Favourite Books of 2020!

Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you my favourite books of 2020. I have read so many great books this year and I’m excited to share them with you. These are all books I rated five stars and was blown away by. So let’s get into it!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas: I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this and I am so thrilled that I read it in the end. It’s such an amazing book and possibly my favourite out of this entire list. It’s around 800 pages, so it’s a big book, however, I was not once bored the entire time I was reading it. Sarah constantly keeps the plot moving, so my attention never once wavered. There’s so much for you to invest in and I could not put it down because of it. The worldbuilding is incredible and I fell in love with the characters – Bryce and Hunt, in particular. The ending made me cry, it was so emotional. If you’re hesitant about reading it, please just go for it. You will not regret it. It’s the perfect adult fantasy and I cannot wait to read the second one.

The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen: This one was an unexpected five star read. The publisher was giving away advanced copies so I requested one because I liked the sound of it. I hadn’t heard of the author before so I had no idea what to expect and I’m so happy that I managed to get a copy because it blew me away. I’ll definitely be checking more of Louise’s books. It’s not for the faint of heart because the sisters in this story go through a very traumatic experience and they never fully recover from it. They are all kidnapped when they are children and the story flips back and forth between their escape and the looming twentieth anniversary. It’s a really hard-hitting story and I felt so many different emotions while I was reading it. I felt desperately sorry for the sisters and how their childhood was so cruelly taken from them. There’s also so many heartbreaking twists and I had to take a moment to myself after I finished it because this book is just so incredibly impactful. This is a story that will stay with me and one that I’ll recommend to so many other readers.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Unanswered Questions

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you another Top 5 Wednesday post about unanswered questions. Basically I’m going to have a mini rant about some of my most annoying unanswered questions in certain books and I hope you enjoy! Just so you are aware, there’s potential spoilers.

Unresolved plot line: What happened to Kellen’s shadowblack?

As much as I love this series, I’m still annoyed that the plot line I was most invested in and mentioned in every review, never got resolved! Sure, we got a book about it and that was great, but Kellen doesn’t find a cure in the end and he doesn’t even seem to have a view on his shadowblack. Does he care that it will drive him mad eventually? I suppose it would have been a downer with it being the last book but some clarification about his shadowblack would have been appreciated! For me, this will forever be the one plot line that sounded exciting, but ended up being the most underwhelming.

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REVIEW: Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #6)

Title: Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell
Pages: 410
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 17th October 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

A young queen will die. A continent will go to war. And one little murder can stop it all.

Kellen and Reichis are settling into their lives as protectors of the young queen. For the first time in his life, Kellen feels as if he’s becoming the kind of man that his mentor Ferius wanted him to be. Even Reichis has come to appreciate having a noble purpose – so long as no one minds him committing the occasional act of theft from the royal treasury.

But thousands of miles away a war is brewing that the Argosi always warned could destroy the continent. Word comes from an unexpected source that there’s one way Kellen can prevent a hundred years of bloodshed. He just has to be willing to kill for it…

Now Kellen and his sister Shalla find themselves on opposite sides and neither love nor loyalty can protect them from the choices they must make.

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REVIEW: Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #5)

Title: Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell
Pages: 400
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

A royal conspiracy. An unbreakable curse. An outcast mage will face an impossible choice…

An innocent mistake sends Kellen to the hangman’s noose and his only way out is to agree to murder an eleven-year-old queen. But Kellen soon discovers the child monarch is much shrewder than anyone realises – and in a great deal more danger.

Can an outlaw spellslinger and his squirrel cat business partner unravel a treasonous plot without bringing down the most powerful empire on the continent?

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May 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! I’m really pleased with what I read in May, but I definitely fell flat on my face thinking it was a good idea to read a six book series. I wanted to read two series in May – Spellslinger and The Nevernight Chronicle – but I didn’t end up finishing either of them. I read four out of six of the Spellslinger books and I suddenly wasn’t in the mood for the last two. That sucked massively as I really love this series. I also wasn’t in the mood for Nevernight, so instead I read completely different books. Here’s what I read and my reasons for not finishing Spellslinger:

The Sight of You by Holly Miller: I don’t normally gravitate toward contemporary or romance novels but this one caught my eye. Joel has visions of what’s going to happen to those he cares about – good and bad things. He’s avoided love because he’s always seen how it ends but then he meets Callie. Joel slowly falls in love with Callie, but then he has a vision of how their relationship will end and he has to decide whether to end things with Callie or to continue seeing her knowing how and when it will end. This was an emotional story and certainly tugged at my heartstrings, but I felt a bit conflicted with the story. It’s hard to say without giving away spoilers but I was expecting something different to happen. Also, while the beginning and the ending were compelling, the middle of the story fell a bit flat and not much was happening. I ended up giving this three stars overall.

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REVIEW: Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #4)

Title: Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell
Pages: 400
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

A spell warrant on his head. A posse on his trail. A curse on his eye.

Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own, searching for a mythical monastery known as the Ebony Abbey. It’s a place that outsiders can never find, but Kellen is getting desperate. He’s been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the shadowblack than anyone else – and that they even know how to cure it.

But there are darker truths waiting there for Kellen, and when he finds himself separated from Reichis he’s forced to face the world alone and venture deeper into shadow magic than he ever knew he could. 

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REVIEW: Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #3)

CharmcasterTitle: Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell
Pages: 400
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 17th May 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UKWaterstones

Synopsis: 

On the run from mages and bounty hunters, Kellen’s life as an outlaw spellslinger is about to get a lot worse. 

At a poker game in a mysterious saloon, Kellen’s mentor Ferius Parfax is handed an unusual card depicting a delicate mechanical bird. To anyone else it would be a curiosity, to an Argosi it means war.

They trace the bird to Gitabria, land of wondrous contraptions, where spies have gathered from all over the continent, willing to kill to get their hands on it. But the device holds an even darker secret – one that will set off a war unless Kellen and his thieving squirrel cat, Reichis, can uncover it first.

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May 2020 TBR

Hey guys! Today I’m going to talk about the books I want to read in May. I think this is looking to be a fantasy series month – I feel like tackling some of my unread series and obviously most of them are fantasy. Here’s what I’d like to read:

Spellslinger (Books 1-6) by Sebastien de Castell: I remember saying that while I was working from home I wanted to read the last three books in Spellslinger series. However, I have now decided to reread the entire series because a) I love this series so much and b) I don’t entirely remember what happened in the second and third books. I’m going to try to read all six books this month, but if not then I definitely want to read the first three. I hope I end up giving them all five stars again!

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Books I Want to Read While Working From Home

Hey guys! I hope you’re all well and safe! I am working from home now for the foreseeable future and since I’m going to be spending a lot more time at home, I thought I would try and find something good in this scary situation: reading! I have a lot of heavy hardbacks that are difficult to carry to and from work and while I’m not going to be travelling anywhere anytime soon, I thought I could actually read all these massive books! Here’s what I’d like to read in the coming weeks:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: I got these books as soon as they were published but I have struggled to find time to read them because they’re so heavy and thick! I’ve heard lots of great things about the first book, not so much the second one though so this should be interesting. I’ve not read any of Laini’s books before but I’ve heard that her writing is very whimsical and poetic. I don’t know too much about these. I believe the first one is about Lazlo Strange who is a dreamer and is obsessed with the lost city of Weep. Fingers crossed I fall in love with Laini’s writing!

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