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The Demon Inside by M.L. Sparrow || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Demon Inside

Title:  The Demon Inside

Author: M. L. Sparrow

Published: 11. May 2015

Edition: M. L. Sparrow

                 Kindle Edition, 299 pages

Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Zombies


Darcy was a perfectly normal teenage girl, enjoying the summer after completing her A Levels with her boyfriend Alec. Until the night strange creatures begin falling from the sky, infecting people and transforming them into crazed, animalistic cannibals.

Having lost everything in one foul swoop – her parents, her home and all future plans – all Darcy can do is try to protect the people she does have left. Together, she and Alec, along with her younger sister, sarcastic best-friend, Alec’s alcoholic father and the family dog, set off on a journey to find somewhere safe in a world where everything is different.
However, when they do finally discover a haven, a place to call home again, can they remain? And who will survive?

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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

The Demon Inside wasn’t what I expected it to be and I meant that in both a good and bad way. I have read quiet a few zombie and apocalypse books before and they tend to fascinate me. I just find the whole concept interesting, plus it’s always exiting to read survival stories. (At least to me it is.)

When I’m reading apocalypse and zombie books I expect them to be thrilling and action packed. Sadly this wasn’t the case with this book. There was action in some parts of the book, but I found it mostly lacking in that department. The story felt very slow, especially towards the middle. Another thing that comes to mind when you think about zombies is horror, and I expected to find it in this book as well. Don’t get me wrong, there were horror elements, but you can definitely see that it’s aimed at a young adult audience – I just expected a lot more gore and violence from it. Not that that is a bad thing or anything, it’s just something that stood out to me. (Probably because I usually read adult horror novels, particularly Stephen King.)

The first part of the book is mostly focused on the characters, how some of them met and got to know each other better. It almost felt like a contemporary book at that point. My problem with this part was the insta-love between Darcy and Alec. That’s a trope that I seriously dislike and this book was no exception to that. Though I have to say that I enjoyed reading about their relationship more as the story progressed. The second part is more about survival and stuff like that. (And I already expressed my thoughts on that bit.)

I liked most of the characters. Darcy, Alec and Callie definitely stood out to me and I liked them the most. The other side characters were rather forgettable and I didn’t care all that much about them. Darcy was a very likeable protagonist and I enjoyed reading her story. Alec was interesting as well and I liked their relationship in general, though as I already mentioned the beginning wasn’t the best. (Insta-love is something that really bothers me.) I liked the dynamic between Darcy, Alec and Callie – it was a lot of fun to read about.

Overall I liked this book, but I wasn’t blown away by it or anything like that. I found it to be rather slow for an apocalypse/zombie novel and the horror aspect wasn’t there for me. The characters were interesting and likeable, but the romance wasn’t the best (in the beginning mostly). I would recommend you to check this book out, especially if you enjoy there types of books!

Lastly I would like to thank the author, M. L. Sparrow, for sending me a copy of her book!

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The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The UploadedTitle: The Uploaded

Author: Ferrett Steinmetz

Published: 5. September 2017

Edition: Angry Robot

Kindle Edition, 448 pages

Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopia


Life sucks and then you die…

In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…

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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

The world created within this story was fascinating. It was by far my favourite aspect of the novel. This dystopian world seemed possible in every single way, as technology advances with each year and I could see it coming to this point. The world was also rather terrifying and I would definitely NOT want to live in it, but lets be real, there isn’t a dystopian world that I would like to live in in the first place. It’s also a book that made me think a lot, which is something I also enjoyed.

The plot was very interesting, but I felt that it was overstuffed. The first half of the book was very good, the introduction of the world and characters was greatly done. The second half of the book is where the problem lies. A lot of things kept happening all the time and there were a lot of information dropped on the reader throughout the second part. I feel that this book would have been better on that aspect if it was a duology, as the events would have been a bit further apart from each other and there would have been more time to absorb the information.

As many things were crammed into the second part it also affected the characters and their development. They could have definitely be developed more, but with how the book is paced there really isn’t any time for that. This book definitely suffered with how much was crammed into the story. The characters in general were interesting and I liked most of them, in the beginning that is – some of them took a nosedive throughout the story. They weren’t the most memorable characters out there either.

Another problem that I had with this book is the love triangle. As you may know I tend to hate them and find them unnecessary in books and this was no exception to that. This book could have done perfectly well without it, it would have been even better. I also felt that the story ended quiet abruptly, not everything was wrapped up the way I hoped it would be. As I already mentioned, this book would have benefited so much if it were a duology.

All in all, this book was simply all right. It had an interesting premise and world, but the characters and relationships weren’t the best. Plus the story was very crammed. I would still recommend this book, if you enjoy dystopian novels!

Have you read The Uploaded? What did you think of it?

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Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Miranda and CalibanTitle: Miranda and Caliban

Author: Jacqueline Carey

Published: 14. February 2017

Edition: Tor Books

Kindle Edition, 336 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Retelling | Romance


Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. There are chickens and goats, and a terrible wailing spirit trapped in a pine tree, but the elusive wild boy who spies on her from the crumbling walls and leaves gifts on their doorstep is the isle’s only other human inhabitant. There are other memories, too: vague, dream-like memories of another time and another place. There are questions that Miranda dare not ask her stern and controlling father, who guards his secrets with zealous care: Who am I? Where did I come from?

The wild boy Caliban is a lonely child, too; an orphan left to fend for himself at an early age, all language lost to him. When Caliban is summoned and bound into captivity by Miranda’s father as part of a grand experiment, he rages against his confinement; and yet he hungers for kindness and love.

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◄ 2 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

This is a retelling of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. You don’t actually need any prior knowledge of the play to get the story (everything is nicely explained within), though if you already love this play there is a high chance that you are going to love this book as well. Personally I just didn’t enjoy the book and The Tempest isn’t one of my favourite Shakespeare plays either.

I didn’t enjoy the writing style all that much. I felt that too many words were piled on per sentence, the same thing could have been said with a lot less words. It just felt as if the author was trying too hard to make it sound poetic. That in turn felt very forced. Though I think this comes down to personal preference, as I’m sure there are a lot people who enjoy this type of writing.

I also found the story to be rather boring. In the beginning I was actually interested in what was going on, but as the story progressed I got more and more bored by it. By the end I felt detached from everything surrounding this book, I was just happy to be done with it. I think the writing style contributed a lot to this, I felt that there were a lot of words used for very little that was actually happening.

I honestly didn’t care much for the characters. Though I did feel for both Miranda and Caliban, they both have had awful childhoods yet they managed to persevere to the best of their abilities. Prospero is a character that I hated, he was seriously awful, there were so many instances that I was uncomfortable with him being in the picture. In general this book made me uncomfortable, there was Prospero but there were a lot more things that bothered me (which I can’t get into because of spoilers). I didn’t feel the romance between Miranda and Caliban either, it felt very lacklustre.

All in all this book just wasn’t for me. Personally I wouldn’t recommend it.

Have you read Miranda and Caliban? What did you think of this book?

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer || Book Review

Marissa MeyerTitle: Scarlet

( The Lunar Chronicles #2 )

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: 7. February 2013

Edition: Puffin Books

Paperback, 452 pages

Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Fairy Tale


This is not the fairytale you remember.

But it’s one you won’t forget.

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

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◄ 4 out of 5 stars ►

SPOILER WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book in this series, Cinder. There will be NO SPOILERS for this book though. I do have a full review for Cinder, which you can check out if you are interested in more of my thoughts on that book.

Marissa Meyer expanded the world she created in her first book, Cinder, wonderfully. I was already fascinated by the world she created in the first book and getting to see more from it in this second book was amazing! We found out many new things and the more the world keeps being expanded the more I’m loving it. Meyer has definitely managed to create an intriguing world that I just want to know more about. (And I will, as she has many more books set in this world.)

The story of this book was very fast paced and I couldn’t put the book down at all. The actual story starts a few days/weeks (I’m not 100% sure) after the events of Cinder and the awful things that happened at the ball. In this book we followed a few different characters, which mean that we got a few different stories that were somehow intertwined. (I can’t go into much detail about that, as it would spoil things.) I was really interested in all the happenings in this book. The action simply kept me hooked and I needed to know what was going to happen next.

It took me a while to connect to the characters. I don’t know, there was just something about both Scarlet and Wolf that kept bothering me in the beginning. I really can’t put my finger on what exactly it was. I remember instantly loving Cinder and Kai when I was reading the first book, but that didn’t happen this time around. The more I read about Scarlet and Wolf the more I liked them both and by the end I cared a great deal about them. I really liked Thorne as well, he was hilarious and his interactions with Cinder were amazing!


I really liked Scarlet and I can’t believe it took me this long to read it! (But better late than never.) Comparing Scarlet and Cinder: I liked the characters in Cinder more, while the story I found lacking in some ways. I liked the story and action in Scarlet more, while I needed time to come around to like the characters. All in all, I really liked this book and I can’t wait to continue reading The Lunar Chronicles!

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Because You Love To Hate Me || Anthology Review

Because You Love To Hate MeTitle:

Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy


Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

Published: 24. July 2017

Edition: Bloomsbury Childrens

                 Paperback, 368 pages

Genre: Short Stories | Young Adult | Fantasy


Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

As this is an anthology consisting of 13 stories written by different authors I have decided to review each story separately and give each of them their own star rating. The reviews will be vary in length, depending on how much I have to say about each individual story.

TRIGGER WARNING: Rape in Cindy Pon’s story Beautiful Venom.

  • The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Ahdieh – 4 out of 5 stars

I very much enjoyed this story! The world was very imaginative and interesting – with just a few pages it managed to capture my attention and intrigue me. I found all the characters to be very fascinating and I just wanted to keep reading about them. (Though Rhone was definitely my favourite!) I would definitely read a whole book set in this world and with these characters.

  • Jack by Ameriie – 3 out of 5 stars

This story had a very interesting perspective. It was fascinating seeing such a famous story from the perspective of the antagonist. While the whole concept was interesting to me, and I enjoyed the writing style, the story fell a bit flat in my opinion. I just wanted (and expected) something more from it.

  • Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainani – 2 out of 5 stars

The format of this one surprised me quiet a bit – it’s written completely in text messages. It took me a while to get into the story because of it’s format. I had quiet a few mixed feelings about this story while reading it. The ending I very much liked, it bumped up the rating for me. Gwen was a really interesting character to read about.

  • Shirley and Jim by Susan Dennard – 1 out of 5 stars

I’m very particular when it comes to Sherlock Holmes retellings and I really didn’t enjoy this one. I didn’t like any of the characters and I just didn’t care what was going to happen. I can’t seem to get into Dennard’s books, she just doesn’t seem to be an author that I get on with. (As I read Truthwitch by her and didn’t like it either.)

  • The Blessing of Little Wants by Sarah Enni – 2 out of 5 stars

This story I found to be confusing at times, especially towards the ending. I just couldn’t follow some of the events that happened, which I found frustrating. I really didn’t like Sigrid as a character, something about her was seriously bothering me (though I can’t put my finger on what exactly). Overall this story was interesting, but it just didn’t wow me.

  • The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer – 4 out of 5 stars

I found the whole concept of this story fascinating! I really connected with Nerit and felt for her. The story was a bit too predictable for me, I knew where it would go from the beginning. It was very interesting to read from Nerit’s point of view, especially since I have never read a book that takes place underwater. The setting was amazing and I definitely need to pick up some mermaid (or general underwater) books in the future.

  • Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon – 5 out of 5 stars

Trigger warning: rape

The whole concept of this story was fascinating, from the setting to the actual happenings! I enjoyed the writing style a lot and I definitely plan on picking up something else by this author in the future. I loved the main character, she was amazing and I loved being in her head. This story made me so angry, it’s a representation of todays rape culture and it left me feeling frustrated. (In a good way, if that’s possible.)

  • Death Knell by Victoria Schwab – 5 out of 5 stars

First of all, it’s Victoria Schwab so I obviously loved it. I loved the way this story was written, it almost felt like a little fairy tale. The concept behind this story was fascinating, Schwab manages to create some of the uniquest settings out there. The two main characters were really interesting (in their own very different way) and I wanted to know more about both of them.

  • Marigold by Samantha Shannon – 3 out of 5 stars

I don’t often read any fae stories, or rather this is one of the only ones that I have ever read. The setting was very interesting and I liked the time period as well, it brought a lot to the story, which was amazing. I just didn’t click with it completely, there was just something that felt off for me and didn’t allow me to completely enjoy it. (And I can’t exactly pinpoint why I felt that way about it.)

  • You, You, It’s All About You by Adam Silvera – 5 out of 5 stars

I found the whole concept behind this story fascinating. I just couldn’t stop reading it! By the end of it I wanted more and more from it! (I would definitely read a whole book about this story.) I also loved the characters and the story was amazing as well. This is definitely one of my favourites from this anthology. And I need to get my hands on some Adam Silvera books as soon as possible!

  • Julian Breaks Every Rule by Andrew Smith – 1 out of 5 stars

I didn’t care about this story at all. I just wasn’t pulled into it and I didn’t care about what was happening or for any of the characters. Honestly it was a bother to get through. This whole story felt very forgettable to me. The writing style didn’t impress me all that much either.

  • Indigo and Shade by April Genevieve Tuchholke – 2.5 out of 5 stars

This story was simply all right. It was nothing too spectacular and I found it to be predictable. I already knew where the story would go. I didn’t really connect to the characters either, though the story kept me entertained enough that I wanted to read it and see if I was right with my predictions for it.

  • Sera by Nicola Yoon – 3 out of 5 stars

It was a really interesting story with superpowers. And if you know me you know that I love superpower stories. While the idea behind this was very interesting, though the actual story didn’t blow me away. I liked the ending a lot, it was definitely the reason that I gave it 3 starts instead 2.

Favourite stories:

  • The Blood of Imuriv by Renee Ahdieh,
  • The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer,
  • Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon,
  • Death Knell by Victoria Schwab,
  • You, you, it’s all about you by Adam Silvera.


I expected a lot from this short story collections, especially since I love villains and morally grey characters. They tend to be some of my all time favourite. Some of the stories lived up to my expectations and I really enjoyed them, but some (and that is the majority of them) fell flat for me in one way or another. More of my thoughts to come, once I actually write a full review.

Have you read Because You Love To Hate Me? What did you think of it? Which one was your favourite story? Which one did you not enjoy? Do let me know!

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Sorcery for Beginners by Matt Harry || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sorcery for BeginnersTitle: Sorcery for Beginners

( Codex Arcanum #1 )

Author: Matt Harry

Illustrator: Juliane Crump

Published: 10. October 2017.

Edition: Inkshares

Kindle Edition, 300 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Middle Grade | Magic


Five-hundred years ago, magic began to fade from the world. Combustion engines and computers took the place of enchanted plows and spell books. Sorcerers were hunted almost to extinction. Science became the primary system of belief, and the secrets of spell-casting were forgotten…until now.

Written by arcane arts preservationist and elite mage Euphemia Whitmore (along with her ordinary civilian aide Matt Harry), Sorcery for Beginners is the true how-to manual for returning magic to an uninspired world. It’s also the story of Owen Macready, a seemingly average 13-year-old who finds himself drawn into a centuries-long secret war when he uses this book to take on a school bully. But when Owen’s spell casting draws the attention of a ruthless millionaire and a secret society of anti-magic mercenaries, he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to keep magic alive in the world.

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◄ 2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have quiet a few mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I enjoyed certain aspects of it, on the other some things frustrated me. I had no idea how to rate this book for the longest time. (I’m still conflicted with my rating, but we shall go with it.)

For some reason I couldn’t get into the writing of this book. First of all my ARC had some technical difficulties, where I couldn’t read everything properly – so that was frustrating, though not the actual books fault. (I’m sure that won’t be a problem in the finished copy.) Aside from that the writing didn’t impress me much, it was simply all right. The illustrations in the book were great and I really enjoyed seeing all the hand-movements for different spells.

The magic in this book was very interesting. This book is written like a guide to it (which you can guess by the full title of this book), and that made understanding all the concepts and how the magic works very easy. The story was interesting, but didn’t capture me completely. That was because I didn’t connect with any of the characters and that makes it hard for me to enjoy the story. Most of the time I just didn’t care, but then something really interesting would happen. As I already said, very mixed feelings about this book.

This book also deals with a heavy topic – the mom left the family at the beginning of the book. And the cast of characters is very diverse, racially that is. I can’t say anything about the representation for them as I don’t qualify for that.

A little rant incoming.

It’s not filled with spoilers, as what bothered me happened at the very beginning of the book.

I thought that Owen was too trusting. Who in the world trusts a girl he only met yesterday with a magic book he just discovered? (He only interacted with her for like 5 minutes.) This seriously bothered me! Like isn’t it common sense not to do that? You don’t even know her, or anything about her! (Aside that she likes historical stuff.) And then the girl brings him with her to her friends to research the book, people he has NEVER even seen before. This part seriously frustrated me! Sorry, but being too trusting is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to characters.

Rant over.

I think this book was just aimed at a much younger audience than I am. I do tend to enjoy middle grade books from time to time, but this one just didn’t seem to be for me. Overall it was an interesting book, but not one that blew me away. I would still recommend it, especially if you are looking for a gift for a younger reader. Personally I won’t be continuing with this series.

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Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer || ARC Review

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Crossroads of Canopy

Title: Crossroads of Canopy

( Titan’s Forest #1 )

Author: Thoraiya Dyer

Published: 31. January 2017

Edition: Tor Books

Kindle Edition, 320 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Adult | Magic


At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she yearns to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy’s slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

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◄ 1 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

The premise of this book sounded very interesting. The world sounded intriguing and the story seemed promising as well. Sadly this book just didn’t reach any of the expectations I had. I really didn’t like this book and it was a chore finishing it. (I’m really glad to be done with it now.)

The writing in this reminded me of fairy tales and it’s one of the only aspects that I enjoyed from this story. While the writing was beautiful, the way the story was told was very confusing – especially in the beginning. Some of the descriptions were beautiful, while others felt bloated. The pacing of the story was off as well, it just didn’t flow well and towards the middle I was really bored with this book.

My biggest problem with this story is the main character, Unar. She is one of the most dislikable protagonists that I have ever read about! She was so childish and got angry at the most idiotic things possible. She was also very prejudiced and rude. She only cared about herself and had no understanding for anyone around her. She constantly thought that she was better than anyone else and it was very frustrating to read.

Another problem that I encountered was that Unar kept constantly thinking about sex and who she wants to sleep with (I’m not kidding, it felt as if 90 % of the book was about that) and how it’s unfair that she had to take a chastity vow. I’m asexual and reading all of that made me beyond uncomfortable. The descriptions were very awkward and disgusting, like the author didn’t know how to properly write “sensual” scenes. I really could have done without them.

The story was kind of interesting, but having Unar constantly complain about sex and how no one sees how amazing she is (I’m not kidding) made me not enjoy the story either. Unar’s thoughts kept bringing me out of the story, especially since she made me angry with her way of thinking. Honestly I just wanted to be done with this book.

Overall, I really disliked this book – as you can tell by my review (rant). I wouldn’t recommend Crossroads of Canopy, it just wasn’t good and you could be reading much better books.

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