It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I stopped because I re-read the Harry Potter books. I didn’t think there was any point putting my reviews down on them as everyone already knows I love them and there are enough Harry Potter reviews out there already! I finished them at the beginning of February though and have moved on to reading some other books, so I thought I’d start sharing reviews with you guys again! If you want more book content then you can check out my Instagram too!
Books Read – 5
Pages Read – 2,138
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – 4/5 Stars
I wanted to read this after we watched Vikings. I’d bought the book ages ago but had never gotten around to actually reading it and after we watched Vikings I wanted to read the stories about the gods, that they kept mentioning. This is a lovely collection of short stories. Whether they are accurate or not, I’m not sure as these are the only ones I’ve read but I enjoyed the writing style and how Neil curated the stories. I feel like this would be a great book to begin learning about the Norse gods and then you could look into them more afterwards.
2. The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell (Gifted from Tandem Collective) – 5/5 Stars
Spooky, gothic and dark, this book is a great read. It took a little while for me to get into this one but after reading around four chapters I couldn’t put it down! I love how Laura unfolds a little more of each character as the story goes on and we can slowly start to put the whole picture together. This is the main reason why I find her books so addictive – I just want to know what’s happened/happening and I can’t wait to read the next part!
I also love how she really captures the atmosphere of Victorian England – the best time period for a gothic tale! Her descriptions really pull you into the book so that you can easily imagine yourself sitting in Agnes’ parlour or Pearl’s house. I’m a big fan of Laura Purcell and was so happy that her new book is just as good as expected!
3. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Gifted from Net Galley) – 4/5 Stars
This book wasn’t what I was expecting. I read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and absolutely loved it so I was expecting something similar but it was really different to that book. In a good way though. The setting, the layout and the characters were all really good and I loved how they all intertwined with each other. I could really picture being at sea while reading this and I was so curious as to what was happening on the ship. I liked how it all came together at the end and I actually hope there is a follow up to it as I would love to read about more of the characters adventures after this. It was a little waffly at times, but I was so intrigued to see what would happen that I didn’t mind too much. Overall a great book that I really enjoyed reading, as it was so different to any other books I’ve read lately.
4. The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker – 3/5 Stars
I read this as part of Gothic Bookworm’s Mummymania book club and I was really impressed. The story was good and spooky and if you do read it I’d definitely try and get the 1903 version (or at least read the ending of that one after you’ve finished the 1912 version) as it has a much better ending. It’s more macabre and the publishers made Stoker re-write it to make it happier in the 1912 edition, but the new ending doesn’t fit well with the rest of the story and doesn’t make sense either! The main reason I gave this a 3 star rating though is because I found the monologues from the characters very long and boring at times. Some were really hard to get through! But I’m glad I did persist as the story itself is really good!
5. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (Gifted from Tandem Collective) – 5/5 Stars
If you’re a regular visitor here, you’ll already know that I read the other books in this series with Tandem Collective last year and I loved them. This book focuses more on Nesta and Cassian than Feyre and Rhys and I like that it’s introducing other characters to tell the story – I feel that there’s probably not much more that can be done with Rhys and Feyre now, so it’s a good way to carry on telling the story.
I didn’t like Nesta before this book but thankfully it managed to change my mind. She’s still not my favourite character but this book does bring her into a better light and I enjoyed her character arc. I’m really excited to see what else will happen in this series and it’s definitely been left open for another few books I think. I don’t want to put any spoilers in here, but it’s a really good book and I’d definitely recommend the series. It’s fast becoming a favourite of mine!