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Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black | Underwhelmed?!

 

Hey guys!
It has been ages, I know! This month has been bad for me healthwise + reading-wise. So not a lot to post about. I haven’t been blogging consistently due to having flu and uni work. Hopefully, now I can get back into the swing of it!


Synopsis:
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


Plot:
Ok so, I didn’t reread The Cruel Prince and it had been an age since I’d read it when this came. However, I decided I wasn’t going to reread and jump straight into this. I don’t regret not rereading, I think if I did reread The Cruel Prince, I wouldn’t rate it as high as when I first read it. It was pretty unmemorable and I had to read a recap before starting The Wicked King.

As for The Wicked King, plot-wise??? I feel like nothing exciting or interesting happened? Everyone was raving and screaming over how amazing this whole book was and throughout the entirety of it. I don’t feel like there was much of a plot, it’s literally just Jude running court. It wasn’t overly fun to read about, it was just ok. Through all of it I was like meh?? When is it going to get good? – Answer: the last 100 pages.

I didn’t find it hard to read, it wasn’t something I kept reaching for though. I wasn’t gripped or invested. It was just okay. In my opinion: this book was way overhyped. Which is why I was left disappointed. My expectations were too high and ultimately it failed.

Characters:
Jude: She was okay, nothing remarkable, nothing terrible. I find Jude fairly likeable and I do like reading from her perspective. That being said, she’s so average that she’s unmemorable. Kinda like the whole book + series.

Cardan: He was less of an ass in this one and more likeable. There wasn’t much Jude/Cardan romantic-relationship wise, I don’t know why everyone was screaming. Again, he’s unmemorable.

Rating: 3 Stars


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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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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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Top 5 Books I Read This Spring! | 2018

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Hey Guys!
I thought I would start doing seasonally favourites, where I talk about the best 5 books I’ve read during that season. These are in no particular order, I don’t think I could actually rank them as they’re all great in completely different ways.
There were a few books that ended up really surprising me, I don’t tend to read outside of my comfort zone (fantasy) but I managed to branch out and found some new favourites!


1) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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This is surprising to me – I am not usually a dystopian fan – I usually prefer sci-fi in a space setting. However, The Handmaid’s Tale is a really interesting and powerful read. The plot is so intriguing, fascinating and quite frankly terrifying as a woman.
Full review here. 

2) Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell

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Well… I knew this would be in my top 5. I loved the first two books in this series and the third book, Charmcaster, did not disappoint. I love Sebastien De Castell’s writing, it’s so humorous and entertaining! I cannot wait for the next book!
Full Review here.

 

 3) Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

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This was another surprising one, I picked on the audiobook as it was free using my library and I ended up adoring it. I’m not usually a fan of romance-heavy books but with the sci-fi/space setting, I found I really enjoyed it.
Full Review here

4) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Probably the biggest surprise – a mystery novel. I never ever read mystery, however, I heard this one had a sci-fi twist and had such great reviews I couldn’t pass when I saw it on my library’s audiobook list!
Full Review here

5) The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

39127492I received this as an eArc from NetGalley, I requested it on a whim, didn’t really know much about it other than it was YA fantasy. I ended up really enjoying it, it’s a great start to a series with a great cast of characters! I’m looking forward to the next book, sadly I’ll have to wait a while. 
Full Review here



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Books · Reread Review

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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