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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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Audiobook Review: Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #5)

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Hey guys!
I’m currently on holiday in Portugal! This a pre-written and scheduled (how organised am I?)

Reviews for the previous books: Spellslinger | Shadowblack | Charmcaster | Soulbinder



Synopsis:

Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag – an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he’s put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of his fellow prisoners: kill the Queen and he’ll be given clemency by those who take power. But when Kellen comes face-to-face with the eleven-year-old monarch, he realises she’s vastly smarter than he expected – and in a great deal more danger.


My Thoughts
Plot-wise – this was slower than the rest. It took me a while to get into. Despite being thrust into the action straight away, the rest of the book is quite slow. It does pick up in places but it relies heavily on political intrigue.

I’m glad I listened to the audiobook for this, as the narrator is really good and easy to listen to. I think I would’ve struggled if I had read the physical book.
I would say it was boring but it was a bit meh. It’s my least favourite in the series so far. I honestly think the series has gone downhill since Ferius and Kellen split ways. She was such a good character, I miss her so much!

Kellen is still up to his usual stuff, avoiding being killed by just about everyone, having banter with Reichis and escaping death with wit, one trick and a hint of luck.

I will say: this was so much darker than the rest of the series. This whole series has been lighthearted and fun and it got dark. Real fast. There was less humour and jokes in this one, it was still funny in places but not as much as the previous books.
There was more graphic violence and torture.

Trigger Warning for mentions of depression, abuse and rape/sexual assault.

Characters:
Kellen: 
I still love Kellen. After 5 books, it’s easy to be attached and invested in his journey. His character development has been great – though he still is a one trick pony. His ‘magic’ is still the same trick – which I don’t mind. He’s not the typical over-powered/ all-powerful YA main character. I like that he isn’t the greatest at magic but still manages to get along.


Reichis: 
Still the hilarious, murderous little squirrelcat I adore. I love his and Kellen’s ‘partnership’ – aka friendship – even if Reichis likes to think they aren’t.

Narrator: Joe Jameson – who narrates the whole series, is absolutely brilliant. I cannot praise his skills enough. He is great at doing different voices, it is so easy and entertaining to listen to.

Rating:3.5 Stars


*I have previously worked with Hot Key Books, however, not on this occasion.
I borrowed this from my library. All opinions are my own.


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Books · Recommendations

Binge-Worthy YA Books! #1

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Hey guys! Happy Saturday 🙂
I have been doing a lot of reviews lately since I’ve been in uni I pre-wrote a lot of posts before I started and most of them were reviews; I thought I’d change it up today.
I finally had a little time to write so I thought I’d give some recommendations!

If I have reviews for any of the books mentioned they’ll be linked! If you click on the title it will take you to the Goodreads page of the first book so you can read the synopsis if you’d like. 


 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Now all the books are out in the Throne of Glass series, it would be a perfect time to binge them. SJM is a master at addictive writing and creating great characters that you are instantly invested in.

Reviews:  AB | TOG | COM | HOF | QOS


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Her beautiful writing style is just a dream to read. The characters are so relatable and flawed but you just love them? The friendship between all the character is just lovely and makes you wish you were part of the gang.

Reviews: TRB | TDT


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor’s beautiful lyrical and descriptive writing style is so unique and amazing, it’s an absolute dream to read. I flew through these books, they’re addictive and the characters are just great. This is probably the only time I’ve enjoyed insta-love and heavy romance. I was rooting for the relationships from start to finish.

Review of the whole series


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Underrated series! I love the world in these books, it’s such a cool concept and I wish there were more. Each book is a standalone kinda, but they all fit together and are brought together in book 3.  Hardly anyone talks about these books anymore but they’re so cool and definitely worth a read!


Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I cannot rave enough about these books!
I listened to the first two on audiobook, which was an amazing experience; the narrator is SO good at doing the voices. It was like a full-on performance, I highly recommend the audiobooks, if you’re looking for a new one! I was lucky enough to get books 3 + 4 as ARCs! I have reviews for these which I will link:
Reviews: Spellinger | Charmcaster | Soulbinder


Let me know any YA books you think are binge-worthy! I am always looking to add to my endless TBR! 


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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

Best Books of 2018 (So Far)|Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This weeks topic is; Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

This list is in no particular order, they’re all great in their own way and I don’t think I could possibly rank them! All these books have a 4 Star rating or above.
The most surprising things; there’s 3 audiobooks and a classic on this list, which is crazy for me, I only started listening to audiobooks last year but have been enjoying them hugely this year! And a classic?! Madness.


1)  Jane Eyre
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So far, this is the only classic I’ve read that I can honestly say I loved. I adored this book, it has become one of my all-time favourite books and definitely the best classic I’ve read thus far. I gave Jane Eyre 5/5 Stars!
Review here!



2) Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

33291466The first audiobook of this list. This book (and series) is such a great YA fantasy story, I loved everything about this book and the narrator was great! I also listened to the second book on audio and loved it too! I was lucky enough to receive an arc of the third book but I would definitely listen to the audiobook in the future! I gave Spellslinger 5/5 Stars!
Review here!


3) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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I gave The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle 4.5/5 Stars!
Review here!


4) Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

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I gave Hold Back the Stars 4.5/5 Stars!
Review here!


5) Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
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After falling in love with Jane Eyre I was super excited to get to some Jane Eyre retellings and this one intrigued me the most as it is a sci-fi retelling. I was worried it wouldn’t work but in my opinion, it worked great!
I gave Brightly Burning 4.5/5 Stars!
Review here!


Let me know some of the best books you’ve read so far this year! I am always looking for recommendations!

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Review: Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell (Spoiler Free)

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Synopsis:
The third book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series.

‘I was getting almost as good at running away from enemies as I was at making them in the first place. Turns out, I wasn’t running nearly fast enough.’

Kellen has begun to master his spellslinging and the Argosi tricks for staying alive, and he and Reichis have found a career that suits them both: taking down mercenary mages who make people’s lives miserable. But Ferius is concerned that Kellen is courting disaster . . .


Charmcaster is the third book in the Spellslinger series by Sebastien De Castell, review for the first one here.  

This book series has magic, mages, a magic-school and it’s set in a deserty-kinda-Western world. (At least it gives me Western vibes)

I’m going to make this review pretty short, as it is the third book in the series and I don’t want to spoil anything.

Plot:
This one started off slower than the rest, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing and I still really enjoyed this book. I still really wanted to keep reading and couldn’t put the book down once I got into it.  The characters for me really make this book, they are just amazing, likeable and relatable, the plot could be literally anything and I would adore it.
Some familiar faces appear in this novel, which I really enjoyed and I was pretty shocked by! The plot twists are amazingly done, as with the previous two books.
Charmcaster had so many feels, I wasn’t expecting it to be so emotional. This one hit me right in the feels. The ending left me really emotional over certain characters…

Characters:
Kellen: 
I LOVE HIM. Bless him. He’s so relatable, nothing goes his way and someone is always out to get him. His character development throughout these books is just wonderful to see. He’s really starting to grow up and it’s so sweet to see him develop throughout this book and make decisions for himself. I cannot wait to see where his journey goes in the next 3 books, I’m sure they’re going to be amazing as well!

Ferius: Ferius is an actual babe. I love this woman. Her sass, her personality she’s just AMAZING. Ferius and Kellen have the best friendship and they care so much about each other. All I can say is the FEELS, man, the feels.

Reichis: Still as angry and sassy as ever. God, I love him, he’s so funny. I want a squirrel-cat companion. Cannot wait to see more of him in the next book!

There is going to be six books in this series! I’m so hyped, there’s two being released a year so not much waiting time for new books. I highly recommend picking up this series, Sebastien De Castell has created such a fun, imaginative and addictive series. It has become one of my all-time favourites.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Charmcaster is out tomorrow, May 17th!

* HUGE Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending this to me for an honest review!
ALL opinion our my own.



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Books · Wrap-up

April Wrap Up!

wrap-upApril has been an amazing reading month for me! I had the first two weeks off for Easter and so I read like a maniac! By halfway through the month I had read 5 books! However, things slowed down after I went back to college. All in all, I had a great reading month! So, since I read so many books I had to change the layout of my wrap up a bit, as I didn’t want the post to seem like an endless list, so I hope you guys don’t mind the change.

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The first books I finished in April was Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. This book was really good! I enjoyed much more than the first one.
Full review here.
Rating: 4 Stars

 

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I planned on having a break between the Shatter Me books, but that didn’t work out, after finishing Unravel Me I just had to pick up Ignite Me! Which I ended up reading in one 4-hour sitting, it’s safe to say I was hooked.
Full review here.

Rating: 4 Stars

 

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The next book I finished was How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
I enjoyed some of it, some parts I found quite boring and I’m quite disappointed I heard such great things about this book I was expecting to love it. The book didn’t have much of a plot, I had an issue with the pacing and the flipping back and forth between past and present.
Rating: 3 Stars

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The next book I read in April was *The Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew
Review here

Rating: 3/3.5 Stars

 

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The next book I finished was Genesis by Brendan Reichs, I got this as an eARC from NetGalley, I knew I had to read it, I really enjoyed the first book Nemesis last year.
 Review here.
Rating: 4 Stars

 

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The next book I read was another eARC from NetGalley:
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green.
Review here
Rating: 4 Stars

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The next book I finished was Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. This was a reread for me, I am actually surprised at how much of the plot I had forgotten. I had such a great time rereading this, I loved every moment.
Review here.
Rating: 5 Stars!

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Then I finished was Geekerella by Ashley Poston.
The weather is getting warmer, therefore it is time to bring out the contemporary books!
Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

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And finally, the last book I finished in the month of April was Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell
Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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