Book Review: Tithe by Holly Black

Friday 19 January 2024

 Book Review: Tithe by Holly Black

Thank you to Bolinda Audio and Netgalley for the access to the Audiobook of Tithe for an honest review.

Tithe follows 16 year old Kaye who travels from city to city with her mothers rock band until an attack forces her back to her childhood home.

There Kaye somehow finds herself an unwilling pawn in the war between two faerie kingdoms.

As a massive fan of The Cruel Prince I was really excited to listen to this story which seemed from the similar realm however I fear it wasn't really one for me.

The audio and narration were all really well done however the story itself just didn't capture my interest like Holly Black's other books do.

Maybe as this story is marketed too a YA audience and is abit on the shorter side. I just didn't feel like the characters were fleshed out enough to be discernable to the point where if I lost track of the Audiobook I would then become unsure who was who and how they related to the main character.

Not one for me sadly but the audio was very well done. 

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Book Review: The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

 Book Review: The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

Thank you to Bonnier Books UK and Netgalley for the advance reader copy of The Invocations for an honest review.

The Invocations follows three different women each with a different goal.

Zara Jones wants to learn magic to resurrect her murdered sister. She will do whatever it takes to get her back.

Jude Wolf has dabbled in magic in the past and unintentionally cursed herself after a deal with a demon that went wrong. This is turning her soul necrotic and she needs a witch to help her remove the invocation.

Finally there is Emer Bryne the Witch and solution to both of their problems. Emer gives spells to desperate women in need however these women are being murdered one by one by a serial killer in a similar manner to how her family were murdered when she was a child.

Together the three of them team up to find the serial killer and stop whoever they are.

I love Krystal Sutherlands books this and House of Hollow have been two very well crafted and unique reads.

The book is told from three different perspectives but these all come together perfectly to tell the story. Every character had their own clear voice and personality and everyone's back story was well crafted and added in.

Another wonderful book by Sutherland and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.

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Book Review: Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands

 Book Review: Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands

Thank you to Netgalley and Little Brown Book Group for the advance reader copy of Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands for  an honest review.

After the first book I was incredibly excited to read the sequel and I am happy to say it did not disappoint.

In this book mysterious faeries from other realms are appearing at Emily's university and she must uncover the secret to find the way back to Bambley's realms. Wendell Bambleby the exiled faerie king part of the reason Emily has yet to accept his proposal.

With her encyclopaedia published she has a new project a map of the otherlands. While sorting this research Bambley lands her in yet more trouble when assassin's appear at the university.

This leads them on another adventure trying to find the door to his realm, the only issue the last researcher who searched for these doors and tried to uncover them disappeared years ago.

I would go as far to say that this book was better than the first one and I really enjoyed that story.

This book gave a perfect balance in the story between fast paced elements in the faerie realm and slower more cosy researching in the alps. Emily and Wendell's romance is more prominent in this book but it doesn't overtake the plot. We are also introduced to various new side characters and these are well built into the plot.

This book has action straight from the beginning and kept me hooked until the end. I finished it in a couple of days.

For fans of the first book you will definitely enjoy this sequel. The ending also leaves room for a third book in the series and following this book I really hope we get a third book in the series.

I would 100% recommend both this book and the first book in the series. 

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