a paper tiger's tale

books make maddy rage

The Half-arsed Adventures of Assassin!Barbie // Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

This review is going to be one, long splurge of Unpopular Opinions ™, so if you happen to be a S J Maas junkie, I’m sorry my duckie but the time to bow out is probably now.

Howl’s Whiny Bitchfest // Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

It is an oft-repeated piece of received wisdom that "the book is always better than the film". Obviously, this is a crock of shite. 

Zombie Leeches vs Zombie Policeman vs Zombie…. Zombie? // The Skinner by Neal Asher

The two word phrase which best defines this novel, imo, is WELL LONG.  Seriously. It's mega bloody long. And for the first 150 pages I honestly had no idea who the main characters were, what the plot was, and where any of it was going.

Carry On My Wayward Drarry // Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I genuinely don’t understand the people who are angry at how much this book imitates Harry Potter, seeming to have missed the glaringly huge and obvious memo that it is a Harry Potter pastiche.

MacGuffins and Mean Girls // Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer

It also took me solidly three years to drag my way through this book. Yeah. Not a good sign.

Moreta, Boringlady of Derp // Moreta, Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

This book absolutely reeks of mid-series filler. Which makes it disappointing that it was my first Pern novel, and that it may have turned me off the rest of this classic series for life. Why? Well, my friends, because nothing blimming... Continue Reading →

Badarse Assassins who Don’t Actually Assassin (aw) // Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

If the entire book had been as brilliant as its last five chapters, this’d easily have been a four star review. Court conspiracy and political intrigue? Check. Glittering balls and stunning costumes? Check. Morally ambiguous authority figures? Check. Poison, treachery and murder? Check. Blood everywhere? Check. A queen so badass she has RUNES on her EYELIDS, wears a METAL CORSET, and has NO HAIR because IT ALL GOT ZAPPED OFF BY LIGHTNING?? Check.

*Shameless Sarah Rees Brennan Stanning is Utterly Shameless* // Monstrous Affections by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant


*Screaming Internally and Forever* // Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Judge: MR CHANT. You stand here today in this fictional literary tribunal accused of PERNICIOUS CRIMES AGAINST THE BOOK LOVING COMMUNITY. Plaintiff, please read the charges. Me: *clears throat* ahem. Charge one. that this book caused me to lose HALF A DAYS WORK ON MY DISSERTATION, because I COULD NOT CONCENTRATE ON ANYTHING EXCEPT DEVOURING EVERY GLORIOUS WORD

Waaargh me OTP be cutie patooties// Beautiful People Writers’ Link Up

So I'm going to talk about my OTP from a WIP that currently only exists in my head (bwahahahaa). It's an urban fantasy starring two grunt angels, who are stuck on earth performing low-level demon clean-up operations. For like, ever.

In which everything is depressing AF // Hackney Child by Hope Daniels

Angry. Disheartened. Appalled. Mildly disturbed. Sorrowful. In fact, just think of pretty much any negative adjective and that will describe how I felt on finishing this autobiography. Not because it's a bad book -- quite the opposite, it completely gripped me and I finished it in one sitting.

EVILLL and yet I am strangely unmoved// The Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills

I've seen a bunch of reviews hating on the characters in this book (particularly Melissande and Reg) but I want to say straight off that I thought they were excellent. Both practical, capable, and not there to serve as love-interests --- whoopeeee. Reg in particular gave me a couple of chuckles. Also, once I thought of it there's no way to un-see it, but I've found a young Melissande. Auburn hair, stocky, practical, frumpy yet also awesome....?

Blog at

Up ↑