No Exit Review

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

This was a wild ride!

No Exit is about a college student named Darby who is on her way back home to visit her mother who is dying from cancer. On the road she is caught in a snow storm and is forced to take refuge at a remote truck stop, where she finds a young girl who has been kidnapped in the back of one of the cars owned by someone else who has been forced off the road by the weather.

I really liked Darby as our main protagonist. I thought she was portrayed realistically and reacted I think within reason throughout the course of the plot line. She was under and incredible amount of stress after she found Jay and I couldn’t even imagine what that would of felt like. I found in a few reviews people questioned her decision making, but honestly I thought given her state of mind before even entering that situation I could overlook that and just enjoy the story.

I am not really an avid mystery/thriller reader so I am usually surprised with everything I read as I have never come across a lot of these tropes before and that is the same for this book. I definitely had my predictions the whole time I was reading this book and I was 100% wrong most of the time, which definitely kept me engaged and entertained. 

I liked that even though it was mostly written from Darby’s perspective but we are given a few chapters from the other characters as well. I felt like it gave the book a lot of depth and gave us more of an insight to what these others characters were thinking and their motivations behind their choices as well.

The pacing of the book was perfect, it was a slow start to establish the scene and then after the main twist when Darby discovers Ashley’s treachery it was just action right up until the end.

⭐️4/5 stars This had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

I did the Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag earlier last year and I thought it would be fun to revisit and see what other answers I can come up with as Fantasy is my favourite genre to read!!! See the original tag post HERE!

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

📚 Library Book Haul 📚

I figured it was time to do my monthly Library Update/Haul. I didn’t get around to reading a lot of the books I loaned out last month so I decided to just return them all and come back to them at a later date and just start back off again with some fresh titles. I am super excited with this haul as all these books are mostly newer releases and some that are my most anticipated releases of the year! At this time I have already read A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik and loved it, see my review HERE. But I am definitely putting Addie LaRue at the top of my TBR for sure!

Recommended For You

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is book’s you’ve been recommended. I have never really been told by anyone to read a certain book before so I thought I would go to my Goodreads and see based on my different shelves the ten books they recommend I should pick up next!

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A Deadly Education Review

*A FEW SPOILERS AHEAD*

A Deadly Education is all about a dangerous school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death – until one girl begins to rewrite its rules. Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered.

I have to admit this was a little difficult to get into. There is a bit of an info dump at the start of the book with a lot of different names and characters that I was a little confused at first. It wasn’t until like a third of the way through was I able to get my head around everything and enjoy the story.

El I really enjoyed as our main protagonist. The fact that she has to work so hard to be good it just such a fun and unique concept. I almost kind of wanted her to dip into that darker side; I thought that would be an interesting twist. I liked how straightforward she is and isn’t afraid to call it like it is and stand up to the enclave kids. It was nice to see her become a little more vulnerable when she started opening up more to her friends and starting the alliance, it was quite gratifying to see her finally being able to rely on others and not fight to be included.

Orion we always just kind of there but we don’t really get to learn much about him or see him open up and discuss his life with El all that much. After the kiss with El he did kind of explain his feelings for her and how he has been treated all his life but I wanted more of an in depth look at his character.

The school setting was fantastic. The stakes were at an all-time high throughout the course of the storyline and the conflicts got progressively bigger and more entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the pacing was fast, this was fresh and distinctive and I am sooo excited to see what will happen next!

⭐️4/5 stars has the potential to become a new all time fav!!!