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:

Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell (audiobook)Image result for crownbreaker audiobook

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:

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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:

Ivanhoe by Walter ScottImage result for ivanhoe penguin cover

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 · 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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Books · Review

Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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There may be spoilers for the first book.
I have a spoiler-free review of Nevernight here.


Synopsis:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.


My Thoughts:

Oh. My. God. This. Book.

It was absolutely amazing! I enjoy this so much more than Nevernight, which I did enjoy, but this took it to the next level. Nevernight took ages to pick up and get gripping, for me. Godsgrave had a faster pace from the beginning and I was sucked into the world much easier in this one. It still took me a while to read, the writing style isn’t one I find I can fly through but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story.

Still not a fan of the footnotes, I have to be honest: I just don’t see the point. It just seems like an info dump/ lazy world-building. Most of them are too long and they have a tendency to slow down the story and take me out of the story. It’s just odd. If I were to reread this series I would probably skip the footnotes, they aren’t hugely relevant to the story and I forget them almost immediately after reading. Yet I keep reading them. In hope, it’ll be important at some point.

The setting was amazing: it is a gladiator centred setting – which was so cool! I did not expect this type of setting after the last one being wholely a school setting. It was a nice surprise!

I loved getting to know more about Mia’s power’s/ Darkins in general; I love anything to do with dark magic, daemons etc. I was dying to know more about Mr Kindly from book one and you definitely get everything you want in this book!

The only “bad” thing I can say is: the plot twists were seriously predictable. I wasn’t overly surprised at anything. That’s the only reason this book wasn’t a 4.5-5 star read for me.

I know this book is suppose to be adult but it seriously reads like YA. (Other than the excessive swearing + sex scenes)

Characters:
Mia: I love Mia, especially in this book. I felt so connected and invested in her story and the revenge she wants for her family. I am fully invested, emotionally, in Mia, I had all the feels for her in various ways over the course of this book.
Her character development has been decent, not super amazing but it’s definitely there.

Mr Kindly + Eclipse: These two!! I love that they hate each other and have banter back and forth. I loved getting to know more about them in this book. It was SO cool and interesting to get deeper into the daemon stuff.

Rating: 4.25 Stars


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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday | 11/09/2019

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:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I FINALLY FINISHED!
Man, I’ve been in such a slump since late August, I almost DNF’d Nevernight but I am glad I didn’t! I’m glad I pushed through because I ended up really enjoying it. It took me a long time to get into and a long time to read (because of the slump) but it was worth it.
Will post a full review soon.

Currently Reading:

Nothing. I am about to start: The Good Luck by Charlotte Nicole Davis as I impatiently wait for Godsgrave.
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I have been meaning to read this for ages, it’s appeared on many WWW Wednesday’s – I am finally reading it now I’ve seemed to break my slump.


Reading Next:

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (DUH)

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Obviously, I will be reading Darkdawn after, I hear Godsgrave ends on quite the cliffhanger. So glad all the books are now out!


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

200th Post! – Favourite Minor/Side Characters | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
T5W is currently on a hiatus for the summer, so no new topics. So I’ll be revisiting old ones. Today I’m doing: Favourite side/minor characters!

Hey guys!
This is my 200th post on my blog! I literally cannot believe I have written that many posts, it’s crazy! I never imagined I’d get this far, I didn’t think blogging would become such a big (and enjoyable) part of my life.
Thank you to everyone who read my blog! It means the world.
Onto the actual post – My favourite side characters:

1) Elide and Lorcan from Throne of Glass

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I kinda cheated here, picking two people, but they’re both from the same series. (That’s my excuse anyway) I LOVE ELIDE!! She’s literally my fave – she doesn’t come into ToG until midway through the series but she quickly became a fave. Lorcan – loveable asshole. He’s awesome. Elorcan is my fave ship in all of ToG!


2) TenSoon from Mistborn

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TenSoon is such an amazing character. I love him and the Kandra. Such a fascinating, unique race of creature. I love his sidekick thing he has going on with Vin.
(There are SO many great side characters in Mistborn, it was hard to pick)


3) Nikolai from Shadow and Bone
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If you’ve read my reviews for the trilogy you know how much I dislike it. However, my love, Nikolai was worth it. He was such a great character, full of personality and life. He made those books for me. I will forever appreciate his amazing, entertaining presence in the dire books.


4) Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Zuzana is such an amazing friend! I love her relationship with Karou, it’s so lovely!!
She’s such a badass too, despite being a human. I’d love to be friends with her, it would be so much fun. She’s the best. So underrated!



5) Ella Malikova from The Illuminae Files

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Gemina is my favourite book in The Illuminae Files – Elle was such a cool character.
She’s so underrated and underappreciated. Her relationship with Nik is adorable. I love her personality and humour. She’s one of my favourite characters from the whole series!


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Books I DNF| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
T5W is currently on a hiatus for the summer, so no new topics. So I’ll be revisiting old ones 🙂
This week I decided to do: Books I DNF (Did not finish)

1) The Power by Naomi Alderman

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I feel like every female-centred dystopian novel is now dubbed the ‘new’ The Handmaid’s Tale and they never live up to it. This is the perfect example of that.
This was impossibly boring, I couldn’t get into it at all.
Snoozefest.


2) The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Everyone was raving about these books a few years ago, so I decided to pick it up at my library. Boy, am I glad I didn’t buy this book. I found this SO boring and difficult to get into, I think I made it around 20% in before I completely gave up. This was years ago I DNF this but I remember thinking the writing was terrible and the characters were unlikeable.


3) Switched by Amanda Hocking

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This is honestly one of the worst audiobooks ever, ironically one of the first audiobooks I tried to listen to. (Luckily didn’t put me off) It was seriously bad. Laughably bad. It about a changeling Troll – TROLL. They call themselves Trylle – I just couldn’t cope with this. I couldn’t take it seriously and I hate every single character.


4) The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
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This is probably one of my biggest disappointments. I’ve heard so many great things about this series, I was totally expecting to love it. However, I did not understand a word I was reading. I don’t know why – I just had no idea what was going on. It was odd and boring. I couldn’t connect to the plot or the characters. Eventually, I gave up trying.


5) The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

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This is the most recent book I DNF.
This one I don’t feel bad about, at all. It was required reading for uni but honestly, it was so bad I just couldn’t put myself through that. I knew I wouldn’t write on it in my essay so I just gave up. It is seriously one of the most boring and confusing books I’ve ever read.


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Books · Wrap-up

Monthly Wrap Up | May 2019

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Hey guys!
Today I’m talking about the books I read in the month of May.
I read a total of 6 books (3 audio, 3 physical) and a short story. I’m really happy with this amount considering in the first half of May I had finals for uni, including 3 essays, a creative writing portfolio and an exam. As you can tell I procrastinated doing these things by reading/listening to books. Oops.

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The first book I finished in May was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I actually started and finished this on May 1st! Great start to the month and I haven’t read a book in a day in a long time. Super happy!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

 


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Secondly, I continued on and read Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the first, it was pretty bland.

 

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 


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Thirdly, I listening to the Stars Above audiobook by Marissa Meyer. This was okay, as far as short story collections go. I’m generally not a fan of short stories but these were okay, some I enjoyed more than others, naturally. More thoughts in my review!

Rating: 3 Stars
Review here!

 


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Fourth I read Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. I thought this would be so much better but it was so boring. It took me 11 days to read 350 pages. 11 days?! I read Shadow and Bone in a single day.

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 


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Next, I finished another audiobook, Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell.

 

Rating 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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Next, literally right after finishing Queenslayer, I read the short story The Red Lily by Sebastien De Castell – which is about Ferius Parfax from the Spellslinger series. This story takes place between book 3 and 4.

 

 

 


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Finally, I finished another audiobook: Fairest by Marissa Meyer.
I didn’t think it was possible to hate Levana more than I did in The Lunar Chronicles main series but this backstory for Levana topped it. She’s also been the worst, I can see why now, but I have no sympathy for her. She’s vile.
Rating: 3.5 Stars

 


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