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The Girl of Ink and Stars | Beautiful cover, beautiful story

I said the other day that Radio Silence might just be my book of the year, but already there’s a new contender competing for this year’s place: Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl of Ink and Stars.

The Girl of In51HhcQYpC3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_k and Stars surprised me with how much was packed into two hundred or so pages. I pretty much only bought the book because I liked the cover (I know, I’m terrible) and I was worried that it would be a case of all-boasting, no-substance. Some books can beΒ a bit over-producedΒ but lack the content to make this seem worthwhile. This one has fold-out endpages that reveal two maps of the Island of Joya, the book’s main setting, and illustrations in the margins of every page. But, far from being a needless addition, these features actually add to the reading experience. Continue reading “The Girl of Ink and Stars | Beautiful cover, beautiful story”

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo

shadow-and-bone-the-grisha-1-leigh-bardugoShadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha trilogy, has all the promises for a wonderfully original fantasy series, but it suffers from two problems that are difficultΒ to ignore: it lacks plot and character development, and the world building really isn’t there.

There is a simple reason for this: Shadow and Bone is about a hundred pages short of where it should be. Clocking in at just over 80,000 words, it’s only the average length of a contemporary. There just isn’t the time and space to fit in all the details needed for the reader to connect with the characters and the world. Continue reading “Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo”