Finally got round to reading this fairly recently and loved it!
Can definitely see why so many people love it so much.
A brilliant, character driven epic that has clearly inspired many other authors.
Absolute delight of a romcom. Devoured it!
A fairly solid thriller that was definitely compelling and made me want to know all the secrets.
BUT I didn‘t connect with the characters and didn‘t really care about any of them that much.
Loved this book! It‘s incredibly funny and dark. The author does not hold back or soften her protagonist who is absolutely a serial killer - and proud of it!
It is definitely a bit bonkers but I really enjoyed it overall and found the ending satisfying. Although there was one aspect that I would have liked to have played out differently it didn‘t ruin the book for me.
The cover does not match the book!
This was extremely hard going and upsetting at times; one of the lead characters goes through an awful lot including explicitly described horrific bullying.
The ending is also quite confusing and ambiguous.
It is beautifully written and an interesting premise and construction but not what I would call an ‘enjoyable‘ read.
Fantastic book. Really nice to read a standalone fantasy for a change rather than a series.
This book is beautifully written and the descriptions of the world, people, clothing and food are stunning and vivid. The story is compelling and the characters fully developed. Loved it.
Seen some people describe this series as romantic fantasy - not really getting that from this first book. This one is more about a young woman coming into her power, dealing with grief and trying to survive and protect those she loves.
A good solid fantasy with a particularly strong beginning.
Builds on the world and characters introduced in book 1 and impossibly raises the stakes and tensions even higher.
Funny and sexy at times but heartbreaking at others and always full of action.
The ending broke my heart, made my furious and delighted me all at once. Cannot wait for the next instalment.
Hades and Persephone retelling.
Definitely a compelling read and it is sexy and well paced. It was enjoyable overall and I liked the interpretation of various mythological characters.
Never really completely warmed to Persephone though and that‘s a bit of a problem as the whole book (and the rest of the series I believe) are from her perspective. This book also felt like a ‘‘part 1” - an opening to the series and therefore lacked some depth.
A really interesting and insightful book with some great tips and suggestions for better mental and physical health.
I have avoided this book for years! I never quite fancied it enough but have finally read it for a book club and think it is fantastic. It has to be said that not a lot happens in terms of plot but in this case it works because the book is about the characters; their experiences, their relationships, their feelings and their identity. It‘s also a fascinating book with interesting and thought provoking discussions of race, class and politics.
Lisa Kleypas is extremely reliable when it comes to big swoony love stories.
This is lovely and I couldn‘t put it down. Not my favourite Kleypas but still fantastic. I love her heroines and Helen is no exception but Rhys steals this book. Excited to read the other books in this series.
This is a fascinating and lovely book. It‘s a quiet book; telling years of modern Russian history through the lens of a single man imprisoned in a hotel. It‘s full of cultural and political history but really it‘s about the life of a man; about his day to day existence, the things he witnesses, what he loves and what he hopes for. It‘s a very lush book too with gorgeous and evocative description.
I didn‘t love this book to begin with; it was slow to get going and not immediately gripping. BUT this book got better as it went on and ultimately I became completely engrossed. This is meant to be a villains story and the author doesn‘t shy from that. She doesn‘t minimise the villainy of Alyce and the final act is very satisfying but she ensures we understand Alyce, that we go through her story and villain development with her.
Absolutely fantastic. Fully formed and developed despite being a novella. World building is clear but not overly clunky or descriptive.
One of the best opening paragraphs I‘ve read in a while!
Independent rogue AI‘s are not a new thing in sci fi but this is the first time I‘ve read a book from the rogue AI‘s perspective and I fell completely in love with ‘Murderbot‘. They are so relatable, charming and funny.
I am forever Team Murderbot
Cute but this book does not live up to the hype.
The heroine is ridiculous, incredibly ditsy and even a bit useless at times. The author leans too heavily into portraying her as a dizzy, clumsy damsel. The tone of this book is also a bit erratic. I don‘t think it does a good job of balancing the light and dark aspects of the story.
A real delight. Fun and lovely historical romance.
Really enjoyed this - definitely uses very familiar tropes and set pieces but the characters are very engaging and the story is compelling. A solid dark fantasy with aspects of fairytale retelling. It is going to be a duology but the first ends satisfactorily; the core of the story is the relationship between two sisters and so it‘s basically one book for each sister. I will definitely be getting the second when it comes out.