Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | Review

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Today I bring to you a review of the most wonderfully scripted books I have read this year. The characters have stolen my heart, baffled my mind, and gave me a lesson in the history of a place I will (hopefully) never visit thus rendering it useless except for book discussions (so not entirely useless).

When I received this book as a Christmas present from my Best Friend, I read it immediately and was captivated by the elaborate detail and beauty of the writing that I knew it has to be the most perfectly written book ever.

Today, ladies, gents, and those who are neither; I am bringing to you my review of Nevernight by the amazing Jay Kristoff.

nevernight-book-coverGoodreads Summary:

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

Throughout a good chunk of the first quarter of the book I was mostly lost as to what course the story was taking. In the first chapter especially, I was perplexed as to who the woman was and why she was in bed with an older man, and upon reading further, I deduced that the woman was indeed Mia – and not her mother as I guessed – I am still unsure of why and how that scene came about.

As the story goes on it becomes clear who Mia is and what her motivations are for the actions she takes revealed though scattered flashbacks to her childhood where we learn of the horrors she has witnessed.

When reading, I felt confused and often times lost to the story due to the unfamiliarity of not only the setting – which was assisted by the map at the beginning of the book – but the unfamiliarity of the slang that was oftentimes left unexplained and the meaning had to be deduced entirely from context.

I was very taken aback by the witt of the narrator who I actually imagined as Jay Kristoff and the use of modern references as the aforementioned ‘Hogwarts’. There are also parts in the footnotes where the narrator gets all sassy and it’s a great break from the seriousness and foreignness of the story.

Throughout this book, Jay Kristoff has inspired me to be more descriptive and creative with my writing

Jay Kristoff just manages to keep you hooked with this book, and in the parts where the level of action decreases you as the reader begin to feel more on edge; the feeling that something is coming is always there with this book, and until that thing comes you are left hooked hanging on to every word.

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Wednesday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Mass | Spoilery Review

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Today I bring to you a review that has been 30 days in the making because that’s how long it took me to read this damned long ass book!

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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Review

Let me start by saying that I read this novel in small bits over 30 days, so it is hard for me to remember everything about what happened in it, although I do remember the most interesting parts, which were later on in the novel anyways so these are my thoughts.

I went into this novel believing it is the best in the series

★ Rating ★

★★★★★

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here for Storytime Wednesday 🙂

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Read The Stars Bookmark/ Shop Review

Before I start this post, I want to apologise about the state of Jasper + Spice over the past week. The blog will be better tended to i promise, I have been very busy which is fuel for some very exciting upcoming posts!

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Welcome back to another Review Monday! Today I have chosen to review the bookmarks I received from Read The Stars Co.; an etsy shop that sells fandom bookmarks, mostly inspired by books.

I ordered 6 bookmarks during Read The Stars during their 50% off and Free Delivery sale. I have never purchased bookmarks online before – though I have received bookmarks from an online store as a gift – so this is my first time actually making a purchase.

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Release by Patrick Ness | Spoilery Review

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For the first day of the BookTubeAthon I read Release by Patrick Ness, a book that I’d been dying to pick up ever since its release earlier this year.

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Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

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Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Non-Spoilerish Review/ Rant

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Goodreads Summary:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin | Spoiler-Free Review

I was sent this book from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review. It was published it on the 23rd of November 2016.

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Goodreads Summary:

Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.

In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France–a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family’s business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.

Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Émile live–one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman’s place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.

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Book Review Guidelines.

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I was writing my review for The Fifth Avenue Artists Society a few days ago and I realised how hard it was to write a review for a book I loved and hold so dear to my heart, so in my plan I broke the review down into three sections and which lead to the construction of this post. I wanted to share with you all the guidelines I use when I review, especially when I’m stuck.

When I review books I like to stick to a few main points. I have listed these points below and I feel that people who read my blog may also review books and potentially benefit from my the advice I have to offer.


 

Don’t review the Author: Don’t review solely on author instead give the author criticism where they astounded you or where you were your expectations were let down upon reading the book. There are some people who don’t actually review the book rather compare it to other

Do not compare genres: Books from different genres cannot be compared as they cannot be reviewed using the same parameters  where the basic area of critique will be the same – characters, plot, writing, etc. – the preppy cheerleader found in a romance novel cannot be compared against a tough-as-nuts crime fighting warrior princess from a science fiction novel

Include negatives a short well as positives (or vice versa) in your review: Do not (or at least try not to) make your reviews biased, as this will not give the potential reader an accurate representation of the book. As all books have their flaws (or something that made you want to finish the book), this should be highlighted as not only a caution to any potentials readers but as constructive criticism to the author and any other authors wishing to better this work; especially if the flaw/ perfection is a general issue.

Break the review down into sections: As seen in my recent review of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway I like to break the review down into sections or aspects of the book such as writing style, characters, and plot/storyline. Review each aspect of the book and either place the sections in subheadings or join them into one long review, but I chose to place everything under subheadings as it looks neater.

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These are the typical guidelines I follow for any review I write, I would like to know what guidelines you’ve made for yourself to follow when writing reviews. If you would like to share or provide me with any advice for reviews please comment below as I would love to hear from you!

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Saturday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway | Spoiler-Free Review

I was sent this book in November from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review. It was published on the 23rd of November.

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I am back Bookaholics, and there is no better way to make a comeback than to upload a review on one of my favourite books of all time! These are the hardest reviews to write because I want to just ramble on and on about all the good bits that I loved so so much, but I can’t; because I want you all to read it and I don’t want to spoil the book for any of you!

Just so you know, I received this book – and many others – from Allen & Unwin Publishers and the books I have been receiving them have been exceptional. The storylines becoming increasingly more captivating with every book I read, and it’s becoming harder and harder to chose which book I want to call my favourite (so far it’s between this one and The Edge Of Everything).

I don’t believe I have anything else to say other than please have an open mind while reading my review and do not let the blurb or my review deter you from reading this book as your opinion is the only one that matters. Also the writing is the most beautiful thing I have ever read!

the-fifth-avenue-artists-society-book-coverGoodreads Summary:

‘The creative sisterhood of Little Women, the social scandal of Edith Wharton and the courtship mishaps of Jane Austen . . . The Fifth Avenue Artists Society is a delightful, and at times touching, tale of Gilded Age society and creative ambition with an inspiring heroine.’ New York Daily News

The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters in a family living in genteel poverty, knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, the boy next door and her first love.

When Charlie instead proposes to a woman from a wealthy family, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up in her room and turns their story into fiction, obsessively rewriting a better ending. Though she works with newfound intensity, literary success eludes her-until she attends an elite salon hosted at her brother’s friend John Hopper’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Among painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under the handsome, enigmatic John’s increasingly romantic attentions.

But just as she and her siblings have become swept up in the society, Charlie throws himself back into her path, and Ginny learns that the salon’s bright lights may be obscuring some dark shadows. Torn between two worlds that aren’t quite as she’d imagined them, Ginny will realise how high the stakes are for her family, her writing, and her chance at love.

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The Edge Of Everything by Jeff Giles | Non-Spoiler Review

I was sent a copy of The Edge Of Everything by Jeff Giles from Bloomsbury in December 2016, in exchange for an honest review prior to the release date.

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Wow okay so I’m back from a crazy long break at not posting due to I work and planning/ packing for my holiday (which I am currently enjoying), but because it is Review Monday and I have missed two Review Monday’s in a row (shame on me) I am bringing to you a very special review.

This is a book that has absolutely captured – and kept a part of – my heart when I read it in the closing weeks of 2016. If you saw my Summer TBR post, you will know that I included it in my December TBR which I had no hope in finishing, though this was one of two novels I’d actually read, out of the total seven books I planned to read in the month.

the-edge-of-everything-book-coverGoodreads Summary:

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

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The Book Of Shhh by Lauren Oliver | eBook Review

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Goodreads Review:

A perfect companion to Lauren Oliver’s bestselling Delirium trilogy, The Book of Shhh expands on excerpts included in the original series. Lauren Oliver delves deeper into the world created in the Delirium trilogy and provides fans with an in-depth look at the terrifying society that her characters live in. This free novella includes case studies, exercises, invocations, quotes, proverbs, and detailed information on amor deliria nervosa.

The Book of Shhh, or the Safety, Health, and Happiness Handbook, describes the perils of amor deliria nervosa. In today’s society, thanks to the cure and its enforcement, our citizens are more productive and committed to their jobs, political organizations, and social impact than ever before. The following excerpts are meant to give portability to a small portion of its materials so that elements of its wisdom may be available for reference on the go.

Do not rely on the following excerpts to diagnose, treat, or address evidence of amor deliria nervosa. Should you believe that you or someone in your family might be infected, call the National Health Services hotline immediately, or seek the care of a professional physician at once.

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