A review: Frost Like Night – Sara Raasch

I am finally catching up with all the reviews I did not write whilst I took myself away from the blogosphere. My drafts are the biggest they’ve ever been as I finally have the writing bug again.
Next up on my long-list of books to review is the concluding third of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy; Frost Like Night.

I began reading this trilogy a few years ago now, picking up the first not long after its release on a whim; as it checks off a lot of check boxes of things I like in a fantasy novel;

  • leading lady
  • multiple lands centre around a specific ~something
  • mAgicAl PoWers!!!
  • weather-centric magic to boot
  • there’s so much more but this list is not the review so I’ma stop

So here we are, the last in the trilogy. I was very tentative going into it as I’ve been burned my trilogies in the past; they’ve always started so strongly, the second book is literally either astounding or appalling and the third never ever concludes it fully.

FLNMeira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

So let’s find out just how Frost Like Night held up!
This review, as ever, is spoiler free.

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A review: This Savage Song – V. E Schwab

I have a confession to make, before This Savage Song, I’d never read a V. E. Schwab book. Which is all sorts of insane for a self-confessed fantasy lover. Thankfully, I can now say I’ve read at least one! (almost two, currently on Out Dark Duet).

Goodreads Synopsis

TSSThere’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

As always, this review is spoiler-free!

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A review: Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer was one of the first books I received via my workplace as an advanced copy – so there was lots of excitement from me upon getting my hands on this absolutely stunning book!

Goodreads Synopsis

STD
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 or 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?

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A review: Happy Mum, Happy Baby – Giovanna Fletcher

This is a weird book for me to have read really, I am not a parent. I am not experiencing motherhood, nor am I anticipating it, at all! I don’t plan on joining the ranks of these wondrous women for awhile yet here I am reading a book about parenting.
Being English, I know who Giovanna Fletcher is, I am the perfect age really to know who she is. Well-known in part to her long relationship and then marriage to McFly member Tom Fletcher, an author, actress, journalist, in her own right too, I grew up with McFly and their members – so I grew up knowing who Giovanna, Gi to her friends, was too.

Book description from the book itself

HMHBBeing a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other.
But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer ‘advice’ on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.

Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.

This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience – Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us – instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.

I received this book for free through my work (in a bookshop) in exchange for an honest review.
So let us get to said review!

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The Disappearing Act – a life anecdote.

Just an update in the life of Katy – hey that’s me!

Mainly, I’ve been a bit sparse on the updates recently and my posting has definitely been nothing short of sporadic. So here’s a quick update on life and all things blog related and how soon I plan on getting back on track.

Essentially, I moved! I moved from my lovely little house with my boyfriend and back into my parent’s house – therefore just the one room for me! It was a big upheaval as I had accumulated a house’s worth of stuff, to then fit into one room. It was a lot of being determined and throwing away/donating all that was completely necessary/those I couldn’t because sentimentality is a thing.

Secondly, my social life has therefore increased as I now have to plan to see my boyfriend rather than him just being there; when I woke up, when I got home, it’s very strange.

Lastly, I got sick, nothing serious but it’s kept me bedbound and unwilling to do anything other sleep my days away or watch mindless rubbish on YouTube as short 10/15 mins videos are pretty much as far as my attention span went.

So stick with me! I’m on the mend and the posts are being queued up and I should be back on track soon.

Katy.

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I love love love being nominated for these! So thank you so so so much to Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews whose blog you should most definitely check out – it’s wonderful!

So let’s get down to it, shall we?

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and then write 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in a post/on your site.

Mandy’s Questions

Favourite Disney character (look at me, I’m not even limiting it to a princess, can we call this progress?)

Well, in honor of the book princess, I’m picking a princess anyway! Belle has always been my favourite Disney character. I’ve always related to her most, my nose always firmly in a book! She’s also quietly strong which I’ve always loved too.

What can always make you laugh?

My friends – typical answer. My boyfriend – typical answer. Whatculture Youtube videos. The US Office.

What is your favourite quote?

Just one?! Mandy, what are you doing to me?! Uhm uhm uhm…

I’ll go with a recent one from Crooked Kingdom because I could not get it out of my mind after I read it.
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

And always “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.” from The Outsiders.

If you could have any animal in the world (or beyond) as a pet and you knew for sure that it wouldn’t eat you – what would it be?

Oh man, there’s so many possibilities! I think I’d want a dragon. Especially one akin to Saphira from The Inheritance Cycle. I loved that connection, it was one of my favourites aspects of that book series.

What book do you wish that everyone would read?

This is possibly the hardest question you could’ve asked. I think through pure enjoyment and nostalgia, and general love for it; Harry Potter. If everyone read and then felt the way I do about Harry Potter, that would be lovely.

Coffee, tea.. neither?

TEA! I’m a stereotypical Brit in this aspect. Tea, always Tea!

What authors are insta-buys for you?

There’s a few; Sarah J. Maas, Rainbow Rowell, Leigh Bardugo, Jay Kristoff.

How do you feel about classic books?

I wish I could read them more, but half the time whilst I’m reading, I’m basically translating in my head. I adore Pride and Prejudice, so I’m definitely going to try my hand at more. Next, I will be attempting Moby Dick.

What song is stuck in your head at this very minute?

Since they released their newest album, Night People. I haven’t been able to get You Me At Six’s; Give, out of my mind. It’s one of the most beautiful songs they’ve ever done. You can find the audio video on their YouTube channel here.

And last, but not least, what do you think your favourite book of 2017 will be?

More than likely it will be between A Court Of Wings and Ruin or the as yet Untitled Throne of Glass #6, both by Sarah J Maas.

My Questions

  1. Favourite book-to-film adaptation?
  2. Following on – what book do you want to be made into a TV show/film?
  3. Lastly – now dreamcast that film/tv show, only a few characters.
  4. If you were to write a book, what do you think your main character would be called?
  5. What are three songs you adore and why?
  6. Do you play video games? What are a couple of your favourites?
  7. What book would you like to play through as a video game?
  8. What is your favourite Disney film?
  9. What three book characters would you like to have lunch with?
  10. If you were to get a vook related tattoo, what would you get?
  11. What’s your favourite breakfast food?

My Nominees

Luna @ Bookish Luna

Rendz @ Reading With Rendz

Leanne @ Snowly’s Rambles

Anastasia @ Books, Tea, & Insanity

Charlotte Annelise @ Charlotte Annelise

Irena @ Books and Hot Tea

Maxine @ The Rogue Storyteller

Laura @ The Book Corps

Nova @ Galaxy Locks

Courtney @ A Wonderland of Books

Klara @ Ribbon Reviews