Book Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Summary From Goodreads:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo 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 them. 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 loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.

My Review:

Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for Sending Me A Copy of This Book In Exchange For A Review. All Opinions Are My Own 🙂

<<<4.6/5 STARS!!>>>

Okay. So. WE DESPERATELY NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS BLOODBATH OF A BOOK!!

I am still reeling from the events, shocks and twists this book unveiled! Plot-wise, Kristoff took this book in a new direction and used everything we thought we knew about this world and twisted it on it’s freaking head! I am seriously? GLADIATORS? That’s right! Gladiators!. Lets just say Mia uncovers some truth about the Red Church and truly doesn’t like what she finds sooo to continue her quest for revenge she needs to become part of the Gladiators while still protecting her heart. DUN. DUN. DUN. *Que shocks of lightening*

I was pleasantly surprised by how brutal this book was in comparison to Nevernight. Don’t get me wrong, Nevernight was plenty bloody but this? No one is safe. No one is guaranteed to survive. So along with Mia we meet plenty new characters and with her, we also feel an attachment to them. BIG MISTAKE MY FRIEND. BIG. FREAKING. MISTAKE. Just prepare yourselves.

In addition, I thought the pacing was INCREDIBLE and the format in which the book is told is similar to Nevrnight but quite different past and present wise. I absolutely loved that aspect. There’s just an aura and vibe this book gives off and it just can’t be explained. High fantasy mixed with badass, darkness, gore, bloodlust and AWESOMENESS!!!!. Very atmospheric.

As mentioned, we meet plenty new characters and each one were treated as much more than a mere side character. They did fall into the grander scheme of events. We meet a character in particular, Furian, who maaaaaay be a tad bit more interesting than the others because of spoiler reasons that won’t be mentioned. Other notable characters were Maggot, Leona, Bladesinger, Sidonius and Butcher. I hope Kristoff takes these characters into the final book, Darkdawn and makes them into Mia’s final squad!. It was so interesting to learn about how all these characters started from slaves and earned their way into Gladiator awesomeness!!

So lets talk about the love interest. For the sake of spoilers I won’t mention names but as much as I hate to admit it, I actually adore the romance between Mia and you-know-who. Especially towards the end, I started doubting this characters love for Mia but this person proved themselves in the end. Although, the literal last word in the book sends the entire romance to absolute devastating, deep, crap! I fear for these two. Darkdawn better come quick this year!

All in all this book certainly DID NOT suffer from second-book-syndrome. Kristoff managed to keep it fresh and original and stayed true to these characters from the very start!. Mia has grown to be one of my absolute favourite characters ever and I simply adore this seventeen-year-old assassin with her dark, dark humour!

***** SPOILERS FROM HERE********

Uhrm so I WAS WAITING FOR HER BROTHER TO BE ALIVE!!! I KNEW IT! And boy am I pleased. Also TRIC IS THE DARKNESS! WHAT. WHHHAAAAAATTT?!?!?!. And poor Maggot. Poor sweet, deadly Maggot. My heart broke for Mia when Maggot died! ALSO SCAEVA IS MIA’S FATHER HOLY CRAP DID NOT SEE THAT HAPPENING. AND ASHLINN!!!! MIA AND ASHLINNN! TOGETHER??!?!? Just Wow. Absolute wow. This book has murdered me to no end. I will only be okay when I have book 3 in MY. HANDS!!

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Book Review: Love, Hate An Other Filter by Samira Ahmed

Summary From Goodreads:

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

My Review:

Thank you to the wonderful peeps at Jonathan Ball Publishers for sending me this book in exchange for an honet review. All opinions are my own 😁.

A Solid 4/5 stars to this severely important and absolutely timely novel.

Let me start by saying that this book is perfect for readers who enjoy a nice blend of fluffy romance mixed with a little bout of seriousness. I truly believe that Samira Ahmed dealt with the topic as subtly as she could writing this novel. Being a Muslim Indian myself, I appreciated the fact that this novel was direct yet non-preachy. Ahmed shifts the focus from romance to Islamophobia very thoughtfully.

Maya Aziz, the main character embodies the modern American Muslim. She defies her parents dream for her insisting on following her own. Photography and film is her passion and I enjoyed that aspect so much as it really shows how much she truly believes in it. She is also a love-sick teenager who does find herself in a love-triangle of sorts (not the annoying kind though). About half way through the novel she and her family experiences severe Islamophobia which was at times quite hard to read about but is also very necessary. Samira Ahmed gives hope to many readers across the globe by using Maya as a voice of reason.

The romance for the most part was quite cute. Before the halfway point we get a sense of who her heart is set on. Maya at times was quite bratty. She was rude to her parents and defiant which, I guess play into the “teenager” stereotype but it did come across as selfish at times.

For a short novel, it really encompassed a lot now that I think about it. The culture was so rich without being IN YOUR FACE-CONFUSION, the representation was okay but it could have packed more of a punch if it wanted to. This being a YA novel however, was quite powerful as readers will not be left with a heavy weight on their chests.

The book wraps up quite true to it’s nature. The romance did leave me a little sad at the end though. All in all I will definitely be keeping my eye out for any other books by Samira Ahmed. Her writing is quite necessary and needed in this time and age. I flew through this one. It often felt like an Indian rom-com with a hint of seriousness!

Book Review: Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Summary From Goodreads:

When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

My Review:

Thank you to the amazing peeps at Jonathan Ball Publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own 😁.

4.4//5 stars!

Okay. I am going to be honest here. I have had Traitor to The Throne, book two of this trilogy sitting on my shelf for over a year but when a copy of Hero at the Fall was sent to me by the publisher, I knew I had to re-enter this world. And boy was that the best choice I ever made. Book two took this series to another level with so many twists and turns, but THIS. THIS BOOK is a perfectly-wrapped finale, that leaves no loose ends.

Where do I even begin. Let’s start with the mythology. WOW. This book had the most mythology compared to all the other books as it was definitely necessary for the plot to progress. The ancient history is so rich and beautiful and the writing style is absolutely superb for the tone and atmosphere of this book. We meet old and new mythological beings in this book. We get more backstory told through forms of ancient tale as well. Needless to say, this has ultimately become one of my favourite series that I will definitely find myself rereading in the near future.

Lets talk about characters. I absolutely fell in love with Amani from book two. WHAT A FREAKING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT YALL! What real brought Amani to life for me was how realistic her thoughts, decisions and actions were. I absolutely love when protagonists are able to step off the page and seem real in my mind. The same goes for the other characters: Ahmed, Jin, Shazad, Sam, Hala, the twins, just every character had so much thought behind them. I did feel like Jin was hardly present in book two and three but on the other hand, I’m so glad the romance didn’t disrupt the bigger task at hand: war is coming. So I both missed and appreciated that aspect.

Like book two, this book also had so many shocks, twists and turns that LITERALLY made me gasp out loud. I love how Alwyn Hamilton uses even her minor characters in the grander scheme of the picture. Everyone has a role and whats so shocking is when they play their part, we as readers never see that coming. This aspect definitely led to the overall reading experience.

In terms of this book being a finale on the brink of war, this was PERFECTLY amazing. The war was done immaculately, the risks were high, people die and we the readers are left with both a satisfaction and a sense of intense sadness. This is how you wrap-up an epic fantasy!

All in all, this series just gets better and better with each book. These characters and their journey is truly unforgettable and I do miss them dearly! So sad to see them go but content with everything! Please do yourselves a favour and pick up this series because you will certainly not be disappointed!!!

Book Review : Children of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Summary From Goodreads:

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

My Review:

<<4.8/5>>

*Takes a deep breath*

Okay. So. This was my initial reaction after finishing the book:

EVERYTHING IN THE LAST 150PGS WENT TO SHIT!!!! HOW DID WE GO FROM TRANQUILITY TO SUCH BRUTALITY?!?! I CRIED SO FREAKING HARD TOO AND THAT CLIFFHANGER DUDE!!!!.

Yupp. That Happened Peeps. I. WAS. DEVASTED.

So lets begin with the plot. ORIGINAL. ORIGINAL. ORIGINAL. Wow. Adeyemi blew it out of the park with the plot of this book. I fetlt that the quest really captured the entire essence of the novel and the point of “restoring magic” was pretty awesome. Not gonna lie. I adore books that embark on journeys through different landscape with PANTHERS AND LIONS might I add. I loved that this story was told somewhere in Africa, a continent I belong to as it just made the reading experience much more enjoyable. Now we don’t have animals parading around us every single minute but I appreciated the geographicals landscapes and the authenticity of it all. You can tell Adeyemi knows what she’s talking about. Something drastic happens toward the end of this book plot-wise and you can’t help but feel shattered after everything that has occurred ( I will speak more about this amazingness in the spoiler section later!).

CHARACTERS. CHARACTER GROWTH. FREAKING CHARACTERS!!! More than the actual plot, what made this book for me was the AMAZING cast of characters. Wow. Just wow. These are the characters we as readers deserve to read about. They’re so angry and frustrated with their world and their leader that they just want to DO something about the injustice and boy let me tell you, their anger seeps off the page and you can LITERALLY feel their hurt and pain. Our protagonist Zelie’ is quite complex. She ‘s so sure at times and not at others. She has many layers to her which makes her so real. So relatable and raw. More so, my absolute favourite character in the whole book, Amari, stole the entire show. This is how you write a character. This is how you grow and cultivate a character. I am in awe at the incredible work Adeyemi has reinforced into these characters. Inan was such a nice balance of a character towards the others. He’s confused at times but he wants to do the right thing but also has loyalties. I can see why the book is told from all three POV’s! If not for the plot, give these characters a chance to steal your hearts!.

Furthermore, I found the magic system to be well-fleshed-out! I was genuinely intrigue by the different powers the maui could have and you can’t help but find Zelie’ more kickass once you find out her powers!! It’s a shame the non-maji’s want to keep magic buried when these powers are so diverse and could actually be useful to the land but alas, Amari and Inan’s father the King has his own agendas. Bleh. What you see in the synopsis is exactly what you get and more. Adeyemi creates such an intense atmosphere where risks are higher than they’ve ever been and these characters are left to fend for life before the King can get to them.

Now you might be wondering why knock off .2 stars? That because of two reasons I couldn’t look pass. And this is a hyped up book so I am going to be as honest as can be. Nonetheless this book is FABULOUS. (1) Instalove. Now instalove doesn’t always bother me. In some cases it even makes sense. But one of the romance’s turn sour to sweet real fast! First these characters HATED each other and the next thing you know BAM IN-FREAKING-LOVE. It just felt off and sudden. One of the romance’s did make sense and I quite enjoyed they coyness of it all. (2) The conveniency of plot. Look. I get it, the plot needs to move and things need to happen to steer it into a certain direction, but this was just something I couldn’t look over. It didn’t take away from my reading experience but I did take note of it.

To wrap up, this book is important. This book is necessary. This book is needed. I couldn’t be more happy that an awesome epic fantasy involves EVERYONE of colour and is enriched with strong culture and heritage. Being a person of colour I feel proud to know that a book like this exists and hope everyone is able to see parts of themselves within these characters because they are truly breath-taking!

********** SPOILERS AHEAD!!***********

Okay so if you’re read Allegiant by Veronica Roth you’ll know why I cried at the end. When Zelie’ finally meets her mother in an “almost-reaching-heaven” sort of world I teared the hell up because it reminded me so much of when Tris died and just DAMN it got to me hardcore! It was so heartwarming to see that glimpse of when Zelie’s meets her mother and she tells her that she still has a purpose (INSERT WAILING NOISES HERE). Hehe, but THAT ending tho with Amari now being Maji like Inan?! Whats up with that. And now that Inan is dead (?) can Zelie’ get with Roen because I ship THE HECK outta those two! Amari and Tzain just made me swoon the entire time as opposed to Zelie’ and Inan. I mean where the heck did that romance come from!! SO glad the King is dead. ALSO ZELIE” KINDA SCREWED UP BECAUSE SHE INDIRECTLY DESTROYED THE PARCHMENT LIKE HELLO?!?! I think you’re gonna be needing that Zelie’. I adored the sibling relation of all 4 characters and I loved how ANGRY this book was!!! It reeked of hurt and pain and HARDCORE REVENGE. All in all happy as heck with this book and hoping to see what’s in store for the rest of this series!! :0

Major Thanks to Pan Macmillan SA for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. You guys are truly amazing :). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book Review: Everless by Sara Holland

Summary From Goodreads:

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

My Review:

Super Duper Thank You to Pan Macmillan SA for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.

<<< 4.4/5 Stars>>>

This was one of my anticipated reads for the year and I am so glad to say it most definitely did not disappoint. What can I say? I am a sucker for the girl-in-the-castle-finds-out-secrets trope!! And this was exactly what this was but much, Much better!

The plot was truly intriguing and although I have read this story countless of times it just felt different somehow. Holland truly made this world her own and has openly stated her inspiration came from Red Queen and The Winner’s Curse (one of my absolute favourite series). However, this book is so much than that and while I do see a little similarities, this story is entirely her own! I loved Sempera and ADORED the concept of time as blood that could be forged into gold coins! I thought it was super duper original and cool especially when you get to see how that actually works!

At first I wasn’t so sure about Jules as a character, she felt a little generic but still had a little edge to her. Again, the author does a fantastic job of twisting tropes we’ve seen before! Jules was headstrong and determined to provide for her family while getting to the bottom of things. Throughout the book, I never really know where the story would be heading next which I think is a great attribute of this novel, almost as if we were in the dark till the very last second. It was atmospheric of a true fantasy novel and I enjoyed every second of that aspect.

All through the novel we’re told how bad Liam Gerling is and what a horrible thing he’s done, but really we should be talking about the cheating Roan who follows Jules like a lovesick puppy! Out of the two reasons I gave this book a 4.4 was the crazy instalove. It was weird and didn’t sit well with me (LOL). The second reason being that Jules made certain decisions very well knowing that they won’t end up for the good. It was just frustrating because she is truly MORE than that and jeopardises herself. UGH!

I will say though, the plot twists had me incredibly SHOOKETH!! (Will be discussion in spoiler detail after I wrap this section up). But holy smokes, Holland makes use of a plot point that I haven’t seen in a while and it turned out to be one of my favourites! Everybody is so, SO deceptive and you wanna believe them all but power is, at the end of the day, on the line. Risks are high and Jules may very well find out certain histories she very well may not like. *Que mysterious music here*.

To wrap up, this was a thrill of a read and I am so glad I picked this one up as it’s simply a cosy fantasy that grips your interest immediately and sucks you right in! Fear not for any tropes as Holland crafts a beautiful story and turns everything you think you know on its freaking head! CANNOT wait for book 2!!

********** SPOILERS AHEAD**********

SO. Reincarnation of the Alchemist (Jules/Antonia) and the Soceress (Cora)?. HECK TO THE YES SIGN ME UP!!! I haven’t seen reincarnation being done well before and I was SHOOK when this information was rvealed. Furthermore, INA GOLD IS HER TWIN SISTER?? Holy smokes didn’t see that coming! Clearl, the Soceress/ Cora has defeated Jules, the Alchemist every time. Hopefully this time Jules can fight back and save Sempera!! WOHOOO! But seriously, this book is kinda brilliant and I honestly CANNot wait for more of this world (hopefully a little more fleshed-out this time! 😉

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Book Review : The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Summary From Goodreads:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Review:

<<4.8/5>>>

WHEW! Where do I even begin with a book like this?! Okay, let’s begin with the plot so I am able so describe my feelings without flailing my arms like a crazy person!! BECAUSE I SWEAR I WILL VOMIT GUSH AND SOO MANY FEELINGS!!.

So I tried to go into this book knowing next to nothing and thankfully the summary doesn’t give much away. And boy was I glad that I went into this book blind!. The plot of this book was like an onion. Yup, you heard me and onion that has layers and every time you peel a layer off, you find more. The story arc is so compelling and refreshing to see. I truly think Holly Black kinda changed the “fae game” with this novel! There is TONS of political intrigue, betrayal, murder, blood, brutality. In addition this is a story of a dysfunctional family. And in this family, if you make a single move wrong, your life could be on the line. DUN. DUN. DDDUUUUUN!!!! No but seriously, the plot was INCREDIBLY well thought out and quite clever. The title of the book really shines through and Holly Black REALLY took the book to DARK places, portraying the kind of far I had always known growing up (the evil kind). Holly Black really upholds her title of being the “faerie queen”.

Next are the characters and let me just tell you that Jude, the protagonist, is a character we YA readers deserve. After such a long time, I have felt so close to a main character. Jude is SO relatable and feels like a person would. She encompasses everything a real-life person is: at times she’s selfish, at times selfless, she makes good choices, some bad, does good things, does bad things. She has various shades and is far from 2-D. I loved her from the start till the very end. She is determined and resilient and has gone through so much internal turmoil as well as being tortured by Cardan.

Oh Cardan. You cruel, cruel, beast. I am so interested in where Holly Black takes his character in book two. He really started to grow on me and I can’t wait to see his relationship blossom with Jude. In addition, I wish Vivi, Jude’s far sister, had more screen time! She totally gave no f*cks and was such a great older sister. Taryn, Jude’s twin had a drastic character change that quite annoyed me but by the end she did the right thing. Madoc is a character I still feel conflicted about. I understand his motives but I feel like Jude and other characters need to feel more anger and hate towards him as he above all has the most selfish and cruel motives EVER.

You might be wondering as to why I haven’t given this book a complete five stars. The reason for this was I felt like the world wasn’t really fleshed out enough. Sure, both the plot and characterisation was much deeper and progressive than other YA novels out there but I just wish Holly Black, in addition to describing the fae, also gave prominence to explaining the world properly. Other than that this book was absolutely FABULOUS!!

!!S P O I L E R S A H E A D!! ***************************

Okay so, lets discuss a little. Jude, oh Jude. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!!!?. I had an idea that Cardan will end up on the throne but I didn’t know that Jude had this up her sleeve!! Now Cardan is stuck on the throne for a year through the bargain he made with Jude until Oak grows up. Also, THAT OAK REVEAL!!! I perhaps thought that maybe Cardan was Lioripe’s son but NOPE. Oak is. I loved that Jude was able through all her longing to fit in and trying to belong, was able to secure her far brother and put her own feelings aside.

CARDAN WAS SO DANG CRUEL LIKE DUDE CAN WE JUST CHILL FOR A SEC!! And honestly, i LOVED that Holly Black took it THERE!! He is now the King, not that he has any choice really so I can’t wait to see where he goes in book 2!

I totally knew Taryn and Locke were a thing. More so, I can’t believe Taryn actually went along with it!! Ugh, she really frustrated me but thankfully she gave Jude the crown in the end so… she can choke now (LMAO).

Finally, I really like that Jude and Cardan didn’t show any affection or tell each other how they feel. Yeah, they kissed but Jude played it off like she was antagonising him! I want this ship to sail but after a DEADLY SLOW-BURNING ROMANCE!!

All in all, this book lived up to my expectations and has become a new favourite!! These characters are so full of intrigue and I can’t wait to see more of them!!

Book Review: Love And Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch


Summary From Goodreads:

The dying wish of 16-year-old Lina’s mother was for her daughter to live in Tuscany and get to know her father, whom Lina has never met.

“Howard is the best man I’ve ever known,” her mother says, “he’ll keep you safe.” Why did her mother wait so long to tell her about him? Lina has a happy life in Seattle and doesn’t want to leave. Shortly after she arrives at Howard’s home, Lina meets Sonya, who gives Lina a diary that belonged to Lina’s mother, the one she had kept while she was a photography student in Florence. While Lina is living her life and exploring Tuscany with her handsome neighbour, Ren, she follows in the footsteps of her mother and gets to know her as never before. She also finds out the truth about her father. Mostly she finds out about herself.
My Review:

Firstly, a huge THANK YOU to Pan Macmillan SA for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review. Love you guys!

5/5 Incredible stars!!! IM NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING!!!!!

If MAMMA MIA and LETTERS TO JULIET HAD A BABY, THE RESULT WOULD BE THIS BOOK

Oh, how I adored this book. Never have I fallen in love with a contemporary book like this. I had always had my eye out on this book ever since is came out a few years ago or so. And now that I have finally read it, I am ready to got to Italy!

LINA AND REN. LINA AND REN. LINA AND REN. My OTP forever and always will reside with me! I adored their relationship and at times got frustrated with them as they would not DTR! They must be protected at all costs because there is no kind of love better than love in Italy!. Ren was just so understanding and caring and quite sensitive to Lina and they are just EVERYTHING tbh.

I was hypnotised by the writing style and especially loved the diary entries. The plot kept moving and progressing and building in every chapter. Which leads me to my next point. This book is so, so much more than a love story. It’s about family and friends and distance and uncovering secrets and pastries and bakeries and finally, finally being sure of yourself. Lina’s character development is immaculate and was such an amazing experience to read about. This is just one of those books that grips your heart and buries it’s words deep within your soul: heartwarming to say the least!.

I knew and just knew I would love the book. And what I found will honestly live with me forever and can actually see myself reading this book over and over. Heartrending, sweet and beautiful. Lina ends at place where she is finally content: she has closure and through that, she is sure of herself. And there is honestly nothing as pure as finally finding your purpose!

Book Love Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab 🔴⚪⚫

Summary From Goodreads: 

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. 


There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.


Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.


Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. 


Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive. 


My Review:  🔴⚪⚫

4.8/5 ANTARI STARS!!!!!!!

I am in awe fellow readers. 

I am SHOOK! I am mad at myself. I am dumb-founded and most of all my heart is dang happy I finally decided to get into this series and hop along the Schwablin train. 

ADSOM is a book that I fell inlove with from the very first chapter, which seldom happens to me, it usually takes me longer. It DEFINATELY lived up to the hype and it was everything I had hope for and way, way more. 

There was simply no way I could put this book down but I was so busy I had to read it in 2 days instead of one. 
IT IS EVERYTHING YOU DANG NEED IN A FANTASY BOOK. 

This was my first Schwab book and oh, dear friends, most definitely not my last. Thank goodness for my brain that told me to buy A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of light before starting ADSOM. 

LIKES

 – WORLDBUILDING: Holy Fudge Balls can Schwab write an intense, intricate and carefully crafted magical world that sucked me write in to a point where I wanted to live in Red London and possibly rule next to Rhy… Shhh.. don’t tell him I said that. The four Londons still continue to facinate me and I think we dig deeper into them in books 2 and 3. 

– KELL AND RHY: Uhrrrmm YES PLEASE! At first I was worried about not having an emotional attachment to Kell and Rhy and Lila but NOW THEY ARE MY SMOL CINNAMON ROLLS SO DON’T EVEN TOUCH THEM!!!!! I adore Kell and Rhy’s bromance. It’s so heartwarming and beautiful *sobs*. Also Kell fighting internal darkness and possibly losing to it!!! ugh. 

– Lila: Oh Lila, sweet dear, mannerless Lila. How I adore you! Also HELLO QUEEN OF DEVELOPMENT/ CARING FOR KELL AND <b>FEELINGS</b> . When she starts to care about other characters other than herself… just… murder my heart why dont you! I can’t wait to see more of her in the following books. Because thats the thing with Schwablin characters, they feel so real and they have so many layers that have you just peeling and peeling and peeling for more! 

– The Dane Twins: I seriously love, love, love Astrid and Athos. Like SERIOUSLY. They were such amazing villians and bless my heart for finding fanart with them and holland together because I have emotions, DUH. I hate what they did to Holland but I still can’t help but think about how awesome they were! I kinda pictures them as those Team Rocket siblings from Pokemon. It’s weird but GAAAH!!!  

Needless to say, and I say again, never have I ever feel inlove so hard with a book as I have with this one. ADSOM has become an easy favourite book of mine and possibly series. I will not, ever, stop recommending this series to anyone!! Do yourself a favour, don’t be an idiot like me and jump on the train as late as can be and PICK UP THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK!!! 

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Book Love Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 


Summary From Goodreads: 

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world. 

My Review (Posted in Goodreads in 2016🙈): 
CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR CROOKED KINGDOM!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED HUMANS!!!!!! 

NO.NOPE. I AM NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE. NOPE. PLEASE.  WHY, THIS PAIN. NOPE!!!!!! 5/5 Ketterdam DREG STARS!!! I AM DEAD ON THE INSIDE! 
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This book has left me in pieces, in a mess of unwanted emotions, love, hate and every emotion you can honestly, possibly think of. Just WOW. I am in shock and left in awe at the is book and this magnificent author! I praise the day I picked up <i>Six of Crows</i> or else I would never have fell in love with such an amazing squad of characters! Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina & Matthias will always be with me wherever I go. I DONT CARE IF I SOUND CRAZY JUST LET.ME.BE!! I am not ready and will never be ready to say goodbye. N-E-V-E-R. 
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It was honestly so amazing to dive back into this world again in Ketterdam with these Dregs on <b>Kick-ass</b> mission to get their family back together and get their money. This time round, the stakes were higher and everything thing that they have worked for is now on the line. We get more backstory and heartache and just <i>aaaaaahhhhhh</i> I am tearing up just thinking about it. Its amazing how much we feel for fictional characters sometimes and thats the result of pure amazing work! Crooked kingdom just took this series to a new level and it blew my mind! 

We <i>finally</i> get to read from Wylan’s POV which I highly enjoyed because I am very attached to Wylan, so to delve deeper into his past was just as heartbreaking as it was exciting. Each of these characters have such strong voices that is filled with so much pain and hope and wanting for a better life and Wylan out of everyone, just wants acceptance from his father. He has the strongest character development which is just a magnificent aspect to observe! The relationship with Jesper and Wylan becomes more prominent and it was everything I have ever wanted since the first book. They are so romantically blunt with each other that it turns out to be so sweet and funny! Gosh I will miss them! We also get to delve into Jespers past which I also was intrigued by since the first book. We learn about his parents and what it meant growing up Grisha and were his loyalties lie. B-E to the A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!! 

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Kaz and Nina just, just take my severed soul now please. Literally right at the end they confess their feelings to <i>each other</i>. I have waited so, so long to hear them say those words from their mouths and it just was so worth it! Kaz continues to do sweet life-changing meaningful things for Inej and you can’t help but squeal with joy, I’m sorry, its just too irresistible. I was so, so scared for this ship as we know from book one, Inej gets kidnapped and Kaz and the Dregs has to come to her rescue in this book. But Inej is a strong survivor and she does what she has to do! Kaz as always, has multiple tricks up his sleeve which always drops like a time-bomb throughout this book so #SHOOK! They just melted my already melted heart! 

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So that leaves Nina and Matthias <b>heavy sigh, heavy breathing</b>. I adore Nina with all that is in me I fell in love with her since the first time we meet her in <i>Six of Crows</i> and I can’t wait to read more from her as Leigh Bardugo has more plans for her <b>***happy dance***</b>. Matthias has to be the character that has definitely grown on me. I wasn’t sure whether I liked him or not in the first book but I definitely do now. The love that her and Nina share is so forbidden yet so, so right.I WAS CRUSHED WHEN HE DIED!! OH MY GOODNESS! I sobbed like a baby and I never want to experience that again. And what’s even more saddening is that it was told from Nina’s POV and just!!!! My heart couldn’t handle so much pain!. I love these two so much and It was so heartbreaking seeing them go. 

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Overall, I was satisfied with the way the duology wrapped up. It was filled with hope and sadness and heartbreak so ultimately, it was bittersweet. I don’t know how many times I need to stress the fact that <b>EVERYONE</b> needs to read this series! It is action packed and filled with humour and kick-ass and you will find yourself so attached to these characters that you wouldn’t want to face real life (haha). So do yourself a favour and pick up this glorious book!! 

Thank you so, so much to Macmillan for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! ❤

Book Love Review: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon 


Summary From Goodreads: 

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 
My Review (Posted on Goodread in 2016 🙈): 


Nicola Yoon has once again: 

a) Stolen my heart

b) Gave pain to that heart

c) Proved to remain one of my favourite contemporary authors ever! 
Just WOW. I <b>devoured</b> this book in one day in one sitting! I give this book a 4.8/5 magnificent stars!! I totally adored this book and I believe that this is a very important book. Everyone should indeed read this!  
I was once again, swept up by Yoons’ lyrical writing and cute-sy dialogue. Theres just something about her writing that is infectious and addicting. In this book especially, we get not two, but <b>multiple</b> point of views throughout this book which I was quite surprised by. I have come to understand that since this book is blurbed as <i>A girl. A boy. And the Universe</i>, these other pov’s prove to be the “universe”. I highly enjoyed the concept of a girl who’s believes in theory and science and laws falling in love with a boy who believes in destiny and faith and chance. 
Natasha and Daniel have such strong voices. They both come from backgrounds that ultimately leads to their detinies being <i>chosen</i> for them. They are completely different ut similar in so many ways. I loved Natashas puffy afro and hot-pink earphones, I adored Daniel’s ponytail and his suit that he wears all through the book! It’s so cute and romantic and my FEELS were everywhere! Usually, I don’t mind insta-love if it’s done right and with this book the insta-love is essentially <i>necessary</i>. The whole theme and idea of the book is falling in love at first sight and fate and destiny having to do with it. However, the love didn’t feel forced at all! it develops and blossoms into something so beautiful! 

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This is a very important book. The diversity and the the pressure that is put on these characters from their parents because of them being a minority group in the US is quite raw, real and scary. I am thrilled that Yoon took part of her person life and added it to this book like colour to a story. #OwnVoices is definitely something we <b>need</b> to have more of, especially in YA when readers seek familiarity. I am so, so thrilled that this has also (just like <i>Everything,Everything</i>) picked up for movie! It would be very cinematic and even, quite empowering! 
The book does have a sad undertone because of the fact that Natasha might eventually be deported and, being the reader, we are aware of this but the chemistry and the love overshadows that fact until the very end. I was quite devastated as to what might happen. 
Me during the last 40pages: 

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Me during the epilogue: 

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Overall, Yoon blew it out of the water for me once again and I highly look forward to EVERYTHING else that she writes (haha, but no, <b>seriously</b>! If you did not enjoy <i>Everything, Everything</i>, do give this a shot. You won’t be disappointed!