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Vengeful | Review

Title: Vengeful

Author: V E Schwab

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 13 Apr 19 – 25 Apr 19

Publication date: 25 Sep 2018

Publisher: Titan

Genre(s): Fantasy; Science-Fiction

Description:

Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?

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Our Dark Duet | Review

Title: Our Dark Duet

Author: V E Schwab

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 02 Mar 19 – 14 Mar 19

Publication date: 26 Feb 2019

Publisher: Titan Books

Genre(s): YA, Dystopian/Fantasy

Description:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within? Continue reading “Our Dark Duet | Review”

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This Savage Song | Review

Title: This Savage Song

Author: V E Schwab

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 24 Aug 18 – 25 Aug 18

Publication date: 07 Jun 2016

Publisher: Titan Books

Genre(s): YA, Dystopian/Fantasy

Description:

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for his protection. August just wants to be human, as good-hearted as his own father – but his curse is to be what the humans fear. the thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and August into a tenuous alliance. But how long will they survive in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real …

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Shades of Magic 1-4: The Steel Prince | Review

Title: Shades of Magic Issues 1-4: The Steel Prince

Creators: V E Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri and Enrica Angiolini

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: Oct-Jan

Publication date: 2018-2019

Publisher: Titan Comics

Genre(s): Comic, Fantasy

Description:

Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this all-original comic book prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic is perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy! Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

*Image contains a collection of different covers from The Steel Prince Issues 1-4*

*This review is purposefully spoiler-free!*
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Vicious | Review

Title: Vicious

Author: V E Schwab

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 15 Jun 18 – 17 Jun 18

Publication date: 10 January 2014

Publisher: Titan

Genre(s): Fantasy; Science-Fiction

Description:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in one another. A shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death-experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. They become EOs, ExtraOrdinaries, leaving a body in their wake and turning on each other.

Ten years later Victor has escaped from prison and is determined to get his revenge on the man who put him there, aided by a young girl with the ability to raise the dead. Eli has spent the years hunting down and killing every EO he can find, convinced that they are a crime against God, all except his sidekick, a woman whose power is persuasion and whom he cannot defy. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge but who will be left alive at the end? Continue reading “Vicious | Review”

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Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors in 2017

Wow, we’re in 2018 guys. That’s crazy! I have been super lucky with my reading over 2017, and was exposed to some incredible books and authors that I either had never heard of or not actually read anything by yet, so that is going to be one difficult post to write. I am hoping 2018 follows on from last year and really broadens the genres I read, and diversifies the authors I indulge in too!

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