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Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab 

Book 2 in The Shades of Magic Trilogy

Published in 2016

512 pages 

5 out of 5 stars 

Goodreads Sypnosis:

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

My Review:

I definitley went into this book with a lot of anticipation; I fell in love with Schwab’s writing and she had fast become a favourite author of mine; in book 1, I was gobsmacked by the immense vastness that was in A Darker Shade of Magic: and I was hooked. 

A feeling that was definitley prelevant throughout my read of A Gathering of Shadows. 

I was on the edge of my seat throughout, and my heart! I loved every moment; the tension and pacing was so intense; it was brilliant, like, I was consistently making these crazy theories as I was reading as to what would come; and when these theories become true; I was stunned; and shocked; and loving every moment!!! It was crazy, so nail biting! 

These books actually have everything in them; my heart is so attatched to these characters and this book world: I want more more more! And it’s flawless; a constant vastness of neverending magic! I love how simple, yet so imaginative, Schwab’s writing is! I felt like I could once again clearly see everything that was being written! Such a visual series; these books have made me feel everything; and throughout my read of this, I was squealing from joy and crying from both happiness and sadness; these characters, especially now with the addition of Alucard: are among my favourites! Lila Bard had me cheering for her once again throughout, I was so shocked but when I think about it, I wasn’t, as she’s the literal definition of badass, which I love so much; at her actions, and her scenes with Kell were killing me! I love both these characters and cannot wait for more scenes! Especially after that ending! OH MY GOSH! I have so many questions that need answering! IT WAS MADNESS! And when a character came back from book 1, I was so nervous! I had even more questions; and some scenes terrified me! I freaking loved it all! And I can’t wait to learn more about this character yet and the repercussions of that SHOCKING finale! 

For everything that happened in this book, and what’s to come in what I’m sure is will be a heartbreakingly shattering perfect finale. I won’t read it yet…but soon…and I can’t wait! Shades of Magic is one of my favourite series. Every moment has left me floored in such an awe inspired way! The dialogue and interactions between characters made me laugh, cry, feel and more! These first two installments will long stay with me; and I’m thinking about it yet, even as I conclude my review.

Read these books and be awed! You won’t regret it! 

Until next time, Happy reading 📚

Brooklyn 💖

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Book Review: Prince Caspian by CS Lewis

Book 2 in The Chronicles of Narnia 

First published in 1951

190 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.
My Review:

I was definitley excited to re read this book, when I read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, I found that I had a whole new appreciation for these books as an adult. I felt a total sense of wonder, and nostalgia! I loved seeing Susan, Lucy, Edmund and Peter interact! Their sibling bond is one of my favourite things about this series! I loved their friendly banter, and their love for one another had only grown deeper since those magical, albiet somewhat scary events of book One! They have all come so far! Especially Edmund, in the first book he was such a whiny kid, not paying any heed to Lucy, but now he definitley stuck with her! And that made me so happy; he learned from his mistakes! 

I love how this story was told from two points of views; and storytelling; at the start we have Susan, Peter, Edmumd and Lucy in the ‘present’, and then suddenly they find themselves in an unfamiliar land…or is it? *wink* 

And whilst this is happening, Prince Caspian learns that everything he believed was definitley more than just lore. I cannot tell you, oh, the chills I felt! It was such a magical read throughout, the writing is so dreamy and wonderful, I could picture all the animal characters and loved seeing everyone interact! This is such an enchanting series and it is rich in nature! The Narnia world is so vast: yet another I would never want to leave! 

A brilliant read, a perfect continuation to a wonderful series! I am so glad I decided to re read this series as an adult; and I’m excited to re read and read the others! 

See you next time! Happy reading! 

Brooklyn 😀

Classic Book Tag

Tag time! I do love doing bookish tags, I’m just lazy to do them 😂 anyone else? 🤔 but I do want to start catching up! So here goes… 

#ClassicBookTag

📚 Pride and Prejudice (a favourite romance) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 💖

📚 The Great Gatsby (an exciting read) A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab 💖

📚 Wuthering Heights (a book you love) Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 💖

📚 Jane Eyre (a book that made you cry) Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 💖

📚 Sherlock Holmes (a book that kept you guessing) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
📚 Little Women (a book with strong female characters) Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 💖

📚 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (a book with travels) A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab 💖

📚 A Tale of Two Cities (a book with lots of fighting) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis 💖

📚 The Secret Garden (a peaceful read) Little Women by Louisa M Alcott 💖

📚 Great Expectations (a surprising read) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 💖

I officially tag you all! And comment down below when you’ve done it so I can check out your post 😁

Happy reading! 📚📚

Book Review: PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Book 2 in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy 

Published in 2015 by Simon and Schuster

5 out of 5 stars 

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

My Review:

I had longtime been looking forward to reading this book, and after I read book 2 once more, I knew I was ready to dive in! 

This book takes place after the rather heart wrenching events that happened at the end of book 1, so the feelings were definitely there! I felt like I was right where we left off, and things had changed! Lara Jean had grown a lot during the first book, and even more so in book two! This book had it all! I loved the  dynamic between Lara Jean and her cousins’, and I loved seeing the three sisters back together! Although Margot of course has to return to University, it was great to read about her and see her with her sister’s again! Although there was definitley a lot of sassy Kitty scenes, which I couldn’t get enough of! And I loved the new addition of Stormy, a wise elderly lady that Lara Jean befriends whilst working at the Residential Home. She is such a crack up, and imparted a lot of wisdom to Lara Jean! 

What surprised me in this book was how much a certain character changed; I felt like his dynamic was slightly off from the start, and was so irritated at how he was so understanding towards a certain character; it made my blood boil! But at the same time, I was constantly questioning why this was; because it was odd! And angsty! So this book definitely an all round feel-fest from the start!! But I couldn’t get enough! And there were definitley some unexpected occurrences; like when Lara Jean suggests they dig up their time capsule from when they were at high school; how that all played about and the rest of the book from then on surprised me in the best way!! I especially loved reading more about Stormy, as I said, and old faces from book 1 turning up! The writing truly was every bit as addictive and emotional as book 1, even more so! I didn’t want it to end! I am so excited to read book 3, but this is truly one of my favourite Contemporary series, if not my favourite! I will definitley be savouring the amticipation until I read book 3! 

I’ll leave it there; but everyone must read this series! There’s something in it for all!

And that concludes my Review, until next time, happy reading:

Brooklyn 😊

Book Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Book 1 in the Daevabad Trilogy

Published in 2018 by HarperCollins Australia 

526 pages

2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 


But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . . 

My Review:

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts on the book itself. 

Now, over at Bookstagram, I had seen this book floating around, and I must say it is something that intrigued me, so when I was offered a chance to review this piece, I was excited. 

However, my experience reading this one was not as nearky enjoyable as I hoped; whilst the writing was at times, gloriously vivid, there were times when I felt like the characters and their interactions got bogged down in the description of what was going on, rather than show what was happening. I also felt like there was too much world and word building; I honestly felt like the author was trying to do too much as once; and I confess I definitely got overwhelmed trying to keep up with the plot, the characters, the settings and the story. 

Although there were fleeting moments when I did enjoy the characters interactions, these were minimal, purely because I felt like amist the plot, the characters didn’t have room to grow, both on me and as themselves. I found their conversation to be repetitive and their interactions to be borderline immature at times, not to mention unrealistic. I mean, when Dara and Nahari met, you could tell what was coming, and honestly some of their dialogue made me cringe! And when plot twists came about, they were so random and sudden; they made no sense! Therefore I couldn’t allow myself to get caught up in the magic that was this book, purely because I felt like it was lacking…

I’ll leave it there, thank you to Eliza Auld over at Harper Collins Australia for organising a review copy. 

Happy reading,

Brooklyn. 

Goodreads Monday

Hi book dragons! 

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I’m really hoping to post them more regularly! Goodreads Monday is where one picks a book at random off their TBR and showcases it! 

I am always inspired by the lovely Lauren over at https://pageturner20.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/goodreads-monday-82/ (you can find her latest Goodreads Monday post here), to post these, so I thought I would get back to posting these once and for all! 

Without further ado, today’s Goodreads Monday choice is:

The Fire Unseen by Andrew C Jaxson

Goodreads Sypnosis:

The tiny town of Ettney is the center of a devastating accident, and sixteen year-old Ari Carpenter emerges as an unlikely survivor. When tragedy strikes again, she finds herself involved in a strange cover-up by the local police department, and stalked by a terrifying and impossible darkness. As the mystery around her begins to unravel, Ari is launched into a deadly and secret war that threatens not only everyone she loves, but the future of the world itself.

Initial Thoughts:

I’m definitely intrigued by this one. The author personally contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing this book, I happily accepted and I’m looking forward to reading it!! 

Thanks for reading! That concludes this week’s Goodreads Monday post. 

Happy reading, 

Brooklyn.

Book Review: Doctor Who – Decide Your Destiny – The Horror of Howling Hill by Jonathan Green

Published in 2008 by BBC Books

102 pages 

2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Join the Doctor on his travels and influence his adventures with your decisions. Will you explore the alien planet or get back in the T.A.R.D.I.S and travel to somewhere new? Choose a direction and let the adventure begin…Each page has two options for the reader to decide what happens next and each novel has several possible endings. 

My Review:

Okay, let’s start with what I liked – I have read a fair few of these ‘Decide Your Destiny’ books, it’s definitely safe to say, like anything, I’ve enjoyed some more than others. This one, I was excited about, because it’s these two:

I love Ten and Martha: One of my first Ten episodes was ‘Blink’ and I instantly fell in love with the dynamic between these two. Of course, I then, as I rewatched, began to learn about Martha’s unrequited feelings, and felt so sad for her – but man, I admire her so much for so many reasons! And I agree with Donna, she did make The Doctor more human! 

Anyway; I totally digress, but I only really liked how Ten and Martha were portrayed. I felt David Tennant and Freema Agyeman reading their lines, and I could picture them doing their characters actions; so that was great. 

However, the writing was definitley a let down. I felt like after the first few choices, my excitement was dwindling, and the sheer repetitive nature of the book. I felt like one choice led back to the start of the story, at first, then things stopped making sense and tying together! Like, honestly! Also, a fourth character was brought in, his journey, as it were, jumped a lot throughout the book, but regardless of what I chose…nothing made sense! 

However, I do credit the author for getting Ten and Martha down so well, not all authors can do such a thing!

And I’ll leave it there, I’m always excited to read more Doctor Who inspired books! 

Happy reading,

Brooklyn 📚

Book Review (Spoilers): To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster

355 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

My Review: 

This was a re read, I read this book last year and loved every minute of it, and when I started my re read, I remembered why! Lara Jean Song is one of my favourite fictional characters, not only because I relate to her a lot, but because she develops so much as the story goes along! Her and Margot and Kitty, and their father, are one of my favourite fictional families! I love their interactions, from their banter to just their undying love for one another! This book makes me feel like I’m part of their family, honestly! I could picture all their facial expressions and I was reading their lines in the specific tones that I felt like they were talking in! I love their undying love for their mother and her memory; the flashbacks to what happened that day were even more feely than I remember! From the first page, I was feeling all the emotions! This book makes me so fuzzy inside and that’s just one reason of many that it’s one of my favourites! 

There’s not even one character I don’t like! Even whilst I wanted to be angry at Genevive, I couldn’t be, because of a confession she makes near the end of the book! And at times Peter was a bit douchy, but I really like him! Whilst cocky, he’s cute and vulnerable too, and he really cares deep down! I really like Josh too, but it’s always been Peter and Lara Jean for me. From the start, their interactions made me laugh and feely. The angst, too! I need more of them in books 2 and 3! 

Margot is a character I really admire, she puts on this armor to not show her vulnerability and emotions at being the eldest sister, but deep down I, as well as Lara Jean and Kitty, know how much she cares for her family! The sibling bond between the three Song girls is one of my favourite things to read about; I can’t get enough of them, and love seeing them all interact together! Usually I would break up a book series that I’m loving but I want to start book 2 later! I want all the Lara Jean info! I need to know what happens with her and Peter! My heart!!

Lara Jean is definitley a character I relate to, rather than go out, for most part, she’ll sit at home and chill with her family, or spend time on her scrapbook. More so, I loved how she initially thought she’d spend the ski trip that the class was going on, curled up by the fireplace, reading and drinking hot chocolate. Ahh, heaven. Of course, it’s up to you, fellow book dragons, to decide to read this wonderful book; but I know I couldn’t recommend it enough. 

I shall leave you with a yummy quote regarding Lara Jean’s favourite food, yet another reason why I adore her: 

“My favourite food is cake.”
“What kind of cake?’
“It doesn’t matter. All cake.”
“You just gave me so much shit for not picking,” he begins
“But it’s so hard to pick one kind!” I burst out, “I mean, there’s coconut cake, the kind with white frosting that looks like a snowball – I like that a lot. But then I also like cheesecake and lemon cake, and carrot cake. Also red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting.”

– Lara Jean Song, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”.
Until next time, Happy Reading 📚

Brooklyn 😚

Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor 

Book 2 in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

Published in 2014

513 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. 
This is not that world. 


 Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is–and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. 

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life. 

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.  

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream? 

Note: I’m reverting back to my old structure; I just find ranting is more freeing 😉

My Review:

My heart! This book had me in pieces from the start; It was like I hadn’t been away from these characters, all emotions and actions were heightened, and I loved every word. Some scenes had me laughing, some had me crying, so there was definitley feels aplenty: a character I was apprehensive about after the devastating events in book 1? I was loving them in this book! angst everywhere! my heart ached for Karou, my queen! she went through so much and I was so proud of her throughout! I don’t want this series to end! I am in awe of Laini Taylor’s writing; she’s easily a new favourite author! 
I felt Karou’s pain throughout the book! Her story captivated me in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I couldn’t get enough! In Days of Blood and Starlight, I was with her every step and I felt like I was sharing her emotions, and I was so proud of her actions! I got chills, and I definitley understand why she did what she was doing! Zuze and Mik are two other favourite characters in the series, I loved their cute moments; and Karou and Zuze’s friendship is still one of my favourite things, ever! Akiva, oh, Akiva. My heart was feeling for him so much too, and by the end, I was a puddle of emotions! Chills everywhere! This book read so fast; there was never a dull moment and I was on the edge of my seat throughout, anticipating what could happen next; there were so many gasps throughout, and unexpectedly feels! I am in awe of these characters and the amazing world that Laini Taylor has created! I cannot wait to read Night of Cake and Puppets and Dreams of Gods and Monsters! The title significance of the latter is already making me think…and well, I’m scared, hah. 

And that concludes my Review, until next time, happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn. 

Januaray 2018 Reading Wrap Up

January reading wrap up

Hi bookworms 😙 so I thought I’d post my favourite books that I read this month! Presenting: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, A Darker Shade of Magic, Wonder, The Wrath and the Dawn, Blood of Olympus, Strange the Dreamer, Under Rose Tainted Skies (not pictured as I haven’t got my copy yet), Turtles All the Way Down and Molly and the Cat Cafe (not pictured because my copy hasn’t arrived yet) 😹 I also freaking loved reading all about the Shadowhunters and Downworlders, so that was another favourite😍💖

I read 18 books this month, and they are:

– As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti 

– Wonder by R.J Palacio

– Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

– The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

– The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

– The Stonekeeper (Amulet vol. 1)

– The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh  

– Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

– Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

– Molly and the Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley

– Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

– Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

– Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

– A History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denziens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare

– Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

– The Beast Within by Serena Valentino

– Shattered Memories by VC Andrews

– A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

You can find a spoiler free review (mostly) for these here on my Blog, but my question to you all is….

What are some books you’ve enjoyed so far this year?

Happy reading,

Brooklyn.