The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin

HOT DOG!!!!!!!! DO YOU LIKE POST-APOCALYPTIC TALES, MAGIC, LGBTQ+ REP, SHADOWY GOVERNMENT ORGS, POLYAMORY, AND FUCKING ROCK MONSTERS!?? THEN BUDDY THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!!!!!

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin is, without a doubt, the best book I have read in a really long time. This book is incredible. It’s one of those books you rent from the library but then you have to go out and buy just because you need to PAY THE AUTHOR RIGHT NOW IMMEDIATELY.

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I have so much gushing to do I honestly don’t know where to start. I’m just gonna break it down into easy-to-organize sections or else I’m gonna word vomit all over this review.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Mackenzi Lee

I’ll be honest, this is not my usual genre. This book was recommended to me as a BISEXUAL TIME TRAVEL BOOK so obviously I immediately rushed to buy it in the first available format I could. Tragically, this is in actuality a bisexual HISTORICAL FICTION book, which is really nothing like bisexual time travel, a fact that resulted in much sadness and tears.

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I also made the quite frankly massive mistake of starting this as an audiobook (like I said, I leapt at the first available format), and was thoroughly convinced by chapter 2 that this book SUCKED. I am so very glad I eventually gave up on my 10 bucks or whatever it was I sank into that audiobook and just got the ebook from the library. Buddy, lemme tell you: this book… DOESN’T suck. At all.

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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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