Finale Book Review

FinaleFinale : Stephanie Garber : 9781473666764

Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 416
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Finale is the third and final book in the Caraval trilogy where we see the games come to end and some devastating decisions made. This review will contain some spoilers from the previous books in the series as well as in Finale so don’t read on if you haven’t read CaravalLegendary or Finale first!

Synopsis from goodreads:

“It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything.”

All I can say is:

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After a tension-filled book of will they won’t they, wanting each other and pushing each other away and just total frustration from my part, I am SO RELIEVED that Legend finally stopped being an absolute moron and FINALLY accepted he was in love with Tella and became mortal.

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He took his sweet time but he finally did it!

God this book kept me up at night and kept me from revising because seriously, I could not stop for one second and I had to read the whole thing – I needed answers! I don’t know about anyone else when reading this book, but after finding out that Dante – DANTE – was Legend (god that was a good bit to read though) I thought we’d see him and Tella get together pretty soon after. But oh my god did he turn the cold shoulder! His need to be immortal meant he just left her on the steps after freeing her from the cards in Legendary for fear he would fall in love with her. So instead of just falling head first and discovering how beautiful love is, he spends the whole of Finale reeling her in to push her away and they both play a game of hard to get.

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I am just SO GLAD Tella didn’t become immortal and even though it took until the last few pages, Legend became mortal in the end! If that ending hadn’t have happened I probably would have just lost it and thrown the book at the wall.

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I feel like one of the most underrated relationships in this book was between the two brothers, Legend and Julian. Julian had to put up with Legend’s brooding crap for so long, place in his games and watch as he shut out the one potential love of his life (if he would just admit it) and he was still there for him despite getting nothing back. Poor Julian, he can see these sisters share so much love for the other but he doesn’t get anything from his brother. That’s why I was so glad to see Legend go and save him from Gavriel’s dungeon and get thrown into a cage himself – it was a little hurray! moment for Julian to see his brother actually does love him.

Legend really was such an intriguing but incredibly frustrating character because he seems to do these heroic things like rescue Tella from the cards (even though it would bring back the Fates and he wouldn’t get all of their magic), saving Julian by sacrificing himself for his brother, but then he goes and shuts out the world and I found it so hard to keep up. One minute he was visiting Tella in her dreams, but he always kept his distance, then he was asking her to be immortal so they could be together forever but immortals can’t love, so it would just be a weird and twisted relationship. He wanted her, but didn’t want to let himself love her because then he would become mortal and god forbid that should happen! It was riveting to read about a character who would sever themselves from love just so they could live forever, but I am so relieved he chose Tella in the end.

But I have to say, I found Jacks and Tella’s relationship equally captivating to read. Jacks was such a grey character, a bit like Legend in the fact that he was upfront about who he was and Tella knew he wouldn’t love her, but then he too would do small acts of kindness for Tella and just as you began to trust him, he’s go and gives Tella a heart attack! It was so weird that these two immortals wanted Tella so much but neither wanted to actually love her – Legend wanted his immortality too much and Jacks just had an obsession. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these three and was probably one of my favourite weird love triangles of all time.

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It was brilliant to see each sister have a share in this book, each with their own separate story lines but coming together in the end. I thought I would enjoy Tella’s parts more but I was actually really pulled into Scarlett’s newly found father and how she was actually the daughter of a Fate all along.

The bit where she had to make Julian hate her nearly broke my heart – I almost teared up! I was just so relieved that she stopped before cutting off their love altogether and stopped before she became immortal and lost her love for him. I don’t know what I would have done if Scarlett destroyed his love for her and Legend didn’t love Tella!

It seemed to be the reoccurring theme that everyone was scared of love but I’m just so pleased love won in the end!

Caraval has been an amazing series to read and in every single book there were unanticipated twists and shocking revelations and I thoroughly enjoyed each one! These books contain some of the best characters I’ve ever come across with some questionable motivations but it had me racing through to the end. I’ve loved every second and did I mention how happy I was for that ending? I was on edge until that encore section but that letter had my heart filling with joy as it all came to a wonderfully satisfying close.

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.”

– Stephanie Garber, Caraval

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May wrap-up

Bonus post today! I’m using this as a little revision break because I’m currently in the middle of revising for my vet finals and my exams are next week. I’m totally bricking it and starting to get very stressed now – I barely did any reading the first half of this month as I was rereading Caraval, but then I started Legendary and oh my word it was fantastic! It definitely got me out of my reading slump and I raced through till the end, picked up Finale straight away and finished that in two days. I’ve only read these three books this month since I’m revising but they have definitely helped me stay a little saner throughout my revision and I’m still rather obsessed with this trilogy! I absolutely LOVE this series and I’m actually kind of glad I waited to read Legendary until the last book came out because I don’t think I could have waited a year to find out what happens next. I have actually technically read four books this month though as I reread Legendary as soon as I finished Finale which I am now currently rereading! I told you I was still a little enamoured with the story.

I also watched the amazing The Umbrella Academy this month on Netflix which is SO GOOD! It’s only ten episodes and I was hooked – I definitely recommend watching it if you haven’t already. It’s been a good month for getting lost in stories.

Anyway, here are the three beautiful books I read this month:

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Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 402
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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I absolutely loved this book the first time I read it but the second time around didn’t go down quite as smooth – I put this down to the fact that I was revising at the time and I had already read it and knew how the story went. I find Tella so annoying in this book but my opinions on her completely changed when I finally read Legendary!

 

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Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 432
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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Wow did this book turn things up a level! I loved how this sequel focused on Tella as we followed her playing the game instead of Scarlett this time. I also absolutely LOVED the introduction of the new character, Jacks, and loved the scenes between him and Tella. There is a massive shocker in this book as with Caraval, and I enjoyed every second. I definitely preferred this to Caraval.

 

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Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 416
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Goodreads link

Well if Legendary wasn’t enough, Finale threw just about everything at us with some truly gorgeous descriptions, swoon-worthy and heart-breaking romances and of course a thrilling plot. It was everything and more and I can’t decide if this might be my favourite overall. It was great to see both the sisters in this one with their own storylines but interconnected as they both tackle the Fates. Sticking to true Caraval style, this wasn’t without some revelations and I was so tense throughout the whole book wondering what would happen and how it would end – I won’t give anything away, you’ll just have to read it to find out!

This was one of the rare times I actually stuck to my TBR plan from last month! Now after reading this superb trilogy, I had a serious book hangover, hence why I reread Legendary and I’m currently rereading Finale. I took to twitter straight after finishing Finale to ask for some suggestions from fellow bookworms with what to read next and I got some amazing recs. I ended up ordering The Kiss of Deception and Enchantée so I’ll be reading these as soon as my exams are done!

Did you read Finale this month as well? Let me know what you thought in the comment (no spoilers!) and which was your favourite book in this trilogy overall!

Summer Sweatalong Book Tag

I haven’t been posting for the last couple of weeks because I’m in revision mode at the moment for my exams soon, but I thought I shouldn’t leave it too long to post something! To break up revision, I thought I’d do a quick book tag that I thought of as I went for a sweltering walk –

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I am not a lover of summer. It’s so hot and I feel tired when I go outside, and so stifled indoors! I am a winter baby. I love the cold with snuggly jumpers and blankets – it’s where I belong! So I was thinking of what summery book tag I could do and I came up with the Summer Sweatalong Book Tag which is all about finishing books fast! I hope you enjoy it, here are the rules:

  • link back to the original creator of the book tag (thebookwormdreamer)
  • start off with telling us your favourite season and why it is/isn’t summer!
  • tag five friends to take part
  • enjoy!

So here’s my Summer Sweatalong Book Tag!

Don’t stop! A book you couldn’t stop reading

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To start, it’s a simple one; a book I just couldn’t stop reading the first time I read it was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was while I was away with my parents in their mobile caravan (shudder) and I was a stroppy teenager hating every second, but I was reading Harry Potter for the first time and this fifth book was my absolute favourite! I didn’t want to stop and I read it all the way home in the car, went straight upstairs to my room and finished it. I was very antisocial for that trip and as soon as I finished it, I went straight onto The Half-Blood Prince.

 

 

You’re a cheetah – a book you read in just ONE DAY

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There are a few books I have devoured in a day and Everything, Everything is one of them! It’s written in such a way that you can’t help but read it under a day and it’s the perfect size to avoid giving you a headache as well! I loved the sweet romance and the daring risks taken by the main character as she uncovers some truths about herself she didn’t know. It’s a quick and cute read with some depth about grief and loss.

 

 

 

Couldn’t let go – a book you reread straight away

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never reread books as soon as I have finished them but this book gave me a serious book hangover and I just couldn’t let go. I read A Court of Mist and Fury in two days and then had a MASSIVE book hangover so I reread the entire thing the day after. It essentially took me three days to read it twice and it was so worth it. I was utterly lost to that world for three wonderful days and it was amazing.

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy.

 

 

Calm it down! A book that got your heart racing

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I’m usually not one for thrillers, but I do like the occasional one to read and The Chemist  was just what I want from a thriller! I was hooked and I read with rapture – it was tension-building and suspense as I tried to guess what would happen. It’s such a good read as we follow an ex-agent on the run from her employers and she unravels a whole new plot we didn’t see coming.

If you’re not one for violence and gore but you love a bit of suspension, then check out The Chemist!

 

 

 

Second best – a sequel you read faster than the first

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The Bone Season series for me has been such a roller coaster. I read the first book and liked it but sort of didn’t get it, then I read The Mime Order and got sucked into it but then when it came to The Song Rising – oh my word! This has definitely been my favourite so far and I raced through the book. I am buzzing for the subsequent sequels but I’m not sure they will manage to take the top spot in this series that The Song Rising is currently residing! I just loved the amount of action embedded into the plot and such character development in the space of one book! So good.

 

 

Books on fire! A series you read straight through

I discovered the Shatter Me series last year and wow are they amazing! I read through the trilogy like I was starved of stories and it was glorious. But then the plot thickened! I found out a new trilogy was being released to follow this series, essentially making a six book series overall so I quickly grabbed up the fourth, Restore Me, and raced through that as well. This is a dystopian series with some seriously amazing characters and I can’t wait to read the last two books.

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Midnight madness – a book that kept you up late

Image result for the dark vault bookThere are so many books that have kept me up past the midnight hour but one I read recently that I couldn’t stop reading well into the night was The Dark Vault by V E Schwab which is all about a girl doing her job – and that job is essentially putting restless spirits back to sleep. It’s two books in one and the second was brilliantly done and didn’t go the typical way I thought it might. There are fantastic characters in this book and it promises so much and gives even more.

 

 

 

And there you have it! Sometimes finishing a book feels like you’ve just ran a race and you’re left breathless and your heart’s pounding. Who needs exercise when you have books? I hoped you’ve enjoyed this Summer Sweatalong Book Tag, I now tag The Paperback Piano, Bookishly Brittknee, BooksNest, Jill’s Book Blog, and Bookmark Your Thoughts!

Feel free to participate in the book tag if you want to, I can’t wait to see everyone’s responses! ♥

Our Planet and the fight against Climate Change

I know this isn’t a book-related post but I have recently started watching Our Planet on Netflix, narrated by David Attenborough and while it is visually stunning and incredibly beautiful to see so many parts of our planet in such crisp detail, it highlights the devastating effects that we are inflicting upon our planet and the species that live here through climate change. It has really got me thinking and reconsidering my lifestyle.

I’m already vegetarian and I’ve switched to using soy milk which massively helps since 60% of mammals on Earth are livestock (and farming uses lots of land which causes loss of carbon-storing forests), but the programme has left me feeling helpless and desperate to do something more. The programme does offer a message of hope though, and we can do something right now by doing some simple changes and putting thought into how we live.

Watch this video where David Attenborough explains how clean energy can benefit the planet and the species that live here through reducing the melting sea ice and giving us cleaner air to breathe:

https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/how-to-save-our-frozen-worlds

“Our Planet” is an urgent plea for fighting climate change ...

1 in 6 species is at risk of extinction because of climate change if we don’t control it. This is absolutely spine-chilling and horrendous to realise just how we are affecting the world and other species that live here. We’ve become a plague on Earth and taken over by sheer selfishness and I say, no more.

I want a world where we use renewable energy, use virtually no plastic in everyday products and have more land for rainforests compared to palm oil and livestock. So if, like me, you want to do more to save our planet and lower your impact, there are things you can do about it.

  • Take the WWF carbon footprint calculator (takes about 2-3 minutes to do) which shows you your impact on the environment and areas to improve on: https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/
  • Switch to an energy supplier that uses renewable energy and paperless bills – if more of us use these sorts of energy suppliers, it pushes out the corporations on the grid that use fossil fuels and increases the expansion of more renewable energy sources. You can also save money by switching! Just check out https://bigcleanswitch.org/ to see how much you could save. Some green energy suppliers that are rated in the top 5 by Which include Octopus Energy and So Energy.
  • Check out some plastic-free shops online and make some simple switches of everyday products right now! From the much talked about bamboo toothbrush to reusable make-up pads and shampoo bars, these shops are chock-full of brilliant ideas to use less plastic. And once you’ve bought it, it lasts so much longer than the cheap options in supermarkets! I can personally recommend the Georganics dental floss and the OrganiCup menstrual cup. Here are some of the best plastic-free online shops I’ve come across so far:
  • Switch your default search engine to Ecosia! They use their profit to plant trees and help pull in that excessive carbon dioxide sitting in our atmosphere and replacing it with life-giving oxygen. You can help even from sitting at your desk or sofa!
  • Check if the products you buy use sustainable palm oil. Currently, Sainsbury’s uses 98% certified sustainable palm oil in their own brand products which will be 100% by 2020. 100% of UK Tesco products were RSPO certified in 2017 (but doesn’t state if this is still the case), and Co-op has been using 100% RSPO certified palm oil in their own brand products since 2005. Check out the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard to check out other supermarkets and retailers for their score out of 9 for how sustainable their palm oil is sourced. It is estimated that we are losing 100 orangutans a week due to human activity which involves the deforestation to make way for palm oil trees.
  • Find a nearby plastic free store where you take your own containers and weigh out the amount you want to buy and pay per weight. There’s a brilliant blog post by The Zero Waster on finding shops near you. The Clean Kilo is one such near me which happens to be the UK’s largest zero waste supermarket! It’s so much fun weighing out what you want and they also have some fresh locally-sourced fruit and veg too as well as plastic free alternatives to beauty/kitchen products.
  • Look at the range of zero waste, plastic free and eco conscious books there are out on the market! 12 Small Acts To Save Our World is one I personally recommend (see my review here) and I am definitely going to buy some more very soon. Check out the range of planet conscious books on Wordery here.
  • Eat more plant-based foods! You don’t have to go full on veggie or vegan to make a difference; most people are eating more protein than they actually need anyway so give meat a break a couple days of the week or even all animal-based products and try to have a veggie and a vegan day a week! Just look at the impact of different milks on the environment and compare plant-based ones to dairy.

Got Oats? – One Year, Zero Waste

 

I hope this post has inspired you all to make some changes just like Our Planet has made me. What with the climate change protests and Greta Thunberg’s visit to different parliaments, climate change is storming the news as it should be – it’s a real and ever-present threat to life on Earth and we have the power to change that. Let me know in the comments below what changes you’re making to combat climate change and help save the Earth and if anyone has any suggestions on blogs to follow or shops/books to check out, then let me know!

April wrap-up

I’ve finished my 26 weeks of placements! I finished my last placement last week over Easter and it’s now I am back at uni and doing some more lectures before the panic of revision starts (which it already has but oh well). So it hasn’t been a great more for reading in terms of the amount of books I read, however I did accomplish finishing a trilogy that has been on my TBR for ages (yay!) and finally read an ARC that had been patiently waiting for me to pick up for well over a year (I know – the shame!) which I can’t believe I didn’t read sooner! Here are the three books I read in April:

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Author: Erika Johansen
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 528
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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I FINALLY finished this trilogy!! It feels so good to finish this series and it’s definitely one I’m glad I stuck with, even though life just seemed to get in the way of completing sometimes. I really enjoyed seeing more of the Crossing as well as the origins of some of the characters and seeing this story come to a conclusion. I really didn’t know what to expect for the ending and it still ended up surprising me! If you’re looking for a dystopian series with a bit of fantasy and some very grey characters then look no further than this and check out The Queen of the Tearling to begin this fantastic trilogy.

FurybornBooks – Claire Legrand

Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 491
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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Why oh why did I wait so long to read this ARC?! I got it in a Fairyloot box ages ago but it just hasn’t been something that struck my interest until this month – I’m very much the mood reader. I’m so glad I finally did pick it up and just in time for the sequel, Kingsbane, which is out in May! It has two awesome main characters and a very intriguing plot that had me racing through the book.

Springtime at WildacreSpringtime at Wildacre (Hope Meadows, #3) by Lucy Daniels

Author: Lucy Daniels
Publisher: Hodder Paperback
Pages: 368
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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The third book in the gorgeous Hope Meadows series about a vet, Mandy Hope, and based on the children’s series, Animal Ark, this is such a sweet story and perfect to read this springtime. This one was particularly interesting to read as we see Mandy make a clinical mistake which she has to learn to live with and forgive herself. It was heart-warming to read and gives you an appreciation for our British wildlife and animal lovers.

So what’s next for May? Well I’ve got a LOT of revision to do for exams so reading will have to take a backseat. I am hoping to do a reread of Caraval and finally get my hands on Legendary before the last in the trilogy, Finale, comes out in May so I can read this series all in one. There are also plenty of books I’m hoping to buy now my book-buying ban is lifted! I’ve got a list of books I want to buy so I’ll have a look at that and pick a couple as a treat.

If you’re a regular user of Amazon, have you heard of smile.amazon.co.uk? It’s exactly the same as Amazon but 0.5% of the cost of the net purchase price of eligible products is donated to a charity of your choice! It doesn’t sound like a lot initially, but as those purchases build up (and let’s face it, with bookworms, they definitely will) it adds up and every bit helps. It’s such a simple and easy way to donate to charity and all it takes it typing in smile.amazon compared to amazon after you’ve signed up. Check it out!

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged but I found the tag on Snowly’s Rambles blog and I thought I’d give it a go because I’m beginning to realise just how much fun participating in book tags are! The original tag was by Booknest

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

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Multiple friends are always telling me to read The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson! I do honestly want to read it but for some reason it always gets pushed back along my TBR. I think the size of it and the fact that it’s a big series is intimidating me when I don’t really have a lot of time at the moment – maybe I’ll hopefully get round to reading it when I finally finish uni!

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked up

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I bought this ages ago in my second year of uni at the gorgeous Waterstones in Gower Street but I just haven’t picked it up yet! I’m thinking it might be a book/series I’ll enjoy more when I’m older anyway since I still like a lot of YA stuff at the moment. I think I’ll keep it on my TBR for a bit longer but I do really want to eventually read it!

A book in a series you’ve started but haven’t got around to finishing

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I started this series ages ago and I’ve only read the first – I actually own the other two in the trilogy but maybe it’s because I didn’t love the first one, I just haven’t got round to reading the rest. Again, I do intend to read this series and I might have to just set aside the time and do it.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of but never actually read

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I’ve never read Wuthering Heights but I do really want to! And look how gorgeous this cover is! If you google Wuthering Heights book then some fantastic covers come up – I might have a hard time choosing which one to get! It’s a classic romance that I do need to read and I’ve never read any of the Brontë sisters work but I want to and this seems like a good place to start.

A popular book it seems everyone but you has read

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Everyone has either seen or read this and I had full intention to stay away from both because I know it would be an absolute cry fest. A few months ago I caught my sister watching the film on Netflix and I got drawn in and of course the ending was so sad. I don’t think I’ll be reading the book any time soon.

A book that inspired a TV/film adaptation but you haven’t read yet

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I’ve seen the film but not read the book (I know – heathen!) but I really liked the film because it was so visually spectacular. However I’m not sure whether I want to read the book or not because I feel like I’ve missed the boat with the age range it’s aimed at and I just don’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I could have, had I read it sooner. It’s still an awesome story and I definitely recommend the film if you haven’t seen it!

A book you see all over Instagram/Twitter but haven’t picked up yet

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Everyone seems to be reading this at the moment or posting about it but I’m just not sure it interests me!

I have to say it’s a lot of fun doing book tags and I think I might just do more of them so please feel free to tag me in any that you do!

Now for the tagging (I apologise if you’ve already done it but feel free to comment the link below so I can check it out!): What Vicky Readthelittlebookowlthe paperback pianoConnie ReadsBlogger BooksBookishly Brittknee; A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea; BookLoversBlog; The chronicles of a bookworm; Emma’s Chapter.

 

 

 

The Dark Vault Book Review

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Author: V E Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Pages: 697
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Synopsis from goodreads:

“Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Mackenzie Bishop’s grandfather first brought her here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now her grandfather is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.”

A world where the dead are stored as files for librarians to flip through, and can wake at any second to potentially find their way back into the living and breathing world – The Dark Vault is full of mystery and is superbly written. It’s an innovative creation with some absolutely fabulous and fiery characters that demands to be read with its fast pace and action-filled pages.

I LOVED this book! It was first released as two separate books, The Archived and The Unbound in 2013 and 2014 by Disney, but didn’t really grab the attention of the market. Both books are now appearing together in this one novel that has been released by Titan Books due to the success of Schwab’s more recent work with this publisher. I adore Schwab’s writing and I knew about this series existence and I actually bought The Archived after reading her amazing A Darker Shade of Magic series but I never got round to it. Having received The Dark Vault for Christmas, I finally picked up this series and I cannot believe I did not do it sooner! I was hooked from the beginning and was soon flying through the book though wanting to savour it because it truly is a gripping story.

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The construction of the world of the Archive was ingenious with each character cleverly fashioned to draw you into their story. Mackenzie is an awesome main character whose job it is to be a Keeper and send the dead back to sleep when they wake. We see her struggling to balance her real life with her secret life as a Keeper because she cannot reveal it to anyone. She was such an intriguing character to read and follow through the story as she makes decisions that leaves you wanting to reach inside the pages just to shake her out of it.

We meet some other delightful characters that I won’t mention and spoil the story for you but they are incredibly fascinating to read about and I loved their interactions with Mackenzie.

Out of the two books, I have to say The Archived is my favourite but I loved both of them. I thought The Unbound was going to go a certain way as a typical nightmare trope which plagues the protagonist, however I was WRONG! All I’ll say is that it wasn’t what I was expecting, given what I normally read.

The Dark Vault is an incredible book with non-stop action and keeps you guessing until the end. There’s also a little short at the back that rounds things off nicely and I thoroughly appreciated it to finish off this outstanding story.