Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Kaleidoscopic, Intricate and Multifaceted Book

Lord of Shadows || Kaleidoscopic, intricate and multifaceted

By Cassandra Clare

Published 23 May 2017 | Fantasy | Young Adult

My Rating - Beyond a new favorite

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

My thoughts are everywhere right now, impossible to process. My heart is broken, my mind shattered and I have never been happier. Cassandra Clare just seems to have a way of doing that to me apparently. How am I supposed to move past this book and continue to read others while I wait SIX MONTHS for the next one? Six months of endless wondering and agonizing over what awaits for Emma and Julian, the blackthorns, Jace and Clary and so many others. All I can do right now is wait, and I just asdfghjkl.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

May Monthly Rewind and Favourites

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Touch of power & Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder: These are the first two books part of a trilogy which is set in the same world as Snyder's previous series, the Study trilogy. I really found. myself enjoying the first book, Touch of power, it had an interesting plot line and the main protagonist, Avry, grew on me. However, the series lost its lustre as I continued on into the second book. New developments in the plot seemed predictable and convenient and unfortunately it contained the typical, frustrating trope of having the love interests constantly separated throughout most of the book. Scent of Magic's ending, instead of leaving me wanting more, left me, in fact, feeling the complete opposite. *Highlight to view spoiler* I hate that Kerrick and Avry are going to most probably be separated again throughout most of the third book as well. I feel like this plot point of the story contributes nothing whatsoever to the storyline except leaving the reader frustrated as heck! *end of spoiler* Let me know if I should continue on with the last book of the series because I'm really not so sure at this point.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A Series That Captured My Attention from Start to Finish and Beyond.

A Series that Captured My Attention from Start to Finish and Beyond


The Grishaverse Trilogy

By Leigh Bardugo

Young Adult | Fantasy | Published between 2012 to 2014

My Rating - Beyond a New Favourite

I finished the final installment of the Grishaverse trilogy, Ruin and Rising, a little over a day ago and I still cannot stop thinking about these characters. My heart aches because of the fact that I don't have another book to read in which I can immerse myself into the minds of Mal, Alina, Nikolai and even the Darkling. Bardugo's characters have captured my heart and it looks like they're not planning on giving it back to me.

Friday, 11 May 2018

5 Things I Loved About the Remnant Chronicles

The Remnant Chronicles

By Mary E. Pearson

A trilogy | Published between 2014 to 2016 | Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance

My Rating: A New Favorite!

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

I bought the Kiss of Deception around a year ago. The synopsis made this book sound like it was something that was definitely going to be right up my street, so why did I procrastinate reading this book for so long?? Because oh my gosh, I loved this series so much! Therefore, in order to avoid just writing complete gibberish because I can't stop fangirling, here are 5 things that I loved about the Remnant chronicles. When in doubt, write a list.

Friday, 4 May 2018

April Monthly Rewind and Favorites - Discovering New Gems

I know that this post is a couple days late, but exams and such got in the way. I actually completed my first exam today, you have know idea how excited I am for the next 10 days to come to a close. 

I turned 19 years old this month and I can't believe that this means that I'm going to be TWENTY next year. I'm not quite sure how to feel about that? 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

3 Books that I unexpectedly loved

Unique, Hilarious and Magical Books I Surprisingly Fell in Love With

There are so many books that slip past my radar, books that didn't get as much hype, and books that I simply didn't notice. Even though I often browse through Goodreads, reading blurbs, going through various genre's and seeing what catches my eyes. I do admit that I'm definitely guilty of getting distracted by the newer and shinier books being released. Unfortunately some of the not so current books often get pushed to the back of my shelf, collecting dust.

Which is why I thought I would compile a list of books that I have read over the years - ones that I unexpectedly fell hopelessly in love with - in hopes of maybe showing you some books that I hope you will love just as much as I did. Books that I think deserve more hype and attention or books that have become unforeseen favorites.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Series Review - The Orphan Queen and the Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen Duology

By Jodi Meadows

A Duology | The first book was published on March 10 2015 and the second on April 5 2016
Young Adult | Fantasy


My rating - Mixed feelings

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

I was super excited to find this series in my local library, as I'm never not a fan of stories about kings and queens. The Orphan Queen series was an okay read. The pace of the story was fast enough, the world interesting - albeit the building of it was not the greatest - and the characters enjoyable.