Wednesday, February 19

Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2)

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2)
Tomi Adeyemi

Published By: Macmillan Publishing
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Date Read: January 4, 2020
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 416
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46028547-children-of-virtue-and-vengeance

From Goodreads:
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

"We're the children of the gods. If someone's running away, it's not going to be us."

Children of Virtue and Vengeance was without a doubt one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I absolutely adored the first book in this series Children of Blood and Bone and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen, especially after the excitement of the ending. Children of Virtue and Vengeance did not disappoint at all! I loved every single moment of this book and I couldn't put it down.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance picks up right where the first book left off. With magic back in the world and people not really knowing what to do. Amari and Zeli find themselves in a crisis, stuck between the magical races thrilled to have their magic back and the non-magical folk terrified of them. They don't know who they can trust and whether they can even trust each other. Can they survive the fallout from their actions?

This book was definitely a game changer. Anything that I thought I had figured out from the first book was flipped on its head. I honestly thought that I had these characters sussed out and I absolutely didn't. My opinions of the characters completely switched throughout this book. I went from loving Zelie and being irritated at Amari one second to it switching and me feeling the total opposite for both of them. The actions of both characters were such shocks and it definitely changed my mind about everyone and everything.

Tomi Adeyemi is such a phenomenal author. Honestly, I cannot praise her narration and storytelling enough. She is just an absolutely stunning and incredible author. She builds up this incredible mythology and fantastical world and makes it feel so real and like these characters are your family. That is how I feel with this series. I love so many of the characters like they are friends and family and if anything happens to them it broke my heart completely. I loved every single, heartbreaking second of this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the final instalment.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is filled to the brim with twists and turns and it will leave you gaping open-mouthed at the pages. I loved every single second of it. This is definitely one of my favourite fantasy series of all time. If you're a fan of fantasy I highly recommend this series if you haven't read it already. It was stunning, beautiful and magical. I can't wait for book three.

"This land, these temples - they're not what matters. As long as we have each other, we will carry Orisha in our veins. No one can ever take that away."



Wednesday, February 5

Review: Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.75)

Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.75)
Andrzej Sapkowski

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: May 21, 2015
Date Read: December 31, 2019
Genre: Adult - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 385
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18215192-sword-of-destiny

From Goodreads:
Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike...

After finishing The Last Wish and really enjoying it, I couldn't wait to dive into the next instalment of The Witcher series. I wish I could say I enjoyed Sword of Destiny as much as the first book but I didn't. I found myself getting quite bored throughout this one and it was quite a struggle to finish.

Sword of Destiny, much like The Last Wish, is a collection of short stories telling the back story of our main character Geralt. I found myself getting bored really easily as the short stories are very similar. Geralt has a monster to fight... fight ensues... Geralt wins. I'd seen this many times in the first book and it was just the same all over again. I didn't feel like any of these short stories were adding any more to my knowledge of the world and Geralt. I feel like I'm just ready for the actual series and story to start now rather than having a million prequel novellas.

I will definitely be continuing the series but I felt like Sword of Destiny was unnecessary and long-winded. If I decide to re-read the series, I will definitely be skipping this one.



Wednesday, January 29

Review: The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5)

The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5)
Andrzej Sapkowski

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: February 14, 2008
Date Read: December 26, 2019
Genre: Adult - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
 

From Goodreads:
Geralt was always going to stand out, with his white hair and piercing eyes, his cynicism and lack of respect for authority... but he is far more than a striking-looking man. He's a witcher, with powers that make him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin - his targets are the vile fiends that ravage the land.

As guardian of the innocent, Geralt meets incestuous kings with undead daughters, vengeful djinns, shrieking harpies, lovelorn vampires and despondent ghouls. Many are pernicious, some are merely, and none are quite as they appear.

The Last Wish was a recent book added to my collection. After seeing The Witcher TV series advertised I decided I wanted to read the book before I watched the show. It was very different to what I was expecting as it is a collection of short stories about the Witcher Geralt.

I enjoyed some of the short stories more than others, with some of them being quite long winded and slow but as a whole I really enjoyed The Last Wish. Reading this book you really get an insight into Geralt and what sort of person he is. You also get an introduction into some of the monsters in this world. One of the things I loved about these stories is that a lot of them were inspired by some well known fairytales. There was a Beauty and the Beast-eske story in there and one of them resembles parts of the Rumplestiltskin story. I loved seeing these little hints to well known and well loved fairytales.

I really enjoyed The Last Wish and I can't wait to dive into both the TV series and the next book in The Witcher series and see more of these characters and this very addictive fantasy world.



Wednesday, January 22

Review: The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey #7; The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3)

The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3)
Julie Kagawa

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: Octiber 27, 2015
Date Read: December 24, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 330
 

From Goodreads:
The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.
 

The Iron Fey has long been one of my favourite series. I read the original series back in 2012 and absolutely loved it. The Iron Warrior has sat unread on my shelf since it's release. I don't know why I never got around to reading it so I thought it was about time that I finally finished off this series. I want to say I absolutely loved this book.... but I didn't. I don't know whether I'd had too much of a break inbetween the previous book and this one but I actually really struggled with the first two-thirds of this book.

The Iron Warrior is the final book in the series about The Forgotten. I remember loving this series but this one just felt so very slow to me in pacing. If you've been following me for a while you'll probably know I'm very much a fussy reader when it comes to slow pacing. I like fast-paced books that keep my attention and the majority of the books that I don't finish are because of pacing issues. I really struggled with the slowness of this book and I almost put it down a couple of times but I was determined to push through and finally finish this series.

The last third of the book really did pick up in pacing and I did really enjoy it. It was a great ending to Ethan and Kieran's story and I am so glad that I pushed through and got to the end and it was worth it and Kieran did get his redemption. I highly recommend this series but my advice would be to not leave a gap of 5 years in between books. If I hadn't have left it so long maybe I would have enjoyed it a lot more. As it is, I am excited for the new Iron Fey books coming from Julie Kagawa and I will definitely be reading them.


Wednesday, January 15

Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
Gayle Forman

Published By: Doubleday
Publication Date: April 28, 2011
Date Read: December 8, 2019
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9815249-where-she-went

From Goodreads:
If you had a second chance at first love... would you take it?

It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it... and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, powerful prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance

"You were so busy trying to be my savior that you left me all alone."

If I Stay was a book that I was late to the party in reading, having only picked it up in 2019 and I loved every moment of it. I picked up Where She Went straight away but put it down as I was absolutely heartbroken right at the beginning seeing that Mia and Adam were no longer together. After a few months of reading other books I decided to pick this one up again and as heartbroken as I was I gave it a chance and I absolutely loved this book. I actually think I preferred it to the first book in the series.

Where She Went is set three years after If I Stay and follows Adam, now a rock star, living his crazy life of concerts and tabloids. When a chance encounter throws Adam back in the path of Mia they explore the city together for one night catching up on the past three years.

Where She Went completely and utterly broke my heart. I fell head over heels in love with Adam in the first book of this series so to see him so utterly unhappy and heartbroken, wondering what he did wrong to make Mia leave absolutely crushed me. I was so angry with Mia at the start but the more I read the more I realised why she did it. Where She Went takes you on a beautiful journey once again and it made me fall in love with both of these characters even more.

Where She Went was a beautiful conclusion to this series and I absolutely loved it. It was heartwarming and incredible. It brought so much more depth to these characters and their lives and it was utterly stunning.

"It felt like a gift. From them. For my first recital ever, they gave me a cello. And for this one, they gave me you."



Wednesday, January 8

Review: Blackout (Newsflesh #3)

Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy #3)
Mira Grant

Published By: Orbit
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Date Read: November 17, 2019
Genre: Adult - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11806716-blackout

From Goodreads:
Rise up while you can. -Georgia Mason

The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. They uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this:

Things can always get worse.

"...but that was the thing about reality. It didn't need to make sense."

Blackout was one of those books that has been sat unread on my shelf for what feels like forever. I read the first two books in the Newsflesh Trilogy back in 2011 and then I just kept putting this one off as I just didn't want the series to end. As part of my 2019 'Series Catch Up' challenge I finally read this one and I honestly loved it so much. I had forgotten how much I loved this book and it was such a beautiful and perfect ending.

Blackout follows the revived Georgia Mason and her adoptive brother Shaun as the presidential investigation comes to a head. More secrets are revealed... including how the zombie apocalypse even began. Blackout is filled with revelation after revelation and will leave your head reeling.

Blackout is such a perfect third instalment of this trilogy. It sees Georgia and Shaun's story come to a close and it was filled with heartwarming moments and heartbreak. Anyone who has read any of the books in this series will agree that it's a very raw and heartwrecking story and so the bittersweet ending of this really fit the series. It's never been a happy go lucky story so a happy ending would be unrealistic so as heartbreaking and sad as the ending is, I felt like it fit really well and I absolutely loved every moment of it.

My one issue with Blackout was that for the first half of the book it was quite slow in pacing. It took me quite a while to get through this book when I am usually a fast reader. It does make sense in the end having the slow build up but I'm very much a reader who likes fast pacing so it did affect my enjoyment of the book a little bit.

One of the things I loved most about this series was the scientific background of the zombie outbreak and the political aspects of how it happened. I loved how it all played out and I would love to read more in this world. Mira Grant has wrote a fourth book that follows other characters and I will definitely be picking that up at some point.

Blackout was heartstopping and filled with twists, turns and crazy revelations. I loved it and I am so very glad I finally picked this up to see the ending of this story. If you're a fan of dystopia books and zombie books then I highly recommend that you pick up this series. I promise you won't be disappointed.

"Given a choice between life and death, choose life. Given a choice between right and wrong, choose what's right. And given a choice between a terrible truth and a beautiful lie, choose the truth every time."


Wednesday, January 1

Wrap Up: December 2019


Happy New Year Guys!!!
Can you believe it's 2020? I feel like I blinked and the whole of 2019 just passed me by. Welcome to a new year and a new decade. Let's make it the best, bookish decade ever!!

Well my very first post of the year is going to be my wrap up of what I gained, read and reviewed in December. Let me know what you got too.

Book Haul

I got so many books in December. People clearly know me very well and bought me lots of books for Christmas. Plus I got two wonderful subscription boxes to scroll down to see what I got in those.

Hardcopies:




Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Skyward (Claim the Stars #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Christmasaurus (Christmasaurus #1) by Tom Fletcher
 The Beast's Heart by Liefe Shallcross
Good Omens by Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman
The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.75) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Blood of Elves (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian
Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names For Magic #1) by Rin Chupeco
Children of Blood and Bone (Orisha Legacy #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Orisha Legacy #2) by Tomi Adeyemi
Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy #1) by Amelie Wen Zhao
Queen of Nothing (Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter #4) by JK Rowling

Subscription Boxes

Illumicrate



Fairyloot



Books Read in December 2019:



Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman - 4 stars
The Iron Warrior (Iron Fey: Call of the Forgetten #3) by Julie Kagawa - 3 Stars
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - 5 Stars
The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski - 4 Stars
Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.75) by Andrzej Sapkowski - 2 Stars
Warm Up (Villains #0.5) by VE Schwab - 3 Stars

Reviews Posted in December 2019:

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo (click here to read review)

Top Read of December 2019:



What was your favourite book of this month?