Book Hangover Prep

Kingdom of Ash is coming out October 23rd and like nearly every Sarah J Maas book I’ve ever read I know I’m going to have a super book hangover after it is finished. To top it off it’s going to be the end of her amazing series, so a book (or maybe a few) will be dearly needed.

Book hangover? What is it?

If you’re such a lucky soul, or perhaps the reverse and in fact the most cursed to have never read a book so good you possibly can’t ever consider forgetting those amazing characters and picking up another book that doesn’t have any of those characters because it would be sacrilege against that amazing book / series. Then you need to clearly read a book so amazing it ruins your life. I recommenced either of Sarah’s series or Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows!

Symptoms of a Book Hangover via Epic Reads

I feel like this picture from Epic Reads sums it up pretty well!

 

Book Hangover Cures

Anyway I always find an amazing contemporary YA is the best cure. These are some of my favourite go-tos for such an occasion:

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This contemporary felt almost like it teased being fantasy related, but it isn’t as it’s about a famous online comic writer coming to terms with her potential fame and anxiety. I liked Eliza’s voice and the double life she lived.

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Vivi is another character with an amazing voice and is just so upbeat she’s fun to read about. On the flip side I also liked Jonah because he was more grounding and sweet. It’s a romance but also copes with grief and mental illness.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The cover is flipping yellow, it already wants to cure you of that book hangover just by looking at it.  The characters have these big personalities and their problems are so very not fantasy related that it’s refreshing after a huge heart destroyer like Kingdom of Ash (that ending better be good). I also found the characters and the romances that bloom between them all really sweet.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I feel like this novel should be considered a YA classic at this point, almost everyone seems to have read it or heard of it. I was late to the bandwagon too. This novel is about fitting in school, relationships and family, with all that feel good cliche of mix tapes.

We Are Okay by Nina Lecour

Hard hitting and may also rip your heart out. (Why did I suggest this?) The cover is beautiful and its about real people problems (not a magical evil fae queen and the demon kings). It could be refreshing. But its a damn good book and you should check it out.

 

What am I reading for my book hangover?

I’ve got a line-up. My contemporary read is going to be Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi . The cover seemed pretty cool and it’s about two characters striving for their dreams in difficult situation and they collide. I’ll drop the description below:

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For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to lear

n how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

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Then to ease myself back in to fantasy I’m thinking Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney. I’m reading the prequel now and I’m loving it so far. Black Dawn is also only 99p on Kindle right now, so I super recommend grabbing it if you’re interested!

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Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. 

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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I also  feel really inspired after reading an amazing book, so I hope to really delve in to my writing and finish up the final draft of book 2 of The Gem Experiments.

 

I’m super prepared for Kingdom of Ash, how about you guys?

Signal Boosting: The Empress by S.J. Kincaid / Review

I’ve read so many amazing books and while I would not say this series is amazing for me (probably because I’m not much of a space nerd) it was like political drama novel art. I couldn’t put it down. It got to 4AM at one point and I just had to finish it.

 

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The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

★★★★

The Empress is the second in the Diabolic series and I loved Diabolic, I liked how Nemesis struggled with her humanity and fighting against everyone’s beliefs as well as actually fighting. It was a fun action packed book and Empress did not disappoint. And there are so many points that I want to gush over but I feel like mentioning too much would be spoilery. This book has so many twists and turns its like nothing I’ve read in a long time. I hardly expected any of them and after a while it made me honestly dizzy! I was just along for the ride that was Empress.

I read this almost a year ago but I never considered writing a review, but after a small investigation in to where the hell is book 3 and realising it was projected for around this time and still is untitled and basically non-existent I thought I’d just mention this. It’s crazy because for as much as I’m aware Diabolic was a really hyped first novel. If anything I’d say Empress blew Diabolic out of the water. It was a rollercoaster ride of feelings, I was excited, happy, sad, angry, down-right confused(in a good way). My only real gripe about this book was Tyrus, he seems too infallible.  While I really enjoyed this read and it put me on a bit of a book slump because I was just left reeling. When the next book comes out I have a feeling Tyrus is going to annoy me a lot in the next book. However, I want to see how this crazy space drama plays out. YA novels as of late seem slightly on the predictable side and the Diabolic series is anything but predictable.

 

Check it out even if you’re not super in to sci-fi, I don’t even like Star Wars that much (don’t hate me) but I could still enjoy this series.

Flash Review of Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh

Okay, I know I’m a little late to the party but this series is freaking awesome. I was wondering around half dead after finishing my dissertation and found book 11 in a series and was like hey why not who cares about spoilers? Turns out the series was awesome so I read book 1 after 11.

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5 / 5 Stars

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she’s the best – but she doesn’t know if she’s good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear – failure is not an option … even if the task she’s been set is impossible.

Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other … and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. Because when archangels play, mortals break …

 

Read it if:

  • You freaking love vampire novels, this also combines angels and how they create vampires. The world knows a fair amount about these beings although they do have their own secrets still.
  • Are you a bit sick of YA, or just hit a reading slump? Pick this up. Elena doesn’t read like a person in the upper side of her twenties. (OR MAYBE IM JUST GETTING OLD AND THESE PEOPLE ARE BECOMING MORE RELATABLE?!)
  • Kick-ass heroine hunting down monsters.
  • If you don’t mind reading some paranormal romance :’)

 

Honestly I need to be in a certain head space to want to read this genre of books. I’m so focused on my own writing right now I struggle to read anything but this series dragged me in. Book 11, Archangel’s Venom ( I think? ) Was so good I hope to read entire series at some point.

 

The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

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IM ALIVE. I survived university and then I read THREE awesome books so I’m clearly not broken ~ Which is legitimately what I thought a couple of months ago when I couldn’t sit down with a book. BUT NOW I can’t wait to tell you guys about them.

 

 

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The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

★★★★

 

I was super excited when I heard Alexandra was writing a sequel to her trilogy, The Darkest Minds and the fact it was also not another trilogy also seemed awesome. I’m a little tired of stories stretching on when they could be more awesome for stopping and leaving some things to the imagination and not just running out of steam and falling face first in the to the mud. However, by the end of this novel I wished it had been split in to 2. Sounds crazy? But hear me out.

The Darkest Legacy is a few pages shy of being 600 pages long and it seemed almost a little two rushed in places. The puzzle fitted too well together for the sake of not having an even higher word count. It was also an emotional, action-packed, never stopping roller coaster of a novel. Not even the last chapter let me breathe. GIVE ME ONE PAGE OF FEEL GOOD, PLEASE. Tell me they took a chill pill and bought a dog, or something. So while I loved the action, I wanted it to give me a chance to breathe and those characters. I also still want a continuation from this novel, there’s so much to be explored in the novel’s messed up world.

On another note, Zu (Suzume Kimura) has a great voice as the narrator, which surprised me because she was voiceless in the trilogy. She was like the teams mascot, previously a cute little girl who had to wear rubber gloves to control her electric abilities. Like a human Pikachu. But 5 years later, 17 tear old Zu is a badass. She explains her reasons for being voiceless the in the trilogy and I loved how having a voice was integral to her character. It was nice to see her character grow between the two stories. I never expected to love Zu so much, possibly more than Ruby who felt a little too angsty for me (Ruby went through a lot of crap even before the trilogy started for her angst certificate to be legitimate. Not hating on Ruby.).

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The Darkest Minds world was still interesting and also tragic. I won’t say too much, in a way to avoid spoilers. But it seemed like Alexandra had put so much thought in to how the world would have changed and the politics. It was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who was a fan of the previous series.

 

 

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

5/5 stars

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Bright We Burn is the third and final book in Kiersten’s trilogy about the female Vlad the Impaler, Lada. I originally picked it up as I have always rooted for crazy-strong and battle-ready YA heroines. The And I Darken trilogy promised that with Lada and it did not disappoint, but it also shows that side of her to an extreme. It was based off of history and I’m no historian in order to compare how truthful it was but, wow. Lada was ruthless. It is gory and she is an empowered hype train but the novel is also emotional, Lada has feelings, she experiences tough things and her character changes over time and within the final novel of the series. She was no cookie cutter tough girl.

Now I Rise did suffer a slight lull in the pacing I found, Radu stuck out more to me as a character who changed in that book. In Bright We Burn it seemed like almost every character reached a just conclusion. No one felt too open-ended unless it was done so specifically.

Radu continues to evolves as a character and as we reach the end of the book, it took a turn I did not expect, but also respected. Perhaps those who are familiar with Vlad the Impaler’s history knew what was to come but I am not so. The novel felt like it had to end like this (I’m talking about the last 50 pages) and I felt like I wasn’t cheated from an ending. It shows Radu and Lada on two opposite sides and…

Possible kind of spoiler ahead – basically me talking about how I felt.

It was almost sad to see Lada like that at the end. But it was also essentially what she wanted. The novel says as much.

I almost wanted to hate Radu because of the comparison to Lada and how I could identify with his happiness so much more by the end. Radu was a character that irritated me for being weak originally and still somewhat in Now I Rise. But I liked him by the end and was once again reminded of that by Bright We Burn.

I also found it funny how I wanted Lada to change and become someone almost more human at the end, but that was never who she was. – It was all so fitting.

 

Favourite Quote:

What sustains you?”

“The blood of my enemies.” – Lada.

 

I feel like we need more books like this. That changes norms in a way that almost feels fantastical but also somewhat grounded in history. I like how religion featured in characters lives and not a fantasy religion thats used to show how open and different a fantasy world is. These are religions that matter to characters and I dont see enough of that in YA literature unless its branded as religious.

I want to gush about this series in greater detail, something I will hopefully get to do in the weeks to come when I’m less likely to spoil those who follow this series.

 

 

An unpopular opinion? – A Court of Frost and Starlight Review

I actually read this the moment it came out but for a number of reasons I never got to post a review and then I though I’d do a video review… and chickened out!

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So unpopular opinion of A Court of Frost and Starlight – I loved it. From what I’ve seen online not many people did because it was like, hello, where’s the plot? And I get where people are coming from when the rest of the ACOTAR series has been about WAR. But the blurb of this novel and Sarah pretty much said it was about the after. So I was fully prepared for something softer.

Overall, it was a pretty laid-back novella (its not a novel. I think it was slightly miss-marketed, or at least not Sarah J Maas size novel). It felt like a contemporary romance novel to me but set in a fantasy world. The topics covered could have been felt by a normal human, worrying about Christmas presents and family and love.

I was really taken aback by the size of ACOFAS (does the shortened title sound like a sneeze to you too?). I thought it would be a novel and before I’d opened my Amazon box I thought they’d sent me the wrong thing! However, I think it was perfectly the right size for this story.

The story itself… I’m a massive ACOTAR fan so I loved it. The novella was basically fan service and I love the fact this could get published because enough people loved the stories and the characters and wanted more.

So I would say get it if you want to read more Feysand and just read about the daily lives of these characters after the tragedies that befell them. There are no huge huge fights. But also don’t get it if you’re not super in love with these characters.

I rate it a 5/5 stars because, yes, I am biased. But I knew what I was getting in to.

 

 

 

A Conjuring of …. Somehow I have misplaced all my cares.

I am not one to give a bad review. There’s a thrill in writing them, to vent and everyone loves to vent but I try to not to post my awful reviews. I might create a blog purposely for illiterate ranting.  But for this one time I’m going to rant here and there will be a few spoilers so close your unspoiled eyes and read something else if you care for the sanctity of this series, which was good up until book 3.

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab was a book I was really looking forward to, I loved her two other novels and so naturally I expected something from this.

I’m all aboard the Captain Alucard and Prince Rhy hype train, I think Kel and Delilah are amazing but I cannot finish this book. I’ve had it since Christmas and I can’t read it, I even want to say it caused my book slump?

WHY AM I BEING SO UNFAIR?

Well…

Everyone has a point of view now. And there are so many characters I really don’t care about enough to validate so many alternating chapters. Number 1 being Holland. He was a great little antagonist, can he stay there? Boo hoo I had a sad life, read my sorrows. I’m far less interested in a book when I’m skipping pages.

2. Are we travelling to Mordor? Yes, all the different Londons are at threat by this potential god. There has been so much build up that I loved and now we’re here and the characters are so lost and…. they are so very lost. And I am also very bored.

3. Maybe I just don’t like boats? Maybe literature involving sailing isn’t the thing for me…I’m pretty sure those episodes of Outlander were rather dull to me too. However, Pirates of the Carribean, great. So maybe it’s not the boats.

4. So many new characters. I forgot their names. Stop. There’s more? Oh… I’m skimming their dialogue too.

Honestly, I’m just disappointed. I want to read this series and one day I hope to sit myself down, chain myself to a chair and read this. I want to know the end without someone telling me because I know its going to be a happy ever after (RhysXAlucard please?). I want to love this series but the third book is killing me and worst of all I can’t find another human who agrees. Perhaps I am no longer human and that’s why I can’t enjoy this great series.

Please prove me wrong. Tell me why I should love this book and continue reading it.

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