Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

How do you write a review of a book which means so much to you?

This book is all based around a heist made by 6 teenagers in order to get a sum of money beyond their wildest dreams. The problem is, despite these kids being incredibly sneaky the place they need to break into is like Alcatraz and is apparently impossible to break into.

The characters in this book meant so much to me. You have Inej who is POC and believes in her religion without embarrassment. Kaz is like the biggest bad boy around but he has such a troubled past and he continues to be a kingpin of the underworld even though he has no family left and has a limp. Nina is also POC and she takes no shit and is such a boss character and I just felt such a connection to her. There also some same sex flirtation and a bi/pan character. They’re so diverse but I felt like I could connect to all of them even if they had a different background to me. Normally when you have a book with multiple points of view you can find yourself leaning more towards other certain characters chapters and feel like you skip some character’s chapters to get to other but I didn’t have that problem with this. I enjoyed every characters POVs, even the characters I wasn’t as fond of.

At times there was some really smart twists that Bardugo had obviously spent a lot of time planning this book. Though I have to say I felt like I guessed them before they happened but I think that was probably just me, or really good foreshadowing. I watch a lot of TV with plots and twists, and obviously you know if you’ve been following me a while that I like fantasy novels so I feel like I’m actually pretty good at guessing what’s going to happen next, more than the average reader anyway.

This book read like a teenagers Ocean’s Eleven. Everything was so planned, down to even minute details that Kaz felt like Danny Ocean. Confusing even the people who were on his side because he was just always 2 steps ahead of everything else. And because of this I really felt like the pacing was really good.

One random thing I noted to myself when readig was that I absolutely adored the descriptions of Ketterdam. I felt like I could so vividly imagine it, like the leaning buildings and the dirt filled streets. It was like a movie in my mind at times.

I don’t know if I can bring myself to read Crooked Kingdom because I don’t think I’m ready for it. But I’m also dying to read it.

I don’t need to tell you to read this book because I’m sure it’s already on every single one of your TBRs since it’s been one of the most hyped up books in YA in the past couple year’s. But it’s hyped for a reason and I hope if you were umming and ahhing about whether to buy it that my review has swung you.

 

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The New Disney Princess Book Tag

Thank you to Eva for tagging me! It was created by Zuky and Mandy.

THE RULES

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

 

SNOW WHITE

THIS BOOK (LIKE THE MOVIE) STARTED IT All

Favorite Debut Book From an Author 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, is there any other answer for this?

 

CINDERELLA

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Gem 

AURORA

SLEEPING BEAUTY

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention
Honestly? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, I was so excited but it was so damn long it took me 2 weeks to read that damn book.

ARIEL

UNDER THE SEA

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember. This book sounds amazing, an f/f norse mythology take on The Little Mermaid I’m desperate to read it.
 

BELLE

BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, the MC is obsessed with Anna Karenina to the point where she made her own web series adaptation of it, of course I had to pick this.
 

Jasmine

The Thief and the Princess

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)
Chris and Starr were a couple I really didn’t expect to love in The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Of course the focus of this book wasn’t focussed on the romance at all but by the end of the book I really loved these two together.

POCAHONTAS

THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read
I really want to read The Devil in the White City about HH Holmes, but I haven’t got around to it yet.

Mulan

The Princess that Saved Her Country

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know
 Kady in Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, she goes onto a plague infested spaceship to save everyone, that’s pretty fierce.

Tiana

The Princess With The Coolest And Most Diverse Crew

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general
There are a couple of obvious answers I could go with for this but they’re written by white people and I feel like that goes against what the question is asking really so I’m going to go with Noteworthy by Riley Redgate which I desperately want to read and have heard it’s diverse in race, gender and sexuality.D
 

Rapunzel

Let Your Longggggg Hair Down

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read
Longest singular book is Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.

Merida

I Determine My Own Fate

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed
See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng, it’s all about being a child and finding out life isn’t how you thought it was.

Anna/Elsa

Frozen Hearts

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting
Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon is set up a mountain I think that can be classed as a cold setting?
 

Moana

How Far I’ll Go

A Character That Goes on a Journey
I’m going to go with a book I’ve already mentioned and say The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because Starr goes on a figurative journey when she begins to stand up for her race and determines that she does want to have her voice heard.
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The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

Thank you to netgalley and Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is about someone with mental diversity so if I have made a mistake with wording please let me know, like I ask for all my reviews!

The State of Grace follows Grace, a teen with Asperger’s whose dad is a wildlife photographer as a boy takes a romantic interest in her for the first time ever. But then things start to change at home and her whole world seems to go skewiff.

I haven’t heard much about this book online really which I think is a shame because it’s a nice read. It’s an own voices book so I’m sure it’ll ring true with a lot of people.

This book was a really good read. I would say it was a joy but it wasn’t because I got so annoyed all the time by the mother’s terrible parenting. Grace’s mum was having a midlife crisis of some sorts, and wanted to be a teen again, which is how it read to me and so she took it out on Grace. She should’ve known that her actions would’ve impacted Grace negatively and caused her to have a lot of anxiety. She’s her daughter and has lived with her 15 years after all. But this random woman who knows nothing about her current life appears and she drops everything for her. I just got so angry, but that shows that it was written well and realistically, it caused me to have a strong emotion. But before any of that even happened, Grace’s mum was so casually ableist all the time and I just sat there getting so agitated reading it. She was just such a jerk, but she thought she was so well meaning and Grace just accepted it often.

The pacing of this book was really good, I was addicted to reading it and it went really quickly. I started reading it on my flight to Italy and was reading it constantly in the car to the resort.

My one thing that I wasn’t such a fan of was at times the writing felt a little childish. Obviously this is a young adult book but it did feel like the reader was being spoken down to at times. It wasn’t a big concern and it is a debut novel so it’s not a major issue for me.

If you want a sweet contemporary with some autism rep then I recommend this. I don’t have autism so I can’t speak for how good the rep is of course but I enjoyed the book and I felt like it read well.

 

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The Romantics by Leah Konen

Thank you to netgalley and Amulet Books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In The Romantics we follow Love who has messed up by letting a marriage end in divorce because he thought they would be fine and wouldn’t drift apart. So to try and make things right she wants to help the couple’s son fall in love with the right person.

This book is told from the perspective of Love which I found to be a really interesting premise. Her voice was quite funny and she was her own character that I got to know and love. I liked that even though she is a godly/spiritual entity she had her own wants, wishes and regrets.

All the characters were pretty likeable; Gael was an absolute sweetheart and my heart went out to him so much through all the mess his parents had left. And his parents just didn’t really seem to care about how upset their divorce had left him. His little sister was adorable. The only person I wasn’t a huge fan of was Cara, Gael’s love interest for a lot of the novel, something about her was just off to me, she felt a bit fickle.

This was a really easy book for me to read, the pacing was just right and it read really easily. So if you want a funny YA romance novel that you can read in a short space of time and get quite wrapped up in then I would say that this one is right up your street.

One thing that I have to point out is that there were a lot of current references, which I enjoyed whilst reading as I love stuff like that because it feels more lifelike because I relate in a way, but this could date the book quite a lot. Like whilst I wouldn’t say it’s going to be a YA classic just because it’s not got the hype, but that could hold it back from being read a few years from now because people don’t understand the references, especially teens who constantly have new fads and language.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This was an incredibly interesting read. I’d seen a lot of people buzzing about it and I really wasn’t sure if I would get on with it. I have a lot of problems with formatting in books, and the smallest thing can put me off so the fact that this was all told in case files was quite daunting to me. I also wasn’t sure about it because I can be a bit iffy about sci-fi and sometimes I think I prefer sci-fi tv/movies to books. But man alive was it good.

As an aside right now I am not a fan of Jay Kristoff as he has repeatedly culturally appropriated for his books and has never apologised for it. Had this not been a joint written book I wouldn’t be nearly as in love with it.

So after breaking up Kady and Ezra are shot into space after their planet is attacked by the rival corporation to the one that owns the planet they’re on. They have to navigate their way through 2 ships with a crazed AI, being chased by the ship that killed their loved ones, and a disease that is causing the other survivors to turn into zombies. And it’s all told through case files.

I adored Ezra a lot, and whilst I wasn’t a fan of Kady to begin with she really grew on me. I really felt like I knew their characters even though I was only reading their chat logs and emails. I loved getting to know Aiden, the AI as a character, he was so self aware and seemed to have real emotions. It was just different for me to read from his perspective.

The one problem, and this is a very tiny problem, is that I found myself enjoying certain types of data files more than others, and I would skip ahead just to make sure certain things had happened and then go back and read properly.

I’ve heard from a lot of people that the audiobook for this was really good so I bought that and I’m excited to try it at some point. It apparently sounds like a space opera.

Whilst I was addicted to this book and read it really quickly, it was also really easy to dip in and out of because the data files were quite short so I wasn’t confused when I had to take a break.

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George by Alex Gino

I’m cis so I’m sorry if I say anything offensive in this review by mistake, as with all reviews please let me know.

When I become a teacher this is one of the books I’m going to recommend to all my children. I think it perfectly summed up what being trans is for a child’s mind. And it really came at gender from a point of view that so many children won’t be exposed to.

All George wants is to play Charlotte in their school’s production of Charlotte’s Web but her teacher tells her she can’t because she’s a boy and Charlotte’s a girl and that would be too confusing for he audience. Instead George’s best friend gets the role and George feels incredibly downhearted.

The thing that really stood out to me was from the beginning the author called George she, there was no transition moment where it went from male pronouns to female pronouns or anything like that and I imagine it’s because the book is own voices. I think that was really good at explaining what being trans or non binary is, you don’t suddenly wake up and feel different, that’s who you are. Which I know, and I’m sure you know, but this is a middle grade book and for kids who might have never heard of being trans before it would be a lot more understandable for them and could be a gateway into learning more.

It’s a short book and a quick read so if you’re looking for a positive Trans read then this will get you feeling emotions in a short space of time.

George was the sweetest character and he relationships with both her brother and her best friend made me so happy because they were so understanding. I was brought to tears by her interactions with these characters sometimes. But then I was also brought to tears at interactions with George’s mother, who wasn’t understanding. It was important to be shown both sides of the coin though because too often trans kids don’t have any support from anyone.

As I’m not trans I can’t speak for the representation in this book but I felt like it was pretty spot on and from the reviews I’ve seen people seem to be happy with it. I hope you all find time to read this book because I think it is incredibly important.

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The Unique Blogger Award

Thank you to Lindsey for tagging me.

THE RULES:
  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Questions

1. Do you loan out books? Have you ever gotten one back damaged, what would you do if a friend returned a book slightly damaged?

Occasionally I do, mainly books I’m not so bothered about. And because I’m not bothered about it if they’re damaged it’s not the end of the world.

2. Giving books soundtracks is a thing, this is the reverse: if you had to pick an album to adapt into a book which album would you pick

I feel like Get Weird by Little Mix would make a good contemporary, it has like fun times and sad times.

3. Go-to book reading snack or drink?

Crisps, I spend my life eating crisps.

My questions:

  1. Have you ever been to a bookish event?
  2. Do you ever think you’ll write a book one day?
  3. Have you ever seen an adaptation you though worked better than the book?

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