Chain of Gold

By Cassandra Clare

I will be the first to admit that after reading her Mortal Instruments series, back to back without stopping a few years ago now I was heartily sick of Cassandra Clare. I haven’t picked up one of her books since. That’s not to say I haven’t bought any of them and they’re not on my TBR pile… because I have and they are.

Now this book is just so, so beautiful. Just everything about it screams *READ ME, READ ME, READ ME*

So after I finished Crescent City (which will get a review of its own) I needed some thing that would help reduce the risk of a book hangover. And so this book picked up with its promise of being beautiful, inside and out.

And boy did it not disappoint.

“There is no better distraction in this world than losing oneself in books for a while”

I honestly relate to Magnus Bane SO much. This guy is, in my opinion, perfect.

The storyline itself is utterly delectable, I couldn’t put the damn book down (this is neither good nor bad as, as a reader I want to be sucked into a new world, as a mother I definitely neglected my children’s education in these troubled time’s, in order to finish this book)

“The point of stories is not that they are objectively true, but that the soul of the story is truer than reality. Those who mock fiction do so because they fear the truth”

It follows on from her Infernal Devices series, with Tessa and Will Herondales children and their friends.

We learn more about what Tessa is, who her father is and how that now affects her children. As well as having a new, fearless heroine in the shape of Cordelia Carstairs

The characters themselves, well, let’s just say when you have a bunch of them you can sometimes feel as if none of them end up being properly fleshed out, but in this instance I felt as if I knew each individuals true feelings in things. I could guess what one of them would do based on their previous actions, like I would my dearest friends or closest family members.

They were well thought out, solid characters who I just, NEED, to know more about. Since reading this I have devoured almost all CC’s other works in order to find out more about the characters. That’s how good they are. ALL HER OTHER WORK!!

I haven’t wanted to give too much away for any of those who haven’t yet read it, so I’m just going to round up by saying, if you’re a lover of YA fantasy works, then this is a MUST read!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Geekerella

By Ashley Poston.

I literally adore this book.

It’s a pure and simple geek fest with just a dash of magic.

It is a perfect Cinderella story, it’s like the Cinders of my dreams if it were real life.

Elle and Darien were the perfect protagonists, Elle was full on geek and I loved her just a little more then I thought I should because of it. I can relate so much to her, her obsession with Starfield (I am a HUGE fangirl), her writing fanfics just her passion about this one thing. As I was reading it I literally felt like I had a friend in my geekiness! And Darien trying to hide how much of a geek he was just for his ‘image’ (yes, yes helps dad was making him I know) I’ve been in those shoes too (I now embrace my geekiness-no shame here!).

As I was reading I just fell more and more in love with this book. I’m not sure if it’s the book or how much I related to certain aspects, or just the description of ExcelsiCon – my dream is to go to Comic Con one day (it will happen, it will happen, it will happen!). But whatever it was this book was such a good -easy going read!!

It’s so sweet, a proper little fairytale for the modern day geek! 4*s from me 

Scarlet

The Lunar Chronicles.

Ok, I’m going to be honest… My memory is shocking, like, horrendously so! I read these books about a week and a half ago, and yes I absolutely loved them I devoured them within 5 days… I can no longer really tell what happened in each book. I read them that quickly and consecutively that they’ve merged into the same book, so these reviews are going to be short and sweet…

Scarlet, like Cinder, is a Dystopian sci-fi, fantasy book based loosely on the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood.

It is so good. Honest to god, the new characters in the series are amazing, and Scarlet quickly became a favourite, and Wolf, dear, darling wolf. How could anyone not have a soft spot for this Big Bad Wolf.

The pace was fast, the storyline totally intriguing, I loved the double story line of Scarlet’s and Cinders and the way in which they became interlinked was so so clever. Marissa Meyer is an artist.

I genuinely cannot find fault with this series.

It’s everything.

Fairy-tales.

Fantasy.

Evil step-mothers.

Evil Queens.

Magic.

Dystopia.

Sci-Fi

Hot Princes.

Cyborgs.

Robots.

EVERYTHING!!! Oh and not forgetting the return of Iko. I need a best friend like her!

Another 5* book from me!

 

Cinder

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. 

 

Ok so confession time.

I bought this book aaaaggggeeeeesssss ago. I’d read reviews about how good it was and bought it without reading much about the actual plot. So when it came and I actually read that it was about a Cyborg in the future I was totally put off.

Every now and again I would pull it off my shelf, debate whether or not I should read it, decide against it, and put the book down again. But this month was different. In less then half a month a book comes out that I’ve been waiting a year for. And I was restless and couldn’t sit still. Desperate for something to whilst waiting for this book to out! So I decided that I’d read it and hope it took the edge of my restless mind for the next 2.5 weeks.

Little did I know.

 

I didnt have the the rest of the books in the series when I started reading… but now I do. And I have devoured them all in 5 days flat. (Which is a feat considering I went to work, kept on top of the house work, kept myself alive and looked after my children).

 

This book was pure bliss! I wish I could go back in time and read the whole thing again for the first time and take my time. I read it so fast that I know I missed some things. I am definitely going to reread this series!!

It’s pure beauty. Cinder is based on the fairytale Cinderella, but is so twisted that it is al unfamiliar, it’s not predictable, whenever you think you know what’s going on BAM 💥 you’re back at square one with not a clue what’s going to happen.

This is not a fairytale that you know and love, but you will come to love it for its own originality and characters!

The whole world is spectacularly built and the characters, primary and secondary are pure perfection. Iko, the android with the faulty personality chip is a girls best friend and I wish I could have her for my own! Levana is perfectly evil and twisted, and you will love to hate her and want her dead without mercy. Kai is as dreamy as dreams can be… and Cinders family are devastantingly despicable!

This books is 5* in my opinion! I loved it from start to finish!!! 

Strange the Dreamer

IMG_4427.JPGThis book is everything I wanted it to be and so so much more!!! I’ve waited (slightly impatiently I admit!) for this book for so long, like waiting for rain in a drought. I adored Laini Taylor’s first trilogy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and was so sad when I realised she had no other books out for me to devour. When I heard about this book I Literally bubbled over with excitement!

I was no let down.

The poetic writing had me enthralled from the start. By poetic I don’t mean flouncy and annoying like some fantasy can be! It was Beautiful and rolled off the tongue so smoothly I felt that I was melting into the book. The world building, the ideas, the creation of whole nations and races was so enthralling, I was totally sucked in.

I’m not a Huge fan of a male protagonist but Strange was just so perfect and imperfect a character that I fell in love with him straight from the off.

Even the secondary characters had so much to them that I felt that they were part of the family, I could picture this entire world and these people so vividly it was like watching HD TV.

My only one, small criticism would be that I could actually guess what was going to happen, it didn’t plan out as I’d imagined when I first formed the theory, but I got the gist of it right… I think if they’d been a few less hints about the ending throughout, it would have been perfect. But it didn’t take away any of my enjoyment, I still loved this book as if it were an extension of myself!

I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long, and I’m so sad that I will never get to read it for the first time again. I implore anyone who loves fantasy, of any sub-genre to read this book!

5* an absolute outstanding read 💕