Reviews

ARC Review: Infinity Son – Adam Silvera

Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for providing me with a copy for review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 14 January 2020
Genres:  YA, Fantasy, LGBT

I have never been so excited to receive an ARC as I was to receive an ARC for Infinity Son, my most anticipated upcoming release. I’ve read every one of Adam Silvera’s novels and I have never been disappointed, he has such beautiful writing that pulls you totally into the world he weaves and makes you feel so connected to the characters that it feels as though you are a part of the story yourself.

Infinity Son follows a group of celestials (known as the Spell Walkers) who possess natural powers that manifested at some point in their lives as they face off against a group of specters, people who crave power so deeply that they violently take the powers from magical creatures for themselves. The twin brothers at the center of the novel, Emil and Brighton, who have always admired the Spell Walkers and longed to discover they too possess power, are thrown deeply into this chaos after their own run-in with a specter.

This is Adam Silvera’s first fantasy novel and I hope it is the first of many because he writes fantasy so well. It is a totally unique story, that feels like it perfectly blends the typical aspects of a fantasy novel with elements of superheroes and vigilantes and modernity. The world building introduces the reader to the different parts of this world and the events that have taken place beforehand without being overwhelming or confusing. I never felt like I didn’t understand what was happening. It embraces the modern world and social media plays a huge roll throughout the novel, something that is often ignored in fantasy.

It does all of this whilst still feeling very character focused, something that I always love about Adam Silvera’s writing style. There are a lot of central characters in this book, but each one is well developed and distinctive. He did a brilliant job of introducing them all, portraying their personalities and feelings, giving some background details about them, working in their relationships with the other characters, and so much more. I cannot wait to see them again and learn more about them all in the sequel.

It is the book I have always dreamed about. A fantasy with powers, magical creatures, wands, unexpected plot twists, and more. A fantasy that gives me vibes of Charmed, Harry Potter, Buffy, superheroes, and everything else that defined my childhood. A fantasy that understands the importance of family and friendship in connection with independence. A fantasy full of queer characters who fully embrace their sexuality and no one is ever questioned.

It is everything and I can’t wait for it to come out so everyone can experience this book too.

Readathons · Triwizard Tournament

Triwizard Tournament Readathon

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Have you ever wanted to compete in the Triwizard Tournament?
Do you like reading?
Then why not join us for this epic reading event!

It will be split into three week-long rounds, each themed around and representing one of the tasks from the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Follow the official page on twitter – @triwizardathon!

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Click here to put your name in the Goblet of Fire and sign up!

Which school will I represent?
The school you will represent is determined by your birthday.
Beauxbatons: January – April
Durmstrang: May – August
Hogwarts: September – December

What are the dates of the readathon?
OPENING: Thursday 31st October 2019 – keep an eye out for announcements!
FIRST TASK: Monday 11th November – Sunday 17th November 2019
SECOND TASK: Monday 25th November – Sunday 1st December 2019
THIRD TASK: Monday 9th December – Sunday 15th December 2019
YULE BALL: Sunday 22nd December 2019

More information can be found on the blog page for the readathon if you’re interested!

Reviews

Book Review: The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Book Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Historical

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I LOVED The Night Circus!

I’ve been wanting to read it for years, but I have always put it off because I knew how much I was going to like it and I really wanted to read it at the best time. I’ve recently decided that this perfect time for all the books I’ve been saving doesn’t exist and I need to just finally read them. I’m so glad I finally read this.

The Night Circus is about two characters, Celia and Marco, who must face against each other in a mysterious competition they have been selected as pawns for, and the various characters they meet along their journey. It is set to the atmospheric background of The Night Circus, a peculiar circus that appears and disappears around the world and is filled with curious performers and tents that draw people in.

One of the things I liked the most about this book was the magic and I really wish there had been more of it. The atmosphere itself is incredibly magically and I loved reading about all the magical elements of the circus and the things that the characters could do. I liked the way the magic was woven into it like it was a totally normal every day thing that just needed to be tapped into.

The characters are really well written and interesting and they really added to the beautiful atmosphere that the lyrical writing built. I loved how there were several different styles of chapters. I loved the romance. I loved the Victorian setting. I loved everything. I think it would make a fantastic Halloween read.

It is a beautiful and mesmerising fantasy book that I definitely recommend, even if fantasy isn’t the genre that you would typically go for.

Tips

Tips For Reading More

This post has been made thousands of times by thousands of different people and it was one that I never thought I would do because of this. Those posts are all great, but I generally find that many of the tips don’t really apply to me so here are my top 5 tips for how I read more.

1. Read in different formats.

By far the biggest thing that has helped me read more is switching up my reading with physical books, ebooks and audiobooks. A lot of people suggest reading different books in each format, but I also find that reading the same book across the formats can be helpful too, especially if you don’t want to give up. I don’t like to dnf books but trying them in a different format usually helps me finish them or read them quicker.

2. Download an ebook app on your phone.

I did this a few months ago and it’s great. I always have my phone with me and with an ebook app this means that I’ll always have a book with me. I think it will make it much easier to replace endless social media scrolling and games with reading too because it is all on the same device. Another perk I’ve found too is that people will think you’re being anti-social if you pull a book out, but it’s totally normal to start scrolling through your phone 😉

3. Mood read.

A lot of people will say that they read more by setting aside time to read and by giving themselves schedules and a tbr. I think this is great and I’m always a sucker for a good schedule, but when it comes to reading I have to be more of a mood reader. If you’re not enjoying a book, don’t be afraid to set it aside and read something else. You can always come back to a book you’ve put down when you’re more in the mood to read it.

4. Audiobooks.

Audiobooks are an absolute blessing and I definitely would not read as much as I do if I didn’t use them. You can listen to an audiobook whilst driving, doing chores, getting ready, mindlessly playing games, and so much more. I find that audiobooks are a great way for me to listen to books that I wouldn’t necessarily pick up otherwise too, I read outside my typical genres so much more with audiobooks.

5. Let your reading suit you.

You can read a 1000 tips from other people on how they read more, but at the end of the day the only thing that will work is reading to suit you. Don’t force yourself to read books you don’t want to read, don’t make yourself read if you’re not feeling it, don’t feel guilty if you have a few weeks where you don’t even pick up a book because you need a break. You will read more and enjoy reading more when you’re listening to what you want.

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So those are my tips on how to read more and I suppose also on how to enjoy reading more. Just remember that reading should be fun and it is also totally up to you how you choose to read.

Happy reading 📚✨

Wrap-Ups/TBRs

August Reading Challenge & TBR

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Hi everyone!

I’ve been quite absent the last few months and fell into one of the worst reading slumps I’ve ever had, but the last few weeks have been great reading weeks for me and I’m really looking forward to getting back into reading more and blogging again too.

I work as a teaching assistant so I still have a whole month left before I go back to work so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to set myself a reading challenge for the month!

Challenges:

  • Read at least 15 books (one every other day)
  • Make at least 10 blog posts (one for every three days)

 

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(a.k.a.: books that are catching my eye and I might pick up)

  • Infinity Son – Adam Silvera
  • The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han
  • A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab
  • Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo
  • Black Wings Beating – Alex London
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

 

What are you planning to read this month?

Reviews

ARC Review: Pan’s Labyrinth – Cornelia Funke & Guillermo del Toro

Release Date: 2nd July 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a creepy and atmospheric little tale that is based on the movie of the same name. I have never seen the movie, but enjoyed reading this and getting lost in this labyrinth world nonetheless. It follows Ofelia and the adventures that she takes, who she meets along the way, and the sinister things that are tempting her and tricking her throughout.

I was initially drawn to this because Cornelia Funke wrote one of my all-time favourite series, The Inkheart Trilogy, and, though they are very different, I was not disappointed. They are both strong stories with magic at their heart, but the atmosphere and themes of this novel are a lot darker. It really made it feel like the next logical step up from that world that I fell in love with as a child.

Overall, it was a great read and I would definitely recommend it. I liked the way it was written with little short stories woven in, it really gave it the feel and look of a tale and each one added to the vibe that the story was weaving together. It was well-written and the two authors worked together really well to create this novel adaption of a beloved movie.

Reviews

ARC Review: Mooncakes – Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

Release Date: 15th October 2019
Publisher: Lion Forge
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mooncakes is a beautiful little queer graphic novel that follows a young witch, Nova, and her relationship with her childhood crush, Tam, a werewolf. The two deal with their feelings for each other and what it means for their friendship, whilst also battling demons and understanding the magic and witchcraft that they possess.

It was incredibly cute and I loved getting to meet these characters whilst having a glimpse into their lives. They deeply care about one another and have a strong sense of duty to one another as well as family. Family takes an important role in the comic which was an aspect I especially loved as I feel stories, particularly fantasy ones, often separate themselves from family and don’t address the important role that a family plays in someone’s life.

The story itself was lovely and intriguing and everything you would want, but another strong aspect that cannot be ignored is the beautiful illustrations and art that runs throughout the graphic novel. The style is really soft and detailed and it matches the story perfectly. Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu’s work compliment each other and match very well.

Overall, this was a lovely graphic novel to read and I’m glad that netgalley gave me the opportunity to see it in it’s working stages with the arc. I love the storyline, the art, the representation, the characters, and so much more. I definitely recommend picking it up.