Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic#2)


It has been four mon20764879ths since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall


The first book was good, but guys, this book was GREAT. A Darker Shade of Magic set the stage, introduced the characters, but AGOS truly stepped it up. It wasn’t exactly full of gripping action, but it was more of a slow buildup to an incredible climax. I NEED the next book. The writing and storytelling was absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to jump back into Kell and Lila’s parallel worlds.

The book opens with Lila joining a crew of her own aboard the Night Spire, let by captain Alucard Emery– an excellent addition to the series and one of my new favorite characters. Lila works with Alucard to develop her magical ability, but there is still the question of what Lila is. How powerful is she, really?

Back in London, Kell and Rhy are as close as ever after Kell bound his life to Rhy. They are actually a little too close for comfort- they feel each other’s emotions, pain, and nightmares. Rhy had some of his own chapters in this book and he really grew on me. He is more complex than I gave him credit for!

Much of the book focuses on the the Essen Tach, a competition between magicians. It is through this competition that Kell and Lila finally reunite and I couldn’t have been happier. Honestly, one of my only complaints is that they spend so much time apart. Obviously it worked well with the plot but they spent so much time thinking about each other that I couldn’t wait for them to cross paths. The Essen Tach was an exiting story in itself, but we get hints of something even bigger brewing in the short chapters from White London. However, the Essen Tach was an great addition to the story line- it really highlighted the different kingdoms in this world, and the different types of magicians in it. Plus, how could you not get excited about seeing some of our favorite characters battle it out in the arena?

Aside from the well-thought out story line, I was pleased from the incredible character development from Kell, Lila and Rhy. Lila is as bold as ever, Kell as rash, and Rhy as flirtatious but they all have such complex personalities that I thoroughly enjoying delving into each one of them.

And finally, that endingIt was so explosive and brilliant. I can’t wait to read the next book. I still have so many questions about Kell, Lila, Rhy and Alucard. About the fate of White, Gray, Red and Black London. I’m hoping these are answered in the next book 🙂





Books I Read (Part 3)

Back to my long list of books read over my blogging hiatus. I will work on reviewing all of these books, but I’m realizing that it will be quite the project :). Let me know if you see a book you would like reviewed first!


The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma  ★★★★

This was a beautifully written, haunting book. Told through alternating points of view from Amber and Violet, The Walls Around Us paints a story of friendship and betrayal mixed in with some seriously disturbing scenes. While I was slightly let down by the ending, I thoroughly enjoyed Suma’s writing and am looking forward to picking up another one of her books.

Replica by Lauren Oliver ★★★

Replica seemed like such a unique concept with the two stories in one and clones on a mysterious island. Unfortunately, the two different stories just seemed like a book with different points of view- I alternated chapters and I think it would have been quite tedious to read on story then the other. Both of the characters fell flat for me and the climax was anticlimactic. I gave it three stars because I enjoyed the writing and the concept was unique.

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WWW Wednesday #10

Hi everyone! Its time for another WWW Wednesday🙂

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@ Taking on a World of Words.

To participate, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Review: Morning Star (Red Rising#3) by Pierce Brown

18966806#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.


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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic#1)

 Kell is one of 22055262the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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Books I Read (Part 2)

Hello and welcome back to my summary of books read over the past few months! If you’ve followed my blog at all, you probably noticed I took quite a long blogging hiatus, but I certainly didn’t stop reading. I don’t think I could stop reading if I tried.  I can’t wait to talk about every single one of these books with all of you 🙂

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover ★★★★

While the subject matter is more of a sensitive one (cheating), I thought Colleen Hoover produced a very thoughtful, emotional story. I personally loved Sidney and Ridge as characters. CoHo always incorporates a unique artsy aspect to her stories and this time it was music. It was even more intriguing learning that Ridge is deaf! I definitely recommend this book, along with all of CoHo’s other books 🙂

Slammed by Colleen Hoover ★★★

Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite contemporary authors and I flew through this book, just like the others. However, it was probably my least favorite of them all. It was a little too insta-lovey for me. It was well-written, steamy, addictive and creative (as always), but I won’t be picking up the sequels anytime soon.

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Review: Golden Son (Red Rising#2) by Pierce Brown


With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.



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I’m Back! Books I Read and Review Requests (Part 1)

I know, I know. I never thought I would stop blogging completely but I will admit life got in the way for a few months. I definitely didn’t stop reading! If you are friends with me on Goodreads I’m sure you saw I still read quite a bit :). Everything is going well, but I’ve been so busy! Between the holidays, starting a new job and applying to grad school I put blogging on the back burner. I think, looking back, I came on a little too strong with my blogging in the beginning. I was posting almost every day and I quickly realized that was not sustainable with my busy schedule. Moving forward, I plan on posting more regularly even if that means I don’t post as frequently. Because honestly, I’ve missed my book blog community. I’ve been reading and reading and I haven’t had anybody to share my bookish enthusiasm with. And I seriously need to share my excitement for that new ACOWAR cover, RIGHT?!

Anyway, I read a lot of books over the past two months. Some great, some….not so great. And I need to discuss them! I plan on writing reviews for all of these books, but please tell me in the comments which books you want to see reviewed first.

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Review: Walk the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson


Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

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