Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date: 11th September 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

This series is incredible and it has gotten better with every book I have read. It’s been a while since I loved a series as much as this and I am so passionate about the characters and their world. I just can’t get enough! Heir of Fire is the best so far because it was tense, fast paced and I was hooked. As this is the third book in the series there will be some spoilers below so if you haven’t read the others, don’t read anymore.

Heir of Fire picks up with Celaena arriving in Wendlyn to carry out the task the King had set her, to steal military plans from the Kingdom. Going against his orders, she hides out until she meets the mysterious Fae Prince, Rowan Whitethorn, who takes her to see Queen Maeve, who can give her the answers that she seeks. But first, she must master her gifts with the help of Rowan. Together they travel to Mistborn, where the Demi-Fae live and they begin a gruelling training regime. All the while a darkness is growing in the mountains where the Ironteeth witches are gathering to help the King of Adarlan. Back in Rifthold Chaol is working with the rebels to come up with ways to help Dorian control his magic and how they can restore it to the land.

There is so much that goes on in this book that it’s hard to know where to start (and it isn’t exactly a small book either). I’m going to start off by saying that I loved the multiple POVs in this book and it was so easy to keep track of everyone’s story. My favourite, by far, was learning about Manon Blackbeak and the wyverns that had been created. I can’t even begin to explain how incredible it was to learn of their history (especially after being introduced to the Yellowlegs clan in Crown of Midnight) and Manon was one of the most badass characters I’ve seen in a while. There is definitely more than meets the eye with her and I’m excited to see where her story leads her (also, Abraxos is amazing and I got Toothless vibes).

The character growth, especially for Celaena, was amazing and learning about her past helped us to understand why she acted the way she did. I was almost crying at some parts because it was so emotional and I think it all comes down to the fact that Maas has created a character that we can all connect with in some way. The shock of finding out that she was Aelin, heir to the throne of Terrasen, stuck with me at the beginning of the novel and it was fascinating to read her interactions at Mistward and the struggles she faced regaining her power.

We were introduced to so many new characters in this novel and they all had their own voice that was distinct and unique. While Rowan seemed to be a bit of an arse in the beginning (he was just a little bit harsh to Celaena), we later grew to understand him and in the end I could feel him becoming one of my favourites. We also met Aedion, the General of one of the King’s armies, who was helping Chaol uncover the secrets of how the magic in Adarlan disappeared and how they could indeed get it back. He, too, was a bit of an arse, but in the end it all made sense and I was rooting for him, for them all really.

Dorian managed to meet someone, a healer named Sorscha, who made him happy and I couldn’t help but smile when I read his POV, although that ending had me gasping because I did not expect a thing! It was heart breaking and left me wanting to know what would happen to all my favourite characters. The last few chapters sent me spiralling and I just know that Queen of Shadows is going to start with a bang. Also, I really, really want the King to die because he’s so evil and it’s infuriating. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this strongly about an antagonist and once again, it’s all down to Maas’ writing ability.

I could go on and on about how amazing this book is and it wouldn’t do it justice. The writing is incredible as always and the world building was fantastic. We learned so much more and I could vividly picture it all. There was action, darkness, drama, romance and heartache. This book made me feel everything and I just love it. How could I not give it 5 stars?

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Review: The Young Queens by Kendare Blake

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Title: Three Young Queens

Author: Kendare Blake

Date: 9th January 2018

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

In 2017 I read both Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne and they were some of my favourite reads of the year. The sequel was definitely better than the first and I’ve become invested in the story of the three Queens. It is dark, mysterious and gripping, everything I love in a book. So when I heard that the novella Three Young Queens was coming out, of course I had to get it on my Kindle. Also, the UK cover is beautiful! I love how they incorporated their magical abilities onto the mobile.

Three Young Queens tells the origin story of the sisters, Arsinoe, Katharine and Mirabella, coming into the world and how they grew up together. It also describes what actually happened when they went their separate ways and how they grew up to become the Queens we know and love.

It was so easy to sink back into this series, even if just for a short while, and I flew through the novella. I loved being able to read the thoughts of Queen Camille and know what she was like. It allows you to know more of their back story and why a certain event happened that changed the course of two of the sisters lives. Not only that, but her relationship with her king-consort Phillipe and how they planned to leave the world of Fennbirn behind once her reign came to an end.

Some of my favourite parts of the Novella was seeing the relationship between the three sisters and how close they were before they were parted in such a cruel way. I especially loved seeing the protective nature of Mirabella, something that is prominent in the second book. Even though it was a novella, I was captured by the stories of each sister and what happened to them. Of course, it was sad seeing some events such as Aunt Caragh leaving and the beginning of Katharine’s training to become a poisoner Queen.

While you don’t necessarily have to read the novella, it is a great addition to the series and with the little tid-bit of information about the Oracle Queen at the end, I am definitely looking forward to the next one. All in all, I really enjoyed it and will be giving it a full five stars.

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ARC Review: Keeper by Kim Chance

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Title: Keeper

Author: Kim Chance

Date: 30th January 2018

Publisher: Flux Books

I am so thankful that I was approved on Netgalley to review this book because as soon as I read the synopsis, I knew it would be my cup of tea and I was right. Keeper was the first book that I read on my Kindle and I really enjoyed it. Kim Chance created a book that is fun, entertaining and gripping, with a hint of danger. There were a few plot twists I wasn’t expecting (some I did) and I was left wanting to read more. While it isn’t the best book I’ve ever read (I think it has to do with the fact I’m more used to older characters so a 16 year old girl was a bit different) I did enjoy reading it and found myself laughing out loud at some parts.

Lainey Styles is your average 16 year old girl, until she is attacked by a 200 year old witch who won’t leave her alone. It seems impossible and as hard as she tries to convince herself that it isn’t real, she has to face the reality she is being haunted. With the help of her comic-book loving best friend Maggie and street fighter Ty, they piece together the mystery and realise that Lainey is also a witch.

She isn’t just any old witch though. Lainey is a Keeper, just as her mother was, and she has the ability to unlock and use the Grimoire her family has spent centuries trying to protect. But the Grimoire was stolen by the Master, a dangerous and malevolent man who is hell bent on ruling the supernatural world. It’s Lainey’s job to get it back.

I will start off by saying that it does take a little while to get into the action of this book. I felt that it took a bit of time to get to all the witchy magic, but once we do it is great. There is action, drama and fighting scenes (I love those), as well as twists and turns that made me gasp (yes, they were that shocking). The writing was fun, bubbly and easy to read. Kim Chance perfectly captured the way a 16 year old girl would react to being told she is a witch and the language she used was perfect.

The characters in this book are just as good! Lainey was wonderful, smart, funny and unique. It was great to be in her mind and experience the emotions that we would be feeling in her situation. She doesn’t just accept what is happening to her and I loved that. I also enjoyed seeing her relationship with her Uncle Gareth and his girlfriend who is a seer (Lainey’s parents died when she was young) and how much they cared about her.

As for Lainey’s best friend Maggie, well…how can you not love someone who always uses superheroes for analogies (I’m a big Marvel fan). She also says ‘holy crapkittens’ which made me chuckle, and she will do anything for Lainey, something I could definitely appreciate. Ty was a little mystery that captured my heart the more we learned about him. He’s charming, a total kickass and kind towards Lainey. While they may have seemed a little cheesy and cliche, I ended up loving the characters, especially our mysterious 200 year old witch.

Yes, there are some YA tropes thrown into this book, but I felt that they were different to others and it was refreshing. I found myself flying through Keeper, especially after the halfway mark and the last quarter was my favourite part. There is a lot of action, magic usage and problems that Lainey and her friends encounter. We have an interesting villain who wants magic for himself and is ruthless when he doesn’t get his way.

Overall, Keeper was an engaging read and it has left me wanting to read the next one (let’s home Kim Chance does write it because I need answers to some things). It is not the best YA book I have read and even though it is a little similar to others, I ended up enjoying it. When it comes to giving this book a rating, I am deciding between 3 1/2 stars and 4 stars, so I’ll give it the higher one!

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Review: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date: 27th August 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

I’m going to start this review off by saying that if you haven’t read the first book, stop reading as I’m probably going to be mentioning things from the first one. The next thing is, holy crap, what was that ending!? I wasn’t expecting it at all and I had to resist the temptation to pick up the next one (I’m currently reading an ARC). I flew through this book so easily (even though I’m a bit late with the review) and if I thought I loved the first one, I absolutely adored the second. Sarah J. Mass has really hooked me with this series and I have a feeling that it’s only going to get better.

Crown of Midnight picks up a couple of months after Celaena is crowned as the King’s Champion and she has begun her work for him, assassinating those on the list he gives her. What he doesn’t know is that she is faking their deaths, unable to kill them. When she is given the name of someone she once knew she feels that it is time to investigate and she begins to uncover darker secrets about the people she knows. At the same time she is torn between Dorian and Chaol, both of who are vying for her attention and will do anything to protect her.

It’s hard to talk about this book without giving away too many plot details, but this book was full of suspense that just kept me wanting to turn the pages until the end. There were twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting, especially concerning Dorian and Celaena. Maas’ writing style is incredibly vivid and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. She knows how to write incredible action sequences that seem so real and believable, they are the best to read. I feel as though I am right there with the characters and you can’t ask for anymore than that.

All the characters had great progression and I didn’t find myself disliking anyone, except maybe the King. I will always dislike the King. The romance really came to a head in this book with two characters and honestly, it was hard for me to choose a favourite. Chaol and Dorian both have good and bad sides, but I feel that Chaol will always be my favourite, even if he did make a few mistakes that had grave consequences. One of which, shocked me to my core because I just wasn’t expecting it at all. But that is what makes this book so amazing and exciting. You never know what is going to happen.

So much happens in the space of this book and I just know, that with the ending being what it is, the next book in the series is only going to get better and more interesting. With the revelation, it will be interesting to see how it will affect the other characters and their decisions. Overall, Crown of Midnight blew my mind and it was so easy to give it 5 stars.

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Wrapping Up The Week: Christmas Edition

It’s Christmas Eve, I’ve got a glass of wine beside me and I am feeling good! I can’t believe it arrived so quickly, although the last few days have been a bit of a drag as I’ve been ill with a cold/flu and a cough that is beginning to get on my nerves. Apart from that, I am excited to spend some time with the people I love, open a few presents and give them, too, as well as eating delicious food and drinking copious amounts of alcohol (just not too much wine, didn’t end so well for me last time).

On every Christmas Eve we do a buffet style dinner with a variety of food including sausage rolls, cheese bites, Indian snacks, fancy prawns and so much more. We have a few table top games where we ask fun and trivial questions (which normally cause a few laughs, which may not be good with my cough) and afterwards it’s games night. I love this time of year, I always have, and it doesn’t change now that I’m grown up (it’s better as I can drink).

Also, just in time for Christmas, I went and got my hair dyed and cut as I’m going to Ireland next week for a wedding. This is the end result, which I am more than happy with (although it is only semi-permanent so it will fade over time). As you can see, it’s a crimson red (much darker in person) and I am definitely feeling like Ariel right now.

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But, as this is a wrap up, I should probably get to the bookish things that happened over the last week.

Books I read and reviewed…

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I finally managed to finish Angelfall by Susan Ee after about a month of picking it up and then putting it down to read other books. Overall, it was a fun and entertaining read that kept me wanting more. Now that I’ve finished it, I definitely want to buy the the rest of the trilogy, which I will probably do in the New Year. I gave Angelfall 4 stars and you can read my thoughts in my review here.

I am currently reading…

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Finally, I am able to dive back in to this series as more of them arrived. I started this a couple days ago and I’m already half way through because it’s amazing. Crown of Midnight has me hooked and I just want to keep on reading, even when I need to do other things (such as sleep). There’s a lot of questions running through my mind and I can’t wait to read some more. You can probably expect a review early next week as I have a feeling I’ll be finishing it soon.

Posts from the week…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings

As it was a busy week at work and I was off ill for half of Thursday and all of Friday I didn’t write any other posts. I’m hoping to get back into a habit of blogging over the rest of the holidays so that the New Year can be a hundred times better.

My WIP…

I decided to add in another section to my weekly wrap ups in which I talk about the current novel that I am working on and the progress I am making. As I was ill I didn’t get a lot of writing done due to the pounding headache, but I hope that over the Christmas break I can reach at least 60,000 words. At the moment I’m on 49,000, which I am happy with and I worked out that I’m about halfway through the story I want to tell. I’m loving where it’s going and I just hope that there comes a day when I can share it with the world. Maybe 2018 will hold that day for me.

Other Fun Stuff…

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On Friday, Bright premiered on Netflix and obviously my boyfriend and I watched it straight away. If you don’t know already, Bright is a film that incorporates the elements of Fantasy (orcs, faeries, elves, dragons etc.) into our world and Will Smith plays a cop who is partnered with an orc. On a routine patrol they come across some pretty shade stuff that changes their world and they have to protect an elf with a relic that is more powerful that anyone realises. This film was amazing (I don’t care what critics say) and the two hours flew by. It was funny, entertaining and full of action, which is what I love. I would recommend it to everyone because it’s that good!

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I hope your week has been incredible and that you’re just as excited about Christmas as I am. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Date: 23rd May 2013

Publisher: Hodder

I remember hearing about this book when it was only available as an e-book, and I was absolutely against getting an e-reader, so I never read it. Then, a couple years ago I found it in Waterstones as a paperback and was so excited to finally read it. But I never did, until I picked it up at the end of November (it took me so long to read as I was reading a few at the same time). I wish I had read it sooner because it was great. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but it was fun, fast paced and entertaining (everything a book should be).

Penryn and her family are hiding and on the run from the angels that invaded their world. It has been six weeks since they began to destroy everything that they know and supplies are running low. It’s not just the street gangs that come out in the day that you have to worry about, it’s the angels that prowl the night sky. While on the run, Penryn’s little sister is taken by one of the angels and flown away. Penryn has to find her and to do that she must work with her enemy; the angel known as Raffe, who she saved from being killed by his own kind. They have to work together to survive and find their way to Penryn’s sister before it’s too late.

I had been so used to reading third person novels that it was quite a change to read in first person. It definitely took some getting used to and I had to remind myself that it was the mind of a 17 year old girl, so there wasn’t the descriptive elements that I was used to. That being said, Susan Ee created a book that was fast paced and full of action. We are thrown right into the thick of it and we never slow down. The scenes where they had to fight their way out, or seek out supplies to survive, gave the book a sense of realism. I found this book so easy to read, which I think is something we need from time to time.

As for the characters, I loved them, especially Penryn. She was such a kick-ass character who was strong, selfless, witty and always ready for a fight. There were situations where she had to be strong where others would fail and she was smart, always thinking out of the box. It was refreshing to read from a characters perspective that wasn’t always fawning over a boy and complaining about their life. Speaking of the boy, Raffe was just as good a character as Penryn. He was complicated and mysterious, but that obviously comes with being an angel. When the two were together I couldn’t help but smile and laugh along with them. It seemed so natural and that was one of the best things about this book.

Not only are the main characters amazing, the supporting characters aren’t so bad either. Especially Penryn’s mum who is a little bit crazy (we all need that sometimes though). Then again, if I saw some of the things that happened in this book, I’d go a little crazy, too. I can’t mention others as it would give away the plot, however, everyone had a role to play and were there for a reason.

When I finally put down the other books and focused on Angelfall, I flew through it. There was so much action, especially towards the end of the novel and it was heart pounding. There were some shocks along the way that surprised me and I can honestly say I am already looking forward to the next book. Knowing that it is a trilogy is even better because I love it when books have a definitive beginning, middle and end.

Overall, this was a great book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don’t even have anything remotely bad to say about this book and I know that if I had read it when I was younger, I would have adored it even more! I am going to give Angelfall 4 stars.

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ARC Review: Everless by Sara Holland

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Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Date: 4th January 2018

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

I want to start this review off by saying that I was so happy to find I had been accepted on NetGalley to review Everless by Sara Holland. As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew it was going to be a book that I would enjoy. It has been a while since I read one that captured my attention and managed to keep it, and trust me when I say that Everless easily managed to do that. I was hooked until I had read the last page and some of the twists that this book had were amazing. Sara Holland created such a unique world and I believed all of it.

Set in the land of Sempera, time is the currency and the rich rule over all. The myth of alchemy and sorcery has been around forever, telling of a time when the two bound time to blood and created blood iron coins that time could be bound to. The richer you are, the more time you have and the poor are selling their time to stay alive. Jules and her father are running out of time and can no longer afford to pay their rent and eat. Her father has given everything and she worries that he now longer has the time they need, so she offers to help by going to Everless.

Everless is the stately home that belongs to the Gerlings, a rich family that Jules and her father have history with. Not everything is as it seems though, and as she remembers her past, she is thrown into a world that she doesn’t truly understand. There are consequences to every action and Jules must try to find the truth of why she was told to stay away from Everless and the Gerlings, especially the Queen.

The world that Holland has created had so much mysterious and I was always left wanting more. She writes beautifully and it flowed well, always making me want to read for longer than I should. We are given the history of Sempera and the blood iron early on in the story, and while it is a lot to take in at once it was described perfectly. The legend of the Alchemist and Sorceress was excellent, and it was believable. As I made my way through the book, I found myself becoming more engrossed and I wanted my questions answered. I wanted to find out the truth and when I did, I was shocked. There were twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting and Holland had me gasping out loud in shock.

The characters in the story are wonderful and mysterious. Personally, I loved Jules and how selfless she was to try and save her father. She is just a girl trying to discover herself and learn how to survive in a world that is cruel. I can’t say too much without giving away plot details, and this isn’t the kind of book that should be spoiled for anyone.

I was glad that even though there were a lot of characters, it didn’t feel like there were too many, and Jules’ relationships with them all seemed genuine. Learning about her past with the Gerling brothers was great and being able to see the comparison with the present was interesting. It was great to read a book where a romance wasn’t at the centre of it. I especially loved the mystery that surrounded the Queen and why she was deemed so dangerous, something you will have to find out by reading this incredible book.

Overall, this book was mind blowing. I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to read the second book when it comes out. Holland has created an original and captivating book that I know fans of YA Fantasy will love. It was so easy to give this book 5 stars and it is more than deserving of them!

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Wrapping Up The Week (13th Nov – 19th Nov)

Sometimes a week can go by at lightning speed and at other times it barely seems to move. This week was definitely the latter for me. It was jam-packed with job applications, meetings and interviews (sometimes multiple ones on the same day) and it involved a lot of waiting around. It wasn’t fun in the slightest. I feel like that has been reflected in the creative aspects of my life, with my writing at a standstill and feeling uninspired to pick up the book on my nightstand.

That’s the negatives, the positives of my week are that the interviews went relatively well and I have a feeling that one of them will want to hire me. It’s not everyday you have someone say “That was a really good interview” when you’re all done! I also managed to post quite a bit, finding a little spare time to draft up some posts and schedule them in.

Books I read and reviewed…

A Darker Shade Of Magic

I finally managed to post my review for A Darker Shade Of Magic, which you can check out here. This was a fantastic read and worthy of 5 stars. I’m already itching to go out and buy the rest, but I might just wait and ask for them at Christmas.

I am currently reading…

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I am still making my way through this, but I’m not into it. So I am very close to starting another, possibly Talon by Julie Kagawa, which I’ve heard some great things about. Plus, it’s the first in a season which means that if I like it, it’s an excuse to buy more books.

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Posts from the week…

Sherwood Forest: The Home Of Robin Hood

Being Nominated For The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Writer’s Tag

When Life Gets Stressful And The Writing Halts

I had a lot of fun writing these blog posts, especially The Writer’s Tag, and I even managed to get a little personal in the last one. Whenever I manage to pour my thoughts out it acts as therapy and hopefully it can help me in the long run. Don’t worry though, I’m not a fan of writing ranty posts, unless of course, you like that sort of thing.

Other Fun Stuff…

I am still making my way through Outlander, which I started a couple of weeks ago and I am still loving it. Not going to lie, I am definitely planning a trip to Scotland in the future, possibly next summer if possible! And the Scottish accent is growing on me too and is fairly easy to understand (but I am half Irish so I find it easy to understand accents).

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Fun fact about me is that I do enjoy a bit of gaming as well. It is actually something that my boyfriend got me into a while ago and with the release of Call Of Duty: WWII we have been playing it quite a bit. I wouldn’t say I’m the best but I do have good aim (according to him at least). I’m actually about to go and play a bit after I have finished writing this blog post.

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So, that was my week, but how has yours been? Hopefully it was full of some incredible books and creativity!

Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic

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Title: A Darker Shade Of Magic

Author: V. E. Schwab

Date: February 27th 2015

Publisher: Titan Books

I first heard about this book while watching one of Peruse Projects videos on YouTube where she spoke about her favourite fantasy books. After doing a bit of research and checking out a few reviews (with no spoilers of course) I made a note to buy it and I am so glad I got to read this. A Darker Shade Of Magic is so unique and different, I haven’t read anything quite like it before and the characters are perfect. I can already feel that the rest of the trilogy will be just as good.

Kell is an Antari, one of the last remaining with an ability to travel between multiple worlds; Red London, White London, Grey London, but never Black London. No one has been there for quite some time since it collapsed. Raised in Red London, a world abundant with magic, he travels to all the London’s, acting as an ambassador for the royal family. But he has a dangerous habit of transporting relics from one world to the other, the price of giving information to those who want to know about magic. He thought it was harmless until something falls into his possession that puts him in grave danger. Looking to escape he flees to Grey London, a world without magic. There he meets Lila, a poor and cunning thief, and they set out on a dangerous journey to save their world.

Schwab is a wonderful writer, creating a world that is so vivid and colourful, I could easily conjure up the images in my mind. Creating the four London’s and making them seem believable isn’t something that everyone can do and I believed every word of it. I wanted it to be real and I wanted to be like Kell, able to travel between them whenever he wants. Fantasy is quickly becoming one of my favourite genres and A Darker Shade Of Magic is my favourite so far. It was dark, magical and fast paced. I was finding myself not wanting to stop reading and having short chapters makes it so easy to read more.

Onto the characters, starting with Kell. How could I not like him? He is complicated, having been raised by people who aren’t his actual parents and having to pretend to be something that he necessarily isn’t. He has so many layers to him, much like his magical coat that seems to always be changing, and I think there is more to explore with him in the next two books. I would even say that he surprised me at some points in the novel, especially when it came to Lila. I think I liked her even a little bit more than Kell, only because she is so badass and witty. A cross-dressing girl who wants to become a pirate and see the world, but she is stuck being a thief, stealing from those who have always had more. She is stubborn and funny, and very cutthroat.

Then there are the supporting characters, all of whom are just as developed as our main two. We have Rhy, the Crown Prince who is a dangerous flirt and full of character. He always had me smiling as I read his encounters with Kell. There was Holland, the only other Antari that Kell knew, and who was the most complicated character of all. You would never know where he stood on certain matters and it often seemed he did things he might not have wanted to. The evil twins who rule over White London, causing mayhem and ruining the lives of those who don’t agree with them were awful. Schwab created characters that I cared about and wanted to root for!

A Darker Shade Of Magic has everything a fantasy lover could want. Interesting and unique characters, incredible story writing that captivates you and multiple worlds you’ll want know more about. For me, personally, this was a five-star read, so that is what I am going to give it. I cannot wait to pick up the next instalment and see what journeys they go on next.

 

First Lines Fridays #3

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I cannot tell you how glad I am that it’s Friday and the weekend is upon us! I’ve spent all week searching for jobs and my brain is fried, hence why there have been no reviews up. I haven’t had a lot of time to read and my own writing has been taking up all my spare time. Also, my dad is over from Ireland for the weekend so I’m looking forward to spending some time with him and heading out to Sherwood Forest tomorrow (expect a post on that little trip soon).

Time for First Lines Fridays! I’ve really been enjoying these as I tend to read the book after it is featured.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It’s pretty simple really, the rules go like this…

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

So here are the lines from the book I have chosen…

“The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.

I’d been monitoring the parameters of the thicket for an hour, and my vantage point in the crook of a tree branch had turned useless. The gusting wind blew thick flurries to sweep away my tracks, but buried along with them any signs of potential quarry.”

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I love it when books start out with descriptions like these, and I especially love when it’s set in Winter, my second favourite series. I’m already wondering why the main character is in the forest, what are they looking for? Food perhaps? Why go out in the snow? Already the scene is set and I can vividly picture this person hunting something.

And the book is…

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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This is definitely on my TBR list after I read Throne of Glass so I have borrowed it from my sister (although we all know I will end up buying the series myself just to keep collecting). Would the first few lines make you want to read it?