Booksish Discussions

Hyped Books I Didn’t Love

So this post is probably full of unpopular opinions as I know many of you loves these books but I just…didn’t. Some are books that I hope will get better as the series progresses, some were books that disappointed me as I thought I would love it.

So here are books I didn’t love:

1 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – the story itself was quite intriguing but I just didn’t like how slowly the story progressed and the writing style. I got bored and forced myself to read to the end of the first book and then just gave up

2 Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I hadn’t planned on reading this but everyone kept telling me I would love it so I thought I would try but again I just didn’t get on with the writing style. Though the story itself was intriguing I just wished more actually happened in the book.

3 Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I mean the book is okay but I just don’t love it. I don’t know if it’s the footnotes that put me off or the story was slow at the beginning but it took me ages to get through the book.

4 A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas – I cannot explain how much I did not like this book.

5 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I really struggled to get through this book but then I found that the books actually get better

6 Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – I absolutely adored Vicious but I didn’t enjoy this book as much I felt like the story dragged too much in the first half especially

7 The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – this series was such a chore to read. By the end I was only here for Malec. Which is strange because I adore The Infernal Devices!

8 King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I was so disappointed by this book. I was expecting Six of Crows level of epicness and it just…wasn’t

9 Legendary by Stephanie Garber – having loved Caraval I was hoping this would be just as great but I just didn’t enjoy it much

10 The Cruel Prince – a book that I was actually struggling to get through but the ending saved it.

So there you have it, books that have been really hyped but I just didn’t love. These are just my opinions and if you loved them then I’m glad you did!

Are there any hyped books that you didn’t love?

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Book Review

Ever since I read the Grisha trilogy back in 2016 I have been dying for a Nikolai book and when this book was announced all my fangirl dreams were answered!

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Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this book. I had some issues with it and was a little disappointed. Yet there are things that I absolutely adored about it!

Firstly I do have to say that although I dove into this book thinking it will be Nikolai’s story, it did feel more like Zoya’s. There was a lot to do with how the Grisha magic system worked and how Zoya could become more powerful than she is now. I do have to say though her point of view was some of my absolute favourites! She is a badass, sassy, doesn’t take any crap from anyone, kind of person. I did like her character in the Grisha trilogy but by the end of this book, I was completely in love with Zoya. I need to see more of her, especially after everything that happened in this book.

Nikolai was as sassy and sarcastic as ever and I adored him. Though I do wish I got to see more of him, more outside the politics. I would have loved to see him more with Genya and the others. He does suffer a lot in this book yet somehow it feels a little out of character for him. How he went along with plans made by people he couldn’t possibly trust, with no scheme or back up plan. You know, how he would have in the trilogy. I am however extremely excited to see what will happen after the events of this book, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions.

Nina had her own point of view in this book too and I have to say that as much as I adored her in Six of Crows I didn’t as much in this book. I felt her grief over certain events in Crooked Kingdom was done really well and although it was heart breaking it was so good to see that. Yet the rest of her story felt unnecessary, I guess. I didn’t really see how her story fit in with the overall arc. But I did love seeing Adrick and a new character, Leoni. They were with Nina on a mission in Fjerda and I just love them. I hope we get to see more of them in the next book.

 

*mild spoiler about a relationship ahead*

 

One of the things I loved seeing was Nikolai and Zoya’s relationship develop. Leigh really killed me with that slow burn romance, just like in Six of Crows with Kaz and Inej. By the end of the book I was literally screaming, just admit it already! I love them two together and I am so happy to see my ship become a reality! Zoya would be an amazing Queen of Ravka and I need to see that happen, okay?!

Another thing I loved was the references to the Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. From mentioning characters names to talking about a skill they learned from a character in those books and it reignited my love for these characters. I am still holding out hope that we see some of them in the next book.

I wish we had got to spend more time with Genya and David and the others. Though what we did see of them I loved. I really loved seeing Genya’s and David’s relationship and how much they have developed in the few years since we last saw them. They were so damn adorable! I want more in the next book please!

I think my main issue with the book is the pacing, I felt the beginning was really great and I was really enjoying it then it dragged a lot in the second half and then the ending felt a little rushed. I wish we had gotten more time and more details about how everything turns out at the end of the book. And there was a lot of politics in this book, which is understandable, considering the state of Ravka, but I did feel it slowed down the plot. Hopefully now that the backstory details have been given the next book will be a lot more fast paced.

Then we get to the ending and I just…died. That ending left me in shock with my jaw hanging on the floor. I know some people may not be a fan of the ending but I was literally screeching! After that ending I just need to know what will happen next because that last line…I have no idea how I am going to wait a whole year for the next book.

I felt a little underwhelmed with the book overall but the things I loved, like Zoya and Nikolai and that mind blowing ending made up for a lot of it. And although, it may not have lived up to the exceedingly high expectations built from years of adoring the Six of Crows duology it was still a good book and I am really looking forward to seeing where we will go next.

Unboxings

Fairyloot Unboxing -Mutinous Pirates August Box

Hey booknerds! I have an unboxing for you today! This is the August Fairyloot box and the theme was Mutinous Pirates! I was so excited for this box not only because I love the theme but also because they said they were going to include a sampler of King of Scars! It’s safe to say that I absolutely loved it! One of my favourite boxes this year!

So lets get to the unboxing! So here is what was included in this months box:

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The first item in this box is the Nikolai quote banner (grisha trilogy). He is one of my favourite characters and I’m so happy to have an item inspired by him! Designed by @Reverieandink

The next item was the To Kill A Kingdom inspired candle. It’s inspired by Prince Elian, it has gold glitter on top and smells amazing! Made by @nerdpouredcandles

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Also included was a Pirates of the Caribbean water bottle. I love it so much! It’s so practical and I love using it! It’s designed by @kdpletters

There was also a magnet inspired by The Daughter of the Pirate King. I love the quote that they included. Designed by @blanca.design

We also got an amazing pirate wax seal complete with glittery gold wax! This was brought to us by Fairyloot themselves!

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The last item was a sweet peat bath scrub soap which smells of cherry blossom. Made by @geekyclean

The book that was included in this months box was These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. This was a special edition book with green sprayed pages and signed by the author. Also included was an author letter and character artwork.

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The extra this month was a King of Scars sampler that also opens up into a poster. I loved that this was included as I am so excited for King of Scars!

I absolutely loved this box and every single item in it!

Septembers box is called Starcrossed lovers and I cannot wait to get it! It sounds amazing!