The Crowns of Croswald by D.E Night || Book Review

I think the very first thing I should say about this book is that it is BEAUTIFUL. Both inside and out.

The cover is hands down my favourite cover of all times and the chapter headings had me falling deeper in love with this book.

The content of the book was also spectacular earning a solid five out of five stars. I honestly could not put this book down. I physically could not do it. I read for an entire day at school. I HAD SCHOOLWORK TO DO. I don’t regret it though because I cannot get enough of this book.


Book description:

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.


If you have read any reviews on this book before you might have heard that it is a little bit like Harry Potter, but if I’m being honest with you, a lot of books that involve a magic school are like Harry Potter. I actually think this book was rather unique and even if there are a few similarities, I would be willing to argue that this book was better. I felt way more connect to the characters and more invested in The Crown’s of Croswald.

Here is a list of what I liked:

  • Pies
  • Cute little baby dragon
  • Crowns that give people magic abilities (Although I think Rebecca is shady)
  • Main character who knows she should be following the rules but also doesn’t give a damn
  • A little bit of mystery
  • Magic! Magic! Magic!
  • Potions
  • Glangerie bottle
  • Different types of magic, you can either be a royal (who are given crowns which enable them to do magic) or a  Scrivenerist (who are people with magic in their blood (I’m pretty sure) but only a little, and actually spend their lives researching and looking after royals)
  • Awesome writing that had me immersed in the story
  • Short chapters

What I am looking forward to in the future of this series:

  • More baby dragon
  • More pies
  • A bigger glimspe into Isabella’s backstory
  • Figuring out how the hell the dark queen got to where she is
  • Finding the magic stones
  • Figuring out what is so good about The Town
  • Can there be more school please???
  • Going to the Hallow thingy again

My goodread’s review can be found here

I was sent a review copy of this book in exchange for a review, however, all opinion and thoughts are my own.

Until next time,

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas || Book Review

Hello again,

Yes, I have done a review of The Assassin’s Blade before, but I have just finished my fourth reread and ready to bestow upon you another review of my favourite book in the world.

With every reread of this book, I gain so much more knowledge of the Throne of Glass world. The first time I read this book I didn’t pay much attention to detail because I was too absorbed in the story. The second time I read this book was for an English essay so I was more focused on the emotion behind each character’s actions. The third time was purely for fun. And this time was a reread to get me ready for Tower of Dawn.

But I loved it just the same, even more perhaps.

This book is spectacular and a full of glorious world building. The foreshadowing hidden throughout the book is so subtle it has taken me four times reading the book to discover some of the details (there are probably still more I don’t know of yet).

I do recommend reading this book before Throne of Glass, but pleased be warned that the series gets better as it goes on (although this one is still fabulous). But I also suggest reading it after you finish the rest of the books in case you can catch some small details about other characters.

So far I’m willing to bet that three characters from the Throne of Glass book are hidden within The Assassin’s Blade (as in their names are never given). Possibly more.

But overall I must say the world building within this book and the character development are incredible.


My other review can be found here,

Until next time,

August TBR

I’m back with another monthly Tbr. I am back at school this month so I am expecting not to get much read. But it is worth a try. (This is also a really quick post because I have to go do assignments)

  • Throne of glass [Sarah J Maas]
  • Crown of Midnight [Sarah J Maas]
  • Queen of Shadows [Sarah J Maas]
  • Empire of Storms [Sarah J Maas] (although I might not get this finished until the first couple of days of September)

Fingers crossed I can get a little bit further in

  • Harry Potter 4 [J.K Rowling] Audiobook
  • Outlander (season two tv show)

I also have an ebook I recieved in exchange for a review. A while ago I read Chasing Red on Wattpad and now the book is being published! I was lucky enough to have Sourcefirebooks email me about reviewing the book, and I cannot wait to read the final version!!


What are you planning on reading this month?

Until next time

July Wrap Up

I feel as if I should stop writing monthly tbr lists because I don’t entirely stick to them, but they are just so fun to write (and perfect for me considering I live for organisation).

I thought this reading month went okayish. I expected to read more considering it was the holidays and I though I would have plenty of time to read. But instead I ended up working heaps so that didn’t happen. But near the end of the month, my reading pace did pick up so here are the books I read in July:

The first book I read was a middle grade novel by Ruth Lauren called ‘Prisoner of Ice and Snow’ and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. This book was very interesting but a little repetitive at times. I loved the characters but would have liked to learn more about them. For the length of this novel, I thought this book was amazing, although I do think that it could have been longer which might have helped me connect a bit more with the characters.

Next was another book for review which was ‘Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror’ by Rachel R. Smith (which by the way ha a spectacular cover!) this book was good and also earned a 4 out of 5 stars. I have a sneaky feeling that the next book could have possibly been combined with this book, but I will have to wait to see.

The third book I read was a reread of ‘The Assassin’s Blade’ by Sarah J Maas. I am currently making my way back through this wonderful series in preparation for Tower of Dawn. I’m thinking of maybe writing a post about my hopes and theories of the Tower of Dawn.

Next I read was just recently published and was ‘The Crown’s of Croswald’ by D.E. Night which takes this months award of best looking cover. Apart from the gorgeous cover, this book was an amazement of a book, it forever had me turning the page.

The final book I read, I finished on the final day of July, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. As always I found more detail within the book. I swear it could be my 100th reread and I’d still find more foreshadowing. I honestly love this book so much.


In addition to these wonderful books I also watched the following on netflix:

  • To The Bone
  • Outlander (season 1)
  • Riverdale
  • Shark boy and Lava girl (which I must admit was a lot more interesting when I was ten haha)

What did you read this month and what book was your favourite?

Until next time,

Reflection: The Stranger In The Mirror by Rachel R. Smith || Book Review

“What is a book for if not to be read?” 

I was sent a review copy of this book from the author, however, all opinions are my own.


SYNOPSIS:

An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade…
Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a prophetic warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations–and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.


I must admit, that the synopsis sounds a lot more epic than the actual book. I originally expected an epic assassination scene and that was exactly what I got.

However, this book was a very quick and easy book to read. Like I said before, there weren’t any moments that had me on the edge of my seat racing to read more, rather, it flowed nicely and kept my attention. Overall I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Reflection is set in a fantasy world but doesn’t have dragons or any other mythical creature (that I know of so far), instead it is more fantasy in the scene that there are prophecies and magic crystals. I am interested to see the full extent of the crystal powers. So I do hope they come more into play in the following books.

This book is pretty short and is around 250 pages, I have the feeling that it could have been combined with the next book, but I don’t know just yet because I haven’t read the second one. The pacing reminds me a lot like The Selection (and to be honest, so does the cover) it is slow pacing but I never felt it moved slow (if that is understandable) not much happened but it felt like heaps did.

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and see what will happen. At the end of this book there is a Mulan kind of feel so I hope that follows through into the next book.

All in all, I do recommend this book if you a looking for a nice read. I compare it to the Selection in the writing style and feel but the content is very different. And by very I mean this is about an assassination attempt and taking back the country.


You can find my goodread’s review here,

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Until next time,

 

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren || Book Review

“Everyone else sees a problem, Valor. I see an opportunity. Trust me.”

In a thrilling fantasy that’s equal parts Prison Break and Frozen, Valor attempts the impossible—breaking her sister out of prison.

This book is a middle grade novel but even though I usually read YA books, I found this book to be just as enjoyable. Although, it did not have as much epic fight scenes (but I can forgive it for that).

Overall I gave Prisoner of Ice and Snow 4 out of 5 stars. My biggest issue with this book was the fact that I kept forgetting if it was Prisoner of ice and snow or Prisoner of snow and ice, haha.

On a more serious side of things.

This book was incredible and has really made me want to watch Anastasia. I’m not entirely sure whether this book is based on Anastasia but I found some similarities, the first being that there is a princess named Anastasia, the second being events based around a music box.

At times it was a little bit predictable, in the sense that if something could go wrong (ie, they get caught) it happens. But that did also make it interesting, like who can be trusted?!

The plot reminded me of Snow like Ashes, in particular the second half of the book (I won’t tell you what happens in case I spoil you for both books), and it was a relatively quick book to read.


To see my Goodread’s review, click here.

Until next time

Champion by Marie Lu || Book Review

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”

“Hi, I’m currently on the verge of crying.”


Before I begin this review I must warn you that there may be some spoilers for the first two books in the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, Legend and Prodigy. If you have not read those two books then you may not want to continue reading.


Okayyyyyy

So where to begin.

I actually believed that I would never finish this series because I borrowed the first two books from the school library but they didn’t have the third one and were not planning on ever getting it (even though I constantly pleaded with them to get it). But months later when I went to the town library I found Champion *screams forever*. And yes, I do know that I could have brought the book, and one day I might have, I was just currently drowning in other books to read first.

Now that I have read Champion, I feel complete, like everything makes sense in the world again.

I am very pleased with how this book went and everything that happened within it. Although some people aren’t, I am a major fan of chapters ending on cliffhangers, it keeps me motivated and wanting to read more. So this book was perfect for me, I think I finish it in two days.

There were some scenes that I found myself at the end of the pages and not knowing anything because I wasn’t actually reading just scanning but for the majority of the book I was 100% intrigued.

Both of the main characters, Day and June, continued to amazing me in many different ways. My favourite thing about this book is the duel perspective and being able to see the same situation played out through both of their points of view (especially near the end of this novel).

Speaking of the end of this book, I am a little conflicted, I both love and hate the end at the same time. I feel like I love the end but am not entirely happy about the epilogue. The last twenty or so pages had me on the verge of tears (and so did a few other scenes throughout the book) but I am kind of disappointed with the epilogue. I just needed more!!!! It is still a very good ending, but it’s kind of it’s own version of a mini cliffhanger that might not bother some people but is slowly crushing me from the inside.

Overall this book was a perfect ending to the Legend trilogy and I don’t think I would change a thing about it. Marie Lu opens us up to more of the Legend world and we finally get to visit Antarctica, which by the way, it both amazing and horrifying.  The people of Antarctica live in a kind of virtual world where you can gain points through doing good deeds and exercising, the more points you have the more money you can potentially earn. The whole idea makes me wonder what would happen if a criminal hacked the system.

Along with Antarctica other areas are explored and more history is explained, which I loved!

I think that is all I really have to say about this book. Overall I gave this book 4 stars, although I can’t really compare it to the other books because I read them a while ago, I think they are all on an equal level. I give the series a 4.5/5 stars (a bonus half star because I love Day).

My goodread’s review can be found here.

Until next time,