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Daphne (Winged Reviews)

Book blogger & twitter-er. Loves God, pretty dresses, teatime and fictional princes. Yes, I do live in the 21st Century. Winged Reviews is where I'm at.


Shatter Me  - Tahereh Mafi I really enjoyed this one - I admit the romance really pulled me in. I thought Juliette, Adam and Warner were all really intriguing and I wanted to learn more about all of them. Could've used a bit more world-building and less cross-outs but overall really enjoyed it. I definitely will read the next book.
Every Day - David Levithan 3.5 stars. Absolutely beautiful writing but I wasn't really impressed with the A and Rhiannon side of the story. It had more to do with A's actions than anything. Loved reading about him in different bodies though! Full review to come.
Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple Really funny and heartwarming. Loved the beginning more than the end, but really enjoyed it overall.
Angel - Tiffany Reisz I really do enjoy these books a lot. There was a lot more about the characters in this one as compared to the first book, The Siren. Loved learning more about Soren and Nora's past. Also, Michael is so sweet. There was a lack of Wesley though, but all in all I really enjoyed it!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black The Cold got me in the end! I ended up loving it, especially that ending. I know it's a standalone but I wouldn't mind spending more time in this world. Full review to come.
Warm Up - Victoria Schwab Haunting. I really can't wait to read Vicious! A fantastic little starter.
The Elites - Natasha Ngan 3.5 stars. An unexpected read for me. Started off slow, but I enjoyed the book more and more as it got closer to the climax--and there were some shocks! Loved the way the narration was structured, but wanted to feel a bit closer to the characters personally. Full review to come.
The City's Son  - Tom Pollock Just brilliant. I'm finding it tough to say more than that, but Tom Pollock has created a city within my city filled with wonder, war and compelling characters. I also did not see any of the last 50 pages coming! Full review to come!
The Falconer - Elizabeth May Just brilliant (even though it has probably the cruelest ending ever - BIG cliffhanger)! Elizabeth May is a genius at characterisation, action and plotting. The story was gritty, emotionally resonant and I just loved the characters. More Derrick and Gavin please! Aileana is an amazing heroine. I needed the next book yesterday. Full, gushing review to come!
Fortunately, the Milk . . . - Neil Gaiman Just ace. I would've truly, truly loved this as a child. The time-travel, the scope of the adventure, the instantly memorable characters (I mean, professor dinosaurs? Pirates? Volcano gods?). Was delightful!
Cruel Summer - James Dawson Ooh, solid murder mystery with a great voice. Reminds me of The O.C. and every other teen soap you love. Crazy ending, I couldn't stop reading it!
The Woken Gods - Gwenda Bond 4.5 stars Really, really strong story. Fresh characterisation and choice of gods, very likeable characters, engaging plot. This has the potential to be SO huge, I want more of this world! Sequel please? Full review to come.
Throne of Glass II - Sarah J. Maas It was slow to start but my gosh all those revelations at the end blew my mind! Love how much the mysteries from the first book like the Wyrdmarks were actually explained, and the world-building improved so much in scope from the first book. I can picture Erilea very clearly now, with all its history and strife. Extremely good action scenes, where I honestly felt like I was in the middle of it all. I think what's stopping me from giving it full marks was a slow beginning (even though when *that* happened, it quickly became awesome). I try not to be petty, but I was Team Dorian all the way and while I loved his character development in this book, I'm sad because I loved thier relationship and banter from Throne of Glass and I missed it here. Full review to come!
The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson Probably my favourite book of 2013 so far. Just amazing! It was fun, exciting, with tremendous world building. I mean, it actually had its own subject which I ended up learning through the helpful drawings before every chapter and before long I was lecturing my husband on it! Loved the friendship/banter between Joel and Melody. It also ended pretty chillingly. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW. Full review to come, probably with more caps.
Tampa - Alissa Nutting I think I enjoyed this is a twisted way. It was a really well-written book, but it was so hard to get into the narrator's mindset (or really I didn't want to) that I wasn't as fully immersed into it. Probably a must-read for this summer though, given all the controversy it will likely start. Full review, maybe.
The Night Itself - Zoƫ Marriott 4.5 stars rounded up because it made me think of the anime greats of my childhood. Really fantastic story, loads of action, witty characters and the coolest set of mythological creatures since Percy Jackson. It'll be a long wait for book 2! Full review to come.