The Ruin of Kings || Book Review

Title: The Ruin of Kings
Author: Jenn Lyons
Series/Number: A Chorus of Dragons #1
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Age: Adult
Page Count: 560
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Themes: LGBTQ+, Dragons, Friendship, Magic, Thieves

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son to a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a prince isn’t what the tales promised. He also learns that the tales lied about a lot of other things: dragons, demons, prophecies, gods, love, and that the hero always wins. But, kihrin is not destined to save the empire. He is destined to destroy it.

Alright, this review is long over due. I mean I finished reading this book a couple months ago and I’m sorry I never reviewed it until now, but here we go.

I will start off by being honest. It took me a couple months to get through this chunker of a fantasy book. It didn’t take me long because I wasn’t enjoying it or because anything was wrong with the book, I was just having trouble with the physical format of the book (font, page setting, etc.).

I will say that though it took me forever to get through it I absolutely loved this book. I loved the interesting plot and the characters. Our main chracter started off as most fantasy characters do, by being poor or of a lesser class, however I found the take on magic and his circumstances really interesting.

I also enjoyed how we had two timelines happening. We were reading present day of our characters lives, as well as how they got where they are now. I think that was a nice touch in making connections throughout the story, as well as slowly providing the important information you need.

At times the info dumping was a bit dense. I found there were points that felt like it took forever to get through the background or history within the story. I think those were the hardest parts to get through within in the book.

Overall, the world was great, the pacing was good, the characters were amazing, the LGBTQ+ was good, and I mean, there were dragons. So, how could I not love this?

Horror Haunts || Mary – eARC Review

Title: Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter
Author: Brea Grant, Yishan Li
Series/Number: 
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novel
Age: Young Adult
Page Count: 144
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Six Foot Press
Themes: Magic, Monsters, Friendship, Paranormal

Mary is the Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaughter of Mary Shelley. Her entire family is filled with women who became successful authors in the legacy of the great author. Mary is expected to become a successful author but she isn’t sure what she wants to do with her future. As she is trying to discover her calling she finds that she has some unconventional powers and unconventional friends. She has the ability to heal monsters, and those monsters aren’t going to let her ignore her calling.

~Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC copy of this book ~

To start I will say that this was super interesting. It started off with some real spooky season, Halloween vibes and they continued throughout the whole story. I loved how we followed the descendants of the first Mary Shelley and their lives.

For one thing I loved this art style. I loved the dark colour pallet and how each character had their own distinct look and style. I also loved all the characters. They were complex and interesting. I absolutely want to continue this series as it goes on. I am so excited to see what happens to Mary and her friends next!

Horror Haunts || Meddling Kids – Book Review

Title: Meddling Kids
Author: Edgar Cantero
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Gothic, Horror, Novella
Age: Adult
Page Count: 108
Publication Date: 1872
Themes: Vampires, LGBTQ+

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the Scooby-Doo gang were all grown up and battled real monsters? Well, here is your chance.

In 1977 the Blyton Summer Detective Club closed their final and fated case. 13 years later the teen are all grown up. Andy, Kerri, Nate, and Kerri’s dog Tim must get back together to return to Blyton Hills. Nate was in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts, where his only friend is Peter, previous member of the detective club and movie star. The only problem is Peter has been dead for years. The remainders of the Detective Club need to reopen their final case, and discovered why it changed their lives and discover if the culprit was really just a man in a mask or something far scarier.

I’m going to start with what drew me to this book. SCOOBY-DOO ALL GROWN UP! I mean, I grew up on Scooby-Doo. I absolutely loved Scooby-Doo growing up. Then putting the Scooby-Doo gang, or at least some people vaguely resembling the gang, into some real horror scenarios.

I really loved the nostalgic 90’s vibes of this book. It was so fun and really did feel like a fresh take on Scooby-Doo. The cover gives away the vibe of this book. It is definitely a fun and light hearted book in a lot of ways. I loved the 90s nostalgic vibe of the book that really made it feel fun and remincent of all the 90s shows I grew up watching.

I have very few critiques of this book. One critique is that I had a was that I guessed what the big bad secret monster was in the first few chapters of the book. Even having guessed the plot twist didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book at all, and I think people who aren’t necessarily familiar with that particular twist may miss it.

My second critique was that I didn’t find this book specifically scary. This isn’t a critique of the book because I haven’t been finding a lot of horror scary lately. Though I didn’t find the book scary it was exciting and fast-paced. It was interesting and there were some twists I didn’t expect to happen.

Overall, if you enjoy horror and Scooby-Doo vibes I highly recommend this book.

Horror Haunts || Finding My Niche

Hello friends,

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I like horror books. I mean, who is really surprised right? Well, one thing I have discovered as I get back into horror is that I don’t know what specific things I like in horror, or where my niche is. So, here are some horror sub-genres and a book I want to read in each sub-genre.

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