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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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November TBR! Another Ambitious Goal.

Originally, I wasn’t going to set myself a TBR for this month. I was just going to read my books for class and whatever other books on my TBR that I wanted to read. However, I have so much to read for class and I still want to finish the Throne of Glass series. So, I set myself a TBR structure.

First on my list is The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey. I’ve been so excited for this second book in this series. I started reading it last night and I can’t wait to be able to read more today!

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, The Night Watch by Sarah Waters and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood are all books that I need to read for class. However, they all seem incredibly interesting and I feel like I will enjoy them. I’ve always wanted to read The Handmaid’s Tale so I can check this off my list!

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is on my TBR for this month because on the 5th November it’s Bonfire Night and I feel like it’s the perfect time to read this.

Finally, the last books on my list are the last three books in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I’m hoping to definitely get round to Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn. However, I think I’m being incredibly optimistic by putting Kingdom of Ash in there as well. As I want to get around reading some of my NetGalley requests. So, I highly doubt that I will be getting to Kingdom of Ash and you’ll probably see it again in my December TBR.

Here’s to hoping November is another productive reading month! I need to get my TBR pile down.

What’s on your November TBR?

Thanks for reading!

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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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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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My Ambitious October TBR

I’m finally posting my October TBR! I’ve been waiting for the books I’ve ordered to arrive so I could include them in this TBR.

As some of you know, I’ve set myself the challenge of trying to read the Throne of Glass series before the last book is published on 23rd October. Also, I want to read the first series of Josie Jaffrey’s book, reread the first book in her sequel series before the next book is also released on 17th of this month.

So far, I’ve read The Assassin’s Blade & Throne of Glass from my first challenge and I still have another five books to go. I’ve only included some of these books in my TBR because I feel it’s high unlikely with my class reading that I will be able to complete this challenge. However, I’m still going to try!

In terms of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti series, I’ve officially read the first two books. I have another two books before I reread The Gilded King ready before the new release later on. This seems much more likely.

Anyway, this month I plan on reading War of the Worlds by H G Wells and The Dark Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. These are books that I need to read for class this month. However, I finished War of the Worlds yesterday so I’m off to a promising start!

The other books I wish to read this month is Bound in Silver and The Silver Bullet by Josie Jaffrey. I also have The Price of Silver, book two, in this wonderful series but I’ve just finished that one!

I also hope to read Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas in hopes to get somewhat through the series for my self set challenge.

Of course, it would be ideal if I completed my challenge and managed to read all the books in the series. I’m hoping to if I finish these ones. I’m off to a good start with my reading for October so here’s to hoping it can be achieved!

What about you? What books are you reading this month?

Thanks for reading!

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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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My New Reading Challenge!

When I first started this blog back in March, I used my goodreads account for the first time in years. I set myself the challenge for reading 75 books. I felt even that was too high. Yet, since March by some miracle and constantly being inspired by others, I have completed my goodreads challenge.

Of course, I’m going to continue and see how many books I’m going to read this year. I’m so excited to see what my end of year total will be! Especially now, when I’ve started listening to audiobooks and attempting to read more e-books. I struggle so much reading anything other than comics on my kindle so I’m hoping I’ll be more comfortable reading that format by the end of the year.

However, my new challenge that I’m setting myself is especially hard and very unlikely to be achieved. Who cares? Because I’m going to have so much fun trying to complete it.

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. Yet, I’ve never read her Throne of Glass series. The last book, Kingdom of Ash, is due to be released on the 23rd of October. So, naturally, I’ve set myself the task of trying to read the whole series before then. That is realistic. Ideal. Possible. Maybe.

However, if you read my September TBR, you would have seen that one book on my list was A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey. I fell in love with this sequel series and I recently read this one, the first book in the original series. Once again, Josie Jaffrey stole my heart and I fell in love with this series too.

The sequel series; Sovereign, the second book will also be released in October. So, optimistically, I also added these books to my challenge. I’m hoping to read the rest of the first series, the Solis Invicti series and reread The Gilded King from the sequel series before the next book is released.

I doubt this is going to happen. I’m laughing at myself as I write this. How am I going to read eleven books by the 23rd of October! Haha, at least we know what my upcoming TBR will be. I also have to read for my classes during this challenge and do assignments. I’m setting myself quite a hard challenge!

Follow me on Twitter @LaurenKnapper and Instagram @lozzysthings for updates on this challenge!

Thanks for reading!

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas Book Review

So, this review has been a long time coming! I read this last month but I’ve been going through a lot the last few weeks that it’s left me unmotivated and with no desire to read. However, I’m back to post my reviews for you all.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is the latest book in A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It’s a small novella that is a starting point for the next part of the series that will see other characters as the centre of the story.

This has to be my favourite cover in the series. I loved the colouring, the pattern and the illustration on the front. It’s so beautiful!

I loved this book. It was so refreshing to read these characters in an environment that wasn’t so intense to read. It was always a rare moment in the series where we seen all the characters together and enjoying themselves without the threat of war looming over their heads.

That’s why I loved this book. I’ve grown so attached to these characters and this world and it was really nice to see all of the characters, no matter how troubled, come together to celebrate the Winter Festival.

This take place after A Court of Wings and Ruin and deals with the aftermath of the war. I know I said it once and I’ll say it again but I really enjoyed it. Nothing much happened in terms of plot but I really enjoying reading the dynamic between the different characters and their relationships. So, to read it was wonderful. Also, it brought a conclusion to Feyre’s story that lacked somewhat in the previous story.

It was interesting to see how the characters were dealing with the trauma of what they had encountered. I liked how Sarah J Maas had shown how each character was different now, something had altered in them since the war and what they had lost. It was incredibly realistic! It wasn’t glossed over.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is a book that shows characters trying to make the best of their lives now that they are free to do so. It was completely enhancing.

This was the perfect winter read and I wish I could have restrained myself a little bit longer to wait to read it. However, I have no self control and read it straight away. Oops!

I don’t know what I’ll do until the next book is released. It seems so far away. I guess I’ll just have to read the Throne of Glass series.

Thanks for reading!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Ok.

Wow.

So whilst I was reading this book I have never felt such anxiety whilst reading! I was constantly bracing myself and panicking about what was going to happen to my favourite characters. I was a wreck.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third instalment in the A Court of Thorn and Roses series and it’s what the last two books have been building for.

Despite this book not being the final book in the series, it felt very much like a finale. This story was filled with tension from start to finish as it picks up where A Court of Mist and Fury left off.  I don’t want to spoil anything, just in case you haven’t read it, but there was constantly something happen this book. Maas wrote danger at every turn for our beloved characters and new characters. Something was constantly being put in their way, another obstacle they had to overcome.

Honestly, from start to finish, this book was incredible.

One of the most amazing aspects of this book is how Sarah J Maas writes characters. She’ writes exceptional characters with so much depth yet its not overwhelming when all of them are together in one room. This happens during a few scenes throughout the book especially when all of the High Lords come together. Also, Maas’ attention to detail means that the Courts come to life so vividly in our imagination that you can not help but picture yourself there.

I felt that in this book, Feyre, the protagonist, really found herself. She becomes so strong and fierce. She always been but in this book, there’s an edge to this character that I haven’t seen before and I loved it. Honestly, there’s so many strong female characters in this book that it’s hard not to love just for that reason.

Also, there is an introduction to LGBTQIA characters in this book. I’m not going to say who. Don’t worry. Reading about these characters and seeing their struggles was such a beautiful addition to this story. I haven’t read many fantasy series where there are LGBTQIA characters and until this series was one of them. There were was also a POC characters in this book. However, the representation is very little.

I cried several times whilst reading this book. Also, I found myself putting the book down because I didn’t want it to come to an end.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is a such a fantastic book. I know I’m repeating myself but Sarah J Maas is such a talented writer. She really grasps the fantasy genre and creates astonishing worlds and endearing characters. Her world building is enchanting and I love going back to this world of the Faerie.

This was such a wonderful instalment of this series! I’m in awe of Sarah J Maas’ writing.

I can’t wait to start the TOG series too!

Also, I can’t wait to see how this series develops and unfolds!

Thanks for reading.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas Book Review

This book grabbed my heart, held it for awhile, then threw it and stomped on it. Several times.

A Court of Mist and Fury is book two in A Court of Thorn and Roses series. I adored every inch of this book. Every single word had me so involved and engaged with the plot in a way I hadn’t been with a book in a while. This book made me fall in love with this series so much more than what I had expected. Also, I was so blessed to go into this book without knowing any spoilers because I feel like it would have ruined the experience for me.

This book takes place after the first one. (I have done all my reviews without spoilers and it’s so hard to do this one without giving any away!) We see the outcome and how the characters have changed the traumatic ending of the last one.

A Court of Mist and Fury is one of my favourite books for several reasons. One of them is due to Feyre, the protagonist of the series. Her journey through this novel is sensational. Maas manages to keep the essence of Feyre alive throughout. However, at the beginning of the novel she is a shell of her former self. I never wanted to help a character so much and tell her it would be okay. Also, I have never been more frustrated with Tamlin and Lucien for allowing the girl he loved and friend to become less than what she is. I loved how she progressed throughout the novel and became much stronger and happier than she initially had been in the first book. Sarah J Maas wrote Feyre’s journey so captivating and genuine that it really struck me. It was incredible.

Another reason why I fell in love with this book was due to the appearance of new characters and the new location of the Night Court. Okay, so I want to go to the Night Court. Can I be whisked away there please? Maas wrote such a beautiful location that it truly came to life off the page. Her writing is so wonderful when it comes to setting and her attention to detail brings the magic and the world to life.

The introduction of the new captivating characters such as Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren were another factor that made this book one of my favourites. Sarah J Maas does such a wonderful of creating interesting characters with an absorbing history that you can’t help but love them. Every character, no matter how small, has a story. Her description makes me feel as though I know these characters and it’s truly mesmerising.

There’s so many elements to this story that the first one lacked for me. I loved the first book but there’s something about A Court of Mist and Fury. I can’t explain but I enjoyed the world of the Night Court, the new characters and Feyre so much more. The love story that developed in this book blew me away. It was so genuine and beautiful that the couple has become one of my favourites of all time.

I’m not going to say who just in case you haven’t read this series.

Go and pick up this series. You won’t regret it at all. It’s the perfect adult fantasy.

I love it so much.

Thanks for reading!

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