A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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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.


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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

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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.


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Christmas Book Haul | 2016

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.*


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This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

Publisher: Titan Books Ltd, June 7th 2016

Edition: UK Paperback, 407 pages

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Synopsis: Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. Continue reading “This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab”

My Mental Illness is a Storm – Victoria (V. E.) Schwab

I’m always searching for the right words. For my stories. For my life. After all, words are the form we give ideas, a way to make the intangible tangible, conceivable, real. Words confess, they admit, they ground. I’ve always been an anxious person. Neurotic. Hyper-vigilant. I have high walls, struggle with change, emotion, vulnerability. At […]

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On the slow pursuit of Overnight Success — Victoria (V.E.) Schwab

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post over on Tumblr about success. I’d just walked into a bookshop in Edinburgh, hoping, as many author do, to spot my own work tucked away somewhere on the shelf. When I found not one, but two major displays–a table stand and a wall runner–I stood very still, […]

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