Booksish Discussions

My Favourite Slow Burn Romances

Slow burn romance is one of my absolute favourite type of romances to see in books the second being enemies to lovers because there is so much angst, that build up that makes the reader hang on to every interaction between the characters. I love it so much! Then when they finally get it together and admit their feelings, damn, it’s so satisfying!

So here are some of favourites!

1 Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows – Guys! The slow burn is SO GOOD. Leigh kept me on the edge of my seat every single time they interacted and I really loved how their story played out but it left me wanting more and I am seriously dying for another Dregs book!

2 Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series – While this could also be friends to lovers, I also feel it’s slow burn because they took five years to get it together! Then when they finally have that perfect underwater first kiss the Greek gods decide to throw another prophecy at them. They are goals.

3 Lord Carlston and Lady Helen from The Dark Days Club – They only took the whole trilogy to finally be together. I spent the whole trilogy dying because it did not look like they would ever be able to be together.

4 Adam and Zaineb from Love From A To Z – The type of Muslim romance I have been waiting my whole life to read and damn it was amazing!

5 Este and Harte from The Last Magician – I really loved their banter and how they both tried to show the other up acting like they were not attracted to each other but they really were.

I think it’s safe to say I’m a sucker for all the angst and pain of watching my favourite characters take absolutely forever to just admit they like each other!

What’s your favourite slow burn romance?

Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites – Fictional Criminals

I recently came across this weekly tag that looked like a lot of fun and thought I would try to take part!

This is hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here.

There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share. You can share your most or least favourites too!

This weeks topic is fictional criminals and when I saw it I knew I had to take part because they are often some of my favourite characters!

1 Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows– I absolutely adore Kaz and the rest of the Dregs and I really hope we get to see more of them!

2 Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series – Probably the first criminal protagonist I read about and one that reminds me of a younger Kaz! This is the book that got me into morally grey characters!

3 Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles – He is sassy and sarcastic and charming. Which is probably why he was such a great con man but his character development is one of my fave!

4 Nik Malikov from the Illuminae Files – he deserves so much more love! Plus I love his banter with Ezra!

5 Nahri from The City of Brass – my favourite con woman! I mean the first line we read from her point of view is, “he was an easy mark”

6 Esta from The Last Magician – not only is she a thief but she’s a magician who can time travel so she is actually a time travelling thief!

7 Victor Vale from Vicious – I adored him in Vicious and how he will go to any length to achieve his goals, his rivalry with Eli kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book!

So these are my favourite criminals and some of my all time fave characters!
Who are your favourite criminal charaters?

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Magic Systems

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

So this weeks topic is favourite magic systems

There’s so many ways that magic is incorporated into book and I love discovering all the ways that magic works in that world. They all work so differently from each other and some of my favourite books have magic in them.

1 Harry Potter by J.K Rowling – okay you knew I would mention this one! I mean who hasn’t wanted to go to Hogwarts?!

2 The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – I read this book recently but I quickly fell in love with the magic system in this world!

3 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – the system in this story is so unique and I just really want to go to Red London!

4 The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – the way magic works in this world was so different to what I’ve seen and I loved it!

5 Everless by Sara Holland – I really loved the way magic was incorporated into the story especially as it played such a central role to the plot

So here’s some of my favourite magic systems. What books do you love that have unique magic systems?

Fiction Books, YA Books

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – Book Review

I have been meaning to read this book since it came out last year and I just never get round to it but then the author announced she was having a readalong in time for the release of book two so I just had to join. And I am so glad I did as I really loved this book!

 

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Rating: 4/5

So if you don’t know what this book is about here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.
In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artefacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artefacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

So I first wanted to read it as it was set in the early 1900’s and I love historical fiction and this book had magic and was about a heist! So it already had me intrigued. When I started reading it I knew I would love this book and I was completely hooked.

The only rule that counted was to not get caught.

The first few chapters are set in different time periods as we meet all the characters and get a feel for the story. It can seem confusing at first but I was able to figure things out fairly quickly and with the multiple points of view were able to see a wider view of the world and the way the magic system works than if we had only seen things from one of them.

I loved the setting so much it was so vivid and we got to see so much of New York and not just the glittery parts but also the poorer parts where things aren’t so rosy and life is difficult. The world building was really great and we get to see more and more of the world and see it become more complex and intricate.

The characters themselves are all amazing, it was hard to hate any character even the villain. They were all complex and had great character building. They were each given time to develop as the story progressed and each had their own back stories and storylines interwoven into the main story wonderfully. It didn’t feel forced or that we were given unnecessary information which might have clogged up the story.

My favourite character was of course Esta, who has the ability to manipulate time and can travel between different time periods. She has to live in the early 1900’s and even though she was from our present day so it was fun to see how she had to adjust to being a woman in that time. She is funny, sassy and I love that we got to see a vulnerable side to her, who doubts her ability but persists nonetheless. It was one of the things I loved about her.

But then, people usually do miss what’s right in front of them.

My other favourite character is Harte Darrigan who is sassy and acts as though he doesn’t care about others and always likes to stay in control of the situation but we also see a more vulnerable side. His and Esta’s banter and rivalry was one of my favourite parts of the story and we get to see how their relationship develops.

The story itself develops at a good pace and we get to see it build to the ending which left me shocked as it was so unexpected. The story is a heist and full of deception where each character has their own motives and plans despite working together as a team, no-one is who they claim to be and we have to figure out who we can trust. The revelation of the villain was so surprising and unexpected too which just goes to show that no-one can be trusted in this book!

But then, liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.

We also get a sense of urgency for Esta to complete her job as she has a news clipping from the future which keeps changing depending on the actions and changes that happen in the past. It was a nice addition to create more suspense and keep us on the edge of our seats.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, magic, time travelling and heists!