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!

 

 


Blog posts:
August Wrap Up!
August Film + TV Wrap Up
Favourite Friendship Groups | Top 5 Wednesday
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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