Our Dark Duet – Review!

Oh my. The feels! Just the actual feels!

Kate is an ordinary girl, who fights monsters, August is a monster who endlessly longs for humanity. Both stuck in a world on the breach of war. A war to divide humans and monsters begins, August becomes the leader he never wanted to be, whilst Kate becomes the monster hunter she always dreamed off, until they are forced back together in a bid to end this war.
Our Dark Duet, is the second novel in the monsters of Verity series by V.E. Schwab. This book just had everything you could have asked for, it wrapped up the series beautifully, whilst also leaving the reader with thoughts and feelings towards the characters, wondering what else to happen, without there being any plot holes within the story.

I loved how the world had been progressed, the readers were given further information as to the world and the surrounding cities. The new characters that were introduced such as the Wardens from Prosperity I loved, however do wish that they were involved more throughout the novel. My current love for Kate and August never changed, I felt more strongly towards Kate and August as the book developed, seeing both these characters change and progress was beautiful. V.E. Schwab has a way of writing that allows the reader to love passionately and hate vengefully the good characters and the bad. The last 50 pages of Our Dark Duet had me at the edge of my seat, and my heart in my mouth with the action packed scenes and the tense and totally unpredictable ending. Another aspect of the novel that I thought was a nice touch was how poems were used to express the sensations that Kate was feeling as she lost control, it allowed for the pace of the novel to quicken and keep the reader engulfed in the world.

Overall I rate this book 4*. I absolutely loved every moment of the story and wish to be back in that world that was just so fascinating.

This Savage Song- Review!

This Savage Song – V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab has become one of my new favourite authors, I’ve read four of her books the latest one being ‘This Savage Song’. I’ve read Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows, and every book of hers that I’ve read I had never failed to rate them anything lower than four stars! V.E. Schwab has such a unique take on typically over-used story narratives of monsters and magic however adds her own magic touch to it. This Savage song is one of those books, it focuses around Verity a city divided in two, one half owned by Harker, who controls the North and the South control by Flynn. Harker promises protection from the monsters to those of pay, and Flynn protects the innocent from sinners. The novel focuses on Kate and August, both raised either side of the country, Kate is trying to prove that she is her father’s daughter and that she isn’t weak, whilst August is trying to prove that he isn’t a monster. I love how the reader is given two perspectives, it allows for the reader to understand the pain August feels as he tries to hide who he really is, and the pain Kate feels trying to prove that she is strong and not weak. Through the use of these perspective the reader is conflicted between who the enemy is and who isn’t. To begin with I personally found it hard to agree and find a connection with Kate, to begin with she annoyed me with her elite view of herself. However as the events of the novel progress Kate becomes relatable and I found myself warming to her, August I loved from the beginning, I felt his pain of wanting to be normal throughout the story, and he was just a loveable character that I just wanted to wrap in a blanket and give him a cuddle. The overall first book in this duology was a fantastic beginning, it left me on the edge of my seat wanting to know more, gasping at certain scenes and couldn’t wait to see how it was going to play out, I cannot wait to delve into the next instalment of this world and see how it’s going to be wrapped up. If you haven’t read any V.E. Schwab I would highly recommend her, she is a fantastic author, who has such a unique view of monsters it’s fantastic.     I gave this book 4*

Into The Water- Review!

Into the water by Paula Hawkins, Published by Transworld Publishers, and Hawkins second novel.

Into the water surrounds itself with murder, mystery and heartache, the novel is told from a variety of characters, who have been affected by the Death of Nel Abbott. Including points of view from Lena and Jules the immediate family of Nel. Into the water had a similar vibe to The Girl on the Train, which I absolutely devoured, the writing style was the same, easy to get into and allows for a quick read due to heavy use of dialogue. which despite a lack of description and world building the use of the dialogue allows for the reader to understand the characters and form a deep emotional connection, I found to be deeply drawn to Lena and Jules especially. Some chapters are written in a way I felt as though I was Nel and understood the pain these characters were going through, and some chapters were written as though the reader is simply a fly on the wall, observing the event unfold before their eyes. I was deeply drawn into this book due to its writing style. It had shocking twists that left me itching to find out more.

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes reading books, is when an author will talk about a book that a character loves, but that book doesn’t exist in the real world. Hawkins’s include snippets of a book mentioned within this novel, which I found to be a lovely touch, I just thought it added more depth to the story.

Overall I thought this story was enticing and engaging, the characters are well developed and throughout, the reader understands who like and hate, the whole novel a vibe of midsummer murders, which is a guilty pleasure of mine. However the only concern with this book was the ending, it just I thought fell a little short.

Overall I rate this book 3.5*

It Stephen King – Review

Finally I have finished my first book of the year! I know it has taken me until late June to even finish my first book, but that was due to the stressful beginning of the year I had. I also decided that it was a perfect time to read It during my final weeks of University. That wasn’t smart, so therefore resulted in a rather lengthy reading period for the whole book, none the less here’s my review.

It is the third King novel that I had read. I love the way that King writes a story, he covers every element a reader could ask for. Well developed and loved characters, with detailed backgrounds, beautiful world building of the town Derry, and references events in which some readers would not be aware of such as the way that the African American’s were treated within america around the time.

It focuses around ‘The Losers Club’ a group of eleven year old children who are compelled together due to the horrific events that plague Derry. The Loser’s Club consists of Bill, Ben, Beverly, Stan, Richie, Eddie and Mike, who decide that they will save Derry from the monster that causes the horrific events every 27 years.
King’s novel is divided between the present year of 1985, where the gang of the Loser’s Club have all grown up and their memories of what happened in Derry are a blur, and the year 1957 where the reader is thrown back in time to understand where it all began. This allows for the reader to become submersed within the story of the Loser’s Club and their adventure of saving Derry. I particularly warmed to the characters of Eddie and Beverly, I think that King has a perfect way of capturing the child like innocents that the readers can relate too. I found myself laughing a few times at the childish remarks said between the gang as they reminded myself of childhood and also my younger siblings.  Throughout the reader is consumed with a confusing notion over what It is, however that’s exactly what it is, it is IT. I got the idea that even King wanted to remain unsure over what the monster fully is, the way it can change to create fear, reminded me of Harry Potter.  Overall the novel is full of twists and turns, endless murders, shocking and disturbing themes of the traditional horror narrative.

However despite loving the characters, the world, the way King created the monster It, I thought it was fantastic, however I wish there was further elaboration on where It came from, and the nature of it, despite that I love this novel and can’t believe I finished it! The books is HUGE! (1376 pages!) I do intend to read the book again at some point, as I’d like to read it with the perfect setting, so I can experience the book fully. I also believe that reading this book a second time, it would be a lot easier to follow. The complications revolve around how King just throws you into the event which is happening, whilst also showing the flash back of the same event allowing the reader to understand the difference between them, I personally found it a little confusing from time to time. The reading environment also needs to perfect I feel when reading a King novel, I read Salem’s Lot when I was house sitting in the middle of nowhere and the book was terrifying. Overall I rated this King novel at 4*

Update! 

So it’s almost June and this is my first post of 2017. Why? The reason is I’ve recently finished my third year at university. Third year was hard, a lot of course work and also my dissertation, however it’s finally all over! So that means I have more time for reading!! Just also wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has stayed with My blog! Reviews and book hauls will be coming once again, very soon. 

I’m currently reading IT by Stephen King, I’m absolutely loving it! He’s such a talented writer. What are you reading? 

I am the Messenger! Review

Author: markus Zusak
Length: 460 pages
Publishers: Definitions

I am the Messenger focuses around the main character Ed Kennedy who is an underage cab driver without much of a future. He is completely pathetic at playing cards and is also hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life consisted of a simplistic routine until he stopped a bank robbery.

The novel jumps right into the story without establishing the characters until a few pages later, where Ed introduces himself to the reader. This I found was very similar to the character  Death, in The Book Thief, which I really enjoyed. The novel starts with the bank robbery and witness Ed’s act of bravery, which later sparks the beginning of the messages, and he becomes the messenger. That’s when he is sent the first ace, each one has tasks which Ed has to complete and put him outside of his comfort zone. I found Ed to be a likeable character, despite his lack of self confidence and always seeing himself as not good enough.  Whilst completing the messages he becomes more compassionate and caring, which allows the reader to warm to him even more.  In the end you just want him to succeed and  be happy.

‘Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are’ 

Throughout the whole novel there is an air of mystery of who is giving Ed these cards  and why has he been chosen to do it. It leaves the reader always wanting to know more, and whats going to happen next. The writing style in this novel was captivating, so beautifully written, which is why I picked up this novel, I hoped it would be similar to The Book Thief and it was!  The overall pace of this novel was rather slow but it suited the book perfectly because it’s based over a 6 month time period, the ending chapters of the book I found were  heartwarming and perfect in concluding the story. This book also had such a beautiful overall message which was conveyed at the end of the novel, which is ‘Everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of’ I just thought that was inspiringly motivational! After finishing this it rekindled the reasons for why I love to read and left me feeling overjoyed and immensely happy.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of The Book Thief because I don’t think you’d be disappointed at all!  I gave this book 5*

Book Haul!

So over the past few weeks I have accumulated a few books, so I thought I would share them with you.

The first book in this book haul is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I have all ready read this and written a review. This is the “8th” Harry Potter story, however this is written as a play. If your interested to read my opinions my post on this book is here.

The second book is Hitman Anders and the meaning of it all by Jonas Johnson, I got this book in Tesco’s they had a two for £7 deal on their books so I couldn’t help myself. The synopsis of the book is about how five thousand kronor goes missing, and it happens when staying at grotty hotel in south Stockholm and its particularly awkward because the money belongs to a hitman. Per Persson the hotel receptionist, just wants to mind his own business, and preferably not get murdered. Johanna Kejellander, temporarily resident in room eight, is a priest without a vocation, and, as of last week, without a parish. But right now she has two things at her disposal: an envelope containing five thousand kronor and an excellent idea. This book just sound really fascinating and I’ve heard that Jonas Johnson is a really good writer, so I’m looking forward to reading this book.

The third book is what I’m currently reading and that is I am the Messenger by Markus Zuask. I read The Book Thief and that is my number one favorite book. I love his writing style and how beautifully written his books are, and this one doesn’t disappoint! The synopsis, Ed Kennedy is an underage cub driver without much of a future . He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devote to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence – until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the fire ace arrives in the mail. That’s when ed becomes the messenger. I really wanted to read something else by Markus Zuask and this was the one that grabbed my attention, and its absolutely fantastic, a review will be posted once I’ve finished reading it.

The fourth book is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes,  this film adaptation for this book was released this year and I was really interested by it, but I need to read the book first. This was the other book I brought in Tesco’s for as part of the deal they had on. The synopsis, Lou Clarke knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. she knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. he knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.  What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time. This novel sounds like a lovely romantic story and I’ve not read many of romantic novels so I felt compelled to branch out.

The fifth book is The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I just found this book in Waterstones, and found it really interested so I had to buy it. Anyone who has an addiction to books will understand the need to buy a book that just simply fascinates you. The synopsis,  He lived his life like clockwork until he met the watchmaker. In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocket-watch on his pillow. When the watch saves Thaniel’s life from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search for its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely Japanese immigrant. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library, desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry. As the lives of these characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses. This book just founded to fascinating I had to buy it!

The next three books are a trilogy which is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, But I’m only going to tell the synopsis of the first book because I don’t what to know what the second and third book is about. I just heard that these books were really good and its one of my favorite genre’s to read, fantasy!! The synopsis,
Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.When Brimstone called, she always came.
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought. I just thought it sounded really interesting and I cant wait to marathon this series.

So that concludes my book haul, I brought a fair few books which I’m really happy about and so excited to read them all!

August Wrap Up!

So over the month of August I read three books, which I’m happy about. I’ve worked a lot over this summer holiday and also have been having driving lessons since my test is on the 14th of September.  Fingers crossed I pass!

The three books I read this month were:

A gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab I enjoyed this second novel in the Shades of Magic Series, I cannot wait for the third book that is set to come out 21st February 2017. I’m so excited to see how it’s all going to be concluded. I gave this book 4*

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The Second book I read was The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly, this book was perfect for getting me out the reading slump, after reading A Gathering of Shadows. This book was a nice simple quick read and i really enjoyed it, I will most likely reader more of Paula Daly because I really enjoyed her writing style. I gave this book 4*

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The last book I read this month was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts 1&2  by J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. I did enjoy this book/script however I was disappointed, I missed the world building and generally thought it would have been better as a novel. However i did enjoy the twists and turns that this novel had, and I’d love to see the stage production in order to get the full experience. I gave this book 3* Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_Cover

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Review

Author: J.K Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Length: 330 pages
Publishers: Little, Brown

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eights harry potter book in the series, however it is written different compared to all of the others. The Cursed Child is written as a script, which I thought was interesting. It was nice to read, as it was different from the other books in the series and also books that I choose to read. I found that it was fairly easy to read and enjoyable, along with it being fast paced and flowed nicely into each act. I also found that I could picture what was happening on stage as I read it, and it reminded me of being back in school in a drama lesson, which I really liked.

Fans of the Harry Potter series will already have a preexisting knowledge of the main characters, which I found helpful whilst reading; because you know the characters and their traits you’re able to connect with easily. Throughout the script it had shocking twists and events, which kept the reader interested and wanting to know more. Despite it lacking description and the beautiful world of Hogwarts and the wizarding world being described to reader you still felt drawn into the world. I also found that I felt sympathetic to Albus, Harry’s son and Scorpious Draco’s son because of them being seen as the outcast and how Albus never saw himself as being the right son for ‘the famous Harry Potter’.

However, I did really miss how descriptive and beautifully written the world was in the previous book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book/scrip nonetheless but it didn’t have the same vibe as the other books, which I found really disappointing. I do recommend this book to Harry Potter fans because your own reading experience of this book might be completely different to mine I’d love to hear your own thoughts. Overall I gave this book 3.5*

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