Kingdom of Ash Spoiler-free review

31450852.jpgSo, this has to be hands down one of my most anticipated reads this year and it was immensely incredible and a fantastic ending to a well-loved series. This is a non-spoiler review on the book, accordingly, I am planning to do a spoiler character analysis of my thoughts on each character individually very soon.

Kingdom of Ash is the unbelievable, massive (over 900 pages… wow) close to the captivating Throne of Glass adventure, it’s safe to say it thoroughly lived up to expectations. After not reading about the characters, in what feels like forever it was amazing to see them fight and battle for the better world once last time.

My favourite part about this book has to be the characters, in this book alone they all go through such an emotional and physical journey and it blows my mind to think about how far they’ve all come. The character development is definitely one of the strongest and the best part of the reading experience.

The plot flows beautifully, as we follow different character narratives until the end where they finally unite. Personally, seeing the characters come together with one another was especially satisfying and wonderful. I must admit some character plotlines, initially, in part one seemed to drag more than others, but I was expected this yet at the same time it helped build tension which made the book equally as addictive. Overall, the plot flowed well and did everything I wanted it to, I was hooked from the start. I had to read the last 300 pages in one sitting since it was just that good.

In terms of the ending, I don’t want to say too much, so I’ll keep it brief. I was personally very content with ending although I’m really upset that the time with the series is over.

In conclusion, the Throne of Glass series has such value to me personally as one of the series that really pulled me into YA Fantasy and I’m so grateful for it. This is hands down one my favourite series and I think I will continue to love it for a long time. If you’re not sure about picking it up, I 100% recommend it. If your planning on reading it, you’re in for a ride 🙂

5/5 stars

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Thanks for Reading x – Planning on doing a spoiler review very soon!

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Illuminae Review

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This book is so uniquely captivating and well put together it’s truly an experience like no other. The rollercoaster of a ride follows Kady and Ezra who’s planet has been invaded, they are newly broken up and have just been separated. But, whilst the enemy is closing in, other issues arise such as the deadly plague and the ship’s AI who should be protecting them is actually their biggest enemy. Kady and Ezra are secretly interacting whilst trying to find the truth. The first book sets the series up to be one thrilling ride. But best of all, the story is presented as a file, involving a mix of emails, hacked documents, schematics, military files, IMs, medial reports, interviews and so much more.

Firstly, this was the first science fiction book I’ve actually read and wow I wasn’t disappointed. Initially, it took me a bit to understand what was happening and who was who since originally the format was a little confusing but once I got going I couldn’t stop. The plot was intriguing whilst full of twists that left my mind blown, just when I thought I knew it all something else happened, the ending was badass I felt like it set a solid foreground for the rest of the series.

Secondly, the characters were likeable, funny, strong and identifiable so what else do you want? I adored the humour they had both Kady and Ezra, especially at the start when we got to read the interviews whilst it switched POVs. There were some cheesy parts but they just made them more loveable, I cherished their relationship dynamic as we watched it grow. Kady was tough, clever, blunt and loving and her relationship with Ezra was heart-wrenching especially when we believed he was dead. The minor characters were enjoyable, one of the most rememberable was McNulty I relished him as a character and his ending was heartfelt and heartbreaking, some minor characters such as the captain’s I found it challenging keeping up with who was who but in the big picture it didnt affect my overall experience.

This brilliant read will stay with you for days after finishing, it’s an incredible book which I should have picked up earlier. The plot is gripping and appealing whilst the characters and loveable, the narrative was refreshing and it’s definitely made me more interested in the genre. If you’ve read the rest of the series let me know if you enjoyed it!

5/5 Stars !!

Thanks for Reading x

The This is My Genre Tell Me Yours Book Tag

This looks like a fun tag which I saw over on WayTooFantasy’s blog and thought I’d have a go myself!

The Rules:

  • Credit Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

 

1). What’s your favourite genre?

I’m sure this comes to no one’s surprise when I say my favourite genre is fantasy, especially young adult fantasy. But I do enjoy reading the odd contemporary every now and then.

2). Who’s your favorite author from the genre?

Again this will come to no one surprise when I say my favourite author is Sarah J. Maas. I have showcased my passion for her writing multiple times on here but I adore her writing style, it’s not only thrilling and captivating but I find that I never find myself bored while reading her books.

3). What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

The world’s within these books are so intriguing, it means my imagination can be endless and that it is easy for me to escape within the book. Similarly, I just find fantasy books exciting as well as the fact that there are so many elements to them, from the action scenes to the romance, they have everything I enjoy.

4). What’s the book that started your love for your favorite genre?

Previous I cherished contemporary books until I begun the Throne of Glass series and since then I craved new fantasy worlds and continued reading different books within the genre.

5). If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

Anything by Sarah J. Maas won’t disappoint such as her ACOFAR series to Throne of Glass. Likewise, I highly recommend the Six of Crows duology as it’s fundamentally amazing, the characters, the world the writing style I guarantee you’ll love it.

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6). Why do you read?

I read to relax, and perhaps as a distraction to everything going on in my life, but while unwinding, it allows my mind to be constantly engaged and reading anything opens your mind to different perspectives or outlooks on the world. Likewise, I solely enjoy being swept into a new world surrounded by an exciting cast of characters it naturally entertaining.

Hope you enjoyed this tag and if your reading feel free to have a go yourself!

Thanks for Reading x

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin Review

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So we continue on from A Court of Mist and Fury and Feyre begins at the Spring Court, aiming to get information on Tamlin’s plans alongside the upcoming war. From the start, I was gripped, plus comparing how Feyre has developed is fascinating. She has had one of the richest character developments while remaining as loveable as she was at the start of the series. She’s grown into such a powerful and strong female protagonist who is brave enough to take things into her own hands. Equally, despite Rhys self-sacrificing nature I still relish him as a character, still adoring his entertaining sarcastic comments but also seeing how deeply he cares for his famil

“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”

I still stand by how much I admire the inner circle, I cherish their dynamic as a whole and how they welcomed other characters into their family relationship such as Elaine Nesta and Lucien. Also, I thought we saw a lot more depth regarding Azriel, therefore we saw his humorous, gentle and considerate side alongside his badass warrior side. I still love Mor and how we got to see such a raw side to her, another character I savoured again is Cassain, his personality and vibe is so entertaining. In particular, I like his dynamic with Nesta and I feel like he brings out her best side, yet I struggle to find Nesta as likeable as others do. Simply I feel like she is pure ice and a cold character and she is often just rude to others which makes me dislike her but by the end, I kind of warmed to her. Elaine, on the other hand, I found her change in personality engrossing and I wish we saw more of her with Lucien. Tamlin though I have such a bittersweet outlook towards, as when he turned up at the meeting he was so selfish and straight up ignorant yet by the end I think he perhaps had a slight change in heart. Lastly, one character storyline I struggled to find believable is Feyre’s father coming into play. I just found it a little far-fetched that he turned up after never protecting them.

The plot as a whole is a rollercoaster, so much happens in this book while remaining as fast pace as it can be. The highlight of my reading experience has to be the fact I’m never sure how the plot might go, the lack of prediction makes for such a more intriguing read. Additionally, I can also see how Sarah J. Maas attempts to add more diversity into this series through the introduction of new character such as Helion as well as the development of existing characters which is nice to see.

“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.” 

Overall, my favourite scene had to be the one where Elaine kills the king as it was so unexpected but so emotional all at the same time. The most impactful scene had to be when we thought Rhys had died and we saw Feyre begging the high lords to bring him back. The ending seemed a little quick and rushed and I think it could have been expanded more, however, I’m content with the fact we got a happy ending. I’m excited to see where this series goes and I’m looking forward to soon read A Court of Frost and Starlight to see how everyone is recovering from the war. However, the ending left a lot of things unquestioned and I’d personally love to see a book from perhaps someone else’s perspective. I saw someone spin the title to A Court Of  Pain and Feels and couldn’t agree more. Sarah J. Maas writing style is not only captivating but engaging and I highly recommend this series to anyone!

What were your views on this book?

5/5 Stars

Thanks for Reading x

Goodreads Monday

Hello and happy Monday hope everyone is well!

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. So I’ve decided to take part and it’s also a nice opportunity to showcase a book from my tbr so I hope you enjoy this quick post.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace.
Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
The concept of this sounds captivating likewise, I adore the YA fantasy genre and everyone has been giving this amazing reviews so I’m determined to read this soon. Just from reading the synopsis I’m getting similar vibes to the Falling Kingdoms series so it will be interesting to see where this series goes and to see for myself what makes this series so lovable.
Already read it? Let me know some Non – spoiler thoughts…
Thanks for Reading x

Summer Wrap Up 2018

Summer went faster than I liked but when doesn’t it. Fortunately, I got more reading done over summer than expected, plus I usually fall into a slump over Summer and tend to spend more time doing other less productive things but luckily I began with a hopeful reading mood and pushed this through until the end.

 

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So here’s what my reading looked like this Summer…

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | 5/5 stars
  • Am I Normal Yet?  by Holly Bourne |4.5 stars
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson | 4/5 stars
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley | 2.5/5 stars
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas | 5/5 stars
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas |3.7/5 stars
  • City of Ash by Cassandra Clare | 4/5 stars
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare | 3.5/5 stars
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | 5/5 stars
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | 5/5 stars
I’m pretty pleased with what I managed to read throughout Summer and I’m glad that I enjoyed most of what I read.  My favourite read was probably The Assassins Blade, it revived my love for the Throne of Glass series and got me very excited for October. I fully enjoyed Crooked Kingdom which was one of my first reads this Summer, I think I have this book to thank for prompting me to read more since I enjoyed it so much. I must admit i was a little let down by City of Glass and I’m not so thrilled about continuing the series in thus I discussed in my review. However, A Court of Thorns and Roses certainly lived up to the hype and I’m wholly savouring the series, safe to say Sarah J. Maas doesn’t disappoint.
Despite reading majority YA fantasy I have managed to read the occasional contemporary. The most memorable read from this genre has to be Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour as it was such a suitable joyous and fun summer read. Additionally, I found Am I Normal Yet? as quite enlightening read despite having some emotional moments I did enjoy the book.
I hope you enjoyed my first wrap up, currently, I am reading A Court of Wings and Ruin and favourably appreciating it as much as the rest of the series.
What was your favourite Summer read?
Thanks for Reading x

A Court of Mist and Fury Review

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I didn’t think this series could get any better but to my amazement it just did. I have been absorbed in this book since I opened the first page, its addictive in the best way possible. So much happens, so many twists I don’t even know when to start. But it follows on from A Court of Thorns and Roses and primarily focuses on the development of  Feyre and Rhysand relationship alongside the developments of the upcoming war. This is jam-packed with conflict, romance, friendship and is the first book I’ve read in a long time that left me sobbing.

One of the best aspects of this book was the introduction of new characters which made this book so much more humorous and entertaining as I adored every new character from the Night Court. Meanwhile, the world building was intriguing and Sarah J. Maas crafted the plot to allow it flow easy and moved at a steady pace. The only thing I slightly struggled to keep up with was the stories about Jurien and the others, it all seemed a little complex and difficult grasp.

The rich character development of Feyre was admirable, she changed but in the best possible way. I adore how she now has this refreshing independence and how mentally and physically strong she becomes. By the end my heart ached for her, I think I felt her pain, but she’s just so selfless and considerable whilst having this witty intelligence she is my ideal female protagonist that continues to grow.

âťťI was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.âťž

Rhysand, on the other hand, is by far one of my new favourite character I have ever read about, hands down. From the funny tone he carries, to his cunning mindset, my heart throbbed while learning about his past. I prized how he treated Feyre and how he allowed their relationship to blossom naturally, and soon I realised how much better suited they were. Then… when we found out they were mates I was so pleased their relationship couldn’t have ended better. This character grew into such a pure, golden character and we finally saw such a raw and honest side to him which I savoured.

“You are my salvation, Feyre.” 

In the end, I was so worried that their mating bond was broken and the thought of reading the next book knowing they were torn apart sounded miserable… but then it turned out to just be their bargain… thank goddess. I’m so excited to see how their relationship proceeds I really hope they’re not separated for too long because I feel like their division would make the plot drag. I’m not sure if they can still talk through the bond but I really hope they still have their mental bond. But some of the best parts of this book came from their relationship and it’s development and since I had such deep admiration for both characters I feel like that was the core of my love for this book.

“I needed not to be dead when I agreed.”
“You needed not to be alone.”
 

Let’s talk about the crazy ex-boyfriend, Tamlin. His character shifted so much and we saw another side to him, he came across as selfish and inconsiderate. From the start, I just felt let down by him, when thinking about it he just doesn’t listen to her. He sided with pure evil just so he could have Feyre to the point where he would rip her away from her mate just for his own needs, he utterly didn’t acknowledge her happiness at all. I recognise his deep emotions for her but I really hope Feyre can open his eyes to what has happened… or get what’s coming to him.

So let’s talk about another amazing part of this book, the other characters. I loved learning about Rhys inner circle and their dynamic and how casual and comfortable they all are. I couldn’t help but compare them back to the Spring Court and how much more connected they were and their closeness just seemed more relaxed. I genuinely looked forward to reading Cassian’s parts and loved his humour and his witty attitude, I loved learning about how they all met and how everyone has these dark pasts but together they all work as a unite. I have such deep attachment to pretty much all the inner circle alongside the sisters and I was so sure that someone was going to die but everyone somehow made it. I think another reason why I cherish this book so much is because it is filled with such loveable characters.

One of the favourite parts that I want to briefly talk about is when Feyre and Amren were at the Summer Court and they went to get the book page causing the doors shut and water starts filling the room. This scene was so intense but I felt like it bonded them both as characters, when they got back and just laughed it off, it was amazing and one of my favourite parts.

This book had me feeling all the feels, it’s so full of action and twists it honestly everything I want from a fantasy book. I’m am so eager to move onto the next book I can’t wait to see how the plot and characters will continue to grow, in particular how Lucien and Elain role as mates will affect the plot. But the ending left me speechless I just didn’t want it to end, this book is a masterpiece that I recommend everyone to read. This is my new obsession and pretty sure I’ll be having dreams of Feyre and Rhys for a long time.

 

What are your thoughts?

5/5 Stars

Also, if anyone has any tips on writing book reviews or any advice on how to improve my own reviews I would love to know! I enjoy writing quite casual reviews which are usually filled with my thoughts from just finishing the book however if anyone has any advice I would much appreciate it.