My Thoughts on A Darker Shade of Magic

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Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Titan Books


Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

-From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

                                   A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic had been on my TBR for almost 4 years, and I was really looking forward to reading it. I’ve heard amazing things about Schwab’s books, and I did like it but I expected more I guess?

So here’s what I loved-

  • Lila Bard

I LOVED her so much. She was so freaking badass and I really related to her dream of becoming a pirate. She had such a vibrant personality and you cant help but fall in love with her.

  • The World

A Darker Shade of Magic is set in a unique world. It’s nothing like I’ve ever read before. The details on the parallel Londons and how magic worked was so fascinating, I really loved how Schwab described them. Also, I LOVE Kell’s coat, it was just so creative!

  • Kell and Lila 

I loved Kell, he was a surprisingly well-rounded character (surprising because he didn’t fall into any of the main male lead stereotype/trope I thought he would). And I absolutely loved Kell’s and Lila’s chemistry, not necessarily romantic, (even tho I do ship them a little) I just loved their interactions.

And here’s stuff I had problems with-

  • Lila Bard

Yup, she makes both lists. I do love her very much, but her attitude towards women who were ‘girly’ really annoyed me. Maybe it’s because she was forced to ‘act like a lady’ throughout her life or something, but it still annoyed me a little.

Or it might be a hint to her being gender fluid? I did hear she was, but I hope it’s actually addressed in the books instead of being just a tweet.

  • SOo many underused characters

There were a LOT of interesting characters I wish I got to know more.

Like Holland. There was such potential! I felt he was a great character. And if Kell, Lila and him had teamed up in the sequels, it would have been such an interesting dynamic. 

Then there’s Rhy, Barron, the evil twins…and so many more!

  • The Climax was underwhelming

I was a little disappointed with how ADSOM ended. I wanted more tension and drama. Throughout the book I was like ‘OMG this so exciting! I WANT to know what happens RIGHT NOW’, and then the ending made me feel like ‘That’s it?’

Anyway, A Darker Shade of Magic was really good (even tho it got a bit slow in the middle). I didn’t exactly love it, like i had hoped. But I enjoyed every bit of it.

4 stars


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My Favourite Friendships in Books


Hey guys!

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic is platonic relationships in books and I thought I’ll list out my favourite friendships in books.

1) Harry and Luna from The Harry Potter series

2) Percy and Annabeth from The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

3) Cinder and Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

4) Winter and Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles

5) Meda and Jo from the Soul eaters Trilogy

6) Inej and Nina from the Six of Crows Duology

7) Bingley and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

8) Cath and Reagan from Fangirl

9) Gwen and Leslie from The Ruby Red Trilogy

10) Mina and Nan from An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series

Let’s talk!

Which are your favourite friendships? Do we have any in common? Are you doing TTT this week? Tell me in the comments!

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My Thoughts on Strange the Dreamer

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Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

– From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Laini Taylor is one of my favourite authors. I loved Daughter of Smoke And Bone, and Lips Touch (which you have to read, if you haven’t). And I knew I was going to love this, but Strange the Dreamer exceeded my expectations. Like, I knew it was going to be amazing, but it was that and more. It’s the kind of book that feeds your soul.

Reasons you should definitely read Strange the Dreamer:

  • The Beautiful Writing:

Laini Taylor’s prose is really pretty, and one of the best lyrical writing I’ve read. It hooks you from the first line. I kept rereading entire paragraphs because it was just so beautiful.

  • The World-Building

Strange the Dreamer is only about 500 pages, but Laini Taylor builds such an intricate world, and blends Science-Fiction and Fantasy seamlessly. You’re given just enough information to know what’s happening, so there’s this big air of mystery and you desperately want to know more. And it’s a talent-keeping your reader dying to know more.

  • The Characters

Strange the Dreamer had a LOT of characters and I loved how each character was given enough backstory and development (My favourite was Lazlo Strange, he’s so precious).

Now, even though I LOVED Strange the Dreamer, I did have problems:

  • The Romance

I had the same problem with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the love story in both the books was a bit rushed. The romance between Lazlo and Sarai was actually really(really) cute and adorable for a few chapters. After that, I felt it was a bit too fast. But again, this was not a big issue for me, just this tiny nit-picky thing.

  • The Last Part

I had issues with the last few chapters, especially with the pacing. For the most part, the book is pretty slow-paced, right? And I loved it. Weep’s mystery and other details of this world was described extensively. But everything felt rushed towards the end.

However, Strange the Dreamer was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was AMAZING and you should definitely pick it up, if you haven’t already!

5 stars

My Favourite Lines

“He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.” 

“Without his books, his room felt like a body with its hearts cut out.”

“The library knows its own mind… When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.”

“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around”

“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”

“Beautiful and full of monsters?”

“All the best stories are.” 

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Have you read Strange the Dreamer? Did you like it? Do you plan to read it? Have you read any other Laini Taylor books? Tell me in the comments!

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Library Lover’s Book Tag

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So it’s been quite a while since I did a book tag. And I LOVE tags! I saw this one over at Book Princess Reviews and I knew I just had to do it (don’t forget to check out their post!).

Now, I get most of my books from the library, buying books is wayyy too costly. And I love visiting my library, it’s one of those places that makes me really happy. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by books right? The one I go to has a lot of books,when compared to how small it is. So it’s a really cozy place, and there are books all around you and it’s a really happy place!

So I felt this tag was PERFECT for me!

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My Thoughts on Catwoman: Soulstealer

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Title: Catwoman: Soulstealer

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers


When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

-From Goodreads

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My Thoughts

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)

Disclaimer: I haven’t read any of the comics, so I have absolutely no idea how accurate Catwoman’s portrayal is.

Rating: 3.5 stars!

I hadn’t actually planned to read Catwoman. I’m not a big Sarah J Mass fan, her Court of Thorns and Roses series was not for me ( but I did love the first 2/3rd of Mist and Fury). A Court of Wings and Ruin was a horrible mess and I didn’t really feel like picking up any of  her other books. But I was curious and my library had it and now we’re here.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed Catwoman. It was not a great book, but it kept me entertained and I ended up loving it anyway. It was nothing extraordinary, felt like a typical action hero book, but I loved it.

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