Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

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3stars

“Magic does that. It wastes you away. Once it grips you by the ear, the real world gets quieter and quieter, until you can hardly hear it at all.”

Title: Deathless
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Series: Leningrad Diptych #1
Number of pages: 352 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The fairy tales parts.
Bad things about this book: Too confusing and complicated in my opinion.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a very interesting read even if hard.
Rate: 3/5

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I wish I knew how to put into words what I understood about this book. Because I think I understood next to nothing. Nevertheless I liked how peculiar it was, and the way it was written, with time jumps, always unexplained, and chapters that read just like fairy tales with their repetitiveness.

I would’ve loved to have understood more, to be more connected to the story, while I think I was just a random passenger that casually listened to someone else telling a story, from far away. I would’ve loved more insights about Koschei the Deathless, to understand more of the death thing. More of the birds. All the birds.

Long story short, UNDERSTAND is the key work here. I was confused, but intrigued, I wanted to know more and while I got told more, I didn’t understand what I’ve been told. It’s weird because I feel inside of me that I liked the book, how peculiar it all was, with the war and the fantasy parts, but at the same time I don’t think I got enough of the book to tell you exactly what I liked.

So yeah, it’s interesting, it’s weird, it has very bad characters who do bad things and are bad to one another. Yeah, that’s it, that’s my review.

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[ARC] The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune ☆

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5starsplus

Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Release date: March 17th 2020
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: One of the sweetest book ever.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, always.
Rate: 5+++/5

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All the stars for this beauty. ALL THE STARS & ALL THE FEELS.

This might be the most precious book in existence; each character a part of the puzzle that is this perfect little book. You’d think Klune couldn’t surprise me anymore, that I know he is amazing and his books are great, but yet he still manages to catch me off guard. He writes the most complex characters; you see their flaws, because they aren’t perfect, but you are drawn to them and then all of a sudden you would move heaven and earth to protect them and fight anyone who wants to harm them!

Despite being a funny books that made me laugh a lot, it also deals with harder themes. I got furious at how the magical creatures were treated, like they were second class citizens. I don’t know how that does feel. I haven’t experienced it first person but I’ve seen it happen to people close to me. Being different is hard, but all of us are different, right? Each of us are one of a kind. As it should be and each of us is one of a kind.

The kids were definitely different and I adored them with all my heart! Talia, the girl with a beard and a love for gardens. Theodore, the wyvern with a hoard under the couch. Sal, the sweetest were-pomeranian that you just want to protect. Phee, a sprite who can hear the earth and makes trees. Chauncey, a sort of blob/slug who is the most precious boy on the planet and wants to be a freaking bellhop. And Lucy, the son of the devil, who is only 6 years old but he is just a kid even with all the death and end of the world talk.

Arthur and Linus (the ANUS top we all deserve) are just so clueless and adorable. I can’t stop grinning and loving it so much. I want to read it again and again. It made so emotional and I cried. I haven’t cried reading a book in such a long time. I missed it!

So yeah, Klune did it again so you all should pick this book as soon as it’s released!

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Into This River I Drown by T.J. Klune

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4stars

“Sometimes I float along the river
For its surface I am bound
And there are times stones done fill my pockets
And it’s into this river I drown”

Title: Yes No Maybe So
Author: Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Number of pages: 448 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: A lot of diversity.
Bad things about this book: Too much politics for my personal taste.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Klune really knows how to use words to break you in a million pieces then put you back together, different yeah, but whole again.

And he has a thing for repetitions and this book was not an exception. I love all the times the title of the book was repeated over and over again, and I loved the sentiment behind each one of them.

It hurt, I’m not going to lie. It hurt a lot. I struggled to continue because there were points in which the pain was too much and I really couldn’t continue without feeling hollow. But I had, let’s say faith (pun intended), that things would go the way they were supposed to go. In pain from beginning to end.

Beautiful written, peculiar, and full of feelings. If you love Klune, then you need to pick this up sooner of later. It took me a long time to finish it, because I had to put it on hold due to the pain I was feeling, but I’m glad I finally did pick it up, because I’m changed after reading this. I love Klune and his books!

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[ARC] Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

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4stars

Title: Mooncakes
Author: Suzanne Walker (author) & Wendy Xu (illustrator)
Release date: October 15th 2019
Number of pages: 259 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Sweet, diverse, and full of magic.
Bad things about this book: Seemed a bit rushed in certain parts.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Such a magical story. I was immediately attracted to the cover, but it didn’t really tell me what the book was about. When I requested the book it was mostly because I kept seeing it on Instagram and it had a gorgeous cover. I didn’t know about the plot and I was so glad I went into it without knowing it. It was a great surprise!

I loved the magic, the characters, the story, the drawings. I liked how the story developed. Only flaw I’m thinking about is that some things seemed pretty rushed. Things that maybe could’ve developed in a couple pages were done in just one. I would’ve loved to see more, know more, wait more. I can be patient, but I know that with graphic novels things have to happen fast, and besides that, I loved everything else.

I wish there was more but the ending left me satisfied, grinning. I will definitely have the author and illustrator on my radar right now. Gotta love a queer and diverse fantasy graphic novel. I will recommend it to everyone.

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The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

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5stars

Title: The Tyrant’s Tomb
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Trials of Apollo #4
Number of pages: 448 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: After what happened at the end of the previous book, this was almost a walk in the park.
Bad things about this book: I wanted to know more about Reyna’s thoughts.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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We’re reaching the end of the line. The last book will be released next year and all the puzzle pieces are coming together. There are tons of losses and it hurts. They might be characters you only know for a little while, or characters you have loved for longer, but these loses will impact you a lot. My heart hurts so much thinking what might happen in the last book!

In this book we’re still in Camp Jupiter and the awful thing that happened at the end of The Burning Maze? Painful as hell! I still don’t think it actually happened. I don’t want to believe so, for as long as I can, I will believe it didn’t.

Apollo is much more mature and human in this book. He feels deeply for these demigods, for Meg and for everyone else that had helped him out in this quest. He didn’t think it would happen. He starts seeing all the awful things that he’s done while he was a god and some were really bad. I’m not surprised so many people want him dead. But he’s getting better. That’s very important and will make the whole “last book” thing so much harder.

He fought two emperors and a dead king in this book, and he will fight Nero and the beast in the next, surely with the help of demigods from Camp Half Blood. But after that? Will he go back to Mount Olympus? Will he want to go back? I think he wants to be a god again but he will change so much of all the things he’s been doing (wrong). First of all, maybe he’ll stop having children. After being Lester it’d be weird just going places and getting people pregnant. I think it’d be super weird. I have this new image of Apollo in my mind and I can’t think about that at all. And what about Meg? Ahhhh, I need the last book! I need to know!

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[ARC] Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

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5stars

Title: Ahlords
Author: Scott Reintgen
Release date: January 21st 2020
Number of pages: 368 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was fascinating and well written.
Bad things about this book: Pippa’s chapters can be weird at first, then you get used to them.
Do I recommend it? Yes, how could I not?
Rate: 5/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I loved it! Phoenix horses rising from their ashes. Conspiracies. Races. Betrayals. Gods. War. Alchemy. Multiple point of views. There really wasn’t anything I didn’t love. Even the weird way Pippa’s chapters were written didn’t annoyed me as much as I thought they were going to.

The story is told from three different povs, each from a different fraction of how the world is built. Imelda, the dividian, alchemist extraordinaire; Adrian, the Longhand, the big buff boy raised to lead; Pippa, the ashlord, the pampered daughter of two race champions who trained all her life to prove she is worth everything. Each chapter showed a different perspective, how different they’ve all been raised, the position of heriarchy, what they most valued. Getting to know each of them, it might seem hard to choose a side. And so far, I haven’t really made mind between two sides. I need to sequel to understand who I’m cheering for.

I love Reintgen’s writing. It captures you immediately. I finished chapter after chapter without noticing how fast I was going. I was really invested in the story. In how alchemy played an important part in the rebirths of the horses. How each component added to the ashes could make a different horse with different abilities. It was truly fascinating. The world building was similar to the ones I’ve come to love of Robert Jackson Bennett. Similar because of the Gods that have proxies in the real world. How religion mixes directly and intervenes in the lives of the inhabitants of the world of the powerful citizens of Furia. Have I already said I was fascinated? Because I was. I still am.

Can’t wait to read more about this world and what’s going to happen now. I’m crossing all my fingers to be considered again between the lucky ones to read the sequel in advance!

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Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

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5stars

Title: Tunnel of Bones
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #2

Number of pages: 304 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: I love Paris and how haunted it seems to be.
Bad things about this book: Cassidy was a bit annoying at times.
Do I recommend it? Yes!

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I was so ready for a Paris ghost hunting but I wasn’t expecting all of this! I want to buy a ticket to Paris right now and go visit the Catacombs! I went to Paris once a lot of years ago and we didn’t went there. We visited the usual, but not the Catacombs! Why? They sound so creepy and amazing!

Cassidy left Edinburgh a bit shaken after all that happened, and she is starting to explore her newly found powers and abilities as a ghost hunter. But maybe this new curiosity is making her take too many risks, and Paris is definitely more haunted that Edinburgh. Jacob is really worried about what Lara told him and Cassidy, about the whole gaining more powers and being possibly a danger to Cassidy, and to everyone. I liked how he trusted Cassidy with his secret. It’s so sad. I wish everything went differently with his life when he wasn’t, you know, dead.

I love how many things I learn with the Inspecters. Everything is so interesting. I really want to visit these cities and explore what they explored. And maybe, just maybe, see a ghost!

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