Book Review || Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

 


Six Crimson Cranes
{Six Crimson Cranes #1}
Elizabeth Lim
13th July 2021

Ever since I read Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, I have been somewhat intrigued by the story of the Wild Swans. So, when this was announced and subsequently released, I was excited, if a little apprehensive.

And then I proceeded to not get to it for over a year. (awkward.) And I am kicking myself a little bit for that, because I really enjoyed this. I loved the painting of the characters, I loved that Shiori was kind of a selfish, wilful brat to start with, I loved how her brothers were actually brothers - not necessarily the paragon of care that you sometimes see in novels. I appreciate the slow-burn style of the romance and also in some cases the friendships. The reveals were fantastic and, though I don't really feel like I have quite enough to find the villain's motivation truly believable (I don't super understand it), I still believe that they are a villain and absolutely ready to do villainous deeds.

The banter in this story between Shiori and Kiki was actually fantastic, and had me snorting on occasion. And the somewhat-resolution towards the end had me welling up a little bit, though I kind of felt like parts of that were a little rushed in a way, and we were jumping into the preparation for the sequel quite fast, too.

And herein lies another place to kick myself - I have the sequel, and I very much want to read it, but I know that if I try now my poor ND brain will just reject it outright. (Also, turns out, your chronic illnesses taking over for a few months means that you get kind of behind on review books - who knew?) I really hope to be able to get to it soon, though, as I am super intrigued by where Elizabeth Lim is taking the story, and I want to know more about the possible romantic entanglements that are being hinted at.

8/10 lovely not-humans-transformed cranes, flying in the sky. (with much beak clacking.)

{I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.}

Book Review || The Italian Home Cook by Silvia Colloca

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

 


The Italian Home Cook
Silvia Colloca
30th August 2022

Those of you who know me IRL and also those who have read my cookbook reviews before will know that the things I can eat are somewhat limited due to chronic illnesses. 'Why then,' I hear you shout, 'are you reviewing a book of Italian food, which is sure to be full of the things you cannot eat?' A good question, dear reader and heckler of book reviewers. I read them because they make me happy.

Yes, I can't really eat a lot of what Silvia Colloca is talking about in here, though it does get my imagination firing on how I could tweak certain recipes so that I could try them. It also just makes me joyful to see pictures of gorgeous-looking food, and well-put-together cookbooks, with amazing covers and brilliant layouts. I also love reading cookbooks - I love the little anecdotes that people share about certain dishes, and it makes me think about the foods I ate growing up, or that one particular stirfry that my Mum made almost every week that - no matter how many times I ate it - I still adored.

The Italian Home Cook is a wonderful cookbook to cook from, yes (and there are a few things I can eat in here without making any changes! Wonderful!), but it's also just an excellent cookbook to sit down with and be inspired by. Silvia Colloca is clearly someone who is passionate about Italian food, and that passion is communicated through her recipes and anecdotes and the occasional process photos of how to make certain kinds of pasta or bread. 

So, no, dear reader, I am unlikely to go through this cookbook and make every single thing from it, but I loved looking through it and reading it. Highly recommend for just a joyous and colourful experience.

8/10 mouthwatering bowls of spaghetti alla crudaiola.

{I received a review copy of this book from Pan Macmillan/Plum in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.}

Postponed Perceptions || Review Round-Up

Friday, August 26, 2022

 Hi fronds,

What do you think of the title? Because there's probably going to be more like this in the works, and my initial idea : 'Books I Meant to Review Ages Ago But Have Been Too Sick to do so' just didn't seem to have the same ring to it.

Anyway, on we go!


The Stardust Thief
(The Sandsea Trilogy #1)
Chelsea Abdullah

I am kicking myself that I haven't had the energy to review this properly since I read it. I absolutely loved this book - even more than I thought I might. The characters in particular are what made it for me, but the style of writing, the lore, the fantasy aspects! I could honestly gush about this for a while, but it would be neither intelligible nor particularly interesting after a certain point, I'm sure. But just know that the urge is there.

This has basically shot to a very high position on my list of series I am so excited to be reading, and has actually displaced a couple of others who have slinked into the darkness to plot their revenge.

I might be in a weird mood. Anyway.

10/10 compasses of interesting abilities.


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These Twisted Bonds
(These Hollow Vows #2)
Lexi Ryan

This one is the sequel to These Hollow Vows, and also the conclusion to the duology. And I... enjoyed it. For the most part. I did find myself getting really irritated with the main character at times, and a few characters acted in ways that I wasn't sure really made sense, and the ending seemed a little... convenient, but also complex in a weird way. 

But it was fae and sexy and dark powers and so I ate it up anyway.

Another book that I kind of feel like polyamory might be a good way to go for the characters, but I have to acknowledge that that doesn't work for everyone.

Overall, enjoyed my time here, and am interested in whatever Lexi Ryan writes in the future.

7.5/10 tsundere dark fae.

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How Do You Say I Love You?
Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek

Let's wrap this post up with a picture book. Sweetly illustrated and written, How Do You Say I Love You? is such a lovely book to look through and read, particularly together with a loved one. I adored the inclusion at the end of little descriptions of what each language was and where it was spoken predominantly.

This is one of my favourite kinds of picture book - educational, but soft and gentle and beautiful, too. I love this!

8/10 rainbows and love hearts. (it honestly feels very odd rating this, but it's what I do so... have a rating that makes very little sense. ^_^)


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And I'm gonna call it there for this round-up. Thank you to everyone who reads through my somewhat sporadic updates... my health has been a bit harder to manage this year, but please know that I try to do book-related things whenever I can. They might appear elsewhere, though, so if you're interested please check out my bookstagram and my booktube :)

Love to all who read :)


{I received review copies of these books from Hachette and HarperCollins (The Stardust Thief and These Twisted Bonds from Hachette, How Do You Say I Love You? from HarperCollins) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.}


Jane Austen July TBR Video

Friday, July 8, 2022

 I have actually posted a new video to my YouTube channel. Enjoy~




Book Review || The Chosen by Elizabeth Lowry

Monday, May 23, 2022

 



The Chosen
Elizabeth Lowry
12th April 2022

A quick note on what this book is about before I start, just in case you don't know - The Chosen is about Thomas Hardy and the death of his wife, Emma, and then the time following. It is a fictional telling, but based around known facts of Hardy's life. Okay, on with the review.

This book. THIS BOOK. From the first page I was utterly hypnotised. It has an almost gothic air to it, I guess because it is both a love story and a ghost story in one, but also because the writing just lures you in slowly, with breadcrumbs, though you know even as you gobble them down that you may ultimately be going to your doom.

Okay I'll try to stop being overly descriptive now! XD

But in all seriousness, I absolutely adored my time with this book, and loved how much I wanted to keep reading. I may have, in the end, consumed it all too quickly, but surely that's just a lovely excuse to reread it? And, as I have not read any of Thomas Hardy, I am much more inclined to try now interestingly. That is how much I enjoyed this book.

The emotion in this story is so finely written - each sentence and interaction and even dream of Hardy gave you a feeling of the complexity of emotions he may have experienced on the death of his first wife. As they had become increasingly estranged, having her presence - distant as it was - suddenly ripped away completely seems to leave Hardy-within-the-book as a ghost himself, and I loved the jumps with time and also playing with memory. This is a beautiful example of grief for me, it felt so accurate to the grief I have experienced, though perhaps a little better written and evoked!

Ultimately, this book was absorbing, beautiful, and wholely captivating. I really enjoyed my time with it.

8/10 resdiscovered lockets with miniature paintings within.

{I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. Thank you!!}

Anticipated Releases || May

Friday, May 20, 2022

 Huzzah! And so the series continues! (Just late again this time...) In this post, I'll be talking about books coming out this month that I'm interested in - from 'just on my radar' all the way to 'I would like that now, please'. If this post has caught you by surprise, and you have no idea what I'm talking about, please refer back to my January to March post, and my April post, for a little context! On we go!


May

~ 3rd - Book Lovers by Emily Henry

~ 24th - Blue Period v8 [manga]


Actually very little to talk about this month... and because I am quite late with this post, I have already read one of them. ^^; So, let's just get on and talk about Book Lovers by Emily Henry. I have previously read Beach Read, and also People We Meet on Vacation by this author, and absolutely adored both, so I was extremely eager to get my hands on Henry's newest book - and let me tell you, it did not at all disappoint. I zipped through this in two days (might've been less if I hadn't taken time away from reading for things like eating meals and spending time with loved ones. Henry just writes romance where I really care about the characters, and so I'm ultra-invested in what happens to them. And sometimes (read: often) I just need a little bit of fun! And this was fun, with serious topics mixed in. Utterly fantastic.


As to the Blue Period manga... I think both volume 7 and 8 have been much postponed from the dates I originally had at the start of the year (when I made my list). Quite a few things have been, and that's super understandable considering the times we live in right now. Still looking forward to their release later in the year/next year!


A very light month indeed, and I think that's going to be more of the norm as we go through the year. I hope to continue making these posts, though, as I find I'm quite enjoying them! Even when I'm kind of late... Love to all who read!

Book Review || Elektra by Jennifer Saint

Thursday, May 19, 2022

 



Elektra
Jennifer Saint
26th April 2022

I read Jennifer Saint's first book, Ariadne, last year and absolutely loved it. I know some people felt like it was a little too close to the original myth of Dionysus, but having only a small amount of experience of that I enjoyed it immensely. 

I had a little more knowledge of some of the events in this book, and found that I knew where things were going which was kind of good in a way. Jennifer Saint somehow conjures this feeling of utter dread during the course of the book - so much sadness and anger and thoughts of revenge and wanting to bring about justice for all the women in this book. As it's told from several different perspectives: Clytemnestra, Cassandra, and finally Elektra herself, each story has elements of happiness in it, that eventually change into something else.

I think that's kind of why it took me so long to read this, honestly. Just because I tended to feel so many emotions as I read from each person's point of view, and as the dread became thick and choking, I had trouble going back to it. But the writing, like in Ariadne, is just so beautiful and lyrical, that I kept coming back regardless. Jennifer Saint has such an amazing way of creating words that envelope you, making it hard to fall out of the story at all - it's like an amazing weaving that you can't help studying to see if you can find more details that you missed before.

I will admit that I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I enjoyed Ariadne, and I think that just is to do with how sad and at times horrifying this tale is. But I do think Jennifer Saint's writing is absolutely gorgeous, so I will be coming back for whenever her next book releases.

7/10 beautifully wrought daggers in the dark.

{I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. Thank you!!}

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