Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

SYNOPSIS

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

REVIEW

I was nervous heading into this book because I’d heard so many good things about it and I really hoped that I’d love it! The first thing I’ll mention is that the tie between the magicians and demons reminded me of The Golden Compass. The second thing is that the writing style and Elizabeth’s character reminded me of Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices trilogy as did Margaret Rogerson’s writing.

Despite the similarities mentioned, the plot itself was unique and interesting! The book was really well paced and kept me craving to keep reading the whole way through! Elizabeth was a great character because for once she wasn’t a naive and pitiful young protagonist who develops courage and morality throughout the book but instead is strong, kind and relentless from the beginning.

Silas was such an great character! He was very kind and such a gentleman. Demons clearly make great sidekicks! I felt so sorry for him and even though he kept reminded Elizabeth that was a demon and was born to cause destruction, he was always so thoughtful and wise.

Nathaniel Thorn was sweet and solemn. He is portrayed as the typical attractive young man who is wealthy and who’s life seems perfect to all those around him. The truth is very different as he struggles with his past and deep down is very lonely.

Overall I really enjoyed this and rate it 4/5 ⭐️

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A Reaper at The Gates – Sabaa Tahir

SYNOPSIS

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.

REVIEW

This book was so good! 🖤

When I began this series Helene Aquilla was portrayed as an antagonist but throughout this series I have forgiven her for everything and began praying that she stays alive! Her new romantic interest is so subtle and beautifully portrayed! I’m so happy she finally got over Ellias and is has someone that truly cares about her!

I find the supernatural element of this series so interesting and with each book there are more and more revaluations! There is so much magic and secrecy throughout this series! Each book so far has dropped a massive bombshell of a revaluation and I for one can say that I did not see it coming.

Laia has grown so much as a character and she is a lot less annoying now! She has become strong and a leader yet throughout all of the trials she’s been through, she hasn’t lost her morality! Her and Ellias are simply perfect and I hope they have the chance to finally be together with no issues.

Marcus is also such an interesting character and he is descending further and further into madness through his guilt. If anyone has ever seen ‘Reign’ (The Tv Show), then you’ll know what I mean when I say that Marcus reminds me of the king.

The only downside to this book was that it lost me a little bit at times! It was very political and there was a lot of plotting and planning which sometimes got a little confusing. Overall this was a very emotional book. I can’t wait for the final book to come out!

4/5 stars! ⭐️

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Vengeful by V E Schwab

SYNOPSIS

The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel.

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

REVIEW

The relationship between Sydney, Victor and Mitch will forever be the highlight of this series for me! They are 3 random people thrown together but they really care about one another and it’s so cute!

Marcella was an interesting character! She was sassy and bold but I felt like she was really set on becoming powerful yet didn’t quite achieve it. She spoke a lot about what she wanted to do but none of it came about! I felt like Vengeful didn’t have to be as long winded as it was but I still really enjoyed it!

I love the development of Eon throughly this book and thought is was brilliant! Eli and Victor are both great character and I hope V E Schwab releases another book with these characters because I have a lot of unanswered questions!

4/5 stars!

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DAISY JONES AND THE SIX – TAYLOR JENKINS REID

SYNOPSIS

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

REVIEW

From the first page I could really relate to Daisy Jones! I too grew up very much on my own and it pushed me to become independent at a young age. We can tell through Daisy that it had it’s positives and negatives! Daisy is strong and everyone is drawn to her yet she herself has a weakness when it comes to illegal substances.

I loved the format that this book was written in. The use of unreliable narrations was so intriguing because the characters just spoke and sometime there were conflicting opinions so it’s just down to what the reader wants to believe was true! This being said, the book is so quotable and poetic as well!

The romance throughout this book was so raw and full of passion! The characters went through incredible development through the story! They all changed in their own ways and went through trauma, love ( mostly unrequited) and substance abuse.

I though the start of the book was a little slow and some part felt like fillers, therefore this is a 4 star for me!

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Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

SYNOPSIS

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

REVIEW

Siege and Storm was a breathe of fresh air after Shadow and Bone! Still wasn’t a huge fan of it though!

Alina actually goes through character development and is a lot less annoying. She really matured and grows into a strong character through this book. Throughout the first part of Siege and Storm Alina seems to rely on everyone to save her but in the second half she controls her own power and takes control of her situation. She makes some good friends and we encounter so many new great characters! Nikolai is amazing and I love him.

The Grisha world makes more sense to me now and the first book had very limited world building as we just had loads of terms thrown at us with little explanation. I love the world and find it fascinating! I love how a lot of the words stem from Russian so some key terms are used as foreshadowing!

Mal is so annoying though! He seems to have a power complex. He’s jealous of everyone and constantly on edge but then also very cute and caring about Alina. .

Overall I’m not a fan of this series though! It’s 3/5 stars for me!

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Top 3 books of 2019… so far!

1. Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

This books is incredible! The Infernal Devices will forever be in my heart and I love the more and more each time I reread them! 🖤 | REVIEW

2. If We Were Villains – M L Rio

This book made me cry my eyes out! I was so emotionally attached to all of the characters! 🖤 | REVIEW

3. Vicious – V E Schwab

This gave me X-Men vibes!!! I well and truly loved it! Everyone seems to go on about Victor Vale being a Villain but in my mind his a just a morally grey character! Eli Ever on the other hand is pure evil! 🖤 | REVIEW

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Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

SYNOPSIS

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

REVIEW

This book is so hyped up which is perhaps one of the reasons that I feel so let down by it.

I will start by saying that I loved the way mental illness is portrayed and Aza character is great! She goes through her ups and downs. Her character is so frustrating but it makes those that have been through mental illness relate to her and those that have had friends with mental illness understand how frustrating it can be when you don’t understand why someone behaves a certain way.

Unfortunately that is the only good thing about this book. The plot line was so boring and made very little sense to me. Some of the character were not developed at all and they just seemed like they were just there for the sake of it. I did not understand the point of Daisy and Mychal’s relationship or the instalove between Davis and Aza. The crime aspect of the novel really intrigued me as did Noah’s character but in the end the revelations were boring.

I really wanted to like this book and I felt like it had so much potential but it just didn’t work for me. I love John Green’s writing but the plot of this book was such a let down!

2,5/ 5 stars ⭐️

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Vicious – V E Schwab

SYNOPSIS

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. 

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

REVIEW

OMG I LOVED VICIOUS! 🖤

Eli makes me want to commit murder! I cannot stand him and I found Serena really annoying. She doesn’t redeem herself in my opinion in the end although some many argue differently.

The relationship between Victor and Sydney is adorable! I loved Victor and thought that he was an awesome character. He may do some bad things but he’s a good guy at heart.

Mitch and his chocolate milk just made me laugh. I love the idea of having someone who is described as big and intimidating but is actually really sweet. I love how V E Schwab portrays the fact that we shouldn’t judge people by their appearance because it’s such an important lesson to learn for everyday life!

Overall I thought this was brilliant and I can’t wait to finish Vengeful!

5/5 ⭐️

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