Hiatus

Hello my lovelies

I am going to be taking a short break from blogging as my depression and anxiety are really bad at the moment. It has been worsening over the last few weeks to the point where I don’t feel I am functioning well enough to write posts or read and comment on other bloggers posts.

I don’t know how long I will be gone for, hopefully not too long. Just while I am trying to lift myself out of this shitty dark pit.

Thank you all for your ongoing support.

Steff xx

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A Review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Published: 19 September 2017

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Synopsis

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

My Review

Hmm. For me, this book was just very meh.

I wanted to DNF after the first 100 pages but I kept going because I am stubborn. I also thought that maybe it was just a slow build-up and it was just taking a bit to get going. How wrong I was. I remember only about 2 or 3 things happening, the rest was just talk about killing each other. As with the first book, there were too many POV’s and I found it hard to keep track of who each person was. I didn’t really grow to know many of the characters so I found I wasn’t invested in their welfare….at all.

I could take or leave pretty much all of the characters…except for Katherine who is a nasty, whiney little brat who throws tantrums when things don’t go her way. I liked Arsinoe and Mirabella a lot better. Jules is actually the most interesting character and I would have preferred just a book about her, rather than about 3 queens who may or may not kill each other.

By the end I was pretty much over the whole thing and I don’t think I will be reading the next book that comes out. Don’t get me wrong, I think Kendare Blake is a great writer. This series just hasn’t really been my cup of tea.

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Thank you Pan Macmillan for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

**NO SPOILERS!!**

I just finished Godsgrave and…I absolutely freaking LOVED it. So, my apologies everyone, but this is a super biased review.

Title: Godsgrave

Author: Jay Kristoff

Publication: September 2017 – Harper Voyager

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Synopsis

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.

My Review

Where to start? Umm, oh yeah, I LOVE MIA CORVERE. Like, so fucking much. I love her attitude, I love her swearing and I love her inner turmoil between being good and bad. The funny thing about Mia is that she acts like a heartless bitch but she is so ridiculously far from that and I love that about her.

The banter between Mr Kindly and Eclipse was at time HILARIOUS. I actually laughed out loud quite a few times throughout the book because of the things they would say to each other, and it’s even funnier because they are a cat and dog which feels like part of the reason why they don’t like each other (which I highly doubt however).

The footnotes as always were awesome and funny. I actually enjoyed them more in Godsgrave than I did in Nevernight, maybe because I am more used to it now?? Maybe also because the footnotes were in more appropriate spots so I wasn’t having to refer to them halfway through a sentence or paragraph…

There were quite a few things in this book that had me raising my eyebrows. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that there were some sexual parts (**super swoony**) and ALOT of stabbiness…like, can I say more stabby than Nevernight? Yes, I definitely can.

I can’t really fault anything about this book. I fucking loved it from beginning to end and it has made me love my little assassin even more (if that was even possible). I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for the next book…I need answers, I need more stabbiness and I need more Mia.

Here I finish with one of my favourite quotes from Godsgrave:

“The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand”.

If you haven’t read Godsgrave yet, I IMPLORE you to do so immediately.

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A Movie Review: It

 

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Synopsis

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

My Review

I hate clowns. I have never understood how they are supposed to be fun and entertaining for children, I honestly just think that they are super creepy and I hate them. I haven’t read the book or seen the original movie with Tim Curry, so I am unable to compare to this latest version.

Here is what I know – I loved this movie. Was it scary? No!! But it was funny and it was super creepy. I loved Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), I honestly thought he was played really, really well. I was a bit disappointed we didn’t get much dialogue from him and would like to see more of that in the next movie.

I loved the friendship between “the losers”. I was laughing pretty much the whole way throughout the movie, even when things were hectic I was still laughing at their reactions because quite often they were quite hilarious. This is the first horror movie I have watched where I really loved the main characters and wanted them to live (that sounds super weird but usually the MC’s in horror movies are idiots and I hope that I won’t have to see them much longer…).

I didn’t mind the CGI however there were some bits that I thought were a bit unrealistic. I am one of those annoying people who laugh in horror movies, especially when the CGI is unrealistic. It wasn’t a massive issue for me though and I felt that apart from a few parts I was mostly pretty happy with the special effects.

This movie was long – 2.30hrs I think, so I am glad I took some snacks in with me. However I wasn’t sitting there looking at my watch the whole time, I actually found that because the story was so interesting I didn’t care how long it went for.

I have watched a lot of horror movies now, I am quite fond of them (even the crappy ones). I have to say that this is one of my favourite horror movies (apart from Oculus which is my favourite, favourite). I highly recommend this to anyone who loves movies that are creepy. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is super scared of clowns…for obvious reasons.

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Have you seen It yet? What did you think? Did you agree or disagree with my thoughts?

Steff xx