Random Book Reviews #3

A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

While amazing (and yes, it was really really brilliant) most of my exposure to this type of fantasy is from Brandon Sanderson, and I feel like that comparison hurt this book, because following the Mistborn trilogy is a really, really, really hard thing to put on a book. So yes, brilliant, but not quite the absolute mind-blowing incredible-ness that was Vicious.

4.5 shuriken stars.

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Good thing I read this before The Secret History, right? While great, I don’t love this nearly as much as Tartt’s debut. Her writing is definitely more refined, and it is a very different story, however I just don’t care as much as I did with TSR. Theo Decker, while a lovely kid, does not hold my attention nearly as strongly. The prose is what kept me reading, and while the book is long it flies by because Tartt has a way of writing that makes reading so absolutely effortless.

4.5 shuriken stars.

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

This was a brilliant, wonderful novel. Packed full of fun and laughter and over-the-top drama and magical realism, it’s a really lovely, fun, ridiculous read. Plus, recipes.

5 shuriken stars.

how to be both – Ali Smith

I can find no fault. No flaw. No nothing. This book transcends easy critical reading, because it is so damn weird. In like the best way possible. It is, as I’ve heard people describe in the past, a ‘novel novel’. Smith takes the conception of a novel and goes ‘hey, let’s play with this why don’t we’ and proceeds to stretch it in every direction. The writing is wonderful, the story is wonderful, the tone is fun and playful and brilliant, and it is, simply, so damn good.

5 shuriken stars.

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