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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My Favourite Books of 2018

This is going to be the books throughout 2018 that I rated the highest and loved the most. There were sooooo many fantastic books I have read this year and I am so proud of my progress and how many books I managed to get through!

91FZ41RwZzL917AnD4pjfLThe first two books on this list are The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson! I absolutely love everything about The Stormlight Archives. I kind of picked up The Way of Kings on a whim earlier this year as I have heard nothing but good things about this series and of course after getting into them I am hooked! I highly recommend anyone who likes fantasy/high fantasy to give them a read as they are just simply AMAZING! Both ⭐️5/5 stars

978140888797433590260The next books are both by Sarah J Maas and they are Tower of Dawn and Kingdom of Ash the last two books in the Throne of Glass series. I absolutely loved these two books! I thought Tower of Dawn was like a breath of fresh air, the new characters mixed with a few of our old favourites in a completely new setting and having this epic conclusion in Kingdom of Ash that I found to be very befitting and deserving of this long, arduous  journey that Sarah J Maas has taken us on! Both ⭐️5/5 stars absolutely loved them!

35707056The next book on my top 10 is Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. This was unexpectedly great! I did see this book all over my feed on Instagram and on booktube and from what I heard of the premise I was intrigued. Then I picked the book up and gave it a read and fell in love with it! Mila is so feisty and true to herself even though it distinguishes her from the rest of her peers. She is an amazing friend who will literally stop at nothing even death to figure out the mystery of her best friend’s apparent suicide. ⭐️4.5/5 stars

51xXXt6Yw2LA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab I read way back in January and it was the start of this lovely journey into discovering Victoria Schwab’s writing! I hadn’t read any of her books until I picked up the Darker Shade of Magic series and I haven’t looked back since. This magic system was unique and intricately detailed and the plot was highly entertaining and fast paced. Kell was definitely a stand out for me in the series, I loved how endearing he was and the relationship he shared with Rhys was a joy to read! ⭐️4/5 stars

29589074Another book I really loved this year was Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. I don’t get around to reading a lot of mystery thrillers and when I picked up this book I was just in the mood for something different and this really captivated me. I enjoyed the flashbacks from the time of the kidnapping to present day and how we have a new set of crimes occurring in the same setting. It has you second guessing every character and their motives and really had me turning the pages! ⭐️4/5 stars

51VFrzslYiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of those cases where the books really lives up to the hype! This story was beautifully written, highly engaging, fast paced, gripping, with a twist at the end that you just can’t predict. Evelyn as a character is wonderful. She is sassy, cut-throat, yet still relatable. Highly reccomend you give it a read if you haven’t already! ⭐️4/5 stars

186074The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was simply amazing! This is an epic fantasy novel following the life story of Kvothe. It jumps from present day time where he is retelling his life story to a chronicler and to his childhood and his many hardships and strife he’s had to endure over the years. The world is huge and the magic system is unique and interesting. I fell headlong into this book when I read it back in March and I still find myself thinking about it every now and then. ⭐️4/5 stars

81GINBuWPOLQueen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare was my most highly anticipated release this year and I absolutely loved it! The plot was expansive and adventurous and the characters are complex and diverse. I loved that Cassandra Clare gives us so much representation in this series and incorporates them genuinely into the storyline. This book epitomises everything that I love about the fantasy genre. It ticked all my boxes and if you liked her previous work but haven’t picked up the Dark Artifices series yet I HIGHLY recommend that you do! ⭐️5/5 stars

Queen of Air and Darkness Review

*Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers*

81GINBuWPOLThis was absolutely amazing!

This is going to be really hard to write all of my feelings down for because there was so much going on in this book all at once it seems. The pace was constantly fast and there was always something hovering over all of them that kept the stakes high throughout the course of the book.

Julian and Emma were the stars of this book I found. Their struggle with the parabatai curse and having to hold back their emotions or even cut them off all together in Julian’s case was heart wrenching. I really didn’t envision a solution for them, I truly thought that we would get an ending where they wouldn’t be able to be together or they would be exiled away from their families. The way that Cassandra Clare was able to navigate around that was very smooth.

Ty and Kit were probably one of my favourite sub plots of the book. Their relationship and how it evolved after Livvy’s death was wonderful to read. Ty having this advantageous plan that could reap some serious consequences on the universe and Kit knowing they shouldn’t go through with it but allows it because he knows how much this means to Ty. Then right when Ty is about to go through with it Kit finally speaks up…uh I loved it so much!

I was definitely intrigued by Kit and how much everyone seemed to be invested in him. Tessa and Gem always popping up to see how he was and making Emma swear to watch over him and keep him safe. Then having Jace come in and sort of mentoring him and being kind of like an older brother I thought was very touching. There was one scene in particular when Kit asks Jace for a weapon of his own and the exchange they had after was just the cutest!

The whole clave aspect of the Shadowhunter world was always something that I didn’t enjoy. I found that when they convened the Shadowhunters were always very selfish and prejudiced. Save for the few who actually care about the downworlders and live side by side with them the majority don’t care and are susceptible to the vitriol that the cohort would spew once they sprang up. Finally seeing a change and growth from the clave and the Shadowhunters as a whole towards the end of the book was satisfying!

The ending was another aspect I didn’t quite enjoy of the book. The fact that the majority of the Shadowhunters just acquiesced to their demands was unfulfilling in my eyes. I know that for the majority of the time they aren’t living in Idris, but that is their ancestral home and the fact they would just let it go without some form of a fight was kind of strange.

That being said I was still very much in love with this book. The few little flaws that I picked up along the way were definitely outweighed by the sheer mass of the plot and characters and world. It was so full of intense action, emotional turmoil, grief and love. It is again everything I love about a fantasy series.

⭐️5/5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMEND! This is a wonderful series that any fantasy/non fantasy lover will enjoy!

Queen of Air and Darkness

IMG_2238I cannot believe the time has come and I know have this book in my hands!! This is absolutely my most highly anticipated book release of the year. I am having flashbacks to last year picking up Lord of Shadows and reliving all the emotions and feelings that came out of that book. I think the Dark Artifices series is fast becoming my new favourite series of Cassandra Clare. I think her writing has gotten more developed and the story of the Blackthorn family is just so compelling. Julian and Emma’s relationship and their progression over the course of the books is wonderful to read, they are definitely one of my favourite YA couples. I am picking this book up and reading it right now!

Happy Reading📚

 

December TBR

The majority of the books on this month’s TBR are books that I need to read to complete/continue on in a few series that I have been loving. I am super excited to read all of these books on the list and I will definitely have more time towards the end of this month to read because the holidays are coming up! I cannot believe that it’s the end of 2018 already, this year has completely flew by!

That being said my TBR for December includes:

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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Shadow Study and Night Study by Maria V Snyder

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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Pirates by Mackenzi Lee

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Arch Enemies by Marissa Meyer

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Wildcard by Marie Lu

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