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Review: The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

Kendall Kulper - The Witch of Salt and Storm

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother – the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic – steals Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roe’s power.

The one magical remnant left to Avery is the ability to read dreams, and one night she foresees her own murder. Time is running short, both for her and for the people of her island who need the witches’ help to thrive.

Avery has never read a dream that hasn’t come true, but a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane tells her he can help her change her fate. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected. And as she falls in love with Tane, she learns it is his life and hers that hang in the balance.

A sweeping romance with a spellbinding twist – from a talented new voice in YA fiction.

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I was really excited about because there are witches involved, and I love witches! However, I wish there had been more actual magic in this book because most of it is spent with Avery trying to find her magic. Which means she doesn’t really do much actual magic. Still, even though there isn’t as much magic as I expected, it’s an alright book.

It follows the story of Avery, a girl destined to be a witch. Her only problem is that her mother won’t let her return to her grandmother so that she can become that witch. One night, Avery dreams that she is going to be murdered and she know that it will come true. However, she still tries to change her own destiny and by doing so meets a boy named Tane who changes her life forever.

When I started reading this book, I did find it a bit dull, especially due to the large amount of flashbacks and infodumping. It did get better though and I found myself really enjoying the story. It gets very intense at times, and nobody is really what they seem. There were some very emotional moments in this book, and a lot of things that I really didn’t see coming.

 The characters were interesting and had great stories, and I enjoyed getting to know them. I particularly liked Avery and her struggle to get back to her grandmother and the life that she loves. My problem with her was the relationship she had with Tane. One moment they were grudgingly working together, the next they were totally in love. It wasn’t a convincing relationship to me, although there were a few scenes which I did really like between them.

Basically, it’s not the best book I’ve read about witches but it’s also not the worst, and I did enjoy a lot of the story. If you’re a fan of witches, you should definitely give this one a go and it’s a stand alone, so that’s always a good thing!

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Stacking the Shelves #32

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga, where book lovers get to share what their latest additions to their book shelves are.

I had another trip to the library this week! (You can never have too many trips to the library). And I ended up buying more books while I was staying with my cousins.

Library

Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London

Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1) by Ben Aaronovitch

Ruta Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Bought

Kate Rorick - The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Tom Hoyle - Thirteen

Thirteen by Tom Hoyle

Alison Croggon - The Singing

The Singing (The Books of Pellinor #4) by Alison Croggon

What did you get this week?

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Review: The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

This is one of those books that I really don’t know how to review, so I figured the best thing to do would be to give you a handy list of why I loved this book. So, here’s introducing

Reasons Why I Loved The Night Circus

  1. The writing is spectacular. It brings the world of the night circus into life and it’s so easy to imagine. I felt like I was right in the middle of all of the action with the characters and I couldn’t get enough of the descriptions of the circus.
  2. Some of the book is written in second person. It’s awesome. That’s one of the reasons why it feels so real sometimes. You genuinely feel like you’re standing in the middle of a magical circus while you read the book.
  3. The book has this whole mysterious game going on between the the two main characters. Except almost nobody knows what this game is, and discovering more is a huge part of the book. It also gets kind of stressful as you begin to worry about what’s going to happen to these two characters.
  4. Talking of characters, Celia and Marco are perfect for each other. My favourite parts (apart from the descriptions) were definitely the moments between Celia and Marco. Their magic and the way they used it differently was fascinating, and their connection was so real.
  5. Thinking about it, I actually had some other favourite parts. The bits with Poppet and Bailey. They were so adorable, and the time they spent together was very cute. What I really liked about this book was the way each of the characters discovered different parts of the circus, and the way the different sections ended up connecting together in the end.

This is one of the books which you can’t help fall in love with. The writing is absolutely magical and the characters are unforgettable. Honestly, I wanted to climb inside this book to experience the world that Erin Morgenstern had created because it is breathtaking. And that is why you really need to go and read this book if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it.

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Wishlist Wednesday: The Well of Ascension

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper, where bloggers get the chance to show which books they’ve added to their wishlist this week.

Having recently read and reviewed The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, my wishlist Wednesday this week had to be The Well of Ascension, book two in the Mistborn series. It looks incredible, and will hopefully live up to the first. If you haven’t read the first book though, skip the blurb beneath. There are huge spoilers.

Brandon Sanderson - The Well of Ascension

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler – the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years – has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.

Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

I’m so glad I didn’t read this blurb before finishing the first book in the series. Huge spoilers. Anyway, I’m so excited about it and it looks really awesome. I need to buy it asap! Plus it’s a Brandon Sanderson book, and so far the ones I’ve read have all been awesome.

What’s on your wishlist this week? And don’t you just love Brandon Sanderson?

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Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and involves making a lists about a certain topic. And who doesn’t like making lists, right?

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

This was such an easy list to make. I had so many different choices because I want to read ALL of the books. Anyway, I managed, so here are my top ten this week.

Want-1

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet Rose Under Fire

Want-2

Ruin and Rising Sinner

Want-3

Isla and the Happily Ever After Since You’ve Been Gone

Want-4

The School for Good and Evil City of the Falling Sky

Want-5

Where She Went The Princess Bride

Which books do you really want to read?

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Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Brandon Sanderson - The Final Empire

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

This was an incredible book! There is so much to love about it and so much to say about it’s awesomeness. I loved every minute of it and everybody should go and read this book right now. It’s that good.

The Final Empire tells the story of Kells, a sort of exile who leads a gang of criminals, and Vin, a minor member of another criminal gang. They happen to meet and what follows is a small group of people trying to completely change the world that they live in. There’s also magic, dancing and flying across rooftops.

I loved the main characters a lot. Kells is a sweetheart with a sad backstory and you really can’t help but like him. He’s amazing at what he does (namely, magic) and also has great relationships with his friends. Honestly, you’ll wish you were part of his crew when you’re reading this book. Similarly, I don’t think anybody could dislike Vin. Seeing her character develop as she came to trust Kells and his friends was so nice and I really liked the relationship between Vin and Kells. I have to give a special mention to Sazed and Elend as well, because they were my other favourites.

Plot-wise, this book was insane. So much happens and I literally couldn’t read this book fast enough. I always wanted to know more about the plot and the story and what was going to happen. There are some huge twists as well towards the end which I’m still not over. The other thing I really liked as the story went on were the small excerpts from the diary of the Lord Ruler at the beginning of every chapter. They were fascinating.

Finally, I have to mention the incredible magic system. Brandon Sanderson is known for his amazing magic systems, and I think this is my favourite so far. It’s based on swallowing metals and using the powers of those metals to do various things, such as fighting. (And there are some great fight scenes in this book). Honestly, Sanderson puts so much thought into how the magic works and I really enjoyed learning about it with Vin.

This book was awesome. I do wish there had been more women protagonists (there are quite a few men in the crew, and Vin’s the only woman) but hopefully that will change later on the series. I now really need to get on with reading the rest of the books because I need to know what happens. In the meantime, you should all go and get a copy of this book right now!

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Books With: Time Travel

Last night, series 8 of Doctor Who started and it was awesome! So much better than some of the more recent series’. Capaldi is definitely going to be great as the doctor. Anyway, watching it always makes me want to read some time travel books. Because time travel is awesome when it’s done right. Having looked through my goodreads shelf, it seems I haven’t read many time travel books. I really need to change that. Anyway, here are some recommendations based on what I have read!

Time Travel #1Ruby Red Time Between Us Renegade

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ruby Red, but a lot of people really love it. Time Between Us was a very quick read and quite sweet, but not a favourite of mine. I liked Renegade and there was plenty going on in it.

Time Travel #2

The Time Traveler’s Wife Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Landline

The Time Traveler’s Wife made me cry a lot. That’s a great reason for reading it, right? Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite Harry Potter and I loved the time travel aspect of it. I wasn’t really sure if Landline counts, but a magical phone to the past is sort of time travel, don’t you think?

Clearly, I haven’t read nearly enough time travel books and I really need to change that. That’s definitely one of my aims for next year.

Do you have any time travel book recommendations? (I really need them.) And did you watch Doctor Who last night?