Favourite Quotes

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is your favourite quotes. I actually don’t really have any favourite quotes or make note of any quotes I come across while reading… So I figured I would go through the last 10 book that I have read and pick my favourite quotes from those particular books!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

“Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.”

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

“Mortal fear is as crucial a thing to our lives as love. It cuts to the core of our being and shows us what we are. Will you step back and cover your eyes? Or will you have the strength to walk to the precipice and look out?”

The Language of Thorns: Midnight tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

“We were not made to please princes.”

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

“You can achieve everything in this world, but if it’s for someone else, it’s pointless. Live for yourself.”

He Started It by Samantha Downing

 “sometimes we are a family of a**holes”

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.”

The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos

“I’ve been Berenilde’s valet, Farouk’s plaything, and prey,” she repeated to herself, while returning her lens to its frame. “An empty threat isn’t going to intimidate me.”

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

“Nothing good can come of a place that refuses to see the pain of the people on whose backs it was built.”

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

“When he broke up with me, he told me that he would love me forever. But that’s total crap. If you love someone, really, you don’t do anything to hurt them.”

The One by John Marrs

“If you’ve got the opportunity to love someone as much as they love you, then grab it with both hands and hold on to it for dear life.”

Buzzword Readathon Wrap Up

I had a very successful week and ended up completing all three books that I had in my physical TBR that had the word NIGHT in the title! I figured since I already introduced the three books in my TBR post it would seem a bit redundant to just post the same three books as my wrap up, so I wanted to do a little mini-review of the three books and give a little overview of my thoughts!

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo – It’s been a while since I have read any books from the Grishaverse so it took me a minute to get situated back into that world. These stories didn’t really focus on any of the grisha’s and their abilities it was more so like the fairy tales that these characters grew up with. I have to say the actual book and the illustrations were beautiful and really kept me engaged in the stories. There were definitely some I liked more than others but overall I think they all flowed well together. There was always some form of twist to the stories that you couldn’t really predict and they were all very original and unlike anything I have ever read before! With that being said I don’t think anthologies are formats that I like to read, I much prefer one central overarching storyline and characters that I could follow. I did get bored occasionally but this was a super quick, easy read that I am glad I completed!

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – As I wrote in my review for some reason I thought Night Film was about a reporter who witnesses like a murder and is on the run from the people who committed this murder. I have no idea where this came from, maybe I’m mixing it up with the plot of another book, so at the start I was a little confused as to what was actually happening. I think this book was really easy to get into and become engaged with these characters and the mystery behind Ashley’s suicide. The supernatural element of the story again caught me off guard but I was into it right away. There is this steady build up of tension and anticipation throughout the course of the storyline and the eventual ending just fell a bit flat for me. Hopper and Nora are ejected out of the plot quite quickly and there’s no real resolution there and also I guess maybe Marisha was trying to tie back to everything we have been told about the Cordova’s films and their ending and wanted to mirror that for the actual story.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I was already going to read this book as I’m trying to get through the series before the fourth book comes out in a few months so this was perfect for me to add to this readathon. One thing I enjoyed in this book particularly was we got more perspectives from the other characters aside from Elias and Laia. Helene in particular I was definitely happy that we got more of an insight into her character and the difficult choices she has had to make. In An Ember in the Ashes the world is quite contained just to just the Academy, but now the world has expanded so much and we get more of a feel for the Empire.

Night Film Review

Ashley Cordova is the daughter of a famous film director Stanislas Cordova who commits suicide and an investigative reporter named Scott McGrath who tried to expose Stanislas in the past is on the hunt to find out the truth as to why she did it.

This was definitely not what I was expecting for sure. For some reason I thought this book was about a reporter who witnessed a crime so this was highly unexpected for me. I had never really looked into the blurb or found out what this book was actually about so it was kind of nice just going in blind.

Scott was an interesting character for sure. I was immediately invested in his storyline and wanted to know more about him and how he came to be in this situation. He has no qualms with bribing or trespassing in order to get the information he needs which kept me entertained throughout the course of the book.

I didn’t really know what to think of Ruth and Hopper. I knew Hopper had to be closer to Ashley than what he originally admitted to being because why else would she single him out? And Ruth I just thought was on Cordova’s side and we would see her sabotage Scott as one of the twists. But alas, that did not occur. I didn’t really see the point of her character and I was never attached to her in any way.

Ashley and the rest of the Cordova family were intriguing. I liked going on this journey with Scott and figuring out her movements before her death and how her father ties back into it all. The whole demonic aspect pulled me out of the story a bit because I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t think this story would have any kind of supernatural element but I was into it as the story progressed.

The pacing and the build up of anticipation kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading. I loved the mixed media format of the book as well, it was a nice break from everything that was going on and added a lot of context to the plot. It was thrilling and action packed and full of weird, kooky characters that surprised me at every turn!

⭐️3/5 This low key spooked me!

Last Year I Was Reading…

I seen this book meme over on Kristin @ Kristina Kraves Books and I just had to give it a go… It was originally created by Reading Marie!

It is so easy to join in and here are the rules:

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to…

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Funnily enough these are both two books focused around Russian lore. One is a loose retelling of the myth surrounding Anastasia Romanov and the other is based upon Russian folklore and stories. Both are YA fantasy books that are a part of a series and I gave both of them 4 stars. I liked both books equally and highly recommend them if you are a fan of a whimsical and atmospheric tales!

Blood Heir Review

Anastacya Mikhailov is the crown princess of the Cyrilian Empire and is one of the Affinities; gifted with abilities to control the world around them which are deemed unnatural and dangerous in their society. Ana’s affinity is one of the deadliest and most abhorred the ability to control blood.

Ana is one of those female protagonists that acts without thinking and lets her emotions get the better of her, which really annoys me. If she would have just stopped and thought about the consequences of her actions there wouldn’t have been as many obstacles for her to manoeuvre around in order to find who she was looking for. She has definitely had a lot of trials in her life but she has also a bit unrelatable because up until a year ago she was a princess. I did appreciate how she became aware of everything that is going wrong in the empire and how affinities are being treated and forced into slavery.

I really enjoyed Ramson’s character. I liked that we actually got a lot of his background and how he came to be in Cyrilia. There is a reason behind why he has made some of the choices in his life and we see the repercussions of his decisions continue to affect him now. It was obvious to me that he would end up with feelings for Ana but it was gradual and made sense in the context of the story.

I was invested in these characters right away and wanted to find out what was going to happen next. The pace was just a little up and down and pulled me out of the story a little bit. I appreciated the world building that was included as well, how descriptive the prose was really immersed me into the story line.

I found the plot to be predictable yet still entertaining. I think the spin on the original tale was quite refreshing in this fantastical setting. It was a solid start to a new series and I am left wanting to know more which is always a good sign. I feel there is definitely room for this tale to expand and become even more compelling!

⭐️4/5 stars Pretty much what I was expecting!!