The Well of Ascension Review

Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

The Lies of Locke Lamora Review

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls. Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves: The Gentlemen Bastards. The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they’ve ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…

June 2020 Wrap Up

I had a pretty good month this month. I read some amazing arcs and worked hard on educating myself on my white privileged and on systemic racism in both America and the UK.

  • I read 6 books this month.
  • I read 2 books for my ONTD challenge and 2 sequels.
  • For genre: 2 non-fiction, 1 fantasy and 3 historical fiction murder mysteries.
  • For age range: All were adult.
  • All of the books this month were ebooks.
  • 3 of the books were ARCS.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge (5 stars)

This is a must read I feel for everyone living in the UK. Especially, young people. I found out a lot of things about my country that I didn’t know/wasn’t aware of and I also found that this book was able to solidify something I knew to be true myself, especially when it came to intersectional feminism.

Sourcery – Terry Pratchett (2 stars)

A pretty disappointing read this one. I read numerous things about not reading this series in chronological order as he first books aren’t that strong and I am definitely feeling this sentiment. No review for this book as I just didn’t have much to say other than, I didn’t like it.

Murder at the Playhouse – Helena Dixon (4 stars)

This series is starting to solidfy itself as one of my all-time favourites. Everything that I felt uneasy about in the first two books gets amended and changed for the better in this 3rd book. We really get to see Kitty take hold of the case herself. I find myself so enthralled in the over-arching mysteries of the series. I need the next one now!

The Sin Eater – Megan Campisi (3 stars)

This was a solid read. Great concept, great mystery, solid protagonist. Not much else to say other than at times the writing made me quite uncomfortable which drew me out of the story.

Daughters of Night – Laura Shepherd-Robinson (5 stars)

If I could give this book 10 stars I would! Definitely, a book that I felt was out of my comfort zone but I am so happy I read it! This book had me constantly second-guessing and it just took over my whole life. Every moment I got I was reading this. This book was so good I plan on buying a physical copy when it comes out in January!

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Race – Robin DiAngelo (3 stars)

No review for this one. While I am happy I read it and could inform/educate myself. There was not much else to say about this book.

Daughters of Night Review

London, 1782. Desperate for her politician husband to return home from France, Caroline ‘Caro’ Corsham is already in a state of anxiety when she finds a well-dressed woman mortally wounded in the bowers of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Bow Street constables are swift to act, until they discover that the deceased woman was a highly-paid prostitute, at which point they cease to care entirely. But Caro has motives of her own for wanting to see justice done, and so sets out to solve the crime herself. Enlisting the help of thief-taker, Peregrine Child, their inquiry delves into the hidden corners of Georgian society, a world of artifice, deception and secret lives. But with many gentlemen refusing to speak about their dealings with the dead woman, and Caro’s own reputation under threat, finding the killer will be harder, and more treacherous than she can know . . .

The Sin Eater Review

A Sin Eater’s duty is a necessary evil: she hears the final private confessions of the dying, eats their sins as a funeral rite, and so guarantees their souls access to heaven. It is always women who eat sins – since it was Eve who first ate the Forbidden Fruit – and every town has at least one, not that they are publicly acknowledged. Stained by the sins they are obliged to consume, the Sin Eater is shunned and silenced, doomed to live in exile at the edge of town. Recently orphaned May Owens is just fourteen, and has never considered what it might be like to be so ostracized; she’s more concerned with where her next meal is coming from. When she’s arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, however, and subsequently sentenced to become a Sin Eater, finding food is suddenly the last of her worries. It’s a devastating sentence, but May’s new invisibility opens new doors. And when first one then two of the Queen’s courtiers suddenly grow ill, May hears their deathbed confessions – and begins to investigate a terrible rumour that is only whispered of amid palace corridors.