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The Sadeiest by Austrian Spencer

Today I’m participating in the book tour for The Sadeiest. I have to say in advance that this is quite possibly the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. It’s not for the squeamish. Let’s jump into the review.

What is our perceived notion of death is wrong? What if it isn’t what we imagined at all? Maybe death actually dies for us instead of silently watching on. Death pays for his sin by dying again and again. William is a Sadeiest. William is death. He dies daily, but he also saves the trapped souls of people. He is thrown into this world with very little training. What he doesn’t know is that his destiny is so much bigger than he ever imagined.

My Thoughts on The Sadeiest

Firstly, I have to say I’m blown away by the author’s imagination. The Sadeiest is so unique. A lot of thought went into the development of the world and magic system.

I expected this to be a dark read. I was definitely right. It was extremely gruesome and graphic. And it was gritty and dark. It will be great for the toughest of horror lovers. It’s definitely darker than what I’m used to, but I can respect the storyline.

If you’re looking for a terrifying, unique horror novel this one is for you.

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The Butterfly Effect by Rachel Mans McKenny Review

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The Butterfly Effect is out of my normal comfort zone, but it was what I needed in the moment. I jumped in after reading Darkdawn and it felt like a breath of fresh air. Let’s get to the review.

Greta Oto is not a social butterfly. She is nowhere close. She tends to prefer the company of bugs to humans. When her twin brother Danny is hospitalized, due to an aneurysm, she has to give up a lifetime research gig. When she comes home she has to face the people she has been avoiding for years. Through it all, Greta works on completing her dissertation, and she might even learn a little about the people in her life.

My Thoughts on The Butterfly Effect

Let me start by saying, Greta is the most infuriating character that I have ever met. But don’t let that scare you away from The Butterfly Effect. This book brings out so many emotions, especially anger. As annoying as Greta was, I could feel the hidden depths of her emotions. Greta had been hurt many times in the past, so she used her personality as a defense mechanism. It doesn’t excuse her behavior, but it made me understand it.

Another thing I enjoyed was the depiction of a family health crisis. My family has been through some health problems and it can feel isolating at times. It was interesting to watch how the characters reacted to similar situations. Everyone handles things differently and I enjoyed seeing a new perspective.

Lastly, Greta’s character growth is great. Toward the end you can tell she is trying to improve herself. I really appreciated that part. I also liked the slight hint of romance. It was refreshing.

All in all, this was a great read. It was real. It was raw. And it was what I needed in the moment.

My Rating: 4/5

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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff Review

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Oh, Darkdawn killed me. I was an emotional wreck reading it. Let’s jump into the review, so I can let my emotional wounds heal. Beware. Spoilers for Nevernight and Godsgrave ahead.

Mia Corvere is on the run after murdering Julius Scaeva at the greatest games that Godsgrave has ever witnessed. Blades of the Red Church and soldiers or the Luminatii are on her trail. Mercurio is in the hands of her enemy and the city is in chaos. Mia, Ashlinn, Jonnen, and a mysterious newcomer must journey across the republic to figure out Mia’s destiny. Truedark is coming and there is much to be done.

My Thoughts on Darkdawn

Darkdawn killed me. Jay Kristoff is the master of torture. I can’t even tell you about it because it would spoil the whole book. All I can say is expect heartache and angst.

The plot of the series developed a ton in this one. When he revealed the quest every unsolved mystery in the other books clicked into place seamlessly. I also loved how the first two books were included in the plot. That’s vague as heck, but it will make sense when you read it. I promise.

Next, let’s talk about footnotes. It’s the elephant in the room. If you’ve read my Nevernight review, you’ll know the footnotes were one of the reasons I stopped reading it the first time. They were confusing and info dumpy, but they got better throughout the series. I came to love them. They were perfect bursts of humor.

Lastly, the ending was not as shocking as I expected from Kristoff, but I was satisfied with it. I’m so sad that it’s over. I’ve enjoyed my time reading this series. It’s definitely a series to remember.

My Rating: 4/5

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