January Fairy Loot Unboxing: “Talk Faerie To Me”

Hola Bookwyrms!

I haven’t done an unboxing here on my blog in a LOOOONG while, but I loved January’s Fairy Loot so much, that I figured now was a great time to start up again!

January’s theme was “Talk Faerie To Me” and was perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and all things Fae!

I have to say, I think this is my favourite box to date. It was filled with so many amazing goodies, and the book was one of my most anticipated releases, so I’m so pleased that I finally have it in my hands!

Contents:

img_2512Exclusive Pillowcase designed by Evie Seo, inspired by ACOMAF. This was my favourite item from the box. The design is stunning, and has taken pride of place on my bed!

Prince Cardan Candle by Meraki Candles. Unfortunately this company has now closed, but this won’t stop me from loving their candles! This one smells woodsy with a hint of black pepper. A very masculine scent, perfect for our Cruel Prince…

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Magnetic Bookmarks by Dreamy & Co. These Feyre and Rhysand bookmarks are so cute, I love them! I’ll definitely be using them in May when A Court of Frost and Starlight is released to the world!

“Seelie” Lip Balm by Geeky Clean. There were two different balms sent out, Seelie and Unseelie, based on Fae courts. The Seelie one I received smells of fresh apples, yum!

Double Sided Art Prints. The sides in the photo above were designed by Stella Bookish Art, who does some of my favourite bookish merch. The other side features images of Aelin and Rowan from the Throne of Glass series.

img_2511Faerieland Colouring Book. I’ve never received a colouring book in a subscription box before, so I was so excited when I saw this one! The illustrations inside are simply beautiful, including all kinds of mythical creatures, and I can’t wait to colour them all in!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was the book included inside, and I was SO excited when I opened it! This book was one of my most anticipated released of this year, and I can’t wait to dive into the Fae realm. It also included a signed bookplate and letter from the author!


Who else got this box? What did you think? This one was my personal favourite to date, and I can’t wait to see what Fairy Loot pull out of the bag for their two year anniversary box this coming month…

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Book Review: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)Synopsis: 

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.


Going into this book, I knew one thing… DRAGONS. It’s the only thing I knew about the book, and I was like “hey, dragons are cool, let’s read this!”

“Iskari let others define her because she thought she didn’t have a choice. Because she thought she was alone and unloved.” 

Our main character, Asha, is a badass, fearless female who’s character developments throughout were exciting and inspiring. Where she could have been very two dimensional and just a heartless dragon slayer, as she uncovers her past we discover her softer side, so to speak, and she become a truly intriguing person, and someone we come to love and adore.

Her relationship with Torwin was my personal favourite part of this book. Usually I wouldn’t go for a conventional romance, but this one was just adorable, and wasn’t insta love! Hooray! It was also refreshing to see a male romantic interest who doesn’t treat the girl like crap. He was brave, gentle and caring, even when Asha gave him absolutely no reason to be so. He’s the dream guy. In fact, the last several pages of the book were the best, and I can’t wait to read more of their relationship in the sequel.

If I have one gripe with this book, it’s that I found the first third very slow and is the reason for me knocking off a star. I really liked the storytelling aspect of it with the old stories, but to begin with it just seemed to drag a little. But this didn’t last very long, and the second half blew me away. The twists were thrilling, dynamic and those dragons… Can I have one? Please?

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Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (ADSOM #3) by V.E. Schwab

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)Synopsis:

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.


I’m only saying Anoshe to this series because I do not wish to say goodbye.

“Anoshe brought solace, and hope, and the strength to let go.”

This was everything I needed and more as a conclusion to the series, but now I feel like there is a huge gaping Darker Shade of Magic hole in my soul that I need to fill ASAP.

Schwab’s writing never fails to take my breath away. It has me sitting on the end of my seat, furiously turning the pages to find out what happens in the heart-wrenching action-packed scenes, and then slowly rips my soul apart…

You may think I’m being dramatic, but I’m not kidding. That’s how good this series is as a whole, and I put off reading this concluding novel for so long simply because I didn’t want it to end. The characters are some of the most wholly formed characters you will ever come to find in a book – they are interesting, complex, perfectly flawed and utterly human. The relationship developments between them all throughout the series, and particularly in this book was an absolute pleasure to read and those final chapters were the perfect send off for them, yet I’m still left needing more.

I really hope that in the future V.E. Schwab decides to return to the Londons and write more about what happens to Rhy, where Lila and Kell end up and also the aftermath of the events we saw unfold in this book. I’d also love to find out more about Kell and Lila’s pasts, as I feel they were the only things left unexplored. We had a vast insight into Holland’s past, which by the end had me loving him dearly when we had been persuaded so thoroughly throughout the first two books to see him as the villain of the story.

If you are yet to read this series, I implore you to do so. It is a world you will not want to leave, and trust me, you will not regret diving in head first.

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Most Anticipated February 2018 Releases

January was one hell of a great month for new releases! I had a huge list of books that I wanted to check out last month.

This month is a little bit quieter, but here are some books I’m excited for:


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton [February 6th]

The Belles (The Belles #1)Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.


The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross [February 6th]

The Queen's RisingWhen her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


Sightwitch (The Witchlands 0.5) by Susan Dennard [February 13th]

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5)Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.


What releases are you excited for this month? Are there any I’ve missed that I should keep my eye out for?

February 2018 TBR

Happy February, people!

My oh my is this year flying by already…

But another month means another lot of books to be read, and I’m really hoping to stay on track with my reading goals! Goodreads is telling me that I’m already 1 book behind schedule. Which is why for this month, especially as it’s the shorter of the months, I’ve decided to choose books that I know I’ll be able to read quickly.


My February TBR:

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

I finished Wintersong at the end of last month, and it left me needing more! So my copy is being picked up today, which is why it isn’t included in my photo, and I’ll be diving in straight away to find out what happens to Elisabeth and The Goblin King!

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

This has been on my book shelves for quite some time now, so it’s about time I got around to reading it! I also haven’t read any contemporary in a while, so I’m kind of feeling it this month.

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

I was sent a review copy of this book in December, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. I have a feeling this one’s going to be very powerful…

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Another one that’s been on my shelves for a year! Now that The Girl in The Tower has been released, it’s definitely time for me to read this. My colleague at work has highly recommended it to me, and hopefully I’ll love it as I plan on reading the sequel straight after!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

This one is being carried over from last month as I’ve just been dipping in and out of this. I always struggle to read a collection of short stories in one go, so I’m spreading them out in between regular reading. I’m already about 30% through though, so I should have it finished early on.

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What books do you plan on reading this month?

January Book Haul!

Whew, January sure has been filled with lots of new books!

There have been some absolutely awesome new releases this month, and the best part is that I had vouchers from Christmas to use, so really, I haven’t spent a penny!

Books I Bought in January:

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Hero at The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (Giveaway Prize)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Fairy Loot)

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Windwitch by Susan Dennard


I also received a LOT of ARCs from publishers this month. I feel very lucky to have been sent all of these, so a huge thank you to the publishing gods that made this happen!

Publisher Book Haul:

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

The Astonishing Colour of After  by Emily X. R. Pan

Clean by Juno Dawson

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

The List of Real Things by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

When The Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


So there we go! There’s another hella big haul for ya!

I’m thinking February should be tame in terms of book buying. There’s only one book that I know I’ll definitely be buying, and that is Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones. My copy is all ready and waiting for me to pick up when I’m back at work tomorrow, and I’ll be diving straight into it because I just cannot wait to find out what happens!

Did you buy any books in January?


 

 

January 2018 Wrap-Up

How has January come to and end already?! I’m totally unprepared for February, I haven’t prepped ANY of my upcoming blog posts, nor have I set up my BuJo for the month. I have some serious work ahead of me on my day off tomorrow… OOPS!

Time is going scarily quickly, and I’m seriously concerned that I’m not going to be able to read all of the books I want to in my lifetime…

I did, however read some AMAZING books this month. In fact, I think this has been one of the most successful reading months I’ve had in terms of 5 star reviews!

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

img_2396This book was incredible. A new release middle-grade novel, this was a magical adventure story with an important message at it’s heart – acceptance. Accept people for their differences and don’t be so quick to judge! I loved this, and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read with a big heart. One of the best children’s books to be released in years.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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A Conjuring of Light (ADSOM #3) by V.E. Schwab

img_2413The concluding book to the “A Darker Shade of Magic” trilogy, was everything I needed and more. After reading this, I felt hollow and empty. In a good way, might I add. The kind of emptiness that you feel after reading a REALLY good book, and not knowing how to fill it. I will sorely miss this series and Lila Bard is still my fave.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Full Review Coming Soon


Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

img_2462I have discovered a new favourite book. This. I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! I thought after reading ACOL I would go into a huge reading slump, but this was the perfect book to follow on with. It was magical, dark, romantic and just heartbreaking. The ending killed me and I seriously can’t wait to read Shadowsong as soon as my pre-order arrives (I’m hoping it’s today…)

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Full Review Coming Soon


Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

img_2441I haven’t yet finished this, but I wanted to include it in my wrap-up, because I have finished the first short story and figured it deserved a mention! This is a collection of 6 short stories set in the Grishaverse. The first tale, Ayama and The Thorn Wood, I rated 4.5 stars.

This is a book I’ll probably keep dipping in and out of as I’m not really a huge short stories fan, but I really do love Leigh Bardugo’s writing, which is why I’ll stick with it, and likely just read one story per week in amongst my regular reading schedule.


What books did you read in January?