Top 5 Wednesday

T5W- Books Featuring? Witches

I KNOW this was meant to be a few weeks ago, and the title is “supernatural creature” but honestly I haven’t read many vampire, werewolf, demon, angel, shifter books– that doesn’t float my boat. Know what does?

Witcheeeeeess.

And vampires. But like I said, not read many of those books so you get this.

What, to me, constitutes a witch? – the ability to manipulate energy in order to receive the desired result. Potions. Wands. Spells. The uncanny ability to manifest.

While some magic-powers characters like Kelsier in The Final Empire could be considered witchy, to me they’re not. Because it’s just… no.

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CARRY ON

You get double whammy here because Baz is both vampire AND a witch. The book itself was fractured IMO though I loved it whenever Baz was on the page. He held a sort of snark which was undeniably adorable, funny and creepy all at the same time. He was the most fleshed out character of all of them and I’m glad he knew he was gay and in love with Simon Snow from the start. None of this “but why am I so attracted?”

Refreshing.

 

 

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A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (and ADSOM in general)

I love Kell, Holland and Lila so much. The rules of magic here were very intricate and also formidable. I love that one of the Antari’s eyes are always dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE RAVEN BOYS

Neeve was the witchiest one out of all of them in the entire series — morally ambiguous at best, she used herbs and traditional witches’ scrying methods in order to look into the things she shoudn’t. She used mirrors and symbols. Also there was a herbalist in the family, and I count her as being a witch too, because love ❤

 

 

 

 

Image result for order of the phoenixHARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

This is my favourite HP book. And know who my favourite witch is? Luna Lovegood. I loved this book for many reasons but mostly because it had more of her. She is a severely underrated character and I want more merchandise with her pronto. Do they even have her wand?! I want it if they do.

 

 

 

 

 

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SIX OF CROWS.

Yes, I’m predictable. Nina. Jesper. Need I say more?! ❤

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The Raven Cycle is getting a TV SERIES!

In a break from your scheduled (somewhat) sensible book reviews, I bring you this fangasm bulletin –

Yesterday, the 10th April 2017, was an absolutely amazing day of geek news. From Leigh Bardugo’s new book cover, to the new Thor: Ragnarok trailer, it was full of reasons to be cheerful.

But the biggest thing for me was the news The Raven Cycle is going to BE ON TV.

Now of course, there’s concern in the fan community that casting has to be PERFECT and that in itself causes problems because it’s well known that nobody ever reads the same book. Everyone has their different interpretations. Some fans want Ronan Lynch to be black, while some see him as ice-cream-white Irish. To be honest? So long as the spirit of him doesn’t get squashed (SQUASH ONE) I don’t actually care which actor gets the honour of playing my angry baby.

I see Blue and Maura Sargent as WOC and would love for that to be represented, while Jimi and Calla are their WOC wonderful selves. Persephone is white enough to be like the moon.

SO WHAT AM I EXCITED ABOUT MOST?! LET ME SEE…

  • CABESWATER.
  • PYNCH SLOW BURN ROMANCE
  • GANSEY FRIGGIN’…. KING OF LEY LINE NERDS
  • 300 FOX WAY. 300. FOX. WAY.
  • DREAM THIEVES, DUDE!
  • OMG AND WHAT ABOUT THE GREY MAN?!
  • NOAH BETTER GET THE TREATMENT HE DESERVES, MY FLOWER, MY LOVE
  • CALLA – OH MY GORGEOUS VIPER
  • AAAAALL THE ACCENTS
  • KERAH

So yeah, while American Gods has me raising an eyebrow because I’m not sure that (personally) it reflects the feel of the book, I have faith this one will. Because MOOD. ATMOSPHERE. THESE BOOKS HAVE IT.

SQUEAL WITH ME

Top 5 Wednesday

#T5W – Future Classics

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 –

Let us know the books you think will be considered classics one day!

I suppose for this week it made me consider what I would consider makes up a classic itself – why it stands the test of time. Why people keep going back to read it, or love it, and that it never dies. The books I recommend to people over and over again.

For me, it’s always about the characters – the plot comes second, but it’s handy to have a great one of those, too.

So here are the top 5 books I will consider a *must read* for my children, or my children’s kids, one day.

sixofcrowsYou will never get me to stop loving this book. I know some people who didn’t love it – and I respect that. But this spoke to me on several levels. The character of Kaz and his reveal – as to why he wears gloves – broke me down. It was so unexpected.

Inej, one of the most wonderful female characters, offered a view of quietly determined, passionate and wise women we don’t often see in modern day media (thanks, male writers)

And the whole language between them that was used, the wry sarcasm, just… augh. I bought it 5 times I think for my friends.

 

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This is a brilliant, effortless science fiction and character study and yet another I will never stop loving. I’m yet to read the sequel – if it can be considered a sequel? – but it’s another show of characterisation which will grab hold of you and never let go.

 

 

 

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I’ve yet to read this, because the UK never seem to get hyped books fast enough, but I’ve heard enough from trusted friends to know that I will probably cry, and it will probably make me look at myself and examine any of my own prejudices, and then burst open my eyes wide to the world which I’m already trying to actively see differently.

 

 

 

 

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*cries for hours* I can’t. This is a soul book series for me. I love everything mentioned – ravens, ley lines, psychics, WALES, kings, prophets, feminists, strong females, RONAN LYNCH.

gathering-of-shadows_ukcover-400x586This is my favourite book of the entire trilogy. I absolutely adore it. And again, it’s a fantasy series which not ALL people fall in love with – for some reason – and I understand our tastes are different. But Lila Bard, Kell, Rhy and Holland are, again, ALL exquisite characters and I would gladly read about them, and this world, for hours. I plan on buying the collector’s edition as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINI EDIT– I left off Harry Potter – because hello, that’s still going strong despite some fuckery recently – and American Gods, because I feel that’s already becoming a mini-classic of fantasy in its own right.

HOW ABOUT YOU GUYS?

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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 · Monthly Round Up

February Book Round-Up!

BOOKS READ:

Note – Not all reviews for February have been posted, as titles attained through NetGalley have to be published at a time requested from the Publishers.

BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH GOES TO

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Like there is ANY surprise there. Read my full review HERE

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To Read In March:

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I KNOW I’M A TERRIBLE READER

ACOL has completely drawn me in and sadly the other, more difficult reads such as the first two books listed – Quests of Kings and Empress of the Fall – inevitably fall by the wayside. I am almost done with Future Threat though! *Go me*

Mid-month report for March will hopefully include more accomplishments!

What are you guys reading?

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THE RAVEN BOYS, otherwise known as OH MY GOD by Maggie Stiefvater

Let’s cut to the chase, FIVE STARS. ALL THE STARS. YOU’RE UP THERE WITH SIX OF CROWS, YOU AWESOME THING! What is it with me and birds? Anyway, THE REVIEW:

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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

So, this was a series I heard aaaaall about for years now. From the time during my reading slump to the last year or two where I finally picked up books again, I kept hearing mention of the mythical Maggie Stiefvater, who was a fellow Scorpio. I hadn’t even read the books when I realised she had a tarot deck coming out (I am aaaaaaaaall about the tarot).

I started this in August I think, 2016. I liked it, I read Blue’s chapters a hell of a lot faster than I did Adam’s and Gansey’s, which is why I think I put it to one side about 50 – 70 pages in in preference to read other things I knew I’d read quickly. Like Gathering of Shadows, other things.

When I finally picked this up again – and slightly spoiled some twists because I googled what the boys looked like and ended up seeing some information I didn’t want to – I started to really understand Maggie’s writing style. I didn’t just admire it, she absorbed me. Like a psychic who you’re not sure about at first, but then throws up some crafty little numbers and you have no choice but to submit to her awesome power.

That.

Did a LOT happen in this? Sort of. It was like the perfect first season of a TV show, where you get to know the characters and love them and really fear for them. It’s quiet enough to show how the characters work, and loud enough to keep things interesting and tense.

The psychic women were a special highlight of mine. Having grown up in a house full of women as different as the next, I really identified with Blue. I enjoyed their relationship so much, and while my household wasn’t filled with psychics it was filled with the equivalent hippy and spiritual, occult-ish friends with visits from Romani women and witches. So to see that in book form was almost like reading my childhood in some stages.

I will credit (blame?) this book with giving me insomnia after I finished it. I must have been absolutely bummed out and excited and encompassed by book-hangover that I couldn’t even think. I wanted more of Ronan, and Gansey, and Blue, and NOAH my precious Noah ❤

Adam’s a little on the fence for me right now. At first I really identified with him, but then he pulled those dick moves, and I know he was angry but BAH. Come on, redeem yourself.

My favourite was Ronan though, by far. I don’t know why, because I hate angry, aggressive people in real life, but the heart practically shone out of my sarcastic no bullshit baby and he just – my boy. MY BOY. I can’t wait to read more about him.

Basically, all I can say is I’m in love with BAMF women writers right now who are KILLING IT with their amazing stories and I can’t wait to find out what happens in this series.