Mini Reviews | Gladiators, Wizards, and Dorothy


THE VALIANT | Leslie Livingston | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This book sat on my shelf, untouched, for about 1.5 years. It just didn’t stand out to me even though when I bought it, it did. So I finally picked it up and you know what? This book is entertaining. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. It’s just a good time. Fallon is a good but not great heroine whose journey from Celtic warrior to Roman gladiatrix is enjoyable to read. It’s fast-paced and action-packed, and the characters are interesting, especially Ceasar and Cleopatra (who are the best parts about the story even though they show up maybe twice in the book, tbh). The romance is lousy and is just there to be there, but at least it’s not overwhelming the story. I’m definitely interested in continuing with this series!


DOROTHY MUST DIE | Danielle Page | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I listened to the audiobook for this one and I feel like it was a mistake. I absolutely, wholeheartedly suggest avoiding the audiobook because the narrator did the MC no favors with her narration. Her delivery was way too harsh, which only made Amy seem even more unlikable than she already was. The beginning of the book didn’t start off well as it leaned heavily on clichés (mean girls, bullying, school fights, bad parenting, loner MC, etc), but once we got to Oz things picked up a bit. There were some really unique concepts being exercised, and the world-building was detailed. However, the story loses steam less than halfway through as more unlikable characters are introduced, the action becomes stagnant, and attempts at romance were futile. Also, Amy’s character growth seemed to jump, rather than glide, from one end of the spectrum to the other. The ending was good though. Very unexpected and even compelling. I love the dark details in this book, but not much else stood out.



I didn’t remember much from the movie so it felt like being introduced to this story for the first time ever. And I think this book is my favorite so far. Rowling continues with her brilliant plotting and excellent writing. Her use of foreshadowing is exceptional and the way she unfolds the story in this book easily enchants and excites the mind. I love all the characters since they all have such distinct personalities, especially the Golden Trio. No matter their qualms with one another, the way they care for each other and work together always warms my heart. There were so many exciting things that went down in this book, but the most exciting (for me) was the Quidditch matches, especially the last one. The ending was wonderful and continued to prove that Dumbledore is the absolute best. Amazing book.


Thanks for stopping by! Until next time ❤

Azia Sig

3 thoughts on “Mini Reviews | Gladiators, Wizards, and Dorothy

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favourite Harry Potter books! So I’m very happy to see that you loved it as well. 😀 Also, the movie for that book is one of my favourites as well.

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    1. It was sooo good. Now I can see why it’s most of everyone’s favorite. I’m really excited to get started on Goblet. That was the movie I always stumbled into on TV. Would love to see how the book and movie compare!

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