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The Spotify Book Tag

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Hey guys, I’m back with another tag!
I’m not sure who created this tag but if you know please let me know!

Let’s begin:

1. Hit Rewind: a book you go back to again and again?

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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My favourite book! This has always stuck with me and I could honestly keep reading it over and over.


2. Romantic Ballads: a book that gives you all those fluttery feels?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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I’ve read this 3 times and it never fails to give me all the fluttery feels.
Such a swoon worth book.


3. Release Radar: a new release book you are excited for?

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

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I am both excited and terrified for the last book in the Lightbringer.


4. Discover Weekly: a book you haven’t read yet but want to discover?

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

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This year I’ve been getting into graphic novels and loving them. Everyone talks about how amazing and cute Heartstopper is so I definitely need to discover this series!


5. Alone Again: your fave book genre to read on your own?

All of them. I don’t really get this question, do people read with others?


6. Alternative: an indie book or author everyone should read!

I don’t read many indie books/authors but I read The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey and enjoyed it. I really need to continue the series.

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7. Cheesy Hits: a book full of cheese that you just love?

I’m not a big fan of cheesy books. It will make me cringe.
However, The Kiss of Deception  could be considered a tad cheesy but I absolutely loved it. Devoured it so fast.
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8. Summer Hits: a book you re-read every summer?

None. I tend to re-read when I feel like it not specifically in the summer…
I did read Warbreaker two summers in a row before.


9. Power Hour: an empowering feminist book or character you adore?

I’ll go with character(s) – I can’t just say one so here are a few:
Aelin (ToG)
Lia (TRC)
Cinder (TLC)
Siri (Warbreaker)
Ferius Parfax (Spellslinger)


10. All Out 10’s: list ten banging books!

Warbreaker 
The Final Empire
Spellslinger
Kingdom of Ash
The Kiss of Deception
The Flatshare
The Black Prism
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Hold Back the Stars
Vicious


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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 · Wrap-up

Monthly Wrap Up + Currently Reading| September 2019

Hey guys!

September was a really slow month for me and ended up being a really bad reading month, unfortunately. 😦

I’ve been struggling with a reading slump since August and my mental health hasn’t been great. I only managed to read two books this month:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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This took a loooong time to get through but I ended up really enjoying it. It takes some getting used to the writing style/format but the story is good.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Full review here!


Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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This was INCREDIBLE. This was sooo much better than Nevernight, which I did enjoy but this took it to the next level! I loved the setting and the pace of this one so much more.

Rating: 4.25 Stars
Review coming soon!


Currently Reading:

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
After THAT ending in Godsgrave, I obviously had to pick up this.

Teenage Writings by Jane Austen
This is for a class. I’m doing a module on Jane Austen this semester so prepare for lots of her books to be appearing on my blog!

+ I need to read The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis ASAP.


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Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments, also if you have any tips for getting out of a slump!

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Books · Review

Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:
Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal. Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya.
Inside the Church’s halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Church is no ordinary school. But Mia is no ordinary student.
The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her.
And they drink her fear


My Thoughts:

When I first started this, I was like what the hell is this? Why are there footnotes? Why is everything so slow? It took me a LONG time to get into this, but I really wanted to see why everyone loved this book/series so much. I’m going to be honest: I almost DNF’d this book because of its slow start. BUT I am so glad I didn’t. I ended up really enjoying this book, despite it being a slower pace to my taste. Side note – I was also in a reading slump, which could’ve hindered my enjoyment a little.

The writing style is quite overwhelming – There’s A LOT of flowery, long sentences and repetition. One of the reasons I found this book to be slow was because it was dragged out a lot. I feel like it could’ve been said in literally half the words. That being said, it isn’t a bad thing per se, it completely depends on personal taste. At first, I thought I hated it, but it grew on me and bothered me less and less as time went on.
The footnotes on the other hand: annoyed the hell out of me. I honestly don’t see the point. I feel like they’re there for worldbuilding purposes only, but it feels kind of lazy to put them in footnotes rather than the story itself? This is the first time I’ve ever read a fantasy with footnotes and it is kind of jarring. The only books I’ve really read with footnotes are classics/books for uni – it’s not something I enjoy in reading. I’m not sure I can get used to the footnotes, I read them, but I’m not a fan. I’m not even sure the information was that important in the footnotes of Nevernight, I honestly don’t remember them.

I do really love assassins – this is kind of like the adult, graphic extreme version of Throne of Glass. Or at least I hoped ToG would have more assassin qualities, I still loved that series, but it sold as a completely different story to what it is. Anyways…  Most of this story follows an assassin school/trial/competition setting – which is cool. I know a lot of people love a school setting in fantasy, it’s not one of my favourite settings but I did like it in this instance.

Characters:
Mia:  I loved Mia. I loved her character, her development, her everything. She was a great main character, she had such great development and story. It took me a while to get attached but by the end of the book I was fully invested in her character and story arc, I knew I’d be finishing this series! I NEED to know what happens. I’m loving her journey and cannot wait to get to Godsgrave.

Tric: MY LOVE TRIC!! God, I love him. He’s such a great character and him + Mia are just amazing. I loved their interactions with each other (+others).
Tric was seriously the highlight of this novel, especially through the slow parts. I instantly took to his character; he is one of the main reasons I kept reading.

Mr Kindly: Shadow cat thing. I love an animal sidekick/companion and he didn’t disappoint. I cannot wait to learn more about Mr Kindly. He’s super intriguing!

Rating: 3.5 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 · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 04/09/2019

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Sorry, for the lack of posts/replies to comments.
I moved to uni on Sunday and my place still doesn’t have Wifi 😦 It’s been such a pain.
I’ve currently gone back home just to use wifi, luckily, my mum’s isn’t super far from my uni flat.

WWW Wednesday 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?

Currently Reading:

I am still reading Nevernight from last week.

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Recently Finished:
Nothing 😦
I’ve been super busy packing for uni and moving into my new place that I haven’t been reading at all. My insomnia has been really bad lately, too. I can’t read as much when my insomnia is playing up as my concentration isn’t good.
Reading Next:
I’ll probably read Godsgrave then Darkdawn next. I am actually getting into Nevernight and enjoying it now, it took me a while but I’m getting there! I’m sure after I’m done I’ll want to pick up the next two and binge the series.

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Books · Tag

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

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1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

I could write a whole post just on this question.
The Name of the Wind springs to mind first. I really do not like that book. It took me forever to read, I thought I would love it. So disappointed.

2. A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
A lot of people really hate this book. I honestly loved it, still love it; it’s one of my favourite books.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

*Spoilers for Throne of Glass*

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Always kinda wanted Celaena to end up with Dorian. I didn’t like Celaena x Chaol AT ALL. I’m not huge on Aelin x Rowan but they’re okay. I fucking hate Dorian x Manon. Don’t even get me started.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

Historical Fiction
I find it so boring!

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Sorry not sorry. He’s an ass and the justification for his behaviour/action is frankly ridiculous.

Manon from Throne of Glass.
It literally took me until like half of KoA to warm up to her. I just don’t understand her hype. She’s horrid. (I love Abraxos though)

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Leigh Bardugo.
This year I’ve read the Shadow and Bone trilogy and reread the Six of Crows duology and honestly, the whole Grishaverse is ridiculously overrated. It’s just not that good.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

I REALLY hate the villain redemption trope.
I absolutely HATE it when an author sets up a really good villain, has them do loads of awful things but then gives them a redemption arc, undoes/justifies all the bad stuff and makes them into a total softy. PUKE.

*cough cough* Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi *cough cough*

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Super unpopular: HARRY POTTER.
I never read them as a kid, nor did I watch the films; I don’t have the sentimental attachment/nostalgia to make them good. I have zero interest in any of JK Rowling’s work.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Stardust for sure! Such a quirky, weird but fun film. I love every moment of it.
It is an amazing adaptation; the book isn’t bad but the story is so much better on-screen.

 

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