Review: Deeplight

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, REVIEW

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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

January Wrapup

2020, Warp up

Hey Guys…

Today I am going to tell you about the books I read in January, this month I read 7 books and DNF’ed one book.

Let’s start with the book I DNF.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

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This book just was not for me. I really couldn’t get into the story at all. I did enjoy the chapters with Tané, but when the story carried on and moved away from her chapters I just wasn’t interested in anything that was happening. 

I really wanted to like this book, this is the second time I have tried to read this book, I did manage to get a bit further in the book this time, unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.

 

 

The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason

51jsjxl02b8l._sx326_bo1204203200_This is the first book in the Gardella Vampire Hunter series. I really enjoyed this book, this one is a re-read for me and I still enjoyed it this time around as I did the first time I read it. I gave this book 4 stars, You can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

bj83-square-400This is the first book of short stories in The Witcher series. I started this immediately after finishing the Netflix series, which I highly recommend. I also highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to carry on reading more about The Witcher. I gave this book 5 stars, You can read my full review here.

 

Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason

rises-the-night-kindleThis is the 2nd book in the Gardella Vampire Hunter series. I enjoyed this book and it certainly through some surprises my way as I was reading it. I really want to carry on with the rest of the series throughout 2020. I gave this book 4 stars and you can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

In The Dark by Loreth Anne White

44527037._sy475_This was a surprising book for me, I had heard nothing about it but I saw it on amazon and decided to get it for my kindle. I am going to have a look at other books this author may have written. I gave this book 5 stars, you can read my full review here.

 

 

 

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

This is the 2nd book in The Mistborn Trilogy. I love this series and even though this book is a little more political I enjoyed reading it. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I am hopefully going to get to Hero of Ages sometime in the next couple of months. I gave this book 5 stars and you can read my full review here. 

 

 

Girl Most Likely by Max Allan Collins

41148772This was a really good book which had such a good relationship between father and daughter. I thought the mystery was a good element in the book. There are a few trigger warnings for the thought of suicide, but I really enjoyed this book due to the two main characters relationships. I gave this book 4 stars, you can read my full review here.

 

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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The final book I read was Shadow and Bone which I finished the day this post is going up. I am going to try and have the review up in the next week. I really enjoyed the friendships in this book between Alina and Mal. This is my first time reading this series and I can not wait to carry on. I gave this book 4 stars. 

 

 

 

Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them in the comments below. 

see you in the next post

XO.

 

January Book Haul

2020, Book Haul, January

Hey guys…

I have purchased 8 books in the month of January, these were all purchased with money I received at Christmas.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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you can these reviews here and here.

 

 

 

 

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid

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The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died – and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.

Forensics draws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid’s own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.

In her novels, McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she’s looking at the people who do it for real. It’s a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern-day

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

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Hana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And, like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed

41VPTJzOuPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Page 2 of a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra (11 June 1799) in which she first mentions Pride and Prejudice, using its working title First Impressions. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious

 friend, Mr. Darcy, has moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, J

ane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of “most loved books.” It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes. Please provide your review after purchase for our future enhancements.

Watching you by Arne Dahl

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Someone is watching.

At each abandoned crime scene there’s a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog. someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, someone who knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail.

Someone knows.

When another teenage girl disappears without a trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest victim, Sam is forced to unearth long-buried personal demons. He has no choice if he is to understand the killer’s message before time runs out.

Somebody is killing just for him.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson 

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed …

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They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days is a young spearman, forced into the army of a shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson 

downloadFrom the bestselling author who completed Robert Jordan’s epic WHEEL OF TIME series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness.

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilization that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers that will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

download (1)Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilization that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artefacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers that will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

WWW Wednesday – 2nd October

2019, blogtober, www wednesday

Hey Readers…

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three W’s are: What are you currently reading? What have you finished reading? What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

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I am still reading The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I am reading this for the #boneathon hosted by Ashleigh over on A Frolic through Fiction. I am over 60% through and I am really enjoying it. 

 

 

51eoukph8nl._sx322_bo1204203200_I am also reading Gideon the Ninth bu Tamsyn Muir. I am loving it. I do think it went a little slow in the middle but it is really good, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019

 

 

 

 

9780857503916I am also reading The Terror by Dan Simmons, I am just over 100 pages into it and haven’t picked it up in a few days but I am enjoying what I have read so far. 

 

 

 

 

 

What have you recently finished?

at the moment I haven’t finished any books, its 8:43 in the morning, but  I am hoping to finish Gideon the Ninth after I finish work, I am 50 pages away from the end, so I am pretty confident I can do that. 

What will I read next?

I am unsure what I will read next, I have a few books for review I need to get to BUT Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo arrived yesterday and I am really looking forward to starting that one. The three books pictured at the top are books I am really wanting to get to, but the review books come first, so we will see where the mood takes me. 

What have you read this week? have you read any of these books? what are you planning on reading? Let me know in the comments below.

–HappyReading 
xoxo

WWW Wednesday – 2nd October

2019, www wednesday

Hey Readers…

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three W’s are: What are you currently reading? What have you finished reading? What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

 51ss9pxl5ul._sx328_bo1204203200_I am still currently reading Sovereign by C.J.Sansom. I am hoping to finish it this week. It is a little slower than the other two I read but I am enjoying it. 

 

 

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I have also started The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I am reading this for #boneathon hosted by Ashleigh over on A Frolic through Fiction. 

 

 

 

 

What have you recently finished?

51zdz2cikslI have recently finished The Girl who takes an eye for an eye by David Lagercrantz. I really enjoyed this one and will have a review up for it on the 18th October, so make sure you keep your eye out for that one. 

 

 

 

 

What will I read next?

51ujyjtvakl._sx329_bo1204203200_I will probably read The Tenth Girl next by Sara Faring. I have been looking forward to this one. I hope I love it as much as I am expecting too. This book is sent in Argentina and is a psychological gothic thriller.

 

 

 

 

 

What have you read this week? have you read any of these books? what are you planning on reading? Let me know in the comments below.

–HappyReading 
xoxo