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The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey – Book Review

img_3682The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey has been one of my most highly anticipated sequels since I read the first book; The Gilded King last summer. You can check out my review for that one here: The Gilded King Review

This book is part of the sequel series to the Solis Invicti series which takes place in post apocalyptic London where the humans are being ruled by the Silver. I adored this series and read them after I loved The Gilded King. All of the books were rated a solid 5 stars, you should definitely check out that series too!

The Silver Queen follows the same beloved characters from the first book; Cameron and Julia. The book begins where the first book left off throwing us immediately back into the action and the politics of the dystopian world. Josie Jaffrey’s writing had me hooked instantly and I was easily and quickly welcomed back into a world that I love so much. Honestly, throughout the entire book Jaffrey’s writing is exceptional. She brings the world to life with excellent detail, emotion and history of the characters but you can’t help but get attached.

One of my favourite aspects of this book was the character growth that Julia goes through. It made me love her even more! I’m not going to say so much more because of spoilers and I really think you should go into these novels not knowing too much. It allows you to be completely surprised with the wonderfully written twists and turns that Josie Jaffrey throws at you throughout.

The Silver Queen continues to display the dual perspective between Cameron and Julia, allowing us readers to see every inch of drama and tension that is unfolding. Jaffrey delivers this excellently, neither perspective is neglected or delivered better. She writes each perspective with so much dedication and honesty to the characters that it only adds to the brilliance of the novel. Throughout, there is a wonderful pace maintained so it doesn’t become confusing to who the characters are and whether we are in the Blue or the Red.

Overall, this another fantastic book by Josie Jaffrey. She is an excellent story teller. This novel is filled with action, drama, suspense, romance and a cliffhanger that will leave you speechless. I really need book three… like yesterday!

Book Three is this spell binding series is The Blood Prince and will be released around February 2019.

Go and get this series!

Thank you so much for reading!

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My Week In Reading

Hi, everyone!

I’m here with another weekly update on where I am with my reading. I honestly thought that I would have two or three books to post today. However, since last Tuesday I have read and started more books than I thought I had.

The first book is The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. I finished listening to the audiobook last Tuesday and immediately bought the physical copy. I loved the dark atmosphere and the entire plot of this book. It was so intriguing and filled with so many that secrets that I couldn’t stop listening. I’m extremely excited to read more of Kara Thomas’ work.

I also finished Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. I rated this book 5/5 stars and it’s my favourite so far in the series. It’s so incredible with action, the twists, the characters. I’m obsessed with this world and where the series is going. It’s definitely becoming one of my favourite series.

Next, I read and finished The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey. This is book two in the Sovereign series. Once again, this was another five star book! I won’t say much more as I will be posting my full review of this book on Thursday.

I’m currently reading Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, Ms Marvel Volume Two and listening to Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka for class.

Goodreads Challenge: 98/75 131%

What are you reading this week?

Thanks for reading!

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The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

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I requested this book from Netgalley and luckily, Bonnier Zaffre accepted the request. The cover sparked my interest immediately because it’s so beautiful and creepy that I had to find out what the book was about. After reading the synopsis, I had to read it!

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge is a YA horror, ghost story, thriller that it is impossible to put down. It follows a young girl Martha who has special abilities and goes to visit her grandmother – Mormor – in Norway. However, as soon as she arrives nothing goes as expected.

This is such a dark and creepy book and unlike one I’ve read before in YA. Immediately from the first page, I was brought into the story and didn’t want to leave. Martha as a protagonist is incredibly interesting and relatable. She doesn’t welcome being the ‘hero’ of her story which makes the novel that more endearing as you go through this struggle of identity and purpose with her. All of the characters are thoroughly interesting; Stig, Gandalf, and Mormor’s neighbours. Their portrayal written by Burge only adds to the adventure and the eeriness that this book provides.

The uneasy tone in this story comes across excellently and only adds to the plot. When reading, I could really feel the tension and the fear of these characters. The plot is incredibly thrilling and filled with so many unexpected twists that I didn’t want to put it down. I was so wrapped up in the story that I had to find out what was going on and what would happen in the end. Burge uses Nordic myths, family, and a budding romance to leave you hooked until the very last page.

The ending of The Twisted Tree is action packed and does not disappoint after the tension that was built throughout the novel. It’s truly a satisfying end. However, some aspects of the story are left somewhat open and I’m curious as to whether there may be a sequel to this fantastic novel. I hope so!

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fast paced and thrilling read. Also, it’s the perfect book to set you up for Halloween with the eerie and dark atmosphere.

The Twisted Tree is currently available on Kindle now and the paperback is due for release on the 10th January 2019. I may have to get the paperback because I enjoyed this book so much and the cover is just sensational.

Thank you all for reading!

Definitely go check out this book.

 

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My Week In Reading

Hey, everyone.

This is a new idea that I’m going to start posting every Monday / Tuesday. I’m going to let you all know the books that I’ve read during that week and a very brief review underneath. I’ve been reading so much lately that I’m struggling to keep up to date with all the reviews I need to read. Also, I feel like this way I can add more content to my blog.

So, one of the first books I read from Monday 15th October was The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper. This is set of five books that I had to read for studying children’s fantasy.

I was supposed to finish it for yesterday’s class, however, I’m still reading this series. I read the first three books in the series through the physical book. I struggled to really get into it that way but I’m listening to the audio book for the last two books. I’m enjoying it far better. I love the mystery and fantasy elements in this. I’m excited to see how it ends.

Once I switched to listening to the audiobook, I picked up another physical book. I always have to be reading a physical book.

The next book was the final instalment in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti series; The Silver Bullet.

I loved this book and this series so much. Josie Jaffrey’s writing is excellent! It had everything I loved about this series; drama, action, twists. The end was also very satisfying. I’m super excited to read The Silver Queen, the second book in the sequel series.

The next book I read was An Unknown Welshman by Jean Stubbs.

I posted a full review of this on my blog. I loved the Tudors and I’m always obsessed with reading about them. I also love to see the perspectives a writer takes when writing historical fiction. This book was incredibly interesting, I couldn’t put it down.

The next book I read was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. This is one of my favourite books of all time. It had so much drama and amazing moments that I couldn’t stop reading.The more I read of this series the more I love it. Also, Kingdom of Ash was released today! I’m really excited but praying that I don’t get spoiled.

The last book that I read which I finished on Sunday and read in one sitting was the comic Water Snakes. This graphic novel had beautiful artwork and had such an interesting creepy tone.

Currently I’m still listening to the audiobook of The Dark is Rising Sequence but I’m listening to the very last book.

I’m also reading The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge.

Let me know if you prefer this way of posting! Thanks for reading!

What have you read over the last week?

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Why I Love Audiobooks!

Audiobooks are somewhat controversial as some people don’t agree that it counts as reading. However, I started listening to audiobooks a few months ago and, even though it’s still a fairly new concept to me, I love it.

I think audiobooks are great for one major reason; it expands your reading. I’ve been able to listen/read to more books than I thought was possible. I’ve have listened to books I’ve been wanting to read for years and found other books that I wouldn’t have necessarily have found without audiobooks.

I think audiobooks are amazing to have playing whilst you’re travelling. I travel just under an hour in my car to get to my university so to be able to listen to an audiobook along the way means I get to read more throughout the day. It makes the commute so much more bearable.

Another way in which I listen to audiobooks is just before I go to sleep. I’m always in bed and struggle to get to sleep. However, when I’m listening to an audiobook I get completely relaxed and soon find myself read to sleep. It’s almost like being a child again and having a story read to you before sleep.

I’ve also found that in some cases where I can’t really get into a book due to the writing or being unable to focus on it, I’ve listened to the audiobook. I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed reading the audiobook more and end up enjoying a book that I hadn’t previously.

In class, we have a reading list set much like most English Literature classes. So, by listening to the audiobook I can analyse and think about the text much more without having to take a break from reading the book. Also, another bonus to this is that I can physically read a book from my intimidating TBR pile!

Did you listen to audiobooks? What’s your take on them?

Thanks for reading!

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An Unknown Welshman by Jean Stubbs Book Review

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An Unknown Welshman by Jean Stubbs is a historical fiction novel about Henry VII. It follows the future king from the time of his birth, through to the War of the Roses and up until his Coronation as King.

This period in history is one that I have been obsessed with since I was a child. I love learning about the Tudors, the War of the Roses and life at court. It’s been awhile since I have read any historical fiction novels but this book made me realise how much I love the genre, especially when it’s about a topic I am highly interested in.

I received this book curtesy of Netgalley and Sapere Books and I’m so thankful that they accepted my request to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

Jean Stubbs creates a semi-fictional account of Henry Tudor, blending the story telling with fact excellently. I was immensely caught up with the characters and the way the story was told. I was fascinated by the way in which she told of Henry Tudor’s early life because I have not read any books that has a had focus on him as a child. I found that this gave the book an original and biographic edge. One of the greatest things about this novel is that it doesn’t change too many aspects of the truth. In fact, it’s an engaging retelling and loyal to historical events.

An Unknown Welshman is filled with action and the dangerous politics of the period that made me unable to put the book down. I started the book yesterday afternoon and finished it this morning! It’s a thrilling and highly entertaining read.

This interesting colourful novel is fast-paced and offers a valuable insight into the life of Henry Tudor. I highly recommend An Unknown Welshman to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or is passionate about this historic period.

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction?

Thanks for reading!

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A Bargain In Silver ( Solis Invicti 1) by Josie Jaffrey Review

A Bargain in Silver is the first book in the first series that takes place in Josie Jaffrey’s exceptional post apocalyptic vampire world.

Josie Jaffrey kindly sent the first book The Gilded King to me in the Summer to read and review. As you all know, because I can’t stop mentioning it, I fell in love instantly with the world and characters. I was so I’m awe that I found myself desperately wanting to read the first series to find out what happened before the sequel series.

A Bargain in Silver takes place in a post apocalyptic London where the Silver have taken over. They offer protection to the humans from the Weepers. There’s only one condition; the humans must work for them and provide the Silver with their blood.

I was completely taken with this book from the first page. I was hooked! Immediately, I was pulled into the world and desperate to find out how the Silver take over London. Josie Jaffrey’s writing is sensational throughout the entire novel. She manages to create a tense action packed world. I’m so intrigued and in love with this twist on vampires.

The protagonist of the book, Emilia, is a fantastic heroine. She’s in her late twenties, smart and funny. Also, she has flaws that demonstrate her humanity wonderfully. Honestly, all of the characters in this book are executed perfectly. I’m enthralled with the politics and the dynamic that this world has, I can’t get enough.

Josie Jaffrey writes excellently and is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Every book I have read of hers so far has been a five star read! I couldn’t put this particular book down and read it in one day. This such an exceptional start to the series.

The ending was incredible! It had all the drama and surprises that make a wonderful ending.

Also today marks the release of the sequel to The Gilded King and book two of the sequel series to this one! The Silver Queen is out today.

I highly recommend these books!

Thanks for reading!

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Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Hi, everyone! I’m here with another book review today as I’m still trying to catch up from the books that I’ve read last month!

Never Fade is the sequel in The Darkest Minds series. I’ve reviewed the first book in the series here if you want to read it!

I loved Never Fade so much. It was an outstanding sequel. From the very beginning, it was filled with action and suspense. Also, I enjoyed reading how much Ruby has changed since the first book. She’s much stronger and more able to control her powers. It was a fascinating character development.

This book dove deeper into the dystopian world, demonstrating the flawed and hidden agendas of organisation. I didn’t know who to trust! I kept doubting everyone!

This sequel is action packed from start to finish. It’s filled with friendship, power and responsibilities. I don’t want to say too much and spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the first book in the series.

However, Never Fade is my favourite so far in the series and I can’t wait to read the third. Never Fade is an excellent sequel that is just as heart breaking as the first!

Thanks for reading!

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Book Review

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I pre-ordered this book whilst reading Vicious and I read it straight after. City of Ghosts had such an intriguing premise that I had to read it. Also, it’s a middle grade book and I was interested to see how Victoria Schwab’s writing differed whilst writing for a younger audience.

The cover to this book is sensational. It’s stunning. I’m obsessed with it. I’ve seen a lot of people trying to purchase this edition of the book as well. I think it sets up the story very well. The people/ ghosts in the city like shadows across the front cover and Cassidy then in the black with her cat. The use of red and black also means this book fits in nicely with my other Victoria Schwab books.

Cassidy can see her ghosts and goes with her family to Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s the perfect book for Fall and Halloween. I absolutely adored the characters and her relationship with Jacob. It was fun, cute, and the perfect friendship. They stole my heart within seconds. Also, I loved how Cassidy was a huge Harry Potter fan. The references throughout the novel made me smile.

Victoria’s writing style for this novel is once again incredible! Her writing is condensed and made simpler for intended audience. However, it’s still very much Victoria Schwab’s writing style and it is highly apparent throughout that she wrote this amazing book.

This book can easily be read in one sitting. It’s filled with so much drama, humour and twists that I found myself compelled to keep turning the pages. I didn’t want to read this book all in one go. I wanted to enjoy it and take my time with it because I really loved it. I loved the idea of a child seeing ghosts and what that entailed.

This book is filled with spookiness but obviously it’s not too scary as it is aimed for children. It’s a wonderful tale of ghosts, friendships and what it means to be alive.

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Vicious by V.E Schwab Book Review

I am so sorry for being so late with the book reviews this month and late posting my October TBR, which will be posted tomorrow. I have been so overwhelmed by classes, the reading, the work for them that I’ve neglected my own reading and this blog. However, I am feeling like I am slowly getting back into a routine so I will be posting more frequently again and posting the reviews of the books I read in September.

Vicious is the first book that I have ever read by Victoria Schwab but it’s just the one of many that I want to read. After reading Vicious, I am only more excited to read more and more of her work. I pre-ordered City of Ghost within an hour of reading Vicious.

First of all, the cover to this book is sensational. I had the paperback edition of the book and I just loved the cover so much. I loved the splashes of red, black and white. I think those colours really set up and relate to the content within the story.

The writing in this book is amazing! It’s so wonderfully written. The detail that Victoria Schwab gives just completely immerses you into the world of Victor and Eli. What I truly found fascinating with this book was how the flashbacks related to the present tense. Usually, this can be confusing in novels but Schwab manages to write so clearly and precise that is straight and easy to follow.

Vicious is such an intriguing premise for a book and it completely delivers. It deals with Extraordinary people with these super powers and experimentation almost. Yet, there is so much more to talk about with this book but I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you haven’t read it yet. You should read it like right now. Add it to your list!

Victoria Schwab writes the characters of this novel so filled with depth that neither are black or white. Good or evil. Each character, especially Victor and Eli, who are the main characters within this novel. They are so incredibly flawed and have done terrible things that truly makes for interesting and captivating read. They both considered villains but for very different reasons. That’s all I’m going to say.

I fell in love with this book completely. I find the more that I talk about it and think of it, I find myself loving it even more. It’s original and engaging, truly fascinating to read. The ending had me speechless! You never knew what was going to be coming next or what these characters true plans were.

This book is one about power, friendships, determination and revenge. It’s sensational! I feel like it’s all I am saying but it’s great. I can’t wait to read Vengeful which is the next one in this powerful series. It’s only just been released and I can’t wait to finally get my hands on a copy!

So, if you haven’t read this book you should go do that right now!

Thanks for reading!

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