Review: Deeplight

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Author: Frances Hardinge
Pages: 416
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

| My thoughts |

I enjoyed this book a lot. It is not like anything I have read before. Some characters in the book used signing as a way to communicate due to issues with hearing people got if they had complications whilst working in the sea. 

The world-building is incredible and everything is explained but not in an information dump kind of way. The gods are explained really well so you understand the way the religions work. I like the way that Frances writes. The book just takes you away into another world that is vivid.

Hark is the main character who is an orphan. Hark’s character development is really good and he grows throughout the story. He realises how he is being treated by Jelt.

Jelt was an annoying toxic character, his friendship with Hark is a toxic friendship, something that is important in the book, Jelt is manipulative and controls how Hark feels and what he does.

Selphin is one of my favourite characters, she is a strong-willed character, who stands up for herself. She makes choices that are not always correct but they have good intentions.

I will definitely read a book by her again and I will look into the other books that she has released.

Have you read Deeplight, if so what did you think of it, let me know in the comments below?

Happy reading
XOXO

Review: Pride and Prejudice

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Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 367
Star Rating: ✪✪✪.5

| Description |

Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

| My thoughts |

This was the first time I had read a book by Jane Austen. I don’t usually read classics, they are not a genre of book I am comfortable with at all. I have tried to read them before but I have always ended up putting them down after a couple of pages. 

Mrs Bennet was not a character I liked at all. I know she was only acting as expected for the time period, granted slightly exaggerated but it was just not something I could relate to and it really put me off her. My thoughts on the mother didn’t take anything away from the reading experience. Elizabeth is a strong-willed girl, who is independent and doesn’t want to be pushed into something she doesn’t want to do by anyone including her mum. She did seem to make everything about her and thought she was better than anyone else, that she was more intelligent than other characters. I did like the family dynamics.

I enjoyed the story and liked the way the romances where done. I liked the way Jane Austen writes and I have a few more of her books that I am now seriously considering picking up.

 

O.W.Ls Readathon – Week 3

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Hey readers…

Well… week 3 was a little difficult, I was about to go into a major reading slump.

I went through the prompts with my husband and picked out books for every prompt so I had more of a choice to read through as I was just wasn’t feeling what was on my list of books to read. 

Animal crossing is still taking over my life so I am trying to find a balance between work, reading, animal crossing and lockdown. I am trying to make sure that my mental health doesn’t get affected with the lockdown process as at the moment in the UK, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. 

Now onto the books

I have finished two books this week, the first one I finished was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I will have the review up, on Monday, I gave this book 3.5 stars. The next book which I have just finished before writing this post is Deeplight by Frances Hardinge, I gave this book 4 stars. I will have the review up on Wednesday. 

I am currently reading The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie and Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals by Bella Forrest, this is book 3 in the Harley Merlin series. The Harley Merlin series is a guilty pleasure of mine and I am enjoying how they are quick reads.  I am really liking both at the moment.  

I need to finish these two books this week to complete my O.W.Ls for my chosen career. 

How are you getting on with the O.W.Ls if you are taking part this month. Let me know in the comments below. 

Happy reading 
XOXO

Review: The Hero of Ages

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Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages: 848
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis for the first book in the series |

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields.

But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.

| My Thoughts |

This was an amazing ending for the series. I don’t want to spoil anything for the series, but it was such a satisfying way to end. The characters all continued to grow and the world continued to develop and all the plots came to end.

Again this was another book that pulled on my emotions and I am a little upset this has now ended. There is another trilogy linked to this series so I can not wait to continue with this shortly. I am reading all Brandon Sanderson’s books in order so Warbreaker is my next read.

| Reviews so far |

Elantris
The Hope for Elantris
The Emporer’s Soul
The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
Skyward

If you have read anything by Brandon Sanderson, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.

Happy Reading
xox

Review: House of Earth and Blood

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Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 804
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.
Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.
As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …
With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom – and the power of love.

| My Thoughts |

I haven’t read much by Sarah J Maas, I have read ACOTAR and Throne of Glass, but I haven’t carried on with either of those series. I absolutely loved this book. There were some slow parts but when the action happened I couldn’t put it down.

I love the friendships and the relationships in this book. I loved how some topics were dealt with. The relationships were a slow burn, not a love at first sight type of relationship and I appreciated that.

I really enjoyed the world that Sarah J Maas wrote and I really enjoy the way that she writes. I rarely get emotional when reading books, but I started tearing up in places, this is how I know this book was a good book for me.

It is quite a big book but I don’t think it was too big, everything in there made the story, for me and added to the reading experience.

As far as I am aware, this is going to be a series so I will definitely be carrying on with future books.