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Isy

Isy

Joined September 2016

Can't pass by a book store.
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Isy
Mehso-so

While I found the romance side of this one enjoyable, I cringed at the concept. Everytime Poppy missed a chance to iron everything out just made me uncomfortable. I know that the old misunderstanding, miscommunication, wrong end of the stick mechanism is important in these types of stories but this missed the mark for me and I couldn't buy into it completely.

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
Mehso-so

I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I did feel compelled to read it, I wanted to know how it ended but I can't say that I'd read another by this author. It took a little while to get into it and then I saw the twists coming, it could also easily be shorter and cut out a lot that slowed it up . Entertaining enough to be worth finishing but that's as far as I'd go.

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Pickpick

I wish I had the option to rate this book higher. This blew my mind, I'm a massive fan of Kristoff but this has to be his best work to date.
I'm not a big fan of vampire fiction but this is just on a different level, written in a different way with amazing characters, a fantastic plot in a vivid world. I can't wait for the next book.

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Mehso-so

While this was interesting in that she built a world with a complex history, mulitple belief systems and strong characters, I don't feel compelled to read the next one. I think because I'm not all that bothered what happens to the characters. Priya is likeable enough but a bit bland, Ashok is the best written out of all of them but I doubt I'll seek out the next one to find out what happens next, because I have no investment in the story.

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Pickpick

By anyone else's standard as a conclusion to a first series this would be pretty good but you can definitely see the growth of Kristoff as a writer when compared to his later series The Nevernight Chronicles (one of my favourite series in the last few years). A good conclusion to the trilogy but I did find myself wishing it would get a move on, not a sensation I'm used to with Kristoff. Still a pick and worth reading, glad I finished the series.

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The Mask Falling | Samantha Shannon
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This is the series that keeps on giving, though I am left wondering how much more Paige's body could physically take. She is such a badass, I love her as the heroine of the series, I only hope that she'll finally get a chance to catch her breath at some point .

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The Empire of Gold | S. A. Chakraborty
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What a fantastic end to the trilogy, I couldn't put this down. For me this was a brilliant climax to the story and a satisfactory conclusion to the characters' arcs. Here's hoping that she writes more in this world.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I was nervous about this one, I'd heard a lot of hype, and to begin with I found it very slow and did question whether to continue. Having done so I can safely say, stick with it. It is slow and little seems to happen at first, the pace does not increase but the story does become more engrossing, enchanting and engaging as it goes on.
Morgenstern has managed to encapsulate a dream in the pages of this book, this is a circus I'd love to visit.

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The Duke's Perfect Wife | Jennifer Ashley
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I wasn't sure I would like Hart but I thought this book was fantastic. This series balances a good story with the predictable happy ending of romances and has characters who's emotional baggage isn't just fixed by falling in love, it accepts that relationships take work and recovery takes time. With a little bit of steam to help the story along the Mackenzies are hard to put down.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Compared to some of her other more famous works , Northanger Abbey is something completely different in style , likely because it was one of her first, though not published first . Her satire of her gothic contemparies is entertaining and demonstrates the humour we see throughout her other books. Miss Austen never disappoints.

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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I do think this suffered slightly from the hype surrounding it but it is a good read. A clever spin on a murder mystery, brilliant characterisation, great story, wonderfully told. I'll be reading book 2.

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The Queens of Innis Lear | Tessa Gratton
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A great spin on the tale of King Lear. Fantastically complex and developed characters. There's certain characters I'd have liked different endings for but it made it no difference to my enjoyment of the book .

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Deja Dead: A Novel | Kathy Reichs
Bailedbailed

I tried, I really did but just couldn't get into this. I dont particularly like Temperance and unusually the level of detail put me off. Despite having a scientific background myself, think I'd prefer more focus of characters than the science, it was all very dry.

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Malice | John Gwynne
Bailedbailed

I just got bored. He kept introducibg new characters chapter by chapter, Martin style, but I couldn't remember who was who and 100 pages in I didnt care either. I had far too many books to be read to waste time on this.

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DARKDAWN. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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Pickpick

Amazing.
I have love every moment of this series and the last book is incredible. It never let's up, there's never a lull, it's fantastic. I'm a massive fan of Jay Kristoff and this book epitomises why.

Such a pick I wish there was another option to pick for epic.

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Isy
Mehso-so

I love Jay Kristoff but in some ways was a little disappointed with this one. At times I just wanted it to move on. Some sections could be shortened or left out completely. But on the other hand, Michi, what an absolute legend. Worth reading for her alone. Still looking forward to the next one, I think this suffered from second-book-in-a series syndrome.

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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I love everything Laini Taylor does and this is her best yet. The world is so vivid, the characters so rounded, this is just perfection.

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Isy
Mehso-so

I loved the first two of this series but I found that too much of this one was spent with the characters stuck not doing much. Trying not to give anything away so forgive the vagueness. I felt that more could have been made of this book but a good ending to the story, when it got there.

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Pickpick

Fantastic sequel to Assassins Apprentice. If you like simething a bit less predictable this is for you.

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Pickpick

A great example of classic high fantasy, superbly written and crazily detailed. Went on to read books 2 and 3 in quick succession. As with many epic fantasies the books do get long. If you like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, you'll like this.

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Pickpick

I picked this up because I was waiting for the third book in Kristoff's Nevernight Chronicles and wanted to see what else he had written. And I love it, possibly more than the Nevernight Chronicles, I struggled to put it down. I'm a sucker for a bit of steampunk and this is a fantastic example. Bring on the next one.

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Pickpick

At first I wasn't sure about this one, it seemed a little reminiscent of a certain tv series in places but as it developed it brought a new approach to a well explored storyline. Worth a read.

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The Gods of Love | NICOLA. MOSTYN
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A thoroughly entertaining take on greek mythology. Really looking forward to the next one in the series.

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Pickpick

A fantasic sequel to Nevernight. Sometimes a Book 2 can lack something compared to the first, but with this I was on the edge of my seat. Even when I thought I knew what was coming, I questioned it and did a full circle, and whether I was right or wrong it was never quite what I expected. I love a book that surprises me and is unpredictable.

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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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Love this. Mia is fantasic and you can completely emerse yourself in the world Kristoff has created. So glad this is a series.

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The Gargoyle | Andrew Davidson
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This bookwas given to me by a friend and is unlike anything else I've ever read, but she was right, it is an amazing read. This book will make you feel all the emotions but its fantastic.

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City of Blades | Robert Jackson Bennett
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A brilliant follow up to City of Stairs. I love Sigrid.

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The Vorrh | Brian Catling
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Bailedbailed

I couldnt finish it. Got about 150 pages in and I honestly couldn't tell you what's going on. Catling seems unable to just tell a simple story, he's talking absolute nonsense. It takes a lot to make me give up on a book, but I just cant waste any more time on this one.

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Mistress of the Empire | Raymond E Feist
Pickpick

Brilliant conclusion to the series.

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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett
Pickpick

Fantastic read! My only issue with this book is the names. Fantasy has a reputation for using unpronouncable names and this author hasn't helped it.

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Pickpick

This book is definitely a must for anyone who read The 100 Year Old Man Who Climb Out The Window And Disappeared. Just a fasical and witty, an absolutely blast and my favourite of the two. I couldn't help but read extracts to my other half, who is inclined to read it to fill in the gaps. Loved it!

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