Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

So while this view is spoiler free for Lord of Shadows, it does contain minor spoilers for the previous books in the series (Lady Midnight). If you don’t want to be spoiled, I highly suggest you go read that first and then come back.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471116650
Pages: 720
Read in: June 2017
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Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

While this review does not contain spoilers for this book, it does contain spoilers for the earlier books of this series. If you have not read The Winner’s Curse or The Winner’s Crime yet, I suggest you do that and then come back and read this.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978140885874
Pages: 484
Read in: May 2017
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Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780399176654
Pages: 395
Read in: December 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.


I loved it. Struggled for a little bit but then once I got into it, I couldn’t stop, simply because it was so damn good. (Also, I was unable to sleep but that’s an entirely different matter).

The writing was brilliant – it took me a while to get settled in but after about 100 pages I was fully immersed. Continue reading

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

While this review does not contain spoilers, there may be minor spoilers concerning the earlier books of this series, so if you haven’t read those yet, I highly recommend you read those before coming back to read this review. 

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781619634480
Pages: 705
Read in: May 2017
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Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Publisher: Vintage Books, Random House
Release Date: May 24, 2012 (Originally Sept 13, 2011)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978009955479
Pages: 490
Read in: Nov – Dec 2016
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.


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The Circus arrives without warning.

I think this opening line is a really intriguing line that makes you curious enough to read it. It sets the tone and mood for the rest of the book, and sets up the world that shows you the unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the writing, the whimsical worldbuilding and the bizarre cast of characters. However, you’re introduced in such a loose way with literally no strings attached between each little plot line it takes a while before it all comes weaving together, like finding the right path in a labyrinth after getting lost for days (okay, not that extreme but you get the point).  Continue reading

Review: A Court of Mist of Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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While this review does not contain spoilers for this book, it does contain spoilers for ACOTAR, the first book in this series. If you haven’t read ACOTAR yet, I highly suggest you read that first, then come back to this review.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408857885
Pages: 624
Read in: October 2016
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Review: Valley of Embers by Steven Kelliher

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Release Date: August 16, 2016
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781535244350
Pages: 437
Read in: Aug – Oct, 2016

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For hundreds of years, the flame-wielding Embers have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures from the World Apart, but the attacks are getting worse. Kole Reyna guards Last Lake from the terrors of the night, but he fears for his people’s future.

When Kole is wounded by a demon unlike any they have seen before, the Emberfolk believe it is a sign of an ancient enemy returned, a powerful Sage known as the Eastern Dark.

Kole has never trusted in prophecy, but with his people hanging on the precipice, he reluctantly agrees to lead the Valley’s greatest warriors in a last desperate bid for survival. Together, they will risk everything in search of a former ally long-thought dead, and whether Kole trusts him or not, he may be the only one capable of saving them.


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Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy from the author for review purposes. In no way has this affected my thoughts and opinions below. 

This was a really well-written story that was set in a very interesting world. I enjoyed reading it (despite the fact it took me three months), but it didn’t hold my interest long enough for me to finish it in one go.

The plot, especially in the first half of the book felt really slow and dragged on forever. This is probably because there was a lot more worldbuilding that occurred in the first half that didn’t really do much to hold my attention. Continue reading