That’s a really long title. This is a really long post. It was going to be a book review but it turned into more of a book report. You’ve been warned.
I recently finished The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. It’s a YA historical adventure fiction story, but written with modern-style prose which makes it more digestible for today’s average teenager.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline has been marketed as dystopian—which it is, taking place in a future Canada ravaged by global warming where people have lost the ability to dream—but I found it to be just as much, if not more, of a coming-of-age story.
My book reviews are usually a bit longer than this, and I’ve never done more than one at once before. This means I don’t go as into depth for any of the books, but I give you my most important thoughts for each. If you have any questions about the books here or want to start a discussion, I can go more into depth in the comments.
I picked this book up because of its cover. I bought it because of the blurb. I finished it in the span of twenty-four hours because it was fucking amazing. (Side note: If the word “fucking” in that last sentence offended you, skip the book.)
In my last year of university, my dissertation tutor wanted me to read this book. While it sounded interesting enough, the only way I could get a copy was by buying it online and I was trying not to buy any books because my suitcase was heavy enough as it was. I think I lost marks for not reading this book.
I’ve been following Victoria Aveyard on Twitter for a while now. While I’ve found her book blurb intriguing enough, I was never in any rush to read it. It sounded unoriginal to me. A world where some people have silver blood and superpowers, and the rest are just plain, red-blooded humans who are seen and treated as inferior. But then there’s a girl who’s red-blooded and has superpowers and everyone goes crazy from the confusion.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison, I am happy to say, is as good a book as it’s cover. I took a chance on this one, having never heard of it before. The cover told me the bare minimum about the book, but the first sentence of chapter 1 told me everything else I’d need to know:
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake came out three weeks ago, so if you’ve never heard of it, just give it time. I’d never heard of it before picking it up in the bookstore to study its cover. It’s black matte, and the art is incredible, easy to study for a while without getting bored.