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?

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?

Unboxings

Illumicrate Unboxing – Magic and Mayhem Box

This is super late but I still wanted to share this unboxing with you all. This was a special edition box by Illumicrate. It was inspired by V.E. Schwab’s books and as usual this box was amazing! I absolutely loved everything in the box.

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They also recently released their next special edition box which is inspired by the Grishaverse. It will be sent out in time for the release of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I cannot wait to get this box!

So back to the unboxing of the Magic and Mayhem box. There was so many amazing items in this box and I just cannot choose what my favourite item is!

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The first item is a double sided tote bag, one side inspired by shades of magic and villains inspired on the other. I love this bag so much! The artwork is by @rowatree

They included a make up bag with a Lila Bard quote designed by @stellabookishart and it’s beautiful and such a great size.

They also included an As Travars keyring designed by @fableandblack

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They included a set of 4 beautiful character bookmarks inspired by the shades of magic books. The artwork is by @merwild

I loved that there was useful items included too like this travel bottle. The lettering is by @xcrini

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There was a set of 6 tarot style character cards which are all stunning. Artwork by @amaretta_

Also included was a beautiful art print of Lila and Kell designed by @victoriaying

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I love getting candles in book boxes so I absolutely loved that they included a layered candle inspired by the four Londons. Made by @ameliakitchencandles

Mugs are another favourite item of mine so I loved that they included one! This beautiful mug artwork is designed by @temporaryplacesshop

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I love that a knitted scarf was included as it’s getting cold and I can’t wait to use it! It’s designed by @fableandblack

They also included a set of 4 postcards which is inspired by the 4 Londons. I love the artwork on the cards. They were designed by @moledrocraftco

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A beautiful booksleeve inspired by Victor Vale’s love for black out poetry designed by @illumicrate

Another of my favourite items is enamel pins so I love the one they included! It’s stunning! And designed by @fableandblack

Lastly they also included an exclusive cover of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab and a letter written by her too. I love this cover so much!

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So this was everything included in the box! Seriously guys, I highly recommend buying their boxes, both their special edition and quarterly boxes. I love getting both! They are worth every single penny and I know that if I ever didn’t get a box I would really regret it.

Monthly Wrap Up

October Monthly Wrap Up

This month wasn’t the best reading month for me. I didn’t read as many books as I wanted as I wasn’t well and I had decided to take part in blogtober but I found it really stressful to have posts up everyday and it meant I barely had time to read. So I decided to stop halfway through which really helped with my anxiety. But it meant I was able to review a lot more books I’ve read in the previous months.

But back to the books I read this month. I have read some great books and some not so great ones.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – I can’t believe that I didn’t read this before! I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

The Kiss of Deception – I was gifted this book and it came highly recommended and I’m glad it did not disappoint! You can read my full spoiler free review here

If Cats Disappeared from the World – any books that feature cats are automatically added to my tbr and this one was really interesting and thought provoking. You can read my full spoiler free review here

Stars Above – the last book in The Lunar Chronicles and a reread. I am so glad to have been back in this world and I’m sad that this is the last book. I hope we get more in this world!

Damsel – I just couldn’t get into this book at all.

OtherEarth – I really loved the first book and this one was even better! I was hooked right from the beginning! You can read my full spoiler free review here

Vengeful – I really enjoyed this book! I loved seeing more of Victor and Eli and Sydney. Though I think I may be one of the few who didn’t love it as much as the first book.

Love and Happiness – this is the second book by Yasmin Mogahed and I loved it! It’s full of reflections and short reminders and it was the perfect book for me to read right now

City of Ghosts – I’m not usually someone who reads books with ghosts but as it’s a V.E. Schwab book I thought I would give it a try. And I really did enjoy it more than I thought I would

Kingdom of Ash – I am dead. That is all.

I really loved most of the books I read this month even if I didn’t read as many as I wanted to read.

I also reviewed these books this month:

The Mime Order

Vicious

Miss Peregrene’s Home for Peculiar Children

No Fixed Address

Our Stories, Our Voices

So that’s all from me! How was your reading month? What was your favourite book this month?

Adult Books, Fiction Books

Vicious by V.E. Schwab – Book Review

I originally read Vicious a few years ago so I wanted to reread it before Vengeful released. And it was just as amazing as I remembered it to be!

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Rating: 5/5

If you don’t know what Vicious is about then you can read the synopsis from goodreads here:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

This book is a wonderfully dark story filled with morally grey characters. It deals with the complexities of what a hero and villain is. Both Eli and Victor are complex, dark and very arrogant. They always know how to be in front of people but inside are something else altogether.

The first chapter shows Victor with Sydney digging up someone’s grave. It is such an interesting way of opening a book because it makes you instantly curious and want to know why he is doing that. We then are taken back ten years to when Victor was at university and each chapter goes forward and back in time through which we are slowly given the information to understand the full story. It built up the suspense and made me want to read one more chapter to see the big picture.

Victor Vale is one of my favourite characters and our anti-hero, he is arrogant, ridiculously smart and petty and is hell bent on seeking revenge but he still cares for those he works with, especially Sydney. The way he is with Sydney is just adorable! He does use her for his own advantage but still tries to protect her when it’s possible. I was totally rooting for him throughout the book.

Eli was his own brand of crazy, he has a god complex and feels that what he does is truly the right thing to do. I just couldn’t relate to him at all. He was a sociopath, even when his girlfriend died he didn’t feel anything, just used it to his advantage.

Sydney and Serena’s relationship was so tragic. You could see how close they were before they became EO’s and that path led them down a destructive road and they ended up on opposites. It was heart breaking watching their relationship devolve and I truly felt so bad for Sydney.

Sydney is a child and is pulled into this because of Serena and she’s innocent but at the same time it was scary how well she adjusted to Victor’s plans and didn’t seem fazed or scared by it.

Vicious is an addictive, fast paced read and if you love anti-heroes with an element of sci-fi then I know you will love this book!