A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab

I’ll be honest: I spent a considerable amount of time trying to decide whether I wanted to give this book 3 stars or 5 stars, so finally I settled on 4 because neither 3 nor 5 seemed more right than the other. Upon picking up this book, I was instantly swept in and thought for certain it would be one of my favourite reads in a long while. The premise is a little odd, but the world Schwab has established for us is so vivid and unique. I plowed through the first half of this book in a couple evenings.

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black.

Sigh. What to say about Coldtown… This book had a lot of promise. Our initial main three characters are interesting and have a fun dynamic. Our protagonist Tana is just your regular girl with a sad past trying to make it in a world where vampires are real and live in military-policed quarantine zones called Coldtowns. Her charismatic ex-boyfriend Aiden and mysterious and insane vampire Gavriel join her on a mission to the nearest Coldtown that ends in her discovering quite the plot. This is where things start to fall apart.

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