A Shadow Bright & Burning| Book Review

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ah. Now when I read the first chapter in B&N I was hooked and couldn’t stop thinking about it until it arrived.
When it did & I read more than that… eh. I was underwhelmed. The premise had seemed so good, mysterious and led by a full functioning heroine. I was really down for it.

And then she turned out to be a Mary Sue… and everyone seemed to be in love with her… or like her.. or make her heat and blush,… ghajh.

It’s set in the Victorian era, where magicians are bad and it’s only good to be a sorcerer. Also something is attacking the kingdom. Something which to me felt really unexplained. It felt like a puzzle roughly cut together but the pieces don’t quite fit and there are gaps. Gaps where things needed explaining. I will however be carrying on with the next book at some point to see if this gets fleshed out.

It’s a solid three, and if you’re fresh to YA I would say you’d love it. However having had a lot of experience with YA… it’s definitely in the weaker half of it.

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The Girls| Book Review

The GirlsThe Girls by Emma Cline

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A solid 3.5/4

I feel very uncomfortable after finishing this book, like my heart is aching and still looking for some sweet release. Only I am left by none and plagued by nightmares as I am sure our main character Evie Boyd is.

Set in the late 1960s we follow Evie Boyd as at sweet fourteen, she leaves her suburbian and quiet life and is enthralled in the lives of the girls at the ranch who is overlooked by a man called Russel.

I didn’t know what I was gonna be in for… I assumed it was to do with the hippie cult- an airiness to it.
I felt like I was suffocating, but I had to keep reading. Books like this make me swallow them up whole in one sitting, because it’s not a tension I want to break or re-return to. It’s a deep water type book you need to come up for air and think about the dark waters beneath for a long time.

It was incredibly visceral, I felt the sun on my skin, I was eating the food scrounged from the outside with them, I had lost my mind to the drugs inhaled. It was highly sexual, not just in act but in the underlying tone of the book, it was freeing almost how fluid it was throughout the whole book.
I don’t want to say to much more than that. It should surprise you, as it surprised me. An important book to be read for sure, perhaps even a classic in the future. What I am unsure of is if I can read it again.

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Vengeance Road|| Book Review

Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1)Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set on dusty roads, with our main gal Kate we’re transported to the Western era full of horses, saloons, Indians, sheriffs, cowboys, dust storms, gambling, girls in pretty dresses and guns – oh and treasure! This was an adventure from start to finish and one which had world building down to a T!

At first I felt everything happened waaaay too quickly. I didn’t feel as much as I would have done had we had a little more time to get to grips with the way Kate worked and how she was. But once we were five chapters in I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Rose Riders were a great work into the story and as a lover of old westerns (watching them with my grandad was a plus) I had so many memories brought back to me.

It was also nice to step out of my normal dark fantasy genre and go into a world I’ve never read about before – it was glorious like the hot sun and I am really really looking forward to Retribution Rails. It’s a stand-a-lone in it’s own right, and done well too. Bowman should be commended for her world building – it really is up there with some of the best.

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They Both Die at the End|| Book Review

They Both Die at the EndThey Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a mess. I have no words. I am truly sobbing and I can’t quite right down how I feel. I need to sleep on it but as my first experience with Adam Silvera’s work.. I am speechless and my heart is full of pain and I can’t quite grasp how much I am affected.

– 2 weeks later-
I can finally organise my thoughts on this book. For once I didn’t expect the ending to actually follow through, which was unique in the fact there were no twists, there was no saving anybody. It was truth, hurtling towards you like it came to our main two boys. There was nothing we could do to stop it, nothing we could do but watch, and wait until it was our boys turn.

It was done so well, so quietly. I sobbed so hard. I found Silvera’s work honest and real – it was such a beautiful book, not just about losing others- but about losing yourself. Missing out on all those adventures you could have, all those books you could read – it made me feel grief on things in life I wouldn’t get to finish or absorb. How quickly it could happen.

This book was made me want to collect Adam’s works and read them. I think he will be an auto-CRY author, but I am so glad I picked this one up. It’s still on my mind two weeks after and I can only just think of it now without crying.

Oh and it was read in one sitting. It’s that good you won’t want to cut the tension and stop. My advice is to go in as blind as possible and give yourself enough time to read it in one go.

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Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets -RR| Book Review

Reread. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ooooo Harry Potter ❤ I am thoroughly enjoying my re-read of this series, it’s warming, it’s nostalgic- just like a good cuppa tea and your favourite blanket. It’s timeless.

Chamber of Secrets follows Harry back in his second year where we see a Deathday party, Ginny Weasley, spiders, chambers and a bathroom with a haunted ghost.

There is plenty to get your teeth into and I the illustrations Jim Kay had done alongside it were again stunning, absolutely stunning.

I’m not gonna properly review this because…well it’s Harry Potter- I shouldn’t need to :L

My favourite, always. x

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The Heart’s Desire| Walking Dead Comics Vol 4| Graphic Novel Review

The Walking Dead, Vol. 04: The Heart's DesireThe Walking Dead, Vol. 04: The Heart’s Desire by Robert Kirkman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So here we are at The Prison. I was super pumped to get back with what will probably turn out to be my favourite graphic novel series.
Michonne arrives in this volume as we say goodbye to some of the people we got to know in the last. A few people get it on, and others don’t. A lot of drama happened and we discuss the Ricktatorship as it’s put into question. I really enjoyed this volume, some of the panels were cleverly done – especially one where our characters took out zombies in the courtyard. This series is definitely getting better and I cannot deny I was slightly annoyed by the amount of sex and who it was with but the character development along the way was well done. This series is getting better and better and now I am only 14 volumes away from Negan 😉

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September TBR!

Here are all the books I plan to read and finish in the month of September! Autumn is here guys! Autumn is here 😀 Enjoy!

Happy Reading and let me know what you plan to read this month!
Love, Em x

The Raven Boys|| Book Review

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my boys. My sweet sweet boys.

In a quick overview we have Blue a daughter of a psyshic who has no actual abilities herself only to amplify others of those around her. She has always been forewarned by her whole family that when she kisses her true love he will die. She gets mixed up with the Raven boys – Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah all who are running after a Welsh king and trying to solve the mystery with the leylines.

There is a lot more to it than that – particularly Adam’s story which made me feel the most – dear god. All the characters were superbly well written, all with flaws and human reasonings but Adam, oh god my soft pebble with his hard, pragmatic centre – I love him. He made me so sad and happy at the same time fjghfdjkgh.

The plot was also hugely addicting, and I really enjoyed it when Blue was finally part of solving the Leylines with them. I like the fact Maggie didn’t rush with the plot – it didn’t feel crammed to me, which was refreshing as with some YA books you feel infodumped right from the off.

The only thing that doesn’t make it a 5 star for me is that some things were brought into the story and then dropped for ages – also the last chapter felt like a wrap up- too quick and like a checklist to make sure everything had been mentioned at the end Not about that.

I am looking forward to continuing on with Dream Thieves – I need more of my boys.

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