The Stars of Summer is a book recommended for people who love cooking. Gladys has a problem. She has a secret job, and her aunt just got fired from her job in France. I liked this book because it had the right amount of suspense, comedy, realisticness, and more!
I've only gone halfway so far, but it's already interesting. Shadow and Bone stars main character Alina Starkov, an orphan plucked from a distant village after war and put in the duke's orphanage-turned-household. The Grisha, people with powers, are to be trained in the King's army and at age 8, Alina is to be tested. After proving herself to be not-Grisha, years later she leaves the orphanage to work in the second army under the power of the darkling. And so far, the villain is the Fold. Also called the Unsea, a black shadow filled with monstrous creatures that slashes through the true sea separating the country of Ravka. Until a day where Alina and her fellow cartographers set out on a mission to pass the Fold into west Ravka for trade. Long story short, they get attacked by bat-like creatures (bats but much bigger), and most of the people on the ship got killed, except Alina and her childhood friend Mal, who barely escaped.
An extremely fun and interesting read where the author introduces a world set in the Middle Ages. The fantastic world-building casts the reader into a world with war, poverty, and suffering. Additionally, I particularly enjoyed the absence of character descriptions within the initial chapters as the novel gradually builds in tension.
This book was one of my favorite books I have ever read. The reason I liked it was because it was very descriptive with a lot of twists and turns and specifically cliffhangers. I don't want to spoil it by around the beginning of the book Charlie and Cal "developed" something and it kind of was fake and just developed to a whole 'nother level. (Cal is a dirtbag.)