Into the Riverlands Review

*Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC for review!*

Wandering cleric Chih of the Singing Hills travels to the riverlands to record tales of the notorious near-immortal martial artists who haunt the region. On the road to Betony Docks, they fall in with a pair of young women far from home, and an older couple who are more than they seem. As Chih runs headlong into an ancient feud, they find themselves far more entangled in the history of the riverlands than they ever expected to be.

I liked the fact this this book is a little bit of a departure from the other two novellas. Chih is travelling with other people on the road through the riverlands and learning along the way as opposed to meeting someone and stopping to acquire their story. This is such a engaging and entertaining way to learn about the other characters and still get to hear the different tales.

All of the characters we meet were interesting and distinct. Lao Bingyi was one of my favourite characters in this series that we’ve met so far! She was just so sure of herself and took charge in all the different situations the group came upon. I liked the fact that she kept her own story to herself yet had so many opinions about all the other stories, almost as if she was there for them and not knowing for sure who she is adds that layer of mystery and intrigue. I think Khahn was a great contrasting character to her and his stoicism and quiet strength was nicely balanced with his desire to share stories as well.

Wei Jintai and Sang were another pair I found to be very likeable. Their relationship is so strong yet playful and both understand the roles that they have grown into. I would of loved to learn more about their upbringing and the journey they had undertaken to get as far into the riverlands as they have but alas this is the nature of these novellas.

I loved hearing about lore and tales woven throughout the book as this group undertakes this journey and I enjoyed the fact that there was also some action along the way that reinforces that Chih and Almost Brilliant aren’t always immune from harm.

⭐️4/5 stars This was just such an enjoyable and memorable read!

Book Settings I’d Love to Visit

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time friends!

10 book setting I would love to visit are:

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca – I wanna go to this Ren Faire and see the wonderfulness for myself!

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I would visit Ravka and see the Grishas!


The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – I would love to go to Paris & the apartment building without the creepiness does sound amazing lol

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – a few days stranded on a tropic island sounds great right now

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – Hollywood in the 30’s sounds magical!

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager – a retreat at a quiet and peaceful lake house, sign me up!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I would die to be on an old school pirate ship!

The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – I never went to college or uni so I would love to visit a campus and a sorority house!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – duh!

One by One by Ruth Ware – a rustic mountain chateau, yes please!

Siren Queen Review

Luli Wei is beautiful, talented, and desperate to be a star. Coming of age in pre-Code Hollywood, she knows how dangerous the movie business is and how limited the roles are for a Chinese American girl from Hungarian Hill—but she doesn’t care. She’d rather play a monster than a maid. But in Luli’s world, the worst monsters in Hollywood are not the ones on screen. The studios want to own everything from her face to her name to the women she loves, and they run on a system of bargains made in blood and ancient magic, powered by the endless sacrifice of unlucky starlets like her. For those who do survive to earn their fame, success comes with a steep price. Luli is willing to do whatever it takes—even if that means becoming the monster herself.

Luli was an interesting character for sure. I enjoyed that she maintained her values as much as she could whilst on the rise to fame. She could of easily accepted her place at the studio and became one of the changelings but she stood her ground and never fully gave in or gave too much of herself. You have to be a bit selfish to abandon your family and steal your sisters name in the hopes of becoming a star which made her more realistic and relatable.

The writing was simply beautiful. Lyrical, descriptive and so atmospheric I could picture every single scene with clarity. It was a little difficult to imagine the studio space especially the first time Luli and Greta head to the fires, but you definitely get accustomed to the style and whimsy of this reality. I think not fully being aware of what’s happening and being a disoriented pulls us into the story and we get more a feel of what Luli is dealing with.

This book really teeters on the edge of fantasy without being outright fantastical. It was in your face but it would be brief and unassuming and no one would react to any of it. The Hollywood setting is just so interesting and I would of loved if we could of explored a little more of the filmmaking process than what we got. Being a part of the interviews and the red carpets instead of just being told about them.

There just wasn’t really any kind of built up of anticipation or stakes that kept me invested. In the end I was just reading to pretty much finish the book as opposed to having an interest in how these events were going to unfold.

⭐️3/5 stars A solid story just a touch too long.

Books with Adjectives in the title

As per this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt these are 10 books I’ve read in the last year or so with an adjective in the title.

Where the Drowned Girls Go & Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire


The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

A Vow so Bold and Deadly & A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa