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SPOTLIGHT on THE CASTAWAYS by Jessika Fleck

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THE CASTAWAYS is released TODAY! And I’m lucky enough to be part of the Blog Tour, with a special spotlight post and giveaway where you can win some cool swag (or an Amazon gift card, if you’re international ie: not the US of A)

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home. But victory may require more betrayal, sacrifice, and heartbreak than she’s ready for.

I already received an e-ARC of this via NetGalley, which I’m super stoked to read. The review will be up very shortly.

In the mean time, we have an excerpt of the book to whet your appetite!

But everything’s clear. I do know where to go. “I’m going to find that boulder—” I suck in shallow breath. “The…hhh…maze.”
“It’s no use. We’ve tried everything. It doesn’t work! Wait!”
But I’m not listening because it has to work. It’s the only way. If it got me in, it’ll get me back out.
I run until my body, my mind, and, mostly, my lungs give up. Because, problem is, Will’s right. I don’t know how to find it.
I stop.
Will stops.
Bent at the waist, hands on my knees, I cough and spew, trying to catch my breath. The hyperventilation has passed, but my insistence on sprinting like I’m a track star when my lungs and legs have no business running, has taken its toll.
I look up.
Will isn’t fazed. At some point he took off his shirt and now stands with his hands on his hips, chest rising and falling, barely winded. His abs flex with each effortless breath. “Get it out of your system?”
It’s when my stomach springs that I realize I’m staring at his body. I quickly glance away and completely ignore his question. “Take me there.”
“I told you. It’s no use.”
“Please,” I whimper. Tears race down my face.
Tucking his T-shirt into the back of his pants, Will walks in another direction.
“Where are you going?”
“I’m taking you. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
With Will now leading the way, I watch his suntanned back, the sweat beading at his shoulders and slowly, one by one, how the beads roll down the center crease. I’m in a daze or a haze or a trance because all I see is his back, his muscles contracting and tightening with each step, and, like magic, we’re there.
The mossy boulder stands before us and, I swear, it mocks me in all its ordinary, commonplace glory.

….so I may already have a thing for Will, FYI.

To partake in the giveaway (I love the word partake, makes me feel authentically Austen) click on this link HERE – because WordPress doesn’t like hosting Rafflecopters, so I need to link externally for those.

All the links you need to find out more and buy THE CASTWAYS is right here:

Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/2mq9DXV

Amazon Buy Link:  http://amzn.to/2nCN0QW

Barnes & Noble Buy Link:  http://bit.ly/2nlhFXc

iBooks Buy Link: http://apple.co/2mpZR9j

Kobo Buy Link: http://bit.ly/2mH9xNu

Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2nCCedv

Amazon.ca: http://amzn.to/2lYhctP

About the Author:
JessicaJessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, Kidliterati, and is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

You can catch up with Jessika on her Website or her Twitter (click to open new tab)

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Book Things · Monthly Round Up

March Wrap Up! 2017

So apparently I only read 5 books this month? Weird, I could have sworn I read more.

ANYWHO – I finished 2 series I absolutely adore (and want tattoos of), fell in love with a new release, and extended my enjoyment of m/m romances with Carry On.

 

BOOK OF THE MONTH;

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Charming, witty, gripping and sweet – I loved this! Read my full review HERE

To Read in April

I’m currently reading Queen of the Tearling and ACOTAR, plus the others I have yet to finish / start reading are here –

Provided I don’t grabby hands any further books, I *should* get through these with hopefully enough time left to catch up on some NetGalley reviews!

Book Things · books · Reviews

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

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Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…

3.5*

So this is the story based on the fan fiction and huge wizard world Cather was obsessed with in Rainbow’s other book, Fangirl, which I LOVED.

But reading this, I wasn’t sure why Cather would really be bothered with it as much? I mean I love Baz and Simon. They were lovely together, and the twist on magical tropes, such as using phrases and well known pop songs for magic, was really something I enjoyed.

But I sort of wish the anticipation of kissing each other and having the truth revealed about their feelings for each other had lingered a bit longer, because as soon as that happened, the rest seemed to be mingled into every other direction. Also, when he finally realises his feelings for Baz, Simon only wonders if he’s gay – like his attraction to Agatha had been a mistake. Granted, he’d never expressly said he felt sexually attracted to Agatha – saying someone is pretty and gorgeous doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a tightening in your nethers – but he couldn’t like girls and guys? Little bit of bi-erasure there.

I hated Agatha, we didn’t need her POV whatsoever, and Penelope probably needed a few chapters at best because, while she was a great intelligent character, she unfortunately didn’t add much to the overall feeling of it. Lo, behold, after the final show-down, we took in the viewpoint/opinion of… Penelope.

After Simon and Baz are bloody battling the end of the world, I want their POV, because they are the heart of the book. Their relationship is what this book, to me, is all about and how they are able to come together. I do not give one toss where Agatha ends up.

So the pacing was a bit off and it took about 77 pages until BAZ my beautiful Baz enters the picture – Baz the redeemer of novels. The first 100 or so were merely exposition and backstory, which I didn’t much care for, but the writing style is easy to get along with. Baz, dear Baz, goes into my favourites, but the book kinda doesn’t, unfortunately. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t capture the absolute Rainbow spirit of other books for me.

 

authors · Book Things · Reviews

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – LOVE

the_raven_king_cover_officialTHERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS. I CAN’T GUARANTEE I WON’T GUSH AND GIVE AWAY SOMETHING. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

I don’t think I can quite fully describe how absolutely in love with this series I really am.

Is it perfect? Nope. No book is actually perfect, if you get into the nitty gritty. But  I absolutely, 100% will miss this world now I’ve finished the entire series, and I long for more journeys in Henrietta, and more stories about the psychics of 300 Fox Way, and the Gray Man, and the entire gang. And if that’s not a testament to a great series, I don’t know what is.

I know some people didn’t like how the last book wrapped things up, saying it didn’t explain Glendower, but I was pretty satisfied. To me, it made sense that Glendower ended up being a dead king unable to wake – that Gansey had to face up to his own mortality, and that everything came together that way. That he BECAME the King. That little Noah ❤ my babe, was the one to tell him about the fantastic journey he would be going on in the first place. It was a big, full circle just like everyone had continuously talked about in the books.

I know some people said not ALL the questions were answered – I can’t even remember all the questions I asked during it, but I wasn’t confused. I know the Gray Man’s whereabouts is ambiguous, but hopefully even more things will be explored during the Ronan Trilogy.

I can’t WAIT for the Ronan Trilogy.

CHARACTERS:

In reality, these books were love letters to the characters themselves, and what GLORIOUS characters they were! I loved them all. The late addition of Henry Cheng is a delight, even though I sometimes wished he’d just be quiet and let the original quartet work, but anyone who walks out to do the bins in just a Madonna t-shirt, undies and socks wins in my view.

Adam Parrish had the biggest redeeming story arc of the lot, from me liking him, to disliking him, to loving him and shipping him with Ronan. He grew very authentically. He’s now one of my favourites ❤

Ronan Lynch, though – oh Ronan. You speak to me on a soul level. I  love that potty mouthed, wounded little Dream Thief so much. He’s broken and battered just as much as Adam is, and I feel that’s how they truly understand each other. He loves so fiercely. *pet*

Gansey is the type of boy I would have a ridiculous crush on, especially when he puts on his glasses. I don’t know why I fall for posh boys, but I do. He’s spirited, he’s multi-dimensional, he can’t help himself sometimes. He has foot-in-mouth a lot of the time, and augh. He’s lovely.

Blue Sargent is my perfect little feminist pocket rocket, and I love her. She longs for more,  she’s a dreamer, she’s not dour or mopey, she throws herself into things and she’s so brave. Her relationship with Gansey is great, but I love her interactions with RonanImage result for 300 fox way the most. And I like the fact she wants to change her life on her own, without relying on anyone else to do it for her (unlike some YA heroines).

300 Fox Way – Can I be a psychic there please? I love that house. Persephone, Calla and Maura are just badasses, and the females in this story are just incredible. They’re real, and nuanced, and all so very individual. I’m torn between Persephone and Calla as my favourites. Persephone had a hidden strength and Calla was so fiercely protective. Psychic Power!

Anyway, yeah, I’m still planning on visiting Virginia as soon as I can and trying to find the ley lines and generally going to pretend I’m a cross between Gansey and Ronan, because essentially someone called me “Ronsey” recently and yeah…

BUY THESE BOOKS. IF YOU’VE READ THEM, SQUEAL ABOUT THEM WITH ME.

 

Book Things · Top 5 Wednesday

#T5W – Favorite Angsty Romances

Top Five Wednesday is a fabulous group on Goodreads where, every Wednesday, we get to run down our top 5s of various subjects. This week –

This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

5. ELLE / DARIEN FREEMAN

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A recent read for me, and instantly a fave! Hate to love is a really strong trope for me, and I enjoyed this book because it had exactly that, PLUS text messages, PLUS it’s a great Cinderella retelling. The angst of it, I believe, was exaggerated because we know the Cinderella story itself. We recognise it. But retellings always sway it, so we didn’t know for sure whether it would happen that way.

Anyway, Elle is a great, die hard fan who thinks Darien is not worthy of playing her favourite hero. Angst ensues.

BUT – Darien is such a gorgeous baby ❤ I loved him.

4. BLUE SARGENT / GANSEY III

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The Raven Cycle is just one big love letter to every single character and I adore these two. Blue is amazing, Gansey is amazing. Together, I wasn’t 100% convinced, but it was still compelling. If she kisses him, he’s gonna die?! Prophecy keeping them apart?! Jeeeez. That alone needs to give them kudos. Blue hates that she’s fallen for a Raven boy, Gansey puts his foot in it all the time. They weren’t perfect, but they were perfect for each other, and that made me smile.

3. KAZ BREKKER / INEJ GHAFA

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Kaz – the man who can’t touch bare skin without a panic attack.

Inej – the woman who was forced to be abused for a living.

Their pain with intimacy and Kaz’s forbidden touch nature is just bittersweet, because he loves her to absolute death and would do anything to protect her. She would also do anything to protect him and follows him, in order to make sure he’s ok. While they both want true intimacy, they have to work very hard and get over some major shit to make it possible. Augh. Need more of these two ❤

2. ENNIS DEL MAR / JACK TWIST

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I cried at the book. I cried at the movie. I watched the movie again and continued to cry. The music made me cry whenever I heard the first five notes. I think the film in particular left a lasting impression on me for years. I was pretty much traumatized with Jack’s ending, and the way Heath Ledger played Ennis with such honesty. He deserved an Oscar for that. This was probably the first romance I’d ever felt crushed by. But God, did I enjoy it. I still get goosebumps and emotional.

1. RONAN LYNCH / ADAM PARISH

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GOD.

That is all.

No, wait it’s not. Ronan Lynch is an absolutely gorgeous character, conflicted and heartfelt and broken. Adam went from self-pitying dick, broken himself, to feeling stronger and more accepting of himself. The two of them are amazing together and the way Maggie Stiefvater wrote them falling in love is just perfect. I can’t get over them. I won’t get over them.

BRING ON THE RONAN TRILOGY.

Book Things · positive posts · Random Musings · Writing Advice · Writing Method

Top 3: Tips For Making Your Writing Life Easier.

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Now, a lot of these things will just be general common sense, but I understand as a writer, we can sometimes lose sight of what is reasonable. We put so much pressure on ourselves, even the slightest slip can seem like we’re doomed to failure. So here is my top 3 list of things which has worked so much for me, and which you can use to hopefully feel better about your writing journey.

 

1. Find a routine that works for YOU.

There’s a lot of hoo-haa about having to write every day. It’s true, if I write a little each day it keeps the mental demons at bay, for if I go a few days or longer without putting fingertips to keyboard or pen to paper, I feel like there’s a backlog of words trying to get through. This does not make for a happy Jade, but the second I write again, it’s like someone removed the grey clouds and everything goes back to being normal.

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But writing every day sometimes isn’t plausible, and writers shouldn’t feel guilty if they’re unable to do 500 words or so each afternoon. There’s so much additional stuff to worry about in today’s society, more responsibility which divides our attention, it can be really difficult to maintain a groove which allows for savoured writing time.

While you shouldn’t ignore the hard work which goes in to writing, it’s probably going to work a lot better if you put in that effort at a dedicated time where you know you can manage an uninterrupted hour to focus on your MS. For instance, if you know you generally have a quiet morning on a Wednesday, or that most of your errands take up your Saturday morning, work around it.

Short version: Don’t worry if you can’t make it every day. Do what you can. A stressed writer is not always a good one, so give yourself a break, as long as you keep going afterwards!

2. Create a System for Recording your Ideas.

Now – this can take many forms and it depends on how you get your ideas. Some get them by asking “what if?” scenarios and writing a concept, other writers may just have flashes of inspiration and have to write it on a napkin. Personally, mine can strike any time, without warning, like lightning, and often I’ve had recent ideas in my sleep. But whatever your method, try to figure out how you can record these ideas without losing those inspired tid-bits of story.

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My main advice is, don’t be like me and have 500 separate word documents (okay, maybe an exaggeration, it’s like 100) per project with single paragraphs, sentences, speeches, ideas for scenes, linking passages of time – and then name them something which doesn’t make sense, and worse – don’t put them in a folder all together, meaning you lose hours trying to find that one bit you remember writing months ago.

Ideally, if you write an idea on your phone, put it with the rest of the stuff later. Or create a ideas pile where you can easily flick through to see what your brain told you yesterday. If you have an idea while napping, keep a dream diary.

3. Create REASONABLE Goals.

Unless you are some form of far superior being who turns coffee into words at a rate of 100 per minute, you will not be able to write a cohesive novel of 70,000 words in 5 days.

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That’s why NaNoWriMo gives people a month to do 50k, and even then not everyone makes it.

As mentioned before it’s easy to feel pressure to perform well, and to the best of your ability, or else feel like you’ve failed. So, the only way to keep the demon of self-doubt at bay is to make sure you’re not stretching yourself, and within the routine you’ve already procured, see what you can achieve.

Start small, maybe? A chapter completed in 2 weeks. 100 words before you shut down the computer and go to bed. Then you can see how far increasing it gets you, like 1000 words a week, or something similar.

It’s better if you sort of leave timing out of agenting, editing, etc while you’re writing because there is no guarantee at all how long any of the process afterwards takes place. Focus on what you can control, and that is definitely how much you want to write by such and such a day.

I had the unfortunate thing of moving a deadline for myself, not because I didn’t put the work in when I could, but because Real Life had decided to throw everything at me in one lump sum. So prepare for life’s little surprises by reducing the amount of stress you’re creating for yourself. If you miss a day, you won’t feel like you’re missing “finalize 5 chapters” and have to rush to catch up.

Be kind to yourself!

OH! AND A CHEEKY 3.5

Talk to people. Other writers, ideally. Build up a tribe of like minded individuals who get you, acknowledge your struggles, support you, and support them in return. This is invaluable. What you’ve experienced, you can share your wisdom. Vice versa. Writing careers are solitary only when you’re *actually* writing. The rest of it requires a heck of a lot of patience, and understanding friends to make it bearable.

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The writing community is amazing, supportive, and there for you. Reach out if you need to! ❤

 

 

Book Things · TBR lists

My Spring TBR list

Spring is one of my most favourite times of the year – the weather gets warmer, it’s still windy enough to wrap up with pretty scarves, flowers bloom and there’s a hint of possibility in the air.

What better way to celebrate than to list what I have to look forward to reading this Spring?!

This is going to cover end of March – May.

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m SO looking forward to seeing this hardback beauty – which I don’t usually buy – with this exquisite cover. Laini Taylor’s Smoke and Bone trilogy didn’t sit weImage result for strange the dreamerll with me, simply because I hated Akiva and the angels, but her writing style for 90% of Daughter of Smoke and Bone blew me away with atmosphere. So I pre-ordered Strange the Dreamer, coming at the end of March.

Little is known about the real plot for this, which I appreciate because I love / prefer going into a story somewhat blind. Sometimes I prefer to know, because books are a big investment for me, but for the most part I enjoy entering a world and seeing what surprises await.

 

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I admit I already sampled about 70 pages, but I’m getting frustrated because Baz hasn’t turned up yet and there’s toImage result for carry on booko much finnicky stuff I don’t care about. It’s about 77 pages of exposition and backstory right now.

HOWEVER this is a book I know I’ll end up enjoying once Baz enters, because it’s the spin off from Fangirl – the one about a girl who goes to Uni and runs an uber popular fanfiction based on Simon Snow and Baz… whatever his last name is.

Anyway, from the bits in Fangirl I fell for Baz. Quite a bit. And I’m not sure why this was written in first person present rather than past – but I’m definitely going to finish it this Spring, as it’s part of my entire 2017 TBR list.

 

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April will be my first ever Fairy Loot! *fist pump* I’m so excited. After cheating a bit and looking up various April releases I *think* I know what the book will be for the month? But to be honest I’m here for the book related goodies and the pretty box as much I am for the book itself.

Book Loot Whore.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

‘Tis time to figure out WTF all the fuss is77493_original about!  *fanfare*

This will be my first Sarah J Maas book, and I’ve heard both rave and semi-favourable reviews. I’m eager to make up my own mind with this one, because a lot of my writer and reader friends recommend it. I’m not expecting Six of Crows hype from me here, but who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised?

 

 

 

  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynchgentlemanbastards

I found this on many book blogs and vlogs and it intrigued me. I’ve read the first chapter – it intrigues me still. I have a feeling I’m going to super love this one, when I get into it, which I’m hoping to do in the garden, in the spring sunshine, or on a park bench somewhere, smelling flowers and imagining I’m in an Italy-type area spending my days.

 

 


The Castaways by Jessika Fleck

I am SO READY to read this. This is a Netgalley eARC which was sent to me recently and I’m super ready to delve into this – as soon as I have dealt with everything else I currently need to read.

But this basically sounds like a carnival on an Island and a maze and a war, and there’s gonna be a hot guy, and there’s going to be rushing to save the day and Island life and yeah. I’m ready.

Like Caraval but tropical, I presume.

 

 

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I don’t want this series to end. It’s been absolutely Image result for the raven kingmagical, I’ve adored every single character, and I’m kind of hoping to put this off at the same time desperate to read it the moment it comes through my letterbox.

I think this outstrips even Harry Potter to be honest as my favourite series of all time, so far. And I REALLY HOPE the Ronan trilogy is going to be a thing! I need more of him in my life. ❤

I haven’t even read the blurb on the back. I don’t want to be spoiled. Even though I know my ship is going to sail. *Squee*

Anyone else got some books they’re dying to read this Spring?

Book Things · books · NetGalley · Reviews

GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

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I was graciiously given an eARC in exchange for an honest review by Quirk Books via Netgalley

A NEW FAVOURITE HAS ARRIVED – 5*

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Amazon UK // Amazon US

Goodreads: HERE

From the first pages, I was hooked on this. I can’t even pinpoint why – the writing flowed well, Elle was a strong protagonist, but perhaps it was the fact we got to see the other side of the story with Darien (hello, cutie) which made this more dynamic.

DEFINITELY shipped them. Hard.

Of the two books centered around Fandom I’ve read so far this year, this one felt the most authentic. I’m REALLY big on dialogue (maybe haven’t mentioned before – ahem) and this never seemed forced to me. The dual POV was a delight, both voices coming across as strong, and all other characters surrounding them were just as strong too.

Sage, the green haired wonder on the front cover, is an absolutely wonderful character. I want her to be my friend. Gail is annoying despite being symapthetic, but then I think she’s sort of meant to be because we saw her from Darien’s POV.

I think a major plus is this was that I imagined everything so vividly. I could see everything of Starfield – the show they’re so in love with – as well, looking at the Fandom, and it wasn’t forced. In some books about Fandom they drop names as though they’re saying “Look! I know about this one! Paranatural, right?” but in this one Poston really seemed to know what being in a fandom means. Like, I’ve been to cons, and they’re the weirdest, most AMAZING places, and everyone is supportive of each other. Yeah you get the occasional dick, and we did in this one too, but I dunno. I felt like I was there.

Were some of the villains cartoony? Yeah, maybe, but I think that just added to the charm. I physically hated Elle’s stepmother. I know teenage me wouldn’t have done a damn thing, but I wanted to slap the woman. It’s very rare a book can make me cry, lately, hardened book armadillo that I am, but this one managed.

I felt Elle’s pain, and I loved Darien’s character, and I want Starfield to be a show ok?!

Book Things · books · Reviews

A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab

NON-SPOILERY (ISH) REVIEW

A CONJURING OF LIIIIGHT

Ok most of my friends know how excited I was about this book, I looooved A Gathering of Shadows, and I think it’s the best book of the trilogy. This, while big in scope, scale, tension, and everything, somehow didn’t match up to my love of the second. Nothing to say the writing was bad, or the plot, nothing! But it didn’t hit me in the gut with FEELINGS as much as I – dare I say – wanted it to.

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There were a lot of POV hops, and at some stages it left me a bit disconcerted. I didn’t know why we were, say, in the head of the King or Queen until later on in the book. I will not spoil the massiveness of this book with silly little bits like that.

BUT ANYWAY

THINGS I LOVED

  • KELL
  • FREAKING
  • MARESH

Be still my beating heart. He’s so protective, and sweet, and conflicted. He’s finding his place in his own world and trying to do right by everyone, as well as manage falling for a knife-loving woman who’s an explosion of wonderfulness. ❤ he can do no wrong in my eyes, even though he messes up – which everyone should, once in a while – he nevertheless continues to try and make it right.

  • HOLLAND
  • DARLING ONE

Yes, well. He’s so dry and disdainful, he’s clearly had any hope and joy beaten out of him but this whole redemption arc for him was beautiful. I was very happy that my love for him in the first book and his potential paid off here. I loved the whole ANTARI aspects of this book, like YES KICK ASS! And I’m pretty sure, if they cast him right in the movie, I will fangirl all over again. *strokes pretty Holland*

  • LILA
  • GODDAMN
  • BARD

She is number three simply because if I met her, I’d want to strangle her pretty quickly, but reading about her is fascinating. I mean, if I tried to strangle her she’d probably skin me, but you get the idea. She’s a fascinated, nuanced character who gave me the only tear-jerking moment in this – when she revisits the market just after Shit Gets Real – and I had to put the book down. I imagined that scene so vividly and it was just…. augh.

  • RHY
  • PRINCELING
  • BABE

The Rhy of book two, is not here in book three. Well he is a bit but of course, going through multiple deaths and trauma and finding out darkness is growing is not a very nice way to recover. I was sad he seemed to be more in the background even when he was front and center, the gravitas of him – like he was the sun and others the planets – didn’t pull me as usual but I still love him, of course.

MORE STUFF TO TALK ABOUT

  • THE DEATHS my god. Some of them meant things, some of them meant nothing, ALL OF THEM WERE HEARTBREAKING OKAY?!
  • OSARON. What a weird, twisty, awesome badass villain.
  • I MENTIONED HOLLAND’S STORY ARC ALREADY BUT HOLLAND’S STORY ARC
  • Why is there no extra magical London here in England, why do I have to just go to the pretty drab one with torture castles.
  • FLOATING MARKETS
  • I will stop now.

HMMMMMM….

By this, I mean things which I struggled with but didn’t take away from my enjoyment.

Something bugged me throughout the book and I think I figured out was it was – Alucard.

I know, people will hate me. But the rogue Captain I’d come to be very fond of seemed a bit of a dick during this book. How much he antagonized Kell, and acted like he was entitled to be treated fairly by Rhy, and not understanding why Kell was protective over his brother and best friend, really riled me up.

Like dude – I know you’re meant to be pained because your love for him was seen as something despicable by your family, I understand how much that must have torn you apart. But don’t take it out on the person who looks upon the evidence – you fleeing without a word – the same way as Rhy does, and punish HIM for that opinion instead. Maybe I dunno – try not to be so snarky?

And Rhy, too, taking Alucard’s side sometimes pissed me off. I dunno maybe I’m just a total Kell woman here (we share stubbornness and anger / protectiveness over our loved ones) but I don’t think Alucard DESERVED Rhy. He hadn’t done much, in my view, to win the absolute heart of the prince but maybe it was because we were told they loved each other a lot because of ‘the past’ and didn’t really get to see ‘that past’ apart from snippets. All we got was their broken present.

Anyway. He pissed me off regardless.

Maybe he won’t on a second read-through, which I’m hoping to do sometime later this year of the entire trilogy. But. Ugh. Goddamn, Dracula-backwards.

THAT SAID, BUY THIS BOOK. READ IT. LOVE IT. ENJOY IT. AND TALK TO ME ABOUT KELL AND HOLLAND AND LILA AND ANTARI PLEASE.

ANOSHE

 

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Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy with ENTANGLED Teen!

It’s a hot week for fantasy lovers! ENTANGLED Teen are focusing on Urban fantasy and Epic fantasy, and authors who vote for each camp. It promises to be a really fun, engaging week of fantasy chat and interesting insights as to why Fantasy is so beloved, whatever the subgenre.

As for me? I can’t possibly pick a side. I love both sides of fantasy, have had my issues with both too. Though as I’m currently writing an epic / high fantasy, I suppose my morals have to lean towards that…. I’d feel like I was betraying my darling characters if I went the opposite, so they’ve guilted me good and proper.

The schedule for the week is below! And I know, I know, I didn’t do it yesterday, but I got the email about 11pm last night when I was in bed (OMG OLD) and catching up on my current fantasy novel.

  • Tuesday, February 28th: Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy Twitter Chat @ 9-10 pm EST – Still check out the answers there!
  • Wednesday Mar. 1st: Bloggers will post a feature with authors who ascribe to #TeamUrban
  • Thursday, Mar. 2nd: Bloggers will post a feature with authors on #TeamEpic
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd: Bloggers and authors can write / share related posts, including: why they’re Team Urban or Team Epic, their Top 5/10 Fave Urban or Epic Fantasy Reads, and/or the Top 5 Reasons They Loved _____ (an urban or epic fantasy read)

You can also WIN via the Rafflecopter HERE

The Grand Prize winner of the contest will receive the following:

  • True Born (True Born Trilogy, #1) by L.E. Sterling

  • Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1) by Brenda Drake

  • Spindle by Shonna Slayton

Declare your side! Which are you? TEAM URBAN or TEAM EPIC?!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!