A Gathering of Shadows|| Book Review

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Help me. Help me.
oh god – my heart, my soul, my everything.
WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO ME?!
V.E. Schwab doesn’t give about anyone’s feelings, just sweeps them under the carpet. I haven’t felt this bad over characters in ages but while I find the shards of my heart on the floor let me start from the very beginning.

A Darker Shade of Magic is safe. It’s getting to know the characters you start to love, it’s being in that world for the first time like Lila taking in everything.
You go into A Gathering of Shadows believing it’s going to be a similar ride- you know the ones which have the handle bars, and go nice and steady.

Nope, no safety bar and we are flipping over and over.
This book was a whirlwind. I can’t even describe how much I loved it and hated it for how it’s left me. I hate the fact the third book is at my other house – I have to wait until tomorrow to get it and that’s still long!

The pacing steps up a notch for this book, and it really is such a page turner – my heart was pounding so loudly in my ears – reality faded away so damn quickly!

We have our already friends from last time: Lila, Rhy and Kell. And then we meet the likes of Alucard in this book – who is definitely an interesting character.
So much happens- we have the games – which goes down a treat, and I enjoyed reading the combat, so rich and imaginative (foolish Lila thouuuugh)
But that ending… I feel light and heavy all at once, the black hole wanting to consume me every time I think about my beloved babies and I can’t carry on.

This continuation will hurt you, but my god – it’s more worth it than I can say. This book is a contender for one of my best books of the year. Already.

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A Court of Wings & Ruin|| Book Review

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jesus. Okay. Where do I begin?

I did not like this book, so much so I had to make a video where I ranted for four minutes.

I am that frustrated.

Now I did look forward to this book, from the last 100 page ending to ACOMAF I had looked forward to the dynamics of the Spring Court and how Feyre and Rhysand would keep the plan together. I felt this would be through most of the book, seeing how Feyre would lay and execute the ruin of Tamlin’s court.
But we weren’t. We skipped on swiftly after being here, only hearing a few snarky comments here and there.
Maas’s writing as always didn’t grip me, I find it clunky and repetitive – not to mention Feyre was downright self indulgent.

Characters that I enjoyed: Elain, Cassian, Lucien and Rhysand.
Characters that I wished would just drop off the edge of a cliff: Feyre. Feyre. Feyre. – THE HIGH LADY.

(Just in case you can’t remember that that was WHO she was during the whole of that book.)

Sex scenes were verging pornographic, and unnecessary- especially during harder scenes such as war. (The fuck were you thinking Maas?!?!!)

Overall I am glad this book has ended, nothing really happened in terms of tragic death and if it did it was reversed. I am just so annoyed – if she had stuck to her way in ACOTAR this series would be so much better. But hey, I think I am definitely in the minority with this one!

If you would like to see my frustrations here is my short, choppy video:

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My May Book Haul!

 

Hey guys!

Here is my book haul for May- I didn’t get as many books as usual, but I am saving my money and vouchers for London at the end of the month! Hehe!

Let me know what books you have/want to get and I shall see you soon with another video!
Happy Reading,

Love Em! x

BookFlash! |May Edition|

Hey guys!

So this will be a monthly post dedicated to the latest bookish news, ranging from cover reveals, to adaption reveals and casting information. Let me know if you want it to stay as being a monthly staple! For now it should stay as just a blog post but this may change to a video at some point!

So without further ado let us get onto our debut post!

Cover Reveals/Releases 

So the first big release/cover reveal of the past few weeks was Gregory Maguire’s latest book based on The Nutcracker. Hiddensee: The Tale of the Once & Future Nutcracker. I am so excited to read his newest novel- if you didn’t know, he wrote the Wicked series which the hit musical is based on and ugh – it’s such a good (dark) series! This book is definitely my most highly anticipated of the latter half of the year.

Known Release Date: 31st October 2017

An unexpected surprise this month was a release from M.R Carey – the author of Girl with all the Gifts. His release of Boy on the Bridge, is a novel set in the same world as GwatG and it’s expected to be just as tense and lyrical.

Release Date: 4th May 2017

Wires and Nerve (Vol 2||Gone Rogue) by Marissa Meyer has been given a release date and a cover reveal. Set to release a year on from its debut graphic novel into the world of Scarlet, Cinder, Wolf and the rest of the gang its cover is definitely continuing on its predecessor’s theme.

Release Date: January 2018

After being obsessed with the Illuminae series (Kristoff, and Kaufman) I was really excited to see Kaufman and Spooner team up again after their Starbound trilogy. Unearthed is the first one in the series and I am super excited for it!

Release Date: 9th Jan 2018

Showstopper has also been a novel that slipped under my radar, but I’ve just been in the mood for more circus themed books, and SS is just that! I really love the cover, which was released last month.

Release Date: 13th June 2017 

A gorgeous cover reveal for a sequel graced the internet recently, and that is Jessica Cluess’s second book to a Shadow Bright and Burning, and that is A Poison Dark and Drowning. 

Release Date: 17 September 2017

My last book for this section (believe me this could be so much longer)is a known release date and title for the Illuminae files 3. Obsidio will grace our bookshelves 13th March 2018.

TV 

In TV we have some exciting casting news and a new adaption taking place.

For starters, for anyone that has followed me since the start of Wedges of Lemon, they will know I am a massive fan of Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist and The Muse)  and the former is being made into a three part drama for BBC One!

Casting has already been announced, Nella is to be played Anya-Taylor Joy and she looks spectacularly innocent and dainty. Ugh my Nella. Marin is to be played by Romola Garai- and she looks perfect as well. Jessie Burton has commented that the cast are exact replicas of how she imagined them, and that is good enough for me!

Release Date: Sometime in Autumn 2017

Film

(This may be slightly older news but hey, this was news to my own ears and it might be for you too!) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – which was one of my favourite books from last year has had its film rights sold and a director put in place to tell the World War II story of our two sisters. Michelle MacLaren will direct the film but as of yet there is little information on the release date or any casting details.

Ready Player One was originally slated for release this year, but has now been pushed back until 2018. Simon Pegg and Ben Mendelsohn to star.

Release Date: 30th March 2018

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness has also been picked up for a film set to be released in 2018. For now we don’t know much more than Daisy Ridley who is set to star in it.

One of my favourite books of this year Caraval by Stephanie Garber is now in production! Twentieth Century Fox picked up the rights, with the producer of Divergent now on board!

And there you have it! There is my selection for this month’s edition of BookFlash! Let me know down below if you’re excited for any of these! I hope you enjoyed it and let me know if it’s something you would like me to continue!

Happy Reading/Watching/Listening!

Love, Em x

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two, Vol.1|| Graphic Novel Review

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two, Vol. 1Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two, Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmm..

I started this one with high hopes, we seemed to continue off well from the last page in Year 1 Vol 2 but after a while everything went kinda lack.

I always enjoy Black Canary, and after what happened to Oliver McQueen I was most upset after the last volume. However she, or most of the other characters were not in this and we focused largely upon OA and the Green Lanterns.

The plot seemed a little weak, and didn’t hold me as the other had done. Wonder Woman wasn’t there as she was still trying to heal with the gods- necessary but still sad. But even the artwork seemed to have a pinkish or greenish tinge and I didn’t like it- I mean normally their artwork is always quality.

I will obviously continue with the series as the first two were super strong but this one has kinda faded into the background already – which is sad.

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American Gods| Ep 2: ‘The Secret of Spoons’|Comparison

And away we go – to Chicago….

This episode reminded us Fuller is not stopping anytime soon on his beautiful and stylistic train. We open to finally meet (one of my favourites of the novel) Mr Nancy. Who reminded me very much of a more aggressive Dr Facilier, from The Princess and The Frog.

Only his suit was much much better.

I really enjoyed the new excerpt they have in the beginning, it gave more to him as the Anansi and his monologue was exceptional.  A great introduction to a golden character. We also touched base with Bilquis again, which was a nice follow through as in the book we just sort of…well leave her for  a good few chapters.

We saw a sneak peak of ‘nightmare’ Laura, and Emily Blunt looks captivating as the cheating-angel-looking wife. But her scene was more a teaser, and we saw her on screen for maybe thirty seconds max. It really does make me look forward to seeing more of her, but I guess we are like Shadow, trying to leave her behind to move our focus to the Gods.

We also get to put faces to the Russian sisters and Czernobog, who was definitely a scruffier looking man than I had thought. Zorja was funny, and I found her witty/sarcastic with Mr Wednesday.

In this episode we follow Shadow adapting to his new found job, and it ends with the all important games of chequers. It’s a slow burner of an episode, but you need time with these characters- to build them, to know them, to fear them.

This post cannot finish without a mention of another introduction of a character. Media. Played so very well by Gillian Anderson. My god, she is such a good actress. The way she poised herself through that whole TV scene with Shadow was amazing – not to mention her outfit.

As I said before in my first post, Fuller’s design in film is beautiful. I could watch what he makes all day. The slow motion scene with Shadow near the beginning, a replay of events from the episode before – was such a shot. The slow-motion sheeted rain with the droplets of blood mixing in from either side was – ughghjfg. The script continues to be funny and emotive, the perfect balance. And of course, the whole thing is trippy as shit.

I look forward for this to carry on, I want to see more of Media, and of course my Mr Nancy.

 

Wonder|| Book Review

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We all deserve a standing ovation.

Wonder has been on my shelf for a long time- I happened to read a page of it while waiting for an email and two hours later I was still going. It’s a joy of a book to read, super quick and easy but full of sweet messages, sadness and moving characters.

The book is split into different POVs, ranging from our main boy August, his sister, his best friends and Via’s boyfriend. This worked incredibly well as we not only saw how August saw himself, but how the world around him saw and felt for August.

We start the book with August, and we end the book with August, who has a different look to him than the other boys and girls around him. Handling physical conditions such as this is extremely hard to do but Palazio handles it with great tenderness and delicacy and definitely shines truth on the reality of those involved. His journey involves him going to middle school for the first time, and learning to get on with children his own age.

Our little party of characters are truly real and representative of children who struggle not only to follow what they believe in but not to be led astray by others.

A lot of moments in this book touched me, I felt close to tears on a number of occasions, and had to hold my dog close – A LOT while reading.

It’s a super quick read, – a great choice to get you out of a reading slump if you’re in one. And it’s a meaningful story I feel should be spread around – it’ll touch your heart, warm your soul and make you realise how such small actions make the biggest difference.

I highly advise tissues. Man Size.

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Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them || Audio Book Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Audio Book Length: 2.5 hours.

Being the first audio book I had listened to in a long time (like 15 years ago when I listened to Dolphin Diaries and Harry Potter) this was a refreshing change from the physical book norm.

Eddie Redmayne reprised his role as Newt, which was a really nice touch – and pleasing to the ears. I had read the original text book when it was released but as Eddie was narrating it I had to listen to it through audible.
We are taken through a foreword of Fantastic Beasts, and then the A-Z of the beasts, which give you their classification, appearance and facts.

My verdict: I really enjoyed it, I definitely thought I retained more from the audio than I did reading it all those years ago. The added sound effects really helped the immersive experience, helping the imagination to picture the beasts. I loved the references to the main series, my favourite being: Unicorn foals are gold until they reach the age of puberty and Golden Snidgets- gold rounded birds with beady red eyes and small wings were protected which led to them being replaced in Quidditch with the golden snitch.

As it was a non-fiction I did find it formulaic and in turn it was boring at some points – some information was lost. I feel this could be improved by having Newt speak off script about his thoughts on some of the beasts.
I would still recommend it, even if you’ve read the original text format- the added sounds and perfect narration from Eddie make it well worth your time.

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Waking Gods| Video Review

Hey guys!

I did film a review as well of my excitement for Waking Gods- go check it out!

 

And let me know what you think of the book if you’ve read it, I am desperate for conversation!

Any questions for Sylvain just let me know and I shall create a list shortly!

Happy Reading,

Love, Em x

My April Wrap Up| May TBR

 

Hey guys,

I read a total of 8 books in April, I hope to beat this this month! Let me know down below what you guys are reading and what’s your favourite release of this month.

EDIT: Also I shall be reading A Court of Wings and Ruin, when I was filming it hadn’t yet arrived so as it was out of sight it was out of mind.

 

 

Happy Reading guys,

Love, Em x