Wednesday, 22 July 2020

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut

So I have to admit something to start of this review, I have had my copy of this book on my shelf for over a year and I know we are not supposed to judge books by their cover but I think that is what I have been doing because I didnt pick this up. 
I am so glad I decided to read it because I think this is the first 5* book of 2020.

The story is slightly confusing to begin with but that is because they are building the world up but it is still very fast paced and I would much prefer a little bit of confusion than a slow paced story. I enjoyed the complicated network of Voyants and the different skills they possess. 

I liked Paige well enough because she wasnt wimpy or needy at all and she didnt need saving by the men in her life which was refreshing. 

I found the romance a little predictable but that doesnt really matter at all and I think the relationship will grow in ways that I couldnt anticipate.

I have already ordered the second book and I cant wait to get stuck into it! 

Thanks for Reading
Em x

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

LOKI: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

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We start this book with a young Loki and Thor trying to figure out who is most suited for king and where Thor is physically strong Loki is developing his magic skills.
Odin seems to be favouring Thor and punishing Loki or at least that's how Loki feels when he is sent to Midguard (We would call it Earth).

We recently watched the Marvel movies and Loki was one of my favourite characters. He had that bad guy/ Villain kind of vibe that I like in a character because the villains are normally more interesting. When I saw this book in my local Tesco's of all places I immediately picked it up and I was drawn to reading it almost straight away which never happens.

The idea of reading about Loki before the Avengers and about his story was appealing to me and I wasn't disappointed. Not only is the story interesting, fast paced and fun but it is set in Asgard and 19th Century London.

The way Mackenzi Lee has written really lets us imagine the attitude and feeling of the characters and we are introduced to a whole bunch of characters we haven't met before as well as some that we have.

I was left feeling for Loki way more than I expected to especially after the conversations between Odin and Loki. It was really helpful to the Marvel story and explained some of the behaviours that we see Loki have. 

The story itself is also really interesting so even if you are not a Marvel fan then you would enjoy this book. 

Check out our youtube channel for a full review.

Thanks For Reading 
Em x