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Book Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


Book 4 in the Mortal Instruments series

Published: 2012

Pages: 435

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace. 

My thoughts:


So much darkness in this book, I felt like everything was leading up to something so foreboding. This book felt so different to the previous 3 that made up the first volume of the Mortal Instruments, and it was definitely exciting coming back to this book world after jumping into the past with Clockwork Angel! I chose intentionally to follow Clare’s publication order, and reading both series together is amazing! This book definitely had me feeling and in fact it gave me nightmares, especially as I reached the last three chapters. 

For many reasons, this book felt different to its predecessors; there was so much angst and anguish, I could feel Jace’s torment throughout the book, and I felt so sad for him, considering what he’d been through in City of Glass, I felt sad for Clary because of how he was treating her; their love is so powerful but honestly I’m scared for what will come next. I had a feeling what might happen with Jace in this book, yet it didn’t make it any less terrifying. 

I loved also the reference to The Infernal Devices, and how those characters, well one in particular, is connected to Magnus and how said character (Will), definitely impacted the warlock. This made for some Magnus and Alec angst, which I loved, I adore Malec, and I was swooning when they had their scenes. They’re so precious! 

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is how it was quite Simon focused, from the start, Simon had become one of my favourite characters and I loved seeing things from his perspective, albeit he definitely had a fair share of torment too. Though there was one thing about him in this book that initially annoyed me, but it was okay when Maia and Izzy sort of banded together for a bit. I ship Simon and Izzy, they had some close scenes at the end that I really enjoyed. 

Surrounding new characters and old, this book definitely had a lot of mystery and suspense to it, I definitely didn’t want it to end! Cassandra Clare has definitely cemented her place as one of my favourite authors, ever, and this book and it’s events will definitely stay in my mind for some time! 

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

Brooklyn.

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


Book 1 in the Infernal Devices series

A Shadowhunters Novel

Published: 2010

Pages: 480

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.
My thoughts:

Definitely my favourite Cassandra Clare book so far! Which is amazing because I didn’t think anything could top the adrenaline pumping ride that was the first 3 books in The Mortal Instruments, and while I love that series and even missed some of the characters, I fell in love with these characters! Tessa is honestly so relatable in her bookishness, and I love how fierce she is! She really steps into Victorian London and is faced with all sorts of action right away! I instantly felt for her and was excited to accompany her on her journey! 

Will and Jem are so precious! Will, albeit kind of elusive at times, he was such a curious character. There were times when he was such a puzzle, open but closed at the same time but from their first meeting I loved how Tessa and he were pretty much outsassing one another, their interactions were such a delight! Jem is probably my favourite character though, he’s such a (Wait for the pun) gem! (Yes, I went there). No but in all earnest he is so precious and my heart was feeling for him all the way through, and I had lots of questions about his character and definitely found his character background very feely. And Will’s too, and Tessa’s, I think it was her back story that really set the course for the novel, there was instant mystery surrounding the whereabouts of her brother and really from there things were never going to be the same. 

I loved all the supporting characters, well all of the Shadowhunters and Sophie. Charlotte Branwell (named after Charlotte and Branwell Bronte, speaking of which Cassie Clare gives us an amazing introduction here to her reasoning behind said character) and I thought Sophie was such a dear, her character definitely grew throughout the book and she had some adorable moments, I’m looking forward to more of her in the other books. I liked Jessamine enough, she didn’t want to be where she was, but she gave us reasoning for that and she’s really well and truly Victorian at heart. 

Which brings me to the setting! I love Victorian London, it’s one of my favourite eras to read about, and Clare portrays it so vividly! I felt like I was there throughout this book, and I was constantly engaged. Though some of the chapters stretched out, I enjoyed that because we got a real feel for the world! I loved knowing bits and pieces about the Shadowhunter world, and I enjoyed the parallels of Tessa being introduced to it as per Clary being introduced to it! And when there was one character that came into this book, from The Mortal Instruments, I was so happy! 

I love the notion of automatons and shape shifters too, so it was great to see them incorporated into the story! I love what Cassandra Clare has done with everything and everyone in this book! It’s perfection! Definitely an instant favourite! 

And I’ll leave it there but gosh this book is just every bit as magical as I thought it would be! I can’t wait to read more! 

Until next time,

Happy reading,

Brooklyn. 

Kilby Blades Blog Tour Week 2: Chrysalis


Chrysalis Blurb
We both know what this is, even if we’ve never said it. I was so close to telling her. Then my promotion came through. I thought we had more time. Time to choose one another willingly–not because my move to Sydney forced our hands. Not like this. 
I’m not proud of all the rules I broke, the half-truths I let her believe. I did what every guy who likes a girl does: showed her the best parts of me out of desperation to get her to like me back. Fixing things between us now isn’t about overcoming the distance—it’s about overcoming the lies. I’ve hidden more than she has. And there are things she wants to know. She was right about me all along.
NOW IT’S MICHAEL’S TURN…

Chrysalis rips open a new chapter in the romance genre, presenting complex characters, intense attraction, complicated choices and modern love for the real world. It is for anyone who struggles with competing priorities and demands on their time, but who wants to believe in love. It is told from Michael’s point of view and its prequel, Snapdragon (Book One in the Love Conquers None duet), is told from Darby’s perspective.
CHAPTER 3 EXCERPT: ANGER MANAGEMENT
“Randy.” 
I hear the guilt in my voice as I say my friend’s name. He’s been trying to get a hold of me for weeks. He knows how busy I get, but this is the first time I’ve been so slow to respond.

“You’re alive! I was starting to worry.” 

“I know. I’m sorry. Things have been nuts. I should’ve at least texted.”

“Cringer was ready to put out an APB,” he says, speaking about his ten-year-old tabby cat who was named for He-Man’s shapeshifting battle cat in Masters of the Universe. Randy lives, eats and breathes comic books. 

“What are you doing up? It’s, what, 6AM there?”

“Early flight,” he explains. “Sac Comic-Con is this weekend. Seems like you’ve got quite a fan base in Northern California.”

Getting up from the sofa where I was having my dinner, I walk into my office and fire up my Mac. A nudge on my mouse causes the huge screen to light up and it doesn’t take me long to navigate to my Andrew Dufrain e-mail. It’s the account Randy uses to send me stuff about my book.

“I’m weeks behind,” I admit. A quick scan of seventy unopened messages shows that at least ten are from Randy. I’ve ignored this account for so long that I have a backlog of fan mail, too.

“You’re losing your edge, kid,” he says. “What kind of hack can’t juggle a high-powered job, a non-profit, a bestselling graphic novel series and a hot-as-Violet girlfriend?”

I can’t even bring myself to tell him to shut the hell up and quit ribbing me about comparing Darby to Violet. The second he met Darby, he knew. 

“Me, apparently…” I mutter, sweeping my hand over my face. And I do feel like a failure. I hate the feeling of letting people down.

I know he’s just giving me shit—trying to get me to quit being such an overachiever just like he’s been doing for the better part of twenty years. But he’s more right than he’s ever been. I have too many balls in the air and, one by one, they’re starting to drop. 

“Think we should delay the launch?”

“No,” I say reflexively. “We’re already pushing a year since The Architect came out.”

“Yeah, you’re right. Your asshole publisher will probably drop you if you don’t deliver on time.”

The asshole publisher Randy is referring to is none other than himself.

“You know I work best under pressure. Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t have a deadline.”

“You have a deadline now, and nothing’s getting done,” he points out. “If I had to decide whether to spend my time with a fake girl and a real girl, I’d make the same choice.”

“Yeah, well, that’s no longer an issue. The real girl is 10,000 miles away.”

There’s no point in concealing the misery from my voice.

“How’d she take it?”

“I don’t know. I haven’t talked to her.”

I don’t say that I’m starting to worry. She’s texted me, but it’s not the same thing. I’ve been resisting the urge to call her all day.

“Why the hell not?”

“It’s only been four days.”

“Have you learned nothing from my life?”

“I know, I know. Clarine. The only woman you ever loved. The one you let get away.”

I still remember the day Randy had gotten the invitation to her wedding. I’d been about thirteen. It was the only time I’d ever seen him cry.

“I still see her at Cons sometimes,” Randy mutters, and now it’s his turn to sound miserable. “The first thing I look at is her left hand. Every time, that ring is still there. I put it there. Because I was the idiot who was so busy building a future for us that I didn’t remember to make sure there would be an us to enjoy it. At least I needed the money. What the hell is your excuse?”

I swivel around in my chair. I’m not looking at the monitor anymore anyway. Instead, I look down at the city. 

“It’s not the money.”

“Then what is it? Any idiot can see you two are in love. Why did you take a promotion you don’t need?”

“You know what we agreed to.” 

“Yet, you fell in love with her.”

“Yes.”

“And she fell in love with you.”

“I think so.”

“And your clean, no-strings-attached breakup is messy as hell.”

I don’t gratify his sarcasm with a response.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe you have an IQ of 142,” he says with a bit of reproach.

“Not helpful.”

But he ignores me.

“You should have gone with Plan A.”

Plan A had been half-baked, but I’d liked its simplicity, and the movie reference would have been apropos. I still would have done the thing with the flowers and presented her with the necklace. But I’d have told her it didn’t have to be over. From there, I’d have given her a choice.

I’d wanted it to be a nod to her favorite movie, Before Sunrise. In the movie, two strangers spend a single night walking the streets of Vienna together and fall a little bit in love. But they each have their own lives to get back to, and things to work out if they decide to be together. So they agree to meet again in the Vienna train station in exactly one year if they still want something more.

What I would have told Darby is that if she wanted a different ending for us, she could meet me in the Vienna train station, on Platform 7, just like in the movie. A year would have killed me, so I’d planned to give her three months. I would have told her that I would show up, because I already knew what I wanted—that part would have been true. I also would have told her that if she didn’t show I’d be okay—that part would have been a lie.

“Plan A is off the table. I’m focused on Plan B.”

“Plan A had a nice romanticism to it. You could still do it, you know.”

“Knowing about the transfer kills the sense of possibility. If she thought choosing me meant choosing a long distance relationship, she’d feel like I was already too far gone.”

“She already thinks you’re gone.”

“She knows I had to go. There’s a difference.”

“Which is…”

“I want her to know that me being called here is separate from what happens with us.”

“Yet instead of showing her a path for the two of you to be together, you left her in limbo.”

“No,” I say slowly. “I laid the first stone on the path. I killed an agreement that neither one of us was sticking to. One that can’t possibly work from 10,000 miles away.”

When Randy doesn’t fire back, I know he’s letting up a little. 

“So what does she think your status is?”

“Right now? Undefined.”

“Says the man who hates ambiguity.”

He’s right, of course. But I didn’t see any other way.

“In order for something better to live, the agreement had to die.”

CHAPTER 4 EXCERPT: IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER
When I walk back into my apartment that night, I’m exhausted. It’s only six-thirty, but I’m seriously considering crashing. I drop my bag on the floor next to the elevator, untuck my shirt and start to unbutton it as I make my way to my bedroom. Dropping my jacket and leaving it on my dressing bench instead of hanging it up makes me feel like a slob, but I’m that tired, and I feel kind of grimy and in the short distance between the elevator doors and my closet, I decide I want a bath. I turn on the spigot, rummage around for some epsom salts, and squeeze in a dropper-full of an oil I found in an apothecary in London that I am pretty sure was run by a witch. When the water is ready, I ease myself in slowly. I hope I don’t fall asleep in here.
I haven’t been in the tub for two minutes when I hear my phone chime. It’s the special tone I hear whenever Darby sends a text. But my phone is on the sink all the way across the room. I’m so warm and comfortable that if it were, literally, anyone else—even the twin sister I shared a womb with—I would let it go. But it’s Darby. So I pull myself out, walking gingerly—I don’t want to slip on the marble floor. 

When I look at the screen of my phone, my face breaks out into a grin. The picture she just sent me is totally worth it. It’s a close-up of her holding my book. She’s hugging it to her chest and the back cover faces the camera. Her eyes are cut off, and the picture shows her from her nose down. Her lips curve in a contented smile. She’s in her bed—I can see her sheets around her—and I realize it’s four o’clock in the morning in Chicago. After I slip back into the water, I swipe the screen so I can view the full picture. That’s when I see her text.

You’ve restored my faith in endings.

TRADE SUMMARY OF CHRYSALIS
Honoring the pact they made to let their careers come first, Michael and Darby end the casual sex part of their relationship when he lands his dream promotion in Sydney. Determined not to let their connection fade, he lays plans for a new kind of friendship. But he can’t get Darby out of his system. When he realizes the move was a mistake, he begins to maneuver the chess pieces that will let him reverse his decision.
But the distance is only half the problem. There are things about Michael that Darby doesn’t know, and he must find ways to reveal his authentic self from 10,000 miles away. Complicating matters are the re-emergence of Michael’s own estranged father, who suddenly wants back into Michael’s life, on top of a chilling revelation about Darby’s father, Frank Christensen. 

With more now at stake than merely winning Darby back, Michael must prepare to take down a powerful insider crime syndicate and decide what lengths he is willing to go to, to take back his beloved neighborhood on the South Side. Destroying Frank could mean endangering Darby, and Michael may have to choose between the two things he loves, all while facing the moral dilemma of how much vigilante justice to serve—after all, Frank is still Darby’s father.

Chrysalis Buy Links:
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Goodreads Monday

Hi all and welcome to another Goodreads Monday post!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where one showcases a book off their TBR and showcases it!

Today’s choice for Goodreads Monday is….

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Desire by Haruki Murakami!!

Now, this is one of his short stories which can be found in his collections “Men Without Women” and “The Elephant Vanishes” but I’m counting it as its own book because I have it as it appears in the picture above:

Sypnosis:

You’ve just passed someone on the street who could be the love of your life, the person you’re destined for – what do you do? In Murakami’s world, you tell them a story. The five weird and wonderful tales collected here each unlock the many-tongued language of desire, whether it takes the form of hunger, lust, sudden infatuation or the secret longings of the heart.

Selected from Haruki’s Murakami’s short story collections The Elephant Vanishes, Blind Willow Sleeping Woman, Men Without Women

And that concludes yet another Goodreads Monday post! Until next time,

Happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn.

Book Review: Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer


Charlotte Sometimes is a children’s novel which was published in 1969, by the English author Penelope Farmer. It was recommended to me by one of my work mates, and when I started reading it, I knew I was in for a unique reading experience. 
It’s initially set in a boarding school, we have various students and objects described to us in detail, it’s fantastic, I felt like I was there, everything was as new to me as it was to Charlotte; who finds when she wakes up, things are different again!
What I mean to say is, she’s travelled back in time, but we don’t know how or why! Was she sent back with a purpose? And who is this Clare character she can mysteriously communicate with? Even though her fellow students, who closely resemble her new friends at her original boarding school, are calling her Clare!
Sufficed it to say, this book was definitely refreshing in its characters and setting, but also it had a big historical inspiration, it’s a novel of the First World War. Pen
elope Farmer researched this well, to weave factual information not only about the war itself but the lifestyle people would’ve had, from the rations of food and drink to the fact that anyone, including fathers and brothers, would’ve met their fate in the war. 

The book surprisingly took a very emotive turn at the end, I found it really sad and bittersweet for various reasons, one being even though this book was short, I felt like each character in the past and present, definitely grew up fast and therefore were older than their years!
For the reasons above I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you for reading, until next time,

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Published in 2013 by HarperCollins 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Book 2 in the Juliette Chronicles 

Pages: 461

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

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time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.
Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so it’s been a while since I read book 1, but the events of Shatter Me stuck in my mind, so when I saw Unravel Me on the shelf on my library I couldn’t resist borrowing it and diving in.

Unlike book 1, Unravel Me started off with a bang! I instantly remembered where Book 1 ended and already I had my suspicions and was thinking what would happen next. 

This was absolutely action pack, starting with Juliette’s escape and then wondering could she finally find happiness with her love, Adam. 

And then a twist happens, which literally left me like:


Like honestly, I never could have seen that happen. Wow! And it’s this revelation that sets the wheels in motion for a non stop, action packed read. 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Juliette is honestly an amazing character, I felt so sorry for her from book 1 when we learnt what she caused; she can’t help who she is, she can’t help her destructive powers. Juliette is capable of earth shattering destruction, she doesn’t want to have the power to kill by touch, she hates her own skin. The book is told from her point of view and we absolutely feel for her throughout; I felt her torment and her narrative is full of angst. I love her character development from book 1 and she evolved all the more in this book, I can’t imagine what book 3 has in store for her. 

Kenji honestly made me laugh so much, I can’t believe I didn’t like him much in book 1, seriously? He’s so sassy and cocky and sarcastic and definitely provided the comic relief in this book, openly jokingly pining for Juliette and flirting with her. But at the same time he knows how to push her and he really cares for her and has her best interests at heart. 

Adam and Warner – I was honestly amazed with both of their transformations.

I confess, I have had what ends up with Warner spoilt for me, so that sort of framed my attitude towards Adam. So I went into this book with a weary attitude towards Adam.

Needless to say joke was on me. 


Like, honestly? What on earth was I thinking? Adam meant well and genuinely loves Juliette, even when we learn that…well…I’m not going to say more because I don’t like massively spoiling books. 

Okay so at first I was kinda staring at Adam wearily throughout the book, waiting for him to mess up. 

Didn’t happen. 

I did feel for Adam throughout, he’s a victim, he was put through his own trials too. 

Warner though I think was the character who struck me the biggest. We find out a lot about his character and I was definitely loving him by the end of the book and I sympathise with him more. I loved how he was brought into the story about a quarter of the way through and his character definitely had an important role to play in the book; throughout the book there were loads of events that had me gasping, I never could have seen them coming.

Let’s talk about the writing:

Mafi’s writing is so unique, it’s full of music and electricity and destruction. I love how some of her sentences were spaced out, it was full of drama and emphasis to the story. And also, as it was in book 1, there’s sentences with a line through them, as if Juliette shouldn’t even be thinking what she’s thinking. 

I definitely recommend this series to everyone, I cannot wait to see what book 3 has in store and I’m excited that Mafi has extended the series to have more books in them. This is a series I could happily keep reading. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂


Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Published in 2017 by Bloomsbury 

Pages: 699

The final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, that focuses on Feyre Archeron. There are more books to come set in this world though. 

Rating: 5/5


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
My thoughts:

As I write this, I’m feeling so lost, and hollow. And empty. I cannot believe that Feyre’s story arc has come to an end. I, like so many others, went on a remarkable journey with Feyre and felt like I was her as she laughed, cried, loved and triumphed and so much more. So bear with me as I review this, I feel like there’s no words to describe how I feel after finishing this. 

I had to give this book 5 stars, even though I feel like it was incredibly underwhelming and rushed at some times. There were so many action packed scenes which were epic but they didn’t give us a lot of “what was that about?” 

But this book was always going to be more action packed than it’s predecessors, and that was expected. There was constant foreshadowing which was heartbreaking and clever lies throughout. This book definitely had me laughing, crying, shouting and feeling all the feels. A Court of Thorns and Roses is not only one of my favourite book series, it’s one of my top fandoms and these characters are so close to my heart. 

So with that,

Let’s talk about the characters:

Feyre, from the word go, was insane. She was not going to put up with any bullshit and I was with her all the way. I am so proud of how far she has come and even in ACOWAR her character went a long way, it was absolutely awe inspiring to behold as she literally stopped at nothing to do what she had to do – some of her actions had me gasping but then I was still wanting more from what some scenes gave. The book was mostly told from her perspective, as it should be. The trilogy was always about Feyre, it has been her story through and through, and that’s how it should be. Feyre is hands down, my favourite fictional female, (okay, maybe one of them, there’s loads), and this journey of hers was definitely heart stopping at times. 

Nesta was almost as much of a hero in this book like Feyre. At first she was very cold still, having to deal with her new found fae powers and what the Cauldron did to her. From ACOMAF I instantly shipped her with Cassian, and their chemistry and banter is freaking electrifying! They were so addictive to read about and I couldn’t get enough of them, and I also loved Nesta and Amren’s sass offs. Utterly fabulous! As I said, Nesta was a bit scowl – worthy throughout the early points in the series, but she stepped up big time, always stubborn but definitely reliable when it counted.

Elain’s character went through a massive charscter transformation in this book; after the end of ACOMAF the reader had a lot of questions regarding her and her possible ship, and most of this was answered in this book, but I really hope her and Lucien have a story arc in the upcoming books and / or novellas. There definitely could have been something there between her and one of the other characters but to avoid spoilers I won’t elaborate. There were times when I was afraid for Elain but wow she did amazing when it came to it! 

Mor and Amren remain as fabulous as always! I adore both of these ladies and I have come to admire them both so much. They both went on their own journey of discoveries here, and again to avoid being spoilery I will refrain from talking more about that. But I was so proud of both of them: when we learnt about Mor in specific aspects my heart broke for her and Amren had me screaming towards the end of this book. I was so confused when she told Feyre something and hated Amren for half a second and then BAM it all made sense. These characters never disappoint. 

Ianthe oh my gosh I thought I couldn’t hate her any more than what I did in ACOMAF. She is one of my least favourite characters ever and she’s pure evil and just all the awful. She made me rage through this book, and honestly I think she deserved far worse than what she got. But nonetheless it was good to see her finally suffer. 

Tamlin made me angry too. I hated him in ACOMAF and had possible hopes for redemption, but wasn’t altogether convinced that he could even be redeemed. There was one sentence that he said that made me feel disgustingly angry. I mean who says something like that? He was shown as nothing but a scornful pig throughout, except for one small scene where he did something half decent. But even after everything he was still an asshat.

Azriel and Cassian, always amazing characters. Such strong figures in battle and out. Cassian again was faced with angst and pain which was heartbreaking to read about especially after the end of ACOMAF, but I love the roles both characters played in this book. Their first appearance had me fangirling, they entered at the right moment and I love how accepting they have always been (along with Mor and Amren) of Feyre as their High Lady; and I love how they were accepting of Elain and Nesta: as I said earlier, Nesta and Cassian were addictive to read about and I want more of them. Heck I want 6 novels of Inner Circle fluff, I can’t get enough of them all. The interaction between them all is perfection, they are family but they are so much more. They all share such a deep bond, and are forever there for one another.

Lucien sort of went on a journey of self discovery, but I love how he was united with Feyre in the early stages, even though he was initially torn with his former loyalties. But old loyalties were forgotten, and new ones formed. He definitely played an interesting part in the book, and that was great. We also met his long talked about brothers, which was interesting to say the least.

Rhysand – remained perfect. He and Feyre are my all time favourite fictional characters and couples, they were the beauty among the pain and everything. They had some beautiful scenes in this book, and it was so sweet and sad in places. Their love for one another knows no bounds and I love how Rhys treats and acknowledges Feyre as his equal, and his love for his inner circle is beautiful. Rhys is amazing, brave, cocky, fabulous and just all round divine. 

I’ll end my character talk there, even though there’s loads more characters. I’ve just spoke about the main ones, mostly, but we’re presented with a selection of old and new faces, which were full of all the reactions from me and the characters. It’s because of the Inner Circle and Feyre that I have given this book 5 stars, I couldn’t bear to rate them any lower. Maas has done amazing things with them, and I can’t wait for what is to come in time with the other books; which brings me to the writing;

Let’s talk about the writing:

Maas never fails to disappoint, it’s safe to say this book was definitely my most anticipated read, well since A Court of Mist and Fury. Maas teased about what was to come in ACOWAR, so that definitely elevated all our hopes.

Yet, not all my questions were answered, e.g.

What is Amren’s true form? We get a vivid description but nothing concrete? Even though Maas said we would find out!? But it’s okay because it’s left to our imagination. 

The book did feel rushed, and the action scenes and other specific scenes could have been drawn out more; like we want to know what was seen, and what came of the revelations. 

Nonetheless this was an amazing conclusion to Maas’s Feyre and Rhys, and I was laughing, crying, shouting and I literally felt all the feels throughout. I didn’t want to finish this book and I know I’ll read it many times more. This book trilogy will forever be in my all time favourites, and I will always be thinking about these characters and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this book world. 

Okay bookish loves, thank you for reading. That concludes my review, until next time, happy reading. 

Brooklyn 🙂 



Book Review: Charity’s Heart by Sofia Diana Gabel 

Published in 2014 by Astraea Press

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars 

Note:

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not impact my thoughts on the book.

Setting:

1800s England, we definitely get a taste of the lives of the upper class compared to the lowly born, the author has done a great job conveying that image across, and as a history enthusiast, I definitely think she did an accurate job. 

Plot:

Charity, a young highborn girl, feels trapped, she doesn’t want to marry her intended betrothed, Mathias. She loathes him to the bone, why shouldn’t she marry for love? Her mother tells her it is her role as a young lady in society to marry for title and status, as it definitely was back then. In comes Alexander Sutton, a fiend, or not? 

Lets talk about the characters:

Charity- I liked her, and definitely felt sorry for her in the beginning. I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to marry Matthias, and her parents couldn’t see how desperate Charity is to get out of the situation. She even feels trapped in her own home, so she runs away briefly to London. Charity is a good character, exceptionally kind hearted and giving, she tips a young shop assistant generously, and then she helps ‘lower’ characters when needed. I enjoyed reading as her character grew throughout the book.

Lillian- Charity’s best friend, annoyed me: I get that she was hopelessly jn love with her family’s butcher son, but she was unsupportive of Charity at times and wouldn’t hear her out when Charity was trying to talk sense into her about Rowan, her family’s dodgy footman. There were times when Lillian was reasonable, but her character just frustrated me.

Mathias – a swine. Reading about him made my blood boil, he honestly thought he could force Charity to marry him and he was abusive to her every time she protested. He made me feel ill, how dare he think he could get away with how he treated her? Thankfully he got what he deserved in the end, to a degree.

Alexander – at first I didn’t really know what his game was, but once his true intentions were revealed he fast became my favorite character. I enjoyed his back story, it was rather poignant, he’s seeking justice for his father, but also carrying along with his father’s constibulary work. He is a kind hearted, tender man who met several close fates throughout the book, I honestly didn’t know where he would end up.

Lets talk about the writing:

Gabel was good, yes, but perhaps I’m spoilt because I’ve read better, I don’t know: I think I would’ve appreciated this book more as a young teen, but now I just found that the writing lagged massively. The characterisation was so fickle, Charity jumping to conclusions and saying she hated Alexander but then loving him? Like really, you don’t properly know him! 

Perhaps if the plot was less drawn out, the book might have been more enjoyable too. I mean it was 280 pages and at first I felt I’d love it but then the story got so repetitive. I feel like some of the scenes didn’t need to be there, it was just a matter of filling pages until the end.

Nonetheless, these are of course all my own views, and once again I thank Mallory McCartney over at CleanReads for the review copy of the book. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, Happy Reading.

Brooklyn.

Book Review: Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker

Published in 2014 by BBC Books, an imprint of Ebury Publishing, A Random House Group Company.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

“Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect.”

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Alan Travers is heading home from the pub when something rushes his face — a spider’s web. Then something huge and deadly lumbers from the shadows… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. It isn’t an old man’s garbled memories of past dangers that intrigue him.

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that no one is safe. Not unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War.
Let’s talk about the characters:

Twelve aka The Twelfth Doctor as played on the show by Peter Capaldi:


Finally, a book that portrays 12 to a tee! About time! As a Whovian, I always doubly enjoy books that are written canon to their respective Doctor. I have read but a few books that portray 12 perfectly, this was one of them! The other being Silhouette by Justin Richards. But this book was written perfectly and I could read 12’s lines in his voice and see him doing the actions in the book. This was written in his early stages of regeneration, so I enjoyed the Doctor adjusting to his new skin, and I love the bond between him and Clara; it was obvious from the word go how protective and fond of her he is, and the two of them are among my favourite Doctor Who pair. 


Clara as played by Jenna Coleman on the show:


Clara went on such an adventure through this book, there were times when I was terrified for her. I mean without being too spoilery, her brain gets possessed! Insane much? Definitely gave me vibes from her Oswin Oswald days, but also her time in the season 8 when she is forced to become a dalek. Like 12, she was written perfectly, I could see Jenna as Clara as I was reading. 

There’s a cast of supporting characters that are all whacky but hilarious, some are insane and just trippy as anything. This book blended a lot of history into it, and as a huge history enthusiast, I thought that was brilliant, and Mike Tucker definitely did an exceptional job blending fact and fiction.

Let’s talk about the writing:

This was actually really well written, and initially all the descriptions of the creepy crawlies wete enough to draw one into the stuff of nightmares. I’m not good with bugs, not at all. So I definitely was kept awake at night picturing all the scary creatures. It was insane how well they were written, I could see them as I read them and it was definitely terrifying, I could almost hear the scary noises they made. 

So yes, all in all this novel was definitely brilliant, unique and clever, but the downfall for me was that it was constant plot building. I mean I get Tucker was trying to write it like a TV episode but still, it would’ve got 5 stars if it was more structured to have a less rushing ending. 

Nonetheless I recommend this book to all Whovians! And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading!

Brooklyn.