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The Other Woman by Sandie Jones Book Review

Book: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Genre: Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

Thoughts/Review: The Other Woman is about Emily, who is in love with her boyfriend, Adam, and just wants to be with him, happily. Although they love each other, there is a problem, and that problem is his mother, Pammie, who doesn’t like Emily. Pammies tries to do whatever she can to make Emily leave her son, and this book shows their constant battle to get Adam on their side.

I really enjoyed this book, and found it interesting from the start. I was surprised by the twist at the end, and liked how it ended. I didn’t like a few of the characters, Adam included. I found myself becoming frustrated at how he behaved, and also at how Emily made decisions surrounding him. It was really well written though, and it was easy to become wrapped up in the storyline, which I liked. Overall, it was a pretty quick, fun read, and I’m excited for the next mystery I read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Book Review

Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Thoughts/Review: Six of Crows is about a group of people who attempt a heist that can make all of the group members rich. This group is made up of 6 people, and each person has their own past, skills, and reasons for participating in the heist. This book has multiple perspectives, and shows us everything that happens as chaos unravels along the way of the heist.

I loved this book, and can’t wait to read the sequel! It was wonderful being able to read from different perspectives, and getting to know each character. All six of the group members were so great, and I loved the connection/dynamic they all had together. Not only was this book an interesting page-turner, but it was also funny at some points, and the comedic banter was something that definitely added to the greatness of the story. There were sections of the book where I got to read about what each character was doing in the same moment, and that was really neat because it allowed me to read about what was going on everywhere, as opposed to only knowing what was happening to one character and then moving forward. There were also several good twists at the end that I was not expecting at all. Overall, this book was really well written and I’d be open to reading more of Leigh Bardugo’s writing for sure. This has become one of my favourite fantasy books. I recently heard that it can be helpful to read the Shadow and Bone trilogy before this duology, for more context, but I didn’t know that before I read it. So hopefully I’ll be able to read the Shadow and Bone trilogy at some point, and then possibly reread Six of Crows. I would want to do that because if I reread it after, I might be able to see the references to The Shadow and Bone trilogy which would be interesting to be able to recognize and read.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Declan Lynch’s (Rant) Review of Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Hey Everyone, Victoria here. Today’s post is going to be “guest-written” by Declan Lynch. If you have read The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, you’ll know that he is a minor character, being the older brother of one of the main characters Ronan. In this series, he’s a pretty flat, unlikeable and unmemorable character. The only scene I really remember with him was one where he and Ronan are throwing punches at each other. I was definitely surprised when I came out of Call Down The Hawk which centers on the Lynch brothers – with him being a new favourite. 

My rating for Call Down The Hawk:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Please note that as there will be comments on the events of the book, this post will contain spoilers for Call Down The Hawk. In the case that you are unfamiliar with the book I have decided to include the synopsis for it here: 

The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . . 

Call Down The Hawk art by https://ppaniniart.tumblr.com/ (Used with permission)

Okay now that you’re all caught up, I will be handing it over to the one and only totally original Declan Lynch to discuss his thoughts on Call Down The Hawk

So the book starts with, “This is going to be a story about the Lynch brothers…” Right, well it wouldn’t be if we hadn’t gotten into this mess in the first place. Maybe we could have avoided it if Ronan had listened to me and stuck to the daily routines that I’ve been making him write instead of snooping around and risking dream disaster, but here we are. I have spent an entire series trying to be my dull self in order to keep us safe, but I bring Ronan to one Fairy Market and everything goes to hell. I love my brothers, but when one of them (Ronan) is a loudmouth dreamer and the other is a distracted dream (Matthew) who doesn’t know he’s a dream, I have to be the boring one – or at least I tried to be. I even was a political science major for Christ’s sake. I lost my boring internship because Ronan can’t be the responsible one when Matthew has wandered off. Poor Matthew… well that whole “you’re a dream” reveal didn’t really go to plan. Not that I ever had a plan for it. How do you tell your 17-year-old brother that the reason he keeps “daydreaming” is because he was literally dreamt up by your other brother? I think I really freaked him out with the no internal organs thing. 

Okay okay, I confess I am not completely innocent in this whole story, and to give him some credit, Ronan does end up dreaming up some terrifying creatures to save our guts. I broke twice calling to find out more about our parents and revealing that I’m really the fake Lynch brother. (You hear that Matthew?) Plus I took Ronan – who is the spitting image of dad – to the market in the first place. What was I thinking? 

Then there’s Jordan. Jordan Hennessy. The cute artist who turns out to be a dreamer copy and a talented forger. Why does everyone I know end up being a dreamer or a dream? Still she’s unlike any Ashley I’ve ever dated. (Yes there’s been three). She knows more about me than anyone else does. She knows a lot about art, including all the names of the artists of the sculptures hidden in the attic above my hotel-esque apartment. She may be a dream copy but I think she lives her own life – more than I have anyway. Even though she is a master forger and snuck the painting right from under my nose, I trust her. I wish it wasn’t so hard to love dreams. I mean it’s easy but it sure comes back to hurt you. I’ve lived my life like this, a human surrounded by the dream world and yet not a part of it, but not unaffected by it either.

My defences are coming down and at this point, I don’t know if there is much more danger I need to be hidden from. Jordan and I already faced off several dream killers trying to kill her family and subsequently mine. I actually punched one of the dream killers. That is more of a superhero than a boring Declan move I’d say. Wait okay who am I kidding about no more danger? There are 2 more books in the series… 

– Declan Lynch

BA Political Science

The Lynch Brothers art by https://ppaniniart.tumblr.com/

Dust Bowl Girls: A Review

Dust Bowl Girls: A Team’s Quest for Basketball Glory Author: Lydia Reeder Publisher: Algonquin Books Genre: Nonfiction Oklahoma. The Dust Bowl. Women’s basketball. The season that made history. The 1930s were a hard time for many, but none so much as the farmers of Oklahoma. At the time, poor families made dresses out of grain…

Little Nothing, by Marisa Silver

Little Nothing by Marisa Silver Penguin Group/Blue Rider Press “The silence is so dense that it is just as hard on the baby’s eardrums as is any sound. It is the silence that will become the refrain, when a stranger falls speechless in the child’s presence, or when a villager pushes her children behind her skirts…

The Wolf Road, by Beth Lewis: A Review

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis Published by Crown Publishers, Penguin Random House Elka hasn’t had much luck in her life. Between the nightmare of the thunderheads that keep her awake at night, and the raging memories behind the locked doors in her memory, she can count the people she’s cared for on a single…