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Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell || Book Review

Sebastien de Castell

Title: Spellslinger

( Spellslinger #1 )

Author: Sebastien de Castell

Published: 4. May 2017

Edition: Hot Key Books

Paperback, 400 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Magic

Summary:

MAGIC IS A CON GAME.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.

Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi—a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope.

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◄ 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Sebastien de Castell is one of the authors that I have wanted to read for years. I had heard many amazing things about his Greatcoats series from people whose opinions I trust. I was debating which of his series I should start reading first. Then I received Spellslinger as a birthday gift and that question got answered by itself.

The writing style in Spellslinger was amazing, it managed to capture my attention immediately. Honestly I’m not the best when it comes to describing writing styles, I just know that I couldn’t put this book down and that I got into the story and world very easily. There is just something captivating about Sebastien de Castell’s writing and I definitely plan on reading more of his books in the future.

I found the world of Spellslinger to be rather fascinating. It was a mix of classic fantasy tropes with new twists and ideas. It was very interesting learning more about the different classes of people, the magic and the history of the place this story is set in. The magic was probably one of my favourite aspects of this book. I just found the whole concept of the different kinds of magic fascinating. I’m very exited to see more about it in future books, I still have many questions left about the magic.

I loved Kellen as a main character. I found him and his story to be captivating. I ended up caring about him a lot faster than I thought I would. He is a very flawed character and I enjoyed seeing him grow throughout Spellslinger. I’m very interested in seeing where his character arc will go in future books. There were many other characters that I found interesting in this book, especially Ferius. She is such a strong and fascinating female character. I loved reading about her! (Hopefully there will be a lot more about her in future books.) There were characters I disliked as well, but I can’t go into detail about them as my thoughts on them are rather spoiler-y.

The story of Spellslinger was an intriguing one. As I already mentioned in my review, I was captivated by the writing style and that did include the story as well. While I did have some minor complaints about the story it was nothing that dimmed my enjoyment of the book. (I actually can’t go into any detail, as my complains could spoil the book.) Please be aware that this book contains very graphic animal abuse. There were so many amazing moments in this book. I’m very exited to see where the story will go from here on, as there are five other books in this series.

Overall, as you can already see by my rating and review, I really enjoyed Spellslinger. This book took me by surprise in many different ways and I’m very happy that I decided to read it. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, though be cautious about the graphic animal abuse.


Have you read Spellslinger? 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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November 2019 || Wrap Up

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November was a really good month for me. While I did have some bad days, due to my mental health not being the best, the majority of the month was good for me. I couldn’t be happier about that! 🥰

During this month I managed to accomplish many things and I’m very proud of myself for that. I managed to both be productive and do things that I enjoy (like reading, watching anime etc.). That is the best combination ever! 🥰 I did a lot of things for university this month and for my life in general, which I don’t feel like going into detail about (mostly because I don’t think it’s all that interesting).

I did a lot of blogging this month and I’m very happy about that! Basically I posted at least 2 times each week. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep doing that in the future as well! 😁 I did a lot of reading during November as well. I got back into reading high fantasy novels, which I took a bit of a break from (I didn’t want to start any new series before finishing some I already started). I had actually forgotten how much I LOVE reading high fantasy books. I’m so happy to be doing it again! 💜

That was basically my November! As I already said it was a good month, despite a few bad days here and there. Hopefully my December will be great as well! With all of that being said, let’s get into the books I read during this month.


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Michael J SullivanTheft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan

4 out of 5 stars

Theft of Swords was a very interesting and fast paced fantasy book. I found the writing style to be easy to get through. The banter between the characters was great and it made the whole reading experience a lot more fun. The two main characters were amazing and I can’t wait to read more about them. While I did have some minor complaints about Theft of Sword, I still found the book to be enjoyable and a very fun read. I can’t wait to get my hands on Rise of Empire, I really want to know how the story will continue. I definitely recommend picking this book up!

I have written a very long review for this book, which you can check out here if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.


Falling KingdomsFalling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

2 out of 5 stars

Well, this was a disappointment. I have had this book on my TBR for years, since I have heard amazing things about it. As you can see by my rating, I didn’t enjoy this book.

The writing style was fast paced and I managed to get through this book very fast, which is always nice. I didn’t care about any of the characters, they all were very flat and uninteresting to me. I didn’t connect with anyone in this book. The world-building wasn’t good either, aside from the fact that there are three kingdoms we don’t know much about it. The magic was explained even less. There were also some tropes in this that annoyed me a lot (which I can’t go into because of spoilers).

Overall, Falling Kingdoms was underwhelming. I expected a lot more from it, after hearing about it for years. I don’t plan on continuing this series.


Marie LuWarcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

3 out of 5 stars

Warcross started our really strong, but as I continued reading I got more and more bored. I found a lot of the story to be predictable and I predicted the ending before I even reached the half way point. Marie Lu’s writing style is very fast-paced, which is something I enjoy. I did have fun with this book, but it also wasn’t one of my favourites.

I didn’t connect to the characters at all. I did like Emika as the protagonist, but I didn’t love her. Also, I liked her more in the beginning of the books than later but that can be said for all parts of this book. The romance in this book was completely unnecessary. I really didn’t see the point of it, plus I didn’t feel that kind of connection between the characters. It was my least favourite part of Warcross.

I don’t plan on continuing this series. I don’t really care what happens next in the story and I don’t care about the characters all that much.


The DeceiversThe Deceivers (The Vale Hall #1) by Kristen Simmons

2 out of 5 stars

This is going to be a short review. I just realised as I was thinking about The Deceivers that I didn’t actually have all that much to say.

For a book that was marketed as Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean’s 11 I found The Deceivers to be rather boring. The story just didn’t manage to capture my attention, which was a surprise to me as the premise for it sounded amazing. And I usually tend to enjoy stories about con-artists. There wasn’t enough cons or heists in this book, which I found disappointing. I found the end to be confusing as well, so that didn’t help my overall enjoyment of the story.

I have written a full review for this book, which you can check out here if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.


Sebastien de CastellSpellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell

4.5 out of 5 stars

I have wanted to read something by Sebastien de Castell for years now, as I have heard amazing things about his books from people whose opinions I trust. I was debating wether to start with this series or his Greatcoats series. Obviously the Spellslinger series won that debate (mostly due to the fact that I got the first book as a birthday gift).

Anyway, Spellslinger was such a good book! I was very interested in the world, the magic and the characters. What more could I wish from a fantasy series? I had a lot of fun reading this book. Though I must warn you that there is explicit animal abuse in this book, so be aware of that if you decide to read it.

I plan on writing a full review for this book soon, so if you are interested in knowing more of my thoughts on Spellslinger look forward to that!


Daughter of Necessity by Marie Brennan

4 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting short story! I love Greek myth retellings, which is why I decided to read Daughter of Necessity in the first place. I did find some parts of the story confusing, but I found my bearing very quickly. The writing style was very good and I definitely plan on checking out more from Marie Brennan.

Midway Relics and Dying Breeds by Seanan McGuire

4 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting science fiction short story! I don’t tend to read that much science fiction so it took me a bit to get into the story. Once I grasped the concept of the story I couldn’t stop reading it! It was so interesting seeing the relationships within the group and how their society functions. The writing was amazing, as expected of Seanan McGuire. I really liked the main character of this story.

The Story of Kao Yu by Peter S. Beagle

1 out of 5 stars

I didn’t enjoy this story at all, as you can clearly see by my rating. I couldn’t really get into the writing style, which also meant that I didn’t connect to any of the characters. I found the story to be rather boring as well. Another thing that bothered me is that a character abused his power to sleep with a woman he desired. This story just wasn’t for me.

Crispin’s Model by Max Gladstone

5 out of 5 stars

This is the second short story that I have read by Max Gladstone and, same as with A Kiss With Teeth, I completely adored it. There is just something about his stories that calls to me and draws me in. I definitely want to read more of his works in the future. Crispin’s Model was such an interesting story. I was fascinated by the story and the characters. The fact that it centred around an artist and his model made me very happier, as I love stories about artists. I can’t wait to read more by this author!


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How was your November? 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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Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan || Book Review

Michael J SullivanTitle: Theft of Swords

( The Riyria Revelations #1-2 )

Author: Michael J. Sullivan

Published: 23. November 2011

Edition: Orbit

Paperback, 649 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Adventure

Summary:

THEY KILLED THE KING. THEY PINNED IT ON TWO MEN. THEY CHOSE POORLY.

There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.

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◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

THE WORLD:

The world of The Riyria Revelations series is one I would consider being “the classic fantasy world”. By that I mean that the setting feels like the middle ages, there is magic and different races (humans, elves, dwarves). That isn’t a bad thing or anything like that, it’s just something that I wanted to take notice of. Aside from those classic elements the world of The Riyria Revelations is a very interesting one. There are different religions, gods, political parties and kingdoms. I very much enjoyed learning about all of those things.

Another nice bonus to this series is the fact that there are maps for it. And if you know me, then you’ll know that I adore books that have maps in them. At the end of the book there is also a glossary with important terms and names that are rather helpful if you get confused while reading it. Or you just like looking at fantasy glossaries life I do. (I don’t know if you would consider this as part of the “world”, but it was the best place for me to mention it.)

There is slavery in this book. The elves, or rather the half-elf half-humans, are enslaved and treated very poorly. This was very hard to read about and I’m hoping that it will be more addressed in future books, or rather I’m hoping that their status will change for the better. I’m very intrigued by the elves and I want to know more about them, especially since they ruled the land before Novron came. Also, some things got revealed about them in the second book of this bind-up which makes me even more curious. (I can’t go into detail, as it could spoil things for the story.)

THE CHARACTERS:

The characters in this book were something that I was very much looking forward to. I had heard from people that the main characters in Theft of Swords are similar to the main characters of The Lies of Locke Lamora. And if you didn’t know, The Lies of Locke Lamora is my all time favourite fantasy book and I adore Locke and Jean with my whole heart. I do agree that the characters have similar archetypes, but there are clear differences between them. While I did like Royce and Hadrian a lot, I still love Locke and Jean more. I can definitely see why people would recommend these two series together.

Moving onto the actual characters in this book! Hadrian and Royce are amazing on their own and together. I loved seeing their interactions and how much they trust the other person. They have very different personalities, but they balance each other out very nicely. Royce is the thief, more secretive, dark and ruthless. Hadrian is the mercenary, he is more compassionate, friendly and a fighter. As already mentioned, I very much enjoyed their dynamic and they made reading this book a lot of fun. I’m very much looking forward to the next books in this series, I just want to read more of their adventures.

The other characters were alright, but I feel that they weren’t as well developed as Royce and Hadrian. Or rather, it took a while for me to grasp who the other characters are as people and to get used to them. I really don’t know how to explain that better? I wasn’t the biggest fan of Alric in the beginning, but he did grow on me (even though it took some time). Arista was interesting, but I found her to be unexpectedly naive. I can’t say why exactly as that would spoil the story. There was another character that was very interesting, but I don’t want to mention who he is as he appears later in the story. I want to know more about him and his past, hopefully we will learn more about him in future books.

The villains in Theft of Swords weren’t the best. They were quite obvious. By that I mean the way they presented themselves seemed very obvious to me. I could pinpoint who the bad guys were from the beginning. This did get better in the second book in this bind-up, but it’s still something that I wanted to mention. I found it interesting how important the church was in this book. I don’t think I have read many fantasy books where the clergy has a big role, so that was an interesting aspect.

THE STORY IN BOOK ONE:

Book one was a very interesting introduction to the story. I found myself invested in the story from the beginning, which I was surprised by as it usually takes me a bit to get into any fantasy story. The overall story was interesting and fast paced. I flew through this book, I just couldn’t stop reading it. There is a lot of witty banter in this book, which made reading it even more fun.

Something that bothered me was the reason that Royce and Hadrian were blamed for the murder of the king. They took a job that looked like trouble too easily. They were supposed to be seasoned mercenaries, yet everything about that job screamed trap. I was annoyed that they didn’t see that coming, as it was a very blatant set up. It did start the overall story and it made things interesting, still it was something that bothered me.

THE STORY IN BOOK TWO:

The story in the second book was interesting as well. It was great seeing Royce and Hadrian working together after the events of the first book. There was also more of Arista in this book, which I appreciated. It was interesting learning more about her and her motivations. Though there was an instance where I found her to be very naive in this book. I can’t go into details about that, as it would spoil things.

More of the magic got explained in this book, which I found to be very fascinating. The more I learn about the magic, the more I’m intrigued by it. There are still many questions that I have regarding it and I’m hoping that I will get answers in the other books of this series. Book two also explained more about the church and their motives. I very much enjoyed learning about that. There was also an interesting meeting between different parties in this book, but I can’t go into detail about that as it would contain spoilers.

OVERALL:

Theft of Swords was a very interesting and fast paced fantasy book. I found the writing style to be easy to get through. The banter between the characters was great and it made the whole reading experience a lot more fun. The two main characters were amazing and I can’t wait to read more about them. While I did have some minor complaints about Theft of Sword, I still found the book to be enjoyable and a very fun read. I can’t wait to get my hands on Rise of Empire, I really want to know how the story will continue. I definitely recommend picking this book up!


Have you read Theft of Swords? 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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The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


The Deceivers

Title: The Deceivers

( The Vale Hall #1 )

Author: Kristen Simmons

Published: 5. February 2019

Edition: Tor Teen

Kindle Edition, 375 pages

Genre: Contemporary | Mystery

Summary:

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials–because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark–a senator’s son–and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realise she’s in way over head.

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◄ 2 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

This is going to be a short review. I just realised as I was thinking about The Deceivers that I didn’t actually have all that much to say.

For a book that was marketed as Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean’s 11 I found The Deceivers to be rather boring. The story just didn’t manage to capture my attention, which was a surprise to me as the premise for it sounded amazing. And I usually tend to enjoy stories about con-artists. There wasn’t enough cons or heists in this book, which I found disappointing. I found the end to be confusing as well, so that didn’t help my overall enjoyment of the story.

I didn’t particularly care about any of the characters. None of them managed to capture my interest. Also, I felt that there were too many characters involved in the overall story that I found it hard to keep track of them. That also might be due to the fact that they weren’t that well developed, which lead me to be confused who some of them were. Though, to be fair, that could also be due to the fact that I wasn’t all that interested in what was going on in the story (so my brain might not have taken in all the information). The romance in this book felt unnecessary and I didn’t care for it, which comes as no surprise since I didn’t care about any of the characters.

Overall, The Deceivers just wasn’t a book for me. I didn’t hate it or anything like that, I just found myself very bored while reading it. I don’t plan on continuing with this series.


Have you read The Deceivers? 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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5 Star Predictions TBR || Vol. 2

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As the title of this post suggests these are my 5 star predictions! I have already done this once before and you can check that post out here. If you are curious if I was correct on any of my predictions you can check out my wrap up. Anyway, as I had a lot of fun doing those two posts I decided to do more of them in the future. So here we are with the second volume of that! Hopefully it won’t take me two years to read these books, as it did with the first volume of my 5 Star TBR Predictions.


How I’m going to do this:
  • I must own the book I’m talking about.
  • I will be listing 5 books in total per post.
  • I will be giving my reasons for why I think the book will be a 5 star read in bullet points.
Now lets get into the books that I think will be 5 star reads!

Gentlemen Bastards

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch
  • The third book in a fantasy series that I completely adore.
  • More Locke and Jean, which is always a plus! ❤
  • I have heard from people that this is the best book in the series so far, which makes me even more exited to get around to it.

Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
  • I adore the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire.
  • I have heard amazing things about this book, from people who have similar bookish taste as me.
  • This book sounds like the kind of fantasy that I completely adore!

madeline miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • I have read Galatea by Madeline Miller and I fell in love with her writing style.
  • I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book.
  • The synopsis for this book has intrigued me for years, the only reason I haven’t read it yet is because I have heard it’s very emotional and I wasn’t ready for that.

Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by V.E. Schwab
  • Victoria Schwab is one of my all time favourite authors.
  • I have heard wonderful things about the story and the characters from people whose opinion I trust.
  • This just seems like a book that I will fall in love with.

Grisha

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Leigh Bardugo is one of my all time favourite authors.
  • Nikolai is one of my favourite characters and I adore the world of the Grisha universe.
  • I have heard mixed things about this book, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be one of those people that love this book.

What are some of your 5 star TBR predictions? Let me know in the comments!

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

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Heart So Fierce and Broken

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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.


A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse so Dark and LonelyPublication date: 7. January 2020

Summary (SPOILERS for the first book):

Find the heir, win the crown.

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?


I read A Curse So Dark And Lonely at the beginning of the year and I completely fell in love with it. You can read my review of it here, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.

As soon as I finished reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely I immediately added this book to my TBR. Obviously I had to read it after loving the first book. I’m very exited to see where things will go in this second book! I can’t wait to read more about the characters and the world. Hopefully A Heart So Fierce And Broken won’t disappoint me!


Are you looking forward to A Heart So Fierce And Broken? 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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1337+ Followers THANK YOU! 💖

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Wow! I have reached the magical number of followers! 💖

It’s a very random one and I don’t know why WordPress thinks it’s an important one? But I’m not complaining! 😂

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This is going to be just a short post, as I only wanted to thank all of you for following my blog and supporting me. Usually I add life updates to these kinds of posts, but this time I don’t have things to add. (Mostly because I talk about my life in my monthly wrap ups.) Because of that this post is going to be sweet and short. 😉

💖 THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING MY BLOG! 💖

When I started my blogging journey years ago I never expected anyone to be interested in my blog. I just wanted to have a place where I could talk about books. And now I have over 1300 people following me. It still doesn’t seem real! I’m so thankful to all of you for talking with me about books and all my other interests. Starting a book blog was one of the best decisions in my life! I have met so many amazing people through blogging and that is something that I’ll forever be thankful for. Once again THANK YOU for everything!

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

-Anna♥

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