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Review: Godsgrave

September 22, 2017 in Book Reviews, Fantasy

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: GodsgraveGodsgrave by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #2
Published by Harper Voyager on 7th September 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
five-stars

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

So, if you haven’t read Nevernight then either go pick up a copy or check out my post with 6 reasons to read it. Godsgrave is the second book in The Nevernight Chronicle and while I won’t be discussing Godsgrave spoilers there will inevitably be Nevernight spoilers.

Ok, so Mia is now a blade – after Lord Cassius anointed her one prior to his death. As well as her original passenger Mister Kindly, Mia now also has the company of the late Lord Cassius’ shadow wolf, Eclipse. I have to say I wasn’t entirely sure about the banter between these two shadow characters to begin with, but actually, I grew to really like it!

Mia has not given up on her intention to kill Duomo and Scaeva in order to seek justice for her family. However her blade status does complicate things somewhat and so Mia, in true Mia-style, comes up with an outlandish, if cunning, plan to finally end her foes.

There is so much to love in this book – not least Mia, who really is an incredible character. She took me on a bit of a rollercoaster in this book, but that’s what all good characters do, right?

There are some interesting new characters in this second book and I really like the way that Kristoff incorporated them, as well as the reemergence of some more familiar characters.

As you’d expect having read Nevernight, this book is filled with blood, fighting, death, profanities, poison; I mean it’s probably not for everyone. But if you’re a Nevernight fan, then you know what to expect!

Kristoff is such an incredible writer. I love the way he involves the reader in this story, with added sarcasm to boot! I was worried Godsgrave  wouldn’t live up to my high expectations but it really did. I had no idea where the story was going to go and I love the direction it took!

I’m not quite sure how we are meant to wait another year for the final book in this trilogy. I’ve provisionally marked it in my 2018 diary already!

five-stars

Top Ten Tuesday #52: Fall TBR List

September 19, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

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This week the topic is…

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

I have been as behind with reading as I have with blogging lately so I have a bunch of books that I haven’t read yet despite being super excited about them! Let’s try and narrow it down to ten for the autumn.

 

1

Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab 

(June 2017)

I want to savour this book. Every single word.

2

Wonder Woman Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

(August 2017)

I actually have two editions of this book, the exclusive Illumicrate version and the signed Waterstones limited edition (which you can still get here). I adore Leigh Bardugo’s writing and she just seems to be the nicest person. I can’t wait to dive into this!

3

The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

(June 2017)

I’m really excited to read this, I love a good historical novel and have heard this is excellent.

4

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

(September 2017)

This is Chaol’s book. I loved Chaol in the first two books and I feel he’s had a bit of a rough time in the more recent books so I can’t wait to read this book all about him! I’m very intrigued to see how Maas deals with Chaol’s health issues and wheelchair use. I really, really hope it doesn’t leave me with a rage!

5

The Last Namsara

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

(October 2017)

Dragons! That’s all.

6

Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

(September 2017)

I adore the Grisha Trilogy. Upon finishing it I read all of her novellas online so I’m excited to see that work and all her new stuff in this stunning book!

7

Another Day In The Death of America

Another Day In The Death of America by Gary Younge

(September 2016)

This one has been on my TBR for a year, but I really, really want to get to it soon.

8

You Don't Know Me

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood

(May 2017)

I have this on audiobook and I’m told it’s the best way to enjoy this novel, so I think it’ll be my next listen.

9

Flame In The Mist

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

(May 2017)

I’ve been meaning to read this for months. I just finished my stunning Mist candle In The Wick of Time and Fairyloot so it’s time to read the actual novel. (I need another of these candles, but the shipping is just so £).

10

Good Me Bad Me

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

(January 2017)

I’ve seen this book mentioned everywhere so I need to know what all of the chat is about!

What books are on your TBR for this autumn?

Review: Godblind

September 15, 2017 in Book Reviews, Fantasy

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: GodblindGodblind by Anna Stephens
Series: The Godblind Trilogy #1
Published by Harper Voyager on 15th June 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-stars

The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.

Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.

Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?

I’d heard a lot of great things about this book prior to picking it up. Fantasy told from the perspectives of multiple characters, Gods trying to regain entry to the world, people and cultures with their own beliefs, men vying to be King, it all sounded pretty good. And it was. I really enjoyed the first half of the book, maybe even up to 70% but then I kind of got bored, which surprised me as the last part of the book has fighting, battles, action. Yet I got bored of reading passages of fighting, injury, blood, death. Why? Well, I’ve been trying to figure that out. I think there was just too much description, too many fight scenes and I just lost interest. Also, I’m not sure that I really cared about any of the characters, except Crys.

Believe me, I’m really disappointed, I wanted to love this. Indeed to begin with I was absorbed by the story and the world. I kept hoping I’d get back to that but it just didn’t happen for me.

If you’ve read this I’d love to know your thoughts. I think I’m definitely in the minority with this. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood?

All that said, this is a creative book – I enjoyed the world building and concepts, but sadly it didn’t hold my attention.

three-stars

Illumicrate #8: Unboxing

August 29, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Illumicrate, Unboxings

I keep hoping to get back to regular posting; I’m working on it and I really appreciate you sticking with me in the meantime. Thank you! I received my August Illumicrate box last week so thought I’d share it with you. If you aren’t familiar with Illumicrate, it’s a quarterly book box subscription service. Four times a year their signature white and yellow box arrives on your doorstep to brighten up your day.

In fact, Daphne is also curating a one-off Grisha edition box which is on sale now. If you’d like to see what arrived in previous boxes just click here.

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As always, I’m going to pop the unboxing in a spoiler section below. So if you don’t want to know what arrived in the box don’t click below!

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Once again Daphne has done an incredible job with this box. If you’d like to sign up to Illumicrate for the November box then check out their website. Also, remember the Grisha edition is a one-off so even if you are a subscriber you need to order this separately!

Did you get the August Illumicrate?

What are your thoughts on the box?

Review: Final Girls

August 4, 2017 in Book Reviews, Thriller

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Final GirlsFinal Girls by Riley Sager
Published by Ebury on 11th July 2017
Genres: thriller
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Quincy Carpenter is a Final Girl, the sole survivor of a massacre that killed her five friends. It’s ten years since that horrific night in the woods and Quincy seems to be getting on just fine. She has a successful baking blog, her own apartment, and a lawyer boyfriend. She also has the unwavering support of Coop, the police officer who found her that night.

She is one of only three Final Girls. Lisa and Sam both found themselves the only survivor of horrific massacres years before. Lisa, Sam and Quincy are collectively known as the Final Girls, a term coined by the media.

So when Lisa is found dead, wrists slit in her bathtub and Sam turns up unannounced on Quincy’s doorstep, it becomes apparent that despite having no real memory of that night ten years ago, Quincy isn’t quite as ok as she thought.

Upon reading the synopsis of this book I knew it was one I had to read. Told from Quincy’s perspective, it’s hard to put this book down. Yes, there was the occasional lull in the story but if anything that just served to build the tension more. This, coupled with interspersed chapters from ten years ago, as well as the sudden shift in Quincy’s world following Lisa’s death make this the thrilling read it is. Quincy’s attempts at normal life, baking for her blog and working from home, are a stark contrast to what happens when Lisa dies and Sam appears in Quincy’s life.

This is a well written, gripping thriller that is sure to keep you reading and speculating until the last chapter.

 

four-stars