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Waiting on Wednesday: Burn

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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.


50175239._SX318_SY475_Burn by Patrick Ness

Publication date: 7. May 2020

Summary:

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.


In case you didn’t know, Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors. I have very much enjoyed all of his books, that I have read so far. When I found out that he has a new book coming out I immediately wanted to read it, no matter what it was about. (As I do want to read all of his published work.)

Another fact that you might know about me is that I love dragons. They are my favourite mythical creature. Whenever I see a book about dragons I’m immediately intrigued, it wasn’t any different with Burn. Just thinking of the combination of Patrick Ness’ writing and dragons has me sooo exited! This book can’t come out soon enough!


Are you looking forward to Burn? 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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January 2020 Wrap Up

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January was a really shitty month for me.

Honestly, I’m really glad that this month is over. Hopefully February is going to be a lot better for me!

Anyway, the beginning of the month was amazing. I was still in my hometown spending time with my parents. I enjoyed my winter break a lot! Then on the 6th my dad drove me back to Austria, as my semester was starting again. I’m really thankful to him for driving me! After that my month just got worse and worse.

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I don’t really want to go into too much detail, as it is rather personal. Also, I really don’t feel like reliving all of that. Basically my mental health went to shit. I had so many bad days, intrusive thoughts kept bothering me and I felt anxious a lot. I don’t remember the last time my mental health acted up this bad. Because of all of that I felt shitty for the majority of the month.

This week has been a lot better though, for which I’m very thankful. I have been productive this week and things are starting to return to normal. Hopefully this means that February is going to be better for my mental health!

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I took a break from both blogging and reading during January. I just couldn’t find the motivation to write for my blog. I didn’t feel like reading books either, I just escaped into the world of fanfiction. Basically I took a bit of a hiatus, but it was exactly what I needed. Even though I really feel out of practice writing this post!

Anyway, let’s talk about the few things I managed to read this month!

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Spinning SilverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik

4.5 out of 5 stars

As you may know Uprooted is one of my favourite books. Ever since I read that book I have wanted to read more by Naomi Novik. I decided to read Spinning Silver next and I couldn’t have chosen better. I completely adored this book!

Spinning Silver is a book about three women from three different backgrounds whose stories collide in the most brilliant and unexpected way. It’s about them taking back power for themselves. They rise to the challenges that life presents them and take it for themselves. I loved all three women so much! Their interactions with each other and other characters in this story were fascinating to read about.

Spinning Silver is a very atmospheric book. It is set during winter and you can feel the ambiance of that season. The magic was very interesting and I enjoyed learning about the different aspects of the world. Naomi Novik manages to captivate me with her writing and world-building. There is also romance in this book, which I enjoyed but it wasn’t my favourite aspect of the story. My favourite aspect was the three main female characters, I just love all of them so much!


Carmer and GritThe Crooked Castle (Carmer and Grit #2) by Sarah Jean Horwitz

3 out of 5 stars

A while ago I read the first book in this series, The Wingsnatchers. It was actually a book that I received as a review copy (from NetGalley). The first book in this middle grade series was fun and charming, I enjoyed it a lot.

The Crooked Castle was a bit of a disappointment for me. I expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did.  While this book had many of the elements that made The Wingsnatchers such a magical story I felt like it was missing the spark. There just wasn’t as much charm to The Crooked Castle. Also, I felt that the characters weren’t that well developed in this book. While I did enjoy reading about Carmer and Grit, I didn’t love them as much as I did in the first book.


Max GladstoneThe Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom by Max Gladstone

4 out of 5 stars

This is a short story, that you can read online for free.

This is the fourth short story by Max Gladstone that I have read. His writing always captivates me and I can’t stop reading his stories. The concept behind The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom was fascinating, as have been the concepts of the other stories that I have read by him. I just love his stories! I enjoyed learning more about the world and what was going on with the Scholast. I definitely need to get my hands on a novel by Max Gladstone, I just adore his writing so much!


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How was your January? 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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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?

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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


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

That is definitely Melanie @meltotheany. She is such a sweetheart and I love both her blog and youtube channel. I’m so happy to have discovered her! (Also, she got me into BTS which I’m very thankful for.)


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?

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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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Ringing in the New Year || Book Tag

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Happy New Year! ✨ I hope that all of you will have a year filled with happiness, love and success! 💖

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As this is my first post of 2020 I thought I would start it with well wishes, even though it’s already the 4th. Anyway, I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but the Ringing in the New Year tag has become a tradition on my blog. This is my 5th year doing it, so there is that. If you are interested in the other posts I did, you can check them out here:


Rules:
  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @Bookmark Chronicles
  • Share the tag image (Sorry, I don’t do that.)
  • Answer the questions below.
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2019?

This is a hard question to answer. I have read 94 books in 2019 and many of them were fantastic! I finally decided to stop putting off reading the books I think I’m going to love, because of that I had an amazing reading year and many highly rated books. So I decided to pick 8 books that I loved this year, as an answer to this question.


peopleAuthor that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year?

The first author that came to my mind was Taylor Jenkins Reid, so I’m going with her. Though there are many amazing new authors that I read this year that I could choose. (Those are the problems that I like to have.)

There was just something about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing that captured my attention. I completely adored The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I would like to read all of her books, even though they are in genres that I don’t usually read. That just shows how much her writing has impressed me.


Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

(Yes, I know that it’s technically already out.)


Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one).

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What’s on your TBR for 2020? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)


How many books do you hope to read in 2020?

As many as possible? I have had an amazing reading year in 2019. As I already mentioned in the first question, I ended up reading 94 books last year. I’m very proud of myself for that! (Especially since the two years before that weren’t the best in regards to reading.) I have finally gotten back into reading a lot and hopefully that will continue being the case in 2020!

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Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others?

I only ever participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m just really not interested in doing any of the others (maybe that will change in the future). Also, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge rather low this year. There really isn’t a specific reason for that, I just liked seeing all the 20s together.

Goodreads reading challenge


Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging, and otherwise)

Not really? Last year was the first time I set myself resolutions (for different aspects of my life), I just felt that it was what I needed (due to some very personal reasons). This year I don’t feel that way, so I won’t be making any. Simple as that.

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How many books do you want to read in 2020? Do you have any resolutions? 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 first month of a new year! || January 2019 Wrap Up

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January was a bit of a mixed month for me!

It was an amazing month in many different ways, but I also had a few days where my mental health was horrible. Still, it was mostly a good month so I can’t really complain! 😀 (I’m trying to think more positive and not focus on the negative as much.)

At the beginning of the month I drove back to Vienna with my parents. So I had a period of adjusting to being back here, especially since I spent a whole month back in my home town. It was also weird being on my own again, as I had my parents around me for the whole of December. I did manage to adjust, but it just took a few days and it didn’t help that I missed my parents. (It couldn’t be helped, but still.)

Most of January I was studying for exams and doing some other things for university. Nothing too exiting on that front. (Just my normal everyday life.) Sooo I really don’t have anything to add to this. Basically January was a good month, with a few low days.


Wrap Up

I have ended up reading quite a lot in January and I couldn’t be more pleased. To be more specific I ended up reading 9 things. Not only that but I ended up enjoying the majority of the things I read. Hopefully my reading will continue to be as great as it is at the moment! 😀


The Sun and Her FlowersThe Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

3 out of 5 stars

I didn’t enjoy this poetry collection as much as Milk and Honey. Still, I found many beautiful poems in this collection and I’m very happy to have read it. Rupi Kaur manages to make me feel all sorts of different feelings when reading her poetry. She manages to make me smile, feel nostalgic, empathetic and she even manages to make me tear up (and I’m not usually one who cries when reading). I definitely plan on reading her future collections, once she publishes them.


Madeline MillerGalatea by Madeline Miller

4 out of 5 stars

This wasn’t what I expected it to be. (Though I’m not sure what I even expected at this point.) That isn’t a negative point in the least. I was fascinated by this story and I couldn’t stop reading, I just needed to know what was going to happen next! This is also the first story that I have ever read by Madeline Miller and I loved her writing style. I can’t wait to pick up her books, I have a feeling that they will become my new favourites (amazing writing style and mythology, the perfect combination).


Adulthood Is a Myth Big Mushy Happy Lump Herding Cats  by Sarah Andersen

4 stars | 3 stars | 4 stars

 This month I decided tor read the 3 graphic novels by Sarah Andersen. I had heard amazing things about them and ever since hearing about them I was intrigued. I’m very happy that I decided to pick them up, as they were a lot of fun and very relatable. Relatable is the best word to describe Sarah Andersen’s work (at least in these three graphic novels). I would recommend them to everyone!


Roshani ChokshiA Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

5 out of 5 stars

A Crown of Wishes was a wonderfully magical book. The world-building that Roshani Chokshi does in this series is simply vivid and imaginative. I can’t get enough of her stories set in this world!

I completely adored this book! A Crown of Wishes was an amazing sequel to The Star-Touched Queen. I definitely recommend this book to everyone! I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Roshani Chokshi’s books, especially Star-Touched Stories as I need more from these characters and from this world.

If you are interested in more of my thoughts, you can check out my review for this book


ShadowhuntersLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

5 out of 5 stars

I have finally gotten around to reading Lady Midnight! (I can’t believe I have waited this long to pick this book up.) I have heard so many amazing things about this book and The Dark Artifices in general, so I was very exited to start this series. Plus it’s Cassandra Clare and I tend to have a lot of fun reading her books.

I ended up loving Lady Midnight! The characters were amazing, the setting was wonderful and the plot very interesting. Basically this book was all that I hoped it would be. I do plan on writing a full review for this book, so look forward to that if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Victoria SchwabA Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

4 out of 5 stars

So I have finally gotten around to reading A Gathering of ShadowsAnd I say finally because it’s been a year since I read and loved A Darker Shade of Magic. Honestly I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get around to this book. But here we are now.

I really enjoyed A Gathering of Shadows, not as much as the first book thought. I have already started reading the final book in this trilogy, how could I have not after that ending? If you are interested in more of my thoughts check out my review for this book


A Curse so Dark and LonelyA Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

5 out of 5 stars

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Some of the aspects of this story are pulled from that fairy tale, but they are done in a refreshing way that was a delight to read. The story went ways I didn’t expect it to. There were quite a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, though a few things were predictable.

I loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely. The characters, story and world of this book captured my interest from the beginning. The more I read from this story the more I enjoyed it. If you are interested in more of my thoughts check out my review for this book.


Wrap Up

I’m very pleased with my blogging this month! I did take one week off of blogging, because I wasn’t feeling well (but that couldn’t be helped, so we shall ignore it). I’m especially pleased about the amount of book reviews that I posted during January!


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How was your January? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer || ARC Review

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

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Title: A Curse so Dark and Lonely

           ( A Curse so Dark and Lonely #1 )

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Published: 29. January 2019

Edition: Bloomsbury Children’s

                Kindle Edition, 496 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Retelling

Summary:

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realises Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Trigger warnings: torture, suicide attempts, cancer, violence, lack of consent
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THE STORY:

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Some of the aspects of this story are pulled from that fairy tale, but they are done in a refreshing way that was a delight to read. Honestly I didn’t even know that this book was a Beauty and the Beast retelling until I started reading it, apparently I forgot that detail when I requested this book. Still, it was a very nice surprise. I tend to love retellings of that fairy tale.

The story of A Curse so Dark and Lonely was very interesting. It went ways I didn’t expect it to. There were quite a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, though a few things were predictable. Not that that is a bad thing, this is after all the retelling of a story, so some elements of it will already be familiar. Still, I was at the edge of my seat while reading this book, I couldn’t stop reading it. I needed to know what was going to happen next.

THE WORLD:

I have always enjoyed reading portal fantasy books. If you aren’t familiar with that term, portal fantasy is a story where characters from our world go to a fantasy one through some kind of doorway. (That probably started with my love for Narnia when I was little.) I just love seeing authors explore the clash between someone from our world and an entire new world. I don’t know if you can class A Curse so Dark and Lonely as a portal fantasy (I’m not an expert on that topic), but it follows Harper as she tries to navigate a fantasy world after getting to it from Washington.

I loved learning more about Emberfall throughout the story, about its history, political situation and many other things. The setting, combined with the curse, was fascinating to read about. I’m very exited that there is going to be a second book to this story, as I really want to know more about the world. There was just something magical about it that gripped me from the beginning.

THE CHARACTERS:

The characters were probably my favourite part of this entire book. Harper was an amazing character to read about. She is very stubborn and also very kind. I loved seeing her reaction to Emberfall and how she manages with that whole situation. Harper has cerebral palsy and I think that her disability was handled very well in the book. Though I’m saying that as an able-bodied person, so I might not be the best judge (so be aware of that). Anyway, Harper was amazing in many different ways and I loved seeing her grow throughout the book.

Rhee was a very interesting character as well. I loved the fact that we got to read from his point of view as well. That made me understand and sympathise with him even more. Rhee is a very layered character and I loved seeing his motivations and learning more about his past. I especially enjoyed the development that he got throughout the book. All of the main characters were very well developed. The relationship between Harper and Rhee was fascinating to read about. I loved seeing their relationship progress, from being hostile in the beginning to understanding each other later. Their dynamic and interactions were amazing to read and there were so many wonderful moments between them.

Another character that I was fascinated by was Grey. He was such a huge contrast to Rhee and I enjoyed learning more about him as the story progressed. I also found him to be one of the more mysterious characters in this book, as we don’t know too much about him. I loved reading about his relationship with Rhee, they have such a strong companionship. Side note: I hate the villain of this story so much! I really don’t want to go into any detail as to why, as that would spoil the story, but I just hate her so much! (I seriously needed to mention that.)

OVERALL:

I loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely. The characters, story and world of this book captured my interest from the beginning. The more I read from this story the more I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!


Have you read A Curse so Dark and Lonely? What did you think of this book? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab || Book Review

Victoria SchwabTitle: A Gathering of Shadows

( Shades of Magic #2 )

Author: Victoria Schwab

Published: 1. May 2016

Edition: Titan Books

Paperback, 508 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Fiction

Summary:

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

So I have finally gotten around to reading A Gathering of Shadows! And I say finally because it’s been a year since I read and loved A Darker Shade of Magic. Honestly I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get around to this book. But here we are now. Speaking of A Darker Shade of Magic, I have a full review for that book if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.

I adore the world of the Shades of Magic series! I loved learning more about it in this book. Victoria Schwab has the ability to create fascinating worlds and magic systems, they are always a delight to read about. I loved seeing more of the magic of this world, especially during the Element Games. As far as I remember we only saw the Antari use magic in the first book, so it was great seeing other people and how they use their magic.

This book wasn’t the strongest when it came to its story. It was mostly setting up things for the final book. That means that not a lot actually happened and it was more focused on the individual characters and their relationships. I didn’t mind this too much, as I do love the characters of this story but it did also make it a bit slower. The ending of this book was really intense though, I hadn’t expected it at all. I’m so happy that I have A Conjuring of Light on hand, I had to start it immediately after finishing this book.

I adore Kell, he is my favourite character in this series. I loved seeing more of him in this book and seeing how everything was for him after the events of the first book. I loved learning more about him in this book. I also love Rhy and his relationship with Kell. I loved seeing how much they care about each other. Rhy was a fascinating character to read about. I was intrigued by him in the first book and I was very happy to read more about him in this book.

Now Lila, I kind of have mixed feelings towards her. There are times that I really like her and then there are times that she annoys me a lot. I find that I need to get used to her, before I start liking her. Or something like that, I’m not sure how to describe that feeling. I don’t hate her ever or anything like that, I just don’t click with her completely. A character that I did like was Alucard. He was interesting and I loved learning more about him as the story progressed.

Overall I really enjoyed A Gathering of Shadows, not as much as the first book thought. I have already started reading the final book in this trilogy, how could I have not after that ending? I would definitely recommend this series to everyone!


Have you read A Gathering of Shadows? Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite moment in the book? Do let me know!

Thank you very much for reading my review. I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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