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Heart, Haunt, Havoc

Heart, Haunt, Havoc by Freydís Moon

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Grief, violence, alcohol, death, animal death (no animal abuse), blood, toxic relationship

Dark and brooding, funny, and really tender in the most lovely way all wrapped up into one. I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series.

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The Name-Bearer (Flowers of Prophecy #1)

The Name-Bearer (Flowers of Prophecy #1) by Natalia Hernandez

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: Focus on the story solely
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Minor CWs: bullying, trafficking, blood, death, threat of sexual violence

This was a really interesting novel, although there were odd breaks in the progress of the overall story arc as the protagonist went from one portion of the setting/story to another. This created a slightly disjointed reader experience for me. World building was distinctive.

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