Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Published: May 16th 2017 by G. P. Putnam’s sons for Young Readers

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires. 

I was a bit wary going into this book because I DNFed TWATD and I wasn’t sure if I just didn’t like the book or Renee Ahdieh’s writing in general. However, I absolutely adored this book! This was a fantastic retelling of Mulan and I am already so excited for the next book!

From the very beginning of the book, I was hooked! It was fast paced from the very beginning and I just absolutely had to know what was going to happen next! The beginning of the book set the pace for the rest of the book and I didn’t feel like it had pacing problems at all!

I think my favourite aspect of this book was the character development – whether it was Mariko or any member of the Black Clan. I loved watching them interacting and how the relationships grew and developed as they got to know each other better. I felt like I could feel the moments of indecision between them and I empathised with all of the characters. I will say that I wasn’t totally on board with the ship that was sailing because I felt like it did’t have enough time to develop considering she was pretending to be a boy… but I feel like it is a ship that I will definitely support by the end of the next book.

I also enjoyed the multiple POV’s within this book. Each and every character had their own voices and they didn’t blend into each other. It was easy to tell who we were reading when the POV just changed. It also helped to give the readers an insight into the other characters and what makes them tick and what makes them do the things they were doing.

The plot was so amazing! There was always something going on, whether in a big way or a little way and I always had the feeling of needing to know what was going to happen next! Whether or not she was going to get caught etc. Also, may I just mention THAT DANG ENDING!!!  *Ahem* So much happened, and I was left gobsmacked and I just need to second book already because I NEED to know what is going to happen next!

The world building in the book was beautiful. I was so detailed that I felt completely transported to the world that Ahdieh created. It was easy to get lost in this book and not want to come back!

I absolutely loved this book and I cannot even wait until the next instalment! I definitely need more! I loved each and ever character and the different aspects and back stories that they brought to the book and I cannot wait to revisit them in a re read and to meet them again in the next book! I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend! This weeks pick for me is actually a book that I have already read, but I never got around to reading the sequel, so I need to do a re read of it before getting there! I got these in last week and I am really excited about getting to them!

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Published: October 14th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Published: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I just want to start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE this cover! It is so amazingly pretty! Ok, now that’s out of my system, there were a lot of mixed review going around for this book. A lot of people were disappointed with this book because it wasn’t what they thought it was going to be etc. However, I am not one of these people! I actually really really enjoyed this book and I am really looking forward to the next instalment!

I think my favourite aspect of this book was the mystery behind the Goblin King (which, by the way, was repeated WAY too many times in this book! I thought I would just throw that out there). I found myself wanting to get to know him and what made him tick and how he became Der Erlkönig! I loved getting to know him as Elisabeth got to know him – especially because it was done in detail. I liked him from the very beginning, even though he was shown to be the Lord of Mischief, there was always that draw toward him and, as I got to know him better as a character, I began to empathise with him a lot more. I loved watching his vulnerable side come out and the way that the mystery of who he was slowly being shown to us. I would love to get to know more about him and I cannot wait to see more from him in the next instalment!

I also really liked Elisabeth. I did struggle with her right at the beginning because I felt like she whined and moaned a lot and I really just wanted to slap her really really hard. However, as her memories began to come back to her of her childhood and what was done to her and the way she was treated, it was easy to see why she had become the way that she was and how she became to be the protector of her siblings. I felt really sorry for her and I really enjoyed watching her grow as a character, alongside the Goblin King. I felt like they grew as characters together and they began to learn together, which made this story extra special for me.

Whilst I don’t feel like there was much going on plot wise, I never felt like the book got slow in any way. There was a form of plot there in the sense of why she went to the Goblin King etc, but it wasn’t particularly well developed because it focused a lot more on character development, rather than what was going on. In its own way, the character development actually gave hand to the plot because it helped to shape the plot and what was going on in both the world underground and the normal world that we live in.

I would have loved to have a double POV between Käthe and Elisabeth because I think showing what was going on both underground and in the world would have given an extra something something to the story and maybe the plot itself. I think a second POV would have been a good counterpart to know how the events of the book were affecting various characters.

I would have also loved to have seen more of Josef! After the crazy revelation about him, I wished that we could have seen more from his perspective and how he would’ve reacted if he had ever found out what he was!

All in all, I really loved this story and I absolutely cannot wit for the next instalment. I found the book intriguing and I was always looking forward to picking the book back up after putting it down again. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 – and when I FINALLY managed to get my hands on a copy… I ended up DNFing it. I am so upset that I ended up DNFing this book because I usually adore Beauty and the Beast retellings and I was just so excited for this! I had quite a few issues with this book, but the cover is definitely not one of them – because this is cover love right here!

My first issue with this book is that I felt like the characters were mostly flat. I didn’t feel like there was an overriding difference between any of the characters and I often felt like they ended up blurring together. I didn’t feel any connection with the characters on a reader/character basis, which is an absolutely must for me if I am going to get along with the book. I feel like they were completely underdeveloped and really could have used lifting up. Yeva really bugged me. At lot of things that she did really grated on my skin, but I think the worst thing would be the fact that she fell in love with someone whilst blindfolded (she never even saw the guy!!) telling him stories because she thought he was her ally/friend. Despite the fact that he doesn’t try and help her escape or anything… some ally. I hated the fact that she was so fickle and that there was absolute no real connection before she started falling in love with him… until she obviously found out what he was.

I was also disappointed that we didn’t get to know our secondary characters. They were there, I knew they were there… I knew basic facts about them – one of her sisters is engaged, the other has a disability – but I didn’t really get to KNOW them. They were there, but they weren’t. I didn’t feel that bond that would have driven the sisters to take care of each other, or the bond between Beauty and her father that would have driven her to go out and look for him. It was completely missing and it was almost like reading a bunch of strangers, rather than a close knit family.

I also really struggled with the plot. A lot of the time, it is snow and trees and trees and snow with some superficial hunting stuck in the middle of it. The fact that she goes hunting for half of what I read because she wants to be on her own (surrounded by snow and trees… and more snow and more trees) was boring after a while. I struggled to get through the bit of the book that I read because it was repetitive. The plot also didn’t seem to develop after beauty met the beast. She told stories for ages and then did some more hunting.

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this story. I found the plot to be extremely repetitive and the characters underdeveloped. I gave this book 1/5 stars.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Published: September 20th 2011 by Greenwillow

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

I’ve had this book on my TBR for years now. Literally. Now that I’ve read it, I’m kind of kicking myself about the fact that I didn’t pick up a copy sooner! I really enjoyed myself reading this book and I am really excited for the sequel! I did put this down 3/4 of the way through because my copy of ACOWAR came through, but I had no issues picking the book back up and diving right back into it! It was easy to follow, easy to remember and fun in general!

I think my favourite thing about this book was Elisa. Usually in YA fantasy, the heroine is athletic, thin, doesn’t eat a lot and is strong in general. Elisa is the complete opposite and we watch her transition through the book, changing throughout whilst keeping her core qualities the same! Elisa is described as fat at the beginning of the book. She is overweight, she knows she’s overweight and, whilst she may like the fact that she’s overweight, she doesn’t do anything about it. She loves food and she knows it and it’s something that doesn’t change throughout the book. She struggles to walk around – let alone do exercise (which she doesn’t actually do and scoffs at the idea as well). I think this is what endeared me to her the most. I am one of the many women out there who is slightly overweight (thanks to having a baby), I know I’m overweight, I don’t like my body, but the idea of exercise is abhorrent and I love food… in particular sweet stuff. So, for me, as a reader, Elisa called to me on another level that I could understand and empathise with. Elisa becomes fitter when she is forced to track through the desert – but she is still not the fittest heroine out there. She was also meek and mild at the beginning of the book, which, under the right influence and with the right people around her, she became stronger and more decisive. I loved watching her grow as a character and I cannot wait to see what the next books have in store for her!

Alejandro is the man Elisa marries at the beginning of the book as part of a deal. Whilst they had never met before, Alejandro seemed quite nice on the surface, but I honestly could never see them falling in love. Whilst Elisa was quite fickle and hopeful – which quickly dissipated later in the story – Alejandro started to show his true colours with his indecisiveness. HE was a flaky king at best, and he was a very good decision maker. People had to keep pushing him and pushing him to make decisions. I didn’t really like the way he treated Elisa… Having said that, we only really get to see him at the beginning and at the end of the book.

Cosme is a character that really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting her to be anything more than the annoying, huffy maid she was painted to be at the beginning of the book – but her character had so many more layers than that! I loved getting to know Cosme more throughout the book, with all her talents and skills and who she was in general! She turned out to be one of my favourite characters and I hope we get to see more of her later in the series!

I am not going to lie, I didn’t ship any of the ships that were presented to us! Alejandro I struggled with, and I didn’t feel fire or passion with Humberto. I didn’t feel like either one was really suited to Elisa! I actually think that Lord Hector and Elisa could have a shot of being a good ship because they have been getting to know each other the most and I quite like them both when they are in each others company! Hopefully this ship will sail…

Whilst I quite liked the plot, I felt like it was too religion based. I’m personally not a religious person, so the stone being in Elisa’s navel (the Godstone) because she is God’s chosen one and He was guiding her etc. and the constant praying was a little too much? I was expecting more magic and sorcery and stuff. I also feel like the plot was a little overshadowed by Elisa’s character development. However, the plot as a whole was fun and easy to follow and I am excited to see where it is going to lead us next!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It did have its flaws, but it was easy to follow and a relatively quick read! I am looking forward to starting the next instalment. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend! The weather here has been great, which means we were outside a lot! Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a relatively recent release and it is a highly anticipated read for me! Also, the cover is to die for! I do actually already own a copy of this book, and it is sat on my shelf, waiting for me to read!

Wintersong

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Published: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Published: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Before I start this review, I want to mention that the main review will be completely spoiler free – but there will be a section at the bottom with spoilers (I will put up a warning before oyu have the chance to scroll down) because there are a few things I need to get off my chest … which can only be done with spoilers! 

This book. Just… This. Book. I am one of those who has been waiting (im)patiently since last year May for this instalment.  This book gave me all the feels and then some. I laughed, I cried, exasperated and I loved every second of it! I am equal parts upset that we are leaving Rhys. Feyre and the Night Court for the next three books, but I am also extremely excited to see who Maas introduces to us next!

This book basically starts where the previous leaves off. Feyre is back at the Spring Court, despite everything that happened etc. It was interesting to see the contrast of the Feyre we met when she first entered the Spring Court in ACOTAR to the Feyre who now resides in the Spring Court after everything she went through and learnt along the way. She is a much stronger character, both mentally and physically after her time in the Night Court and it shows whilst she is undercover in Tamlins court! I was expecting Feyre to do something, but I loved the way she subtly brought and wrought change in the Spring Court under Tamlins nose! I was so excited for her to get her own back after everything he did to her and she did that and more!

We finally met Jurian properly!! After everything we heard about him, everything he endured with Amarantha – we finally met him! Surprisingly, I liked him! He has a certain kind of swagger that drew me toward him and then we got to know the person underneath the swagger and the posturing and it was a refreshing surprise! I was expecting him to be one way and he turned out to be something completely different!

I never realised I could hate characters as much as I did when I started reading this book! Hybern, Ianthe, Tamlin… I absolutely detested all three of these characters, which I think Goodreads found out during my status updates. I was so angry and upset… I was practically violent. I wanted to punch something that had their faces on it! The things some of these characters did and said… I feel like they all got the ending that they deserved by the end of the book!

I bawled like a complete baby when Feyre finally made her way back to the Night Court and Rhysand. Literally, bawled. I was so happy that Feyre had finally made her way back home, despite everything that still needed to be done and what was to come later in the book! I loved the fact that the family was still together and nothing much had really altered in the time that she was away.

I think my favourite part of this book was the fact that we got to know the other High Lords and the courts that went along with them! I was so excited to get more info on some of these other high lords because we had never been introduced! My favourite was easily Helion, High Lord of the Day Court – he had an easy swagger, both around the other High Lords and when he was alone with the Night Court. He was easy going and I can imagine him being relatively loyal, despite his history with Beron’s (High Lord of the Autumn Court) wife. There were some amazing revelations about him, which had me completely shocked! The other High Lords were also fun to get to know, despite the fact that they were not as easy going as Helion. I would have definitely wanted to get to know them more and I hope that we get that opportunity in the next three books!

I also really loved the plot of this book. I feel like it flowed well with the characterisation and character development. The plot kept me completely on my toes and I was extremely excited to see what was going to happen next! The last 200 pages was absolutely and completely gritty, and left me with my heart in my mouth because I just had to find out what was going to happen – I basically didn’t go to bed until I had finished this book! I’m kind of lucky that my husband wasn’t around because there was a lot of crying going on. It was the completely ugly, snotty crying and I know he would’ve gawped at me if he had been there! That ending gave me all the feels and then some!

I really really enjoyed this book! I loved the way Maas left the ending of this book completely open to interpretation of where the characters end up after this story ends! There are so many possibilities! I was completely sad when I closed this book because I am going to miss these characters so much when the next book comes out! I don’t know if I am ready to let these characters go yet! I gave this book 5/5 stars.

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!**

Ok, there are some things that I need to get off my chest – which I can only do with spoilers!

Firstly, Tamlin. I completely detested him throughout this entire book – especially after what he said to Rhys during the meeting of the High Lords. I wanted to kill him myself! I was so angry – Which I think goodreads knew about! However, having said that, despite the fact that I absolutely hate him, by the end of the book I had a grudging respect for him. He definitely did wrong by a lot of people and has caused a lot of pain, but at the same time he saved Feyre and her family and saved her mate, when he didn’t have to. He could have caused her an eternity of pain by refusing to give a little of his life over to save Rhys, but he didn’t. He told her to be happy, saved Rhys and then left shortly afterward. So, whilst I still hate him, I respect him for finally being a better person, learning from his past mistakes and letting Feyre go. I do feel like his ending – ending up alone – was well deserved, though.

Next, Rhys. My heart completely broke when he died. I had to actually stop reading because I was crying so much! I came THIS close to throwing the book at the wall. The feels this scene gave me – of Rhys dying and Feyres heartbreak – completely indescribable. Even now, my feelings when I think about that moment are completely shot and I don’t know what to do!

Elain bugged me so much throughout this entire book! Understand she was going through a lot and everything, but her complete shut down because her human fiance didn’t want her anymore really bugged me! It took so much looking after her – which was attention the characters could have focused elsewhere… I’m happy that she finally snapped out of it by the end, but I definitely feel like it took her way too long! I do think the fact that she is a seer is pretty cool, though.

Nesta also really bugged me, although I can understand her more than Elain. She was a piece of barbed wire throughout most of the book and I hate the fact that it took war, watching Cassian fight and Feyre saving Elain from Hybern for her to actually be nice to people! I felt completely sorry for Cassian and the fact that he is her mate (even though the bond is not yet in place), because she was extra mean to him!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Published: March 28th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

I just want to start off this review by mentioning how BEAUTIFUL this book is! I have the UK signed edition with the blue sprayed edges and it is easily one of the most asthetic books sitting on my shelf right now. This is made all the better by the fact that the story within the pages was just as beautiful as the actual book itself! I was completely hooked with the world that Laini Taylor has created and I absolutely need the next instalment… I needed it yesterday!

The world building in this book is extremely vivid. I definitely felt transported to the world Taylor created – I wish I was there! Taylor’s description was lyrical and poetic, which helped to lull the reader and keep them hooked! I loved the imagery created – both within the dream states and the “real world”, especially in the sense of contrasting between a dreamscape and a harsh reality. I would revisit this world in the next instalment just to find out more about this world and the things inside of it!

I really liked Lazlo from the beginning. He is extremely relatable to us readers (hello – librarian!) and he was an easy going character who I could see myself being friends with if he really existed. He always helped others without expecting anything in return (much to Thyon’s chagrin) and it was fun watching him experience firsts with Sarai. I definitely feel like the ending has changed him in a big way – whether that is for the good or the bad remains to be seen, but I cannot see him doing anything bad. Well, unless Minya has her way.

I think Thyon is supposed to be a character that we would struggle to get along with, however, I found him to be misunderstood. He was definitely difficult to love because of his attitude towards others, but at the same time, I feel like he struggled under the stress his parents put him under and he didn’t know how to react to kindness. I feel like his upbringing has caused him to be suspicious of anyone helping him out and I think it’s caused him to see a trick lying in wait when someone does help him, even when there isn’t one. This makes him cautious and he distrusts most people around him – which is why he is misunderstood.

I think what I enjoyed most about this story was the fact that we got multiple POVs. Most books are told through the eyes of the hero – so when I was introduced to both sides of the story – whether through Lazlo, Sarai, Eril-Fane, Minya’s snippet etc. we are always getting all sides of the story. It helped to create an understanding as to why each character was feeling and doing what they were doing because each has a different understanding and experience of The Carnage. It keep the readers torn between all of the characters because it is so easy to understand why Eril – Fane and the community of weep has a hatred for the Gods and the Godspawn, but it was also extremely easy to understand why Minya has a hatred of Eril-Fane and the humans in general because of what she experienced. She was still a difficult character to like because of the lengths she will go to get her revenge, but I can understand why she feels the way she does… even if it was only through a snippet of a PoV.

I really enjoyed Sarai as a character! She is one of the only characters who sees both sides of the coin from the very beginning and she is someone who has to deal with the fact that she can understand the viewpoint of the humans and the viewpoint of the godspawn – who she considers to be her family. She struggles to reconcile with the fact that she no longer feels the hatred that Minya does, and it takes her a while to actually start defying Minya in her own way. I enjoyed watching her grow along side Lazlo (Taylor – STOP BLOWING HOLES IN MY SHIP!!)… I can’t say anything more without ruining it.

Whilst the romance aspect happened pretty quickly, it didn’t feel like an insta love kind of situation! I felt like it was right and that the two character fit together. I don’t want to give too much of the story away which is why I’m being a bit vague about things… However, Taylor definitely does know how to throw a wrench in the works – first DoSaB and now this! :-O

Also, THAT ENDING!!! I CAN’T EVEN FUNCTION! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!

Anyway, all in all I absolutely loved this book! The writing was extremely vivd and poetic and I loved the way in which Laini brought in all of the voices in various PoVs, without any of the PoVs blurring together. Each voice sung on their own and stood out and it was easy to discern who the character was that we were reading, even without an introduction to the character we were currently reading. I definitely cannot wait for the next instalment and gave this book 5/5 stars.

Goodreads Monday

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Hey guys! Hope you all had a great weekend! This is the beginning of the last few days of me being 22!! Which I find crazy… where is the time going?!? Anyway, this weeks pick for me is a book that I have had on my TBR for years now and I am hoping to be able to grab a copy this week! So, we shall see!

unearthly

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Published: January 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Waistcoats and Weaponry

Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Published: November 14th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

I think this was my favourite instalment so far, purely because I feel like it was more plot based rather than character based. With the first two books in this series, I felt like everything happened too quickly at the end and it all wrapped up a little too nicely – I wanted it to be dragged out a little more and that is exactly what I got in this book!

Whilst the book was more plot based, there was still some character development going on. We got to see more of Felix sort of half way through the book and, where I quite liked him as a romantic interest in the previous book, I don’t really see him this way anymore. I was worried we weren’t going to see much of him in this book because there wasn’t much detail given on the letters they were sending back and forth,  but I am glad that we were re – introduced later. I do feel like he showed his true colours in a sense and, whilst they could maybe be friends, I don’t think he would be a good fit for Sophronia in the end.

I liked the development of the plot in this book! I feel like things started much earlier and they were also dragged out to give us more information and action – which I felt was lacking in the first two books! I loved watching Sophronia solve the issues at hand and to get around the issues the group were having as a whole. It was definitely more action packed and I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out in the final instalment! I am a bit worried that it won’t wrap up nicely in the last book because I do feel like they have a lot to do before the issues will be solved. I guess we shall see!

I would have liked to have seen/heard more from Lord Akeldama. Aside from what we learnt in the previous book when we briefly saw him, we only really see him sending gifts to Sophronia. We do learn what he wants to a point, but I would have liked to have seen him at some point or maybe have more detail on the letters that were sent etc.

I was happy to see more of the dewan, though. I am definitely interested to see how Sophronia’s relationship with him will develop in the final instalment after that ending. I do like him as a character, despite the fact that he is a bit rough round the edges and I am definitely looking forward to getting to know him better!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely looking forward to the next one! I am glad that it decided to focus on plot development, rather than character and I’m interested to see how this is all going to wrap up in the end! I gave this 4/5 stars.