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Book Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller



Title: Mask of Shadows

Author: Linsey Miller

Genre: SciFi, Fantasy, Teen, YA

Date Published: August 29th 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


Goodreads Rating: 3.52

Synopsis: Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.

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Hiya bessies!

How are you all?


First off, I received this book via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


Let’s start!


This book is about Sal who auditioned for a spot for the Left Hand, the Queen’s most loyal and notorious assassins.


Bes, I just want to say I am so confused about this book. I had an idea what’s going on but I still find myself confused. I don’t even know how to review this because I felt like I didn’t read any of it.


First off, I don’t feel comfortable reading a book with the main character as a gender fluid. That’s just me, personally. However, I would’ve looked past that if the book itself isn’t confusing. I don’t even know why I find it confusing.


Aside from the confusion I felt towards this book, I’m also not feeling it. The book didn’t catch me. I’m already on 30% and I’m still waiting for it to have a hold on me. It didn’t happen. I wasn’t hooked and I wasn’t feeling it. So yeah, you’re right, I DNF-ed the book. Hehe. There’s just nothing in the book that made me think again my decision of DNF-ing this. I hope there is but there’s none. I tried pushing more but it’s just not working. I’m not feeling it so I’m not forcing it.


And because I DNF the book without feeling anything towards it but confusion, this review will only be this. Haha! I know, I created a book review post for this and it only consist of less than 500 words. I just want to put here my thoughts about it, so here it is.


To wrap this up –ha. There’s nothing to really wrap up. Still, if you bessies found yourself curious upon reading the blurb of the book, go ahead. Read it. As for me, it didn’t work.


Have you read this book bessies? What are your thoughts? Let’s talk in the comments!







A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in September 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.



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Thanks for reading up to here, bessies! Love you all!



3 thoughts on “Book Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

  1. I read this book last week and although I managed to finish it and there were parts I enjoyed I totally agree with being confused a lot of the time. I felt like the writing jumped around a lot and we just didn’t get enough explanation of things.

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    1. Yes! That’s what I felt the whole time. Confused and I felt like there’s just not enough explanation as to what is really going on. And I don’t know how to picture a gender-fluid character. ^_^

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