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Audiobook Review: Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell | Spellslinger Finale (Spoiler free)

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Reviews for the others: Spellslinger | Shadowblack | Charmcaster | Soulbinder | Queenslayer

Synopsis:
Kellen and Reichis are settling into their new lives as protectors of the young queen and dealing with the constantly shifting threats to her reign and to her life. For the first time in his life, Kellen feels as if he’s becoming the kind of man that his mentor Ferius had wanted him to be. Even Reichis has come to appreciate having a noble purpose – so long as no one minds him committing the occasional act of theft from the royal treasury.

But what seems to be a simple card game between Kellen and an old man is soon revealed to be a deadly game of wits in which a powerful mage has trapped the queen’s spellslinger in order to kill him.


My Thoughts:

I have no idea where to begin.
I am SO SAD this series has ended. BOY has it been good though. Although not my favourite book in the series, this is a worthy conclusion to what has been an amazing series.

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Side note: the synopsis does not do this book any justice nor is it completely accurate. A lot of stuff goes on, which I won’t spoil, all of which completely surprising after reading the synopsis. It’s definitely a bit misleading but if anything, the book is way better than it sounds from that description.

This book picks up immediately after Queenslayer, as per, we see Kellen causing trouble and being hunted. He’s up to his usual shenanigans, narrowly escaping death constantly with help from Reichis, his murderous Squirrelcat business partner.

This being the last book there are some returns of character, which I loved!(!!!)
Some of my favourite side-characters appear and I was delighted. This book had me on edge, I was dying to know what happened constantly. I was very emotional (I didn’t fully cry but I was super close.) – it was an emotional rollercoaster.

The post-script was amazing. 

I have loved watching Kellen grow as a character through all 6 books, it has been quite the journey! This series will forever stay in my heart and be one of my all-time favourites. These books seriously make me happy, they’re so much fun, the humour is amazing. I look forward to reading more from Sebastien de Castell in the future.

Rating: 4 Stars

*Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle | Hardback 

The audiobook is AMAZING. The narrator makes this story truly come to life, his voice is incredible. I highly, highly recommend the audiobooks. They really are an amazing experience.
*Free trial of Audible here.


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Books · Tag

End of the Year Book Tag!

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Hey guys, Happy Sunday! 🙂
Today I’m going to be doing the End of the Year Book Tag!
(Original Tag here)

I was tagged by the lovely Lucy (Lucyturnspages)

Onto the questions:

1. Are there any books you started this year you need to finish?

I usually finish books in the same month I start them, so there’s none I’ve been reading for months/ have already started that I won’t finish.


2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?

Generally, I start reading more fantasy/darker books in the autumn. There’s nothing I read every year though.


3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson!
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I am so hyped for this! I might not even get to it this year (unfortunately) – uni is chaotic.
I am so behind with books, but I am hoping (praying) I get to this before the end of 2019!


4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

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Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
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5. Is there a book that you think could still shock you and become your FAVORITE?

Potentially, TBW or CDTH? They’re both hugely anticipated books, one the last in a series and one the start of a new one, so hopefully, they’ll be new favourites!


6. Have you already made reading plans for 2020?

Yes! I’m already thinking about going on book buying bans and getting my physical TBR down as much as possible!


Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this tag!

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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday | 06/11/2019

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Recently Finished:

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Last book in the Spellslinger series *cries*
This was a good ending to what has been an amazing series. I will seriously miss these books. I’ll have a review up for this soon.


Currently Reading:

Emma by Jane Austen (audio + physical)Image result for emma by jane austen audiobook uk jenny

I’m reading this for uni and I’m switching between reading and audiobook, just to make things quicker. It’s a pretty big book! Hoping I’ll enjoy it as much as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.


Reading Next:

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This is for uni. I have no idea what to expect from this book. I’ll probably switch between reading and audiobook for this too.

*Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan

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I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this! (Thank you Jamie-Lee at Tor UK)
I’ve never read any Robert Jordan, I’d really like to read the Wheel of Time series but it’s just so big and the books are all big, I just don’t have time right now. I thought I’d start with this since it’s small and so I can try out his writing without too much commitment.


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Let me know your thoughts on any of these books! + or what you’re currently reading!

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Books · Wrap-up

Monthly Wrap Up | October 2019

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Hey guys!
Guess who finally has internet?!! ME!
Happy that I can now blog/Instagram more easily and regularly!
Anyways…October was a pretty decent reading month, although most of the reading I did was for uni, I enjoyed almost everything!
Onto the books I read, in the order that I read them:

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Firstly, I read Teenage Writings by Jane Austen. This was for uni, I’m doing a module on Jane Austen so I’m reading a lot of it! This was a hard but interesting read. It’s cool to see her early writings and how she started but I wouldn’t say it was an enjoyable read.

 

 

 

 


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Next, I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen>
I had never read this before (or seen the film) so I didn’t know much about it. I ended up really enjoying it (and we watched the film in class, which was also good!).
Rating: 4 Stars

 

 


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Then, after almost a month of reading, I finished Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. This book was pretty good, it took me a while to read (because uni) but I did enjoy the majority of it. However, the ending. No.

Full review here!
Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 


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Next, I finished my audiobook of the month: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
My mental health hasn’t been so great lately so I thought it’d be the perfect time to (finally) read this book. And it was. I found this really helpful.
I really want to write a whole post about self-help /mental health books but I need to read a few more first.

Rating: 4 Stars.


 

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Then I finished Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I LOVE THIS! This was a reread for me, I read this last summer too. I think I appreciate it so much more this time around, learning about Austen has made me enjoy her so much more!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 


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Finally, I read a short story: Opal by Maggie Stiefvater.
Call Down the Hawk comes out on the 5th, so I thought it was about time I read this story! It was so good. I have missed Maggie Stiefvater’s writing so much. I am now even more hyped for Call Down the Hawk!!

Rating: 4 Stars

 


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Books · Tag

The Spooky Would You Rather Book Tag!

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Hey guys!
Today, as you can see from the title, I’m going to be doing a tag!
Wanted to do a Halloween-ish tag so here it is!

Thriller or Supernatural

Supernatural! I don’t read thrillers…

Ghosts or Zombies

Ghosts for sure!

Vampire or Werewolves

Werewolves!
(Huge Teen Wolf fan)

Witches or Demons

Demons!

Would you rather read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover?

Black cat on the cover for sure! Imagine how massive the 13 chapters would be… No thanks. I like my chapter short and sweet.

Would you rather read a spooky book in the dark with only a candle for light, or by yourself in a locked brightly lit room?

Uhhh.. preferably neither.
But I’ll go with a brightly lit room.

Would you rather face your worst fears, or be trapped in the mind of a killer?

As interesting it would be to see the mind of a killer I would not want to be trapped there. I’ll face my fears and (hopefully) get over them!

Would you rather watch a scary movie or read a scary book?

Scary movie! (so it’s over quicker, haha)

Would you rather read spooky books during the fall time or all year?

During fall. Gives more spooky vibes.
I think reading them in spring/summer would feel so odd.

Would you rather read 10 spooky books in October or 10 spooky books all year?

In October.
Halloween feels! Plus 10 books in a month would be great!


(for tomorrow!)

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Books · Recommendations

Non-Spooky Halloween/Autumn Book Recs

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Hey guys!
Thought I’d do a recommendation list for people who are not a fan of being scared/reading horror, like me but still want some Halloween/autumn vibes.

Let’s jump right in:

Dark Vision by Debbie Johnson

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This is an underrated book, in my opinion. I’ve never heard anyone else talk about it but I really enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago. It’s one of the few paranormal/urban fantasy books set in the UK (Liverpool). The main character is a quite feisty and relatable woman and the side characters are pretty cool too. It has all kinds of myth intertwined in, it has Gods, Goddesses, Vampires, Mates (SJM kinda Mate), etc. 

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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle | Paperback


Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
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I read this a while ago, but it has stuck with me. It has some amazing plot twists and genre bending/mixing. It would be such an amazing Halloween/autumn read.
I need to finally read the last book in this series! It’s so good.
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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle | Paperback



*The Gilded King
by Josie Jaffrey

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This is a YA vampire/paranormal/dystopian by an indie author.
I read this last year and I really enjoyed it, despite not being a huge paranormal/vampire lover, this was extremely well done.

My full review for this is here

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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle (currently free!)| Paperback


*Rose: A Double Life by Valérie Vernay Denis Lapière +Émilie Alibert
(Graphic Novel)

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This was such a cool graphic novel!
I requested this on a whim from Netgalley and I ended up loving it.
It has paranormal, murder-mystery and thriller elements and it’s so interesting! (The art is really cool too)

Mini GR review for this here!

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Purchase here on Amazon UK: Kindle | Can’t find a physical copy(?)

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Books · Tag

The Netgalley Book Tag!

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I was tagged ages ago by the lovely Susan @Novellives.
And I completely forgot about it and randomly remembered. So here I am, finally doing this tag!

Rules

✿ Link back to the tag’s creator: Kourtni at Kourtni Reads
✿ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
✿ Answer the questions the best you can.
✿ If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites/places you get books!
✿ Tag a few people to do this too!


Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

Brandon Sanderson.
It’s going to be amazing no matter what it is.


Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

Cover/author, usually.
I am a sucker for a pretty cover.
If I like an author I’ll pretty much try anything they put out!


Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

Depends on whether I have time. I mostly review any book I enjoyed, I tend to leave the negative reviews for Goodreads but I will post a negative review for popular books on my blog.


Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Ooo, this is an interesting question.
I’d probably have a Fantasy + a Sci-fi badge to show off my favourite genres.


Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson!!
Wish I could have an ARC so bad. It’s going to be amazing, I just know it.


2019 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

I am actually so behind with my ARCs atm. I think the last one I read and reviewed was Kingdom of Souls (Review here).
I have an abundance to get through though!! I need to up my game ha.

I tag: Jemma @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find them

+ Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do this tag!


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