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Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) – V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

ADSOM left me with so many questions:
– What happened to Holland? (he couldn’t be dead)
– Did Lila get her pirate ship and sail off into the sunset?
– And what about Kell and Rhy?
What happens next in the story?
It’s the mark of a great author if she can leave you with that burning question, evoking the desire to grab the next book, to keep reading.

As expected, Kell’s experience with the black stone and his sacrifice to save Rhy didn’t leave him unscathed. We see him struggling with his demons, to accept the consequences of his actions in ADSOM. Trying to come to terms with who he is, with his conscience. I could feel his struggles with himself, the people he loved, his magic. This was a transition period for Kell and everyone knows you don’t get through it without scars. All that angst and longing and hurt feelings.

Lila was off finding trouble as usual, learning how to be stronger, more powerful. She was already deadly with her knives. Now she was turning into a force of nature and I wondered when she would collide with Kell. She’s a scoundrel and unrepentant. You can’t help but love her crooked ways.

I loved how Kell and Lila met in ADSOM and I was a bit disappointed when they went their separate ways. AGOS shows how they evolved separately only to come together stronger than before.

Also, I loved the new characters in AGOS, namely Alucard (Captain Gorgeous) and how the supporting characters were developped further, especially Rhy. The devotion to Kell was admirable and we also find out his reasons for doing what he did in ADSOM, his regrets and his feelings.

The Element Games were in one word, Wow. I could feel the excitement in the air, the adrenaline spikes as the magicians battled each other.

And of course, Black London refused to stay buried and forgotten.

The ending chapters blew my socks off and were a seat-gripping ride. Kell’s predicament, his feelings wrenched at my heart. ADSOM was good but AGOS was superb.

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Synopsis: It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London. Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
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Posted in Book blog, Bookish Memes, Bookstagram Challenge

Apr 16 – The K2 (2016) – Bodyguard #Aprilbibliokdramatics

Yesterday was a super hectic day for me and I’d run out of my photos so I didn’t get time to take some new ones and post. That means 4 Instagram pictures from me today. Oh, boy. Got my work cut out for me.

Undead Or Alive is one of my favorite books by Cynthia Eden.

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Part of my review (5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟): The Devil making a deal with Cassius to find a woman? What hidden agenda did Luke have now? Why did he want this woman found? Why was Leo after her as well? How had she hidden herself from both brothers? What did she mean to both of them? All these questions needed answers. So of course, I had to read this book.

Cassius was extraordinary. I loved his voice and he was intriguing and fierce. And his affliction? Falling for the very woman he had to hand over to Luke. And you didn’t break a deal with the devil and go off scot-free.

The way Cynthia Eden writes Cassius’s character, you can’t help but love him. Add in a courageous heroine as a counterpart and an intriguing story-line? Perfect. Plus, we get to see meddling Luke and annoying Leo again. What fun!

Each time I read one of Cynthia Eden’s paranormal romances, I get blown away by the plot-line and the suspense and mystery so cleverly crafted in the story. She has an excellent imagination and Undead or Alive hit the bulls’ eye once again.

 

Posted in Book blog, Bookish Memes, Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday – 16 April 2018

Well, it’s Eeny, meeny, miny, moe for this Monday’s choice of books from my GR shelf. Hmmm, which one shall it be? Let’s go with Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon. (Actually, my eeny, meeny, miny, moe fell on another book but I totally cheated because I wanted to talk about The League series. Lol. )

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Synopsis: In the Ichidian Universe where The League is law, most live in fear. We fight back. Welcome to a world where corrupt assassination politics dominate everyone. It’s kill or be killed. Welcome back to the future…and meet hell’s new breed of heroes. Devyn Kell spent his life in service to the League until he learned of the double dealing and backstabbing that was costing innocent people their lives. Refusing to play those politics, he became a Runner; someone who makes sure planets get the weapons, medicine and supplies they need to survive. May the gods have mercy on any who get in his way, because he definitely won’t. Alix Garran is a woman on the run from a past she can’t escape. Signing on to work for Devyn as a System’s Engineer, she finds a cause she can fight for—and a man she can respect. But as Alix’s past catches up to her, and Devyn’s old enemies turn lethal, they have to fight together…or fall alone, in Born of Ice, the third bestselling League novel from Sherrilyn Kenyon.

I read book 1 & 2 of the League series but I haven’t been able to get around to reading Book 3. It’s definitely been forgotten in my TBR pile.

And I don’t even know why. Hmm, some other book must have stolen my attention – the quirks of a bookworm. We get so easily distracted – by shiny new covers, shiny new books. 😉

The League series is sci-fi and spaceships and galactic battles. Awesome! 

Goodreads Monday is a weekly hosted meme by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate in the meme, you have to choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

 

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Music Monday – 16 April 2018 – Selfish – Virginia To Vegas

For once I haven’t faced this Monday with the absolute hatred I usually reserve for Mondays. 😉 The difference is that I went for a run this morning at 5.30 a.m. Yeah, it’s a big achievement for lazybones me. I love running but I’m so lazy, I can’t get myself to leave the house and actually do it. I finally dragged my ass out today.

And you know what? It was amazing. When I run, I focus on my breathing, focus on just putting one foot in front of the other. When I run, my mind’s wiped clean. Of worries and laziness and sleepiness. My mind just plain empties of thoughts. All those thousands of thoughts that go in your head. Sometimes I wish I could get away from my thoughts and running gives me that.

For this Monday, I’ve chosen one of my favorite songs, Selfish – Virginia To Vegas that even after listening to it ten thousand times on repeat, I’m still addicted to. 😀

Music Monday is hosted by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Be sure to check out his awesome blog. Have a great Monday.

 

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Apr 15 – 🎧🎶Today – Kim Bo Hyung🎶🎧 #Aprilbibliokdramatics

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer is one of my favorite Contemporary YA books. If you haven’t read it yet, you really should. 😊

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Synopsis: When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they’ve hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want? Once Zoe arrives, however, she’s assigned to serve “The Queen”-Fairyland’s boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money. Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe’s job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?
Posted in Bookish Memes, Saturday Stars

Saturday Stars – 14 April 2018 – Tenaka Khan

I feel like a total narcoleptic. I keep yawning a lot and all I wanna do is sleep, sleep, sleep. Add in my dilemma – at night I turn into an insomniac. Oh, boy. Talk about a quandary. I get to sleep in tomorrow, so it’s all good. 🙂

For this Saturday, I’m playing Eenie, Meeny, Miny, Moe about which character to star. Then I looked over my list of previous stars and I was surprised that I haven’t featured my beloved Tenaka Khan yet. Continue reading “Saturday Stars – 14 April 2018 – Tenaka Khan”