An Informal Review of The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

#1 The Duke and I

  • Problematic for literally no reason and definitely worse than the show’s first season.
  • I really really love the writing for this series and I loved getting to know the charcaters but overall, no matter how much I enjoyed this book I will never re-read it because it’s tainted by the rape scene, and by default I can never view Daphne (or Simon because he was not blameless in her lack of knowledge of understanding) in the same way again.

TW: rape, death of a parent, abuse/neglectful parent, death during childbirth, rape

#2 The Viscount Who Loved Me

  • enemies to lovers??? beautiful???
  • their stupid game of pall-mal gives me L I F E
  • I loved getting to know the characters more through this book and I really appreciated that Anthony was actually a good guy and not a complete tool.
  • Prepare yourselves for a whole lot of marriages of convenience in this series! πŸ˜‚
  • Not my favourite book in the series but, I love Kate!

TW: discussion of death of a parent, grief, injury

#3 An Offer From A Gentleman

  • defintiely the best cinderella retelling i’ve ever read
  • i really hope we get a third season of the show because this might be my favourite story visually
  • I think this is the book I’m most likely to re-read in the future, I truly am a sucker for the cinderella trope.
  • Not the most amazing character development on Benedict’s part, compared to Anthony, but I still loved him and I 100% LOVE Sophie!

TW: abuse, death of a parent

#4 Romancing Mr Bridgerton

  • absolutely my favourite book in the series
  • such a good pay off
  • friends to lovers stop my beating heart i can’t take it
  • the final reveal of lady whistledown
  • we love and support penelope featherington in all things
  • we also love how funny Colin is tbh, I prefer him in the book to the show
  • It’s soo easy to tell why this is a fan favourite.

#5 To Sir Phillip, With Love

  • we hate it
  • I never had a problem with Eloise until I read this book and decided not only do I not like her but if I ever have to hear about any of these characters in any of the fiture books I can and will scream.

TW: depression, suicide, loss of a loved one, death, child abuse

#6 When He Was Wickked

  • so different to all of the other books
  • best friends to lovers with so much angst and banter oh my god
  • This, along with Benedict & Colin’s books is the most likely for me to re-read in the future! I absolutely loved it!

TW: loss of a loved one, death, miscarriage, grief

#7 It’s In His Kiss

  • I had no idea what to expect going into this because I feel like we never really got to know Hyacinth very well in the series but joke’s on me because this was one of my favourites in the series!
  • I loved the two main characters as well as the bigger focus on Lady Danbury, I would have absolutely no problem with re-reading this book!
  • Probably the only book in the series with an actual plot and I loved it.

TW: relationship cheating

#8 On The Way to Wedding

  • Unfortunately, I didn’t like this as much as I wanted to. I adored book 7 so I had higher hoped going into this one, but I just feel like we never really got to know Gregory until this book, and that did him a disservices because we were playing catch up in a way we didn’t have to do with most of the main characters in the series.
  • I also thought that a lot of the characters, inlcuding Gregory (but discluding Lucy) were too naive and young-feeling (compared to the other MCs from the series) and by default, it felt like I was reading about children playing house, rather than adults looking for a happy ending, or in other character’s cases, just trying to live.

TW: bribery, blackmail, loss of a loved one

#9 The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn

09/01/2021
2.5 ⭐
Exactly what the Goodreads star prompts say: It was ok. I am the most underwhelmed I have ever been by these epilogues…

#1 The Duke and I Epilogue II – Pretty boring. I’m sure this would be great for fans of the series but I’ve only read the first book so I’m not very attached to the family at this point. ⭐⭐⭐
#2 The Viscount Who Loved Me Epilogue II – God damnit, okay that was fun ⭐⭐⭐
#3 An Offer From A Gentleman Epilogue II – A bit boring but just because I feel literally no attachment to Posy ⭐⭐.5
#4 Romancing Mr Bridgerton Epilogue II – Like the other stories this was pretty boring, but I did really enjoy seeing Colin again. ⭐⭐.5
#5 To Sir Phillip, With Love Epilogue II – b o r i n g ⭐⭐
#6 When He Was Wicked Epilogue II – Definitely my favourite story so far, but I think that’s due to these two being some of my favourite characters and the story actually properly focusing on them, which the others don’t always do. ⭐⭐⭐.5
#7 It’s In His Kiss Epilogue II – Thanks, I hate it. ⭐⭐
#8 On The Way To The Wedding Epilogue II – This was very sad but I appreciated it. Definitely an improvement on the original story. ⭐⭐⭐
#9 Violet In Bloom Novella – Such a sad way to end an anthology, I did like getting to know the characters more though. ⭐⭐⭐ 

  • Not worth your time unless you’re a DIE HARD fan

Ranking:

1 ↣ best // 6 ↣ worst

  1. Romancing Mr Bridgerton
  2. When He Was Wicked (I gave this the highest rating, but I would be more likely to re-read my #1 book, over this one)
  3. It’s In His Kiss
  4. An Offer From a Gentleman
  5. The Viscount Who Loved Me
  6. The Duke and I
  7. On The Way To Wedding
  8. The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
  9. To Sir Phillip With Love

Would I re-read this series?

Yes! Absolutely! I would 100% re-read books 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7! I didn’t enjoy the other 3 and if I’m honest, while *some* of the second epilogues from book 9 where fun to read, they weren’t particularly fulfilling and sometimes didn’t even focus on the main characters from the story they were meant to be from so, I probably wouldn’t pick them up again.

[spoilers for The Duke and I!]

I think it says a lot about how much I didn’t enjoy books 8 and 5, that I prefererred the book with the rape scene tbh. God damn, those three books were so off-putting and the writingstyle and tone were th eonly thing that saved them.

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The Last Olympian (2009) Review // They Had a Spy on The Inside and it Wasn’t Hercules Mulligan???

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan

Book 5/5Β β€œPercy Jackson and the Olympiansβ€œ

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade/Low YA

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: May 5th, 2009

Trigger Warnings: loss of a loved one, grief, dead parents (past), injury, war, parental abandonment, death, high places/heights

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The Battle of The Labyrinth (2008) Review // Kronos Isn’t Actually The Villain???

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

The Battle of The Labyrinth – Rick Riordan

Book 4/5Β β€œPercy Jackson and the Olympiansβ€œ

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: March 6th, 2008

Trigger Warnings: loss of a loved one (past), grief, high places/heights, fear of spiders, misogyny, anxiety, manipulation of children, depression, anxiety, dark/underground spaces, small spaces, physical fights, talk of parental abandonment

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The Titan’s Curse (2007) Review // Suddenly My Childhood is Making A lot More Sense…

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan

Book 3/5 Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: January 1st, 2007

Trigger Warnings: loss of a loved one, grief, dead parents (past), alcoholic parent, high places/heights, fear of heights, misogyny

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The Sea of Monsters (2006) Review // We Stan Percy Jackson

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan

Book 2/5 “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: April 1st, 2006

Trigger Warnings: Bullying, Homeless children, parental abandonment, use of word freak, r*tard (challenged) & fatty, feeling insecure about appearance, death, injury

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The Lightning Thief (2005) Review // You’re telling me THIS came out the same year as Twilight?? Oh God, I’m old…

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Book 1/5 “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: June 28th, 2005

Trigger Warnings: Bullying, talk of abusive relationship (marriage & parental) – mental & physical, control of money by abusive parent, gambling, loss of a loved one (past), arachnophobia, injury, confined spaces, caged circus animals, mistreatment and abuse of animals

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The Foxhole Court Trilogy *Spoiler Free* Review // Captive Prince x The Raven Cycle but badly written

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All for the Game Trilogy by Nora Sakavic | Bookshop Santa Cruz ...

Character Guide ⇩

β–ΊNeil Joston β†’ 18, main character, male, dad in jail, mother dead, not his real name, dark hair dye, brown contacts, father is a murderer, 18 but paperwork says age 19, speaks German, (real name: Nathaniel Abram Wesninski), #10 Fox
β–ΊAndrew Minyard β†’ 20, blonde, 5 feet tall, goalkeeper, spent 3 years in Juvie, twin, speaks german, weekly therapy sessions, takes medication that makes him manic, (required to take it for 3 years while on parole), gay, sort of has a “free pass” to do whatever he wants because of his mental health and traumatic past
β–ΊWymack β†’ Coach 
β–ΊAaron Minyardβ†’ 20, “the normal twin”, speaks german, likes Caitlin
β–ΊKevin Day β†’ Face tattoo, Striker position
β–ΊNicholas “Nicky” Hemmick β†’ has a long distance boyfriend, Minyard cousin, speaks german, sophmore, 100% the comic relief
β–ΊRiko Morriyama β†’ Kevin’s adopted brother
β–ΊAbigail “Abby” Winfield β†’ Nurse
β–ΊBetsy “Bee” β†’ Team therapist
β–ΊNathan Wesninski β†’ Neil’s father, “The Butcher of Baltimore”
β–ΊMatthew “Matt” Boyd β†’ with Dan, has a brotherly relationship with Neil
β–ΊDan β†’ Team captain, ex-stripper, with Matt
β–ΊSeth Gordon β†’ 5th year senior
β–ΊEdgar Allan Ravens β†’ Riko’s Exy’s team
β–ΊLuthor β†’ Nicky’s dad, homophobic, religious
β–ΊMaria β†’ Nicky’s mum, homophobic, religious
β–ΊLola Malcolm β†’ got rid of the bodies of the people Neil’s father killed

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1) by Nora Sakavic

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Ninth House (2019) Review // IF WE WERE VILLAINS x KINGSMAN (MEETS FANTASY)

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

Book 1: Alex Stern

Adult, Dark Academia, Fantasy, Mystery

Audiobook, Review Copy

Trigger Warnings:Β  violence, death, murder (on page, graphic), dead bodies (graphic depiction), autopsies, ritual, infected wounds, self-inflicted pain, drug use, overdose, anxiety, corpses, child rape (12, graphic), statutory rape (15), sex, assault, sexual assault, violence, past trauma (PTSD), loss of a loved one (past), grief, magical date rape drug, gore, drowning (on page), parental neglect and manipulation/abuse, racism, forced/drugged sexual assault of multiple women filmed on video which was circulated amongst a group of men, forced eating of human waste (to a rapist), talk of suicide, physical abuse, blackmail, use of words like whore, slut & bitch, toxic relationships, physical abuse for sexual pleasure (depicted negatively), bloodletting & self-harm

Publication date: October 1st, 2019

Thank you to Hachette Australia for supplying me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The Kane Chronicles Trilogy Review

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Review: The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan – Heart Full of Books

The Kane Chronicles – Rick Riordan (2010 – 2012)

Buddy Read with Destiny

Middle Grade, Mythology

TW: Racism, enclosed spaces, death, loss of a loved one (past), injury, sibling separation

Find my individual reviews for each book in the trilogy here ↴

The Red Pyramid | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | review

The Throne of Fire | ⭐⭐⭐ | review

The Serpent’s ShadowΒ | ⭐⭐⭐ |Β review

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