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Reread Review: Warbreaker By Brandon Sanderson

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Synopsis:
(From GoodReads) – This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

On the back of the book – Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, a lesser god, and an immortal trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.
Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by BioChromatic magic, a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous: breath can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.
But the rewards are great: by using breath and drawing upon the colour in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be performed.


Plot:
Where do I even begin with this book? I love it so much I cannot put into words how amazing this book is.
The world, the magic, the characters and the plot are all perfect?! Absolutely nothing is a let down in this story.  Anyone who has read any Brandon Sanderson novels knows his worldbuilding is incredible, I honestly have no idea how he is capable of creating new, unique and interesting each time, it’s insane.
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If you’re looking to getting into Brandon Sanderson but find his huge series intimidating, this would be a great one to start with. It is a standalone story, that eventually will have sequels but is satisfying and work by itself.

Characters: This book is one of the rare ones where I actually love every character and enjoy each POV perspective.

Vivenna: She is the oldest child of the royal family of Idris and has been raised her whole life to be the wife of the God King. Vivenna’s preparation for becoming the God King’s wife is all thrown away when her father decides to send her younger sister instead. After Siri takes her place Vivenna doesn’t know her place in the world and feels like she has no purpose, so she follows her sister into Hallandren, determined to save her from the dreaded God King.

Siri: She is the youngest child of the royal family of Idris and younger sister to Vivenna. Siri is sent in place of Vivenna to become the wife of the God King. Having never been trained to be the wife of the God King, Siri has no idea what to expect, she is thrown into a new place alone and the God King is vastly different than what she had learned.

Lightsong: He is a ‘Returned’, which is someone who died and returned as a God. Despite being a God, he doesn’t believe he is a God and doesn’t act as the other God’s do. His character is very funny and I love the little friendship he builds with Siri.

Vasher: A mysterious man with a talking sword. Despite loving Vasher, you have no idea what his intentions are or what side he’s on until the very end. Can’t talk about him much without giving away spoilers but he’s awesome!

Nightblood: I don’t know if you could class ‘him’ (?) as a character as such but it is very entertaining. I could literally read an entire book through Nightblood’s perspective. Nightblood is a talking sword, not as crazy or childish as it sounds, he’s very entertaining and of course, murderous.

Rating: 5/5 Stars!


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Reread Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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As you may or may not know, I have been rereading The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Two books down, two to go! Review for the first book The Raven Boys is here.
Just a potential spoiler warning, if you haven’t read the first book you could be spoiled!


Synopsis:
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

 


Plot:
Rereading a favourite book can be hit or miss. You could either love it just as much or more, or you could realise you don’t like it anymore…
The plot is definitely slower than I remembered. The first time around I read this so fast but couldn’t read it fast at all this time. It’s not that it’s boring (it’s really not), I definitely didn’t remember as much as of the plot as I thought. Maybe I was taking it in more this time.
Maggie’s writing just makes everything seem interesting and as the book went on I did find it faster to read. The last 100-150 pages flew by! The book ends on a cliffhanger, which I don’t mind so much this time around as I know what happens. When I first finished The Dream Thieves I immediately picked up Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
Maggie’s whimsical, captivating writing just amazes me, it’s so beautiful to read. I’ll be finishing my reread of this series next month!
Characters:
Gansey – Still as adorable as ever. I love Gansey he’s a total sweetheart. This is the book where you really start shipping Bluesey!!
Blue –  Still as sassy and quirky as ever. I love seeing her friendship with the boys blossom.
Ronan – Still as snarky and badass as ever. I love learning more about
Adam – Poor Adam.
Mr Gray – I really do not like Mr Gray. I don’t like reading from his perspective, I just find him creepy.
Ladies of 300 Foxway – I love these women. It so makes me wish I grew up surrounded by them, as Blue did.

Thoughts whilst reading:

  • I hate Mr Gray.
  • Gansey’s boat shoes!!
  • The boat scene in general!!
  • I totally forgot Ronan trashed the Pig!
  • F-king Kavinsky!

Rating: Still 5 Stars!


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Reread Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis:
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


Plot: When I first read this book, last year, I found the first half to be quite slow and boring. I wasn’t sure I was going to like or continue the series. However, I did like the second half and continued. (So glad I did!)
This time around I liked the book so much more! I don’t know if it was because I already knew what was going to happen or because the characters were already familiar. I ended up reading this so quickly, I fell back in love with the world and the characters, I had an amazing time rereading this!

I was so shocked to see the foreshadowing in this book that I had completely missed the first time around. It’s crazy! One of the best things about rereading is noticing the little details you had forgotten or missed!
Characters:
I love all the characters in The Raven Boys, there isn’t one I dislike. I love their friendship and their banter and I so wish I could be apart of their group!
I love Blue’s weirdness and uniqueness, she’s so cute! I love her relationship with her mother, Maura, and the ladies of 300 fox way.

Thoughts whilst reading:

  • Oh my god, I’ve missed these characters.
  • Ronan is amazing.
  • Bless Gansey, he’s so clueless.
  • Blue is an actual babe.
  • I want a pet raven.

Rating: 5 Stars!



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Reread Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

 

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So I thought I’d start a ‘series’ on my blog where I review books I’m rereading, letting you guys know my feelings whilst rereading and whether my opinion has changed. I’m going to try writing down my thoughts whilst rereading books, probably either be me gushing or complaining. (lol) As well as reviewing the actual book of course.


Synopsis:
ELANTRIS WAS A PLACE OF GLORY

The capital of Arelon, the home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.
But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants turned into powerless wrecks.
And in the new capital, Kae, close enough to Elantris for everyone to be reminded of what they have lost, a princess arrives. Sarene is to be married to unite Teod and Arelon against the religious imperialists of Fjordell. But she is told that Raoden, her husband to be, is dead.
Determined to carry on the fight for Teod and Arelon’s freedom, Sarene clashes with the high priest Hrathen. If Hrathen can persuade the populace to convert, Fjordell will reign supreme.
But there are secrets in Elantris, the dead and the ruined may yet have a role to play in this new world. Magic lives.


Plot: Slow-burning but incredibly intriguing. AMAZING world-building. If you don’t know by now, Brandon Sanderson is the King of world-building. No one has even come close to his level of amazing writing. I adore his writing style, he is great at writing characters I really care about. I am always so invested in his characters stories!
Let me just say: if you’re looking for an action-packed fantasy, this isn’t the book for you. It highly relies on political, religious and magically intrigue. There’s no action really, except a little at the very end, so if you’re not into that I give this a miss.
I am not usually a big fan of slow-paced books but there is something about Brandon Sanderson’s writing that has me completely hooked. The first half of this book is pretty slow, it takes time to develop the story but the last half of the book picks up. (I read the last 300 in a day!)
So basically, Elantis is a city once ruled by people blessed by the Shaod, they were idolised as ‘gods’, ten years before the book begins the Shaod started turning people in essentially zombies instead.

Characters:
Raoden: 
HE IS SUCH A SWEETHEART. God, I love Raoden. He’s such a great character. Raoden is a young Prince due to marry Princess Sarene, however, around a week before she’s due to arrive Raoden is struck by the Shaod and shunned into Elantris.

Sarene:  Poor Sarene is a widow before she was even married. She arrives in Arelon a week early, to surprise her future Raoden, in the hopes of getting to know him before the wedding. When she arrives in Arelon she finds out her husband-to-be has died.
SARENE IS A FEMINIST ICON. She’s a Princess, with a huge interest in politics, she’s very opinionated and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Men are intimidated by Sarene’s intelligence and resistance to being a ‘typical’ woman at court.

Hrathen: Hrathen is a Fjordell Gyorn, which is like a high priest, he is tasked to convert the people of Arelon or they will be massacred.
Let me just say, Hrathen is a well-written antagonist with good character development. That being said, I bloody hate him! His rivalry with Sarene is very entertaining. I mean, I guess he’s just doing his ‘job’ but I never have been a fan of pushy religious people.

Galladon: Honourable mention to this side character! I bloody adore Galladon, he’s so snarky and funny. He’s such a pessimist, very relatable.

Thoughts whilst reading:

  • Oh my god, I’ve missed this world
  • YASSS Sarene!
  • God, I hate Hrathen
  • Raoden is such a babe
  • Sarene’s sass gives me life
  • How did I forget THAT?!

Has my opinion changed: Kind of? I think I loved it, even more, the second time around. I adore this book, I haven’t read any Sanderson since last year and I realised how much I miss his writing. It also made me remember how much better adult fantasy is to YA.

Rating: 5/5 Stars!


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