scott Westerfeld graced us with a fourth book, Extras. Extras is set three years after the events of Specials but, unlike the other three books of the series, this book doesn’t follow Tally Youngblood. Instead, we are introduced to a fifteen year old ugly named Aya Fuse.
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld encompasses the main trilogy of books that follows Tally Youngblood and a book set a couple years later that follows Aya Fuse. I will be reviewing the main trilogy here. I have read the series before, but since it has been approximately fourteen years since I have read it, it seemed that it was about time to reread it. Though I loved these books as a pre-teen, it has been so long since I read them that I could not remember much of the story.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a book that carries a deep undercurrent of sadness. There are moments of vibrancy, moments where Addie’s love for life and art shine beautiful and bright, but they are just that, moments. It is a book of a life lived too long and not long enough. A life that, while never remembered, is imprinted on many ideas from many artists.
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals. They are hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
The His Fair Assassin trilogy is a set of books that details the adventures of some of the assassins trained by the convent of Saint Mortain. In the first book of the series, Grave Mercy, the reader follows the journey of Ismae Rienne. On the eve of her arranged marriage, Ismae is whisked away by the local hedgewitch and a few others to the convent of Saint Mortain. Once at the convent, she is given the choice to join them to become a handmaiden of death. She accepts. From then on, Ismae spends her time training to become an assassin. For her third mission away from the convent, Ismae is given the task to infiltrate the duchess of Brittany's court with the aid of one of the noblemen close to the duchess. Ismae is to be the eyes and ears of her convent within the court. And to eliminate any who bear the mark of Mortain.
Even though Ōkami was not extremely popular upon its release back in 2006, it has since become a cult classic. I have been meaning to play the game for years, simply did not get a chance to, until recently. I finally got to play it when I purchased Ōkami HD for my Nintendo Switch. It is a beautifully done game, there were very few things I dislike about it.
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
Authors tend to make morally ambiguous characters the antagonists. This is not the case in Vicious. This is a story about vengeance of the most malicious kind. Vicious is a book of varying evils; no one is the hero of this story. V.E. Schwab takes you on a journey unlike any other in a world not too different than our own.