Language of Thorns Book Review

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable read with beautiful writing, imagination and lessons.

So the background: Language of Thorns is a collection of short stories all based in the Grisha verse and ones which I can SOOOO imagine Nina or Wylan reading to their children while Jesper and Matthias look on into the fire.
All of them were really interesting and you can see the Easter eggs from our own fairy tales and Grimm tales but all had a that Grisha darkness.

Rated from least favourite to most favourite:

Little Knife
The Soldier Prince
The Witch of Duva
Ayama and the Thorn Wood
When Water Sang Fire
The Too Clever Fox

When Water Sang Fire & The Too Clever Fox I think tie first place because they both were just sooo good! When Water Sang Fire was amazing and beautiful and I knew when I was reading it it reminded me of Ursula and only when I read Bardugo’s acknowledgements did I know I was right. It was fascinating and the end of this book left me wanting more from the world.

A definite pick up for anyone hungry to know more about the Grisha world or for those just boarding on the boat – these are welcome and dark tales for all.

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The Toymakers: Book Review

The ToymakersThe Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Firstly I want to thank Net Gallery for an arc of this book. Release Date: 8th February 2018

Turning the last page of this book was like closing down the lid of my toy box for the last time. I believe we all as children had that one toy that brought our imagination to life, that lifted our spirits with magic and took us away from the cold harsh reality we live in.

The Toymakers marks my first book read of 2018, and it was a poignant one. We open with Cathy, a 16 year old girl who finds herself in an unfortunate situation of being pregnant out of wedlock and being set in the 1800s this is obviously unheard of. Her family mean to keep her locked in the house, and the baby when born given away, however Cathy finds her escape through the means of an advert for shop hands at the Emporium.

This book spans a lifetime filled with magic, tragedy and bittersweet notes of an ending. Travelling through two wars, the Emporium stood the test of time, and really speaks true of what we’ve lost over the years to change and development. I feel a pang of nostalgia for playing with my toys, setting up adventures around my room which turned into a whole world to trek over to reach safety, meeting foes and friends alike on the way.
The writing is incredibly descriptive reminiscent of Harry Potter, The Night Circus and Enid Blyton. I really enjoyed the pacing and the time skips, however my favourite scenes have to be when the toys come to life down the aisles for all those girls and boys- they were scenes of magic that were written so beautifully I cannot fault them.

I was surprised by this book. Pleasantly so. It reminds me of being a child, it reminds me of the harsh reality of growing up to face the real world. But it also brings a message that we shouldn’t forget those toys from our younger years, they are what made us, and they will always be there – in our most vulnerable moments, to make us feel at home.

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Fellside| Book Review

FellsideFellside by M.R. Carey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book, this book is dark. Really dark. It also contains a few triggers, so do be warned.

Now onto said plot of thrillingly dark novel. We have our main gal, Jess Moulson who wakes up to severe burns, being told she is charged with murder. Once she’s been through trial, she is sent to Fellside where things aren’t all they appear. The place is run from the inside out, politics stronger than you would think this book is full of violence, trauma and another dimension. Literally. I wasn’t expecting that part of it but Carey wrote it in in such a way it really fit.

The characters had great dark pasts, the actual place of Fellside stood tall and cold on the moors. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s definitely one for this time of year. Carey is an auto-buy author for me, and I am glad this book lived up to my expectations.

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Illumicrate November Unboxing!

So guys I know I say this every month, but I really mean it this time (until the Feb box comes along and then I might not be so sure) but here is my favourite Illumicrate box so far! I loved this box, it was like settling down for a cosy winter night in and it really brightened my day to unbox it!

Hope you enjoy it, and let me know what book boxes you love to receive!

Happy Reading,

Love, Em x

One Dark Throne Book Review

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I frickin’ loved this sequel to one of the best books I read last year. We follow on straight from the ending of the first book, with my love Arsinoe ❤ and Jules ugggh. I just love them.

As it’s the second book in the series I am not going to go into the plot, however I WILL say:

this book was waaay more action packed than the first, I mean, I loved the first anyway, I wasn’t one of those who had a problem with the set up, I thought it was well done. But it was refreshing to be rollercoastering with our characters. Blake has a great way of writing characters you can view by all sides. ❤
The only thing I would say would be she did what I like to call now a ‘Bardugo’. I wasn’t happy about how something happened at the end. But… hmm..

If you’re on the shelf about continuing on with the series, DO IT. It is witty, full of cunning and just beautiful. The character arcs and the plot are just A+!

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The Forgetting|| Book Review

The Forgetting (The Forgetting, #1)The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I need to write this down, otherwise I am risk of forgetting it…

I didn’t mind this book, I thought it was okay – I definitely don’t think it lived up to what I thought it would be. Her writing reminded me very much of Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games. Nadia reminded me of Katniss, her love interests Peeta & Gale… and also the main antagonist a little of Coin. A little.

Some parts were really well written, the beginning was enthralling, almost an Assassin’s Creed feel with the jumping over rooftops. The visual was nice, and so was the world building – I just felt the characters seemed to jump straight from HG. Also Prim was here within her sister. I am sorry, this is true. I couldn’t unsee it once it came into my mind.

Overall, not a bad book per say, it was just a meh book. One I had hoped would give me more 😦

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The Uninvited Guests|| Book Review

The Uninvited GuestsThe Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars.
I thought it would be creepier than what it was… turns out it was more about family drama and relationships and the anxiety about people in your home.

I chose this book to read as part of my spooky, thriller and weird reads. I was slightly disappointed it didn’t deliver in the thriller ish or ghosty aspect.
Without giving away spoilers, the people that came from the accident weren’t really the main focus, more the side line that seemed to dishevel everything else. Like taking that spool of tightly wound wool and letting go – I guess that was what happened to the family that was left. I didn’t like the main lady of the house, I found her hard to connect with as a character.
The outer characters were okay, but again, I wasn’t connecting with them. I liked the little girl’s struggle with the small horses – I felt the satirical comments on society of that time and class were well done and reminded me very much of my favourite period dramas.
All in all it was an okay read, I am pleased I’ve read it but it’s not a thriller or a grabbing drama you’ll want to read again, it’s a comment on society using this family as that poor ball of wool.

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Every Heart A Door Way|| Book Review

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t prepared to be set on edge. This book, her writing, was captivating as it was like screwing a nail into your gut, a rusty one, making you feel weird- wanting it to stop but you can’t stop it? It wasn’t like painful or anything and it wasn’t a hardship it just…let me with a weird tang.

I enjoyed it, it was beautifully done, there are so many beautiful lines in this book. SO many for my bullet journal that I have stocked up. I think it’s one of a kind, a beautiful, tragic piece of fiction.

I did feel it was incredibly fast paced that it was hard for me to connect with the characters as we didn’t have long with them. However, diversity in this book was A++. So damn effortless in representation.

Do read it for the experience, it’s an interesting one.

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Nyxia| Book Review

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I can’t begin to tell you what I felt was wrong with this book. JHJFHG It was not what I wanted it to be.

The main character was my problem. It’s told in first person so why would you make him SO UNLIKABLE?

Let me give you some context. A dozen or so teenagers are offered the chance to go to a planet to find some Nyxia (basically transformiam from Transformers Age of Extinction. However even though you all go on the journey you are put through a test to make sure only the strongest go through. The losers go home with 150,000. Oh… boohoo. It’s such an awful fate?!
The main character acts like it won’t help his home life anyway – I mean what?! If it won’t then why isn’t it explained that 150,000 isn’t a lot in this day and age?! GAH. Anyway, trials begin in space for this obviously corrupt organisation. There is only one white person on the ship, and just because of that reason our main black protagonist decides to have a go at him for it ‘YOU CAN’T NEED THE MONEY YOU’RE PRIVILEGED’ because he’s white? And no one disagrees with him or speaks up? This is not the way to fair representation to turn racism back on the other. We’re supposed to move past that.

I didn’t like this book full stop. The urgency was faked, what’s wrong with 150,000 condolence prize?! Frickin’ good if you ask me! Also I had no care for the characters whatsever.

Anyway – I wouldn’t waste your money on this book. Get it from the library if you have to.

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