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Book Review: Viper, The Isles of Storm and Sorrow by Bex Hogan

 

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Summary

Marianne has been training to be the Viper for her entire life – to serve and protect the King and the citizens of The Twelve Isles – but to become the Viper and protect the islands she loves she must find the strength to defeat her father. A new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas.

He will make me a killer.
Or he will have me killed.
That is my destiny.

Seventeen-year-old Marianne is fated to one day become the Viper, defender of the Twelve Isles.

But the reigning Viper stands in her way. Corrupt and merciless, he prowls the seas in his warship, killing with impunity, leaving only pain and suffering in his wake.

He’s the most dangerous man on the ocean . . . and he is Marianne’s father.

She was born to protect the islands. But can she fight for them if it means losing her family, her home, the boy she loves – and perhaps even her life?

A brave heroine. An impossible dilemma. An epic new fantasy trilogy set on the high seas. – (Goodreads)

My Rating: 4.5/ 5 stars

Non-Spoiler Review

Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley and Orion Books for allowing to me read the e-arc of this book.

Also, this book is being released TOMORROW!

From the very first page, Viper had me hooked. I was immediately pulled into Marianne’s perspective by Bex Hogan’s captivating writing. Marianne is an easy protagonist to fall in love with and root for. She’s struggling on board the Maiden, her ruthless father’s ship that dominates the six isles. From the very beginning, even in subtle ways, Marianne is defiant against the life her father wishes for her. Her father, Captain Adler, is cruel and a terrifying character as you are unsure on how he will retaliate against her. The only thing you do know as you read that it be brutal.

The characters in this YA Fantasy are written so well. Bex Hogan manages to create well depth characters that you can’t help but love them or hate them. Even minor characters in this novel will pull at your heart strings and will have significant impact upon our main characters like Marianne, Bronn and Grace. What I loved most about Bex Hogan’s characters was that they were diverse, interesting, and made a mark upon the reader. Also, these characters are not black and white like in typical fantasy novels. They’re all in this grey area where they have flaws and weaknesses that make them that more fascinating. For example, Bronn,  Marianne’s childhood friend and her father’s most prized assassins blurs the lines in the novel.

Viper is an action packed first novel in this trilogy. Bex Hogan builds tension throughout the piece so much so that I was constantly nervous to turn the page and find out what lurked next for these characters. The novel is filled with heart wrenching moments that pulled tears to my eyes and violent fights that were thrilling to read. Honestly, this book had everything that I love about fantasy; an amazing heroine, a kingdom, royalty, a prince, a slow burn romance, action, drama, loss. It truly is an amazing read.

I loved this book so much I’ve pre-ordered the final copy and I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can reread Viper again. Bex Hogan’s writing is truly something special, it’s spell binding and leaves you completely immersed in the world. I have a feeling this trilogy will quickly become one of my favourites of all time.

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Blog Tour: The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

Hello, everyone! Welcome to my stop on The Blood Prince blog tour. This is the third and final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign series. I’ve previously reviewed the first two books in the series on my blog. You can check out them out here: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey Book Review and The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey – Book Review

The Sovereign series is the sequel to series to the Solis Invicti series. You can check out my review for the first book in the series here: A Bargain In Silver ( Solis Invicti 1) by Josie Jaffrey Review

The Blood Prince Synopsis

The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.

My rating: 5/5

My Review

As you all probably know by now, I am a HUGE fan of Josie’s writing and this post-apocalyptic vampire world that she has created. It’s one of my favourite series of all time along with the Solis Invicti series. I have been eagerly awaiting this third and final book in the sensational trilogy yet at the same time, I did not want to come to an end! Josie Jaffrey creates loveable realistic characters and thrilling plot that captures your attention from the first page.

The Blood Prince is no different. Instantly, I was welcomed back into the chaos of the Red and Blue that we left in The Silver Queen. I was engrossed in the plot, the action, the drama that was already happening and continued to happen throughout the novel. One of the many things I love about Josie’s writing is that she manages to deliver everything to make a fantastic novel; drama, action, character growth, and romance.

The novel is told through the two perspectives; Julia, a human trying to survive in the corrupt society of the silver, and Cameron, a silver and member of the Solis Invicti. I absolutely adore these characters with every inch of me. Julia has gone through such an incredible journey through the trilogy and it just makes her stronger. Her growth has made her one of my favourite characters of all time. Also, I love Cameron and the compassion he has for human life. His relationship with Felix throughout the trilogy has quickly become one of my favourite ships! I love them. This dual perspective is not confusing and does not distract from the story. Josie Jaffrey is excellent at maintaining a balance between the multi-perspective and it only furthers the plot as we as readers can see what is happening in both the Red and the Blue.

I won’t go too much into the plot of the story just in case you haven’t read the first two books in the series: The Gilded King and The Silver Queen. However, I will say that The Blood Prince is a satisfying end to a enthralling trilogy. I highly recommend this series. Josie Jaffrey writes detailed characters and description that everything you read becomes so intensely real it’s hard to put down the novel.

Excerpt

Julia sipped at her tea, relishing the warmth as it spread into her chest.
‘I just thought he was going to change things,’ she said. ‘I thought the Queen was supposed to come back, wake up the King and bring us a cure for the contamination.’
‘But you know what the contamination really is now. We both know what it really is.’
The Weeper vaccine. The Silver cure.
Julia had told Livia the truth the moment she’d returned from the Red.
‘I know,’ said Julia, ‘but still, shouldn’t something have changed? All the lives lost and battles fought and still things are happening exactly as they used to. The Candidates are still being cast, the Attendants are still bleeding, the Servers are still slaving, and above it all the Nobles are still taking exactly what they want from us. How is that fair?’
Livia settled back in her seat.
‘Well, now, that depends on what you’re asking. If you’re asking how it’s fair that they’ve used us for this long, then the answer is it’s not. It’s never been fair, and there’s no wiping that blame away from them. But if you’re asking how it’s fair that they’re still allowed to use us when you know very well what has the power to make them stop… Well, that’s a different question, isn’t it?’
Julia put her tea aside, no longer thirsty.
‘What are you saying?’ she said.
‘You know what’s in the blood of them outside the Blue. The way I see it, you’ve got a choice: either you accept things as they are, or you do something about it.’
Julia couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Yes, she’d resolved to change the way that things were in the Blue, and yes, the thing that had motivated her was the knowledge that the contamination could be used as a weapon against the Nobles, but she hadn’t quite put the two together into a course of action. The thought of actually using that weapon felt too extreme to contemplate.
But it was the logical end point, one Julia knew she’d have to accept.

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I would like to thank Josie Jaffrey for sending me The Blood Prince in exchange for an honest review. I would also like to thank her for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour. In the picture above, you can see where the next stops are on the tour up until the 9th March. You can also type in the #TheBloodPrinceBlogTour on Twitter to find the related blog posts that you might have missed!

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Book Review: Enchantee by Gita Trelease

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Book Description 

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns… – ( via Goodreads)

 

My Rating: 4/5

Book Review (Non-Spoiler)

Enchantee is a historical fiction and fantasy novel set in Paris. This novel takes place during 1789, the French revolution, where people are rioting, starving, etc. However, in this magical alternative history some people can wield magic that allows them to survive. The use of magic in this completely mundane world was written excellently. The rules and the magic systems were not overly complex but simply, enchanting! Yes, enchanting! Gita Trelease creates such a wonderful magic system that is truly compelling.

The setting of Paris is sensational. Gita Trelease’s captivating writing completely emerges you into Paris, France during this time. Her use of French terms and names throughout the novel, really brings the setting and this alternative world to life. When reading it only made me more desperate to travel to Paris. With the use of the French terms, it doesn’t make the novel confusing or distract from the plot in anyway. Gita Trelease manages to create a wonderful balance between the French language and the English language as to not to confuse the reader. Also, I loved seeing the French language in the novel, like I said it brought the setting to life but I also found myself learning the words when reading.

There are many characters in the novel that evoked emotions from me. They were written so well! Even minor characters, I found myself having an opinion on them. There wasn’t a character that I was indifferent to within this novel. They were all written brilliantly, full of depth and interesting description that instantly made them feel real.

Our main character, Camille, was my favourite throughout the novel. She’s hardworking, intelligent, magical and willing to do anything to keep her and her sister safe from the ruins of Paris. Yet, she can also be quiet naïve about her situation and is quickly swept up in the politics of the French Court. I found myself rooting for Camille’s happiness from the very beginning. I adored her strength and determination.

Enchantee is a fantastic novel that is written with so much precision and care that it is hard not to love this novel. It deals with identity, magic, family and love. It’s truly sensational and will transport you back in time with Gita Trelease’s writing.

I highly recommend this book.

It will officially be released in the UK on the 21st February 2019.

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Publishers for allowing me to have an e-arc for this novel.

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Book Review: The Binding by Bridget Collins

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Book Description

Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.
Forever.

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten. – Goodreads

My Rating: 4/5

Book Review (Non-Spoiler) 

The Binding is a blend of historical fiction, literary fiction and fantasy. It’s the perfect concoction for an intriguing yet mystifying novel. I will admit that the beginning of the novel started off a bit slow but that could have been due to my headspace when I first started reading. However, the intrigue and the compulsion to want to know the truth is set up from the very first pace. There’s something off about Emmett’s character, the way his family are around him, that sparks curiosity in the reader. I had to find out what happened in the summer that he had become seriously ill.

Bridget Collins writing is excellent. Her writing is one of the main reasons why I was so hooked when reading this novel. She delivered mystery and her words were completely captivating. The writing was completely immersive, pulling you into the book and losing yourself in it. It really mirrors the binding process and reading in the novel. You completely lose yourself in it.

The main core of this story was it’s forbidden love story between two characters. I’m not going to say who because I think it’s best to go into the novel without knowing too much information. I went in not knowing much and it took me completely by surprise, that’s why I adored the story so much. I will say that the love story completely had my heart and I was rooting for them the whole way through!

The characters are well written and deeply flawed which I love reading in books because no one is perfect. Also, reading flawed characters makes reading that far more exciting and interesting.

The world is very complex but easy to follow. I really enjoyed this book. However, there are some TRIGGER WARNINGS for this book; rape, sexual assault, abusive parents. So, please bare that in mind when reading this novel.

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Top 5 Books I Want to Read by Spring

Hey, everyone!

Originally in January, I was going to post a Top 19 Books I Want to Read in 2019. However, the post was really long and I felt like I had dragged it out. So, I’ve decided instead to post a Top 5 Books I want to read every season.

These books are not new releases but books I have on my shelf that I want to read.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I would love to read this entire series by Spring. Also, the Six of Crows series and possibly get around to King of Scars. I’ve heard so many great things about this series, this world, and I know that I will love it. So, hopefully, I will get to it soon.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

This is another fantasy series that I really want to get to. I’ve heard so many great things about this as well. I will definitely get around to the first book by Spring.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

After reading Heartstopper earlier this month and I found myself quickly purchasing this book. I loved Heartstopper and I’m so excited to see how Alice Oseman’s writing adapts to the novel. Also, I’m very intrigued by the premise of her stories.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This one has been sat on my shelf for so long and I have no idea why. However, after realising that this is being adapted into a movie, it’s giving me the motivation to finally pick up the book. This will be one of the first ones I read from this list.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I’ve read Becky Albertalli’s other books; Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat and I loved them. I finally managed to get my hands on this book and I can not wait to read it.

What about you? Do you have any books on your list that you want to read as soon as possible?

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January Book Haul!

Hi, everyone! It’s been awhile since my latest update but I am finally in place where I am able to write and get back into my routine.

One goal for 2019 was not to buy too many books and focus on my expanding TBR. However, this went through the window quite quickly! I found a lot of bargain books that people were selling on Instagram, AbeBooks and there were a few new releases that I wanted to get my hands on. However, this will be the biggest haul of the year. Well, I hope it will.

Here’s the list of the fourteen books I bought in January:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Puffins Classic)

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Furyborn by Claire LeGrand

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

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Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ( Waterstones Collector’s edition)

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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These two books were on sale on kindle and I managed to get them for a very cheap price!

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

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Lastly, I was given an advanced copy The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey in exchange for an honest review. If you follow me you know that I have been eagerly awaiting the third and final book in the Sovereign series. I can not wait to start reading. The Blood Prince will be released on February 20th.

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My Bookish Goals for 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope 2019 brings you everything you wish, happiness and health.

I never make New Year’s Resolutions for many reasons but the main one being; I find it hard to stick to them. However, I found that I wish to have goals for 2019. This is because there are many things I wish to achieve this year and now, that I have my yearly planner, I feel like I can do it.

So, here’s a list of bookish goals I wish to achieve in 2019.

  1. No TBR’s – for the most part of the year I want to read what I want without sticking to a schedule. I found myself getting into such a reading routine that it felt like a chore rather than it being for pleasure.
  2. Write more / Write my novel – I have had this idea for my novel inside my head since I was 13, that’s eight years! Yet, I have only ever written snippets and the first four chapters. However, after planning most of it this year, I am going to use 2019 to write my novel.
  3. Be more active on Blog / Instagram.
  4. Read at least three classics.
  5. Get my overall TBR down – I have at least 70 plus books that I haven’t read yet sitting on my shelves and I really want to get that down this year.
  6. Limit on how many books I buy – only sequels and 5 new releases.
  7. Read 80 books for my reading challenge.

This is all the bookish goals, targets or hopes that I have for 2019. I have other non-related goals such as lose weight, gain confidence, healthier eating. Yes, all of the traditional New Year Resolutions. However, I really do hope I will stick to them and will be tracking my progress monthly to make sure I am up to date.

Do you have any bookish goals for 2019?

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2018 Wrap Up: My favourite reads.

Hey everyone!

I’m back with my final update of 2018. It feels so surreal that 2018 has come to end already. Personally, so much has happened in 2018, that I still can’t fully comprehend on what has happened altogether. However, I have come out on top and feel much more confident in myself and my writing than I have ever been. Mostly, this is down to being a part of the book community and constantly being surrounded by bookish thoughts and ideas.

One of my best decisions of 2018 was to create this blog and I am so grateful for each one of you who read book reviews and other thoughts. I have managed to read a variety of novels and comics this year. My reading goal of 75 books read have been accomplished! I have currently 126/75 books read. I am hoping to finish two books that I am currently reading today so I can round the final total up to 128 books read in 2018.

I am currently reading Batgirl Volume 4: Wanted and Nightfilm by Marisha Pessl.

I’ve reached 500 followers on Twitter, almost 200 on Instagram and almost 150 on here. I’ll post my links down below. I couldn’t be happier and I am so grateful for everyone who has helped me get here. Thank you!

My Favourite 2018 reads:

This is not in chronological order. Also, I have probably forgotten a few books because I am useless. I tried to have a variety of books in this list and didn’t mention a full series of books because it wouldn’t be fair. I also haven’t read many new 2018 releases so not many will be on this list.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I feel like I have been waiting for this book for so long and it didn’t disappoint. It contained all of my favourite characters and explored my favourite relationships. It made me go on a dangerous adventure, broke my heart and made me feel all of the emotions. Cassandra Clare owns my heart.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

This year I read the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. It has quickly become one of my favourite series of all times. Any of the books in this series could have easily been on this list but I chose Kingdom of Ash. This was released this year and was the final book in the series. It was exceptional and had an incredible plot throughout. The ending was fantastic and thankfully, satisfying.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat is the sequel to Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It’s a YA contemporary following Leah as she comes to terms with her bisexuality and feelings for one of her best friends. I adored this book! It gave me all the feels and it was fantastic to see the return of our beloved characters; Simon, Bram from the first book.

The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

I adored this book and was another five star rating for me. Honestly, every book I’ve read by Josie has been five stars. The Silver Queen is the second novel in the Sovereign series. This book is filled with interesting characters, shocking twists and thrilling world. I can not wait to read the third book in this series!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls is a heart breaking story centred around a young boy who’s mother is dying with cancer. It’s a story about grief, love and family. I cried so much reading this story but I loved every second of it. The writing and plot was beautiful.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This was one of my absolute favourites of the year! I loved Nic Stone’s writing style and how she changed the format of traditional prose to fit in with what was happening in the story. Again, this was another heart breaking read that is extremely relevant to our society today. I can’t express how much I enjoyed this book.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Another Sarah J Maas book on this list. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses series before I began the Throne of Glass series. However, all of the books in this series is also incredible but I enjoyed A Court of Mist and Fury the most. It held so much character development, plot development and twists that I found myself unable to put the book down. This book really immersed me into the world. It was amazing!

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

This is a children’s fantasy that I read recently and I fell in love with it. It was a super quick read that allowed me to completely jump into Victorian Wales and get lost in Seren’s adventure.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand was a book that pleasantly surprised me. I knew I would enjoy it but I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It’s a captivating Mughal Indian inspired fantasy that follows a young girl, Mehr. This novel was filled with magic, adventure and an unexpected romance. I cannot wait to see what the sequel has in store.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor is a children’s fantasy that follows Morrigan Crow. From the first page I was hooked into the magical world. I fell in love with the characters and the world. Amazing! It is definitely worth the hype.

These are my favourite reads of 2018, what were yours?

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Book Review: The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow was read in my creative writing class one week when we were discussing and looking at children’s fantasy. I heard the first few pages and immediately wanted to read the rest. Eventually, I found the book and managed to read it for 25inFive readathon last week.

The cover is exceptional. It’s so beautiful. I love how the gold glistens on the cover against the dark blues and blacks.

Summary

‘Travelling to a new home with an unknown new family, orphan Seren Rees is shivering in a Victorian station waiting room, when she is given a mysterious newspaper parcel by a strange and frightened man, who then disappears. Reluctantly she takes it with her… But what is in the parcel? Who are the Family who must not be spoken of, and can the Crow help Seren find Tom, the boy who has been missing for a year and a day, before the owner of the parcel finds her?’ – via goodreads ( The Clockwork Crow Goodreads )

Review

The Clockwork Crow is a children’s fantasy novel that had me hooked from the very first page.

Firstly, I really loved the Victorian and Welsh setting as it created a very dark winter atmosphere for the novel. This is a perfect Christmas read filled with danger, magic, adventure and fun. I read it one sitting and found myself eager to turn the page to see what would happen next.

Catherine Fisher did an excellent job creating her characters. They were all completely different and made for a very interesting read. Seren, the protagonist, is highly entertaining and Catherine Fisher captures the child’s voice wonderfully.

The Clockwork Crow took unexpected twists and turns throughout the story which I really enjoyed. It’s about so much more than simply a mysterious package that was left with Seren at Victoria Station. It’s ultimately a novel about family and what it means to have a family. It’s a beautiful read.

This is a wonderful Christmas read. It’s fast paced, a gripping mystery, filled with magical characters and engaging plot.

It’s truly a fantastic read.

I highly recommend this novel! I rated it 5/5 stars.

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25inFive Readathon – Did I do it?

As you all know I recently took part in the 25inFive readathon on Instagram. A readathon which took place between 13th- 17th December. The main goal of the readathon is to read for a total of 25 hours over the space of five days.

If you haven’t seen this post check out the TBR I had given myself here: My First Readathon TBR! You can also find the links to the 25inFive pages on that post.

25inFive was my first readathon and I thought it would be a fairly simple challenge to get myself started into the world of readathons. However, I was wrong, very wrong. I found it extremely hard to read for the five hours a day because I was feeling quite tired and was doing my assessments for university as well. There didn’t seem to be enough time in the day! I kept forgetting to set my timer and keep track of how much time I spent reading. So, it didn’t go as well as planned.

However, I did get a lot of reading done!

I finished Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. This was my most anticipated read of 2018 and it did not disappoint! It was filled with everything I love about the Shadowhunter books and was a wonderful end to The Dark Artifices trilogy. I don’t want to say anything else as this a third book in the series and I don’t want to give spoilers. I rated it 5/5 stars.

The next book I read from my TBR was The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher. This is a children’s fantasy novel set in Wales. Young Seren Rees is an orphan, waiting at Victorian Station, when she is left with a mysterious parcel by frightened stranger.

This was a truly enchanting Christmas read that I rated 5/5 stars. It was so quick to read and highly mysterious. I highly recommend it!

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell was also on my TBR. This was a short read filled with two festive stories and cute illustrations. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing and these stories made me realise how much I need to read the rest of her books. This was an easy 5/5 stars as well.

Sticking to my TBR, the next book I read was Gaslight by Eloise Williams. This was a dark and thrilling novel set in 1899, Cardiff. It followed a young girl, Nansi, as she tries to find her mother after they were separated in accident that Nansi can’t remember. This was another enjoyable read which I rated 4/5 stars.

I then read Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. Nevermoor is a middle grade fantasy that has gained a lot of following and hype recently. It follows Morrigan Crow, a cursed child, who was destined to die on her 11th birthday until she is swept away to the magical land of Nevermoor by Jupiter North.

I loved this book. I wanted to be part of the world and the magic. I read it so quickly because it’s hard not to get lost in it. It’s amazing! I highly recommend this novel as it definitely worth the hype. I rated it 5/5 stars.

The last book I read over the readathon was A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Originally, this was not on my TBR for the readathon but I fancied a Christmas read and picked this up.

Despite reading quite a lot of books over the course of the readathon, I only read for twenty hours. However, considering everything else I had going on, I am very pleased with that result for my first readathon.

Thanks for reading!

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