Let’s Talk Bookish: Should Reviewers Go “Easier” on Self-Published Authors?

Hello and happy Friday! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Should Reviewers Go “Easier” on Self-Published Authors? suggested by Dani!

Today’s post is going to be relatively short since I don’t have a huge amount to say, but here we go!

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The Green Door, by Heather Kindt | a spoiler free review

Hello! I saw an amazing review of this book on One Book More, and I immediately wanted to read the book. I’m very glad that I did. I read the entire thing on Wednesday, and I’m very glad that I did. So, here is my review of The Green Door, by Heather Kindt.

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The Elephant’s Girl, by Celesta Rimington | ARC review

Hello everybody! I hope that you are all staying as healthy as possible right now, and staying entertained if you’re stuck at home all the time. Right now I have finally finished a review that was kind of difficult to write, because I didn’t have a huge amount of reaction to this book. But I wrote it, and here it is, so without further ado, here is my spoiler free review of The Elephant’s Girl, by Celesta Rimington!

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The American Twins of the Revolution, by Lucy Fitch Perkins | review

Hello!!! I hope you are all doing okay and staying healthy right now. I have decided to change the format of my reviews yet again, and this time, I am going to do it in a two part format: what I liked, and what I didn’t like. Pretty simple, right? Anyways, I’ll continue to talk about the writing, the plot and the characters! Also, this review is spoiler free unless you purposefully click to reveal the spoilers which will be marked. So, without further ado, here is my review of The American Twins of the Revolution, by Lucy Fitch Perkins.

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty | review

Hello! I hope that you are all having an amazing day! My schedule is a completely different than it usually is, as my school and basically everything else is closed because of the coronavirus. I am having more time for reading and writing because I don’t have school or any of my regular after school activities. I read all of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl in one sitting, and I decided to write my first review in over a month a review of it to share my thoughts!

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Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo | Review

Hello! I can’t believe that it’s already the end of January! Now that most of my tests are over, and school is a little less crazy, today I decided to write a review of Six of Crows. I just finished reading it, and really enjoyed it. I also decided to try a different format for my review, and it took me less time, so I hope that it works for me better and that I’ll continue to use it! Anyways, without further ado, here’s my thoughts and opinions on Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo!

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication date: September 29, 2015

Pages: 465

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

My thoughts:

I have seen and heard so many amazing things about this book, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a really long time. And I agree that it is a very good book; the plot, the characters, everything is just thought out really well.

There were, however, quite a few things that I didn’t understand, and that I didn’t get until much later in the story. For example, I didn’t understand what the Grisha were, and that whole concept until I was a few hundred pages in! There are still a few things that I’m not quite sure about surrounding the whole GrishaVerse, but that is my only criticism of the book.

The writing was incredible. The images in my head that I was able to conjure up while reading were so vivid and clear! That is a very good thing, however the Kaz’s ruthlessness was a little to vivid for me, and I could have done with a little less violence.


The characters were fantastic. All of them; Kaz, Matthias, Nina, Inej, Jesper and Wylan were so unique and such thought out personalities and backgrounds. I really loved how at the beginning, you knew nothing about any of the characters, but then as the story went on, you got to know more and more about them and their histories.

Inej really fascinated me. She’s surrounded by a mysterious past that slowly reveals bits of itself as the book progresses. Her history with Tante Heleen resurfaces in a marvelous way, and I love that part, and how its woven into the plot.


Overall, I enjoyed this book. This is the first book I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo, and I’m looking forwards to reading lots more. I really enjoyed the style of her writing, and the magical universe that she’s created is really cool.

I’m rating this book 4 stars because although I really enjoyed the writing, characters and plot, there were a few parts that never really got explained or cleared up.

I’m glad I finally got to reading this book, and I’m going to go to the library as soon as I can to get the sequel, which I’m very much looking forwards to reading.

Have you read Six of Crows? What do you think of Leigh Bardugo’s writing? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy reading!