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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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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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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Blog Tour: Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simone Howell, Fiona Wood

9781742612744Hello there lovelies!!!! 

Today I will be sharing my thoughts on the hottest collab of the year  – TAKE THREE GIRLS written by Fiona Wood, Cath Crowley and Simmone Howell. This is a fantabulous #LoveOzYA collaboration between three award-winning Australian authors. Thanks to Pan MacMillan, I was given the phenomenal opportunity to participate in my first blog tour EVER! Without further ado, let’s just get on with the review!

Synopsis:

Kate, a quiet boarder, making some risky choices to pursue the experimental music she loves.

Clem, shrugging off her old swim-team persona, exploring her first sexual relationship, and trying to keep her annoying twin, Iris, at arm’s length.

Ady, grappling with a chaotic family, and wondering who her real friends are; she’s not the confident A-lister she appears to be.

When St Hilda’s establishes a Year 10 Wellness Program in response to the era of cyber-bullying, the three girls are thrown together and an unlikely friendship is sparked. One thing they have in common: each is targeted by PSST, a site devoted to gossip and slander that must have a source within St Hilda’s.

Who can you trust when rumour is the new truth?

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Book Review: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (spoiler-free)

9781250107138Hey book dragons! Today I’ll be reviewing The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (who is an Australian author). It was a quick and fast paced read, I enjoyed it! Thanks to the Pan MacMillan team for sending me a review copy! Let’s get on with it!

Synopsis:

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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Book Review: Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond (spoiler-free)

34145337Today I’ll be reviewing Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let’s get on with it:

Synopsis:

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the Lost Colony—and the 114 colonists who vanished without a trace more than four hundred years ago—still haunts the town. But that’s just a story told for the tourists.

When 114 people suddenly disappear from the island in present day, it seems history is repeating itself—and an unlikely pair of seventeen-year-olds might be the only hope of bringing the missing back. Miranda Blackwood, a member of one of island’s most infamous families, and Grant Rawling, the sherrif’s son, who has demons and secrets of his own, find themselves at the center of the mystery.

As the unlikely pair works to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony, they must dodge everyone from the authorities to long-dead alchemists as they race against time to save their family and friends before they too are gone for good.

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