Review: Dear Heartbreak by Heather Demetrios

Review: Dear Heartbreak by Heather DemetriosTitle: Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: December 18, 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

This is a book about the dark side of love: the way it kicks your ass, tears out your heart, and then forces you to eat it, bite by bloody bite. If you’ve felt this way, you’re not alone…

In this powerful collection, YA authors answer real letters from teens all over the world about the dark side of love: dating violence, break-ups, cheating, betrayals, and loneliness. This book contains a no-holds-barred, raw outpouring of the wisdom these authors have culled from mining their own hearts for the fiction they write. Their responses are autobiographical, unflinching, and filled with love and hope for the anonymous teen letter writers.

Featuring Adi Alsaid, Becky Albertalli, Libba Bray, Heather Demetrios, Amy Ewing, Zach Fehst, Gayle Forman, Corey Ann Haydu, Varian Johnson, A.S. King, Nina LaCour, Kim Liggett, Kekla Magoon, Sarah McCarry, Sandhya Menon, Cristina Moracho, Jasmine Warga, and Ibi Zoboi.

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Dear Heartbreak is a unique concept for a YA book. The format is an interesting compilation of letters from teens that have important questions about terms of the heart. Many of the responses written by the YA authors are surprising and provide teens with a sense that they are not alone in their feelings. Continue reading

Series Review: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Series Review: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh BardugoTitle: The Grisha Trilogy
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: November 17, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

In a lavish world where darkness reigns and science collides with superstition, Alina Starkov has the power to save her country…but it comes with a price in The Grisha Trilogy by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Included in this bundle are Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.

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I am probably one of the last people to read Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, but I am so glad that I finally had the chance to binge the whole thing. This series is unique and gripping, and I loved the main character. The world is also so complex, and I could easily picture it. I would definitely recommend this series to fantasy lovers. Continue reading

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoTitle: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets - a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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Review: Crooked Kingdom

The Six of Crows books have got to be among my favourite books of all time. I loved every epic and suspenseful minute of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and every character’s complex backstory. As usual, Leigh Bardugo’s writing is beautiful and hilarious at the same time, something that is pretty rare. If you have yet to pick up this series, I strongly recommend you do so, as it is life-changing. Continue reading

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoTitle: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: September 29, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—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 is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a book about heists, and contains six amazing main characters that you can’t help but love. There are so many beautiful descriptions in the story and moments of humour that made it so entertaining. I would say that Six of Crows is one of the best books of the year for sure! Continue reading