Book Review. Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin. 4 stars.

Warning: Contains minor spoilers.

Another amazing book from Shelby Mahurin and another amazing series that left me sad that it was over. I can’t live like this… great stories just ending, 😭😭😭

Let’s start with what I liked…

Nicolina’s POV was a nice treat. We get another perspective on everything plus her own past and more about the wraiths. That made for another curious addition and how Lou got trapped inside Nicolina.

Lou’s POV from inside Nicilina was another good perspective. Her struggle to get free brought painful memories to the surface for both Lou and Nicolina, and I think that made me sympathise more with Nicolina.

Revelations on Coco’s family (I’ll spare you specifics here) made me so happy since that’s my favourite kind of magical being. It also expanded the world and allowed for more fun with gathering allies.

The epilogue. No spoilers but… I cried. I actually cried. 

What I did/didn’t like…

I both liked and didn’t like Lou and Reed having such a brief moment as themselves before it got take from them again. It felt like I didn’t get a chance to love them together again after their issues in book 2. I needed at least a chapter of normalcy between them before things changed. 

What I didn’t like…

Reid is still too bratty for my liking. 

Final thoughts…

After finishing this book, I felt satisfied enough over the story’s ending, but a sort of emptiness over leaving the characters. It’s a love story with a ton of magic and amazing characters along with a beautiful French influence.

Book Review. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. 5 stars.

Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more.

If The Infernal Devices and The Colour of Magic had a baby, Sorcery of Thorns would be it. It’s a fun mystery with quirky magic and curious characters. Definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. Also, it’s a standalone which I recommend if you’re like me and binge on too many unfinished series. I need to read a story that has a satisfying ending. 

What I liked…

Elizabeth is a super likeable character. She’s young but not immature. She also puts things together asap rather than flailing about aimlessly and missing the obvious. 

Nathaniel is actually quite funny from a reader’s perspective despite Elizabeth’s previous opinion of him. I loved the flashback to their first meeting at the beginning of the book. It helped set up her ideas of sorcerers. 

Silus was definitely an interesting fellow with being a demon, but also being somewhat different to other demons. And then later… no spoilers on that, but I liked seeing two sides of him. 

The magic is fun and quirky with living books that can turn into weird and scary creatures. The idea of sorcerers getting their magic from demons makes them more unique in this world. And I liked how their powers were obviously limited. 

The plot/character balance was just my thing. 

The plot had twists and turns that made it exciting but was pretty easy to follow. There were reminders of little things in case I forgot, but i didn’t since it was done so well.

The writng was wonderful. Analogies were unique, sometimes I had to think on them, but they made sense and were actually fun to try and visualise. I’m talking a few in the whole book.

What I didn’t like…

I find the “sheltered girl” trope a little borning these days. I felt there was no obvious reason why she was so clueless about the real world since she wasn’t a prisoner or anything. 

Final thoughts…

If you like magical mysteries, plot twists, and loveable characters and a sprinkle of cute romance, then I recommend this book.