The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye Playlist

Papaoutai – Stromae

Sur ma route – Black M

Est-ce que tu m’aimes? – Maitre Gims

These first three are because there’s a lot of French going on in this book so I thought I would include some French songs that I like.

Dollhouse – Melanie Martinez

I did find that everything seemed really contained especially the Island and I think this fits the feel.

Mothertongue – Twin Atlantic

This is more a language thing again; this is a really new album and song and I’ve been loving it.

Feeling a Moment – Feeder

So much of this story comes down to individual moments and actions so here’s a song I believe fits.

Mardy Bum – Arctic Monkeys

Vika can be so miserable and that has to be addresses.  

Love is Only a Feeling – The Darkness

There’s too much focus on the romantic element in this book and I hate it!

I’m Not An Angel – Halestorm

This is a reflection on how Nicolai and Vika are not invincible and do have their limitations.

Carpe Diem – You Me At Six

This is about living life and I think it fits in with the end of the story.

Home – Daughtry

There are so many people that are away from home so I thugh including a song would be good.

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September Wrap Up and October TBR

This was a terrible reading month for me, it didn’t start out great, I kept picking up books and didn’t find anything I wanted to read. Then Empire of the Storms came out and then I hated that. So I kept picking up books that I didn’t enjoy. Then The Crown’s Game was good but took em forever to read and since then I’ve been picking up books unsure of what to read. Swarm came out so hopefully that will get me back into the spirit.

Surprisingly enough I reached my Good Reads challenge of 52 books this month (I don’t include comics.

This month I did also read a lot of comics and I think that’s what has kept em sane.

I also started back at university and I’ve read about a dozen academic papers so that’s also not helping me read.

Anyway, there’s my update about me, let’s move on shall we?

September Wrap Up

I’m just going to list the books I read ratehr than get into the detail about the comics.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

So this is quite an easy read and I did enjoy it, it was super quick to get through and the relationships and premise were really different and interesting to me. I’m looking forward to picking up Yoon’s new release.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I hated this book, nothing worked for me and I don’t quite see the benefit to the series, it was just a ridiculous amount of build up with little pay off to me. I will complete the series but in all honesty I don’t hold much hope for the last book. This actually really upset me because I read Queen of Shadows at the beginning of this year and absolutely adored it and for this to fall flat for me was a shame.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

I really liked this book, it was different, interesting, had a unique take on magic, and was in a unique location. However, after reading this after EoS I had a sour taste in my mouth and I wanted this to refresh em but as of currently it hasn’t and I refuse to hold that against this book.

 

October TBR

I think I’m going to pick up some adult fantasy this month to try and enjoy that style of story telling, I don’t know how it will work out because there are also a few new releases that I’m excited for as well.

This TBR is constructed more as possible pick ups for me because I don’t think I can tie myself down with how my mood is right now.

Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

A Torch Against the Night

These three are on the top of the pile but that may change but this is my goal and then below is whatever I decide I feel like but I would really like to get to Gemina as well.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Replica by Lauren Oliver


If you have any suggestions I would be really interested to hear them. Also I know I’ve got a lot of long books but it hasn’t been the size of the books I’ve been reading because I’ve only really read about 30-40 pages so the size doesn’t matter. I also would consider contemporary but I’ve been trying to put them up and all I want to read is fantasy so that’s been a struggle as well.

T5 Wednesday – Gateway into Fantasy

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme that was created by Gingerreadslainey, you can see all the topic that are decided on the Goodreads page if you want to get involved.

This weeks topic is:

Book’s that are probably a good way to get into fantasy

Afterworld by Scott Westerfeld

This is one complete story and is unique and the fantasy is broken up by a bit of contemporary and it’s not too full on and I think this would be a good first fantasy book.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is a bit more full on but it’s for the older readers trying to get into fantasy because it’s constructed so well and deals with some more serious topics.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

So this is a duology but is a retelling and a lot of people have probably heard of the original story. It’s super non-committal and quick to jump in and enjoy.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is just great especially how well it is constructed and it’s short but the characters are lovable.

Shaodw and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I’m recent on the bandwagon but read this!


What’s your favourite genre and what books would you recommend to people wanting to jump into it?

Gotham City Sirens, Volume 1: Union by Paul Dini (Writer), Guillem March (Illustrator), Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator), Scott Lobdell (Writer) Issues 1-7

So a friend recommended this to me 7 years ago…… yup, I have issues but a damn good memory.

Story:

The story was mediocre; there wasn’t really anything to it. It was just sort of the generic fight the bad guy. The element that made it interesting to me was that it was Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn together. That was the dynamic that made it interesting.

Art:

I didn’t like the art at the beginning but I think the illustrator must have changed because then I really enjoyed it. It’s still the sexy woman trend but it’s DC it isn’t going to change as a whole. (Want a change; look to the new batgirl). I did love the cover art as a overall trend though. It was nice to have more of the focus on these three characters.

Characters:

I love these characters and that’s pretty much the reason I wanted to read this. There isn’t anything unique and you don’t really get back story so you’ll have to know the characters if you want to read this.

Writing:

The writing is kind of average, it reminded me why I switch to Indie comics. It’s just sort of a monthly story that you tell and then move on and it’s not really all that interesting.


I’ll be honest, I don’t recommend this. If you love Harley, Ivy, and Catwoman, then year read it but you’re reading it for them. If not, skip it; there’s much better comics and stories out there.

Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator), Stjepan Šejić (Illustrator), Ed Brisson (Letterer)

So I’m loving this series, it’s just so different and interesting and I really love the characters and going on all their adventures.

Story:

So this leads off from the the previous volume but focuses more of the overarching enemy. It contains a lot more investigation and action rather than getting introduced to the characters. However, I did enjoy how their backstories were woven into the story and how it played an important part. I’m really loving this but I’m kinda sad how short it is with there only being 16 issues released I think. But that’s more the selfish side of me. I do like how this ended and lead you into slightly knowing what the next volume would involve. It did leave you on a cliffhanger but I’m glad I got some idea of what was going to happen.

Art:

I really love this art. It does have a lot of the sexy women vibe going on but at least it’s not the worst.

Characters:

This is my favourite part of the story. I really love the different personalities and how we got more of the backstory in this. I really also enjoy the side characters but it is a bit annoying that they’re brought in due to romantic involvement only. There are the other merc clans but there isn’t enough of them involved in the story.

Writing:

This is also a really good part of the story. It’s not the most original ideas but it’s done in a unique way. I still love the humor and the slow build up and how things aren’t rushed and he takes his time to tell the story he wants.

I would definitely recommend this story but is on the more mature end of the spectrum. Basically if you would read saga you can read this.

 

 

 

Empire of the Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Ok, so I hated this book so there’s your warning for this review. I will try and put this into words in the least negative way possible. I’m not going to do my usual breakdown but instead shall bullet point because I doubt anyone is going to read this and I’m probably going to get some hate for it. So here we go!

  1. It took me two weeks to read……. books normally take a week max.
  2. There is so much fan service in this book, everyone has to get paired up, so many relationships are going on and somehow everyone is with each other? It’s just ridiculous.
  3. People have got over things too quick and they make it seem like such a distant memory. It makes no sense.
  4. Everything is hidden and just magically happens and there’s plans and a plot but it doesn’t really count when the author hides absolutely everything. That’s a really unpleasant way to unwind a story and plot.
  5. THE CONSTANT REFERENCE TO THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE!!!!! This is apparently the most important book in the goddamned series!!!! IF IT WAS SO IMPORTANT WHY WAS IT NOVELLAS; traditionally known for just adding to the story but this was now integral to the whole series!? Not a fan.
  6. 600 pages of build up…. are you kidding me! This book did not have to be this long.
  7. Everything is impossible and everything keeps stacking!
  8. Magically saved every single time!
  9. Aelin is all powerful and immortal until need me and it really important for her to come through.
  10. Too many villains. Seriously, where was this going, the focus just kept switching.
  11. Too many points of inquiry, suddenly the next this was THE MOST IMPORTANT but wait; why is this important?
  12. I didn’t want to ever pick this book back up; it basically put me into a book slump; a mini one but I have never struggled to read or pick up books and this truly was a good show that I didn’t enjoy this story.

I really didn’t like this. It was just ridiculous and so far removed from what I originally enjoyed when I started out. I don’t know I went from loving Queen of Shadows so much to the sheer hatred of Empire of the Storms.

I really don’t want to discuss this. If you have comments or want to berate me then that’s fine but I just don’t think this book was for me but maybe it”s suited to everyone else.

Rat Queens: Saas & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator) Issues 1-5

I’m on a really big comic kick at the moment so you’re probably going to have to get used to my comic reviews because they’re some of my favourite to write.

Story:

I actually really enjoyed this story, it’s really witty and funny but is a lot more adult. I like that it’s mercenaries because it means you have the ability to have multiple story lines with another overarching story line which keeps it interesting. It was quite spontaneous but there is some exploration into the characters and the history. It’s well done and really fun to read especially as a female because you’ve got female friendships, fighting and strong women, and just a real layer of inclusion.

Art:

I really like this art style, it does remind me of Saga which is good because that’s highly praised for the art. I love the character design and the diversity, the colours used are also really appealing but how the characters are designed makes them really stand out so your eye is drawn to the main action. The backgrounds have been quite plain but still really well done but I would like to get into some more unique settings to see more from the illustrator.

Characters:

We have 4 main characters and at first I thought one or two would steal the show but it’s done really well where each has their own turn. You can clearly see the different personalities going on and I really enjoy that. I also really like how they interact with each other and I’m looking forward to getting to know their backgrounds. We do see some character development but it’s very minor but has potential to grow and be great.

Writing:

This is the best part of it. It’s super funny but also has a layer of crudeness but it doesn’t go overboard. It’s very brunt but doesn’t apologise for it and I really enjoy that because it suits the characters and the story. I haven’t read anything by the writer before but he has a nother series called peter Panzerfaust that I may look to pick up just to read more of him.

Bonus:

Also another thing I loved about this is that in the individual issues there’s content at the end that has a Q & A and fan art and fan creations and I think that’s such a good way to engage with the community.


What was the last comic you read?