end of the year survey

End of the Year Survey – 2019

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This is a survey crated by Jamie @perpetualpageturner. If you want to know more about it just click the image above and it will lead you to the original post. All the graphics are done by Jamie as well, I take no credit for them.


Yes, it is nearly the end of January. Yes, I’m only now getting around to posting this survey. There are a couple of reasons for that. The biggest one is that I decided to take a break from blogging in January. I just haven’t felt motivated to blog, or read for that matter. Basically January has been a shitty month for me and I can’t wait for it to be over.

I still wanted to do this survey, as it’s a tradition on my blog, so here we are. Do I care that I’m this late with posting it? Actually, not at all. This is a really long post and I hope that you enjoy reading it! 🥰

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This is my fifth time doing this survey. You can check all the other posts here:

End of the Year Survey – 2015
End of the Year Survey – 2016
End of the Year Survey – 2017
End of the Year Survey – 2018

With all of that being said, lets move onto the actual survey!

2019 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 94

Number of Re-Reads: 12

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy


End of the year Book Survey

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

Taylor Jenkins Reid


2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

The book, or rather graphic novel, that surprised me in the most pleasant way was The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill. This was such a heartwarming story, with the most adorable artwork. I need to read everything by Katie O’Neill!

Katie O'Neill


4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I don’t actually know? I feel like I recommended a lot of books in 2019, as I read a lot more during that year than the previous few. Also, I have no idea how many people decided to read something that I recommended (so I really don’t know how to answer this question).


5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2019?

Taylor Jenkins Reid. Seeing as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was my favourite book of 2019, obviously the author had to be my favourite as well. (Though I have yet to read anything else by her.) There is just something about her writing style and her way of creating a story that I enjoy. I definitely plan on reading more of Reid’s books in the future!


7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t usually pick up Sci-Fi that is set in space, with aliens and all that. The Sci-Fi that I usually read is the one with superpowers or dystopia, set on Earth. In 2019 I decided to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and I adored it. This was such a fantastic book!

The long way to a small angry planet


8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Shadowhunters


10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2019?

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

Obviously it has to be Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. If you have read this book you know exactly why!

Taylor Jenkins Reid


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

Taylor Jenkins Reid


14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.”
― Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Goodreads


17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The first book that came to my mind was A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab, because of the way it ended. I’m not going to overthink this and just go with the first answer that popped into my head (there are already a lot of questions and I don’t need to overthink all of them).

Victoria Schwab


18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Since I read The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu in 2019, I obviously had to pick Magnus and Alec.

Shadowhunters


19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The first two characters that came to my mind were Royce and Hadrian from The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan. They have such a great friendship and I loved seeing how much they care for the other person, while I was reading this series. Their dynamic and interactions are fun and heartfelt.

Michael J Sullivan


20. Favourite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Becky Alberalli


22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

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23. Best 2019 debut you read?

Wicked Fox


24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The books that I reread this year!


26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

Well, I did reread the first 5 books in the Harry Potter series. Those books always manage to make me cry, I couldn’t have picked another answer for this question.


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Mooncakes


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t have one? Apparently I didn’t read any soul crushing books in 2019.


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a novel written in verse, the first one I have ever read (or at least that I remember). I also listened to this book as an audiobook, which is not something that I often do. Because of those two things I decided to pick it as the most unique one.

Elizabeth Acevedo


30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

It’s probably Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I wasn’t really mad at the book, rather I was really annoyed with everything happening in it. I seriously didn’t like this one.

Falling Kingdoms


End of the Year Survey

1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

. . .


2. Favourite post you wrote in 2019?

Probably my 5 Star Predictions Wrap Up || Vol. 1 post. This one was really fun to write, plus I adore the whole concept of it. This post was even more special, since it was years in the making. Basically it took me ages to read all the books, to no ones surprise.


3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2019?

Since I don’t have a bookstagram I don’t tend to take bookish photos. Aside from those that I use in my book hauls, but they aren’t all that special. If I had to pick one I would go with the photo of the Grisha books I bought in 2019. (The covers are just gorgeous!)

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4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

It definitely has to be The Reading Rush read-a-thon! I had so much fun during that week and I ended up reading a lot of books. Plus the new website and badges were an amazing addition, which made the whole experience even better. You can check out my TBR post and my wrap up post for this read-a-thon, if you are interested in more details.

The Reading Rush


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year

Posting regularly was a bit of a problem for me in 2019. One of my resolutions was to post at least 2 times a week, this isn’t something that I managed to do. My mental health and life in general got in the way. Still, I’m pleased with how much I posted in 2019.


7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My two most popular posts were My Bookish and Personal Resolutions for 2019! and The End of the Year Book Tag. The reason I decided to feature two of them is due to the fact that they had nearly the same amount of views and they stood out with their numbers from my other posts in 2019.


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The first post that came to my mind was My Year of Growth! || Reflecting on 2019. This was a very personal post for me and one that I found hard to write. Obviously I would have loved if it got a little more love. But I did post it at the end of the year (when people are busy) and it wasn’t book related, so I get why people wouldn’t be that interested in it.


9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I don’t have one? At least nothing is coming to my mind…


10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Goodreads


End of the year Book Survey

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Unspoken Name


4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

Goodreads reading challenge


6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

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This was a really long post to write, but I’m very happy with the way it turned out!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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wrap up

December 2019 || Wrap Up

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December was such a busy month for me! This month also passed by waaaaay to fast, I seriously have no idea where the time went (probably because I was busy). I wasn’t on my social media a lot this month either, I didn’t have the energy to interact with people much. December was an exhausting month, but also a very successful one! 😀

On the 17th I had my big presentation, for my most important class of this semester. I had to make a power point presentation and talk about my topic for 15-20 minutes. So all my time this month, until that date, was spent researching and preparing stuff for the presentation. It was a lot of work and I’m very proud with how everything went. I’m pleased with the way I presented my work and also with the feedback I got from both my professor and the class. (Though it obviously wasn’t perfect.) I was exhausted after this, but it was all worth it! ✨

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On the 19th I drove back to my home town for the Christmas holidays. That mean spending over 8 hours in a bus. which was filled to the brim (there wasn’t a single empty seat). That wasn’t the funnest experience, but luckily I had Spotify Premium and I could listen to music! We celebrate Christmas a little differently than most people, which I really don’t plan on getting into much but basically we have around 30 to 40 guests over two days (the 25ht and 26th). Because of that I was busy as well, I helped my mom with all the preparations (food, house cleaning etc.). It was stressful, but I’m used to it after all these years. Also no, I don’t like the way we celebrate Christmas but there is nothing I can do against it. 

I spent a lot of time with my best friend, while in my home town. We went out and also had two sleepovers. One was over Christmas, she came over on Christmas Eve. The second one was literary yesterday, I got back home today. I love spending time with her! 💖

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I got the most amazing Christmas gifts this year! This year I didn’t ask for any books, which is a first. I asked my parents to buy me a BTS album and they got me two. I seriously didn’t expect that! I’m so thankful to them, they are the best! 💖 Those were my main gifts, though I did get some random smaller things as well (like a mug, sweets etc.). My best friend got me an amazing gift. She got me Harry Potter things and I love every single item! She knows me so well! 💖 Also, she didn’t get me the Harry Potter book but I needed something to prop up the mug.

I wrote a very important and personal post a few days ago called My Year of Growth! || Reflecting on 2019. I would love if you could check it out! 💚


Wrap Up

Michael J. SullivanRise of Empire (The Riyria Revelations #3-4) by Michael J. Sullivan

4.5 out of 5 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed the second book in the Riyria Revelations. There were many twists and turns during Rise of Empire that completely took me by surprise. I couldn’t put this book down when I was reading it, I was just that invested in the story. There were many things foreshadowed and I can’t wait to get my hands on the final book in this series! I just need to know how the story will wrap up. I definitely recommend this series, more people need to read it!

If you are interested in more of my thoughts, check out my review!


Sebastien de CastellShadowblack (Spellslinger #2) by Sebastien de Castell

4 out of 5 stars

My biggest critique for this book is regarding the romance in it. In my opinion it was completely unnecessary and the story would have been the same without it. I felt no romantic connection between the characters involved and it felt very rushed. Honestly when there was talk about liking the other character romantically I was stunned, I seriously didn’t see it coming. Which isn’t a positive when it comes to that. It felt very out of the blue.

Overall, I really enjoyed Shadowblack. I did enjoy the first book in this series more, but this was a solid sequel. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in the Spellslinger series. I’m exited to see where the story will go from here on. I definitely recommend this series, more people need to read it!

If you are interested in more of my thoughts, check out my review!


Elizabeth TammiThe Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi

2 out of 5 stars

The mythology aspect of The Weight of a Soul I enjoyed greatly. It was very interesting to read about it. Everything else I had my problems with. I hated Lena, the main character. She was completely unlikable and, while I don’t have anything about unlikable protagonists, in this book it felt like I was supposed to like her. She made some really obvious dumb decisions, despite being described as smart. She was very frustrating to read about.

I didn’t feel any connection or sympathy towards any of the characters, which made me not care about what was going on in the story. That in turn made the majority of this book boring to me. Overall, I really didn’t enjoy The Weight of a Soul, as you can clearly see by my review. Personally I wouldn’t recommend you to pick this book up.


A Danger to Herself and OthersA Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

2 out of 5 stars

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I was hooked and I wanted to read it. Sadly A Danger to Herself and Others didn’t end up being what I hoped it would be, I ended up being very disappointed in it. The main character, Hannah, is a very unreliable narrator which is something I don’t enjoy reading about.

Overall, I didn’t have a good time reading A Danger to Herself and Others. This book just wasn’t for me, but I can see a lot of other people liking it. Not being a fan of unreliable narrators does not make me the target audience of this book. I would recommend you this book if you like unreliable narrators and stories about mental health.


Through the WoodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

5 out of 5 stars

As you may know Through the Woods is my all time favourite graphic novel. This graphic novel is simply wonderful! I adore the art and the stories are delightfully creepy and scary. I love rereading it every year as well.

I actually wanted to reread it during October, or rather Halloween, but I left my copy of it in my childhood home. As I didn’t have it, I couldn’t reread it. Once I got to my parents place for the Christmas holidays I decided to reread it immediately. This was a great decision as I had an amazing time reading all the stories and seeing the beautiful yet creepy art.


The Angelus Guns by Max Gladstone

3 out of 5 stars

As with all of Max Gladstone’s short stories that I have read so far, The Angelus Guns was very interesting. The premise is unlike anything I have read before and I enjoyed finding out more about the world. I’m not sure how I feel about the conclusion, I felt like it ended way too abruptly. Still, I’m very happy to have read this story!

The Horrid Glory of Its Wings by Elizabeth Bear

2 out of 5 stars

This was a dark and emotional story, it dealt with some very heavy topics. Sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. That is due to the fact that I didn’t click with the writing style at all. I don’t know how to explain that better and I can’t pinpoint why exactly it didn’t work for me. This is just one of those cases it’s me not you. Still, I’m happy to have read this story.

Fire Above, Fire Below by Garth Nix

3 out of 5 stars

Everything that I could think about when reading this story was Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. What else would you expect when you title a character as Dragonborn? Anyway, this was an interesting story. Dragons are my favourite mythical creatures, so I’m always exited when a story contains them. It was interesting seeing them in this concept. While I did enjoy Fire Above, Fire Below I didn’t love it. I just expected a little more from it.

Mad Maudlin by Marie Brennan

2 out of 5 stars

I’m not completely sure how I feel about this story. I enjoyed the beginning of it, but I didn’t like the middle or ending that much. To be honest I was also confused by some of the things that happened. I had to reread some things, it felt like I missed something. I did enjoy the writing style of Marie Brennan.


Cold Wind by Nicola Griffith

1 out of 5 stars

I have no idea why I disliked this short story as much as I did. Going of the premise this should have been something that I like, obviously that wasn’t the case. I was so bored while reading it and I had to force myself to finish it. I was also confused about some parts, but that might be because my brain wasn’t paying too much attention to the happenings. This story just wasn’t for me.

Finnegan’s Field by Angela Slatter

2 out of 5 stars

Finnegan’s Field was an okay story. I really liked the way it started, but as the story continued I lost interest. It went in a direction that I didn’t expect and also didn’t particularly like. I just didn’t care for this story. This is a case of it’s me not you, as I just don’t think this was the right story for me but I think a lot of people might enjoy it.

A Human Stain by Kelly Robson

3 out of 5 stars

A Human Stain was a chilling story. To be completely honest, it wasn’t what I expected it to be based on the premise. I very much enjoyed the direction this story took! The beginning part of the story was very slow and some things weren’t explained enough (at least to me), which is why this story didn’t get a higher rating. It was a very interesting and creepy read.

Fare Thee Well by Cathy Clamp

4 out of 5 stars

Fare Thee Well was such a fun story! It was a lot less dark thank I thought it would be, based on the summary. This story really isn’t for everyone, but I greatly enjoyed it. As I already mentioned in the beginning, it was just a fun story. The Greek mythology elements were interesting. The ending was not what I was expecting it to be, but I still enjoyed it. This was such a good story!


Wrap Up

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How was your December? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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My Year of Growth! || Reflecting on 2019

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As the year is nearing its end I thought it would be appropriate to go over my resolutions for the year and see what I did and didn’t do. If you are interested in my original post, where I listed all those resolutions, you can check it out here! I’ll also be writing about how 2019 was for me in general, nothing too much as some of the things are rater personal (you will see what I mean by that).

Lets get into my resolutions of 2019!

Resolutions

As you can see the first one is to post 2 times per week. Yeah, I didn’t achieve this one completely. There were months were I did post 2 times each week, there were months were I posted more than that. But there were also months that I didn’t post at all during some weeks, due to my mental health. I’m especially pleased by my blogging in the past two/three months, I feel like I have gotten into a good rhythm. The second one was to interact with more people. I’m pleased to say that I did achieve this one! 😀

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I wanted to read at least 52 books and I definitely managed to do that. I have read 94 books, so I shot way over that goal. I’m very pleased with how much I managed to read in 2019. I also wanted to complete and catch up to series. This is also something that I managed to do! I don’t have an exact number, but I did focus on reading my series this year (which was the goal all along).

Resolutions

Yeah, these two didn’t happen at all. I actually didn’t do any creative writing during 2019. I did write essays and papers for university but that was it. The reason for that is mostly due to the things I’ll write about when I get to the part where I write about how my 2019 was. Basically I didn’t feel motivated to do these two goals and I didn’t have the mental capacity for them. I’m a bit disappointed, but also not really?

Resolutions

Yes to both of these! I did achieve both and I’m very happy about that. There really is nothing more to say about this one. I’m very pleased by how many art related things I did this year.

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Resolutions

I did finish university, which I’m very proud of! I also decided to do a Master degree, so I started that this year as well. Because of that I didn’t get a full time job, as I just wouldn’t have the time to do everything. I have a lot of anxiety related to job hunting (which I didn’t know before this year), but I have started looking for a part time job and I’m proud of myself for that. Yes, I have gotten fitter and healthier. I have never felt more comfortable in my body than I do in this moment. I did also explore more of Vienna, which makes me very happy. 😀

There you have it, those were my resolutions for the year! Some of them were successful, some not, but overall I’m proud of how I did!

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Now let’s talk about 2019 as a whole and why this most is called My Year of Growth!

To preface this I need to go back to 2018 for a bit. 2018 was the worst year of my life. Many things happened and my mental health was at an all time low. When December came I felt like I did nothing during the whole year, even though that wasn’t the case. I felt like such a huge failure and disappointment. I struggled so much during that year.

2019 was a tough year for me. The first few months were good, the middle of the year bad and the end (from around October) was good. I still struggled with my mental health (and the other problems that I had), but I found ways to cope and make myself feel better. Bullet journaling and writing a diary helped me with that. Having an outlet like that was exactly what I needed. I might do a whole post about my bullet journal and diary in the future, how I use them and how exactly it helped me (this post is already long enough).

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2019 was a year of self reflection and acceptance for me. Some things that I learned during this year:

  • To not expect myself to be perfect. Or rather whatever was defined as perfect in my head. This is the biggest one, as I was in a vicious cycle because of those expectations. (I’ll leave it at that, as I don’t feel comfortable in sharing more details about that.)
  • To be kinder to myself. I have always disliked myself, both my personality and appearance. I never really felt great about myself as a person. During this year I tried, and succeeded at being kinder to myself.
  • To accept my flaws, but also my strengths. This one goes along with the two previously mentioned.
  • To accept that my mental health problems are a part of me and that they don’t make me weak. As I already mentioned, 2018 was such a bad year for me in regards to my mental health, so this was quite the huge development.

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Because of all of that I’m calling 2019 my Year of Growth. Looking back at this time last year I’m beyond pleased by where I am now. Not everything is amazing, I still struggle and have problems, but I’m not feeling hopeless anymore. While 2019 was a hard year at times, it was also a good one.

Another thing that I need to mention in this post, and also to end it on a positive note, this is also the year that I have gotten into BTS. I found them at the perfect time and they have improved my life in so many different ways! ❤ I might do a post about that in the future, but who knows as it’s all very personal. I just couldn’t not mention them, as they have been a huge past of my life for months (since the end of July to be precise).

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I’m so thankful to my family and friends for supporting me through this whole year, even if they didn’t know all the nitty gritty details (as I don’t like to bother anyone with my problems). I love them all so much! ❤
Thank you all as well, for supporting me and my blog!

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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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book review

The Weight of a Soul and A Danger to Herself and Others || ARC Reviews

Disclaimer: I received The Weight of a Soul from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Elizabeth TammiTitle: The Weight of a Soul

Author: Elizabeth Tammi

Published: 3. December 2019

Edition: Flux

ebook, 320 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Mythology

Summary:

When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.

But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.

Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?

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◄ 2 out of 5 stars 

As soon as I saw that this book contained elements of Norse mythology I was intrigued. As you may know, I love reading stories about mythology (no matter from where). Sadly I was rather disappointed by this book, I didn’t end up liking it as much as I hoped I would.

The mythology aspect of The Weight of a Soul I enjoyed greatly. It was very interesting to read about it. Everything else I had my problems with. I hated Lena, the main character. She was completely unlikable and, while I don’t have anything about unlikable protagonists, in this book it felt like I was supposed to like her. She made some really obvious dumb decisions, despite being described as smart. She was very frustrating to read about.

I didn’t feel any connection or sympathy towards any of the characters, which made me not care about what was going on in the story. That in turn made the majority of this book boring to me. Overall, I really didn’t enjoy The Weight of a Soul, as you can clearly see by my review. Personally I wouldn’t recommend you to pick this book up.


Disclaimer: I received A Danger to Herself and Others from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


A Danger to Herself and OthersTitle: A Danger to Herself and Others

Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Published: 5. February 2019

Edition: Sourcebooks Fire

ebook, 341 pages

Genre: Contemporary | Mental Health

Summary: 

Only when she’s locked away does the truth begin to escape…

Four walls. One window. No way to escape. Hannah knows there’s been a mistake. She didn’t need to be institutionalised. What happened to her roommate at her summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctors and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. In the meantime, she is going to use her persuasive skills to get the staff on her side.

Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage. And she may be the only person who can get Hannah to confront the dangerous games and secrets that landed her in confinement in the first place.

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◄ 2 out of 5 stars 

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I was hooked and I wanted to read it. Sadly A Danger to Herself and Others didn’t end up being what I hoped it would be, I ended up being very disappointed in it. The main character, Hannah, is a very unreliable narrator which is something I don’t enjoy reading about.

There were some great discussions about mental health in this book. Also, huge trigger warnings for eating disorders. There were many scenes that I found hard to read because of the content and the rawness. While this is something other people might enjoy reading about, I didn’t. (Due to things relating to my own mental health.) I also felt that there were things brought up in therapy that were never really unpacked, by any of the therapists and they should have been.

Overall, I didn’t have a good time reading A Danger to Herself and Others. This book just wasn’t for me, but I can see a lot of other people liking it. Not being a fan of unreliable narrators does not make me the target audience of this book. I would recommend you this book if you like unreliable narrators and stories about mental health.


Have you read The Weight of a Soul or A Danger to Herself and Others? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Merry Christmas! 🎄

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💖 Merry Christmas everyone! 💖

I hope that all of you will have a wonderful and magical day, no matter if you celebrate Christmas or not. Personally I’m not the biggest fan of this holiday, but I shall try and enjoy myself as much as I can. (I really don’t need to go into detail why I don’t like it.) I’m exited about spending the day with my parents and my best friend!


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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book review

Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell || Book Review

Sebastien de Castell

Title: Shadowblack

( Spellslinger #2 )

Author: Sebastien de Castell

Published: 5. October 2017

Edition: Hot Key Books

Paperback, 352 page

Genre: Fantasy | Magic

Summary:

It’s a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and who carries a secret that’s all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help – but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold – and Kellen can’t help but suspect his own people may even be behind it.

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◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have written a full review for the first book in this series, Spellslinger, so if you are interested in my thoughts on it be sure to check out my review. As this is the review for the second book in this series there might be MINOR SPOILERS for the first book in this review. Be aware of that before reading this post.

With all of that being said, lets get into the actual review!

The story of Shadowblack was an interesting one. I enjoyed seeing where Kellen and Ferius went after the events of the first book. The mystery in this book was a good one and I enjoyed seeing Kellen try and figure it out. There was more world-building done in this book, which is something I liked as well. I’m still very much fascinated by the world and the magic of Spellslinger. There are still many questions that I have left and I’m looking forward to learning more about both in future books.

As I already mentioned in my review of the first book, I really like Kellen as a main character. He is very flawed, but that is something that I love about him. In Shadowblack I really enjoyed seeing him struggle to figure out who he is and what he wants to do, after everything that has happened to him in Spellslinger. More of Ferius’ past got revealed in this book, which is something I enjoyed as well. I love her as a character, so seeing her get more development was amazing. There are so many things about her that I’m curious about, hopefully I’ll get more answers in future books.

There were quite a few new characters introduced in this book. I liked the majority of them. They were interesting and I enjoyed learning more about their pasts and motivations, as they were all related to the mystery that I mentioned earlier. Seneira is a character that stands out in this book, due to the fact that a lot of the story is focused around her (and her hometown). I liked her as a character, but she is by no means a new favourite of mine. I just don’t think we got enough of her in this book, for me to love her.

My biggest critique for this book is regarding the romance in it. In my opinion it was completely unnecessary and the story would have been the same without it. I felt no romantic connection between the characters involved and it felt very rushed. Honestly when there was talk about liking the other character romantically I was stunned, I seriously didn’t see it coming. Which isn’t a positive when it comes to that. It felt very out of the blue.

Overall, I really enjoyed Shadowblack. I did enjoy the first book in this series more, but this was a solid sequel. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in the Spellslinger series. I’m exited to see where the story will go from here on. I definitely recommend this series, more people need to read it!


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan || Book Review

Michael J. SullivanTitle: Rise of Empire

( The Riyria Revelations #3-4 )

Author: Michael J. Sullivan

Published: 14. December 2011

Edition: Orbit

Paperback, 786 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Adventure

Summary:

A PUPPET IS CROWNED. THE TRUE HEIR REMAINS HIDDEN. A ROGUE’S SECRET COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING.

War has come to Melengar and once more Royce and Hadrian are hired to make a desperate gamble and form an alliance with the Nationalists whom are fighting the Imperialists in the south. As the power of the Nyphron Empire grows, so does Royce’s suspicion that the wizard Esrahaddon is using the thieves as pawns in his own grab for power. To find the truth, he must unravel the secret of Hadrian’s past – what he discovers may end their friendship and break Riyria in two.

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◄ 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have written a VERY LONG review for the first book in this series, Theft of Swords. I go into a lot of detail about the world, writing and characters. So if you are interested in my thoughts on that check out my review! This one is going to be a lot shorter, as I really don’t want to spoil anything regarding this book (so I’ll keep things vague). With that being said, this review might contain some MINOR SPOILERS for the first book. Be aware of that if you haven’t read it yet!

With that out of the way, lets get into the actual review!

It was wonderful getting to follow Royce’ and Hadrian’s adventure again. I love both of those characters and their dynamic is wonderful to read about. Watching them interact with each other and go on different adventures is definitely a highlight of this series. There are some things uncertain about their relationships in this book, due to the events of Theft of Swords. It was interesting seeing them deal with these things. (Which is obviously something I can’t go into detail about, because of spoilers.)

It was interesting seeing more of Arista in Rise of Empire as well. I really like her as a character, she grew on me through these books. I also enjoyed learning more about her abilities, as she was learning about them as well. I really like how headstrong Arista is and how far she is willing to go to achieve her wants/needs. There was also a lot more of Thrace in this book, than I actually expected there to be. I’m not sure how I feel about her? There are things about her that I like, but there are also things that I dislike. I’m hoping to figure out my feelings on her when I read the next book, though I must say that I liked her a lot more towards the end of Rise of Empire so I’m hopeful that she will be a character that I like.

The story in the first book of this bind-up was interesting. There was a lot of traveling and exploring new towns and villages. It was interesting seeing Royce, Hadrian and Arista travel together. There were some really amazing interactions between all of them. There was also a huge battle in this book, which is not something I prefer reading about (though I didn’t dislike it or anything). There was also some romance in this book, between Arista and someone else, I didn’t dislike or like that aspect. I just really didn’t get where it came from, it felt very sudden.

The story in the second book of this bind-up was very different than what I thought it would be. A big portion of this book took place on a ship and while sailing. This was interesting to read about and I enjoyed figuring out the relationships and connections abroad the ship. In the second book we also got a lot more world-building, I especially enjoyed seeing the southern side of the world. The warlords and cultures of that part of the world were interesting to learn about.

Overall, I really enjoyed the second book in the Riyria Revelations. There were many twists and turns during Rise of Empire that completely took me by surprise. I couldn’t put this book down when I was reading it, I was just that invested in the story. There were many things foreshadowed and I can’t wait to get my hands on the final book in this series! I just need to know how the story will wrap up. I definitely recommend this series, more people need to read it!


Have you read Rise of Empire? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Waiting on Wednesday: Belle Révolte

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Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


Linsey MillerBelle Révolte by Linsey Miller

Publication date: 1. February 2020

Summary:

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.


Belle Révolte is a book that I just recently found out about, and by that I mean just a few days ago. (I stumbled upon it from someones most anticipated 2020 releases post!) The cover immediately grabbed my attention and as soon as I read the summary I was hooked! I knew that I needed this book in my life.

Why wouldn’t I want a book about magic and science, women following their dreams and (probably) kicking ass? I have also heard that this book contains a sapphic romance, which makes me even more exited to read it. Basically everything about this book intrigues me and I can’t wait for it to come out!


Are you looking forward to Belle Révolte? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Anime Wrap Up [ #15 ]

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Happy Friday the 13th! 🖤
I just really felt like starting this blog post in this way, so here we are. 😂

It’s been a few months since I have done an anime wrap up. To be more specific it’s been since July, so about 5 months. The reason for the long pause between my anime wrap ups, aside from the fact that I didn’t watch anime (obviously), is because I got into BTS (at the end of July) and I only watched Run BTS! and other BTS stuff for over two months. 😂 Now I have finally finished enough anime to wrap them up in a post! With all of that being said, let’s just get into the anime that I recently finished.


yu yu hakushoYuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho

Episodes: 112

Action | Supernatural | Martial Arts | Comedy

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

One fateful day, Yuusuke Urameshi, a 14-year-old delinquent with a dim future, gets a miraculous chance to turn it all around when he throws himself in front of a moving car to save a young boy. His ultimate sacrifice is so out of character that the authorities of the spirit realm are not yet prepared to let him pass on. Koenma, heir to the throne of the spirit realm, offers Yuusuke an opportunity to regain his life through completion of a series of tasks. With the guidance of the death god Botan, he is to thwart evil presences on Earth as a Spirit Detective.

To help him on his venture, Yuusuke enlists ex-rival Kazuma Kuwabara, and two demons, Hiei and Kurama, who have criminal pasts. Together, they train and battle against enemies who would threaten humanity’s very existence.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Yuu Yuu Hakusho is one of those anime that I have know about for years and have always wanted to check it out. I had heard so many amazing things about it! Also, the creator of the manga (from which this anime was adapted) is the same man who created Hunter x Hunter, which is one of my favourite anime ever. For that reason as well I was very exited to watch this one.

I can’t actually say anything about how well this anime was adapted, as I haven’t read the manga. (I just wanted to point this out beforehand.) As you can see by my score, I didn’t enjoy Yuu Yuu Hakusho as much as I hoped I would. I just didn’t click with the story all that much and for some reason it felt really repetitive to me after a while. I don’t know why that is or how to explain it better, so I shall leave it at that.

I didn’t care about Yusuke at all. That isn’t a great thing as he is the main character and the person we follow the most throughout this anime. I just didn’t connect to him at all, most of the time I didn’t like him either. Two characters that I did like, or at least found very interesting, were Kurama and Hiei. I enjoyed learning more about those two. There were quite a few side characters that I didn’t care about either. Many of them annoyed me and I don’t think they were supposed to.

Side note: This is an old anime, so the animation isn’t the best and the fight scenes didn’t feel all that impressive (which I’m sure they are, just the animation didn’t make it seem that way). I just don’t think this anime has aged that well? Or at least it wasn’t really my cup of tea. With all of that being said, I didn’t hate this anime or anything like that. There were interesting things that happened and I really enjoyed the tournament arc. I guess I just expected more from it, after hearing how much people loved it.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes and no. Yes, it’s one of those anime that many consider to be classics. No, the animation weren’t that great and if you are used to modern day anime this would feel very choppy and old. I’m really torn on if I should recommend Yuu Yuu Hakusho or not.

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Mahoutsukai no YomeMahoutsukai no Yome

Episodes: 24

Fantasy | Magic | Slice of Life

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Chise Hatori, a 15-year-old Japanese girl, was sold for five million pounds at an auction to a tall masked gentleman. Abandoned at a young age and ridiculed by her peers for her unconventional behavior, she was ready to give herself to any buyer if it meant having a place to go home to. In chains and on her way to an unknown fate, she hears whispers from robed men along her path, gossiping and complaining that such a buyer got his hands on a rare “Sleigh Beggy.”

Ignoring the murmurs, the mysterious man leads the girl to a study, where he reveals himself to be Elias Ainsworth—a magus. After a brief confrontation and a bit of teleportation magic, the two open their eyes to Elias’ picturesque cottage in rural England. Greeted by fairies and surrounded by weird and wonderful beings upon her arrival, these events mark the beginning of Chise’s story as the apprentice and supposed bride of the ancient magus.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Mahoutsukai no Yome is an anime whose story I was familiar with before I started watching it. I have read some of the manga, like the first volume or so (I definitely plan on continuing reading the manga at some point in the future). Plus it’s an anime that I have heard about a ton and that I see all the time on my anime tumblr blog (is it a blog? I don’t know). Basically I was familiar with it, before I started watching it.

This anime was simply beautiful in all aspects. I was impressed by it from episode one and from then on I was invested as well. I just couldn’t stop watching this beautiful anime. The animation and art is beyond amazing, it’s some of the best that I have seen in a really long time (or ever really). The opening animations and songs are gorgeous as well!

The characters were very interesting. The two that I liked the most were Chise and Elias, which is to be expected as they are the main characters. There was so much character growth for Chise and it was really wonderful to see it. Don’t get me wrong, the other characters developed and grew as well, but Chise’s journey was just outstanding. There were many interesting and multi-dimensional characters in Mahoutsukai no Yome, even the side characters and antagonists.

The lore in this anime was very interesting and I enjoyed learning more about it as the story progressed. The magic was interesting as well, plus the way the magic was animated was simply gorgeous. This anime was slow at times, but that also allowed us to connect more to the characters and the story. Mahoutsukai no Yome made me really emotional and I teared up many times while watching it.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would highly recommend this anime. If you couldn’t tell by my short review of it, I completely adored Mahoutsukai no Yome. It’s become one of my new favourite anime and I’m so happy to have finally watched it!

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GivenGiven

Episodes: 11

Music | Drama | Shounen Ai | Romance

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

“It’s stuck deep inside me and I can’t get it out of my head. Mafuyu’s voice is an insane and dangerous weapon.”

That day, Ritsuka Uenoyama started to feel that playing the guitar and playing basketball, both of which he liked very much, were becoming boring. He then encounters Mafuyu Sato, who’s holding onto a broken guitar, and decides to fix it. The moment Uenoyama finishes fixing the guitar, Mafuyu becomes completely attached to him. However, after hearing Mafuyu sing it leaves a deep impression on him.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Given is an anime that I saw on my anime tumblr a ton when it started airing. Finding out that it’s a gay romance that focuses on characters in a band, I was intrigued. I don’t usually watch a lot of anime about music, but sometimes they grab my attention and I decided to give them a chance. This is one of those instances and I’m really glad for that, as I enjoyed this anime quite a bit.

Before I actually get into my thoughts on Given I need to preface this by saying that this anime has big trigger warnings for suicide. Be aware of that, if you decided to watch this anime. The characters in this anime were interesting and I enjoyed learning more about them. Given was more of a character focus than a story one. There was a very nice friendship group that formed and I enjoyed watching them interact with each other. The music was good, but not my favourite (which I honestly didn’t expect it to be).

I found this anime to be very slow. I get that this should help us get to know the characters and all that, but I got really bored of it at points. I just wanted more from this anime. I felt that something was missing for me, which I can’t really explain. There were many heartwarming, but also heartbreaking moments. Given was a very good anime, just not one of my new favourites.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend Given. While it wasn’t one of my new favourite anime I still enjoyed it a lot. Plus I think the problems that I had with this anime are rather personal, so there is a big chance that you would enjoy it even more than I did.

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Boku No Hero AcademiaBoku no Hero Academia 3rd Season

Episodes: 25

Action | Super Powers | School | Shounen

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

As summer arrives for the students at UA Academy, each of these superheroes-in-training puts in their best efforts to become renowned heroes. They head off to a forest training camp run by UA’s pro heroes, where the students face one another in battle and go through dangerous tests, improving their abilities and pushing past their limits. However, their school trip is suddenly turned upside down when the League of Villains arrives, invading the camp with a mission to capture one of the students.

Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season follows Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, an ambitious student training to achieve his dream of becoming a hero similar to his role model—All Might. Being one of the students caught up amidst the chaos of the villain attack, Deku must take a stand with his classmates and fight for their survival.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I finally got around to watching the 3rd season of Boku no Hero Academia. As this is the third season there might be some small spoilers for the previous season in this review, so be aware of that. Boku no Hero Academia is one of those anime that I really enjoy watching, that has very interesting characters yet I don’t consider it to be an all time favourite of mine. There has just been something about each season so far that has bothered me. Now, let’s actually talk about this 3rd season.

I found it very interesting seeing the students work on their Quirks, especially since the majority of them have very different ways of improving them (I can’t really explain that better). Quite a few new major villains were introduced in this season, which I found to be very interesting. My favourite is Dabi, there is just something about him that very much intrigues me. (I have some theories about him already, which I won’t go into.)

In this season we got to learn more about All Might and his past. This was an interesting aspect of this season. We also got to know more about One For All, which I was very much interested in as well. I won’t go into any detail about that, I just want to say that One For All has some of the best music out there – those classical pieces gave me chills.

A lot of this season was focused on Bakugo, which I do get but it’s not something I enjoyed. If you didn’t know, I really hate Bakugo. He is my least favourite character in this whole anime, I just can’t stand him. I just don’t care about anything related to him, which is why I didn’t enjoy this season as much as I thought I would. The Big Three were introduced in this season as well and I really want to know more about them. I have so many questions regarding them and I’m looking forward to learning more about them in the future.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I definitely recommend Boku no Hero Academia. Obviously start with the first season. There is a reason that this is one of the most popular anime out there at the moment. If you enjoy stories about superheroes and superpowers, then this is one anime you definitely need to check out.

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91900lMade in Abyss

Episodes: 13

Sci-Fi | Adventure | Mystery | Drama

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Made in Abyss is an anime that I heard a lot of people raving about, but never actually knew what it was about. Recently I decided to read a synopsis for it and it intrigued me, so I decided to watch it. I can definitely see why so many people adore this anime, sadly I just wasn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this anime but I was overall just underwhelmed by it. I don’t know, I guess I was just expecting more from it.

First of all, don’t be fooled by the cute art style Made in Abyss is a very dark anime. It was interesting seeing the contrast between the cute art style and the dark story. I was intrigued by the world of this anime at the beginning. The more I learned about it, the more I didn’t care? I honestly have no idea why this happened. I just got less and less interested in it, the more I watched. The same thing can be said about the characters. I liked them a lot more in the beginning, but the more I learned about them the less I cared.

I don’t actually have anything else to add to this. I didn’t like Made in Abyss as much as I hoped I would. I guess this anime just wasn’t for me, which I’m very bummed about. I also don’t plan on watching more of this show (like the movie, or future seasons), as I already mentioned I just don’t care about it enough.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend Made in Abyss. Despite writing about it rather negatively in my review I think this is an anime that a lot of people might like. With this anime I think it’s more of a case it’s me not you, so I would definitely recommend giving this anime a chance!

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Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Unspoken Name

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The Unspoken NameThe Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) by A.K. Larkwood

Publication date: 11. February 2020

Summary:

What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does. She will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. On the day of her foretold death, however, a powerful mage offers her a new fate.

Csorwe leaves her home, her destiny, and her god to become the wizard’s loyal sword-hand — stealing, spying, and killing to help him reclaim his seat of power in the homeland from which he was exiled.

But Csorwe and the wizard will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.


The Unspoken Name is an upcoming sapphic adult fantasy book that I’m beyond exited about! Honestly the words “sapphic adult fantasy” were all that I needed and I knew immediately I had to read this book. The synopsis for it sounds amazing as well, plus the fact that it says “assassin” on the book intrigues me even more. If you know me then you know that I’m always looking for books about assassins, thieves and other morally grey characters.

I have heard great things about it from people who have received an ARC copy, which makes me even more exited for this book to come out! Another fact that attracted me to this book was that A.K. Larkwood is a female adult fantasy author. One of my goals is to read more adult fantasy written by women, so there is that as well.

I just found out that I was approved for an ARC of The Unspoken NameI’m so happy and exited about that, I can’t wait to read it!


Are you looking forward to The Unspoken Name? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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