Final Page Flipped: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads blurb:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right priceโ€”and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destructionโ€”if they don’t kill each other first.

Without a doubt five stars!
This ended up being the only (fiction) book I got this Christmas and once again I can’t believe I waited so long to read such a rated series.
The copy I have has the review “a twisty and elegantly crafted masterpiece” on the cover and that’s honestly what I kept thinking the whole read. There was twist after twist and each one was so unpredictable, but so well thought out and expertly pulled off.

The world building is so lovely. I really enjoyed the Victorian London feel of Ketterdam and then the incredible contrast of icy Fjerda. The vivid details had me completely immersed in the story and very much in love with all the characters. Inej and her many pious quotes would have to be my favourite character.

I loved the magic elements in this world, which come from the author’s previous trilogy that I guess I need to read now too. I really like worlds where only a small population has abilities (e.g. Red Queen) and are often met with hostility (e.g. X-Men).

I would have Crooked Kingdom in my hands already if I wasn’t on a self imposed book buying ban (read five, buy one). But the ban doesn’t cover fan art, so hello Etsy ๐Ÿ˜›

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Final Page Flipped: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [audiobook]

Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads blurb:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

Unabridged. Narrated by Rosamund Pike.

Only a few chapters in I posted an update that I couldn’t believe how much of my life I’d wasted without this book haha
It was such a happy accident that brought me and Pride and Prejudice together and given how much I loved it one might call it fate ๐Ÿ˜‰
I’d put my Audible membership on pause but predictably forgot to cancel so had a credit to spend. Scrolling through the store this beautiful cover art struck me and I felt it was a good a time as any to give good old Jane Austen a go. Now unfortunately, I was once forced subjected to sitting through the movie Bride & Prejudice so I had a good idea how the story would go.

Rosamund Pike did such a good job of performing this audiobook! She had a distinct voice for each character which made it easy to follow, especially in parts where both Jane and Elizabeth are referred to as ‘Miss Bennett’. I really don’t think I’d have enjoyed this even half as much without her narration. Her Mr. Collins is so ridiculously perfect.

I’m really excited by the prospect of someday owning this in a beautiful hardcover.
Until then, can anyone recommend whether I should read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? I’m pretty tempted ๐Ÿ˜›

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Final Page Flipped: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads blurb:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rรชves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Can I give this more than 5 stars? ๐Ÿ˜›

This was my second read of The Night Circus after discovering it last year. I loved it even more because I, of course, picked up little details I missed the first time around. Also knowing how it pans out let me read into each interaction a little more.
And the ending still made me cry but in a nice way.

I love this book too much to give a critical review; I really can’t say a bad thing about it. I honestly feel that not a single conversation or paragraph is unnecessary nor out of place. I agree with all the characters motivations and actions throughout. Each page just fills my heart and makes me happy in a way few other books ever have.

All I can say is if you haven’t read this book yet, find a way. You’ll fall in love with the beautiful Les Cirque des Reves and spend the rest of your life wishing that in your town it would arrive without warning ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Final Page Flipped: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads blurb:

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire โ€“ neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first-century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

I really enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale; it didn’t at all feel like a 30 year old story.
Dystopian books really get to me because they remind me just how powerless I would be if these far-fetched ideas actually came into power. If I found myself in Atwood’s Republic of Gilead, what would I be able to do if my boss told me women could no longer be employed? Who could I complain to about my bank card not working if females were no longer entitled to have money? If my choices were between (essentially) slavery resulting in certain death or becoming a Handmaid I honestly can’t say which I would choose. And when it comes down to it, that’s what I like most about reading; considering these topics I wouldn’t ordinarily be exposed to.

Content aside, I enjoyed the pacing of the book. Finding out bit by bit about the narrator really kept me interested (I refuse to call her Offred because it is so demeaning!). The ending I thought was perfect. I know people don’t like endings that are left open to question like that but it fitted really well.

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Final Page Flipped:Collide by Aimee Jessica Russ

Collide (The Recall Saga #1)Collide by Aimee Jessica Russ

My rating:ย 2.5 stars

Goodreads blurb:

This must be a dream after all. I pinch myself.

“Ouch.”

Why the hell aren’t I waking up?

After mysteriously waking up on a different planet, not knowing how she got there or even her name, K – as she becomes known – finds herself in a fascinating world much different to the one she can barely remember. K becomes part of an Exodian family and begins to feel at home on the beautiful, peaceful planet known as Exodus. That is until her new world is turned upside down. Can K be brave enough to stand up to the enemy and help her new family save their planet?

 
I’m hesitant to give this one an official star rating as I don’t want to put off other readers from picking this book up.
I feel that there was an excellent story here that just fell a little short for me.

I came to love the planet Exodus and was really pleased with each new detail I read about their world. Admittedly at first I thought, ‘oh, you’ve just changed the colours of things’ but I soon found there was much more to it than that. It really was a fun world and I would have liked to read more about K’s adjustment to the new planet; she took it SO well, but after reading the last chapter I suspect there is a reason she did.

Overall there was plenty about this book that I liked, but so much that I just couldn’t get over.
But the cliffhanger ending has likely ensured I will pick the second book.

This is book came in the October Dragon’s Hoard subscription box and I’m so pleased to be discovering books that may have otherwise passed me by.

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Final Page Flipped:Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Good as GoneGood as Gone by Amy Gentry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads blurb:

Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstaticโ€”but Anna, Julieโ€™s mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.

I can’t tell if mystery/thrillers are super popular at the moment, or I’m just noticing them more since reading Girl on the Train. Either way, I knew immediately that I wanted to read this one and was glad it was voted in for the Bibliophile Babes bookclub this month.
(Psst there’s still time to read this one and join us for the discussion :P)

It’s hard to give a review without spoilers so I’ll keep it vague. Whilst I had some theories during the book I wasn’t able to guess the ending. Reading the Julie parts were horrifying and yet I couldn’t wait to get to her parts and find out more. Although it is a work of fiction, I couldn’t help but feel awful for the things Julie experienced. The other characters I didn’t care too much for, they just didn’t really hit the mark.

Some of the story reminded me of another book, Butterfly which is inescapably erotica but does have this amazing mystery throughout revolving around a young girl. I’ve never felt comfortable recommending that book to my friends but I figure it’s fine here ๐Ÿ˜›

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Final Page Flipped: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads blurb:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her lifeโ€”and sheโ€™s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; itโ€™s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cathโ€™s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath canโ€™t let go. She doesnโ€™t want to.

Now that theyโ€™re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesnโ€™t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. Sheโ€™s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she canโ€™t stop worrying about her dad, whoโ€™s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Simply, I liked this book. Not ‘really really like’, as Cath and Levi do, just ‘like’. I enjoyed reading it but I didn’t find myself thinking too much about it outside of my reading time.
I was just nice. It hasn’t really impacted me at all; not really my genre, I suppose.

I think it would make a nice movie, really. In fact, I just Googled to see if it was being adapted and found this cute fan-made scene.

I’m not planning on reading Carry On as the Simon/Baz stuff didn’t really blow me away. I’ve never read fanfiction myself; I don’t really have an interest in imagining different stories for characters I love. I accept the authors finality ๐Ÿ˜›
I’d be more interested in reading the co-authored anti-love story or Cath’s final fiction assignment.
That being said, Elanor & Park has been on my radar for some time, so hopefully I get round to reading that one day.

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