Book Review – Beasts Made of Night

Title: Beasts Made of Night

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi

Genre: YA fantasy

Published: By Razorbill on September 26th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.
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Book Review – Geekerella

Title:  Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genre: Young adult, fairy  tale retelling

Published: By Quirk Books on April 4th, 2017

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Thoughts

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

This book moved me to tears so many times and sometimes they were even happy – this coming from someone who rarely cries while reading and never admits to it in public. To be honest, Cinderella isn’t my favourite fairy tale because I always thought she was kind of a coward for not standing up to her stepmother or sisters. It was refreshing to read this retelling because I finally understand how hopeless her situation was and at least our MC in this one, Danielle, is more rebellious than the character she is based on. The characters were the best part of the book for me. Things happened at a steady pace that kept me hooked and I finished the book in one sitting. The love story was not a case of insta-love and it had a modern spin to it. The “geek culture” portrayed in this is accurate and relevant. I enjoyed every little reference thrown in there for the benefit of all the fans – especially The Lord of the Rings ones. There are some minor flaws but because I rarely read books that override the fierce control I have of my emotions, I’m going to give it top rating.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

This book is written for every geeky/nerdy kid/teen/adult out there. I would also recommend it to fans of fairy tale retellings. Some peanut butter sandwiches would go well with this book (you’ll have to read it to see why). As for the music, a mashup of sci-fi themes from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc. would be perfect.

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