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  • Review - The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper | Spoilers!

    Thank you to Bloomsbury YA for sending me an ARC of this book! This was such a cute read - I loved the LGBTQ representation, the writing style was easy and quick to read, and the subject matter of the story wasn't too heavy (which, if you know me, is not my thing. Give me light and fluffy escapism any day). Spoilers! The main character, Cal, was relatable, even if he was a bit of a hipster influencer from New York. It was interesting to see the effect his social media presence had on him,…

  • Review - The Crowning by Nattie Kate Mason | Spoiler-free

    Hmm, not sure how to go about this one. Let's go good points/bad points, shall we? First of all, good points... The world building was good, as was the magic system. The idea that magic has a price was what brought the tension, and I liked that people had different types of magical skills. I liked the idea of the potential heirs competing for the crown rather than the usual first-born, first-in-line, and I was looking forward to how that played out. Not-so-great points... The narrative felt …

  • Review - Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee | No Spoilers

    This was a fun read. I picked this one up as a light book to break up the heavy and it was just that. It follows Loki through a series of mishaps when he's younger that leads to his eventual set-up as the villain in the current MCU. It brings to light the question of are villains made or born, and for the most part, Loki is most certainly a made villain. After all, if you continually tell someone they're bad, eventually they're going to believe it, which is what happens here. Despite the unfold…

  • Review - Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard | Spoilers!

    Spoilers! How do I even begin? This book is *chefs kiss* magnificent. I feel like as someone who grew up in a rural Aussie town I really felt what it was like for these characters. I was hesitant going into this read - if you know me, you'll know I'm not one for heavy reads. I don't like reading anything that hits too close to reality. I'm all about the escapism. But like with many aussie contemps I've read over the years, this one didn't disappoint. First of all, the nostalgia is strong with …

  • Review - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | Possible Spoilers!

    Well, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Lately I've suffered from hype burn - too much hype, so much suck - but I found ACSDAL to be right up my alley. Now usually I just read a book, and unless it has some glaringly horrible issues that smack me right in the face, I don't tend to dwell too much on possible plot problems etc. That said, this time, I took notes. That's right, notes. So here goes nothing. *Riffles through pages to first sticky note* Kemmerer really plays with the readers …


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