Book Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (spoiler-free)

32055872A massive thank you to the team at Harper Collins for sending me a review copy of Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff! Even since I finished Nevernight a few months ago – I desperately wanted to get my hands on Godsgrave asap, and let me tell you that this sequel was SO WORTH THE WAIT!!!!

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Publication Date: 5 Sep 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult/ Adult, Romance
To buy: Book Depository , Booktopia, Angus & Robertson

“The Heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.”

After dwelling/drowning/dying in my pool of overwhelming emotions for nearly a week plus, I finally hauled myself up from said sloppy mess with the hopes to somehow conjure a somewhat coherent review that may or may not involve actual blood and tears. But then again, I’ve been staring at a blank page for more than an hour and I’ve got nothin’ written – so gentlefriends – what you’re about to read now took bloody effort to write just FYI, and you’re welcome.

For those of you who haven’t read Nevernight well, you should, this review will very likely make zero sense to you and will be filled with minor spoilers from the first book. So if you haven’t read it, go read the first one I beg you and come back to this review after you’re done. If you have indeed read book 1 but didn’t end up enjoying it, or if you’re just here for the review plus minor spoilers plus whatever else you’re here for, help yourself and read on to find out more about book 2!

Now the boring shit is out of the way, time for the actual review.

“In every breath, hope abides.”

At the beginning chapter, we’re blessed by Jay Kristoff’s magnificent introduction to the distinct smell of corpses, like starting from the very first sentence, a classic Kristoff move. And then we’re met by a slave trafficking crew led by a Dweymeri Woman named Teardrinker, and our heroine Mia Epic Corvere – aka destroyer of empires, Blade of Our Lady Blessed Murder, girl with a story to tell, pal of a non-cat and a non-wolf – swoooshed into our story with this crazy plan of hers which will be unfolded as the book continues. Let’s just say the book started with a real fucking bang, sounds so cliche, but hey this book is anything but cliche.

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Book Review: Everless by Sara Holland (spoiler-free)

32320661Today I present to you a spoiler-free review of one of the best books I’ve read this year – Everless by Sara Holland! Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The review is completely my own view of the book.

Synopsis:

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

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Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack (spoiler-free)

29939048I’d like to express my gratitude to Pan MacMillan Australia for sending me a review copy of Roar by Cora Carmack. The review below is completely my own view.

Synopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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Mini Review: Lucky In Love by Kasie West

30285562Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing Luck In Love by Kasie West! This review is gonna be like my Nevernight one where it’s more on the informal side. Enjoy!

Synopsis:

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

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Books and Time: JORD Wood Watch Giveaway

Spring is in full swing in Australia (well, it’s fall for my American pals) – so I wanna take some time to reflect and share some exciting news with you!

For those of you who don’t know, I study medicine at university, and ‘time’ is something that really matters. For instance: finding time to relax after an exhausting day, treasuring the time spent with friends and family (when I’m not as busy), that critical time between a patient’s life and death, and the time medical students put into their studies in the hopes to saving lives in their future. To simply put it: time, no matter how short, can be life-changing.

Now let’s take on the bookish perspective of time. I’ve been adding more sci-fi and psychological/thriller books onto my TBR pile, and ‘time’, is among the most common themes in these books. The clever technique of flashbacks, the limited time the characters have to complete a quest, and even time travel. That’s how important time is – it matters in all aspects of life – whether fictional or in real life.

To celebrate time and how important it is to all of us, I’ve teamed up with the awesome team at JORD Watches for a stylish giveaway! Consider it my Fall/Spring gift to y’all! Keep reading for more details!

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5 Books I’m (SUPER) Excited for

Hey guys! It’s me again! Today I’ll be sharing 5 upcoming titles which I’m SUPER excited about! If you’re thinking of using that book voucher of yours or just wanna treat yourself a little – I hope you find something that you like in this post!

Title 1: City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition by Cassandra Clarexcity-of-bones-10th-anniversary-edition.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ZsDB5h_lcM

Publication Date: Nov 7 2017
Get your copy from
: Book Depository, Booktopia

This is the tenth anniversary luxe new edition of Cassandra Clare’s phenomenal City of Bones.

This special edition of City of Bones has new cover art, over thirty interior illustrations, and six new full-page colour portraits of everyone’s favourite characters!

This beautifully crafted collector’s item also includes four bonus stories that have previously only appeared in limited distribution, and – best of all – a brand new new piece written by Cassandra Clare. It’s a perfect gift for the Shadowhunter fan in your life.

A little more about this book:

“This is the book where Clary Fray first discovered the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. The book where she first met Jace Wayland, the best Shadowhunter of his generation. The book that started it all.”

Title 2: A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition by V.E. Schwab
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Publication Date: Oct 31 2017
Get your copy from: Book Depository, Booktopia

A Darker Shade of Magic, is the first book in V.E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy, it is now available in a special collector’s edition!

This gorgeous edition features a revamped, metallic ink detailed cover and reading ribbon, this edition will also feature the following bonus material:

  • End papers featuring fan art
  • A glossary of Arnesian and Antari terms
  • An interview between author and editor
  • Original (never seen before!) tales from within the Shades of Magic world

Title 3: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
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Publication Date: Oct 10 2017
Get your copy from: Book Depository, Booktopia

Since I’m Stiefvater trash, OBVIOUSLY I’m going to be SUPER excited for her upcoming release All The Crooked Saints! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy! Have you? If not, check out this synopsis (and I’m sure it’ll get you hooked!):

“Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.”

Admit it, it got you hooked right.

Title 4: Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

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Publication Date: Nov 7 2017
Get your copy from: Book Depository, Booktopia

After reading Vengeance Road a few months ago – I fell in love with the book. So I’m definitely pumped for Erin’s upcoming release Retribution Rails to hit the shelf in November!

AND ALSO: If you pre-order now, and send over your receipt to Erin, she’ll send you an EXCLUSIVE e-novella about two very important characters from Vengeance Road! (If you’ve read it, you surely won’t want to miss out)! AND THAT’S NOT ALL! You also will be sent some pretty epic book swag if you pre-order! AND IT’S AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY AS WELL (my Australian heart rejoice)!!!

For more info and to get the swag: visit this link.
Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll get:

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Photo is taken from Erin Bowman’s Website.

Title 5: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Publication Date: Mar 13 2018
Get your copy from: Book Depository, Booktopia

Why am I overly excited about Obsidio? WHY? Well if you’ve read Illuminae and Gemina you would know what I’m on about. SHIT IS ABOUT TO GO DOWN IN THIS FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE ILLUMINAE FILES AND NO I’M NOT OKAY I don’t want this epic series to end but at the same time I need my copy asap. 

If you haven’t read any of these books:

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Well, now is THE time.
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Here you go folks! 5 titles that yours truly is super keen for! Hope you enjoyed my little post today! Until next time! Happy Reading!


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The Raven Cycle Book Tag

So … a day or so ago while I was productively procrastinating from studying, I went on a wild 3 am search for some new The Raven Cycle fanart (I was desperate), and I encountered Anna @ Annaish who did a Raven Cycle book tag – AND I KNEW THAT I HAVE TO DO IT ASAP (and alas, I finally got the time to write this by procrastinating even more). Here we go:

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  1. In the books, Maura is the relaxed mom that is Blue’s friend more than an actual mother. Who is your favourite mom character?

Mrs Weasley From Harry Potter!!! She’s the kindest, most caring and loving mother, and she is a hella brave too (recall all the duel scenes)! She’s different from Maura who is more chill, but Mrs Weasley also has her quirk too and will fight you if you *sobs* hurt her family.

  1. Adam wanted to go to Aglionby so he could one day escape where he came from. Have you ever dreamt of living somewhere else? Where?

I surely have! I’d dreamt of living in England, not necessarily London but that would be nice actually, but just anywhere in the UK would be epic. Scotland would be nice too, no way I would complain about that.

  1. In the second book we meet the Gray Man. He is a hit man who loves poetry. Name a book that you thought was going to be one thing but turned out to be something else.

For me it was November 9 by Colleen Hoover. It was my first ever CoHo book, and OH MY GOSH, I did not expect it to be ONE HECK OF A RIDE? I read it on a family trip bad choice. My heart self-combusted after that book. Both good and bad ways such strong emotions are occasionally bad for the heart I’m telling you.

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September Wrap-up

Hey guys! It’s that time again for my (very belated) monthly wrap up! September’s gone in a blink of an eye and I’ve only managed to read *sob* two *sob* books. Before I get too emotional to that – I have some news for you!

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#TheRavenSaints Bookstagram Challenge

G’day folks! I am SO THRILLED to be announcing that I’ll be co-hosting a RAVEN CYCLE-THEMED bookstagram challenge in the month of October! With Maggie Stiefvater dropping her new novel All the Crooked Saints on October 10, Tiffany (@biblionatic), Tati (@lavidaenquotes) and I teamed up and created #TheRavenSaints challenge! The prompts are inspired by characters, cars, events and settings in the series. In this post, I’ll be describing the prompts in more details so that you know what they are about, and some important housekeeping stuff to be mindful of when posting! So keep reading if you’re keen!

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Book Review: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland (spoiler-free)

32969999Heyyy hey guys! It’s been so long since I’ve posted, but I’m going to make up for it by presenting you this (in my opinion) awesome review of Krystal Sutherland’s new novel – A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares!!!

(Thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for sending me this novel in exchange for my honest review! This in no way affects my thoughts or opinions of this book.)

Synopsis:

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.

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