Review – What Could Possibly go Wrong?

Title: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Author: Jodi Taylor

Series: Chronicles of St Mary’s #6

E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 48
(see below for breakdown)

4.5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail – to go wrong!

Take one interim Chief Training Officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to the boil – and wait for the bang!

Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall Chronicles of St Mary’s series.

My Thoughts

I have talked about how much I love this series over and over again, and it is getting harder and harder to talk about it without spoilers. I have talked a lot about how I love the writing style, that it feel like reading a TV series, with multiple little episodes and adventures contained in one novel. This makes them page turners, this book like the others bounces about history, exploring different periods in time while dealing with the over arching plot.

I definitely think this one pick the story line back up again. It feel like it is the start of a new ARC, both in terms of the overarching villian and in the personal aspects for the main cast. Our MC, Max, has changed her position at St Mary’s and that allows for the introduction of new characters in the form of the new trainees. It was really fun seeing Max whom we have gotten to know really well, adapt to this new roll especially as she was used to being the trouble maker.

We really got a wider character perspective in this one opening up for different style of adventures than those in the last few novels, without loosing the old favourite either. I really loved the diversity in the new characters, they had such different personalities that really worked well together. As trouble befell them, as it always does at St Mary’s it was great to see how they reacted and how that worked with the gang we were already so used to. It was great fun! Spoiler: There was actually a successful mission for once!

This instalment also gave us a bit more insight into the dystopian world that St Mary’s is set in which we haven’t got a lot of information about since the first book so it was great to see that come back into play. We also still got all the humour and high-jinks we expect from St Mary’s. The highs and the lows, the laugh out loud and the moments that make you gasp. This is just a really entertaining series and this instalment was just as entertaining as the rest.

I continue to love this series and I was lucky to receive books 7-9 for my birthday, as well as the second short story collection so I can keep adventuring with Max and the gang. This is doubly so as that cliff hanger ending has me needing to know what happens next!

ESCAPE Score

ENDING – 8

STYLE AND PACE OF WRITING – 8

CHARACTERS – 8

ATMOSPHERE AND WORLDBUILDING – 8

PLOT – 8

ENJOYMENT – 8

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Shadowhunters Saturday – City of Glass

It’s another Shadowhunter Saturday! Where Ellie (Read to Ramble) and I are discussing our journey through the world of the Shadowhunters! If you missed our announcement you can find all the details about this collaboration Here or if you are interested in our thoughts on City of Bones or City of Ashes.

The first section is my spoiler free mini review of what I thought of the book followed by my interview of Ellie and her Thoughts. If you would like to see my answers to the interview questions and Ellie’s mini review you can find it one her blog Here.

Title: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments #2

stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments

My Thoughts

This one got me. I was kinda hooked on this book. I really really enjoyed it. Unlike the previous two this one was action packed from the start. The first two in the series started slow and took a while to draw me in to the plot but this one really did hit the nail on the head pacing wise. We got excitement from the beginning, the multiple different character motivations and plot lines started from the beginning and it really didnt feel like we had to do a lot of waiting around as the reader to get to the

I really liked the change of pace and scenery. We got so much more world building about the Shadowhunter’s homeland, we got new characters that really expanded the past of some of our characters and I just felt there was more depth in this one. The writing still has its faults. There was still groan out loud moments at some of the dialogue. Cringe worthy romance scenes but I think that is part of what I like about these books. The cheese level is just what i wanted.

I will admit Clare didn’t pull her punches in this one and there was a character death that got to me a little. I audibly gasped which I didn’t think I would do with a Cassie Clare book. Its moments like this where again I recommend buddy reading these. The number of OMG texts i sent Ellie skyrocketed with this book. I think its fair to say i might be becoming a shadowhunter fan.

SPOILER ALERT! – The next section is full of Spoilers where I ask Ellie about what she thought of the book. We discuss key plot points and give away lots of detail so if you don’t want to read spoilers.

I ASKED ELLIE SOME QUESTIONS

Fi: What was your favourite moment? 

Ellie: I think my teenage heart is coming out at this point, but my favourite moment had to be when I realised that Clary and Jace were not siblings and I was so relieved that the incest plot line was actually not even true. It was such a yucky feeling throughout the three books to be first rooting for them and then discovering they were siblings, and seeing how much they were acting like “i love you but you’re my sibling”, and then it finally wasn’t true! I also really enjoyed the moment when Clary was able to convince the Clave to make an alliance with the Downworlders and to mark each other with the binding rune!

Fi: This is the “end” of the first trilogy do you think it was a good end?

Ellie: I have to say that immediately, this book grabbed me and ran away with my feelings, so I was hooked right from page 1. I was worried that it was going to have a slow start like the previous two in the series, but it actually didn’t, so I was enjoying this book much more anyway. I do think it ended really well, there are still A LOT of questions in my head and I feel like we haven’t seen the end of Sebastian/Jonathan Morgenstern, but the ending was really satisfying and enjoyable. The problem is that now I’m hooked, curse you Cassie!!

Fi: Have your thoughts about the series changed?

Ellie: YES! A lot. Before starting this first trilogy, I knew the massive amount of hype behind it, I have read blogs and watched BookTube videos where people are raving about this from start to end, sobbing about it, screaming ect, and I had never ever gotten the hype until things started to speed up and get exciting in the last 3rd of City of Ashes, and now the whole of this book. While reading City of Bones, I struggled to start with, then I really enjoyed it, and then obviously there was the whole incest plot that completely disgusted me. City of Ashes was better but still slow to start, however, City of Glass was SO MUCH better, and now I’m pretty sure I love this series, the world, the characters. I wouldn’t say 5-star love yet, but very good anyway.

Fi: There is a second trilogy to this series. What do you think is going to happen next?

Ellie: I am so excited to start it! It’s going to be really hard to wait to get to it between us reading The Infernal Devices trilogy first, but I actually think that it might be good to take a little break between both trilogies to think about things that happened and for it to be even better when we go back to it. I’m pretty sure some new force of evil is going to rise and want to bring down Clary and her friends, the blurb sounds amazing though, so I’m looking forward to it!

What ELLIE Thought About the Plot

Simon getting dragged into another Shadowhunter mission

Ellie:I wanted Simon to get a break in this book because he literally goes through EVERYTHING in books 1 and 2, but apparently there was still more things that could happen to him. I still find it weird that Simon is a vampire, especially a Daylighter, or a vampire that can go out in the sun, and I thought that he would probably take a step back from all the Shadowhunter mess, but right from the start he is dragged to Idris. I really wasn’t expecting that, but I really liked where it went, even though Simon got a lot of stuff thrown at him again. 

Clary makes a portal and falls in a magic lake

Ellie: I was really surprised in book 2 when Clary made the rune that blew up the whole boat, so I knew she could do something like this, but I was actually strangely proud of her and her abilities to learn her special skills fast and by herself. I feel like there is still so much to Clary and Jace’s powers that we haven’t worked out or that haven’t come to light, but I really liked how she evolved in this book. I thought the bit where she fell into the lake was a bit scary aha, I thought something worse was going to happen, but it was really interesting when Luke explained to her about the lake. 

Luke’s sister – Herondale 

Ellie: I didn’t even realise that Luke had a sister as he has never really spoken about himself, except him being in Valentine’s Circle and being turned into a werewolf. I really like Luke as a character, so it was nice to have another little bit of insight into him and his past, especially his family. I was really shocked about the Herondale bit though, to start with I thought that it must mean that Luke was a Herondale. I’ve just heard that name so much that when it finally appeared I had a bit of a “Eureka” moment haha! 

Simon being thrown in prison by the Clave

Ellie: Poor Simon, he really never gets a break in these books, it feels like Cassandra Clare just picked one character out of a hat and decided that he would be the one to get it all. This was another moment where I was just like “What the heck”, cause adults in these books are stupid, and the fact that they thought that Simon was Valentine’s spy was hilarious. I think Simon handled it all well though, I would personally have lost it at that point. I really do hope that Simon will catch a break in book 4! I knew that something like this was going to happen because it couldn’t be as straightforward to send him back to New York, but I didn’t expect the Inquisitor (is that the name i’m looking for?) to be in on it. 

Magnus Bane in Idris and Ragnor Fell getting murdered by Valentine’s demons

Ellie: I’m really, really starting to fall for Magnus, I love him!! I was happy to see him at the start but sad when he disappeared, so when he reappeared suddenly in Ragnor Fell’s house I was actually super happy, I feel like all the characters can now really rely on him. I was a bit disappointed that we never even got to meet Ragnor, it was a bit like Cassandra just name throwing and then nothing happening. It was really cool how Magnus found out what happened to Ragnor and where the Book of White was though! I really hope he will be more present in book 4, and hopefully we will soon get to the book about him! 

The Book of the White – Clary and Jace go to find it – Ithuriel in the Wayland Manor

Ellie: Again, this was something else that Clary’s mum had thought about! I was surprised about this whole thing cause it seemed like such a struggle to get answers about her mum, and then Madeleine turned up, and got murdered right after, but it felt a bit easy to me that Clary and Jace just waltzed into the Wayland Manor and plucked the book of the shelf. Again, I don’t think we got much of an insight into the Book of White because Clary gave it to Magnus the minute she found him, but I’m glad he came through and was able to wake her mother up. The really surprising part of Clary and Jace’s visit to the manor was their discovery of the angel Ithuriel in the basement, this was really spooky and quite disgusting because we found out about Valentine’s experiments, and how he kept the angel alive for years without him being able to move on. Put it this way, Valentine is a sick person (to be polite). 

Demons arrive in Idris as the wards go down on the Demon Towers

Ellie: The funny thing about the Shadowhunter books (in my experience anyway), is that you know something bad is going to happen, you know all hell is going to break lose (here literally) but until it happens, you don’t believe it actually will. Well here, everything did happen, I was expecting it, but at this point the whole situation was accelerated and it became really fast-paced, I was whizzing through it and really enjoying it. It was also around this point that I started to get suspicious of Sebastian. I knew that Valentine was going to somehow get the wards down, and then when it happened and I started piecing things together I was just trying to read as fast as I could to see if my suspicions were right. This was a great moment in the book!!

Hodge!!! 

Ellie: OMG, I never expected this to happen, I completely forgot about Hodge when he disappeared at the end of book 1 after betraying everyone, and then he suddenly reappeared!! I think this also got the book going faster because at this point, revelations were being dropped left and right, and even though Hodge was a bad person, the way he died was a bit sad to me cause I wanted to see him do something good, or help Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Alec fight against Valentine and his demons. 

Sebastian kills Max – Sebastian is not Sebastian Verlac 

Ellie: By this point, I was lacking behind a little bit, and you probably all know by now that Fiona and I send each other reaction gifs when something happens, so when she told me I would be crying, I was really scared to go into this chapter, and I was expecting it to be about Hodge, but then when Sebastian killed Max, and smacked Isabelle on the head, and we saw the Lightwoods in the Accords Hall holding a dead Max in their arms and crying, I just… Phew, that was a hard chapter. I hadn’t really felt a connection to Max, but for a character to murder a 9-year-old just cause he was in his way was so cruel and broke my heart. Then we we learned that Sebastian wasn’t who he said he was, I was sort of relieved that the real Sebastian wasn’t the culprit, but that’s when I really started to think “Well who is he then?”, and that’s when it started to click into place. 

Clary’s mother arrives in Idris 

Ellie: Jocelyn finally arrives back into the story! It had been forever since we met her and I feel like even though this was a really important part of the plot, a lot of people forgot about her because she was in the hospital in a coma, and then she suddenly waltzes back into Clary’s life. I found Clary’s reaction to her a tad excessive, but I agree that the way she disappeared by taking the potion was really cowardly, like why would you not try to protect your daughter? Why not at least tell her or give her the tools to understand? Again, this is a case of adults being idiots in YA books, but seriously, I’m glad Clary had a go at her, because it needed to be said. I’m not too sure what I think about her, but at least now we have a lot more of an insight into her life when she was married to Valentine and in the Clave and after she fled Idris for New York. 

Clary and Jace are not siblings – Sebastian is Clary’s brother 

Ellie: OMG YAY, I was so happy about this, I was really getting tired and disgusted of the whole incest plotline, especially because I’ve heard literally no one raise this issue as problematic, so this made me think there was more to it. I’m so glad our hunch turned out to be right. This means that Clary and Jace can be together and I’m actually happy about it cause they have chemistry and I’m happy that it wasn’t just like sibling affection or something, cause I was starting to really hate all that. However, the fact that Clary now has a brother who murdered Max, and is basically an evil mastermind with demon blood was like *brain explodes* and I’m pretty certain that Sebastian/Jonathan is going to turn up in future books. I’m just wondering how Clary’s mother is dealing with all this going on and knowing that she gave birth to a monster even though it was because Valentine experimented on him. 

Clary and Jace have angel blood 

Ellie:I was sort of already expecting this but to finally have answers after 3 books was great. It was really cool to learn and see all of Jace and Clary’s special powers and abilities, and even though Valentine experimented on them was sick, it was cool to finally know why that was happening to them. 

The Clave and Downworlders: their alliance against Valentine thanks to Clary’s rune

Ellie: This was a total fist-pump YASS moment for me, finally adults being intelligent in this series and I’m so glad they ended up listening to Clary. I love these types of moments in books and it gave me faith that everything was going to be okay (with Cassandra Clare and how fast she kills off her characters, you need faith). I was really expecting the Clave to side with Valentine cause they are stupid and corrupted, but Clary did a great job of changing their minds and I really enjoyed these chapters. It was also great to see Downworlders and Shadowhunters come together against the same enemy and be marked with Clary’s rune, I’m a strong believer that uniting will make things better, so this made my little heart happy. 

The Lake, the Angel and Valentine’s death

Ellie: Wow, as always with Cassandra Clare’s books, the last chapters are super long, but also super intense and fast-paced, City of Glass was not an exception. I figured that Valentine was going to go to the Lake, but Clary deciding to Portal into it was really reckless (after all, that is the definition of Clary), and I really thought he was going to kill her or something, but then when Jace appeared and Valentine killed him, I think I nearly died. I always have this feeling in a book when something goes wrong that there will still always be a good ending, but with Cassie’s books, I’ve learned to not think that, so for that whole chapter, I thought Jace was properly dead (that was a very bad time for me lol). I have to say that the whole Angel rising from the waters and raining vengeance and justice on Valentine and killing him was super cool and for once the baddie gets dispatched mouahahaa, that was probably one of my favourite parts of the book (oops). 

Another really long epilogue! 

Ellie: Well, once again, a long epilogue, I feel like I should be used to this by now but I’m not. I do however think that this was a great way to end this book, there are still a lot of unanswered questions, but it feels like it is opening up to them in the next book, or the potential is there ready. The ending was really satisfying, and overall, I loved this book way more that City of Bones and City of Ashes. I’m really excited for City of Fallen Angels now! 


If you want to read my answers to the questions and read Ellie’s mini review you can find them all on Ellie’s Blog Read To Ramble

Ellie and I are not switching it up and going allow with the reading order moving on to The Infernal devices book one. We will be sticking with the 3 week reading schedule so out next Shadowhunter Saturday will be August 22nd!

We also would love to know what you thought. If you have read City of bones let us know your answers to the questions! and come discuss the world of the shadow hunters in the comments!

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Mini Review Monday – Equal Rites

Title: Equal Rites

Author: Terry Prachet

Series: Discworld #3, Witches #1

stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

It is known as the Discworld. It is a flat planet, supported on the backs of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of the great turtle A’Tuin as it swims majestically through space. And it is quite possibly the funniest place in all of creation.

The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby’s sex…

Terry Pratchett turns his acute satirical eye on sexual equality and chauvanism in his hilarious third Discworld novel.

My Thoughts

Recently I decided to get back into the Discworld books. I have been eyeing up the collectors library editions from Gollancz for some time and after some research about the best reading orders I have taken the plunge. I love the Discworld, I will always enjoy Prachett’s dry and witty sense of humour. He has this fantastic weird and wild style to his writing filled with world play and innuendo and such great observations of human behaviour all set in a fantastic fantasy land. Granny Weatherwax was an awesome character, she is just one of those formidable old ladies that have so much punch to their character. She is both stuck in her ways and believes them to be best but she also won’t stand for any sexist nonsense. I really liked how she played off of all the other characters, her love for Esk, her backhanded ways around problems and how she took no shit from the wizards. I even loved the little bit of geriatric flirting! Esk is aslo an awesome character her free spirit just carried you through the book. The plot itself is a little simple, but is filled with all the weird and wonderful asides and world building that Prachett tends to have. I am really looking forward to continuing with the Witches and diving into the Discworld again.


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Shadowhunters Saturday – City of Ashes

We are back for another Shadowhunter Saturday! Where Ellie (Read to Ramble) and I are discussing our journey through the world of the Shadowhunters! If you missed our announcement you can find all the details about this collaboration Here or if you are interested in our thoughts on City of Bones

The first section is my spoiler free mini review of what I thought of the book followed by my interview of Ellie and her Thoughts. If you would like to see my answers to the interview questions and Ellie’s mini review you can find it one her blog Here.

Title: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments #2

stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

From Goodreads: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

My Thoughts

I must admit I enjoyed this one so much more than the first. Again it is not the best written book. Its still filled with eye-roll moments and cheesy dialogue, but damn does it just pull you in.The pacing of this book was a little slow in the first half. I don’t think I was fully invested in the story until the last third of the plot where the pace just skyrockets. My biggest fault with this one is the age old gripe of YA. That is the behaviour of the Adults. Very few of the adults step up in this one. They either act just as immature as the teenagers or utterly fail to reign the teenager characters in and instead follow them blindly in there escapades. Its just such a common troupe.

There were also a number of plot points I would have loved to seen expanded but were just left hanging in the air with very little information. It were a lot of Oh, so we are just not going to address that moments. Which is a shame as they were mostly around areas of world building I would have liked to explore more. The last section of the book does have some great twists and cliffhangers that keep the pages turning. But we fly through elements of the plot here that could have used a bit more of a steady pace so the book seems very disjointed.

Just like the last one I think a lot of my overall enjoyment was from the buddy read as when there were plot twists I found myself rushing to DM Ellie to go “omg did you read chapter 17” etc. I did enjoy this, I did gasp where I was supposed to and was keen to find out what happens next and that’s what a solid read should do.

SPOILER ALERT! – The next section is full of Spoilers where I ask Ellie about what she thought of the book. We discuss key plot points and give away lots of detail so if you don’t want to read spoilers.

I ASKED ELLIE SOME QUESTIONS

Fi: What was your favourite moment? 

Ellie: Oh my gosh, I have no idea. I talked about this later on, but even though I was surprised about Simon turning into a Vampire and being really surprised about it and not being able to wrap my head around it, I loved it! I love Vampires, and for Simon to turn into one I was just weirdly happy about it (don’t ask me why, I’m weird like that). Other than that, I also really liked when Clary exploded the boat with her rune because I’m really enjoying how powerful she is getting and I like the fact that she seems to be finally believing in herself and thinks that she is special.

Fi: What do you think is going to happen next? 

Ellie: At this point, I have absolutely no idea because this series is ALL OVER THE PLACE. But, in theory, I think that Madeleine will be able to wake Jocelyn up and there will be explanations and presentations and revelations maybe. Then, I think something might happen between Jace and Clary or Clary and Simon again. I would really like to see more of a relationship between Magnus and Alec because Magnus is really growing on me now. And I’m sure Valentine is going to pop up again. However, now having read two Cassandra Clare books, I think its fair to say there will be a lot more happening, and definitely a lot more “what the heck” moments to come.

Fi: What Has your thoughts about the series changed?

Ellie: Uhm, I wouldn’t say changed, because I’m still wondering why people rave about these books as much. Like, I understand they are cool and shocking and addictive, but I’m not 100% won over yet, I think mainly because I’m finding the incest plotline really yucky and just fairly unecessary, I don’t know why it is being pushed as much as it is, and I know that it’s a spoiler so obviously people don’t talk about it, BUT, I am surprised that no one that I’ve seen/heard has talked about this, maybe because they aren’t actually siblings? No idea lol, I’m just making up conspiracy theories now. So, I’m basically still unsure about the absolute LOVE and raving over this series, I am enjoying the series more now, the second book was better than the first, but still not OMG WOW AMAZING worthy for me personally. I think I might just be being picky and wanting it to be astonishing right from the start. I do now think that there is a lot more to this series and I’m looking forward to City of Glass.

What ELLIE Thought About the Plot

Jace falling out with Maryse

Ellie: I was actually expecting something like this to happen if I’m honest. Jace is really hot-headed and impulsive and I don’t think I’ve ever really appreciated Maryse, especially when she turned up and immediately started acting weird, pushing Jace away and blaming everything on him – so I could definitely see something like that happening between the two, but I still found the execution of this a bit strange? Or maybe the outcome, I’m not sure aha.


The Inquisitor arresting Jace

Ellie: This was quite surprising, for once, I didn’t think the Inquisitor was a sort of character that I expected to be bad or do something like arrest Jace. I was more surprised by everyone standing by and letting him be taken to the Silent City, I was surprised by Maryse’s attitude, she has known Jace for the past 7 years and suddenly now she only sees Valentine in him. I did think the Inquisitor had an ulterior motive or was blinded by something though.


The death of the silent Brothers

Ellie: No way did I expect this. The whole time Jace was being arrested, taken to the Silent City and locked in a cell, I was really surprised, and then when the Silent Brothers started dropping and Valentine turned up I was really shocked. I was afraid they would say it was Jace’s fault and at this point, I was starting to wonder if Cassandra Clare was going to turn the whole thing around and kill all the characters off. The Silent Brothers seemed immortal and un-killeable to me, so I was not expecting them to just basically drop dead, and when you find out they died of fear, I was even more surprised because as mind manipulator type people, I was expecting them to be able to face fear down or something, lol, I read too many books where things turn out good at the end I think.


The Clary/Jace Kissing At the Fairy court

Ellie: This was another WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING moment. A) I was really annoyed for Simon and I would have stormed off like he did too. B) I know Clary and Jace had to kiss to get out of the Seelie court, but seriously, I think they both enjoyed it a bit too much, and I’m still fairly shocked about the whole brother-sister situation. Even though Cassandra Clare writes some really yucky plot twists, I did think “wow, what is going to happen next”, she does have a bit of a shock factor, but it keeps you reading!

Simon is a Vampire

Ellie: This was one of the most unbelievable things I’ve read in a book, not that I didn’t believe it was true, but more like wondering how on earth it actually happened and where it all suddenly came from. You know how when you read books and something bad happens and you shrug it off and think it will all turn out fine, well, that was not one of these moments, I was expecting someone to say “lol, only joking” and for Simon to be human again, but the fact that he wasn’t and was now suddenly a vampire I found really strange, but also really great, even though I kept thinking “poor Simon”. My thoughts don’t make sense, but this has been whirling around in my head for the past week and I’m still not over it aha!

Jace visits Valentine/arrested again

Ellie: We have to admit that when you tell a character not to do something, they’re going to go and do it. I knew Jace was going to go back to Valentine, but I was surprised that afterwards, he didn’t take his deal. I think that after Jace nearly went through the Portal to Idris with Valentine in City of Bones, I always expected him to inevitably betray Clary, Isabelle and Alec and go back with Valentine, but I was pleasantly surprised that he stood up to him – even though he shouldn’t have gone to visit him in the first place.


Clary and Jace have special powers

Ellie: Cool plot twist! I hadn’t really thought about any of the things that happened and that Clary and Jace accomplished – and this makes me think that there are still things about them that we don’t know or that Valentine is hiding. Obviously, there will be something about HOW Valentine gave them special powers, and I think that just before the Inquisitor got killed on the boat, she said something to Jace which is going to resurface either in City of Glass or a future book, and I’m really intrigued to know what, apparently it’s something to do with a scar on Jace’s shoulder. I wonder when/if Clary’s mother is going to wake up, if she will be aware of what Valentine did to them, and if she did why she didn’t say something before? I think there is still potentially a lot to come out of this.


Simon captured by Valentine

Ellie: I completely forgot that Valentine had to go after a Vampire for the Ritual to change the Soul-Sword, so when he broke into Simon’s house and kidnapped him, I was quite surprised. I was expecting Simon to fight back a bit, you know “super strength” and everything else about Vampires, I think the whole kidnapping thing happened a bit too seamlessly, but I thought Valentine had already got what he needed so I was surprised that he captured Simon. It feels like everything he does is to go against Clary and Jace and to bring them to him, so it would make sense, but I didn’t think about it at all.

The fight against Valentine 

Ellie: I’ve read so many battles in fantasy books, and I actually found this one a bit underwhelming. I was expecting more casualties, or more OMG reactions from myself while I was reading, but it was almost like everything was happening in slow-motion, either because I was reading ridiculously slow for once, or because it was all a bit uneventful. I still haven’t really grasped the whole amazing hype behind these books yet, I do get it, they are addictive and the plot twists are really surprising, but I don’t think that the battles have been all that amazing YET (I hope it will get more deadly and end-of-the-world-esque in future books). It is only the second book out of 20 in the same world, so it’s not surprising it’s still fairly docile and it actually might just be a case of me and my high expectations anyway. But, long story short, I was more surprised by how it ended, I sort of knew Valentine was going to get away as I feel like there is more to him and what he has done to Clary and Jace, but I didn’t expect Clary to explode the whole boat to pieces.

Simon and the sun

Ellie: By this point, Simon had died, become a Vampire, got kidnapped by Valentine, been drained of his blood and sort of died again (or died more should I say), and then was revived by Jace’s blood, so by this point I thought “Is this it?” I was starting to panic because Clare had gone through all that and Simon surviving multiple times and for him to just died from the sun would have been like ARGH – I was very frustrated by this point, but!!!!! Then I wasn’t expecting him to be okay, and even in the epilogue I was like “What???”. Valentine said something about Jace and how he shouldn’t have given Simon his blood so I was a bit sceptical and frankly lost at this point. I could have been super angry if Clare had just killed Simon with the sun after he went through all that, so I’m glad he didn’t actually get burned right there in the truck-bed, on the river after the battle and the boat exploding and everyone being okay aha!!

Epilogue – break up/ Jace+Clary/ Jocelyn

Ellie: I did not expect this! I didn’t think that Simon and Clary were still actually together after all the events of the book, and then he was like “baby” and 3 seconds later he is breaking up with her? Gah, this book has given us so many plot twists in such few chapters that I was just screaming inside my head at this point. Have you ever seen that picture of that girl screaming her head off? That’s what it was like inside my head. 

Then, Clary was off to see Jace and to tell him she loved him and wanted to be with him (I suspect this is what she was going to see him for) and frankly, I’m getting annoyed at how hard Clare is pushing this incest thing. Valentine did a long monologue where he was explaining how mundanes and Shadowhunters/Downworlders are all different, and that their laws and customs are different, how mundanes will create enemies just for the sake of it and that Shadowhunters don’t see things in the same way, but I still don’t think all that explains why we need to have these two sibling teenagers fall in love and be together, like, that’s just yuck, not amused by this! So, I am sort of glad that Jace completely pushed her away, BUT, I know this won’t be the last of their relationship we see, so I expect there will be more yucky moments to come. 

And FINALLY, Jocelyn! Again, I thought that they ALL forgot about Clary and Jace’s mum being in hospital and in a coma, they went to see her and talked about her at the start but then they all went off to fight Valentine, so I thought that she was just forgotten about. I dropped the book at one point and opened it to that page and saw the last sentence (I got very annoyed at myself at that point), so I knew what was coming, but when it happened and Madeleine said that Jocelyn did it to herself and only she could reverse it, I was surprised. I feel like this book is all shock factor and plot twists that can’t be anything else than surprising, but this was one plot twist where I thought “ooooooooh!!”.


If you want to read my answers to the questions and read Ellie’s mini review you can find them all on Ellie’s Blog Read To Ramble

We also would love to know what you thought. If you have read City of bones let us know your answers to the questions! and come discuss the world of the shadow hunters in the comments!

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Shadowhunters Saturday – City of Bones

The first Shadowhunter Saturday is here! Where Ellie (Read to Ramble) and i are discussing our journey through the world of the Shadowhunters! If you missed our announcement you can find all the details about this collaboration Here.

The first section is my spoiler free mini review of what I thought of the book followed by my interview of Ellie and her Thoughts. If you would like to see my answers to the interview questions and Ellie’s mini review you can find it one her blog Here.

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal instruments

3 stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

My Thoughts

So I originally read this book in 2017 and had real mixed thoughts about it I gave it 2 stars and the following review on GoodReads:

I went into this book knowing it would not be the peak of the literary world. I didn’t want it to be. I enjoyed this book because it is the literary equivalent of a Burger King bacon double cheese burger…. not the best thing in the world for you but it sure as hell tastes good at the time and it surprisingly moreish. This was a reading slump buster it got me reading again and at pace because it it simple and flows, with a little cringe thrown in for good measure. There is nothing wrong with delighting in such books once in a while.

I still sticking by this. It is a big old Cheeseburger of a book and that’s what makes it awesome. My rating this time has gone up not because I think anything more about the plot or the character development and world-building but more that I just had so much more fun buddy-reading it. This is a book made for buddy-reading, for texting your friend when you reach eyeroll moments or sending gifs when a plot twist hits. I did a lot of that during this read and it really is a book made for that kind of interaction. There is always something happening, a twist or turn and that what makes this such a fun and engaging read. It takes it from those groan out loud cheese moments into a book you cant put down. Sometime you just need a read like this to dive into and have fun.

I genuinely just enjoyed it a bit more, i looked over the plot holes a little more and gave some of the characters a bit of a break and just enjoyed myself.

SPOILER ALERT! – The next section is full of Spoilers where I ask Ellie about what she thought of the book. We discuss key plot points and give away lots of detail so if you don’t want to read spoilers.

I ASKED ELLIE SOME QUESTIONS

Fi: Who was your favourite character? Why? 

Ellie: I think my favourite character was Simon actually! I found Clary to be a bit immature at times, and I didn’t really like how she treated Simon at the start of the book, but I feel like Simon brought out a lot of good things from other characters. He seems really level-headed, he has his own funny side, but he cares about Clary so much and would do anything for her, I found that really sweet. I want to learn more about him, I think he’s a great character! 

Fi: What character would you like to see more of in the series? 

Ellie: Ohhh, I think maybe Isabelle? I got annoyed with Isabelle and Clary a few times in the book because of their behaviour towards one another, but she changed a lot by the end – or should I say, she came out of her shell, I feel like I want to learn more about her, she fascinates me for some reason.

Fi: What was your favourite moment? 

Ellie: I have to admit, I have a few. I liked the picnic moment with Clary and Jace in the greenhouse, but then with what we learn later I was a bit shocked and found that moment a bit less “good” aha! But I also really liked the scene in the library with Jace, Clary and Hodge when Valentine comes to get Cup! I was really not expecting it and read that scene as fast as I could because I couldn’t believe it and wanted to throttle Hodge. And finally, the battle bit at the end was cool! 

Fi: What do you think is going to happen next? 

Ellie: I have no idea, this book surprised me so much, I wasn’t expecting anything that happened and the things I suspected would happen didn’t aha! I suppose it will just go on from where it ended and maybe Alec, Isabelle, Clary, Jace and Simon will get to know one another more, will go on a new mission, and I suppose Clary will learn everything about Shadowhunters. I’m curious to see Clary’s mum wake up and for her to meet the other Shadowhunters. 

Fi: What did you think of the romance? 

Ellie: Well… Uhm, I was completely rooting for them after the picnic scene, I was a bit surprised because I wasn’t really expecting it. I knew from the start that Simon liked Clary, wasn’t expecting a love triangle though, and then with that last reveal, I was sort of yucked-out. After that point the whole “romance angle” made me feel sick aha! I’m also worried that Clary is going to fall back on Simon when she hasn’t felt the same way about him as he does about her – it wouldn’t be fair to him to fall in love with him all of a sudden just because Jace isn’t who she thought he was. Make sense? 

What ELLIE Thought About the Plot

Clary finding out she is a shadowhunter

Ellie: It sort of just happened didn’t it? I guessed right from when she met Jace, Isabelle and Alec that she obviously wasn’t a mundane. I don’t know, it felt a bit underwhelming cause you can guess that’s what is going to happen. And I felt that she took it a bit too easily, like it all clicked into place when Hodge and the other Shadowhunters explained stuff to her, maybe it was a bit too convenient for my liking. 


Luke abandoning CLary

Ellie:I was surprised about this and a bit angry at Luke, but at that point we didn’t really know much about him. I was more surprised about him being in his bookshop with Valentine’s men to be honest. I still thought it was a bit shitty of him. 


Simon becomes a rat

Ellie:One of the biggest shocks I’ve had in my life! I did not expect it AT ALL and I was totally hooked from that point on, before I was just pushing through, enjoying it a bit and rolling my eyes a lot, but when that happened I became really invested and loved it from then! I didn’t even think that type of shapeshifting was possible, but I thought it was great!! 


The Clary/Jace Romance

Ellie:I didn’t really expect this either honestly. A few times I thought there was something between the two but it was almost like Clary was imagining things, and then when it happened I wasn’t that surprised, but still a bit. And then I was completely rooting for them, until we discovered that they were siblings. 

Finding the Mortal Cup

Ellie: I love a good mission in a fantasy series, and this one was no exception, I thought it was a great plot twist, but I also thought it was a bit too easy, I would have prefered more of a build-up, I felt like they were just going along with their lives and all of a sudden they started running around being Shadowhunters and bringing the Cup back. I also didn’t think that they showed much interest in finding it until Clary drew Jace with the runes and could touch the feathers inside the drawing, and then hey-presto. Yeah, I felt it was a bit too easy. 

Hodge’s betrayal

Ellie: I didn’t expect it and I was so annoyed at him when it was revealed that he was a baddie! I thought he was a bit like all these great wizards in other magic books that have so much wisdom and are cryptic, but always turn out to be great people, and I was shocked when this didn’t happen here. Looking back, I’m sure there were clues, but I thought it was a great plot twist and it really made the story move forward, I just wish Luke would have mangled him a bit more lol.


Luke is a werewolf

Ellie: I didn’t expect this either, I honestly forgot about the whole werewolf thing until the pack arrived at the Vampire’s lair, and then I forgot them again until the wolf tackled Hodge in the alleyway. I was so focused on the Shadowhunter and demon bit that I forgot they weren’t the only creatures, so it definitely surprised me (I’ve said that a million times already but I was surprised!). It was an interesting plot twist and hopefully, we’ll learn more about it in the next book! 


Clary kissed her Brother!!! – incest plotline?!?

Ellie: Well, Clary kissing Jace was okay before we found out they were brother and sister and I thought this plot twist was YUCKY! I could never have predicted that this was the big reveal, and it felt so strange, I was expecting the author to be like NO JUST JOKING LOL! But she didn’t and when I closed the book and realised all the implications and saw everything that happened through this reveal, I was rather shocked. I’ve never read an incest plotline so I’m finding it weird to, not deal with, but sort of to comprehend, like why would the author write that? Lol, I hope there aren’t more yucky plot twists like that in the next books! 

Her mother getting kidnapped and Clary going after her – when is she going to wake up? 

Ellie: I thought Clary had forgotten about her mum and the Cup for ages when they were off doing other things, and even though I knew they were trying to save her mum and find the Cup, it was almost like they also didn’t care, if you know what I mean. And then they found her, and she still didn’t wake up! I thought this was a better way to end the book because in most books like this, the character always wakes up and everything is fine and dandy, but it sort of made it better and more believable for her to still be asleep and no one knows why. I hope she is going to wake up though, I just worry she’ll go back in a type of coma when she learns about Jace aha!


If you want to read my answers to the questions and read Ellie’s mini review you can find them all on Ellie’s Blog Read To Ramble

We also would love to know what you thought. If you have read City of bones let us know your answers to the questions! and come discuss the world of the shadow hunters in the comments!

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Happy Reading!

Pages and Co – Review Series so far

Title: Tilly and the Bookwanderers

Author: Anna James

Series: Pages and Co #1

5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses.

Tilly’s new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. But danger may be lurking on the very next page…

My Thoughts

I picked this up as part of Middle Grade Marvels book of the month in May and I am really please I did. Pages and Co is such a heartwarming and magical bookshop that just gets you excited about reading. Tilly’s journey, exploring new wonders of her grandparents bookshop, finding the Secrets of the British Underlibrary, building new friendships and learning about her own history is just a book worms dream.

It is one of those books that just captures you and pulls you in. The world comes to life in the descriptions. Question: Why are descriptions of food in middle grades so delicious?!? but the characters also hold there own. Even the book characters Tilly encounters have just full personalities that really shine through. The villian had the perfect level of creepiness that crawled across your skin building the perfect amount of suspicion. It was just so perfectly crafted, a joy to read.

I really enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down and smiled from cover to cover. I couldnt wait to explore more of the world of Bookwandering.

Title: Tilly and the Lost Fairytales

Author: Anna James

Series: Pages and Co #2

4 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. The curl-up-on-the-sofa snuggle of a series from a uniquely talented author.

Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly’s powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc . . .

On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after?

My Thoughts

Back to Tilly again and just as beautifully constructed as the first. This one got a little more emotional, there were scenes which just made my heart ache with how beautifully sad they were. It was also fun to get to explore Paris and another side to the world of Bookwandering. For me this wasn’t as instantly capturing as the first which is why it has not quite made 5 stars. This was definitely a middle book building the story towards the third, we don’t get the reveal of the big villain and their motivation until the last few chapters of the book and we cliffhanger so a lot of the rest of the story just didn’t have the pace as the previous book.

I still really enjoyed this book, the exploration of fairytales and all the different revellings was fun and creative. The set up for book three sounds amazing and I am so excited to get my hands on it.


For those that have already Bookwandered with Tilly and are looking to fill the time with another read, the Adult Fantasy – The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep also has a similar theme of your favourite characters being pulled from their pages. you can read my review of it here. It has to be one of my favourite reads this year.

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!


I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading

Review – No Time like the Past

Title: No Time Like the Past

Author: Jodi Taylor

Series:The Chronicles of St Mary’s #5

E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 41
(see below for breakdown)

4 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

St Mary’s has been rebuilt and it’s business as usual for the History department.

But first, there’s the little matter of a seventeenth-century ghost that only Mr Markham can see.

Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an unfortunately-timed comfort break at Thermopylae leaving the fate of the western world hanging in the balance.

Re-join Max’s madcap journey through time in Jodi Taylor’s fifth inter-dimensional installment No Time Like the Past.

My Thoughts

Its always very hard to be spoiler free when reviewing a book deep in a series, especially one like the Chronicles of St Mary’s. The best way I can describe these books is they read more like lots of mini adventures intertwined with small moments of the overarching storyline. Its a bit like TV series, each individual episode is a journey within a series of its own that has its own arc which then plays again into a multi series arc. This is true of these. This book has 5/6 mini adventures (i lost count – again) that play into the over arching story-line of this book and then the arc for this trilogy within the St Mary’s series.

The mini adventures in this instalment were great. We follow Max in most of her missions but it was great to hear about missions she didn’t have a great hand it. We also got a great breadth of history in this one visiting not only Thermopylae but also the Great exhibition and Florance to name a few. Taylor really isn’t afraid to through absolutely everything at her characters and we have massive swings in emotions to laughing at the antics of the research department to grieving for the loss of another historian. There are some wild and wonderful turns of fate in these books and No time like the past in no exception. It is jam packed with twists and turns.

I adore the cast of characters and how they interact with each other. It really has a found family feel but then there is also the reservation and shock of learning personal information about co-workers that is also captured so well. We are finally getting to know Markham a bit more and I do hope that continues in the future books.

While the pace of these mini adventures is furious to say the least the over arching plot within No Time like the Past is a lot more simple and relaxed. We even get a more romantic side to the main Arc which was a nice insight and change of pace. This larger Arc is a lot simpler and slower paces and is only moved a few paces forward in this book which does make it a lot easier to follow when Max is diving in and out of history at a blistering pace.

These books are just really enjoyable romps. Romp is just the only word that does them any justice. The pages just fly and they leave a smile on my face every time. They are a solid and dependable world to dip into that I know I can just loose myself in for an evening or too.

ESCAPE Score

ENDING – 7

STYLE AND PACE OF WRITING – 7

CHARACTERS – 7

ATMOSPHERE AND WORLDBUILDING – 7

PLOT – 7

ENJOYMENT – 8

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ARC Review – The Last Emperox

Title: The Last Emperox

Author: John Scalzi

Series: The Interdependency #3

Release Date: 16/4/20

E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 5
(see below for breakdown)

5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I received a free eARC copy from Tor Books (both UK and US offices), via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

The collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems—and billions of people—are becoming cut off from the rest of human civilization. This collapse was foretold through scientific prediction… and yet, even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from, these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.

Emperox Grayland II has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her and who deny the reality of this collapse. But “control” is a slippery thing, and even as Grayland strives to save as many of her people from impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save themselves, and all of humanity. And yet it may not be enough.

Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization… or the last emperox to wear the crown?

My Thoughts

It is no surprise that I enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of Scalzi’s writing. His sense of humour really appeals to me and the ease at which it lures you into the story is just fantastic. This is particularly true of The Last Emperox where the humour and chatty conversational tone of Scalzi’s work managed to set the scene of the previous two books without it feeling like a "Previously On" rehash of old scenes.

The Last Emperox is the final book in the Interdependency trilogy and it really is the ending this series deserves. This book keeps you on your toes! Compared to Consuming Fire I felt this one really paired down the number of perspectives, focusing on the ploting, scheming and other machinations of our three strong female protagonists; the trepidatious Emperox Garyland, the doesn’t give a flying-f**k unless you piss her off Lady Kiva and the doesn’t mind leaving everyone dead in her wake Nadashe. I love the individual voices these women have, how they hold their power and how they play their political games is unique to them. They lovingly play with and bend typical troupes of the foul-mouthed woman, the power hungry bitch and the timid and quiet mousy one. They are fun to read about, to route for and to route against. They are great in both the action packed romps and the quiet reflective moments, solid characters you can really just have fun reading about.

The plot is essentially that the political interplay between these characters in their goals for the Interdependecy and the fate laid out in the previous books. All of this keeps the reader on their toes. There are so many twists and turns. The lighter humour filled moments are studied with great moments considering the multitude of human response to crisis, the struggle and sacrifice required and what being human means (a common theme in most of his books). Scalzi’s own political views clearly make their way in to some of the narration but as I align with his thinking this didn’t bother me and I found those criticisms and parallels enjoyable to read. And DAMN do we get one hell of a twist at the end! It was such a satisfying ending to both the book and the series. I just couldn’t see where it was going and it delighted me, the resolution was perfect. It drew a nice (slightly open ended) line in the sand for the characters while leaving the Universe open to possibility. I just really enjoyed it.

I don’t read Scalzi for hard hitting science accurate Sci-fi, I read it for the joy of reading a jam-packed romp of a Space Opera that has me laughing out loud, gasping in shock and eventually leaving me with that satisfied smile of having enjoyed myself when I close the back cover. The Last Emperox and the Interdependecy series as a whole does this, which makes them great reads. This is a series I will re-read time and time again.

ESCAPE Score

ENDING – 9

STYLE AND PACE OF WRITING – 9

CHARACTERS – 8

ATMOSPHERE AND WORLDBUILDING – 8

PLOT – 8

ENJOYMENT – 9

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Mini Review – Come Tumbling Down

Title: Come Tumbling down

Author: Seanan McGuire

Series: Wayward Children #5

4 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West’s "No Quests" rule is about to be broken.

My Thoughts

I really adore this series. Every instalment adds so much more lore to this universe and each one is unique and wonderful. This particular one wraps up the story of Jack and Jill. We get to explore the Moors a little more seeing other aspects that were not included in our previous visiting.

Sadly the ending of this was a little disappointing. It was incredibly fast and the main point was over in less than a sentence and we didn’t get to see the majority of the interaction as it was off page. We didn’t even get to dwell on the ending and its meaning as it moved on so quickly. This was just a little disappointing as we had been building to this moment over three books.

Despite that it was still a solid part of this series and I enjoyed it.


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Review – Crooked Kingdom

Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows #2

E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 45
(see below for breakdown)

4.5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

My Thoughts

I adore stories about cons and heists. One of my all time favourite, watch it over and over TV shows is the BBCs comedy Hustle. But there are very few books I have come across that do the Scheme upon Scheme, back up plan on top of back up plan all, where all the pieces slide into place at the final moments as well as that show. This is one of the books that get that element perfect. We get a taste of every kind of con, scam and scheme imaginable and we are constantly guessing if it is going to go well or fall apart. We have no idea whom has the better of whom. This keeps it so fast paced as we move between all the different plots and plans. It gives you enough information to try and guess and then throws a spanner at you and it goes off course and I just love that.

This is all housed in the back drop of Bardugo’s awesome world building. I really enjoy Bardugo’s writing. She has a brilliant way of getting you into the heads of her characters, giving you large amounts of information without it feeling forced. It makes everything really clear and solid. I do wish there were a couple of fewer perspectives, as we jumped around between the perspectives of most of the gang I found that occasionally I would get lost and have to check who was narrating this chapter particularly as a couple of the voices mingled.

I love that this one was set in Ketterdam. We got to know the city so well seeing all its different areas. We get so much about its history, culture and diversity and how that is reflected in the characters. I also much preferred the characters in this book than Six of Crows. I felt we got to know them so much better and I fell in love with them all a little in this book that I didn’t in Six of Crows.

Overall I really just enjoyed this book. I think it was a great ending to the duology.

ESCAPE Score

ENDING – 7

STYLE AND PACE OF WRITING – 7

CHARACTERS – 8

ATMOSPHERE AND WORLDBUILDING – 7

PLOT – 8

ENJOYMENT – 8

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