Friday, 26 January 2018

Mini Reviews - January Edition


When thinking about what new things to bring onto Amy's Bookish Life I came up with idea of starting Mini Reviews. I have decided that I'm not going to do a full on review of every book I read in 2018 but I still want to share my views with you so a Mini Review series is the perfect idea.

I'll be doing this once a month and just talking about books that I have recently read that I want to share. I am really excited to start this and hope you all love it. This month's books are from December/January. Enjoy!

Cloaked in Shadow by Benjamin Alderson
Published by Oftomes Publishing
Released 18th December 2017

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn't know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.
 
Cloaked in Shadow was fabulous debut by Ben! Full of magic this is definitely one to read if you love your YA fantasy. I was that hooked that I read it in less than two days. The diversity amongst the characters was outstanding and I loved how many were LGBTQ. You need more of that in fiction these days and it was great to read a story that wasn't the norm. The plot was perfect and everything was well paced. I am so excited to read the next book in this series.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Vintage
Released October 6th 2016 (this edition)


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des RĂªves
The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.

This was such a magical, enchanting read. I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical at first as I had heard mixed reviews. However, I was instantly transported to this world of magic, wonder and amazement. I’ll admit that it was hard to keep up with all the characters at times and that could be seen as a bit confusing to some. Despite this I loved all the multiple plots that all culminated together for the final showdown and every character was fully developed and had their own personality. Definitely worth a read if you love circuses, magic and fantasy.


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Indigo
Released June 19th 2014



The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

I LOVE The Grisha Trilogy and read all three books in just under a few months ending with Ruin and Rising. Anticipation could be the word used to describe how I was feeling about reading the final instalment and I wasn't disappointed. It tied up all the lose ends and I was pretty satisfied with ending. Granted, it did drag a bit in the middle but that was made up by the action, the determination and the grit of the characters. Alina Starkov will now be known as one of my favourite YA heroines of all time. 

So there are a few mini reviews for this month. Until February!

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