Wrapping Up The Week (2nd April – 8th April)

I’m going to start this post off by saying that, as of today, I am now an affiliate for the Book Depository, which is something I have wanted to do for a while now. My reasons for doing this are that I hear so many of you saying how my reviews have made you want to read certain books and the Book Depository is one of the best sites to buy them from. Not only are the prices amazing, but there is also free shipping (and who doesn’t love that). It would mean so much to me if you were to use the links on this site to buy what I hope will be your new favourite read.

Apart from that, this week has also been amazing because of the amount of reviews I managed to get up on the blog. I had been falling behind for a little while and now I am caught up with everything. Not only that, but I have also started editing my novel properly again as of yesterday and knocked it out of the park with finishing two chapters off (one was a complete re-write as well).

Books I read and reviewed…

children of blood and bone

Finally, I sat down and wrote my review for Children of Blood and Bone, which you can find here. I still cannot get over how incredible this book was and I am dying to get my hands on the next one. If you haven’t had a chance to read this yet, make sure you add it to your TBR. This is a whirlwind adventure that has heart-pounding action sequences, romance and a great magic system for you to enjoy.

norse mythology

The next book I read and reviewed this week was none other than Norse Mythology. I am a big fan of mythology, mainly Greek, but I wanted to give something different a go. I had never read anything by Neil Gaiman before and was blown away by his storytelling. The tales leapt off the pages and the way it was done made me enjoy them even more. You can read my full review here.

the oracle queen

Lastly, I read The Oracle Queen, which is a novella set in the fantasy world created by Kendare Blake. It tells the story of a Queen driven mad by her visions and locked away to keep everyone safe. But the story isn’t what it seems and I loved getting a chance to find out what really happened. It isn’t the best I have ever read, but it was entertaining enough for me to have read it in one sitting. You can see my review for this book here.

I am currently reading…

nevernight

I started Nevernight about halfway through the week and am just about a third of the way through. While this isn’t a huge book, the words on the page are smaller than normal and there is so much detail that I am finding myself reading slower to take it in. So far I am loving the characters, especially Mia who is so frank with what she does and says. It is definitely different to most books, with annotations throughout, and a lot more swear words, but I kinda love it for that. I can’t wait to see where the story goes. And there’s a shadow cat. How can I not love that?

ash princess

As well as Nevernight, I also started Ash Princess today, which I received from NetGalley. I’m not far into it, so I can’t say a lot about it, but I am liking the background of the world. We have been introduced to a few of the characters, one being a terrible ruler who I just know I’m going to hate, and a girl who has been tortured and punished most of her life. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this debut novel holds.

Posts from the week…

Wrapping Up March ’18 – The Busiest Month

March Book Haul – Books Make Great Gifts

I took a break from my usual blog posts to give you my wrap ups for March, which was a great month. Coupled with all the reviews I managed to write, I would say that it has been a successful week.

My WIP…

As mentioned above, I have dived back into my edits and I am so glad I have. I can already feel the characters’ voices getting stronger and I am changing little details of their personalities. I want people to be able to relate to them, but I also want my readers to be entertained. Chapter 3 was a tough one as I had to scrap all of it (I didn’t like it in the end) but I managed to introduce a certain character a lot sooner and it’s made me very happy. I want her to have a more prominent role in the story and to do that I have to breathe life into her. She is snarky, sarcastic and loves to make my main male character’s life hell. Their scenes together are some of the best.

So far I have edited over 3,000 words and finished off two chapters out of thirty odd. I still have a long way to go, but I’m heading in the right direction.

Other Fun Stuff…

I guess having a three day work week can count as fun, right? Those three days were busy, but it was also nice to have a little break. The next 11 days are going to be busy as I need to start packing up all my stuff to get ready for the move, so you can count on me having a few early nights.

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I hope you all had a great week and enjoyed whatever book you were reading! Let me know in the comments what you finished reading.

Review: The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake

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Title: The Oracle Queen

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Date: 3rd April 2018

I am one of many people that have fallen in love with this series. It isn’t often that I will go out and buy all the novellas that are associated with a book, but when it comes to Three Dark Crowns I can never get enough. Once an email came through from Amazon asking me if I wanted to pre-order, I was as quick as lightning to buy it and then proceeded to read it in a whole day.

Throughout the series we have heard mentions of The Oracle Queen, a Queen that was driven mad by her visions and had to be locked away to keep herself from destroying Fennbirn and its people. Since then all queens with the gift of the sight have been drowned. But is the tale really what it seems? Was she as crazy as everyone made her out to be? Or was there something larger, more sinister at work?

The Oracle Queen tells the story of Elsabet and her fall from grace due to her maddening visions. However, that wasn’t the case and the truth was something I hadn’t expected. She herself was often insecure and treated poorly, especially from those she loved, and it was sad to see. I wanted to root for her, to know that everything would work out, but we all know that it doesn’t.

While we know that the politics and groups in Fennbirn are corrupt, namely the Arrons who are as awful as the recent generation, and it seems that things weren’t so different all those centuries ago. While some aspects of this were a little predictable, I really enjoyed watching the relationships between the characters play out. There is still hostility between those of differing abilities, but there were also friendships between some, especially Elsabet with her War-gifted friend.

While this wasn’t my favourite novella (I much preferred The Young Queens, which you can read about here) I did enjoy reading it. I must have if I flew through it in one sitting. If you love this series as much as I do then make sure you check it out. Overall, I am going to give The Oracle Queen 3.5 stars.

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