Books I Loved Before I started my Blog

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books that you have never mentioned on your blog. I’m pretty sure I have mentioned all of these books at some time or another over the last 4 years I’ve been blogging but not in recent memory from what I can recall so I figured I would give them another time to shine!

Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Warcross by Marie Lu

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Favourite Duologies

In the past I’ve done my favourite fantasy series and standalones but I don’t think I’ve done my favourite duologies! I think duologies are vey underappreciated and I personally love them, so these are my current favourites!

Dance of Thieves duology by Mary E. Pearson

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Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Warcross duology by Marie Lu

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This Savage Song duology by V.E. Schwab

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Flame in the Mist duology by Renee Ahdieh

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The Crown’s Game duology by Evelyn Skye

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The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh

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The Devouring Gray duology by Christine Lynn Herman

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Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor

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Fable duology by Adrienne Young

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The Last 10 Books Tag

I seen this tag over on Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books blog and I had to give it a go!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows – when it was first released I had a fight with my sisters over who could read it first.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – I have been looking for a particular edition of this book for months!

December Wrap Up

I’m feeling great about my reading this month! I managed to read nearly all the books on my TBR as well as 2 extra books which put me at 99 books read for 2018!!!  I pretty much loved everything I read in December as well which really topped off my year. I have reviews on all the books I’ve read this month up on my blog so if you would like to see just click on the titles!

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner⭐️4/5 stars

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer⭐️4/5 stars

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor⭐️4/5 stars

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare⭐️5/5 stars

Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder⭐️4/5 stars

Wildcard by Marie Lu⭐️4/5 stars

Night Study by Maria V Snyder⭐️4/5 stars

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli⭐️4/5 stars

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee⭐️4/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

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Muse of Nightmares Review

51iEa42ZjfL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_This was fantastic!

I really enjoyed how the story unfolded and developed in this sequel, the world was really expanded and we got a lot more information about the gods and how they came to be and what their motives were.

Sarai has fallen to her death but has returned as a ghost and is under the control of Minya. Lazlo now faces the unthinkable decision to either fold under Minya’s demands to raze Weep to the ground or let the woman he loves evanesce into nothing.

I feel like Minya really shined in this book a lot more. She is still as unlikeable as she was in Strange the Dreamer but we now have reasoning for her tenacity and unforgiving nature. The way that Serai had to intricate herself into Minya’s drug induced dreams and discover how much the past has a hold of her and still want to somehow help and reduce her pain was wonderful to read. I really enjoyed those discoveries of what happened that day and finally uncovering the truth and having Minya be released of the burdens of the ghosts and finally become whole was gratifying.

I also really enjoyed the fact that the others had a purpose that they fulfilled in the book. Ruby, Sparrow and Feral weren’t that interesting to me in the past, I just kind of felt like they were filler characters but in this book they are really came into themselves and became a lot more distinguishable. Each of them really had pivotal scenes in the book that had an everlasting effect on the storyline.

Getting the back story to Kora and Nova and seeing what they have had to deal with and overcome really enriched the story and added another layer to the plot. I loved the interaction between the sisters and how much loyalty and dedication they have towards each other. Seeing the journey that Nova had to undergo over the course of 2 centuries and still not getting to Weep and her sister in time was heartbreaking. I loved every second of it, I was really rooting for Nova and Kora to be reunited but making that connection early on about who Kora was I knew that that wasn’t going to happen so I had time to brace myself for that scene.

 I loved everything in this book honestly. I relished finally getting all the details about the gods and how they discovered Weep and what happened to the rest of the children over the years. The way the information was given felt very organic and wasn’t rushed at all. I thought the pacing of the story was very well done and the way Laini Taylor writes is just so lyrical and descriptive you can really sort of loose yourself in the book!

I thought this was absolutely beautiful and wrapped itself up very well yet there is still room to grow and expand even more should more books come out which I found very impressive. I also kind of liked the little nod to the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series and how it kind of interconnect, even though I wasn’t a fan of that series I thought it was a fun way to refer back to her previous work.

⭐️4.5/5 stars highly recommend I loved every second of this book!