Lord of Shadows – New Blog Style

So I’ve been pretty unmotivated to write blogs recently. Part of that is due to my favourite bloggers not being able to post so I don’t feel that drive to respond. And secondly I have a new hobby that has taken over my life. Crochet…. I’ve spent some time trying to combine these two loves and come to something that has fulfilled me.

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So here is what I think is a rather pretty crochet/book picture that I took. I’ve not spoken about Lord of Shadows because I didn’t like it. For me it just fell so flat and I never wanted to pick it up. I loved Lady Midnight because of how fresh and well written he plot was but it was all so lackluster for me in this sequel.

I still like the characters and relationships but some of it was quite unnecessary. I was surprised by the ending but didn’t really have an emotional reaction to it. The third book isn’t due to 2019 I believe but I’ll be 22/23 then and I might be too old for it….. Does anyone else get that feeling?

On a more positive not I am SO excited for her other series, mostly the Magnus Bane novels. I love Shadowhunters, I love the world and characters and I always will but at some stage I fear I may have to leave it behind.

So for the crochet portion. Even if you don’t like crochet then that’s fine, I’m not going into technicalities because I am not very skilled. But here is a little portrait of Church the cat I made.


Problem was that I know Church is dark grey with yellow eyes but trying to portray that in this craft is quite hard. I also wanted to a scornful Church but being unable to do that I thought about how Church reacts to Jem and Jace then this would be alright.

Also something else I have’t shared is the fact that I keep a journal of the books I read. This is my entry for Lord of Shadows, feel free to read.

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I tend to use this journal as a short snappy note idea. It means I can go back and look at what I thought. I know I have my reviews on my blog but there’s just something so appealing about the physical format and feeling like I am creating a catalogue. It also means that people can look through it and see what I’ve read and a brief summary of what I thought.

Well guys let me know what you thought of Lord of Shadows and also what you thought of the new style.



Homemade Bookmarks

So today I thought I would share something that is cute and adorable. I have a love/hate relationship with bookmarks.

I read a mix of books and comics so I always require multiple bookmarks but that means that I end up having millions everywhere and inevitably lose them. I love the trend of making your own bookmarks and I’v tried the watercolour and colouring in and design making but  just don’t have the artistic prowess to do so.

I’m hoping that these will act as my cute bookmarks and with how quick and simple they are to make, if I lose or ruin them then I can quickly whip up some more.

I cam across these on Fiber Flux’s youtube channel (link to video) and I just couldn’t not make them. I also then thought…. why can’t I do it with hearts. The peach and crem flowers are my favourite.

Anyway, short post but thought it would be something fun.

Confess by Colleen Hoover

confess.jpgAuburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

Published 10th March 2015

303 pages

Try It – 3 stars

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So after finishing More Than This I needed a relatively short quick book before Lord of Shadows came out, I had this sitting on my shelf from the library and flew through it. I visited Aberdeen for a few days which meant I had a lot of time to read on train journeys.

I have been enjoying Colleen Hoovers books as simple quick reads but only recently got into her New Adult stuff and I enjoy it a lot more than her young adult. I don’t know if that’s due to her still set or just how I relate to the stories due to my age.

I found the characters in this slightly forgettable. It was such a weird twist on the book and I’m unsure how I feel about Owen. I did really appreciate the art in this book. Whoever the artist is their work is truly beautiful. I also found that the premise behind the art was really intriguing and I really liked the exploration of that and seeing the representation of the confessions to art.

In terms of the confessions I don’t know if I wanted the confessions to play a bigger or smaller role because the in between stage meant I wanted so much more but due to how it was being used left me sort of unsatisfied.  I think my problem was that I didn’t like how Auburn was tied into it. I didn’t appreciate how it started being used as a plot device and allowed her to be so childish and tried to seek attention.

It got really dark and really problematic after the first half and I wasn’t happy with how it was justified. There was just such a weird portrayal of the situation Auburn was in and although I can understand her struggle she just really caused herself so many problems. I just wished that she handled the situation differently. I understand her desperation but I just struggled to connect with this story.

I really hated the deservation and possessive nature throughout this. I think the more I write and think about this book the less I like it. In all honesty there’s not much to expect from Colleen Hoover’s books but it’s just a really easy quick read. I just remain uncomfortable with what topic areas Colleen Hoover covers as I don’t know what experience she has with it or the research done in regard to it. I think that’s the most problematic art of her work rather than the stories themselves.

I am looking forward to the new book that should be released in October. I’ve been getting through quite a lot of her books but my favourite still remain as Slammed and Hopeless.

That’s all folks!

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

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A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

Published 1st May 2014

480 pages

Should Read – 4 stars

Read from 16th to 20th May 

So I read this as part of a buddy read book club. I have had a 50% success rate with Mr Ness before picking this up. I loved Monster Calls but The Knife of Never Letting go was a book that I couldn’t even get past the first 150 pages. I was worried that I would maybe only like his work if it was short because he tends to drag out his story and plot which I’m not really a fan of.

So this is a super weird book and you have absolutely no idea what’s going on for quite a long time. But in reading through this your brain is trying to create its own plot line and trying to figure out what is happening and coming up with explanations for the events and actions happening. It does take such a long time to get any answers but in doing so it opens up more questions that then lead to doubts.

Nothing seems real in this world and it’s such a removal from reality. When reading this you are so confused but you can’t stop reading because the mystery and the little bits of information really keep you going. I would tell people to just keep reading because I agree that it’s slow but it is worth it and really starts to open up the world.

The turning point of the story is when other characters are introduced. That was the most important part for me because it just really made things much more interesting and really drew me back into the story. I enjoyed how the side characters added their own personality and stories to the overall plot and how it wove in between them all. I also found that having other characters allowed Seth to confront his issues and really opened up the layers of the story and plot.

I have a few negative things that I have to talk about. First of all it was too long; it took too long to just get into the story and then there was a horribly repetitiveness nature, especially towards the end. I can’t understand why that decision was made except to put the reader into doubt about the underlying reasons for what was happening.

It’s an incredibly open plot and there’s so much doubt and difference to the storyline that there really could be a number of underlying reasons for what was happening. The main problem was the ending and I think that’s a fairly large critique of the book in general. It was horribly open ended and felt like there was going to be a sequel but there just wasn’t enough closure for me.

I am glad that I enjoyed this book as the vague nature is always there in Patrick Ness’s work that I’ve read but it worked out for me much more in this one. I would recommend this book but with the disclaimer that it does have a rather disappointing ending.

That’s all folks!

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Top Ten Tuesday – 6th June

This was meant to be like a discussion about adding a particular genre to my TBR but I don’t have close to 10 about a genre. However, recently I’ve been really wanting to reread books and was able to find a lot of series and books I want to reread. I also really want to marathon some series because reading is just not going well for me.

Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

10 Books/Series To ReRead That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

Book 1 to The Mortal Instruments Series

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

I read this on a holiday in Portugal when I was about 15 or 16 and loved it but I haven’t read the series since. I have been so involved in this world for so long and want to get back.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

Book 1 to the Infernal Devices series

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Same reason as above.

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

Book 1 to The Raven Boys series

Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.

But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.

This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.

This is the year she will fall in love.

Having heard that the spin off is soon I’ve really wanted to go back to this series as it is one of my favourite.

A Court of Thorns and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

Book 1 to the ACOTAR series

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

I recently read ACOWAR and it kinda made me want to go back to it.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon


Darcy Patel is afraid to believe all the hype. But it’s really happening – her teen novel is getting published. Instead of heading to college, she’s living in New York City, where she’s welcomed into the dazzling world of YA publishing. That means book tours, parties with her favorite authors, and finding a place to live that won’t leave her penniless. It means sleepless nights rewriting her first draft and struggling to find the perfect ending… all while dealing with the intoxicating, terrifying experience of falling in love – with another writer.

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, the thrilling story of Lizzie, who wills her way into the afterworld to survive a deadly terrorist attack. With survival comes the responsibility to guide the restless spirits that walk our world, including one ghost with whom she shares a surprising personal connection. But Lizzie’s not alone in her new calling – she has counsel from a fellow spirit guide, a very desirable one, who is torn between wanting Lizzie and warning her that…

I think this is close to my favourite books of all time. I also love how it has two stories integrated into one. I also really like Scott Westerfelds writing and have to find something of his to read as I don’t think his newest book is due till 2018.

The Martian by Andy Weir Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

A mission to Mars.

A freak accident.

One man’s struggle to survive.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Artemis is due at the end of this year and it’s something I cannot even begin to fangirl over. I love Andy Weir’s writing and knowing this I really do want to go back to the Martian.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I read this last summer and kind of want to read it again.

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

Book 1 to the Wings series

Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.

But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.

Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

This is my favourite series of all time. I just have to go back and read this from start to finish after recently finishing the concluding novel.

Wings by Aprilynne Pike Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

Book 1 to the Wings series

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

This is such a blast from the past. I’ve been reading Lord of Shadows and it’s really focused around fae and every time I read about fae all I think about is how Aprilynne Pike constructed this incredible world and I think I have to go back (again).

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Good Reads / WH Smith / Amazon

Book 1 to the Lunar Chronicles series

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

I didn’t read this that long ago I think but yeah I loved these characters and want to go back and spend some time with them.

That’s all folks!

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Comic Book Monday #9 – Woman Power

This was a pretty average comic week. I tried getting into Wonder Woman after seeing the film. I returned to Revival which is written by one of my favourite authors. And I tried the Batgirl reboot within a reboot.

revival 1For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!

Issues 1-5

Published 12th December 2012

Must Read – 4 stars

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New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman! After suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!

Issues  1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11

Published 28th February 2017

Try It 2.5/3 stars

batgirl 1Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles!

Issues 35-40

Published 27th May 2015

Must Read – 4.5 stars

So I decided to try returning to Revivial and in all honesty I don’t know why no one talks about this series especially with how big The Walking Dead is. This is such an interesting series if not all that unique in premise. It does it in quite a cool and brutal way but the writing and art really makes it a must read.

Wonder Woman is still meh to me. I went to see the film and enjoyed it enough but I’ve never been the biggest fan of her comics. Whenever I read it all I want to do is pick up a Rick Riordan book…. That said, if you are interested in the film please try the comics!

Batgirl is incredible. I loved this reboot and re-imagining. It was just such a good story and it really open up the comic field in terms of diversity and representation to me. The best part about this inclusion is that it’s so common place and just written normally. It isn’t forced or shoved down your throat to show how good it is. I honesty think it’s close to comparable to Ms Marvel bar the main protagonist. The artwork is astounding, I think this is some of the most beautiful comic style in any comics I’ve read. (Nothing beats Rob Guillory). I HIGHLY recommend this.

Please talk to me about comics!

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May Wrap Up

This was not a very good reading month. It sort of fell apart near the end because I’ve picked up Lord of Shadows and it’s just not very good and I don’t want to read it much in all honesty. I’ve been relatively busy so that hasn’t helped.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #1) 286 pages

What’s there to say. This was just a really gossipy guilty pleasure read.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #3) 699 pages

I enjoyed this. It was pretty interesting and was a decent finale. I do love this world and I am looking forward to the other books that will be released but the ending left me with a similar feeling that Dreams of Gods and Monsters. It just isn’t a good ending and I kind of wished there was maybe a little epilogue.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 303 pages

This was really great. It was super cute and fuzzy and just the perfect read after ACOWAR. I would recommend it and I want to get to her newest release.

More Than This by Patrick Ness 480 pages

Wow, was this weird. In the best sort of way. I’ve had mixed readings of Patrick Ness but this was a really great story, You never knew what was quite happening. I was unhappy with the ending but also the repetitive nature of the end of the book. I honestly think that had this book just been 100 pages shorter it would have been incredible.

Confess by Colleen Hoover 303 pages

I read this quick and it’s kinda forgettable. There’s always a twist in Hoover books and this is one of my least favourite. I don’t like the problematic things in this book and how our main character justified them. I understand what they were trying to do but I think it could have been done slightly differently.

I think I’ve hit the point all blogegrs do in that there’s so much other stuff going on in my life that the blog and reading has sort of taken a backseat. I really want to do it but finding the motivation is hard. Hope you’re all doing well anyway.

That’s all folks!

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