This Savage Song Review

Title – This Savage Song

Author – V.E Schwab 

Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher/ Published – Titan Books/7th June 2016 

Pages – 407

Summary from Goodreads 

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. 

My Rating – 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
So as you guys may know from reading my reviews I am not that good at summarising a plot so I am not going to try as I have included the summary from Goodreads above. 

I don’t know where to begin, I was really excited to start reading this and I am glad I picked it up. At first when I started reading this I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to like it. The start was a little slow and a tad confusing however this all change very quickly and I ended up loving it, hence the 5 stars.

The two main characters were Kate Harker and August Flynn were great. I loved that Kate was cool, feisty and at times not afraid to say it how it is. On the otherhand I loved August because you got to see a vunrability and kindness and at times I felt sorry for him especially after what happens nearer the end. ( if you have read this you will know why). 

I always love books with anything paranormal and this ticked every box. It opened doors to three different types of Monsters,  The Corsai, the Malchai, and the Sunai. The Sunai were my favourite and again if you have read this you could understand why. The ending blew me away and it was left on a cliff hanger so I need the next one as soon as it comes out. Overall a very good, thrilling and exciting read.

Disclaimer – I received this book for free thank you to Titan books in exchange for an honest review. This does not however affect my opinion in anyway.

Six of Crows Review

Title : Six of Crows

Author : Leigh Bardugo

Genre : Young Adult Fantasy 

Publisher/Published : Indigo/2015

Pages : 491
Summary from Goodreads 

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

  • My Rating – 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts

Six of Crows is about a gang called the Dregs which is led by Kaz Brekker. He puts together a crew to carry out an almost impossible mission. That’s all I’m going to say about the plot so I don’t ruin it for the people who haven’t read it. I will sat that the plot had so many twists and turns that I had to stop reading for a second to take it all in. There were a few times I was thinking “Why are you doing this to me Leigh Bardugo??” The book was told through multiple points of view, I don’t usually do well with books with different points of view however Six of Crows is an exception to that. Having the different points of view helped me connect with the characters who I loved. It is hard to choose a favourite between Kaj, Inej, Nina, Jesper, Wylan and Matthias. I loved them all because the each brought a unique twist to the story. If I had to choose a favourite I would say that Kaz tips it slightly. I love the way he talked and acted and I was instantly drawn to him and I just loved him. I read this book in two or three days and I loved every minute of it. I felt so many emotions whilst reading this that included happiness,  sadness, anxiety, anger, confusion and for most of it shock. I wasn’t able to read much for a few days after I read this because I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I think I might have a slight (ok big) obsession with it. The way it ended left me wanting more and I have never wanted the next book as much as I did with this one. Leigh Bardugos writing was some of the best writing I have ever read and it it’s now one of my all time favourite books. It was so unique and the world building/ character building was phenomenal. I really want to read more of Bardugos work and I cannot wait for Crooked Kingdoms.

Favourite Quote – “No Mourners, No Funerals.”

Have you read this? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments.

How I get out of a reading slump.

So as you can tell from the title I am going to let you guys know what I do when I get into a reading slump. As many of you know reading slumps can be the worst. I have experienced slumps that only last a few days but I have also had slumps that have lasted weeks sometimes a month. So here are some of the things I find that help me get out of those pesky reading slumps.

  1. Re-reading Harry Potter. – I have loved Harry Potter ever since I was a child. I always find that when I’m in a reading slump Harry Potter usually gets me out of it. There is something special that I never tire off and I love entering back into the magical world of Harry Potter.
  2. Having a good cup of tea or coffee. – I find that being relaxed helps me read better and get out of slumps. So by having a good cup of tea or coffee it causes me to be calm and makes it easier for me to read. 
  3. Not forcing myself to read – I find the worst thing for me to do during a slump is to force myself to read a book if I don’t want to because I don’t usually read many pages before I put it down again and I lose enjoyment for the book. However I do as I said before re-read Harry Potter.

So there you have it. A few things I do to get out of a reading slump. What do you do to get out of a slump?? Comment your thoughts and tips. 

Illuminae Review

Title – Illuminae.

Authors – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Pages – 599

Publisher – Rock The Boat

Published – November 1st 2015

Summary from Goodreads 

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realises that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.

My Review 

5 out of 5 Stars 

So I am going to show you the quick review I posted on Goodreads after reading this and then I will go into more detail.

Initial Review – Holey Moley. This book was ama zing. I have never read anything like this. From The way it was set out to the plot to the characters, it blew me away. Best book I have read so far this and I am so excited for the sequel.
So basically that was my first thoughts on the book and to be honest they haven’t changed much. I can safely say I have never read a book set out like this bit it was so well done and I had so much fun reading to find out what would happen next. I loved that there were messages, emails, memos, AIDEN and other added bonuses to the books. I’m not going to go to much into the plot because I don’t want to spoil it for you guys. I loved the plot and just when you thought you were sort of understanding it boom plot twist. Plus that ending!! Can I just say I have never wanted a sequel in my hands as much as I did with Gemina so I am super excited for it to come out as I think it will be just as great as the first one. If I could give Illuminae and infinite amount of stars I would.

There you have it guys another review. Let me know your thoughts in the comments