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The Song of Achilles
it was amazing
The Song of Achilles is a literary retelling of the relationship between Greek mythic characters Achilles and his lifelong companion Patroclus, as wel ...more
Mar 25, 2018
Jan 25, 2018
Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times
it was amazing
For its slender size of only 221 pages of actual history, this book is a tremendously comprehensive overview of ancient Greece. Beginning with the Sto ...more
May 03, 2017
May 03, 2017
it was amazing
This is the first book I've ever read where all the advance praise printed on the dust jacket matches the book perfectly. The story was everything it ...more
May 2016
Apr 03, 2016
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
it was amazing
This book is a classic title about revision and editing and it's easy to see why. Unlike many other writing how-to’s about revision, authors Browne an ...more
May 08, 2017
Sep 01, 2013
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
it was amazing
I heard a lot of hype about this book and got curious about it, particularly when I learned its set in a fantastical version of Ancient Rome, which is ...more
Dec 30, 2015
Dec 23, 2015
Catherine, Called Birdy
really liked it
Catherine, Called Birdy is cute children's book recommended to me due to my love of the medieval times and medieval historical fiction. The book starr ...more
Oct 20, 2017
Oct 20, 2017
And I Darken
really liked it
And I Darken is a YA book unlike many others I've read. It is a work of historical fiction, yet set in a time period I've never read about before, nam ...more
Oct 23, 2016
Apr 16, 2016
Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn & Grim, #1)
liked it
One of my favourite fantasy series of all time is by Juliet Marillier. Her original Sevenwaters trilogy (Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, a ...more
Apr 15, 2015
Oct 31, 2014
Generation 0
really liked it
I don't usually read books that are so darkly dystopian, however, I am internet friends with the writer and was keen to check out his work. Generation ...more
Dec 02, 2016
May 02, 2017
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
really liked it
Like most non-mystery readers who are following the Cormoran Strike series, I was first drawn to these books upon the discovery that Robert Galbraith ...more
Jan 31, 2016
Jan 16, 2016
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)
liked it
I was recommended this book by Goodreads as a follow up to Naomi Novik's Uprooted, which I read and rated five stars. Thematically, The Bear and the N ...more
May 18, 2017
Dec 21, 2016
Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)
liked it
Carve the Mark is the first new book by Veronica Roth set outside of her bestselling Divergent series. Personally, I liked this book much better than ...more
Feb 24, 2017
Oct 28, 2016
The Alignment (The Alignment, #1)
liked it
I don't usually read urban fantasy – or romance – however I am Goodreads friends with the author. I like a lot of what she has to say about books we'v ...more
Jun 19, 2016
Feb 26, 2015
Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3)
it was amazing
I read this book in four days (the entire Captive Prince trilogy in 15 days total), which was too fast. I know for a fact that I missed things I’ve he ...more
May 15, 2016
May 12, 2016
it was amazing
This is the first graphic novel I've ever read, chosen for my interest in the subject matter. Three is a rebuttal to 300, Frank Miller's graphic novel ...more
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Dec 21, 2018
Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)
it was amazing
I read this second installment in the Captive Prince trilogy in seven days (the first one only took me four days, but then, it was shorter).

Prince’s G
May 11, 2016
May 05, 2016
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
it was ok
(This would have been a 3-star review, which is what I give to books that I find mildly enjoyable, if not particularly surprising or moving. However, ...more
Nov 13, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
The Writer's Advantage: A Tookit for Mastering Your Genre
it was amazing
The last thing we need from any given sector of the entertainment industry is another prequel, sequel, remake, reboot, or otherwise derivative copy of ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Dec 30, 2014
Sky in the Deep
liked it
When I picked up the hardback of this book, I was surprised at how small and thin it was. In a lot of ways, the story it contained was even smaller.

Dec 16, 2018
Dec 08, 2018
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
really liked it
This is the first book I've ever read by the immensely popular Sarah J Maas. A Court of Thorns and Roses follows the story of Feyre, who is an archer ...more
May 2016
Apr 18, 2016
Green but for a Season (Captive Prince Short Stories, #1)
really liked it
This short return to the world of the Captive Prince series centered around Jord's promotion to captain of the Prince's Guard, the start of his relati ...more
Oct 06, 2016
Oct 02, 2016
The Hate U Give
it was amazing
The Hate U Give is as well-written and important a book as its copious praise claims it is.

The story centers on Starr Carter, a black teenager who liv
Dec 25, 2017
Dec 25, 2017
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
it was amazing
I don’t read that much literary fiction. Yet, not only was this book literary, it won the Mann Booker Prize in 2009. I worried I might struggle with t ...more
Dec 20, 2015
Sep 01, 2013
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
really liked it
The title “Gates of Fire” makes reference to the place for which it's named – Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece – where in the 480 ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jun 23, 2016
Poison Study (Study, #1)
liked it
This book was nothing like what I expected, in both a good way and a bad way.

Admitted, I didn't know much about it going in, only that the heroine, co
Jul 24, 2017
Sep 24, 2016
liked it
This is a book I would never have chosen on my own to read, if for no better reason than the fact that it’s satire. The trouble with satire is that if ...more
Mar 29, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
really liked it
They say one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but that's totally what I did for this book. I was absolutely arrested by the striking image of a da ...more
Oct 27, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
really liked it
In the long-awaited follow up to last year's An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night picks up immediately where the previous book ended. It b ...more
Nov 19, 2016
Dec 30, 2015
The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles, #1)
it was amazing
The Bird and the Sword follows the life and personal growth of Lark, a young lady cursed with muteness as a child to halt her burgeoning magic powers ...more
Dec 23, 2016
May 21, 2016
The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)
really liked it
In a fantasy world shaped by Indian mythology, Maya is a princess within her father's royal harem who is hated on account of her horoscope that prophe ...more
Jul 20, 2016
Apr 01, 2016
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