October Reviews

So here are the reviews I did this month, most are only on my netgalley profile but I enjoyed most of them.

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  1. They both die at the end by Adam Silvera ***** – So after reading more happy than not I was eager to read Adam Silvera’s other books; They both die at the end and History is all you left me. After hearing some rave review about TBDATE I decided to get the audiobook off Audible. The opening chapter was sublime and so gripping, we meet 18 year old Mateo Torrez after Death-Cast calls letting him know he is going to die at some point in the next 24 hours. Initially Mateo has a very normal reaction; shock and disbelief but he slowly begins to reflect on his life with some dark humour and decides that he is going to really live during his end day. We also meet 17 year old Rufus Emeterio who also gets a Death-Cast call as he is beating his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend to death, the only thing that stops him is the call. Rufus is the complete opposite of Mateo but they are now being thrust into the same situation.

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October Wrap Up

So I read 27 books in October which I am actually very proud of. These 27 books have put me at 77% of my yearly Goodreads goal of 300 books.

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  1. They both die at the end by Adam Silvera – On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day.

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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Title: Godsgrave

Author: Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA/Horror/Fantasy

Rating: *****

Review: After the dramatic and heart wrenching events of Nevernight I had absolutely no idea what to expect from Godsgrave other than what the synopsis have away which wasn’t a lot. The opening to Godsgrave was great we – Mia on a new quest but not one we wouldn’t expect as she is picked up by slavers in the whisper wastes looking a little worse for wear. We then jump back 4 months, to see Mia putting the skills the Red Church to good use in the murder of a senator’s son. Then we jump again into the present, knowing that Eclipse and Mr. Kindly are with Mia just unseen by others. We soon learn that Mia wants to be sold to the gladiator’s stables in a bid to gain entry to the Grand Games held in Godsgrave on True light. This book is set around 8 months after the events of Nevernight and the Red Church has been robbed of over ¾ of its blades. As Mia’s list of kills grows longer for the Church along with people who killed her family and Tric she is having to get creative, hence being sold.

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Rating: ****

Review: The opening to three dark crowns was great we meet Queen Katherine who is under the care of Genevieve and Natalia Arron of the Arron family of poisoners, and the strongest member of the Black Council. We learn that Katherine is one of triplet Queens all celebrating their sixteenth birthdays and when they will come into their gifts, Katherine is set to be a poisoner. We learn that Katherine’s sister Mirabella got her gift early and she is an elemental and she will be competing with her sisters to become ruler. During the upcoming Beltane Festival, the sisters will use their gifts to gain an advantage during the Quickening Ceremony. The final sister Arsinoe is a naturalist although we don’t have much information on her yet. At the Gave Noir Katherine will be forced to easy many poisonous foods to prove her strength to the Arron house and the Black Council, and while she performs admirably the poisons take effect quickly making her sick in front of everyone, making her and her guardians look weak. Rather than having chapters this book.

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Nevernight Review

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Title: Nevernight (Audio book)

Author: Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Horror

Rating: *****

Review: The opening chapter to Nevernight was gripping to say the least. The narrator is telling us about a girl whose art was death, a girl that would kill him for telling her story, a girl he loved and I was hooked. Kristoff definitely has an amazing way with words the picture I conjured in my mind was so vivid I felt like I was living the words I was getting. We meet 16-year-old Mia Corvere as she takes two current paths through the nevernight in the city of Godsgrave. At first, I thought it was two different girls one discovering the awkward intimacy as she becomes a woman and another displaying the beauty of death but this girl is one and the same as she prepares to leave the city she has always known to enter the Mother’s service for what purpose is unknown but it will have something to do with Death and killing as that is what she has been trained for.

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September Review

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  1. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner ***** – The opening to Goodbye Days was absolutely heart breaking from the first sentence, we meet Carver aka Blade whose three best friends Eli, Blake and Mars have just died in a car accident. Carver feels responsible as he was texting Mars who was driving at the time. The story starts at the funerals of the three boys which was very interesting, this novel is also told from Carver’s perspective so we know exactly how he is feeling at this devastating time. In the aftermath of the accident Carver`s life has stopped and he begins to have panic attacks. After the final funeral and being ambushed by the press Carver’s life gets worse when Judge Edwards, Mars’ father decides tries to put the criminal liability on Carver. This severely angers his sister Georgia and just further distresses the rest of the family.

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September Wrap Up

I only read 6 books last month but plan to read a lot more in the spooky season.

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  1. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – Can a text message destroy your life? Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths. Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?

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