This Savage Song // A Book Deserving Of The Hype Simply For It’s Examination Of Human Nature

21 October 2016

Published: 7th June 2016
Source: Won
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
My Rating:
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
I was really hesitant going into Victoria Schwab’s latest release and it’s not for the reasons you’re probably thinking. I was hesitant about going in not because of the hype (although that was an issue) but because I had added it to my TBR list simply from the name on the cover. I barely knew what it was about and it certainly wouldn’t have been a book which would have piqued my interest without Schwab’s name on the cover simply because monsters? Seriously?

Despite my doubts I loved it and I think I would have loved it even if I never even knew who Schwab was. It was just a really fantastic read. It was interesting and filled with all these morally questionable characters and a lot of moral questions about what makes a monster? It was just a fascinating look at people with some really great characters in it.

This is a fantastic read but also a bit of a moral question, which I loved because who doesn’t like a book which gets you thinking?

There are two things I loved in this book: the characters and the concept of monsters. I loved how the idea of how the monsters were created and what they represented and I really hope this gets explored more in depth in the next book. It really leads you to question morality and what makes people human. It’s all about right and wrong and how far you can go with testing boundaries before you cross a line. How far is too far? It’s a really interesting concept and I’m sure you’ll be able to say in depth things about this to me once you’ve read the book.

The characters are just fantastic. I loved every single one of them, be they good or bad. I loved that there wasn’t strictly a good or bad character actually. It was more there were those who were morally right than others and then others who had obviously left all sense of morality at the door and I loved it. I loved Sweet August who had so many questions and was so curious about the world but so hesitant to be a part of it because of who he was and his limits. He was adorable and I just want to keep in my pocket so he doesn’t get hurt! And then there’s Kate who was so badass that she really was an unlikable character and that made me love her. She isn’t trying to be someone you want to be friends with she is trying to hide everything about herself and act like someone she’s not (but she is that person at the same time because that’s what she’s made herself into) it was just crazy good seeing all these interactions play out.

Basically, I really loved this book. I think it might be my favourite of Schwab’s books so far, but I thought that with A Darker Shade of Magic so really maybe I shouldn’t speak too soon. It is a fantastic read I would recommend to everyone. There is a reason everyone has been talking about it so check it out!

Have you read this book yet and did you enjoy it? What is your favourite Victoria Schwab book? And what do you think about books posing moral questions without shoving it in your face, like what makes a monster?

Trailer Park Fae // Unique Writing Style But A Really Great Book Once You Get Passed That

19 October 2016

Published: 23rd June 2016
Source: Borrowed (Library)
Genre: Fae, Urban Fantasy
My Rating:
New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae—by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer's Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding...
I have seen mixed things said about Trailer Park Fae. I have been wanting to read this book for a while simply because I loved the cover and the concept and when I saw Kristen over at Metaphors and Moonlight liked it I got excited about reading it all over again so I was so excited when I saw my library had it on their shelves (but they don’t have the rest of the series so I have to request it and see if they can order it in!). I am glad I read it. And Kristen asked how I read it so quickly? Let me tell you, once you get over the writing style I was totally absorbed.

The writing style of Trailer Park Fae is strange, to say the least. It’s really difficult to get used to. I full on had to read the first chapter twice because I felt like I was only understanding every third word. It’s very much a writing style you will either get used to and enjoy or absolutely hate. I get why it’s written the way it is. It’s written to suit the fae and their airy-fairy pretentious game playing confusingness. It’s like they speak in riddles with their games within games and every word is carefully chosen so that is how the book is written. You notice that as you switch character perspective the writing style changes slightly. For the characters, like Jeremy Gallow, who have been out of the Fae world and in the human one longer the writing style employed for them is a bit clearer and less round the houses to understand. Then, for characters like Robin, who live in the Fae world and experience the Fae court the writing for them is a lot more confusing. Once you get used to it it is easy to understand but it is a learning curve. I do think the writing style will be the main deterrent to people picking this book and this series up, which is sad but understandable.

If you manage to get through the writing style, though, you are rewarded with a really fun and interesting book. I like that there is a mystery to what’s going on and who is behind what with this story. This is very much about game playing and political intrigue and it’s fantastic. Sure, some of the mysteries were a bit obvious when they were ‘revealed’ but it was still enjoyable. I really want to get my hands on the next book because I need to know what happens next after that ending!

Have you read a book that had a really weird writing style but is good once you adapt? And what was the last really good urban fantasy book you read, I always need suggestions?

Happy Thoughts // Hot Drinks And The Beginning of Autumn

17 October 2016

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Happy Thoughts is all about me sharing moments of my life and reminding myself what’s keeping me smiling day to day because it is way easy to wallow. I haven’t done one of these posts since June! I wish I knew why but I just haven’t had much to say. So what is keeping my happy at the beginning of autumn then?

Hot Drinks And New Mugs

One of the things I love most about Autumn is the fact it’s finally time to drink as many warm drinks as you can and once more I can begin drinking hot chocolate on an evening. Many get excited for the Starbucks drinks coming out, I get excited about drinking hot chocolate whilst reading a good book.

In celebration of hot drink season I have also purchased a new mug, as seen above. It fully represents me and my attitude when I’m hungry. I’m a grouch without a cup of coffee in the morning and I’m a grouch when I haven’t had three meals a day. Food and coffee keep me happy so this mug is essential.

Discovering New Book Series To Love

In the past couple of months I have discovered so many books I love. I have found bookish favourites and new favourite authors and it has been awesome. One of the things I’ve most enjoyed, though, is the discovery of new favourite series. I discovered Kelley Armstrong’s various series but I have fallen head over heels for her Nadia Stafford series and I am adoring her Cainsville series as well.

The other series I have been loving lately is the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. It’s full on pulled me in and I’m obsessed. The only reason I’m not fully caught up on it is because I had to stop myself from reading more because it already forced me into a little reading slump. I don’t want to go into full on meltdown because of it.

New TV Shows Are Awesome

Are we all excited for all the new TV happening this Autumn? I love the ‘fall schedule’ in the US and all the new shows they bring out and I love all the new TV that starts here in the UK too. I’m thrilled Great British Bake Off is on TV (even if it’s the last series on the BBC). And I really enjoyed National Treasure which was on on Channel 4 (Robbie Coltrane has been amazing so far). And I absolutely cannot wait for the new David Attenborough documentary to start. That man is amazing.

It’s not just UK shows, though, I am loving the return of Lucifer. I cannot get enough of Pitch (because I love sport as long as it’s formatted in the form of TV, films, or books) and I am looking forward to so many more which are starting as well. I’ve watched the first episode of Designated Survivor and that was pretty fun. I am basically loving TV again which means I may read less but oh well.

What’s keeping you happy lately? Anyone got their favourite autumn drink, or a new series they love or a new show to watch? Tell me all below.