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Echo Volume 4: The Last Edge of Darkness

Last but certainly not least, time for the final review of the Echo series. Right off the bat, I have to say thank fucking god this book had a good ending! By a good ending, I don’t mean satisfying(cliffhangers can be satisfying so that’s different), I mean an ending where everyone(mostly) is happy and healthy. I’ve said this in other reviews but I will forever be a massive sucker for a happy ending, especially after the mc has been through hell and back. And this book definitely gave that to me. On another note, the descriptions of the fights and anything in the mindscape were excellently confusing. By that I mean I could practically imagine how trippy it would be in movie form.

The one thing that I was conflicted about was the amount of existentialism in this volume. One on hand it was a little too much for me while on the other hand, it was pretty entertaining thinking about something I’ve never thought about before. But what I think I settled on was that even if it was confusing at times it was a nice change from the usual books I read. Altogether this book was a great finale for this series and I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Echo Volume 3: The Dialectic of Agony Review

At this point, I’ll settle for Atriya just being healthy. I’ll forget about the whole being happy and healthy as long as he can be healthy! Not only was I stressing about Atriya’s physical and mental health I was also on a(pretty fun) roller-coaster ride of intense fights followed by calming lulls the whole time. Normally I’m not a huge fan of when books switch perspectives(I’m usually trying to hurry up reading so I can get back to the person’s perspective I like better) but for some reason, I quite liked it switching between Atriya and Verus. I think that might be because I found it really funny when Atriya was super confused about the psychic things happening to him but as the reader, we of course know what’s going on since we get both perspectives. I’m pretty sure I caught myself whispering “I know something you don’t know”, which is always amusing.

Atriya is also quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. He’s got that whole badass with a heart of gold thing going for him and I of course can’t forget the newly white hair. I will fully admit that I am a huge sucker for white hair, especially when it wasn’t white before! You give a character who was already great with normal hair, white hair and they become amazing to me. That’s just one of my little superficial moments when I’m reading a book. But on my last and non-superficial note the epilogue for this book hit me so hard in the feels. All of a sudden I found myself crying and in turn that makes me very excited about how this series is going to end. So, I think this book definitely deserves a 9 out of 10.

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Page of Swords (The Demon’s Apprentice #2) Review

As of right now, I’m only on the second book but I am really loving it so far. I’m really enjoying everything this book has to offer but my favorite parts so far are the type of magic this book’s world uses and how the author writes trauma. As someone who reads a shit ton of urban fantasy (like I’m not kidding half of my kindle is just urban fantasy), I would say I’m fairly experienced with the different types of magic in urban fantasy books. I would be comfortable saying that right now a lot of urban fantasy “magic” is much closer to superpowers than magic in my opinion. This is why I like this series so much, it has that feel of going back to the roots of magic. You know, more ritualistic magic, where everything from the crystal used to the position of the stars matter. It’s just a really nice breath of fresh air to have a type of magic that needs more then just will power.

Now, the magic is a great part of this book but the part that really gets to me with the excellent writing depicting trauma(especially in a teenager). The way Chance is written is perfect for me. The way he tries to ignore his traumatic past and only lets stuff slip occasionally is super impactful to me. Multiple times throughout the book a single line can make me cry. I’ll just be enjoying the magic and then bang tears! Especially every single mention of Chance not being able to sleep on his bed! It just makes me feel so sad and I just want to hug Chance and make everything safe for him. All in all, I’d give this book an 8 out of 10 and I can’t wait to get to the next one.

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Echo Volume 2: The Taste of Ashes Review

This was one of those books that were stressful to read(in a good way)! The whole time I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, the shoe of course being the betrayal that I was expecting from Atriya’s colleagues. I was in a constant state of worry and it was great. I hated putting it down because there was so much fighting that I was sure almost every other page Atriya was going to be mortally wounded and left for dead. But of course, he had to keep showing us how badass he was by constantly saving everyone’s asses.

Besides the constant badassery, there was one other thing that I really enjoyed in this book. That being Atriya finally hitting the “fuck it” button. I loved how he eventually got to the point where he didn’t care what everyone thought or how things are usually done and just wanted to be a true warrior/hero. He’s going to save lives and damn the consequences. This also makes me excited for the next book to see how much more he changes. So, of course, I have to give this book an 8 out of 10.

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Echo Volume 1 Approaching Shatter Review

Now I primarily read fantasy so it’s rare for a Sci-Fi book to capture my attention. But when I saw Echo’s book cover and description I was intrigued. At first, I thought it was going to be very similar to 1984 which I personally didn’t like(a combination of being forced to read it and thinking it was boring) so I was skeptical about enjoying it. But that skepticism quickly turned into intrigue as I kept reading. There were two things in this book that solidified its position in my good pile.

First was of course Atriya himself, but more specifically that it’s believable that he can change. In other books that have the mc change their entire world view like Echo, it’s sometimes unbelievable that they would change that much that quick. But Approaching Shatter sets up Atriyas’ character in a way that makes it plausible for him to alter his whole life and perspective. And thus it won’t give me whiplash when he inevitably switches to the Dissidents’ side(I don’t know if this is actually going to happen it’s just my prediction).

The second thing that I really enjoyed was the inclusion of what I like to call Sci-Fi magic(you know ESP, psychic powers, that type of stuff)! When the psychic stuff comes into a Sci-Fi book it automatically gives the book bonus points in my opinion. Mostly because I feel like it helps take the book out of reality a little bit more and gives it more of a fantastical feel. Which is what I love about fiction.

All in all, I was very fascinated by this book and am very interested to see where it goes so I’d give it a 7.5 out of 10.

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The Helsing Society Books 1-3 Review

I love this series, straight up. It was exactly what I was looking for in a vampire book! First, let me explain, I love vampire stories but I’ve been trying to find a very specific type of main character that has been very hard to find. That main character is one where they’re a good vampire in a world where vampires are mainly bad guys but instead of being moody and self-hating they actually enjoy being a vampire and they’re also not a murdering psycho. So yeah, that’s a very specific type of character which is why it’s been so hard to find until this series. Dylan is amazing, he’s everything I could want in a vamp mc. He’s funny, nice, kind of nerdy, and he’s not at all moody! Sure a moody vampire is fun to read occasionally but sometimes you just want someone who actually likes their life. Another thing I really like that the authors did with Dylan is that they made sure to make him act younger/slightly immature. This is a really good thing because it makes it clear that in his mind he’s still a young person which helps the relationship between him and Megan mostly avoid the problems that come with the awkward age gap that a lot of vamp/human couples have in other books. By that I mean when you “take” yourself out of the story and then analyze the couple it feels like a normal relationship between two young people and not a creepy old man and younger girl situation.

Another thing that I surprisingly enjoyed was the flashbacks in the first and second books. Especially since they made it seem like Dylan himself was reliving his past with the readers and we weren’t just being told that this is what happened. It just made for a really immersive story. I really loved everything and everyone in this story but if you forced me to say one thing that wasn’t perfect I guess I would say that sometimes the passage of time didn’t seem to fit. Like there were times when I got a little confused about how could all of this happen in one night, but that’s the only thing I can think of.

So, as you might have been able to guess I’m giving this series a 10 out of 10 and I can’t wait for the next book to come out next month!

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The Heartstone Blade Review

Here’s the next installment of The Dark Ability series review. I am still loving it! One thing that really surprised me is the fact that I think I am way more invested in Rsiran’s blacksmithing ability than his Sliding. Every new skill/ability he learns just makes him more awesome which might be my favorite thing about this book. Sure having an OP main character right off the bat is great but I think it’s even better when the character slowly learns new “powers” over time to everyone’s shock. I just love those “oh shit he’s not a weakling” moments.

On the other hand, I have a love/hate relationship with those “I must keep secrets to protect you only for all of that to backfire and fuck everything up” moments which this book is a shining example of. So, I’m glad that part is over with and I can only hope the cast has learned their lesson on keeping secrets. While that part of the book is pretty frustrating there really only one thing I had trouble with in this book. That is Rsiran’s relationship with Jessa, specifically how quick it evolved into a real relationship. I guess as someone who’s used to a character pining after the love interest for at least 2 books before anything happens between them it was kind of shocking for them to all of a sudden be together with no preamble. That was the only thing I wished was different for this book. I wish there was a bit more build-up in their relationship. But even with this, I would still give the book an 8.5 out of 10 and I can’t wait till I finish the next one.

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By These Ten Bones Review

I was recently craving a werewolf story that took place in medieval times(I know pretty specific), so after a little searching online I found Clare B. Dunkle’s book By These Ten Bones. I feel conflicted about this book because I liked it, but I had one huge problem with it. Before I get to the one problem I want to talk about what I did like. First, and foremost, it scratched that itch I had for a medieval werewolf story, which in a book world over saturated with urban and/or erotic werewolf stories is hard to do. Secondly, I enjoyed the relationship between Maddie and Paul/Carver, specifically the fact that (spoiler alert) it ends happy! Sometimes you just need a good ending where everything turns out well for the characters and this book gives you that.

Now, my one problem is that I am annoyed that they called Paul a werewolf. In my eyes, if they don’t turn into a wolf or some type of wolf-man hybrid then it’s not an actual werewolf. And Paul only changed into some type of shadow monster that hissed and gurgled which is not a wolf FYI. So, in my opinion, it’d be more accurate to call him a shapeshifter. But even though the werewolf wasn’t really a werewolf I could still enjoy the story so I’d give it a 6 out of 10.

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The Dark Ability Review

I’ve been reading a lot of urban fantasy recently so I wanted to take a break and read some high fantasy. With a little scrolling on my kindle, I found The Dark Ability by DK Holmberg and decided to give it a try. All I need to say is that I started it earlier this week and I’m already on the second one(lucky me I thought it was a standalone for some reason at first)! So far I am loving this series. I will say this though I was a little disappointed at first because I thought Rsiran’s ability was going to be controlling shadows(which is my all-time favorite magic power) but teleporting is a good substitute for me.

Now back to the stuff I love. I wasn’t expecting to love the blacksmithing parts so much but that might be my favorite part. I also can’t get enough of thieves/burgeoning criminals in a fantasy setting and this book is satisfying that need. Especially since I keep coming across books about reformed thieves but that’s boring, I want sneaky boys who steal things! So, I can only hope that Rsiran keeps growing into the perfect criminal in the rest of the books. Besides Rsiran being an ideal character, the mystery in this story keeps me very intrigued. I can’t wait for all of the pieces to come together. I can keep talking about each separate part of this book that I love, but I’m just going to boil it down and say that this book is a 9 out of 10. And I can’t wait to see where it’s going!

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Fallen Apostle: Leonidas Review

Leonidas is the combination of some of my favorite character traits/tropes rolled into one. Let’s list them out sharp teeth, red eyes, tail, non-human in a human-majority town, and best of all a super strong intelligent badass who everyone underestimates. I love when a main character gets to put assholes in their place. Besides the awesome main character, I was also very intrigued by the whole world. I said this last book review I wrote but I’m saying it again, as a big fan of fantasy I enjoy every new take on a fantasy world. And this book gave me that.

As much as I loved this book, I just have one problem with it, and that’s how Blessings were described. At a certain point, it felt more like someone was giving instructions for a D&D game instead of something that is supposed to be special from a God. That’s the reason I think I was having trouble with how Blessings worked in the book. Blessings have that underlying connotation of being something holy and special but this book treated them like currency. I think I wouldn’t have had a problem with it if the author called the Blessings by some other word. But besides this one complaint, I can’t wait to see Leonidas reach his goals and would give this book a 7 out of 10.