REVIEWS: King of Fools & And We Call It Love.
Updated: Jan 5
This is just a round up post of all my recent netgalley reviews.
King of Fools:
Enne Salta is on a mission to find her mother and along the way becomes friends with an unlikely ally, Levi Glaisyer who is one of the most famous and most wanted con man in the city. After the events of Ace of Shades, Enne is forced to assume the identity of Séance, a devilish figure in her world, and because of this they must continue playing the game that was set out before them. Enne must play two roles in her life now, one of the charming lady and the other of a crime lord and she is unsure of which side of her will win.
In this climatic follow up, as the reader you go through a multitude of emotions. The whole world is much more complicated than in the first and the relationships grow stronger and evolve. The relationship between Levi and Enne is so much more, they entangle themselves together even when they don’t mean to. Their bond is powerful and such an unlikely pair to get on. The kind that I like in YA books.
This book fortunately does not fall into the second book syndrome where the second book doesn’t do as well plot wise and all. This was a riveting sequel full of action packed moments and the occasional romance plot. Both books compliment each other, as sequels should do. In addition to this, we follow different point of views. Theses POVS are from Enne, Levi and Jac. All of these characters enrich the story in different ways.
Overall, this book was an excellent follow up to Ace of Shades.
4 out of 5 Stars.
And We Call it Love:
Thank you to netgalley for providing this wonderful and different book to me. Clare and Zari are best friends and they do everything together, write music, etc. they know everything about each other in the way only best friends would. They mean so much to each other but then one day Zari starts dating this guy called Dion and that’s when their relationship starts to stand the test. But when Zari comes in to school one day with hidden bruises, Clare knows that something is up and something needs to be done.
This book seriously needs content warnings so here goes: Domestic Abuse, Family and Friends abuse. Emotional abuse.
This book is written in verse, which is an interesting concept these days. Books and authors always are trying to be innovative and new so this was a cool concept. The plot was compelling and it was full of heartbreak. The narration of this book was so raw. It broke my heart on multiple occasions.
I really enjoyed the book but like I said, it broke my heart and when a book does that, I know, it has pulled my heartstrings.
3 out of 5 stars.
Girl Who Came out of the Woods:
This is only going to be a short review on this book because it wasn’t one I liked at all. This book just wasn’t for me. It was very confusing and I just felt that I had to force myself to carry on reading it. And also, when you name characters after certain gods, I’m always going to draw back to mythology and not whatever this was. I feel like this was attempt by Emily Barr to make this book appeal to a hipster. Emily Barr is usually a good writer as I have reviewed her other books, but this one wasn’t connecting with me like her other books have. If it wasn’t for the fact that I read this book via Netgalley (thank you by the way) I’m not sure whether I would have spent the money on it and if I did, I would have regretted it.
Overall 1 star.