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Erica Ridley: The Perks of Loving a Wallflower (Paperback, 2021, Forever) 3 stars

Not good, not bad.

3 stars

I wanted to like it more than I did. After being very pleasantly surprised with Regency lesbians in Heather Rose Jones' Alpennia series, I did not think this reached the same level.

Which might be unfair, but I really didn't have the Regency feeling with this book. Sure, it takes place in the correct period, there's a society of nobles and rich people that have strict rules how to comport oneself in said society, and it has bluestockings.

It didn't help that the first 50% of the book is dedicated to Tommy and Philippa pining for each other mightily, and we're constantly reminded how it's impossible to be together. There is supposed to be a mission to unmask a liar who stole some cypher from his niece, but that fell flat as well. There is very little story spent on this particular mission, and the 'climax' was over in about …

Review of 'Iron Heart' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A good follow up of Crier's War, but I really think the story would benefit tremendously if there was a third book, or at least more pages.

When Ayla and Crier meet again at around the halfway point, so many events take place that the second half felt rushed and it was crammed into the remaining pages.. I had the impression everything lasted about 10 minutes, before we had to move on the next event. I wish I learned more about the alchemy. I wish I learned more about Queen Junn and her court. I wish there was more behind the two necklaces. I wish Ayla had more lessons from Lady Dear. The revelation of what happened in The Iron Heart felt glossed over. The ending was anti-climatic. There are no loose ends, though, except that one unidentified person, maybe, but I always just wanted to know more.

That said, …

reviewed The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (The Burning Kingdoms, #1)

Tasha Suri: The Jasmine Throne (Paperback, 2021, Orbit) 4 stars

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an …

Review of 'The Jasmine Throne' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

4,5 stars. This was an excellent story, with all the ingredients that make a good fantasy. Although anyone that has some experience with fantasy novels could see from the start how the two leading ladies would end up (and I'm not talking about the romance here).

It would have been 5 stars, but I was not really a fan of how the book was written. There are a lot of different POV's, and I understand that was necessary to explain the plot, but I'm not a fan of this style. What I did not like was that there were a couple of chapters where a random character was introduced, with all their thoughts and actions, only to have that character die at the end of the chapter. I think there are better ways to handle that, but that's an entirely personal opinion.

Also, why does it say TikTok made me …

reviewed Of Iron and Gold by Lexa Luthor (The Kingdoms Of Gyldren, Book 1)

Lexa Luthor: Of Iron and Gold (2020, ‎Luthor Publishing) 3 stars

Princess Kinsey has been given four Alpha slaves, and she must choose one to impregnate …

Review of 'Of Iron and Gold' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

At its core, this is just another story about a princess, destined to rule, who falls in love with her slave/guard/commoner/anyone else not suitable. But, since this is set in the Omegaverse, the attraction and lust are cranked up to eleven and beyond. This then culminates in a long, long sex scene, swiftly followed by the inevitable breakup. There's another sex-scene near the end, but I skipped that one.

Ultimately, I was less than impressed with this book.

On a tangential note: I don't want to see the word (g)rumbled ever again in my books. For the lols, I did a search, but I stopped counting at 85 and I was only at chapter 8.

Helen Corcoran: Queen of Coin and Whispers (2020, O'Brien Press, Limited, The) 4 stars

Review of 'Queen of Coin and Whispers' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Generally, I do not like books written in first person POV, and I really do not like books written in alternating first person POV. The few books I have read that were written in first person weren't bad or anything, it's just that the format is not something I can enjoy.

However, I thought I'd venture outside of my comfortzone and picked this book on a whim. While I still don't enjoy the format, Queen of Coin and Whispers was a damn good story.

Nineteen-year old princess Lia inherits the throne to the Kingdom sooner than she expected. I like how this book averts a common trope: Lia actually does want to rule and she is determined to fix the mess the previous King, who was her uncle, has left behind. Of course, things are never as easy as planned. Lia has few allies, and needs a spymaster. She kind …

reviewed Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (The Founders Trilogy, #1)

Robert Jackson Bennett, Robert Jackson Bennett: Foundryside (Paperback, 2019, Broadway Books) 4 stars

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a …

Review of 'Foundryside' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Great story, but it was not without some flaws.

Foundryside tells the story of Sancia, a thief with some special abilities. The story takes place in the city of Tevanne, which consists of 4 merchant houses in their sealed off compounds and endless slums. Sancia takes on a high-stakes job of stealing an item from within one of the guarded compounds. She knows she should have said no, but she needs the money to make her normal again.

This world employs magic on an industrial scale. The lore behind the magic is interesting, but it requires a lot of explanation on how it works–or does not work if that's the case. This sometimes interrupts the flow of the story. There is quite an extensive action scene in the first half of the book, where people employ magic that shouldn't be possible. This prompts an elaborate explanation on the origins and …

Tamsyn Muir: Gideon the Ninth (EBook, 2019, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

"The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some …

Review of 'Gideon the Ninth' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

4.5 stars. I'm not quite sure how to review this book, so I'll write down some observations.

I loved Gideon. She has a fuck it, fuck them, and when it comes to Harrowhark, fuck you in particular attitude. Both girls hate each other with the power of a thousand suns, but there's also some camaraderie between the two. I really liked the interaction between the two.

This book has about 400 pages, and while I consider myself quite good at English, there were on average two words per page I had to look up. That means I learned about 800 new words (well, I've forgotten most of them already). There were even one or two words even never heard of. Most of them were just archaic English.

The only thing that bothered me was the worldbuilding. There is space travel, spacestations, and an Cohort that does battle on remote …