Can’t Wait for Books of 2021 – Part I

Can’t Wait for Books of 2021 – Part I

Happy belated Valentines to the best people on the internet. (imo.) In honour of my favourite holiday, I wanted to pass the love to the new releases coming out in the first quarter of 2021 that have made it onto my radar.

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BOOK REVIEW: KING OF SCARS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

BOOK REVIEW: KING OF SCARS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

‘I am the monster, and the monster is me.’

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.


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Leigh Bardugo is one of my most beloved and most-read authors. Yet before King of Scars, she’d written more books I disliked rather than liked. (Mind you, I’ve only read her Grishaverse books.) Whilst I love Six of Crows with my whole heart, I found the entire Grisha Trilogy to be underwhelming, to put it politely. Consequently I wasn’t sure if I wanted to revisit Ravka and the politics of the Grisha again. I don’t know if it was my lowered expectations, but this book ended up being one of my favourite books that Bardugo has yet to publish.

This review doesn’t spoil King of Scars, but I wouldn’t recommend reading if you haven’t read the previous books this universe. 

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CHARACTERS I’D COSPLAY

CHARACTERS I’D COSPLAY

Hello readers! It’s that time of the year where I live vicariously through people in the US who participate in Halloween (because Australia just does not). Honestly it hurts my soul, and I would definitely use my sewing machine more if costuming/cosplaying was a bigger thing here. But nevertheless I still have an ever-growing list of the leading ladies that I would love to dress up as.

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MY FAVOURITE NON-CANON SHIPS

MY FAVOURITE NON-CANON SHIPS

Hello readers! Today I’m writing about my favourite couples that aren’t canon or never got together. If I’ve ever felt passionate about a top five Wednesday post, it’s this one. My shipper heart is running wild. Don’t forget to visit the T5W Goodreads group if you’d like to participate in future topics!

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