The Damned Review

Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien, loosing her memory of him completely.

I liked that we got a more in depth look at the supernatural beings in this book. We learnt all about the Court of Lions and how they all came together and formed this family under Nicodemus’s charge. We are definitely given a lot of context and background around the war between the vampires and werewolves and how they all came to be in the mortal realm in the first place after being banished 400 years ago, which was what I was missing from the first book.

I was highly invested in Bastien’s character throughout the course of this book and I found he really took over most of the plot. I was a lot more interested in his point of view as opposed to all the others. It was entertaining seeing the shift from his human self and what he thought he wanted from his life to now being one of the Fallen wanting to be better and fix his flaws. Going on the quest to try to be unmade so he can reunite with Celine was adorable and commendable.

Celine again is not a favourite character of mine. I liked her more in this book than The Beautiful for sure, yet she is still a tad bland for me. There is nothing about her that captures my attention and she isn’t really differentiated from any other main female protagonist out there in the literary world. I appreciate her need to find the truth and I was surprised by the reveal of who her mother really is. I liked the call back at the end to her life back in France and what she was running from in the first place. I definitely think she owed Michael and explanation and she should of probably told him the truth from the start about her feelings for Bastien instead of just disappearing with him for weeks.

There were times when I thought the plot rushed through a lot of important events that could of been explored and explained a lot more. The first half of the book was a lot slower paced with not a lot happening and then it feels what should of been two thirds of the book condensed into the last 150 pages or so.

⭐️3/5 stars I’m left with a lot more questions than answers

🌼Spring TBR🌸

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is once again our Seasonal TBR. Down here in the southern hemisphere we are in Spring so these are the top 10 books I am going to try and prioritise over the coming months!

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Stuck at Home Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag and I seen this one floating around the blogisphere so I thought why not give it a go! 

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag 

Picture1

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

43565384

Picture2

Laying in bed playing my switch5kVG00Picture3

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

COV&V_JKT_Trade_032819.indd

Picture4

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

36337550

Picture5

5313113743155726._SY475_40516960

Picture6

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

38819868._SY475_

Picture7

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

91DIYtTpRnL

Picture8

Catch up on all the TV series I have missed!

giphy

Picture9

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

43550637._SY475_

I tag everyone who would like to give this a go, it was a lot of fun!!

happy-reading

Anticipated Releases 2020 Update

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020. These are all books that are either sequels or continuations of series that I am loving or it has a blurb that has sucked me in and I can’t wait to read it!

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh (expected publication: July 7th 2020)

53131137

Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Power (expected publication: July 7th 2020)

52748041._SX318_SY475_

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townshend (expected publication: August 18th 2020)

46113778._SX318_

Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin (expected publication: September 1st 2020)

40550366

The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos (expected publication: September 8th 2020)

51184571._SX318_

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (expected publication: September 29th 2020)

50548197

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (expected publication: October 6th 2020)

50623864

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (expected publication: November 17th 2020)

17250966._SY475_

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (expected publication: December 1st 2020)

31520883._SY475_

Books I Enjoyed but rarely talk about

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the perfect opportunity to showcase 10 books I really loved but haven’t had a chance to talk about in a while. I find usually I will post a review for a book and then won’t really bring it back up again. I highly recommend all of these books and their series!

aUndead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

35707056

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

9781408887974

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

21414439

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

34726469

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

23308087

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

th61RJURL9

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

35297394

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

91DIYtTpRnL

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

Dance of Thieves_FINAL 9.18

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

9780575089914