Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Page Count: 544
Series: Strange the Dreamer, Book 1
Publishing Date/Publisher: March 28, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Review: Magnificent title. Unforgettable characters. Staggeringly beautiful prose. This book had me hooked from start to finish. I could not have predicted all the directions this story goes in, as it was all utterly original. Couple that with a poetic writing style and this book had me mesmerized. It’s the type of writing where you want to savor the words, and you re-read sentences just because you like the way they sound. My only regret is that I did not discover this author sooner. Oh and I can’t forget to mention that this book is about a librarian. It makes the story all the more enchanting.
Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Crown of Gilded Bones
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Page Count: 645
Series: Blood and Ash, Book 3
Publishing Date/Publisher: April 20, 2021 by Blue Box Press
Review: The most insane thing about this low rating is that I am actually contemplating reading the next book in the series when it is released. My hopes that this book would be better than A Kingdom and Flesh and Fire were quickly dashed when I realized that this book was basically just an insufferable extension of it’s predecessor. Same cringe worthy dialogue, same smut, same pointless plot filler. So am I glutton for punishment for wanting to continue? Yes. The answer is yes and I will tell you why. Armentrout somehow manages to write 600 pages of barely tolerable storyline and then BAM! She lays an incredible finale on you that leaves you just interested enough to want to see how the rest of the saga plays out. Looks like I’m roped in for at least one more book. Ugh.
Rating: 2.5 Stars