★★☆☆☆: No rest for the wicked, or the cursed…
For 15 years, Jessica has feared falling asleep, because whenever she sleeps, she is consumed by a nightmare that is far too real. Angels, from heaven and hell, try the newly deceased and weigh their lives to decide whether they rise or fall. And every time Jessica sleeps, she stands in for the dead, feels their pain and their fear, the wings that sprout from their backs, and the brand they receive if they are judged unworthy of Heaven. For 15 years, every dream has followed the same terrifying routine. But now, everything is about to change.
★★★★☆: Murder and mayhem abound in this richly detailed fantasy.
Locka Lamora is the leader of a band of thieves, the Gentleman Bastards, who are making a name for themselves in the city of Camorr. Orphaned as children, trained in the art of picking pockets and locks, the group have turned their attention to the rich and powerful in the city, who have previously been off limits to the world of thieves. But Locke and his brethren believe the rules don’t apply to them, and are not as careful, or as clever, as they think. When Locke catches the eye of one of the most dangerous criminals in the city, it will take all of his considerable wits to escape the hangman’s noose. But can Locke Lamora truly cheat death?