Reverie of Wanderlust

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Photography by yours truly in Piano di Sorrento, Italy

Whilst walking through the ornate streets of Italy, the blooming scent of the most lush fruit entwined with the crisp ocean air, filled my senses. It was like a song that was once sung by the people of the past. Radiant colours twinkled all around me, cushioning in their sweet aroma. Behind the market stood Mount Vesuvius, a calming monotonal contrast to the rainbow of colours before me.

Freesia and bougainvillea plants of exotic colours wound wildly around each fruit stand, like a welcoming paradise from the Gods. People rushed around me in a variety of beautiful languages all saying things of class towards the merchants. The many colours cascaded suddenly under the shelter as stormy clouds approached like soldiers ready for battle. Looking to find a way out, I ran outside into the rain; a bliss-like shower that was warming, slowly curling my hair. I danced. I sang. The world was suddenly just for me.

A small dirt path caught my eye. It lead through shadows and trees that looked like they were protecting something. Darker and darker the path became; I wondered if I should  turn back, find shelter from the rain that was now violently throbbing at my head. Then there was light. Not light like the sun, nor a light bulb. The purest and most enticing light I’d ever seen. It was mine and so I chased it.

Tress prickled at my bare skin as I ran towards the single beam. Closer and closer and…a large tree log broke my run, stopping me with the strength of a centurion. I brushed myself of the debris that attached itself to my clothing and sought the light once more. At first the darkness of the clouds were all that I could see, but then there it was again, this time greater than ever. The trees seemed to welcome me, purposely avoiding my step. Dirt tuned into black, volcanic sand. Removing my sandals, it wove between my toes like welcoming waves. Then a breeze of citrus and geranium – a wonderful, magical blanketing wind. The light was there; the light was the stars.

They seemed to be calling me. The sky in which they held was purple-blue – a midnight paradise. The ocean was the purest of all blues, crystalline and shimmering in the night sky. Circling the midnight bay were lemon trees, the scent diffusing into the air.

I wondered if anyone else knew of this place. Even the trees didn’t want me here. But I would not let that thought devour me right now. I had my camera with me, but no device would ever capture the everlasting natural brilliance. I sat down on the crystal-like sand and thought of the ancient city I was in a few hours ago. The colour seemed to be its companion, one does not survive without the other. I wondered about the ancient times, who had stepped here? Why was it such a secret? Mystery upon mystery, each more dwelling than the last. Finally my eyes gave into darkness of sleep in hope of a greater sight at dawn. But how could there be a better place than here? Dawn broke and the ocean awoke me, a new day – a new adventure.

 

(Inspired by my time spent into the gorgeous southern Italy)

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco

Image result for hunting prince draculaI’d like to start this SPOILER FREE review by thanking the publisher for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review. The actual review may contain minor spoilers for Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri’s debut novel.

MY RATING: 5/5 stars

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

REVIEW

As soon as I found out that the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper was about the infamous Vlad the Impaler, I knew in that moment I was about to step through a gate in history. One that I would not like to return from any time soon.

I personally, have done research on Vlad the Impaler and his position as Prince of Wallachia. With this in mind, I did not expect any of the events that happened in this novel. Nothing could have prepared me for what is in this wonder of a book. My knowledge of Vlad III’s heritage and family connection, landed me into the red herring trap – oh how I loved it.

The new gothic setting of Romania, holds mystery I can not fathom. The place felt truly alive with the direst of motives. The imagery used allowed me to look into the page, as if it were a magic mirror and see all of what the Institutului Național de Criminalistică și Medicină Legală had to tell.

Audrey Rose and Thomas’ new adventure was far more rich and eerie than London’s own serial killer could ever provide. The secretive whispering of the thrilling Romania, speaks of Vlad the Impaler rising from the grave in a mystical form. Wadsworth’s struggles and trauma from London brings her closer to Cresswell once again to once again, solve this impossible tale.

The immense character building was truly incredible, they’ve evolved into some new and old. They’re less naïve, knowing the dangers of investigating a serial killer and the lasting effects it can have. I immediately fell in love with the new characters and the diversity that they incorporated.

We only saw glimpse of what Kerri could do in SJTR, this book was so much more enticing and awe-inspiring.

There are so many beautiful quotes and scenes in this book, that it is truly difficult to count! I am very much looking forward to picking up a finished copy on September 19th!

I recommend reading Stalking Jack the Ripper so much. If you like history, mystery with a dash of cunning romance, then this book is for you.

 A spine chilling, yet thrilling sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper. If you loved the debut novel, then you will adore Hunting Prince Dracula. Kerri’s writing will take you on a journey through the past you never thought you needed. Be prepared to follow our beloved Cresswell and Wadsworth through the dark and bloody Romanian setting. I am utterly enthralled with the dark, bloody setting of Bran Castle and all it holds. Maniscalco welcomes a chilling, blood-curdling world like no other. This hair-raising sequel puts you in the place of the strong willed and gifted mind of Audrey Rose Wadsworth with the cunning and analytical gentleman of Thomas Cresswell. Together, unwinding the mystery of Vlad the Impaler in the Institutului Național de Criminalistică și Medicină Legală.

I would once again like to thank the publisher for this amazing arc!

Until next time,

morganbooks

Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

Hello everyone, I read this one a few weeks back and I think I’ve finally collected my thoughts enough to finally write up my review. Cruel Beauty is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, during the time I was reading I did happen to go and see the live action version! I loved the cross over with Greek mythology, which was one of my greatest loves growing up so this was like a mini revision. The rest of the review will be full of spoilers, carry on at your own risk…

MY RATING: 3.5/5 stars

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

REVIEW:

As a whole, I really enjoyed this read. It was fun with swoon worthy characters. However I did have a couple of problems with it, I’ll talk about them in a bit.

I really loved the incorporation of Greek mythology, especially Pandora’s box and how it linked to the ‘baddies’ – the kindly ones. I liked Nyx, our leading lady. She’s strong willed, willing to sacrifice herself and never come across as bitchy. There was a lot of romance in this novel, which isn’t normally my forte, but it was fine and now to overwhelming. It was also a very easy read and I didn’t struggle or get myself into a reading slump, very relaxing!

Now the problemos,

There was a LOVE TRIANGLE *shudders* no thank you, although it was somewhat fixed with Ignifex being Shade as well.

Which brings me on to my next point on the cohesiveness of the whole plot. It worked most of the time but the ending? I had to read those pages at least 3 times in order to grasp what had gone on.

There’s a lack of action, Nyx was brought up her whole life to kill the Gentle Lord, but what did she do? Nothing.

I also had a small problem, as I do with the overall Beauty and the Beast story relating to falling in love with  a ‘captor’. Maybe it was an innocent action and wasn’t to be interpreted this way but I did. I really don’t like reading about that unless it is pointed out and commented on in the book.

Regarding the ending, when Nyx decided to live her eternal life with Lux, and not considering her family? One that everyday whilst she was in the castle worried for. even though again, it worked out differently, I’m not convinced her character was very planned.

But.. considering all of this, I did really enjoy it. I loved the library, I loved the changing mansion. there are so many interesting and picturesque places in the whole book.

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Even if my views seem more weighted in the negative zone, its honestly worth a read. even if its just for Ignifex and Nyx…

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Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this and I appreciate it millions. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did if not more! Comment down below, what is your favourite book of all time, mine is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I’m looking forward to your response,

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Wintersong – S.Jae-Jones

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This will be a spoiler free review because I believe everyone should read this book, I hope you enjoy!

MY RATING: 5/5 stars

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride…

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Rich with music and magic, S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.

REVIEW:

As a lover of Labyrinth, this book stood out to me like a star, but even if you’re not a fan of it I can guarantee you will love it nonetheless.

Liesl is a really relatable character for starters. She is described as not classically beautiful, but soulfully divine. She has responsibility and she has hardships.And most of all, feeling. Feeling for family. Feeling for music. And possibly feeling for Hans,(I’m sorry but whilst reading about him, all I could think about is Hans from Frozen…interpret that how you will!)

The overall writing is so whimsical and ethereal, Wintersong is such a fitting name for such a lyrical novel. The best world building and descriptions I have ever read are in this book, continuingly amazing me at every turn of a page. The characters are so well written for such an atmospheric book, and diversely so.

I found myself reading this at record time. I felt like I was at the Goblin Grove with Der Erlkönig. What more can you want?

I realise that this review will be brief in order to keep my promise of a non-spoiler review, so here I give you some magical quotes for you goblin babes.

“Life,” he said softly, “is more than flesh. Your body is a candle, your soul the flame. The longer I burn the candle…” He did not finish.
“A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,” I said. “I would rather light the flame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.”  

 

 

“The kiss is sweeter than sin and fiercer than temptation. I am not gentle, I am not kind; I am rough and wild and savage.”  

 

 

“What is eternal life but a prolonged death.”

 

 

“Love is the bridge that spans the world above and below, and keeps the wheel of life turning.”  

 

 

“His beauty hurt, but it was the pain that made it beautiful”  

 

 

“A sparrow is beautiful in its own way,” Käthe said severely. “Don’t force yourself to be a peacock, Liesl. Embrace your sparrow self.”  

 

 

These quotes do not do true justice to this masterpiece, and I would like to thank Faye for reading it so quickly too so I could talk to someone about all of my feelings! (Thanks again!)

I have a Goodreads page here (my profile is private, but just request to be my friend and I will surely add you!)

Until next time,

morganbooks

Book Life Tag

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I’ve seen this buzzing around on many blog sites and boy, have I wanted to do this tag! I personally, haven’t been tagged but I’m still going to go through with it anyway. The main premise of this tag is relating book themes/characters/settings etc. to an aspect of my life eg. sport (which I would 100% choose Quidditch!)

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

 

Who would your parents be?

I think I would love to have Molly and Arthur Weasley. Their affection toward Harry even though he wasn’t their child is so heart warming and such a beautiful relationship. They prioritise love instead of money and material items, which is what family should be like. If not the Weasleys, then Sally Jackson. She raised Percy by herself and she risked her life so many times for him. A strong role model is also extremely important. However, I wouldn’t trade my parents for the world.

Who would be your sister?

Isabelle Lightwood, for sure. She so witty, confident and someone I’d easily get on with. She has been through a lot and could always fight off demons for me if that would ever become a problem. (And if I’m siblings with Izzy, or maybe half-siblings, does that mean I can live in the shadow world because I’m loving the idea of being a part faerie…)

Who would be your brother?

I think Nikolai Lantsov would be such a great brother, he’s funny, reliable and would always protect me or certainly train me to protect myself against the Darkling’s army (of course) and he’s good with inventing so we get on very well indeed!

Who would be your pet?

I’m not sure if this classes as a pet, but Abraxos from the Throne of Glass series. He’s fierce and quite honestly, terrifying, but he has a soft spot for flowers and natural beauty, creating a beautiful balance. I love his loyalty and obedience. Its like the Wyvern chooses the rider, instead of the wand choosing the wizard!

Where would you live?

This one is extremely difficult, because most places have problematic aspects which are usually main plot points in a book. So taking that out of consideration, I think I’d like to live either in Ravka, Prythian or Erilea. I love anything Sarah J Maas, so living in any of her worlds would be amazing, (this is where I’d like to put emphasis on the ‘without problematic aspects part’) I would preferably like to live in Prythian *Cough* in the Night Court with that male with wings and purple eyes that everyone and their mum loves. Who could that be…any ideas? Erilea also sounds amazing save for the part that fae were starved of their powers and everyone hated them, and the fae not being so great with humans… I think Terrasen sounds most beautiful. When I said Ravka, I meant the majority of Leigh Bardugo’s world. I love the Fjerda aesthetic and the winter vibes and all that jazz, again, I’m not a big fan of burning Grisha for witchcraft, but I’m a huge fan of Matthias Hevlar.

Where would you go to school?

I think this may be a stupid question, but just if somebody doesn’t know, HOGWARTS. I think its everyone’s dream to be able to train as a witch or a wizard at Hogwarts and to be sorted into houses! Any other Slytherins here? I don’t think there is much else to say about this question!

Who would be your best friend?

This one is so hard, in every great novel, the main protagonist has a loyal and trusty best friend. I think I’ll make a mini list, ready?

Nina Zenik (Six of Crows)

Kady Grant (Illuminae)

Kilorn Warren (Red Queen)

Iko (The Lunar Chronicles)

John Watson (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

Simon Lewis (The Mortal Instruments)

Who would be your significant other?

(sing to SpongeBob theme)

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Who lives in the mountains in the Vel-ar-is sky?

Rhysand, Rhysand

Magic so dark you will cover your eyes,

Rhysand, Rhysand

You’ll serve him some soup in a porcelain dish,

Rhysand, Rhysand

To the people who look at the stars and wish,

Rhysand, Rhysand

Ready?

Rhysand, Rhysand,

Rhysand, Rhysand,

Rhysand, Rhysand,

Rhysaand,

Rhysaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

seriously though, that was a no brainer!

 

 

Thank you for reading this random post, I sure enjoyed writing it! I tag everyone to do it whether that be on a blog or bookstagram. Tag me if you do, I would love to see what your answers will be (morganbooks on instagram)

Until next time,

morganbooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I truly enjoyed this book and I am already excited for the next book, already.

My Rating:

5/5 stars

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Official Goodreads synopsis:

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Review

Because of the immense content and that this book was only released recently, this will be a spoiler- free review.

Firstly, I have to congratulate Stephanie for reaching the New York Times Bestselling list! (How incredible is that?) But honestly, she absolutely deserves it. I was mind blown throughout this whole book.

The world building was truly incredible, the scents you could smell, the things that you could see were nothing less than dreamy. I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading, not actually sailing towards the Isla de los Sueños.

The imagery was beautiful. That’s all I can say.

The romantic aspects were represented with grace,

“Not quite sure how far she’d already fallen, she imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

and plot twists and turns curled through my hair, then turned to brittle knots. I struggled to breathe as each one layered to make this breathtakingly magical story even better.

The relationship between Donatella and Scarlett is a strong one indeed. The transcendent Caraval strengthened it and tugged it, until necessity called motivation.

I really don’t want to say much about this book as part of the beauty is working out details for yourself so you can play along with the “game”.

REMEMBER, IT’S ONLY A GAME

I received this book from Fairyloot and I am absolutely smitten with it. I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Let me tell you, the ending is thrilling!

Until next time,

morganbooks

C.E Dimond’s: A Lost Legacy Cover Reveal

I am absolutely privileged to be able to share the new covers to C.E Dimond’s incredible series, A Lost Legacy! I, myself loved Awakening and I can’t wait to read Wandering. These fantastical books are set in Ireland and include witches and Celtic folklore! (how cool is that?) I have a review on Awakening  here. So what are you waiting for? Dive into a world which you are will never forget! But that’s not all, C.E Dimond has an incredibly generous giveaway that is linked at the end of this blog post.
Like what you see? How about read Awakening now, wait for it… FOR FREE! But make sure you review it or rate it, a lot of hard work was put into it! 

 

A Lost Legacy: Awakening (Lost Legacies 1) 

By C.E Dimond

258 Pages | Write Addictions Publishing

Finn Adams thought she knew what her life had in store for her; a mundane existence of day to day life. The arrival of a stranger in town turns her world upside down. When her mother goes missing, Finn soon discovers that she is a witch and she is being hunted for her power. Ripped from the only life she’s ever known, Finn is transported across the country to Broadhaven, Maine to discover the secrets she never knew about herself, her heritage, and the tremendous power that’s been kept from her for so long. Her loyalties are tested when she learns of her true parentage and discovers she is part of a prophecy, destined to awaken an ancient power that has been lost for centuries. As she struggles to learn from her mother’s past, she is faced with the ultimate struggle of good and evil, family or friends, she must learn who she can trust and find the power within herself to stop the prophecy from coming true.

A Lost Legacy: Wandering (Lost Legacies Prequel)

By C.E Dimond

110 Pages | Write Addictions Publishing

Seventeen-year-old Warlock Eamon O’Neill was born and raised in the Broadhaven Coven. Life at Broadhaven meant two things; One, he was inherently magic and two, he had a role to play. What his role was, never seemed to be clear. Descended from Celtic royalty, the expectations on young coven members are high. Coven life is a series of ancient rules, traditions, and secrets. Eamon has always trained to be the perfect Warlock and the perfect son but struggles living in his father’s shadow. When a threat from the past resurfaces, the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself. One of his own will be chosen to track down the last living Witch in their Coven, and he is determined to be the man for the job. Eamon will need to place his own issues aside and focus his most powerful magic to complete the trials. He must prove he is the only one powerful enough to protect their only weapon.

 

About The Author

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C.E Dimond is an Irish-Canadian author. She has always had a passion for literature and from a young age indulged her mind in the fantasy fiction world. As a child, her bedtime stories consisted greatly of Irish folklore and songs that inspired a true love of her heritage. She has a love of World Religions, psychology, languages and history and has put all of these inspirations to work in her writing. She is an alumna of St. Mary’s Academy and studied Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Currently, she lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

 

 

 

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2017 Most Anticipated Releases

Bonne année, although it may seem a tad late… here are the books I’m most excited for this year!

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TRAITOR TO THE THRONE -ALYWN HAMILTON

RELEASE DATE: February 2nd 2017

Goodreads synopsis:

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.”

I am super looking forward to the sequel of Alywn’s first book Rebel of the Sands. The whole world is very intriguing and definitely is stunning. And just look at that cover – BEAUTIFUL!

 

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WINTERSONG– S. JAE-JONES

RELEASE DATE: February 7th 2017

Goodreads synopsis:

“Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.”

A Labyrinth retelling you say? I’m in. I can’t put it into words how creative this all seems. Wintersong sounds truly phenomenal and I can only wait until I’ve read it to give the full verdict!

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CARAVAL – STEPHANIE GARBER

RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 31ST 2017

Goodreads synopsis:

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

This one seems truly magical and what I’ve heard from those who receives ARCs, I can only expect to be blown away. It will be interesting to see to it differentiates between The Night Circus and be introduced with the whole circusy setting again!

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A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN (ACOWAR) – SARAH J MAAS

RELEASE DATE: May 2nd 2017

Goodreads synopsis:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

The MOST anticipated read for this year for sure. I can’t wait. I refrained from preordering it so early to avoid me going crazy waiting for it. I need all of the precious characters and honestly, I’m terrified for it.

Wings.

Ruin.

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LORD OF SHADOWS – CASSANDRA CLARE

RELEASE DATE: May 23rd 2017

Goodreads synopsis:

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

:Lady Midnight automatically made me want this book right away! I love that there is more involvement with the Faerie courts too!

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KING’S CAGE – VICTORIA AVEYARD

RELEASE DATE: February 7th 2017

Goodreads synopsis:

In this breathless third instalment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

I love the world that Victoria has created and I’m super excited to see where she takes this. I like to call her, ‘queen of deception’. I’m happy to be back in the castle setting again and I hope we see Evangeline as well!

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HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA – KERRI MANISCALCO

RELEASE DATE: September 19th 2017

Goodreads synopsis:

“Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose has no choice but to flee London and its memories. She journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend. But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.”

I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper so much, and even if this book is coming out toward the end of the year I can’t wait for it. I loved the science aspect of the book as well as the mystery, with a new killer in a new setting who knows what will happen.

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TOG #6 – SARAH J MAAS

RELEASE DATE: ESTIMATED September 5th 2017

Goodreads synopsis: N/A

Ever since Empire of Storms I can’t get the ending out of head. Everything happened so fast and the fact that this will be the last book in the series is sad, but I’m excited to see how it will finally end.

 

 

 

I’m sure that there are may that I have missed, but these are my top anticipated reads and I’m struggling to wait for them. Do let me know what reads you’re particularly looking forward to!

until next time,

morganbooks

Nemesis – Anna Banks

 

 

I recently received Nemesis in the November Fairyloot box. It is a fantastical book set in an ancient Egyptian- like world.

The official description of Nemesis is:Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?”

This book is great if you loved ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ or ‘Rebel of the Sands’ it is a great book to get you out of a reading slump as well!


(Spoiler Section)

This book starts of with Sepora, the main character along with her Serpen, Nuna. She has left the life of princess Magar Sepora of Serubel and has just became Sepora. There is mentions of the fact that her father, the king had beaten her. Her sole purpose whilst being a princess was to forge Spectorium. A beautiful substance that cools purple. It is traded between different kingdoms for various purposes. Her mother helps her escape and we first meet Sepora straight after she has escaped and she is flying over the river Nefari. Then she has to leave Nuna, which literally left me heartbroken- even though she has only been in the story for a matter of pages.

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Sepora is eventually captured by two men called Rolan and Chet who decide they are going to sell or trade for her once they reach Anyar which is in Theoria. Whilst in their captivity, they capture a Parani. Crazy stuff goes down and Sepora manages to free the Parani, and by doing this, leaves her with a cross on her from the Parani…

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She eventually gets sold into the Falcon King’s harem as a gift from the King’s brother, Sethos. As this book is dual perspective, we have the king himself, Tarik.

Tarik is forced to take to the throne at a young age after his father dies of a new incurable plague. All of the dead are preserved in pyramids made of Spectorium, in hope that one day they will live again. Which I personally am uncomfortable with, I just find it a weird concept  but it is great for building the differences between Serubel and Theoria.

I’m not going to go into plot details, I just though I should start my review with the start of the book!


Character wise, I loved Tarik’s character. He had so much things to deal with and yet he still balanced it all with the distraction of Sepora. I also loved that he was a lingot and that feature really gave an extra layer of character. I love his enthusiasm for his kingdom and how he leaves the king position behind occasionally to become Tarik to help many of the less fortunate.

Sepora however, I am torn to if I really like her or have neutral feeling towards the character. She was defiantly admirable and a strong lead in the novel. She has been through many hardships, but I think after she found out that Theoria could be saved with just a small amount of Spectorium, she could have ‘relieved herself’ of her power in a certain area everyday and ‘accidentally’ found  a lot of Spectorium. I also got confused quite a lot as Sepora is getting rid of the Spectorium into drains from sinks and other facilities that lead to the river Nefari. Surely it should all be in the river. I’m sure someone must have found the supply in the time that she had been staying in Theoria. Back to Sepora, her personality is really fun and her fearlessness is something to admire!

Sethos’ character is one I really dislike. He really makes my stomach turn as he is fifteen years of age and is so infatuated with women and the harem. If this book follows some sort of historical facts, then I would understand as Egyptian morals weren’t really ones to follow, you know the whole incest thing and young marriages. I hope that Sethos’ character is a little more developed in the next book as he has so much potential as a villain or as a better character.

This book did lack a little bit of action in places, yet it kept me hooked. The ending rattled me quite a bit- I was not expecting that at all! The fact that Tarik’s actions started to change in the end was really effective in my opinion. It showed him as a king making the better decision for the kingdom in the long run and his desperation is shown through this. The fact that he even ordered Sethos to marry the princess Tulle left me surprised.

The last line left so many questions for me and I don’t fully understand it’s meaning,

“Sepora, would you walk away?” he demands.

“Yes”

A truth.

And a lie.

It kind of reminds me of the ending of Lady Midnight in which Mark says “Why lie?”. There is a lot of mystery in that for me.

As for the overall romance in the book, I felt like it was beautifully integrated into the story. It wasn’t too fast paced or non-existent. I’m excited to know where it is going to go!

As a whole I awarded this book 3.5 or 4 stars. I really enjoyed it, it was a great book to get you out of a reading slump. The reason it wasn’t 5 stars was the lack of action in places and I was frequently confused (which may be my own fault!).

However, Anna Banks’ writing is a dream to read and the settings are spectacular. The whole story is like a breath of fresh air with exotic features. The characters are witty and mysterious. It is such a joy to read!

I can’t wait until 2017 when ‘Ally’ come out- the last book in the duology! I truly recommend this book, it will take you on a journey through wondrous kingdoms with incredible characters.

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Until next time,

morganbooks

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

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Welcome to my review! This will certainly not be spoiler free. There is also a great chance that the grammar may not be perfect, too many feels, too many feels…so without any further ado, lets get to it!

Firstly, hats off to SJM for a brilliant representation of PTSD and associated the consequences of what precious Feyre experienced whilst under the mountain under Amarantha’s control. And this brings me onto the Prythian renowned Tamlin. Man, if anyone can make me hate a character it is obviously Sarah J Mass. His character is so brilliantly written in the sense that his actions and how he treated Feyre can be tracked back to ACOTAR. I think the cherry on the top was when she was constantly vomiting due to nightmares and the wonderful Tamlin decided to just ignore that, keeping her in the Spring Court for nothing but her power and sex. I really don’t want to focus on the Spring Court section of the book or Tamlin, but I definitely think Ianthe’s character needs to be talked about. Firstly, I can’t put it into words to how much I hate her. Not even for the red petals she used for the ‘wedding’ but how she took advantage of many of the characters. I’d 100% class this as rape. It is so important that this is mentioned and addressed in a novel, especially by someone as influential as SJM is. If that bitch Ianthe has done anything to Lucien, I swear…

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Then the best thing that could ever happen, happened. That’s right. Rhysand. If you didn’t quite catch that, RHYSAND. AKA, the most,

“handsome High Lord”

“delightful High Lord”

“cunning High Lord”

This is where the book got a whole lot interesting. And also my Rhys obsession started.

You’d think I wouldn’t want Rhys to be with anyone but me, right? Wrong. Absolutely wrong. I am also obsessed with Feysand and I’m not even sorry. Their relationship is actually so beautiful. The fact that Rhys is such a feminist and how equally he treats Feyre is also another reason to praise SJM. I don’t think it is wise for me to go into my love for Rhys at all… if you’ve read this book which I’m assuming you have, otherwise I’m going to spoil quite a bit of the plot, you’ll know what I mean. *cough* wingspan.

The Night Court. Honestly, I imagine it slightly different each time I read this book, but the whole aesthetic of it baffles me, truly. As a lover of the night, I found every detail a spectacle. Its so sophisticated as well. Starfall is so classy compared to Calanmai, which is just a glorified orgy lets be honest. I’ll talk about Starfall a little later though. I love that the Night Court has a scent i.e. jasmine and citrus. The fashion as well seems as dreamy as the court itself. Velaris is too beautiful for words, so I won’t try. Hint: the Avatar Movie soundtrack is literally Velaris in music form. You’ll thank me later.

Then Tamlin being the loving and caring High Lord that he is traps Feyre not letting her leave, which in my opinion, is abduction. Anyway, Tam is a tool, Feyre gets mad, (Bad move Tamlin, bad move) Feyre releases her shiny, new powers and the incredible Morrigan takes her back to Velaris. Feyre then decides to stay in Velaris after consideration.

Everyone say bye bye Tamlin.

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I won’t go into every single event that happens, because this review wouldn’t ever end. Seriously.

So the Inner Circle are squad goals x100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.

Welcome to the Inner Circle honest fact files

Cassian:Literally “Lord Cassian” with pretty wings and pretty hair. Can’t function without Nesta. Illyrian baby.

Azriel: Shady shadowsinger who won’t accept that he is in love with Morrigan. Big Wings. Illyrian baby.

Amren:Scary, blood thirsty. Probably a dragon. Has a cheeky relationship with Varian. Secretly a little bit nice.

Morrigan: Rhys’ ‘kind-of’ cousin. Equivalent to a mortal queen. Been through a lot. A lot.

Rhysand: High Lord. Baby bat. Loves Feyre very much. Wingspan. Illyrian baby.

Feyre: High Lady. Not a pawn. Loves Rhysand. Founder of I hate Tam and Ian club.


 

So when Feyre went to retrieve Rhys’s ring from the weaver, Rhys being the subtle little bat that he is, was “on his knees” before Feyre whilst telling her about her mini mission. She was retrieving her own engagement ring. Smooth Rhys, smooth. Speaking of Rhys on his knees…

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This scene was actually heart breaking for me, Rhys’ suffering and time spent under the mountain seemed to be abandoned until this moment.

“Darkness swept past me on a phantom wind, full of stars and flapping wings and-pain. So much pain, and despair, and guilt and fear.”

This, another reason why he is Feyre’s equal. Similar experiences and feelings.



 

Rhys and that quote that made the whole book, seriously gets me every time. Say it with me,

Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen- and the dreams that are answered.”xug5gertyrion

Starfall is something that everyone wants to experience, but that common problem of fictional world and our world is usually a reality check that no one wants. The dress that Feyre wears is one that I actually want myself with a side order of Rhys. The stars and how they’re spirits is kind of freaky but I love them and quite frankly I don’t care what they are. I think if I saw it I would cry. The colours I associate with the night and the stars entice me to this very moment in the book. There is nothing that I would rather do than visit Velaris whilst Starfall is occurring. Again, I can’t put it into words how much I love this scene. this is an occurring problem which I think says a lot about the book as a whole.

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Shall we talk about Rhys getting shot with bloodbane arrows? I think so. So Feyre being the wonderful High Fae that she is, reaches out to an old friend. And those who know me, know that I find this character so underated. Guessed who yet? No?

The Suriel.

Now, the Suriel being the absolute Dan Humphrey that he is strolls in,

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and says, “The High Lord of the Night Court is your mate

I mean of course I’m glad that they’re mates. I have a certain association with the word ‘mate’ in my head which links to a chapter which only needs to be named, Chapter 55. So I was kind of expecting it. Bye bye children, not the best kind of book for you to be reading, but go ahead…

The actual content leading up to Chapter 55 in which Rhys is talking about the mating bond is another place in which I love him more. The emotion and his actions in ACOTAR were fully explained and he cried. He Cried. I cried.

“I have been looking for you” He didn’t lie at all. It was the truth. Umbridge would be proud. (“you must not tell lies” I guessed I needed to explain that reference, who knows)

I don’t know if I’m capable of discussing that ending, so I’ll put it simply,

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Cassian’s wings

Freaking Tamlin

Going to stab the bitch Ianthe

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Nesta and Elain

Lucien has a mate

Feyre’s ‘betrayal’

Bond broken

Bye Feyre and Tamlin

“And so Tamlin unwittingly led the High Lady of the Night Court into the heart of his territory.”


 

Again I’m sorry if this review is a little jumbled, its actually my favourite book in existence so I have a lot of thoughts on it. I know I missed a few parts of the main story out, but I’ve read this book a couple of times now and these are the points that stood out to me. Thank you so much if you read this! I’ll probably end up editing this quite a bit as well, so the content may change soon. Thanks again for reading, until next time,

morganbooks

(be sure to check out my ‘Court of Dreams’ playlist on Spotify, its literally full of songs that in my mind correlate with the whole night court aesthetic and Feyre and Rhysand’s relationship.  https://play.spotify.com/user/morganbooks?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open