A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Rating: 5/5

This BEAUTY took me a month to read because I did not want it to end. If “as travars” were a real command that allowed you to travel between worlds, I would be gone, through the wall and straight to Red London.

The settings within Victoria’s novels are always their own characters, and this has never been more prominent than in this instalment in the ADSOM series. When reading this book, each scene in Red London made me feel as if I was home, cosy and safe, with the added prospect of an adventure.

A Gathering of Shadows is a very character driven instalment within the ADSOM series – while the first novel focused on the characters, it also featured a full length arc suitable for a stand-alone.

However, the sequel further explores the setting, and the relationships between characters and how their personalities collide. It works at setting up the next instalment. while also allowing us to witness how our favourite characters come together again, how their lives have been affected by previous events, and introducing us to new key players. Admittedly, I fell in love with Alucard the moment he came into the adventure.

Have you read A Gathering of Shadows? Share your thoughts down below!

The DNF Pile | Part 1

With an ever-growing TBR pile and not enough time to read every book, it’s a saddening prospect when you realise you must put one down in order to move onto another.

Typically, books are added to the DNF pile because they failed to meet expectations, or you didn’t jive with the characters/story/writing. It’s always a struggle to admit that maybe this book isn’t right for you, that it’s time to move on to something better. Sometimes it’s a reluctant goodbye as you fall into a reading slump or must focus on important real world work.

There is no shame in it. That book may not be your cup of tea, or the timing just isn’t right, and that’s fine. So here is a list of some of the books on my DNF pile as of April 2017 and why they were added to the pile.

Continue reading “The DNF Pile | Part 1”

March Wrap up/April TBR (Arc-ish Readathon) | 2017

March has been quite a successful reading month for me. In fact, I think this may be the most books I have ever read within one month. Wooohooo! Achievement accomplished. This is brilliant, especially following of the lull that occurred in February, where I only read one book – which I will feature down below.

Over all, March has been a successful month. Despite my two week hiatus from blogging, this month has allowed me to consider the direction I wish to take with this blog. Although books will remain my primary focus, I will also be creating posts that will discuss diversity in life and literature and the advice that I have collected over the years – things I wish I knew years ago. This month has allowed me to plot new posts, as well as conjuring up the confidence to talk more about what I wish to discuss and represent.

So, let’s get on with my reading wrap-up for February and March, and A Very ARC-ish Readathon TBR. Continue reading “March Wrap up/April TBR (Arc-ish Readathon) | 2017”

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Rating: 5/5

Victoria wowed me last summer with This Savage Song, and ever since I have been craving more of her writing.
A Darker Shade of Magic represents what can happen when an author is truly dedicated. Schwab beautifully constructs each world, from the already familiar Grey London, the vibrant Red London, to the lifeless White London. The worlds are presented to us through a considerate narrative that avoids the dreaded ‘info dumping’ of key information by revealing details through essential scenes.

The story features a fully fleshed cast of characters, a cross dressing thief with high aspirations, a magical, brooding red head with the ability to travel between worlds, a charming Prince that will make you swoon,  and an intriguing magic system that plays a character of its own. The third person narrative perspective primarily follows Kell and Lila, two very different characters who become unlikely allies. While the perspective occasionally shifts to other characters, allowing for further exploration of the world and the peripheral characters that you come to care for immensely.

Schwab masterfully demonstrates the importance of showing, not of telling. Concluding the story in a satisfying yet open manner. This book is definitely going on my list of Favourite Books of All Time.

Have you read A Darker Shade of Magic? Leave your opinion down below!

The Magician’s Workshop Vol 1 by J.R.Fehr & Christopher Hansen

*This book was sent by Wondertale in exchange for an honest review*

51P3wt+z90L._SY346_Publisher: Wondertale, November 8th, 2016

Edition: Ebook, 247 pages

Paperback Release: April 25, 2017 (estimated)

Goodreads Link

Synopsis: Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory.
Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. When her power is at last discovered, she realises that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.
Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

When I was originally asked to review this book, the main thing that caught my attention was the idea that in this world you can create anything you can imagine. Instantly I needed to know just how this world functions. How society handles this ability. And how the child protagonists, Layauna and Kai, live within this world. Author’s Hansen and Fehr definitely deliver these answers in a logical manner, making this a read you can engage with from page one
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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

*I was sent a copy from Sourcebooks Fire in return for an honest review*

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti


Rating: 3/5

I only managed to get to 31% with this book. This is mainly due to the fact that I struggled to agree with the main protagonist regarding her approach to discussing Lizzie Lovett and the theories she conjured up about her disappearance. Although the book was well written – Hawthorn was certainly a developed character – I didn’t feel as if I could spend an entire novel reading from Hawthorn’s first person perspective.

The mystery is engaging, and I would have continued reading in order to discover the truth, if it wasn’t for Hawthorn’s persistent personality.
I understand that at 31% point I was just reaching the part of the novel that introduced a new conflict or potential suspect, however, I don’t feel as if I can go on.
This book would be more suited to an out going reader, someone who relates to outspoken figures; whereas I am a more reserved individual who would much prefer to keep my theories regarding such a matter to myself.

What did you think? Leave a comment down below!

Anticipated YA Releases | Spring 2017

The Winter lull has finally ended. We’ve hit Spring, which means more YA releases are heading our way. The following is a list of my most highly anticipated series starters and standlones publishing this Spring. Make sure to keep an eye out for these new releases and support the authors behind them. Continue reading “Anticipated YA Releases | Spring 2017”

With Malice by Eileen Cook & The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid

*These reviews may contain spoilers, although I do try to avoid them, sometimes they are essential to an explanation*

with-malice_hresPublisher: HMH Books For Young Readers, June 7th 2016

Edition: Ebook, 320 pages

Goodreads Link

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron’s senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life. Continue reading “With Malice by Eileen Cook & The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid”