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Review: The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)

Brandon Sanderson - The Alloy of LawCenturies after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity – railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns.

You may know that I love the Mistborn series. It’s just fantastic and is one of my all time favourite fantasy series’. That obviously meant that I needed to read this book, a spin-off set three hundred years into the future. All I really expected from it was a stand alone story which would be a nice little read. And what did I get? Oh, just my new favourite book!

Yes, I think I actually rather The Alloy of Law to the original series. Only just, mind, because the original trilogy is fantastic. What I love about this book though is that it combines the original magic system from the Mistborn books with technology. It combines magic with guns and trains and explosions! Who wouldn’t want to read that? It has so many brilliant action scenes, and one of my favourites take place on the roof of a moving train. I just thought it was incredible.

The characters definitely impacted me a lot too. Our hero, Wax, is really passionate about saving the world from criminals, and does everything he can to create peace (even though he’s no longer a lawkeeper). He shows off some awesome magic skills throughout the book, and his action scenes are amazing. Marasi is absolutely adorable – she’s a good shot with a rifle, but is also super smart and likes to throw in random statistics about the law and criminals. Plus she’s pretty much Wax’s biggest fan and is super sweet. And then we have Wayne. Ah, Wayne… His banter with Wax had me laughing a lot, and he also has some great disguise skills. I would quite happily read an entire book about Wayne and his acting skills and his thievery habits.

I think the fact that I already knew the basics of the world really helped me enjoy this book. It gave Sanderson a lot more freedom to focus on how the world has developed because the reader already knows the history, and so it was really interesting seeing how things had changed. I also though the way religion had developed within the world was very interesting, and I really enjoyed seeing how the beliefs of each character effected how they lived their lives.

This book moves magic into a more modern, Victorian-esque age and its pages are filled with epic action scenes involving train robberies and explosions and lots of clever ways of using magic. Its characters are smart and engaging, and the storyline is intriguing. If you enjoyed the Mistborn books at all, I definitely recommend reading this book.

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Stacking the Shelves #46

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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.

You know that feeling when a book you pre-ordered arrives early? It’s a great feeling!

What book am I talking about? Oh, you know, only…

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES!!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

I preordered it from Waterstones recently and suddenly I got an email saying it had shipped. Which was totally unexpected seeing as it doesn’t come out until 5th May! What’s going on?

That wasn’t the end of surprise though. After I opened the package, I turned the front cover and IT WAS SIGNED!

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So, despite the fact that my exams start in three weeks, I’m a very happy bunny right now who’s falling in love with Sarah J. Maas’ new series.

What am I reading?

Umm, take a guess! Yep, currently it’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. I also finished Hollow City by Ransom Riggs at the beginning of the week.

And on the telly?

The usual stuff is on: Atlantis, BGT, OUAT. What I’m most excited for this week though is the POLDARK FINALE! I’m totally in love with the show and I cannot wait for tomorrow’s episode.

On The Blog

How’s your week been? Any new books?

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Authors I Love The Most

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This is a feature that celebrates lists!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

HOW IS THIS WEEK’S TOPIC EVEN ALLOWED TO EXIST?

Seriously, only ten?? But, how? I saw the title and so many authors came to my head straight away. I’m determined to have a list of only ten, so here goes!

Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors

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1. I’m going to take a wild guess, and assume that J. K. Rowling is at the top of a lot of people’s lists. I grew up reading the Harry Potter books and going to the see the films, so she just had to feature on here.

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2. Again, there was no way I could leave Uncle Rick off the list. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books captured my heart the moment I started reading them, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

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3. MAGGIE STIEFVATER IS AMAZING! I love her Raven Cycle books, and I think she’s ridiculously talented and is too awesome for her own good.

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4. In my eyes, Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy authors out there. I may not have yet read all of his books, but I WILL. ONE DAY!

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5. Once upon a time, I picked up a book about an assassin and a captain and a prince and I fell in love. Thanks a lot, Sarah J. Maas. I cannot get enough of Celaena’s story, and I’m also super excited about ACOTAR!!! (IT ARRIVED YESTERDAY! IT’S NOT EVEN RELEASED IN THE UK UNTIL MAY 5TH!! THANK YOU WATERSTONES!)

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6. Marissa Meyer, otherwise known as Queen of Retellings. All her characters are wonderful, and the stories she tells are amazing, and I need to read Fairest asap. WHY IS IT NOT IN ANY BOOKSHOPS??

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7. When it comes to historical fiction, Elizabeth Wein is at the top of my list. Her books might reduce me to tears, but I love them to bits and I think they’re wonderful.

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8. After reading Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson rocketed to the top of my favourite authors list. Her books are so creative and cute and are brilliant contemporary reads.

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9. Leigh Bardugo writes about the best characters. I need more of her books in my life, especially ones about Stormhund. Because Stormhund.

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10. C. S. Lewis could not be left off this list. The Chronicles of Narnia was pretty much childhood, and reading some of his other books are definitely in my plans for the future.

(An honourary mention goes to Roald Dahl, for writing the best children’s books ever!)

So, I pretty much managed to narrow it down! (I won’t lie, it was hard. Very hard).

Which authors are on your list?

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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)

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I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.

Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen’s, some truths should not be told…

Hmmm… I’m not sure this book was quite what I was expecting. When I first read that synopsis, I thought it sounded incredible. However, the actual book did not live up to my expectations and I was left a little disappointed. Why wasn’t I a big fan?

This book had a lot of potential, but it fell a bit flat.

Don’t get me wrong, the story’s alright, but it could have been so much more! A girl who can kill with just one touch! There are so many paths this book could have taken, but instead it went down one which wasn’t particularly exciting (and the plot got a little lost along the way). My problem with the plot was that there wasn’t much of it – it was never really going anywhere, and half of it was just filled with romance anyway. I don’t have a problem with romance in books (I’m a huge shipper of far too many couples), but this romance just didn’t appeal to me, and that was partly because of…

The sort-of love triangle.

That was a big reason for my dislike, and also the fact that I never really knew the characters. I ended up knowing plenty about Twylla’s past, thanks to all the flashbacks we get, but I didn’t get attached to her character at all. As a result, I wasn’t really rooting for her and Lief to get together because I wasn’t invested in them. However, don’t let me put you off. I’m generally not a fan of romance-focused books, especially when I was expecting lots of dead people.

However…

There are two things which I did really like. I found the world-building fascinating, and a lot of thought had definitely gone into it. I loved how details were woven into the plot and turned into a big deal towards the end. And that ending! Well, it was very unexpected considering the lack of plot earlier in the book. It surprised me a lot and know I’m very curious about the next book.

I’m not yet sure I’m going to carry on, but I am definitely intrigued. And if you’re interested by that synopsis or enjoy romance/fantasy books, it’s worth having a look at.

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Stacking the Shelves #45

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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 wasn’t originally going to do a Stacking the Shelves post this week, and then I ended up buying a couple of books in town… It was a really bad idea. However, now that I’ve bought them, I might as well share them with you!

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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

I’ve read this one before, but it was about seven years ago and I don’t really remember it. And now that I’m more into contemporary books, I figured I should try reading it again because I think I’ll like it.

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The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson

I cannot wait to start this one! It looks fantastic. And it’s Brandon Sanderson so of course it’s going to be really good.

What am I reading?

I’m currently in the middle of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, which I’m enjoying. The chapters are extraordinarily long though so I never seem to have time to read much more than one chapter at a time. Still, it’s good.

And on the telly?

ATLANTIS STARTED BACK LAST WEEK. FINALLY! Sorry, I’m kind of excited. It’s brilliant. Especially seeing as MEDUSA IS BACK. Also, Britain’s Got Talent has returned and it’s so good. I’ve missed it – some of the acts are brilliant. I’ve also caught up with Once Upon a Time on Netflix, so I’ve really enjoyed getting back into that.

On The Blog

  • Six Weeks Left – I’m almost done with first year, where did the time go?

How’s your week been? What new books have you got? And what have you been watching and/or reading?

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Six Weeks Left

Yes, that’s right. I have a grand total of six weeks left before I finish my first year of university.

Where on earth did the time go?

I’m not complaining though, I cannot wait to just relax without having to think about going to lectures and doing problem sheets and trying to revise. But as I’ve mentioned, I need to get through six weeks of that stuff first – six weeks of lots and lots of stressing over exams and coursework. It’s going to be so much fun…

Seriously though, I am looking forward to the next few weeks. I’ve had an amazing time at university so far and I can’t see that changing. Despite the fact that I’ve only been back here for a week since the Easter holidays have finished, I’m already super busy! I’ve got a concert tomorrow, a picnic tonight and all sorts of other plans lined up. My house even had time to fit in a BBQ on Wednesday seeing as the weather was glorious! (Seriously, the summer dresses and sun cream were out.)

Anyway, this does mean that in six weeks time I will have a lot of free time on my hands, and that means I’ll get to blog again! YAY! I’ve really missed blogging regularly and getting excited about books with people, and I have no clue what new releases I should be looking out for at the moment. Blogging is going to be a huge part of my summer, and it’s going to be great!

I need to be getting back to revision (because it’s kind of important), but I will definitely be updating soon.

Happy reading!

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Review: Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1)

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When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

I’ve been very excited for this book for quite a while, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. Although I wasn’t sure to begin with if I was going to like this book as much as the others by Snyder, I loved it by the time I turned that last page. Returning to the world of Ixia and Sitia was amazing, and I couldn’t get enough of revisiting my favourite characters.

In this series, there are several characters that I totally love – Yelena, Valek, Ari and Janco just to name a few. Yelena, our heroine, had some really nice character development in this book, and I also liked reading about how her relationship with Valek has developed. I just wish they had more scenes together – they’re too adorable. A couple of new characters were introduced too, and I got really attached to Onora. She was brilliant!

And, of course, I can’t not mention Ari and Janco. They didn’t disappoint (although I wish they’d had more scenes together).

The story itself had a lot of twists. I got surprised by the plot so many times, especially at the end! I’m not yet over some of the things that happened in the book. I have to say though, Snyder’s books can get a little repetitive sometimes and there were some scenes that I felt could’ve been pulled from any of the books in the series. However, this repetitive-ness wasn’t as obvious as it has been in previous books, and so the plot was a lot more interesting than a couple of the previous books.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable read, and I got really addicted to it. It’s definitely a great start to this new series, so I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Have you read any of Maria V. Snyder’s books? And aren’t Valek and Yelena the best?