A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Hola,

Look i’ve been having a couple of boring weeks so i’v read a lot. but i’m also trying to take November off of drinking so going to do a couple posts tonight.


A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluess

What I drank prior: A whole bottle of wine with no dinner. If you’ve ever drank without eating you know the state i’m in.

Spoiler-free Overview: So, there’s this girl who’s a teacher. She has this power that she’s afraid of having because women don’t have this power. She’s gonna try and hide (life she’s done for her whole life) but her bestest friend ever is in danger so she uses her powers in front of someone important. Instead of exeuting her, she is praised for being the first woman in a gazillion years to have this power. Adventures happen.

Spoiler-free thoughts: you guys i loved this, so much.

Plot: So you know how typical YA has this whole trope-y thing? Love triangles, chosen one, etc.? This woman knows how to throw tropes on their head. Also, it was super well paced. Like, as soon as i felt the i-want-something-to-happen itch, i was satisfied. Well done.

Characters: Dude. OK, let me start by saying the main character (a woman) is so well developed i could cry. HOWEVER, what i find more impressive is how much i loved the secondary characters. Each have their own secrets. each have their own backstory and i love all of them. literally there isn’t one that i don’t love.

Writing Style: It’s beautiful but sometimes hard to follow. That’s my only thought.

*****************Spoils Below*****************

Spoiler Thoughts:  Just going to trigger you for sexual assault

 

HOKAY so there are a couple things i wanna talk about. First i want to just say FUCK MAGNUS. as a woman who has been sexually assaulted, its really not cool. He just assumes that everything is fine. That because she’s attracted to him, she wants to go “all-the-way.” That’s not ever true. Attraction does not equal sexual desire and i love Cluess for showing us that in YA.

Additionally, i have predictions. I think Rook is a spy. dunno who exactly he’s spying for yet. Obviously main chick is important but i dont knwo why yet. i want to know but DAMN it feels really good after boook 1 not knowing.

LASTLY, I love Blackwood. love him with all of my soul. however, i’m like, completely and entirely fine if they don’t end up together. it seems to me like this series is fine throwing away tropes and i’m gine with it. so i’m #teamblackwood but also #teamdoityourself becuase i think she can totally handle it without a manfriend. now, without a team? unlikely. but without a manfriend, for sure she can handle it.

*****************End Spoilers!!!*****************


What to pair it with: Chambord. Because it gets you drunk but it tastes weird and you’re still going to enjoy it.

Rating: 5/5 shots for sure. Loved it so much.

Until next time, i remain drunkenly yours,
Sam

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