Heir of Fire Review

So I’ve been enjoyed Throne of Glass so far – but not a huge amount. Heir of Fire has absolutely changed that!

The different points of view helped. I loved the introduction of Manon! And that story arc was so gripping.

Celaena’s story was also great and it was nice to see her training with magic. I also liked Rowan.

Dorian and Chaol also had a great story (but I didn’t find this as gripping).

Some of the book was heartbreaking and wow so many feelings. For a long book it didn’t have many boring sections!

I really can’t wait to read Queen of Shadows now! Particularly for Manon!

Spinning Silver Review

This was a book I was really looking forward to reading! I even got a hardback!

The plot was so well developed and just like Uprooted, the writing was beautiful. But unlike Uprooted, I didn’t connect with the characters as much.

I enjoyed the multiple perspectives – they didn’t feel forced. Especially little Stepon, which was a surprise. Miryem was also excellent (I especially loved her parents). I liked Irina too, just not as much.

The romance that was brief and at the end felt a little rushed and if I’m totally honest, unnecessary.

I absolutely loved the magical setting, Naomi Novik is just wonderful at creating that spooky wintery atmosphere.

Overall, I much preferred the first half to the second, but still a stunning read.

Rebecca

The Song of Achilles Review

I’ve had this downloaded on Kindle for a while and hadn’t gotten around to it. But I was saying how I like books that are emotional and a friend recommended it.

The beginning was beautiful – just two innocent kids growing up, falling in love. Achilles, a hero in the making, and the protagonist, Patroclus, an average, sensitive boy.

The middle parts were a little boring in my opinion, but the character development was strong and you really felt for the characters.

My friend was right. It was such a terribly sad ending. So so sad. Heartbreaking. The last quarter of the book was fantastic and wow I was so impressed.

The writing style was great throughout – it felt really magical to read.

If you’re looking for a book that plays with your heartstrings – this is it.

Rebecca

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review

Again, another book I read in less than 24 hours…

The beginning was excellent. I loved Karou and her blue hair. I adored the mystery and the characters, the imagery and the language. The first half was beautiful. I loved Zuzanna alot – she was super funny and great.

I can’t say I loved where the story went after that. The romance was a bit instalove, and I never really like it when the present story is related so strongly to the past. It was a little predictable in that sense. The light humour also sort of disappeared. I needed more Zuzanna!

Even still, it was so beautifully written. I just really couldn’t get into the last 30% or so.

I’ll still read the rest of the trilogy in hope that it returns to the magic of the first half.

I adore the cover on this one.

Rebecca

Scythe Review

So I picked up a book by a male author – Neal Shusterman. It was free on Amazon Kindle UK at the time. I usually hate books set it in the future so this was a bit of a risk – but hey it was free!

And it was absolutely amazing.

In a world where humanity has defeated death, Scythes were created to carry out population control.

The book delves into all sorts of questions – mainly what it means to take a life.

I loved how compassionate Rowan was, as a teenaged boy. He showed real feelings throughout the book and it was so honest and amazing. It’s nice to see a male character with so much softness and empathy.

There was also Citra, who was incredibly clever and also compassionate.

I very much enjoyed the plot which was always moving. There were a few twists which I didn’t guess.

The ending was absolutely fantastic and I loved it so much.

I’m really glad I loved this book! It just read so well and had likeable characters and really delved into morals.

Can’t wait to read book two!

Rebecca

The Tethered Mage Review

I think this is my favourite book I have read in 2018!

Amalia is certainly one of my favourite characters. She’s not your typical superhero fantasy character. She’s quiet, bookish and has great intellect.

I loved her growing friendship with Zaira, a fire warlock who grew up on the streets. They couldn’t be more different as people and that’s why I loved the dynamic between them.

I also loved that Amalia’s mother, La Contessa, wasn’t too horrible. She was hard on Amalia, but gave her confidence and praise when necessary.

I loved the light touch of romance that didn’t dominate the plot. Amalia makes very mature choices throihht the book.

The plot itself was gripping for such a long novel. No section was like a filler episode. I enjoyed the politics (there wasn’t an unbearable amount of it), the magic system, and I didn’t guess the plot twists!

Altogether, I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the sequel, The Defiant Heir.

Rebecca.

The Assassin’s Blade Review

Hey everyone! Continuing with my Throne of Glass book club readalong – the first of the novellas! Or a collection of 5 prequel novellas anyway.

The Pirate Lord is the first – which was a nice little intro story. I wish we’d have got Celaena starting at the assassin’s keep but Sarah skipped those stories. Overall, nice, but it didn’t engage me.

The next one was The Healer. I loved this story – it had awesome girlpower and girl friendship feels. It’s one of my favourites in the collection!

Then came The Desert, which was awesome. I loved seeing Celaena doing training stuff and learning more about herself. I wish it had ended differently though, I was loving the female friendship.

The final two, The Underworld and The Empire, I didn’t connect with so much. I think it was because the novellas didn’t really build the relationship between Celaena and Sam enough so I wasn’t too invested. Plus I knew how it was doing to end.

Overall, a good read, but I’m hoping when we start Heir of Fire the series will improve. And that some of the characters from these novellas appear again the series!

Rebecca.