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A Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

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Published: 29th January 2019

Format: Paperback

Pages: 496

Average Goodreads rating: 4.9★

My Goodreads rating: 5 ★★

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

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Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.i had

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So, let me give you my review of the book that made 2019 for me. I was waiting so long for this book to be released. I started following Brigid after I read her book Letters to the Lost, which got me out of my massive reading slump. So when Brigid announced that she was releasing a book based on a retelling of my favourite fairy tale of all time, Beauty and the Beast. I was so excited. I kept up with all the updates and even tried to get my hands on an ARC. But sadly I missed out. But that did not stop the excitement I had for this book.

When I found out that the main character has Cerebral Palsy, I had so many emotions. Having a little brother who is physically and mentally disabled, (Cerebral Palsy) being one of the disabilities he has, I knew that I just had to read this book. Not only was it a retelling on the best fairy tale ever written (in my biased opinion) but it also has representation of people with disabilities. It was a win win! There are not many books that represent disabilities, we need more of these!

I found that even though this book was said to be a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast I found it had so much potential to be seen as it’s own unique individual story and to be perfectly honest, I think I might prefer this story over the original Beauty and the Beast story. I just loved how well written and unique it was. The connections and emotions that you feel for each character was so strong! It took a new and complete spin on the idea of Beauty and the Beast. It was not at all what I expected. I was worried at first that it was literally going to be a re-telling, telling the same old story from the Beast perspective, but its not that at all. Its just amazing and beautiful! I can’t even explain.

Rhen and Grey are characters that are complete opposites from each other and the love triangle between Harper and these two characters is really strong. I honestly do not know what team I am on for this book yet because I love the relationship she has with both of them. It’s too hard to choose!

I loved that Harper even though she is from a family that can be classed as troubled and somewhat dysfunctional, depending on your definition of ‘dysfunctional’ is, and including the fact that she has CP, she remains a strong independent woman! I love that she as a character has grown stronger because of her life struggles and that it has helped form who she is. I can relate to having an illness make you a stronger person, having a chronic illness I can relate on the idea that you need to keep your independence and that it allows you to be stronger in a lot of ways that other people struggle with.

This book was just beautiful and amazing to read and I can not wait for the next instalment for this series.

I have tried to keep this review brief as I do not want to give away spoilers or ruin the plot line, so I am just going to leave this here, and make you read the book for yourself!

Have you read this amazing re-telling yet? what did you think of it?

 

Rose xx

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WWW Wednesdays – #2: 10 April 2019

Hey Everyone, sorry that it has been awhile since I last did one of these. But here we are with WWW Wednesday, this was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words!

So the idea of this post is to answer these three main questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

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What are you currently reading?

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So currently I am starting to re-read the Dark artifices series by Cassandra Clare because of the release of Queen of Air and Darkness. The third and last instalment in this series. I am a bit behind in reading it because of art school. I am the type of person that when a new book comes out in a series I have to start from the beginning before reading the latest book. I am almost half way through with this one and I am remembering all over again why I loved this series when I first read it when they were first released. Have you read this series? what did you think of it?

 

What did you finish reading recently?

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Fall in love, break the curse.
It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

I instantly fell in love with this book before I read it, I was dying to read it for 2 reasons.

  1. Brigid Kemmerer is my favourite author, her books ‘Letters to the lost’ and ‘More than we can tell’ got me out of my reading slump that I was in for a long time.
  2. AND because its retelling of my all time favourite fairy tale; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! This fairy tale was a favourite for me since I was a baby, I just love it, its. gorgeous story!

When I finally got my hands on this book I could not stop reading it, I read it so fast, faster than I had ever read any book lately. I fell love it! It was just amazing! I will have my review up soon!

It is definitely worth the read it is truly magical. A tale as old as time!

What do you think you will read next?

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After I finish reading The Dark Artifices series I think I will mix it up a bit and read a Young Adult contemporary book. I love reading these genres, I adore them so much! I’m a sucker for corny stories!

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard has been on my list to read since my partner got it for me for Valentines Day, so I need to read it!

Goodreads Description below:

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

 

Let me know in the comments what you are currently reading, what you have finished reading recently or what is even on your TBR! Give me recommendations!

You can also find me on my Twitter and Instagram accounts!

Thanks

Rose xx

Book review

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

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Published: 20th November 2018

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Average Goodreads rating: 4.2★

My Goodreads rating: 5 ★★

Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary, Romance.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books

 

Goodreads description: Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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So I am late with updating my review for this book as I haven’t been well and I have been busy with art school as I am in my last year. But I hope to write reviews more!

So let’s start!

I absolutely loved this book. It is so full of emotion, I was laughing and crying in some parts. I connected with this book on a personal level in the sense of all the medications, having to keep the same routine for your health and the misunderstanding that came with the illness in this book, I related to all this a little bit because of my chronic illness. I am in no way saying I understand what Stella was going through as her illness and my illness are two completely different things and I can not even being to imagine all the stuff she went through or anyone with Cystic fibrosis goes through. I just related to some of the topics that were mentioned a little bit. I am sure that many of you out there that read this book did also. Let me know!

This book deals with the idea of a young woman living with Cystic Fibrosis and how she has learned to cope with her illness and how other recent life events have affected her as a Cystic Fibrosis fighter. We learn and get to know who her best friend is, who also has Cystic Fibrosis and how even though they have been best friends since they were children, they have to be more than six feet apart from each other. That means no hugging or being able to comfort your best friend when they are sad or happy. Imagine that just for a few seconds, that concept in itself is quite distressing. I couldn’t imagine not being able to comfort my best friend or give them a hug when I have not seen them in a while.

This book allows us to feel emotions that come from death, hospitals, diagnosis, heart break, first love and even the emotion for wanting to live life to the fullest. To hold your loved ones close and never take a second of your time with them for granted. It reminds me of the old quote ‘We are never promised tomorrow, so live for today’ I think this quote is very powerful in trying to think of how to describe this book.

I couldn’t put this down when I was reading it. I’ll be honest, I cried and I cried but I also laughed. This was a book that I needed to read. I was having a bad depression day about my health when I read this book. It is what I usually do when I’m having a bad health day, (for those that do not know, I have Crohn’s disease which is an autoimmune disease and I also suffer from severe manic depression). So when I am having a bad day I like to read. It has always been my escape from reality. So I started to read this book, and it made me realise that it’s okay to have bad days, but I also need to remember to live life, to not be afraid of what the future will bring because I have my loved ones surrounding me.

This book is definitely a must read if you love contemporary young adult romance books! I even saw the movie when it got released. My partner took me to see it as he knew how much I wanted to see if after reading the book. Honestly the movie could not have arrived soon enough! The movie as also made brilliantly it was so accurate to the book, however I do feel that you need to read the book to experience the true emotional impact that this book has on you before watching the movie!

 

Have you read this book or seen the film? If so what was you opinion on it? Do you love it, hate it or love to hate it?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thanks for reading

Rose xx

Book review

Book Review: The Gilded King By Josie Jaffery

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Published: 25th June 2018

Format: Paperback

Pages: 292

Average Goodreads rating: 4.26★

My Goodreads rating:

Genre: Young Adult: Dystopian, Fantasy

Publisher: Self – Published

Goodreads description: In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

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Firstly, I would like to thank the Author Josie Jaffery for sending me a copy of her book. It has been amazing to read this book and give an honest review, all opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

When Josie advertised on Twitter that she was looking for book bloggers to review her book. I immediately signed up to participate in this amazing opportunity. Having only book blogging for less than 2 months, this was a perfect! I really enjoying reviewing this book for Josie, and honestly more people need to read this! Can I please read book 2 now?! Before I start my review, let me say that it was not at all what I expected, and I loved it!

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First, let me start by explaining a bit about the book. This book is the first book in the Sovereign Series, a spin off from her other series; Solis Invicti. The Gilded King is dystopian fantasy world about vampires and humans living amongst each other. This dystopian world is split into two categories, The Blue being made up of a social hierarchy and The Red being the outside of this society that is contaminated and fighting for survival, the place no one dares to step out into. The humans amongst the Blue are raised to fear the Red, learning that it will end in their death if they dare to step foot outside of the Blue. However, Julia is sceptical of this taught knowledge, wondering if they are told this to keep them in The Blue to feed the Nobles, also known as the Silvers, aka vampires.

This book is told from two characters perspectives Julia and Cameron. I loved that it was told from two characters perspectives, I felt like I got more out of this story because of this. The only issue I had was towards Julia. She kind of annoyed me a little bit because she is so negative and skeptical of everything, she doesn’t seem like a very fun person to be around. But that is whats expected with the way she was raised. But apart from her constant negativity I loved her! She is at the bottom of the social hierarchy, a slave to the Nobles. Working in the kitchen and the garden with her best friend Claudia. Julia was abandoned as a baby by her parents and thus doesn’t have anyone to turn to for support other than Claudia. However this soon changes when they are assigned attendant positions to two Nobles and their life starts to take a drastic change. Julia begins to form a bond with her Noble, Lucas even though she knows she shouldn’t. Through Lucas’ outlook on life and his behaviour being loving and caring, the complete opposite to the behaviour she is used to seeing from Nobles, Julia begins to believe in fairytales again and learns that there is more going on in The Blue than she is lead to believe.

The book alternates between Julias and Cams perspectives. Cam is a Noble who ventures out into the Red to find someone who is missing, who he believes would not leave The Blue unless she was dead or against her will. While on his adventure he discovers that he does not need to do everything on his own, learning to ask for help while also forming a friendship with someone unexpectedly, taking him by surprise.

Now I am not going to say much more than that, because I do not want to spoil too much of the plot line, but let me just say that I ship Lucas and Julia as well as Cam and his new friend so much! OMG! So the ending that we were given, I was so devastated and screaming that I needed the second book. I woke my partner up at 2am in the morning having to discuss the ending with him because what a cliff hanger! I am still not over that!

I absolutely loved this book! I found it a bit confusing in parts because of some of the unique names and I felt maybe a bit more detail was needed sometimes, but that’s expected from any book, no book is perfect. But this did not stop me from enjoying this book. I was hocked within the first 30 pages! I love a good vampire book, particularly a dystopian. I highly recommend reading this book! do not stress if you haven’t read the first series before reading this one, I haven’t read it yet either. I feel this can be read without reading the other series first, but I am definitely going t be reading Josies first series now as it might give me some more background information to stop some of my confusion that I had in the last 100 pages of this book.

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Do your selves a favour and go check out this book, until then, enjoying this excerpt:

At the very furthest point of the temple, at the end of the double row of pillars that processed towards it, there was a pedestal mounted on a stepped dais. A figure was laid out on top of it. For a moment, Julia froze, thinking it was a real person lying there, slumbering in the temple, but something didn’t fit.

The figure wasn’t breathing. It wasn’t moving at all.

‘Come on,’ Lucas said, leading her down the aisle towards it.

‘Is it a statue?’ she asked.

‘A tomb, really.’

As they walked, he snuffed out the lamps that lined the walls, until finally the only illumination came from the rounded alcove into which the dais rose. It was a bright island in the centre of the darkness, and in the middle of it the statue shone: a man, wearing fine clothing in an unfamiliar style, with a blanket of stone covering his body. His exposed skin was tinged with a sheen of gold that glowed like the walls of the temple.

‘He looks so real,’ she said, reaching out to touch the golden curls that crowned his head. They were slick under her fingers, so intricate they might have been moulded from a real person.

‘They say he was.’

‘You mean this is his coffin?’ The pedestal certainly looked like a tomb. It was wide and deep enough to accommodate a body.

‘No,’ Lucas said, ‘I mean that this is him, that this statue was once alive.’

Julia’s hand had been tracing the lines of the face, but now she snatched it away. ‘You’re not serious.’

‘I am.’

‘This is why you brought me here,’ she said.

‘Of course. You want to hear the fairytale, don’t you?’

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Thanks for reading!

Have you read this book? If so what did you think of this book?

Rose xx

 

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July Book Haul 2018!

Hi everyone!!

Sorry that this post is a bit late in the month. I have been so busy with art school that I just haven’t had time to write this post. Last month I brought more books than I normally do! YAY!!! In total I brought 11 books, so I’m going to introduce the books I brought into categories so here we go:

Hard Covers:



I39099533_525325394556358_2812630892235718656_n brought two hardcovers this month! A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Frost and Starlight written by Sarah J. Maas. I think these covers are just so beautiful! With this being one of my favourite book series I just had to start buying the hard covers since I own all the paperbacks.

For those who haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses here is the Goodreads description:

‘Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
38949069_216930848977394_2275714556661596160_nDragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.’

I definitely recommend reading these books if you love a good young adult fantasy series!

New Series I discovered:

There were a few series over June and July that I heard about, which I put on to my TBR/buy list. I was able to buy some of them/finish buying them last month which I was super excited about, but now I need a new book shelf!

  1. Carve the Mark series by Veronica Roth

Book 1: Carve the Mark

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Book 2: Fates divide

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I am super excited to read these books! They sound amazing! I loved Veronica’s Divergent series, I thought her writing was magnificent. So I am super pumped to read this series! Here is the Goodreads description for Carve the Mark, I won’t put in Fates divides description for obvious reasons:

‘Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship—and love—in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.’

2. Caraval series by Stephanie Garber

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Book 2: Legendary 

I have heard so many good reviews on this book! I read the Goodreads description and it caught my interest rather fast. I haven’t read it yet but I plan to very soon hopefully!!

Good reads description for Caraval is as follows:

‘Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.’

Have you read this yet? If so what did you think?

3. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

I brought this one to add to my Red Queen series which sadly I haven’t read yet either. Here is Goodreads description for it. If you haven’t read the red queen series yet don’t read the description below:

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Discover the truth of Norta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller RED QUEEN.

Queen Song

Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars

Captain Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.

Favourite series I am buying my own copies of:

38949175_236618266992905_4583938764463669248_n.jpgThere is going to be a few of these on my book haul lists each month. This is because the last nearly 3 years I have been buying my own copies of books I really liked that I read when I was at home. My Mum brought a lot of books, because she is a lot like me; book nerd and loves young adult fantasy books. But because my room was so small, ( I grew up in a family of 7 people) I did not have the room to buy books so I just read my Mums copies. But since moving out of home nearly 3 years ago I have been able to start buying my own copies. Which has been fantastic! Last month the series I finished buying was the Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely loved this series and thus to finish my collection I got:

Book 2: City of Ashes

Book 3: City of Glass

Book 4: City of Lost Souls

Book 5: City of Heavenly Fire.

These books are a different cover to my other books, but I like having a range of different covers but will be collecting the covers in the original format that my book one and four is in eventually. (yes I’m that weird person that likes having multiple copies of the same book in different covers for my favourite book series) Mortal Instruments just happens to be a favourite of mine. after buying these books my Cassandra Clare collection is complete. Just waiting on the next book to the Dark Artifices collection: Queen of Air and Darkness, which is released in December, which I already have preordered. haha oops!

What books did you buy last month? or if you didn’t buy any, what is a book series you love so much that you have multiple copies of?

Thanks for reading! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

Rose xx