Balefire by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

I’m really just a fellow who gets paid to translate what other people find. I ordinarily try to save my insane ranting for grant proposals.

Title: Balefile
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #10

Number of pages: 240 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: There’s more mysteries and more danger!
Bad things about this book: I still want Whyborne to learn more about using magic. He still uses almost always the same spells!!
Do I recommend it? I always recommend Whyborne & Griffin books!
Rate: 5/5

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After nine books I thought I knew exactly where the story was going. Guess I was wrong. These books never cease to surprise me. Whyborne has grown a lot since book one. He isn’t as afraid to put himself in danger to safe the people he loves, he knows what he wants and he gets it! The only thing he doesn’t know is more spells; the man needs to study more if he wants to save the world!

At first I was a bit weirded out about Griffin’s chapters. I was really used to only seeing the story from Whyborne’s side that seeing the story from Griffin’s point of view and reading what was going in his head made me a bit scared. What if he was thinking something I didn’t like about Whyborne? The man can be whiny but I love him and I want to protect him. Luckily, that didn’t happen and I came to like Griffin’s chapters, even more now that he can see magic and actively helps Whyborne with the magic stuff.

The gang is in some island I don’t remember the name of, in the UK, and they’re unwillingly helping Whyborne’s hateful cousins, the Endicotts. Every time they call my Whyborne a monster, I just want to slap them in the face and stare at them angrily until they apologize.

Nice twists and surprises in this penultimate adventure of Whyborne & Griffin, and the gang. What is going to happen in the last book?? I’m afraid to find out but I’m sure it’ll be good!! I need a happily ever after and an epilogue with all the them in love and safe!

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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5stars

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.”

Title: All Systems Red
Author: Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #1
Number of pages: 144 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: An antisocial murder robot in love with tv shows. LOVE.
Bad things about this book: It might seem short, and it is, but it doesn’t feel like it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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“And in their corner all they had was Murderbot, who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day.”

I love the bookstagram community because it recommends me so many new books I wouldn’t have known otherwise. There’s an account I follow that loves sci-fi just as much as I do, but knows so many more books that I do. It’s so perfect! I now have a lot of new sci-fi books to read and love!

The Murderbot Diaries was one of those recs. I dived into it as soon as I knew how short the books were. I’ve been in a reading slump the whole month so a short, engaging novella, was just what I needed. And it was exactly that; funny, intriguing, with an incredibly relatable Murderbot main character, and a very well built plot, not short of twists, even if the story was a short one.

I pictured Murderbot as a female even if it was stated that it was genderless. I tried real hard to picture it as it was meant to be, but my mind kept conjuring a female robot who really fangirled about her tv shows. The brain is hard to command!

I can’t wait to read the other novellas of the series. They will follow Murderbot in its adventured and misadventures in space, and I read the plot of this novella will be important to the following stories. What’s not to love about Murderbot and these stories? If you love sci-fi, then yes, read these novellas!

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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

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4stars

The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means.

Title: The Lathe of Heaven
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Number of pages: 184 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: An amazing sci-fi.
Bad things about this book: It started a bit slow, then it was great, though.
Do I recommend it? Yes, Le Guin’s books are beautiful.
Rate: 4/5

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You don’t speak of dreams as unreal. They exist. They leave a mark behind them.

Reading a book written a long time ago can often be hard because it’s written differently and things were not the same back then. I have to say that with Le Guin’s book this doesn’t happen. Her books are so easy to read; page after page, chapter after chapter, you are thrown into really convincing story and you can’t put down the book until the end.

This book had more than what I thought I was going to get. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like it because it was a bit slow but then BOOM, everything was happening and I was loving it. A well written sci-fi about a man who can rewrite reality with his dreams and another man who wants to use this ability to play god and made the world a better place. We all know things aren’t as easy as they sound, right? Well, they weren’t!

Amazing world building, magnificent execution, characters that grows within the pages, twists and an ending that surprised me and made me really happy.

The road to read all of Ursula K. Le Guin’s books continues with another win!

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Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

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5stars

Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.

Title: Lifel1k3
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: Lifelike #1
Number of pages: 402 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The twists and the robots!
Bad things about this book: Eve isn’t the most likable character.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

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Dear, girl. You’re just a tad melodramatic, aren’t you? Everything could’ve been solved by just by, I don’t know, thinking before making rushed decisions.

I loved the world building. At first I thought they were on another planet, I don’t know why. The stories about past wars and why the world was the way it was, could’ve been more detailed but I liked them.

The Lifelikes were really interesting with their abilities; the backstory had some flaws, but then again, I could why those choices were made. I didn’t like Eve’s character much. She was just ready to jump to conclusions every single time! Every single time!! I was tired of her by the end of the book.

The romance was super cheesy, like a lot. A cheese fest! I’m always torn about romances when they are super cheesy. This time? I had mixed feelings about them!

Those last pages were a rollercoaster. For all the theories I had, that were a lot, I didn’t come out with how the book ended! Took me by surprised. It sure did.

Lemon was my fav character. Eve was a 50/50. Cricket wins everything, though!

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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

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5stars

“It’s possible, I think, to be so many things at once that you’re practically nothing at all. If you crush a mountain and spread it across a continent, it doesn’t make little mountains; it just vanishes into dust.”

Title: The Hod King
Author: Josiah Bancroft
Series: The Books of Babel #3
Number of pages: 624 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Great world building, amazing characters, incredible story.
Bad things about this book: That there’s still one more and I want to one how the story ends.
Do I recommend it? Of course!!
Rate: 5/5

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What a book!! What a story!! I loved that events were shown from different characters’ point of view. I enjoyed how the picture, at first with missing parts, just came together the more you keep reading.

The characters, as usual, were magnificent. Deep, raw, flawless in their flaws, if you know what I mean. Each of them essential to the story and for each other. People who played a part, who collaborate for the greater good whatever it may be. The Sphynx, forever mysterious showed us another piece of the mystery puzzle. But it’s not enough!!! I want to know more!

Cliffhanger!! I knew it was coming as soon as I read there were going to be 4 books, because I knew how the previous books ended. Mr. Bancroft seems to enjoy leaving us openmouthed and screaming for at least one more chapter!! The intricacies of the Tower, all the ringdoms, the politics, the good guys that are bad guys, who to trust, where to go. Everything is done with care and dedication and that’s really this story’s strongpoint: its world building. With a world like this, the characters shine!

Can’t wait for more!

“I think humanity peaked at the spoon, don’t you? A spoon can serve as a fork, a knife, a ladle… A good spoon is all you need, really.”

Yeah, Voleta, I’m also a fan of the spoon! Viva la spoon!!

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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5stars

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking #1
Number of pages: 512 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The story was great and so very captivating.
Bad things about this book: Todd started being whiny but then he redeemed himself.
Do I recommend it? Always trust a Ness book!
Rate: 5/5

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I’ve had this book since forever because I fell in love with Patrick Ness so I bought everything of his I could find. So why didn’t I read it sooner? That’s a question impossible to answer. Impossible because I really don’t know, I just let it gather dust with no reason.

I have to start saying that I wasn’t really sold at the beginning. I found Todd pretty annoying and I was having a hard time with how the words were purposely grammatically incorrect; it bothered me UNTIL I got sucked into the story.

I didn’t know what to expect but it wasn’t certainly what I got! I felt all the feelings! All of them!!! I lost hope along Todd and Viola, I found it again, then lost it, the found it again, then lost it. It was a rollercoaster of a book, let me tell you!

I can’t wait to see how the movie turns out!

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

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2stars

Title: Mortal Engines
Author: Philip Reeve
Series: The Hungry City Chronicles #1
Number of pages: 320 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The plot was interesting and promising.
Bad things about this book: The characters are flat and the mc is obnoxious.
Do I recommend it? Give it a chance if you want.
Rate: 2/5

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This book surprised me, and not in a good way. If I skipped the Tom and Hester’s parts, this book would have gotten maybe 3 stars from me. I found Tom obnoxious and annoying since page one and Hester wasn’t just likable at first. She became a bit better almost at the end of the book but it still didn’t save the book from the wreckage it was.

The characters just lacked depth; they lacked emotion. I couldn’t relate to any of them and I just wasn’t involved in their lives. I didn’t care much if they got hurt or things didn’t went their way.

A lot happened, like A LOT, and the characters went along with their lives almost as nothing happened. They just didn’t feel anything, and I was mad at them, I was like “FEEL SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING”, but nope, nothing.

At some point, I was almost giggling with how random things were. I thought things couldn’t get worse, but guess what?? They got more random and kinda worse. I sighed, relieved, when the book ended. I’ll read the sequel but not anytime soon. I just have to cleanse myself from Tom.

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Black Wings Beating by Alex London

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4stars

Title: Black Wings Beating
Author: Alex London
Series: Skybound #1
Number of pages: 432 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: The world building is promising and I love all the birds.
Bad things about this book: The characters don’t always use logic and reason and are immature.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course, it has plenty of potential.
Rate: 4-/5

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It was going to be a solid 3-star read but then Jowyn came along and it became 4. It felt a bit underwhelming, but by the end the potential started showing. Next book will be better, I just know it!!!

While there were some parts that left me dumbfounded, there were others that had a lot of potential and let me see how this story will continue. Brysen is a teenager boy who thinks he’s in love and that makes him dumb. He is kind of annoying, but you just love him and want him to succeed in whatever he decides to do. The “boyfriend” was everything but sweet to him; I didn’t like him from the start, there was no chemistry and I felt something was off!

On the other hand, Kylee is just plain annoying in my eyes. She knows how her brother feels, what he sustained during his whole childhood, yet she persists into making him feel like he can’t do anything by himself. Maybe it’s true and he needs help, but there are so many ways to show him you’re there for him, and Kylee’s way is just not the right way. I hope her character grows; I want to like her.

The world building is amazing, and I liked a lot the writing. I have more Alex London books that sound great and super interesting and I’ll be reading them as soon as possible. He is an author I want to keep my eye on!

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The Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Andy Mientus & Rian Sygh

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4stars

Title: The Backstagers and the Ghost Light
Author: Andy Mientus (author) & Rian Sygh (illustrator)
Series: Backstagers #1
Number of pages: 208 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Theater, musicals and ghosts!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing but now I want more and I’m impatient.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 4/5

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PLOT —
How great is the backstage world? I didn’t know anything about the story behind the ghost light. Is it true? I didn’t investigate about it, but I want to believe it’s true and there are thousands of ghost lights on right now in theaters all around the world. This supernatural adventure was fun, a tiny bit scary, and sad since it dealt with loss.

CHARACTERS —
The same characters from the comics make an appearance showing more depth since there is more space for inner monologues. I loved being inside their heads and getting to know them better. They’re going through some changes and through hard times, but the good thing is they have each other and that’s beautiful. Also, new characters! Yay! Amazing addition!

THOUGHTS —
After reading the two Backstagers comics, I knew what to expect but this story just gave me more. In the comics there is so much to see, a lot of details, yet there are not enough pages to narrate a big story. They did it and I loved it, but with books, there is so much narration, more space for feelings, also more space for a little bit of heartache. I enjoyed how Andy Mientus portrayed the characters from the comics. It was a great beginning!

CONCLUSION —
From the ending and the spine of the book, this is the first of a lot of Backstagers books and I really can’t wait to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes. These stories are simple, easy to read, and very interesting. Its simplicity doesn’t take anything from the overall experience and it leaves you wanting more. And I definitely want more.

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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5stars

Your beauty is not a tax you are required to pay to take up space in this world.

Title: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Series: Montague Siblings #2
Number of pages: 450 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Very funny and clever with wonderful characters.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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It’s a queer thing, to have a vacant space inside you and not know what it is that carved out the absence.

PLOT —
A treasure hunt! I was looking for the perfect description for this book and that’s what came to mind, and it fits perfectly. Felicity sets off for a very peculiar adventure from Edinburgh and ends up somewhere mysterious. Felicity has a mission: she will get to medical school and become a doctor. But the men keep denying her that possibility even if she may be even more capable than most of them put together if given the chance. Men are absurd thinking she couldn’t do the same things they did just because they thought women were weaker. Weak where? Don’t make me laugh!

It is not a failure to readjust my sails to fit the waters I find myself in. It’s a new heading. A fresh start.

CHARACTERS —
Felicity is a sweet and ferocious girl and I love her with all my heart! She surrounds herself with a couple of very interesting girls. One from her past and one from her present, each of them with secrets and goals in mind that’ll somehow bring Felicity on this dangerous journey of discovery. I love those girls so much!! All of them are so special!! I was so happy to see Monty and Percy again even if it wasn’t for many pages. They are so ridiculously and adorably in love, it gave me goose bumps and I smiled a lot.

“Prickly?” I say. “I’m not prickly.”
“Felicity Montague, you are a cactus.”
“Debatable.”

THOUGHTS —
It was infuriating reading about how women were treated not long ago. It’s so actual, maybe not the same, but this superiority complex of men has to stop. It has expired, and it shouldn’t exist anymore. I’m truly sick of it: sick of all the mansplaining, the condescending smiles, the little derision laughs, the way men make us feel. I loved how Felicity challenged this injustice and made everything she could to change the unjust situation.

I have spent so long building up my fortress and learning to tend it alone, because if I didn’t feel I needed anyone, then I wouldn’t miss them if they weren’t there.

CONCLUSION —
Loved the story, loved the characters, and love the ending. I was ready to kick some butt and was glad to see it done by the amazing ladies in this book. If Mackenzie wants to give us one more book with the Montague siblings I’ll accept it with open arms, open heart, and with lots of fangirling.

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