Sunday, 30 October 2016

Weekly Round Up #6

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Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.


Another week done and dusted and the end of October is here already. I cannot fathom how quickly this year has flown by! Didn't we just enter a new year the other day? 

What I read last week:

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Heartless was an excellent story. I have no idea how I have lived my life thus far without having read anything by Marissa Meyer - I'm going to fix that soon.

Heir of Fire - I just love anything SJ Maas and this is a re-read for me so that I'm back up to date with this world before reading Empire of Storms. It's taking me a long time to get through the series because - work, life, commitments - but I will hopefully be able to move through them a little faster and actually get to the latest book within this year.

What I am currently reading:

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I've been struggling a little with FrostBlood, but only because I received it in an almost ready to print PDF format and the book is BEAUTIFUL. There's a lot of detail - which is where my reader is struggling. The pages with too much detail the reader is not rendering at all so I need to try and sort something out to allow me to see all the words, because you know, they're kind of important.

Up Next:

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See!? - fixing my lack of Marissa Meyer! I'm so excited about this one - and nervous too because HYPE but after reading Heartless I think this could definitely stand up to it all. 

New Arrivals:
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Oops. I couldn't help myself. I've been excited about this one for a while and when I saw it available for request on NetGalley I just couldn't resist. Thanks HMH books for the opportunity. 



And that's my week! How did yours go? 
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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Blogger Babble: I Love Book Blogs



Well, I guess it's kind of obvious, since you know, I am running a book blog of my own now, but in doing that I think I love book blogs even MORE than I used to and I have become exposed to so many new (to me) bloggers that I love.

Eventually I will create a blog roll to feature on my site but that is going to take time because obviously I hate the widgets that Blogger is providing me with and I am going to play around with things FOR A VERY LONG TIME until I get them how I (almost) want to see them.

So in the meantime, here are some of my most frequented blogs that I visit and some of the reasons that I love them. There's no particular order here - I'm just writing as they come to me.



I have used Goodreads for a while before I even thought of looking at blogs - I mean, it's one of the ultimate websites for a bookworm - and Alyssa is someone I kept coming across and loving her reviews. Now I visit her blog all the time to read her posts and even though she has a huge blog following and so many people commenting on her stuff I've noticed she will always try to visit back and takes the time to comment on my stuff too! One of my favourite features is her Waiting on Wednesdays - I'm forever finding new books to add to my TBR there!

Caitlin is one of the new to me blogs and I've really enjoyed both her features and her reviews and we enjoy similar books so it's always great to see what she thinks of something and I've also picked up a few for my TBR from there.

PAPER FURY Paper Fury is another 'Big Blog' that I adore. Cait writes well and I love reading her annotations. She's not afraid to gush about the books she loves and I've found so many wonderful reviews on her site. Her discussion posts are also great entertainment with a lot of truth behind them AND to top it all off she also does her very best to visit back and leave comments and that's not that common, especially among the bigger blogs.

Readers in Wonderland Readers in Wonderland is run by Alise and Bec and they always seem to have great content. Not only that - they also run the 'Bloggers Commenting Back' list which is a group of bloggers that make it a habit to both routinely REPLY to comments left on their blog and also to visit and comment back on blogs that have commented on yours.
Greg's Book Haven is another of my frequented blogs and I love his thoughtful reviews and love of beautiful covers. There's also some great discussion posts over there and a healthy love of epic fantasy, Star Wars and ASOIAF. 
So that's pretty much all the blogs that I have time to write about today. I follow a great deal of bloggers and I'm currently on a mission to find at least 5 new blogs every week. Whether I follow them or not I will visit, check them out and leave a comment on something. 



What are your favourite book blogs? Do you follow any or all of the blogs I have mentioned today?
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Review: Heartless - Marissa Meyer


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Heartless by Marissa Meyer
My Rating : {★★★★★}

Young Adult Fantasy FairyTale Retelling
Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Pan Australia

Source: Pan Macmillan Australia via NetGalley
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
What a fantastic story.

I loved everything about this wonderful fairy tale retelling and I can't believe I have never read anything by Marissa Meyer before this. I understand her Lunar Chronicles are also retellings of a sort and I need them in my life - RIGHT NOW.

Heartless is the story of Cath - the very eligible daughter of a marquess living in Hearts. Her dream is to be the best baker in all of the Kingdom and she really is a superb baker and quite possibly the very best in the land. Unfortunately we all know how this story will turn out - there will be no happily ever after, there will be no simple bakery and a life of love, for Cath is destined to be Queen - the 'terror of Wonderland'. This is the story of how she got there and of exactly the events that lead her to become so Heartless.

"You’re the daughter of a marquess. Look around. Look at the things you have, the life you’re accustomed to. You don’t know what it’s like to work every day so you can feed yourself and keep a roof over your head. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. To be a servant"

The world building felt effortless and is a blend of Victorian London and Carroll's Wonderland. There's a wonderful use of recognisable characters and a setting full of magic and lustre and also mystery and intrigue. It's not only Cath's story that is being told here, we meet The Mad Hatter before he was mad, we meet the Jabberwock before it becomes The Queen's most dangerous servant and we meet the Queen's executioner and learn what led him to serve the Queen.

There are so many action packed scenes and the pages of this book simply fly by. The usage of Wonderland's fantastical characters is done so well and with such nonchalance that it all felt so REAL. There's the Cheshire cat and his fabulous smile and disappearing act, there's the White Rabbit, The March Hair and the Caterpillar. There's tea parties with Hatta (the Mad Hatter), matchmaking, thrilling scenes with the Jabberwock, Victorian style repression of women, delicious baked treats and of course, there's the King of Hearts; a fairly harmless but bumbling, spineless man who wishes to marry Cath. It's unfortunate that she could never have been happy with him.

"Could she ever say yes to that? As she took a sip of tea, a more important question struck her. Could she ever say no?"

Whether you are a fan of the original or not, you can read and enjoy this story. It is a unique take on Wonderland long before Alice ever arrived. It's heartbreaking and frustrating and tragic on so many levels and even though the ending is already known you will find yourself rooting for Cath and just hoping that Meyer re-writes history and everything can change. I will never look upon the Queen of Hearts in the same way again.

"Such a heart can’t be mended. I hope I won’t be tasked with keeping such a useless artifact for much longer.”
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Review: Timekeeper - Tara Sim

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy
Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Sky Pony Press

Source: Sky Pony Press via NetGalley
Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
This was such an enjoyable book and I just love the world that Tara Sim has created for Timekeeper. A lot of thought has been put into this Steampunk/alternate history/fantasy realm and the element of the mechanised clock towers has clearly affected this world: We're in Victorian era London but there's already been a huge industrial revolution. What I love that the author also integrated is how this has spurred on feminism and women's role in society, although trouser wearing working women are still looked at sideways.

Between this careful world building with a mix of mythology and magic and Sim's wonderfully descriptive and rich writing, this does not seem like a debut novel at all.

It took a few chapters for me to really get into this book, but once I was in it was a very compelling read and I couldn't wait to get back to it every time I was forced to put it down (life in general has a way of doing that to me!).

Danny is our main character and this book is a third person narrative from his POV. He's an incredibly complex young man who has suffered a terrible accident in the past and now has a form of PTSD/panic attacks. He's very young for a fully fledged Timekeeper mechanic and his voice throughout the entire book was completely authentic and there is just something about him that makes him so easy to relate to.

Colton is a clock tower spirit - and until Danny meets him and realises what he is he thought that the spirits were just myths. He's such a sweet and childlike character, and at times completely naive, and yet this too is believable considering what he is and how he has lived his entire existence.

I enjoyed almost all of the characters and their relationships with Danny. I loved his friendship with Cassie and the deterioration of his shaky relationship with his mother felt genuine and believable. The author was able to bring so much depth to so many characters in such a relatively short time.

The romance between Danny and Colton is incredibly sweet and I loved that it wasn't the central focus of the story and yet was still significant. While romance in general had a huge part in the overall plot, the fact that this was a MM relationship wasn't made into a big deal at all. In fact homosexuality in this world felt extremely normal.

There's actually only one scene between the two that starts to get a little steamier.... but this then causes Colton's control of time to go completely askew so this means that things can't exactly progress so for the most part of the book there's just sweet and gentle kisses. Through it all there is a deep underlying bond of friendship that is being forged between these two and I'm interested to see where this is going to go in the next book. Can the romance go any further? Danny seems determined to make it work so I hope for his sake that things work out.

I actually can't decide if this book is more plot driven or more character driven - it seems to be a great mix of the two and this along with the extraordinary premise has made this book completely original and fascinating.


"He was a boy of air and dust and sunlight. Everything that had gone into the making of the world."
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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Weekly Round Up #5

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Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.


Well unfortunately it's been another slow reading week for me. I did manage to post my Three Dark Crowns review and of course there was the Spells and Sorcery blog tour stop which I enjoyed. I finished one of my outstanding ARCs and managed to pick up Heartless which I hope I can finish this week. 

I'm trying my best not to make any new ARC requests until I have completely finished my current outstanding obligations. I don't want to have an overwhelming load over the festive season.

What I read last week:

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I really enjoyed TimeKeeper and will be posting my review ASAP. 

What I am currently reading:

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I'm still going through my Throne of Glass series re-reads. I've had to try and push more on finishing my ARCs though and combined with slower reading weeks this has been taking me forever!

Up Next:

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New Arrivals:


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Although technically I'm not supposed to be requesting anything else until my ARC schedule is completely cleared this is a MG series that I have been reading and I can't wait to see what happens in this third instalment. 



And that's my week! How did yours go? 
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Review: Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake


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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Published September 22nd 2016 by Macmillan Children's Books
Three sisters. One crown. A fight to the death.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose . . . it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.
This is the opener in a new fantasy series - and it was good. I have found myself thinking about this book days after I closed it.

I haven't read anything written by Kendare Blake before, and I'm not sure what sort of author she is - are there happily ever afters? Does she cut pivotal characters without so much as blinking? I don't know - and this scares me for the future books in this series, as I have found myself attached to all three of the main characters - two of which are supposed to be slated for death.

The plot is complicated and intricate - although this means that a lot of the beginning of this book is spent carefully building the world. If you don't appreciate the slow-build then I can see immediately where you might have a problem with this book. There are a lot of characters and places and things to keep track of but I managed to get into it really quickly and enjoyed unravelling the mystery of the island of Fennbirn.

Other than this I had some serious issues with some of the romance in this book, however I do appreciate that it's a part of the story but there was a bit of insta-lust/love happening that I didn't appreciate or find all that believable. That aside though I enjoyed the characters and their relationships throughout the story and I can't wait to see how things unfold in the sequels.

This is quite a ominous and nasty story - three sisters all born equally as Queens but only one can survive the game of life and death they they will play with each other. The sororicide is not only permitted, it is expected, anticipated and celebrated by the people of the island, many of them making power plays for their own families.

Between the stunning world that Blake has built, the plot twists and the characters that I have become so attached to this one is deliciously dark and totally addictive. I cannot wait for the next instalment.

“No one really wishes to be a queen.”
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Monday, 17 October 2016

Review and Blog Tour: Spells and Sorcery - S. Usher Evans


Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans
(Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1)

My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
You have magic.
One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.
Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.
Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.
Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.
This book actually surprised me - I went into it fully expecting a light-hearted young YA read full of reminiscing about my childhood of "Charmed" and "Sabrina The Teenage Witch." and what is great is that I got that; but I also got a well plotted story and interesting world building right alongside the magical coming-of-age of Lexie Carrigan.

That's not to say that I didn't have some issues with this book - I did, but the overall enjoyment factor leads me to a 4 star rating. 

The main character, Lexie, is only just turning 15 years old - and that means there's a whole lot going on in her life right now - normal teenager problems. And then there's the fact that she didn't know that she was magical and would suddenly be growing into her powers on her 15th birthday.

I think that the portrayal of Lexie is done fairly well, although she does make some frustratingly silly decisions throughout the story. I could see that most of these are probably age appropriate decisions/mistakes. The one thing that really irked me is that when she met Gavon in the park there wasn't truly a hint of suspicion from her side - she didn't find anything worrisome about meeting a strange man in the park who knew about her magic and just happened to hand her a magical spell book. Other than this though I was able to accept that for the most part Lexie was acting like a normal 15 year old girl - angst and all.

There's a bit of extra fluff around the story that didn't really need to be there - there's A LOT about her schoolwork which isn't really important to the overall plot (although obviously I'm not sure where the series arc is going) and these pages could have been better spent growing the characters of Lexie's family or possibly introducing some regular human friends to Lexies life (even a geeky introvert has at least one friend at school, right?) but I managed to overlook these issues when it came down to the second half of this story. It's a short and quick read but the first half of the book is relatively slow as there's the introduction to magic and some world building. I did appreciate that it wasn't a huge info dump and that it did unravel as we went through the book.

Another thing that I loved about this book was that there is ZERO ROMANCE. These days it feels as though YA authors think that it's an unwritten rule that we need romance in YA books - but that is not true! This is about the bonds of family and how they can be strained, tested and broken. There's not one hint of a love interest and I thoroughly enjoyed that fact. Again, I'm not sure where the series is going to take us but for this first book, the focus was entirely on family.

At the end of the book I was more than happy with how things had progressed. The plot had definitely thickened, there was some great character growth and a very interesting set-up for book number two.

Overall this was an entertaining and fun read and I'm going to be eagerly awaiting the release of the second book.


"I used to be calm and rational. I also used to not shoot purple flames out of my hands. Things had obviously changed."



 
Author Bio:
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Weekly Round Up #4

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Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.


This week has been one of those weeks where I feel like I've just been struggling to keep up! I've been behind on everything - reading, reviewing, blogging - and just scrabbling to keep up!

I did manage to set-up my very first giveaway so it will be exciting to see how this turns out. I have no idea what I'm doing really, but the opportunity came up to give something away so I am! 


What I read last week:

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What I am currently reading:

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Up Next:

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New Arrivals:


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My non-request period couldn't last for long! But Heartless is one I have been looking forward to for a very long time and I can't wait to see Meyer's take on the Queen of Hearts - before she was the terror of Wonderland. Now we all know how this tale ends up, but I think this is going to be a fantastic read!

Frostblood is also an exciting one that I first saw in the Buzzbooks YA  fall/winter edition and it will be publishing early next year. It's using a lot of YA tropes with Frostbloods vs Firebloods and a young girl hiding her powers who is captured by the King's men (allusions to Red Queen perhaps?) but I'm willing to give it a try as the premise is a good one and I think if it's done well the book can be fantastic.

And that's my week! How did yours go? 
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Friday, 14 October 2016

Flashback Friday: Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce







Flashback Friday celebrates books from our past - anything published more than 5 years ago counts!
It is hosted by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare and I love it because it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention. 




Greg over at Book Haven recently did a post about Nostalgia Reads which once more got me thinking about books that I read in my childhood and have re-read as an adult.

I adore the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce and I will be one of the first racing in with my pre-orders when she published more in the series (it's about Numair, the early years!!!!!).

These are some of her first books that I ever read and I love them even now as an adult. Maybe it's my teenage self rating them, but there's so much merit in these books and some great adventures and they show young girls how powerful they can be and how great men will support them and allow them to be the amazing women they will grow up to me.



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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1)

“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.

Have you read anything by Tamora Pierce? Do you prefer her Tortall books or her Emelan/Circle books?
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

BloggerBabble: Upcoming Blog Tour and Giveaway! Spells and Sorcery




The Spells and Sorcery Blog tour starts on the 17th of October. Stop by then to check out my review post and to find out more about this book.

There will be a giveaway running along with the blog tour that you can enter for a paperback copy plus swag, but in ADDITION to this I will also be hosting my own giveaway for one free ebook copy of Spells and Sorcery which is available internationally.

My giveaway will be running until the end of October with the prize drawn in the first few days of November.

This is the first giveaway I'm doing as a Book Blogger, so don't be shy to let me know what you think in the comments section below. Tips and hints are also appreciated!

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Review: Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas


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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Published August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source: Borrowed
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

I'm finding it increasingly hard to write reviews for books written by Sarah J Maas. It's just so difficult to write a review for something you love so much and remain coherent and not just shouting "READ THIS BOOK AND LOVE IT".


For me Crown of Midnight is everything you want in a sequel and more. There's more of everything - more badassery, more action, more plot, more fantasy. It's epic. Just epic.

Even on the second read this book is leaps and bounds ahead of Throne of Glass. The plot gets more intricate and involved, the world gets more complex and the characters develop achingly well. The characters and their flaws, their choices, they are all authentic and multidimensional. The romance is a great side arc without being the centre of the story and even the triangle (such as it was) was not only bearable but enjoyable.

This entire series is just extremely well plotted with so many incredible aspects included. The scope of this book alone is fantastic but when you consider the entire series - this world that SJ Maas has created is sheer brilliance.

There's a lot more fantasy in this book - a lot. And this is where some of the readers will be lost. If you enjoyed the level of fantasy in Throne of Glass and that is your limit then this series isn't for you. There's the introduction of demonic realms, the Fae, various clans of witches and their own history, more magic and evil sorcery and a lot more nastiness.

While I'm on the topic of things that might turn you off I also need to mention that there's a lot of action here - a lot of graphic descriptions of fight scenes and gore. That's the physical turn offs. Then there's the feels, oh the feels. There's a lot of character development and growth and characters are ripped down and built back up and make decisions that physically pain the reader. Everybody changes and grows and Maas is not afraid of how they piece themselves back together. If you can't stand it when your original ship sinks - maybe SJ Maas is not the author for you. If you want all the sweet smelling happily ever afters - maybe SJ Maas is not the author for you.

But if you like fantasy, magic, nastiness, mystery, incredible plots, believable characters and just epic stories in general then READ THIS BOOK AND LOVE IT!!!

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) -- Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)→
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Monday, 10 October 2016

Weekly Round Up #3

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Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.


I was away last week so everything was super slow on the blogging front but I'm back now and hoping to catch up with everyone. It might take me a couple of days to completely come right with my comments but I'll get there! I can't wait to do my rounds and visit all your blogs again.

What I read last week:

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I thoroughly enjoyed Spells and Sorcery and will be doing a review post on the 17 for that one.

Crown of Midnight I also managed to finish but it's getting increasingly hard to write reviews for this series. I'll get my review up for that one as soon as possible though.

What I am currently reading:


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Up Next:

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New Arrivals:



I think being away for a week has actually done me some good - I have not requested or borrowed ANY new books which means I have a small chance to try and take something off my massive TBR pile. 

And that's my week! How did yours go? 
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