A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
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.
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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.
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*These reviews may contain spoilers, although I do try to avoid them, sometimes they are essential to an explanation*
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers, June 7th 2016
Edition: Ebook, 320 pages
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”
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher & Release Date: Square Enix, 30th January 2015 (Episode 1)
Available Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
This has been a week of reviews. First, I reviewed This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab for last Saturday’s featured post, then we had the first Mini Review of Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and now Life is Strange. If you follow me on Twitter you will know about my love for Life is Strange. I have played through the complete game twice now, and absolutely adore the soundtrack – which I am currently listening to as I write this.
Life is Strange is an episodic, choice based game set in the fictional town, Arcadia Bay, Oregon. You play as Blackwell Academy photography student, Max Caulfield, as she develops her new-found ability of time travel; and attempts to unravel the mysteries of Arcadia Bay with the help of her best friend, Chloe.
Continue reading “Life is Truly Strange, But This Game is Beautiful”
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5/5 stars
I absolutely adored this book, however, I cannot quite pinpoint why.
Maybe my love stems from the love of the movie, maybe I adore Gaiman’s ability to balance Coraline’s child-like nature and her intelligence, maybe it’s due to the uniqueness of the story. Or maybe the reason is something completely different.
This read was fantastically creepy and quick to digest. Gaiman’s end of novel Q&A was brilliantly witty and humorous. And Coraline teaches readers that you can be scared and afraid, however, you can still be brave and achieve.
I Cannot wait to read more of Gaiman’s work.
*Warning: This review may contain spoilers, read at your own risk*
Quick Synopsis: The story follows the Bloody Baroness, Androma Racella, and her crew aboard the Marauder. When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.
Continue reading “Zenith (The Androma Saga Part 1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings”
*This review may contain spoilers, read at your own risk*
Quick Synopsis: Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky”
*This review may contain spoilers, please continue at your own risk*
Quick Synopsis: It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Continue reading “This is Not a Test & Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers”