Review: A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As always my reviews will contain spoilers so stop reading here if that bugs you.

This was a very satisfying ending to a very entertaining series. As a trilogy, it felt more like book one introduced us to the world with a quest that made the big bad guy possible and then books 2 and 3 were just one massive text that was split in two out of courtesy to the reader.

Osaron was a fantastic big bad guy, he had a believable motivation, a clear weakness, which was still difficult to target, and you could really get the sense that he could break the world. He was treated with the respect a villain capable of ending the world should have.

The interparty rivalries was where the personalities of characters came out and kept the human element of the story intact and each goal in the plot had its own minor conflicts for the characters to overcome so it wasn’t just a clean arc but a volatile one. I appreciated hearing more of Holland’s backstory, he really was a tragic figure and probably the one I enjoyed hearing about the most, however all the characters had an interesting backstory. While some revealed more of themselves to the readers than others each was clearly the protagonist in their own story and could have a book written about them.

All in all, this was my favorite book in the trilogy. I loved it.

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Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agena

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As always my review will have spoilers so stop reading now if that bothers you.

I literally went “awww” out loud on more than one occasion reading this book. It was such a sweet tale! I’m happy I saw the movie first it helped me visualize everything that was happening while I read it.

Though it had it’s cute moments it sometimes, well, I don’t know what to say. I just couldn’t give it a five star rating. I really wanted to, I think if I’m pressed I’ll give it a 4.5.

It was sometimes static like nothing was really going on. It sort of had a conflict with the blackmail but that felt way more intense in the movie than in the book like up until the moment Martin outed Simon it just felt minor, then after he outed him I mean—I don’t know I know this is probably a very real account of the stresses of coming out, it just—-at times it felt so neat and done up like the conflict never escalated to a dangerous point we were always brought back to safety on the same (or very next) page.

It felt like the books timeline was going to be through the play but then it went through the talent show, which just sort of popped up out of nowhere I mean the band didn’t pop up out of nowhere but the talent show certainly did.

I also could not stand Leah and I felt bad because I want to like her but ugh!!!! Lol I loved the book and I loved how real all the characters were.

I honestly will probably reread this book it was really good. Yeah that’s all I have to say I guess.

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Review: A Gathering of Shadows

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As always my review contains spoilers:

This wasn’t quite a 4 star book but I’m rounding up to 4 instead of down to 3.

The first book was easily 4 stars, maybe a little higher. This book was tasked with the very important duty of creating the world. While the first book introduced us to the four Londons we only saw the London cities. In A Gathering of Shadows, we begin to see just how vast the red world is, while getting glimpses of the recovery in White London.

While this book did a phenomenal​ job with world building it was not nearly as engaging as the first. The plot was–well there really wasn’t a plot. It felt like it existed to show us how powerful Lila was and to introduce the big bad guy for the epic series finale. Again, this is obviously important, but that doesn’t mean it warrants as high of a review as the first book.

It’s a necessary bridge novel setting up what I assume will be an unbelievable third novel. I enjoyed the introduction of new characters, the expansion of the world, and the establishment of the main villain. I wished the tournament was a bigger deal, we only got to see it in the final 30% of the book and even then it was underwhelming (except when Lila was the participant). As usual she stole every scene she was in and was by far the most interesting character. Alucard Emery was second.

Yeah, I think that’s all I have to say about this one. It was a bridge novel, but it didn’t feel like it was filler. Everything was necessary; it just felt more like part 1 of the final book and not the 2nd book in a trilogy.

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Review: Third Life

Third LifeThird Life by R.K. Gold

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If me giving a star rating for my own book bothers people I will clear the stars, but I love writing reviews because it feels like a second author note right there on the book’s goodreads page.

There were no big announcements for this release or anything I usually do in the lead up to a book publication. This is an incredibly short (82 page) novella I wrote towards the end of my semester and wanted to publish. It’s one of those books that just stuck with me for a while; I couldnt shake the idea from my head, so when a friend of mine offered to do a writing sprint, I decided to finally give this plot the focus it deserved.

What makes this book unique for me is it wasn’t born out of a usual plot idea, or the dire need to create a certain character; I wrote it because these questions of free will vs predestination have been playing in my head so I wanted to write about a character who had no say over their life.

I kept it short, even though it probably could’ve been at least another couple hundred pages, because I didn’t want to bore anyone with these questions I just wanted to illustrate them.

If anyone wants to have conversations on these topics feel free to send me a friend request or a message on here, I am always up for a philosophical discussion.

As always, thanks for reading.

-R.K. Gold

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