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Favourite Villains | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Favourite Villains

*This is going to be a combination of book and film characters*

1) Victor Vale – Vicious + Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

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A new favourite of mine! Having recently read Vicious and Vengeful by V.E Schwab, I fell in love with Victor Vale. He’s such a cool character and as the series name Villains suggests, it’s all about villains!


2) Cersei Lannister – A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin/ Game of Thrones

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I know everyone hates Cersei but I love her? She’s such a complex and interesting character. Lena Headey plays her SO well in the show. She’s so underrated.


3) Loki – MCU

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Love of my love, Loki. Need I say more? He’s just amazing. By far my favourite MCU character. Would love to see a Loki solo film.


4) Magneto – X-Men

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I love a villain with a tragic backstory and who’s a bit misguided. I can totally see from Eric’s point of view and I totally sympathise with him.
Also, Michael Fassbender? Hello.



5) Darth Vader – Star Wars

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For me, no other villain has ever compared to Darth Vader. He has such a presence about him, that remains unmatched. He just has something other villains don’t, it’s hard to explain but he’s definitely my all-time favourite and always will be.


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Books · Review

Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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“When no one understands, that’s usually a good sign that you’re wrong.”
Victoria Schwab, Vicious


Synopsis:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?


I am super late to the V.E. Schwab bandwagon, this is my first book by her and I was not disappointed!

Plot:
The plot is slow but interesting, it wouldn’t be my usual type of book. I usually go for more fast paced, action packed books, however, this was really intriguing.
The story jumps back and forth past and present, with various characters, in the past, Eli and Victor are roommates working on their thesis, Eli’s being on EO (ExtraOrdinaries). Eli believes EO’s are real and wants to figure out how. Victor steps in due to being jealous of Eli and wanting some of the credit.
Flash forward to the present, Victor wants revenge on Eli, so we know something bad happens between them.

V.E. Schwab’s writing was so compelling and intriguing, I just had to keep reading to know what happened between Eli and Victor and obviously, how Victor was going to get revenge. I loved the characters, I love the little trio that formed between Victor, Mitch and Sydney.

This book is basically X-Men, serious Charles/Eric (Prof X/Magneto) vibes – which I absolutely love. If you’re a fan of villains + X-men, go ahead and pick this up because you will love it!

Characters:
Victor: I loved Victor as the main character! He was so interesting and complex, I instantly took to him and I loved reading from his perspective. His friendship with Eli was cool, to begin with, but their rivalry was much more interesting.

Eli: I didn’t mind Eli, at first. Something always felt a bit off with him, I didn’t take to him as easily as I did with Victor. I definitely didn’t expect him to be such an arse,

Sydney: She was such a nice touch to the story, I love that she brought out the softer side of Victor and Mitch. She also added some sympathy, I felt so sorry for her, she’s so young yet been through a lot. She’s basically alone in the world and I love that she found Victor and Mitch.

Mitch: I thought Mitch was a cool side character, I love the friendship/partnership between him and Victor. I also love the little team him, Victor and Sydney make.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

*Review of Vengeful coming soon*


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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

 

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Synopsis:
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.


Plot:
Okay, so. This was probably the most disappointing reread, it was so slow. I don’t remember this book being to slow and boring the first time I read it. It was so hard to get into and it took me so long to read, which is not like me with SJM’s books.
The first 200 pages were so painful to get through, the majority of the book felt like filler and definitely needed cutting down. I am all for big books but this just had too much of nothing. I kept putting down this book, I felt really unmotivated and disinterested, which made me not want to read on.

It didn’t help that this book introduced new characters, who I didn’t like the first time around and certainly didn’t like this time either.
The last 200 pages were the best part of the story, it had better pacing and more going on than the majority of the rest of the book. The ending was so much more enjoyable and that’s when I found myself gripped the most. I am actually shocked by my dislike of 50% or more of this book. I even changed my rating because I was that disappointed.

Characters:
Celaena:
I get that this book was about Celaena finding herself and training to use and control her powers and being able to shift but it was boring. She wasn’t as exciting or interesting in this book, maybe it’s just me but I couldn’t get into her story in this one.

Manon: Unpopular opinion: Manon is OVERRATED! I have literally never been able to figure out what everyone loves about Manon. She’s horrible and not in an entertaining, fun way. She’s just crap. I don’t like her. I like Abraxos though, which makes her chapters more bearable.

Dorian: As I keep saying; I love him. His character development is great, he’s such a genuinely good person and I am so sad for him after this book. His chapters were the most enjoyable in this book.

Chaol:
As much as I don’t like Chaol, his friendship and love for Dorian is great. They have a great bromance. Even though they’re struggling with their friendship it is so nice to see Chaol doing whatever he can to help Dorian.

Rowan: 
He starts off as an intolerable asshole, for about 50% of the book I hated him. He does start to get better throughout the book and eventually realises what Celaena has been through and understands her better and vice versa.

 

Rating: 3 Stars – Knocked off a Star from my previous rating. 


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Books · Review

Release Day Review: Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell (Spoiler free!)

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Synopsis:
Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own. They’ve heard rumour of a mythical monastery, known as the Ebony Abbey. It’s a place that outsiders can never find – but Kellen is getting desperate. He’s been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the Shadowblack than anyone else and that they even know how to cure it.

Then Kellen and Reichis are separated and for the first time, Kellen must face the world alone – and venture deeper into shadow magic than he ever knew he could.


*There will be spoilers for the previous books, Spellslinger, Shadowblack and Charmcaster. If you haven’t read the series you can read my spoiler-free review of Spellslinger here. I also have a review for book #3: Charmcaster here.

Plot:
All of the Spellslinger books are so amusing. They actually make me laugh out loud. The humour is so perfectly me, I love it. These books are so enjoyable, they just never fail to make me smile. This was no different, I enjoyed the storyline and characters but none of the books compares to the first book for me, that remains my favourite. I can’t help but enjoy all these adventures and troubles Kellen seems to find himself in.

Cursed with the Shadowblack, Kellen is desperate to find a cure for his curse and of course, once he hears about the Ebony Abbey, he and reichis go in search of it to get the cure. As always, things don’t go smoothly for Kellen, he always finds himself in trouble with someone trying to kill him.

Side note: I listen to the first two as audiobooks, they are so good! The narrator is brilliant, I highly recommend listening to them if audiobooks are your thing. 

Characters:
Kellen: I love Kellen as a protagonist. He is so funny, hopeless and relatable. I love that Ferius is still apart of him, despite the fact he left her. He’s still getting himself into sticky situations by not keeping his witty comments to himself!

Reichis:
Um, cries!? The lack of Reichis was so sad. I lived for his comment and murderous ways. I miss him. *sniff*

Ferius: I love that even though she wasn’t physically present, she was still apart of the story and part of Kellen. I seriously miss her witty, sassy comments and the banter between her and Kellen. I am praying we get more Ferius in the future (would die for a book centred around her).

Rating: 4 Stars!

*This was sent to me for review, all views are my own. Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me an ARC.


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Favourite Magic Systems | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Favourite Magic Systems

 

1) Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
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Allomancy is the magic system feature in Mistborn, Allomancers have the ability to consume metals and gain abilities from different metals. Mistborns can consume all metals, whereas, Mistings can only consume one type. The Magic system is really cool and there are other types in there too, they’re really well explained and easy to follow!


2) Lightbringer by Brent WeeksImage result for lightbringer brent weeks covers
The magic system in this universe is Drafting, it uses the spectrum of light to draw luxin, different colours to different things. Most drafters can draft one or two colours but the Prism can draft all colours. There is a catch – the more you use your power the quicker you die. It’s such an interesting magic system, great series and so underrated!


3) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
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Another Brandon Sanderson magic system (his systems are honestly the best ever). In Warbreaker, the system is known as Breaths, everyone is born with one breath, however, you can buy more but it has to be given willingly – you cannot steal it. The more breath you have the better and more vivid everyone appears, breath can also be temporarily put into inanimate objects, making them come to life.


4) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This one is a little hard to explain but basically, reincarnation is the ‘magic’ of the chimaera but also there’s a running theme that magic comes at a cost.


5) Star Wars
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Obviously, I had the mention the Force. I feel like everyone knows the Force, so no need to explain too much and if you don’t… who even are you!?
I love the spectrum of the Force, the good, the bad and the balance. Plus, if having the Force is needed for owning a Lightsaber, I want in.

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Books · Wrap-up

September Wrap Up!

 

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September was a really good reading month for me, up until I started University on the 24th. I think the thought of uni slowing my reading down made me spring into action and get as much reading done as possible before I started! I managed to read 8 books, which I am super happy with!


The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The first book I read was The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas, which I read the majority of it on August 31st but didn’t finish in time to include it in that wrap up.  I’m not the biggest fan of novellas and short stories but this was really enjoyable!

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 

 


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Obviously, after reading The Assassin’s Blade, I had to immediately reread Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.

Rating: 4 Stars
Reread Review here!

 

 

 


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And again continued on with the series with Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas. This where the series really picks up for me!

Rating: 4 Stars
Reread Review here!

 

 

 


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Moving onto Heir of Fire, this was a disappointing reread for me. I found it to be so slow! I will discuss this further in my review.
Rating: 3 Stars
Reread review coming soon!

 

 


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Continuing on my ToG reread with Queen of Shadows. I loved this book so much!

Rating: 5 Stars!
Reread Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Next, I decided to take a break from my reread of ToG and read the ARC I received from Hot Key Books! Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell, book #4 in the Spellslinger series. I am so blessed I got an early copy, I love this series so much!

Rating: 4 Stars!
Review coming soon!

 

 


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Moving on to Vicious by V.E Schwab, I was lucky enough to be sent the sequel Vengeful by Titan Books so obviously, I had to go ahead and read this first.

Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Review coming soon!

 

 


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Next, I read the sequel to Vicious, Vengeful by V.E. Schwab.
I was lucky enough to be sent this for review and I binged Vicious and Vengeful – such a great experience!

Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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August Wrap Up!
August Film + TV Wrap Up
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Review: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey (Spoiler Free)
Better Than The Book!? | Thoughts on BBC Pride and Prejudice
Books For My Younger Self | Top 5 Wednesday
Mini Review: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
Top 5 Books I Read This Summer!
Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations | Top 5 Wednesday
Reread Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Favourite Covers | Top 5 Wednesday
Reread Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas


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