Three Duologies in the Can!*

I recently went through a spell of trying to finish at least some of the duologies I’ve been reading and managed to get these three done to very different results in all honesty. I try to keep it spoiler free below but beware of allusions to the ending for Our Dark Duet in particular.

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The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

Grade: A+

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Illustrated By: Sara Kipin

I was originally torn on whether to even pick this book up or not. It’s a book of six fairy tales set in the Grishaverse, three of which have been published previously. But in the end I’m thrilled that I did and it’s so beautifully illustrated if you’re at all interested in it I’d definitely suggest picking up the hardback version.

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The Spooky Scary Book Tag

Creepy IT house

I saw the Spooky Scary Book Tag on Youtube and since my Halloween mood has been kind of lacking recently I wanted to give it a go. I also wanted to see if I could get through it without picking Harry Potter for anything. (Fail.)

The original creator of the tag is Clever Fox

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The Last Jedi & Princess of Alderaan

Princess of Alderaan

Leia Princess of Alderaan

By: Claudia Gray

Grade: A

I read Gray’s book Star Wars: Bloodline and really enjoyed it. Actually, it’s a book that’s grown even more on me whenever I think about Leia coming into the new trilogy. I thought she did a great job of getting into her psyche and I even have some personal fan theories about the book. (Probably aren’t true but you never know.)

That being said I wasn’t sure we needed Leia The Teenage Years but it was getting some great buzz so I picked it up.

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Odd & True

Odd & True

Odd & True

By: Cat Winters

Grade: A

As I was reading this story about two sisters steeped in mysterious and supernatural family stories I couldn’t help but think, “This is the sister story Caraval should have been.” And this is the sister story anything that claims to be about sisters really should be.

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The Disappearances

the disappearances

The Disappearances

By: Emily Bain Murphy

Grade: A-

A family tragedy and World War 2 forces Aila and her younger brother back to her mother’s hometown to live with her childhood friend. But Sterling is not your regular town. Every seven years something has disappeared. Not small somethings either. Stars. Reflections. Dreams. Aila arrives right in time for the next disappearance and begins to wonder about her mother’s connection to the disappearances.

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September Owlcrate: Mythical Creatures

Owlcrate September

The September Mythical Creatures Owlcrate broke my streak of not purchasing subscription boxes. I thought the box overall was only okay. But what the hell? September’s been a tough month and book mail is always the best mail.

Box spoilers below:

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Sometimes You Just Want Twisted and Fun

I Hate Fairyland

I Hate Fairy Land Vol. 1

Madly Ever After

By: Scottie Young

Grade: A-

I’m a sucker for a good portal worlds story and I love Alice in Wonderland. But sometimes you just want a tale that’s twisted and gory and well, odd. Yet still kind of relatable. I mean being sucked into another world would be rather traumatic for most people.

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Random Reviews: Harley, Baywatch, Khosa & Mariko

Poison Ivy

Ivy hard at work.

So I’ve been catching up on a lot of movies I wanted to see and books I’ve had for a while this last couple of weeks and wanted to do a couple of mini-reviews on what was better than I expected and what I really should have listened to others on.

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The Changeling

the changeling

the changeling

By: Victor LaValle

Grade: C+

Apollo is living the good life. A bookseller in New York he is over the moon about his new son chronicling his every moment until one day his seemingly irrational wife commits and unspeakable act and disappears sending Apollo off the rails and into a dark fairy-tale New York he never imagined existed.

Beware some spoilers for this one though I try to keep things vague:

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