September wrap-up & October TBR

Ba de ya say do you remember

Ba de ya dancing in September

I’m back at uni after a summer of placements and I’m already two weeks into lectures! Time is going by so quickly and I hate it but at least I had a great month reading – I read five books; a mixture of fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi as well as a reread and some new releases!

Books I read in September:

Burning GlassImage result for burning glass book

Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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This was a reread so I could be freshly reminded of events and ready to read the sequel which came out last month! I loved it just as much as the first time in this fantasy with a dark romance thrown in as Sonya becomes the Sovereign Auraseer, a position of great honour in the empire of Riaznin.

 

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Author: S J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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The novella-turned-novel all about Chaol on his journey to Antica in seek of help from the revered khagan there as well as the healing of his injury he sustained. I absolutely LOVED this book all about Chaol and discovering a new place to the world Maas created. The writing is breath-taking and story-telling beautiful. A firm favourite in a brilliant series, it runs parallel alongside Empire of Storms in the Throne of Glass series.

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Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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The sequel to Burning Glass, Riaznin is recovering from the events that occurred in the last book, Valko in prison and awaiting trial. Sonya struggles with her new power and finding her place in the new Riaznin. Quite a bit shorter than the first, it makes up in action. It’s non-stop and the ending leaves your mind blown and I can’t wait to read the last in this trilogy.

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Author: S J Kincaid
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Nemesis is a Diabolic, a genetically-engineered human-like creature that has strength beyond any human and with one purpose only: to protect her human, Sidonia, with her life. It’s a sci-fi packed book of politics and discovering that what you are might not be all that you seem. Starting off a bit slow, it picks up and takes turns that are both unexpected and intriguing.

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Author: Holly Bourne
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
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Audrey gets a job in her local cinema and meets the movie-cliché-filled Harry who goes against every rule she’s made against dating guys. I loved this brilliantly-constructed book completely destroying movie clichés and filled with witty humour and absolute honesty regarding relationships. It’s a definite recommended read for anyone and everyone!

For my October TBR I plan to read The Handmaid’s Tale which I have already started in fact, but I’m also feeling a bit more contemporary at the moment so I might purchase a couple more books. There are still some releases in September I want to get my hands on so a trip to Waterstones may be needed! I don’t really not what else I want to read yet so I’m up for any suggestions!

It’s been a great reading month and I am soooo looking forward to October and HALLOWEEN! I don’t do spooky reads but I love the sillyness of Halloween – I do pumpkin carving and watching Hocus Pocus 🙂

 

Crystal Blade Book Review

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Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Synopsis from goodreads:

“Peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn’t immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned. And that someone won’t be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she’s made.”

“I believe in you, Sonya. You’re a girl who can do impossible things. No one like you has walked this world. I regret not realizing that sooner.”

-Kathryn Purdie, Crystal Blade

I loved Burning Glass and the prince and emperor, brothers but so different in their behaviour and beliefs. Crystal Blade starts off a few weeks later where Burning Glass finished and we see Riaznin trying to comes to terms with a new peace, a new life. Valko is as dark as ever and takes a particularly strong blood-lust turn for the worst, and Sonya is trying to get to grips with her newfound power.

The story was brilliant (and I had no idea where this book would take us) and I loved how an old character was brought back, cloaked in mystery and we only really found out their true colours until the end. Crystal Blade is quite similar in writing style, in the perspective of Sonya who is quite naive about her power and her control, but I think this is reflected in the small, clipped sentences that matches her frantic personality. She desperately wants to use her power for good and to help in any way she can, but unfortunately for her (and some others), her good intentions don’t always end with the best outcome.

Sonya has a journey of her own and takes a dark turn, her control over her power all over the place as well as her reason and judgement. She finds herself willing to do unspeakable things because she believes it is what is right, and it will take all of her strength and focus to find her way back again.

“My lips twitched into a righteous smile. I felt godlike. Justified. Valko would pay for his crimes here and now, and I wound not weep with regret.”

-Kathryn Purdie, Crystal Blade

Crystal Blade shows us the darkness within and how Sonya fights it, almost lets it consume her but, in the end, fights back and takes control of her life. Revelations are made and people dearest snatched away. It’s a book where the action is non-stop, different compared to the first book and a lot more secrets and mysteries are solved. I finished the last third in one sitting and absolutely loved the plot twists towards the end and I can’t wait for the third and final book in this trilogy!

So since some massive revelations were made, I’ll be mentioning a few spoilers now so look away if you haven’t read Burning Glass or Crystal Blade and don’t want to be spoiled!

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Who would have guessed that Nadia would come back, scarred from the fire but alive and very much veiled in shadow with her intentions, clear one second and gone the next. And she can’t sense auras or be detected by another Auraseer any more? It adds to the mystery of who she is and what she wants, meaning if she has a plan for revenge, Sonya can’t detect it.

But the mahoosive thing that got revealed was that Terezia Dyomin was her mother!

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And Sonya went and killed her.

Well, sort of killed her. It was all very hazy and Nadia said it wasn’t her fault, she didn’t mean to kill the woman but after discovering that woman was in fact her mother – I don’t think she’ll be letting Sonya off any time soon.

And then of course, Nadia laces her soup with something and Sonya’s gift ends up disappearing completely!

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I could kind of see it coming that Terezia was Nadia’s mother and the way in which she died was awful because it wasn’t Sonya’s fault but she made Terezia feel so much pain and despair that she ended up killing herself, Sonya not actually having caused it but effectively doing so. But I did not think Nadia would then take her revenge so quickly and rip Sonya’s gift from her! It might do her some good, you never know or her power might come back, but still. It was the final shock to end the book, but there is still one more massive plot twist to mention…

How about DASHA BEING VALKO AND ANTON’S SISTER?

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That’s right. Dasha, the little Auraseer who incidentally ceased an army fighting one another and stopping the emperor himself from killing, turns out to be his and Anton’s sister. Oh, and not only that but she has a lynx-shaped mark on her arm, the same one matching Anton’s! So it wasn’t a love match all along like he originally thought, but only a long-lost sister he didn’t know he had, who gets carted off with Valko at the end of the book, no doubt to become a tool in his fight to reclaim the empire!!!

So many shocks, so many plot twists. I really didn’t see that one coming and I can’t wait to see what happens to Dasha, where the next book will start off from and what happens to the empire. Will Valko turn Dasha into his tool, commanding her to do his bidding? Or will Anton manage to save his sister in time?

love these twists! The second book has totally turned up a notch in drama and I’m really excited to see where this goes!

Tower of Dawn Book Review (IT’S AMAZING!)

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Author: S J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 660
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Synopsis from goodreads:

“Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol’s men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme.

It’s Chaol’s one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin’s survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica’s rulers to ally with them. But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.”

Running parallel to the events unfolding in Empire of Storms, Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have just reached the Southern Continent in seek of support in the upcoming war, as well as the treatment Chaol needs after the injury he sustained in the final scenes in Queen of Shadows. They have reached Antica to seek the healers of Torre Cesme and favoured to become the next Healer on High, Yrene Towers, is appointed to help Chaol with his injury, one such that only she can help with. But as darkness is enclosing in on Antica, princes and princesses are looking for who to blame as Chaol and Nesryn desperately try to find some answers and get what they came to Antica for, and then some.

I absolutely loved this book!!! While I was sceptical about what would happen regarding Chaol’s injury and was left a little disappointed with some of the things that happened in Empire of Storms, I was totally surprised and Tower of Dawn surpassed my expectations. Chaol has been a character that I grew to like, and then dislike as the series went on but after this book, I love him as a character and feel like there was a tonne of character development in this book that was sorely needed.

We meet some brilliant new characters in the book: the lovely and daring Yrene Towers who has to help a man of Adarlan, an enemy in her eyes; Sartaq and Hasar, prince and princess who are silently battling for the position of khagan against their other siblings, Kashin, Arghun and Duva. Each new addition was superbly constructed and I loved seeing the rivalry between the siblings. Flying ruks are introduced (not as cute as wyverns though) and relationships take an unexpected journey.

“It was agony and despair and fear. It was joy and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it…”

-Sarah J Maas, Tower of Dawn

Action-packed and every bit as amazing as the previous books in the series, Tower of Dawn was definitely a novella that needed turning into a full-blown novel to tell this story of Chaol! As with the usual dazzling writing and exceptional world-building and story-telling, we get to discover some vital and shocking details about the Valg and how they came to enter the world of Erilea. With some nods to elements described in the novellas in The Assassin’s BladeTower of Dawn is an exquisite addition to the Throne of Glass series.

A few thunderbolts of plot twists were dropped towards the end of the book and we discovered some major titbits of information regarding the Valg and other players in the war on life itself in Erilea. Ships were made (and I’m guessing will be highly defended now) and, of course, a good douse of magic was thrown in for good measure.

“It was like waking up or being born or falling out of the sky. It was an answer and a song, and she could not think or feel fast enough.”

-S J Maas, Tower of Dawn

So a few spoilers will now be mentioned since quite a few things happened in Tower of Dawn that changes a few things about how the last book in the series will be anticipated!

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So the book started with Chaol seeking help from the ruler of Antica, the illustrious khagan, for support in the war as well as access to treatment from the revered healers of the Torre Cesme.

In comes Yrene Towers who is a fabulous character that was mentioned in The Assassin’s Blade whom Aelin helped in Innish, Yrene on her way to the Torre Cesme but stuck for money. It was a really cute storyline to continue with and all throughout the book I was waiting for Yrene to realise it was Aelin who helped her but only until the end did Chaol enlighten her. She’s an amazing character – strong-willed, caring with a dedication to looking after her people as well as holding to the promise she unwittingly made to Aelin to teaching herself self-defence and others.

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So when the relationship between Chaol and Yrene started unfolding, I was both really excited but also a bit surprised – I honestly thought Chaol and Nesryn would be together at the end of the book! But Chaol and Yrene are actually really cute together and they totally make the other better. And when Chaol said Lady Westfall!

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They totally work together!! Lord and Lady Westfall is so adorable, which brings me onto the life-bond they now share…

I had no idea what would happen in Tower of Dawn regarding Chaol’s injury. I was disappointed when the cover was revealed and he wasn’t on it, the opportunity for representation of disability completely bypassed. And I both wanted to him to get healed but also not because it’s not something that needs to get healed. However the way that Maas went about the treatment, it was actually really well done. This is a fantasy series in which magic is a centre point and so it would be a bit out of place for Chaol to not get healed with the magic of the healers of the Torre.

But it wasn’t just physical healing, but emotionally as well and I am so glad because Chaol just wasn’t himself and needed to be healed from within. It wasn’t some ‘think yourself better’ rubbish or anything, it was an element to the physical healing that came with it and so the story focused on both physical and mental health and how they are hand in hand – it showed that in order for Chaol to be healed fully, he needed to embrace himself and the darkness that’s inside himself.

“You would be surprised by how closely the healing of physical wounds is tied to the healing of emotional ones.”

-S J Maas, Tower of Dawn

In the end, I was really glad with the outcome of Chaol and the injury to his spine because he was healed in every sense of the world, but due to the horrific scene where the demon inside Duva broke his back again and Yrene had to pay the cost to bring him back from the brink of death, he now shares the life-bond with Yrene. It means that Chaol is healed but when Yrene depletes her magic, his injury will come to the forefront again and he will have to use his cane or chair. It doesn’t devalue his injury or show that it’s something that absolutely has to be cured, it shows that it was more of Chaol healing himself and understanding – basically, this quote says it all:

“’Using the chair is not a punishment. It is not a prison,’ he said softly. ‘It never was. And I am as much of a man in that chair, or with that cane, as I am standing on my feet.’ He brushed away the tear that slipped down her cheek.
‘I wanted to heal you,’ she breathed.
‘You did,’ he said, smiling. ‘Yrene, in every way that truly matters . . . You did.’”

-S J Maas, Tower of Dawn

So, all in all, I’m really happy with the ending and the events in Tower of Dawn because I was a bit apprehensive that it would show disability as something that needs to be ‘healed’ but it didn’t, it showed it’s something that is embraced, another part to that person which doesn’t make them anything more or less other than who they are. It took Chaol a while to get there, and made it all the more realistic given his past and his pride for his job as Captain of the Guard. So I think Maas did a brilliant job.

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But since Chaol and Yrene were getting close, what about Nesryn? I am so glad of Nesryn’s storyline in Tower of Dawn and what she did and found out about the Valg demons and securing the support of Sartaq and ruks to add to their aerie legion. She wasn’t a background character or unimportant, she took matters into her own hands and gets on with life, not just following what Chaol says or waiting around for orders. She’s another fantastic character and I love the little romance that blooms with Sartaq. They seem better suited than Nesryn and Chaol and it’s so sweet how their relationship isn’t all explosive and passionate from the off, but rather more of a slow-burn until very late in the book when they finally kiss.

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The ships in this book are really cute and I was left completely happy with the resulting standings: Chaol and Yrene, Nesryn and Sartaq. I think these pairings will make for a brilliant aspect to the final book as they travel back to Adarlan.

I totally thought the demon chasing Yrene all this time was Duva’s husband though, a quiet character that was mentioned but not stressed, however when it was Duva that stepped out and was holding Hafiza hostage-

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DUVA?! Sweet, innocent, pregnant Duva?? It was soooo unexpected I don’t care what anyone says, I was not thinking of Duva at all – I thought it was her husband, or someone more obvious. I either thought it would be someone obvious like Arghun who was basically a beacon of ‘I might be the demon’ or someone completely inconspicuous like Duva’s husband, completely in the shadows. But no, it was Duva and god was she evil that demon inside her, laying into Chaol and destroying all the work Yrene did with her magic. And then to find out that Duva-demon killed her sister Tumelun! I couldn’t believe it  – total plot twist. Duva killing her own sister. But I am a bit flummoxed at how that baby survived that kind of fight between Duva-demon and Yrene.

But what was more of a plot twist than this was the erm, I dunno – MAEVE BEING A BLOODY VALG QUEEN!!!!!

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knew there was something else to Maeve!!!! She was just too evil and focused on in that last book for it to be something as mild as she’s just a bit evil or something. I love the disguise as being a Fae Queen and changing the memory of people to think her sisters are Mora and Mab. It just makes the whole story so much better! ESPECIALLY since Aelin is currently trapped in that coffin Maeve stuffed her in-

THE FIREHEART CHAPTER AT THE END!!!!!

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IT WAS UNBE-FREAKING-LIEVEABLE!!!! Maeve opens up the coffin and says ‘let’s begin‘ to Aelin. LET’S BEGIN WHAT? WHAT DOES SHE HAVE IN STORE FOR HER?!

I am SO exited for the final book next year to finally discover what’s going to happen to Aelin, Maeve, Erawan; not to mention everybody else! There are so many players and so much happening I can’t tell what’s up or down any more. Tower of Dawn was a rollercoaster and one I’d quite happily go back on! It was brilliant and has got me completely freaking out for the last Throne of Glass book. It’s gonna be amazing!!!

Bookworm Thoughts: Thoughts in a Bookstore

         Outside the bookstore

  1. Okay I’m just going to have a look. I am not buying anything, I’m just seeing what is new out – research for what I can buy when I have money next. I’ve already bought some books recently so I don’t need to buy anything today. I’m just looking.
  2. I mean I can have a look at the half-price section, right? There might be some good deals. It won’t hurt to have a look and I don’t have to buy anything. I’m just looking.
  3. I wonder if that book is out yet. I do need that sequel… But I’ve got plenty to read at home, my TBR pile is getting dangerously out of hand.
  4. I’ll just pop in for a quick look.
  5. *sees bookstore* Ahh there it is! Omg I can’t wait to get inside and see what books are out and-

    Inside the bookstore
  6. Oh. No.
  7. THERE ARE SO MANY
  8. Ah I feel like I’m home, ah hello *strokes books as walks past* ah they’re so beautiful. This is so much better than looking online. I can actually see and pick up the books and be surrounded by so many books!
  9. One day my house will look like this. I vow I will have a library in my house.
  10. It will be mighty and beautiful. I will have a comfy chair to sit in and read in my library.
  11. I’ll be living the dream.

    Arrives at favourite go-to section
  12. Oh I love that book! Ah that’s a great series. See I thought that was going to be good but it actually wasn’t as good as I thought. Oh everyone loves this series but I just didn’t see it. Now this is an amazing series right here! I can’t wait for the sequel. Oh I haven’t read this yet! I own this one but haven’t read it yet. I’ll read it next, well, after the one I’m currently reading then the other two I’ve got planned to read… I will get round to reading it. I will!
  13. *sees signed book* SIGNED! IT’S SIGNED! Okay I have to get this one I mean, how often do you see a signed book in the store? It’s a golden opportunity and one that might not come again. And the author hardly ever does signings here so it would be stupid not to get it. Ah the signature is so pretty! Okay I have to get this one.
  14. Okay so one book and that’s all. I’ve done pretty good actually. Yeah I feel so proud of myself for just getting one-
  15. AND THERE IT IS – THE HALF-PRICE TABLE. Oh god stop looking at it – but how can I not? Damn! I need that one but there’s nothing else on the offer that I want- THAT IS OUT ALREADY?! Oh no. Oh yes! I can get these two so I’m getting it on the buy one get one half price offer, so I’m basically saving money. I could get these cheaper online but then I wouldn’t get the little stamp on my card which will get me £10 to spend when I get ten stamps…
  16. No stop looking at me books! I can only get these three – I’m already buying three more than I should! I’ll look online and see if I can these other ones cheaper later.
  17. I’ll be back.
  18. *paying for books* I feel so happy I love life this is brilliant take all my money why yes I will have a good day thank you so much, and you! *smiles incessantly at assistant*
  19. They have the best job in the world. I should totally become an assistant here. That would be living the dream. And I’d get to see all the new releases early! I could grab the signed books before anyone else – they’re so lucky to work here. *gets books handed back* Thank you, angels in disguise. I love this store so much.

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  20. Oh crap what have I done…

 

Anticipated September releases

Okay I love the month of September because one of my favourite songs is named after it and it also means the end of summer and start of autumn! The second best month 😀 I am so ready for pumpkin spice everything and autumn leaves, crisp and orange to be scattered across every pavement. It’s such a good month (except maybe for the returning to school/college/uni aspect) and book releases are no exception!

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September means a Maas book and this year it’s Tower of Dawn, Chaol’s novella-turned-novel! I was a bit disappointed with the cover reveal but I’m hoping the story will make up for it and we’ll get to understand more of Chaol and his life. It’s the sixth ToG book since it happens simultaneously alongside EoS.

Tower of Dawn release date: 05/09/2017

 

 

Image result for language of thornsSome other sequels/spin-offs from series that are coming out this month are Language of Thorns which is a spin-off from the Grisha trilogy, an illustrated book of short stories! It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to finally get it after seeing so many people snag a sampler at YALC this year!

Language of Thorns release date: 26/09/2017

 

 

Image result for fireblood ukOne book I totally cannot WAIT to get is Fireblood!!! I’ve just read Frostblood and I absolutely loved it (see August wrap-up) so I am so excited that the sequel is going to be released in less than a week. I’ll definitely be reading it this month!!

Fireblood release date: 07/09/2017

 

 

Image result for it only happens in the moviesThere is a new Holly Bourne book coming out in October but and I’m actually going to the launch event at Waterstones Piccadilly which includes a copy of the book! It’s called It Only Happens in the Movies and sounds amazing because it’s Holly Bourne 😀

It Only Happens in the Movies release date: 01/10/2017

 

 

Some new books that I’ve heard a lot of excitement about and are coming out in September are: Before She Ignites (release date: 12/09/2017), Girls Made of Snow and Glass (release date: 05/09/2017), The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (release date: 07/09/2017).

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What are some books that are coming out in September that you’re excited for?

 

August wrap-up & September TBR

This month has gone soooo much better than the last for reading! Last month I only managed a measly two books but I’ve more than doubled it this month! And in the process, I managed to reach my goodreads reading challenge!!! I set myself the goal of forty books this year and I’ve already reached this goal so I think next year I’ll up it to fifty. It isn’t going to stop me reading though!

August has been filled with more placements and I went to Barcelona with my sister! I had an amazing time discovering a beautiful city and it was a much needed break from placements. My friend also got married (what?!) and I still haven’t done any work for uni yet *facepalm* But yes it has been a great month for reading and I also bought some books I’ve been wanting for ages.

 

Books read in August:

 

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Author: Elly Blake
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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I loved this ice-filled adventure of a girl discovering her powers as a Fireblood. It was dripping in beautiful description and I adored the romance in this book – I can’t wait for the sequel and I really don’t know why it took me this long to read this book! (I actually got the ARC in a Fairyloot box last year!)

 

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Author: 13 authors, edited by Ameriie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
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A much-needed break from reading novels, this book is filled with various short stories all with a villain at their centre! A booktuber or blogger set a task for an author to construct a story of a villain around and I loved this idea! It was so interesting to see where the authors went with the idea and a few of my favourites were: Death Knell, The Sea Witch and Beautiful Venom.

 

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Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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This was a reread for me, I adored the book first time round but I found the reread so helpful in understanding the story more. Breath-taking descriptions and a romance so wonderful you’ll swoon as you read it, it’s a story that you’ll want to read again and again.

 

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Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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This sequel is both that and a stand alone because it focuses on the story of Maya’s sister in the first book, Gauri and I really liked the change this story took! A crazy magical tournament with new and intriguing characters, while I loved TSTQ more, it was still a brilliant and lavish book to read.

 

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Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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A book I had been meaning to read for ages, Uprooted had me hooked from the first chapter and I knew I was in for a fantastic story. However it seemed to wane after half way through the book and I was left a bit dissatisfied with the ending.

 

Frostblood had to be my favourite new read, closely followed by The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes with Because You Love To Hate Me my least favourite, though they were all great reads. I’m so glad I finally got round to reading a few books that have been sat on my TBR for ages, as well as a new release! It has been a great month for reading 🙂

It’s now September! (Ba de ya, say do you remember?) and what am I going to be reading? Well I recently received Crystal Blade in the post from a lovely preorder I did, so I’ve just started on my reread of Burning Glass ready for me to read the sequel. Tower of Dawn also comes out this month (that cover!!) and also a new Holly Bourne book! Fair to say, I have enough books to choose from on my shelves but of course I’ll be making a few purchases 😀

“It’s bad to be a dragon.”
“Says who? Nothing wrong with a little bit of viciousness. Would you rather be a dove or a dragon?”

-Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen