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.
Have you read A Gathering of Shadows? Share your thoughts down below!
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 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”
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!
*This book was sent by Wondertale in exchange for an honest review*
Publisher: Wondertale, November 8th, 2016
Edition: Ebook, 247 pages
Paperback Release: April 25, 2017 (estimated)
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
Continue reading “The Magician’s Workshop Vol 1 by J.R.Fehr & Christopher Hansen”
Now, I know my attempts at setting a TBR in the past have been pretty awful. I have never been able to stick to them, either falling into a slump or ending up reading something completely different. But, 2017 is a new year. New year, new me….hopefully. So, these are the books I hope to read in February. Continue reading “February TBR”
My Kindle is a constant companion, always in my bag whenever I leave the flat. With my Kindle I have the opportunity to carry hundreds of books, however, I like to be organised. I keep a small amount of books on my Kindle, only adding new books that I plan to read soon. So, here is a list of all the books on my Kindle that I hope to finish/read within the next few months. Continue reading “What’s on My Kindle”
As I have gotten older I’ve found it harder and harder to decide what I would like for Christmas. Especially when it comes down to which books I am going to ask for. Like many people I develop quite the Goodreads TBR pile throughout the year, making it nearly impossible to narrow down a handful of books for me to ask for. But, somehow I managed to do just that. This is a list of all the books I got for Christmas, or around Christmas, this year.
*Note: the photos below are taken from the internet as the lighting in my house is terrible so I won’t be using my own.*
Continue reading “Christmas Book Haul | 2016”