Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

IMG_20171226_184418_204

Series: Throne of Glass #4

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy,

Main themes: Magic, Love, War, Personal Growth

Rating: 5 stars

When I’d finally decided to read Queen of Shadows, it had been more than a year since I’d last read Heir of Fire. I was a little worried about trying to get back into the Throne of Glass world in case I’d forgotten key parts of the story but honestly I felt like I was returning home with this book! I forgot how much I adored this world and its characters. 

In this book, Aelin Galathynius returns to Adarlan, and embarks on a dangerous mission where she must risk her life in order to save her friends and family, and bring down the King of Adarlan. We also follow Manon Blackbeak, who’s ability as Wing Clan leader is truly put to the test by the secretive errands and questionable decisions she’s forced to make. Queen of Shadows reaches new heights in this incredibly action packed series.

Read more

Advertisements
Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

IMG_20170523_202746_309.jpg

Series: The Dark Artifices #2

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance 

Main themes: Love, Family, Loss

Rating: 5 stars

I was super excited to read this instalment of The Dark Artifices series because I absolutely LOVED Lady Midnight (you can check out my review here). The Blackthorns are my favourite Shadowhunter family and so I couldn’t wait to dive back into their world. Read more

Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

IMG_20171008_130809_466.jpg

Series: The Dark Artifices #1

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Main themes: Love, Family, Betrayal

Rating: 5 stars

Lady Midnight is set 5 years after the Dark War (The Mortal Instruments), and follows the lives of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn, two characters introduced to the series in City of Heavenly Fire. At 12 years of age both became orphans; Emma’s parents were brutally murdered in an obscure manner, and Julian was left with no choice but to kill his father who had been Turned, in order to protect his younger siblings. Not only that, Julian’s older sister Helen had been exiled by the Clave, and his older brother Mark was taken by the fey, and he became apart of the Wild Hunt. So now, all grown up, it’s been interesting to see how these characters have coped since the unfortunate events from 5 years ago. Read more

Book Review: One by Sarah Crossan

Book Review: One by Sarah Crossan

IMG_20170813_162013_976.jpg

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry

Main themes: Family, Loss, Love

Rating: 5 stars

“Here

We Are.

And we are living.

Isn’t that amazing?

How we manage

to be

at all.”

– Grace

One follows the lives of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. At 16, it’s amazing that both have survived for so long but now that their family has run into financial difficulties, they must now survive the new challenge of what state school will bring them. As the year progresses, they soon have to face a decision which will turn their world upside down. A very emotional, lyrical, and beautiful read which magnificently depicts the love of two brave sisters.

Read more

Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

IMG_20170511_180101_782

Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Main themes: Family, Coming of Age, Racism, Empowering Women

Rating: 5 stars

The Secret Life of Bees follows the journey of 14 year old Lily Owens, a girl who’s always been troubled by the hazy memory of a fatal accident that killed her mother when she was just 4 years old. Her upbringing hasn’t been the best thanks to her mean-spirited father, and she’s wanted nothing more than to just get up and leave. One afternoon, Lily does find herself running away, but with Rosaleen, her housemaid and only friend after a racially motivated arrest and attack. Travelling to Tiburon, South Carolina, they’re led to a house painted Caribbean Pink, home to sisters and beekeepers August, May and June Boatwright…

Read more

Book Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Book Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

IMG_20180430_232044_129.jpg

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Main themes: Identity, Personal Growth, Power, Society 

Rating: 5 stars

This book! It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced an overwhelming excitement about picking up my kindle to continue reading a story, or felt a buzz of anticipation knowing I’ll be seeing my favourite character again. This Savage Song has genuinely impressed me and become one of my favourite reads.

Read more

Book Review: The Castle of Inside Out by David Henry Wilson

Book Review: The Castle of Inside Out by David Henry Wilson

IMG_20161224_193406.jpg

Genres: Children, Fantasy, Satire

Main themes: Society, Power

Rating: 5 stars

“Lorina had to write about “A Special Place”, and the Castle had come into her mind the moment Mr Blair had set the subject.”

This adventurous and humorous tale begins with the young and inquisitive Lorina who’s making her way to the Castle on top of the hill. But what started out as an exciting trip soon turns into  a quest to try and save the green people, the ‘Outsiders’ who are dying from starvation and air pollution. Lorina must go in the Castle and seek help from the ‘Insiders’ who are actually all animals. There are mechangaroos, undertigers, haredressers and even osteopythons but the ones in charge are the likes of The Piggident, Mr Hogg and The Piggy Banker… Being pigs, it’s not hard to imagine what a battle Lorina will have with them!
Read more