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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review | Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Book Info

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Pub Date: August 9th, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Source: ARC from the publisher -- Thank you!!
Series: Yes, this is the 1st book.



What it's about

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvette is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic - The Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and subtle arts, she'll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church's halls, the bloody secrets of Mia's past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge? 

-From Goodreads

My Thoughts

Quick note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Nevernight has some fantastic things to offer to the mind of the reader. It's rich in a fantastical world, with characters filled with depth, and has an edge that you just can't stop looking over. I found myself, during the last half of the book especially, wanting to keep turning the page to see what happens next.

Starting out, I did have a bit of a rough time. The beginning of the book (about the first 100 pages or so) is filled with background of Mia, our main character, and the world that she has grown up in and currently resides in. It is necessary to the story and not just put in there to fill pages though. And part of me really enjoyed seeing this unique world. There are quite a few footnotes in the beginning of the book that dive deeper into the world. I often lose my place with footnotes, so I chose to forgo them and go back and read them later. Doing this I didn't feel like I missed any parts of the story. I feel like the footnotes are more of a bonus to the story and the world. A bonus I much appreciated.

Then we have Mia. The more I think about Mia, the more I like her. She develops so well throughout the story. She comes from being in this vengeful dark place to seeing more outside and around herself. There's a strong depth from Mia that suggests that there is so much more to see with her and I can't wait to find out in the next book.

Though there has been suggestion that there's some smutty bits in this book, I almost started to think that it was a main point of the book. It's not. BUT I wasn't disappointed. It was a part of the story, and it was swoony, but it wasn't a main point. It didn't consume the story, or Mia's life.

The world was so rich and unique, I loved it. I loved the magic. There was a unique language to this world, such as night being called nevernight that puts you right into the world. It feels like since you are speaking, or rather reading, the language that you're are a part of it. It was a cool experience, and one of my favorite parts.

If you're looking for a darker fantasy. One with some gore, but BA characters. One with rich detail. One with everything, a murder mystery, a romance, a school of assassins, I think this book has something for everyone.


My Rating

I don't think it will come as a surprise after this gushing review that I rated this one 
4 out of 5 stars

Have you read this one, if so what did you think of it? Do you think you could succeed in a school of assassins? 



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TTT | Books I Loved but Didn't Write a Review For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish

This week the topic is a rewind week! I love rewind weeks because there's so many topics to choose from (its hard to narrow it down). Also, because everyone's lists are usually so different with the range of topics to choose from.

The topic I chose is

Books I Loved but Didn't Write a Review For


One.

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I LOVE this series. so. much. I wanted to review it and share it so you, my friends, would see it and decide to pick it up. However, I couldn't form coherent thoughts on it. I loved it too much that I couldn't even express how much I loved it. I also knew that even if I somehow got the words out it would just be gushing over and over again about how great this book and series is.

Two.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is one that I thought I reviewed but turns out that I never did. I love this book and remember having a lot to say about it - mostly all the things I loved about it - but I never actually reviewed it on the blog. I found this out after I recently read The Rose & The Dagger and wanted to review it but couldn't find my TWATD review. lol 
So since I didn't review it, here's a quick rundown of all the things I loved about it. Shazi. Khalid. the two of them together. the world. the richness of descriptions. the writing. everything.

Three.

The Lumetere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Books: 
Finnikin of the Rock
Froi of the Exiles
Quintana of Charyn

This is pretty much in the same boat as The Winner's Kiss. I just couldn't form coherent thoughts after I finished reading this series. This series is so full of feels that it really packs a punch and left me gutted in the best way ever. I want to recommend this series to anyone and everyone. It's an all time favorite.

Four.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Books:
The Raven Boys
The Dream Thieves
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven King

I reviewed The Raven Boys years ago, when I first started blogging and I re-read it and loved it a lot more the second time. After re-reading I marathoned the rest of the series. And I loved it. I find these books so incredibly hard to review. It's hard to talk about anything without revealing any spoilers since I think this is one of those series to go into blindly. All you have to know is this: just give it a try and go for the ride it will take you on.

Five.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I meant to review this and then never got around to it and by that time it had been a few months since I read it. This was such a great second book. I'm such a sucker for Schwab's books. She writes so wonderfully and has a way of completely sucking me into her stories. I have a few ships in this series that I'm dying to see sail away in the final book.

Six.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Books:
Alanna: The First Adventure
In the Hand of the Goddess
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Lioness Rampant

When I read this one late last year, I really wanted to review it. I wanted to talk about why I took so long to read it, how good it was and how much I loved it. But I felt that since it was an older series that everything that I had wanted to say would have been said in better ways by people that have already reviewed it. I can truly see why this series is a classic. It's so fantastic and I can't recommend it enough.

Seven.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Let's see if I can even get some thoughts together on how much I loved this book. Taylor Jenkins Reid has completely taken me by surprise. I have fallen in love with each of her books that I have read, this one the most. This (and all her other books as well) is such a brilliant read. They are realistic in a way and really make you think about your own life and with this books, your choices as well. 

Eight.


The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews
(it's still going, the ninth book comes out next month)
I've currently read the first four: 
Magic Bites
Magic Burns
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds

I've always been a little hesitant to pick up an urban fantasy. I didn't feel like I would like it. But this one came highly recommended by InkBonesBooks whose book taste I trust, so I checked it out. And I became completely addicted. I love this series. As far as why I didn't review...  this sounds so silly but I wasn't sure how to. I'm always hesitant to review series books because of spoilers so I usually do a mash up review. I thought about doing three at a time but now it's too late to do that. I'm not sure what I'm going to do but I hope to talk about this series on the blog at some point! 


Nine.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I devoured and absolutely loved this book. The romance, the world, the story, all of it. Right after I finished it, I even got a friend to read it right away. I read this one at a busy time of year, right around Christmas. I fully intended to review it, but I never got around to it. BUT, I still really love this book and highly recommend it!


Ten.

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill

This book is different than the others on the list because I didn't completely love it. Though I didn't love it, I really appreciated it and the message it was delivering. I wanted to review it and talk about the themes and how everyone should read it but when it came down to it, but I never got around to it. So here I am telling you now that you should read this book. ;) 

Are there any books that you loved but never reviewed? Or any books you loved and wanted to talk about but never got to?





















Sunday, August 7, 2016

ARC August | First Week Update

I think I'm still in denial that it's August. but. I've been enjoying ARC August so far even if I'm behind where I think I should be. I like to think that there's always time to make up lost ground. 

Currently Reading


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Page Count
About 250

Finished
None yet 

Okay, okay. I know I haven't finished anything yet.. but I'm very close to finishing Furthermore. 

Up Next
I'm going to be finishing these two hopefully in the next two days. After that I will probably read Results May Vary by Bethany Chase.