Thank you all so much! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your undying support for all the crap we put up on this blog. Even when we disappeared for a month (Well we were in a place away from the internet…) you people still stuck with us. So thank you!
This is Beez and I after we got the notification
Now based on my review of the first book one might think I wouldn’t continue the series but I felt it had potential to be something more and so I did… also because I was part of a read along on instagram… so yeah.
My view of the plot: We pick off right where we left off at the end of the first book (which is something that I’ve never seen before) and this time Laia is hell bent on getting her brother out of the worst prison, Kauf. And Elias is with her through and through.
Now that Marcus is Emperor, he forces Helene, the newest Blood Shrike a.k.a second in command, to hunt down Elias and so begins a great book.
To be honest, I’m glad I continued on to the second book of this series because I really enjoyed this book and here are the reasons why:
Wow… I read this book with a bunch of people on bookstagram and everyone else seemed to love it while I was possibly the only one commenting about how much I hated everything. *imagine me typing shit with a shriveled face*
Oh wait stop imagining that for I haves the gifs-
If a book blows away my mind, sucks away my soul and leaves me a hollow shell then I know that I have found my new favourite author.
In my mind, once I have fallen in a deep chasm of love for a book, the immediate next thing I do is sketch the name of that author on my forehead and that’s where I stop.
I hardly ever follow any of them on social media because in my mind they are these perfect beings who are above humanity. And to keep this view from faltering I keep any kind of possible communication with them to a minimum (also because I’m a disaster at communication and if I said anything to them they would shun me forever and then I’d just have to bury myself alive)
I made a list of all the books I need to review and I’ve realized that there are waaay too many of them and so obviously, here’s another edition of my mini reviews! Because I’m super lazy but I also cannot sleep at night if I don’t review them.
#1 The Haters by Jesse Andrews
This is a book that I bought for Beez when it was decided that she was leaving for India forever (I still don’t know what she means by forever… #ignorantbae) I knew that I didn’t have the time to read it but I also REALLY NEEDED TO READ IT cause… I wanted to put in my notes all over it.*
*I also just wanted to really read it
Warning: This review will contain excessive gloating over the fact that I finished this book. BECAUSE ITS FUCKING HUGE. It’s loooong. It’s massive. And I finished it. I fucking finished it. And I will keep repeating it.
So essentially, this book is a coming of age story of a boy named Theo, who, in a terrorist bombing, loses his mother, his brain and his common sense, steals a painting, lives the rest of his life in his own stewed pot of sadness, disaster and drugs. Lots of that. (me being me, extremely enjoyed the drug parts).
Joint review!!! We haven’t done one in such a long time, we almost don’t remember how to do it. Haha! Kidding, we don’t remember at all…
Beez: This is my first Sanderson book. My other half (read: Raven), adores Sanderson to a large (understatement) extent and has so many of his books! In fact she gave me one because she had two copies?
Raven: To be clear, there was a HUGE sale on his books and I got so excited that I accidentally bought two copies of the same book (Book Two part one of the Way of Kings I think). It’s a mistake I don’t fully regret.
I picked this book up because Paperfury had some really good things to say about it and I couldn’t resist reading a book where a European eastern culture is dealt with.
This book is basically a take on Ottoman history’s famous- Vlad Dracula. What if he was a girl? Meet Laga Dragwyla. She and her brother Radu, have been abandoned at the hands of the Ottomans, who she despises. From a very young age, we see Lada being fierce and Radu being gentle and kind, traits that are “expected” to be in the opposite genders.
Then they meet the Ottoman prince Mehmed, and as they grow up with him in the kingdom, their friendship and loyalties are constantly at peril.
I’ve been wanting to talk about this topic for a very long time but I never got around to it cause I’m a lazy shit bag. So, moving on.
I don’t hate romance. I really don’t, but when you give me a book where two characters only care about each other and no one else (or nothing else), not only is it unrealistic but it’s also uninteresting.
I prefer a mix of romance with fantasy or sci-fi because the romance is in the background. It’s not all over my face. I like it when the characters start off as any two strangers would, or when they meet up for a purpose and slowly fall in love.
Eileen was a great read. It was dark and isolating and a detailed portrait of a person but also a reflection. It was like a battle of the self, the anatomy of basic human feelings and thought processes with a dash of poisonous habits. It was brilliant.
The thing about jellyfish was a delight. It was little smiles and a warm heart and good wishes. It was the sweetest and it touched me and I’ll forever yell I loved that book from the rooftops. It also had the most beautiful science that reminded me of my love of science and made me sad that science is usually made boring and dry and theoretical and unloved.