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Book Review: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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Brent Weeks

Orbit
2020
★★★☆☆

At its heart, The Black Prism is a spin on the classic fantasy Farm Boy trope. Kip, our farm boy, is just an ordinary 15-year-old kid living in a humble little village, when destiny suddenly comes a-knockin in the form of an army that slaughters his entire town. In the ensuing chaos, Kip discovers he is the illegitimate son of Gavin Guile, the Prism, who is a sort of religious/political figure, kind of like a Priest-King. Prisms are one in a generation; they alone are able to draft seven colors with no negative effects, making them extremely powerful; they also use this power to maintain “color balance” in the world. This particular Prism, though, is marked by a war from sixteen ago, when Gavin fought against his brother, who was seemingly also a Prism, leading the war to be known as the False Prism’s war.

There’s kind of a lot going on in this book, but also very little at the same time, so let’s break this down into categories. Continue reading “Book Review: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks”

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Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

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V.E. Schwab

Tor Books
October 6, 2020
★★★★★

This is by far the best Schwab book I’ve read, and yet I’ve still come away from the experience in much the same way I’ve come away from reading all her other books, which is to say: I think that, on a technical level, this is an absolutely brilliant book and I can’t fathom giving it less than five stars, but I still have several criticisms. And I just know there’s going to be so, so many effusive and glowing five-star reviews of this book (they’re coming out already), which are well-deserved, but I’d still like to discuss some of the issues I had.

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Book Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

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G. Willow Wilson

Grove Press, 2019
★★★★★

Al-Andalus is a gilded vision imprinted into the minds of many Muslim children, myself included. It is a dream of glory days long past, the Golden Age of the Islamic Empire, a time of prosperity and tolerance. The Bird King begins not in the midst of this glory age, but at the door of its downfall: the year is 1491. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand have laid siege to Granada, the last remaining stronghold of the great empire of Muslim Spain, tenuously held by the sultan and his retinue.

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10 Series to Finish in 2020

I’m really terrible at finishing series. Mainly, it’s because my memory is garbage, and so by the time a sequel comes out I’ve forgotten absolutely everything and have to re-read, and I’m really lazy about re-reading. Plus I have a short attention span and 99% of the time I prefer standalones or companion novels. But, mainly the memory thing, and because of that, I made the executive decision not to read series until they are complete, or nearly complete. So, I’ve been waiting and waiting on some of my favorite books to finish up so that I can finally get the payoff I’ve been waiting for.

Here are some of the series I plan to get to this year, in order of how likely I am to get to them! Continue reading “10 Series to Finish in 2020”

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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020

  • Resenting the Hero by Moira J Moore (★★★★★)
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (★★★★☆)
  • You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce (★★★★★)
  • A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (★★☆☆☆)
  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody (★★★★☆)
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (★★★★☆)
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (★★★★☆)
  • The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (★★★★☆)
  • Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (★★★★☆)
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 11
YEARLY SO FAR: 23

I’m still on a roll in terms of quantity of books read! Standouts for this month include You Let Me In (a very creepy supernatural/psychological thriller that might end up being on my favorites of the year list), Resenting the Hero (an obscure but very funny and very short little fantasy book), and The Confessions of Frannie Langton (a harrowing historical fiction about a former slave woman accused of murder). Very disappointed by A Woman Is No Man, which is just badly-written and lacking nuance when it comes to Arab representation. Also Real Life, which is just not for me, but not necessarily a bad book; I just thought it was boring and overly pretentious. Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020”