S. Jae-Jones's lush, beautifully written retelling of Labyrinth meets Cruel Beauty is a heart-wrenching and bittersweet tale that, in a good way, leaves you with more questions than answers.
Tag: New Adult
This NA high fantasy, essentially Macbeth meets And I Darken if Lada were Wu Zetian, is every bit as depraved as the reviews promise. Xifeng is a self-serving villain protagonist with zero redeeming qualities, but something in me wanted her to succeed anyway.
Nothing is as it seems in The Hanging Girl, a claustrophobic intersection of Gone Girl with One of Us Is Lying. Eileen Cook writes plot twists like second nature, artfully using thriller tropes in imaginative ways. Her skill at writing unreliable narration where the POV character deliberately withholds information is amongst the best, so that even when she uses well-known tricks, I couldn't see them coming.
Warcross is still silly and over-the-top, but it pulls it off with such aplomb and flair that I'm more than willing to go along with whatever Lu tells me. 18-year-old hacker gets caught up in the world's biggest conspiracy which all takes place in virtual reality? Heck yeah!
I have nothing against long books, as long as the amount of content justifies the length. A Storm of Swords justifies its 400k words. Tower of Dawn doesn't justify more than 100k. It's glaringly obvious that this was originally a novella that spiralled out of control when SJM couldn't be bothered to cut it down.
Read on Goodreads 3.5/5 stars What I liked: World building - With ACOTAR, I felt that the world was way too constrained (only Tamlin's manor and Under the Mountain, with occasional mentions of other courts) and eagerly anticipated seeing more in the sequels. ACOMAF delivered on that front, but I still felt like I had … Continue reading REVIEW: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas