Ruthless magic| Non-spoiler review

Title: Ruthless magic

Author: Megan Crewe

Published: May 30, 2018

Rating: Rating: ♛♛♛.5

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In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die… or kill.

Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages’ Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents’ low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?

The first in a new series by USA Today bestselling author Megan Crewe, Ruthless Magic combines the magic of Harry Potter with the ferocity of The Hunger Games alongside a poignant romance. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, look no further for your next urban fantasy fix!

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I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

I will be honest about the fact that it took me some time to get into the story, but after a few more pages, I was totally in for it. The story alternates between two perspective; Finn Lockwood and Rocío Lopez. The contrast shown between the two characters was very interesting since we could see two different perspective of the same world. In fact, Finn wants to prove himself without having his family name hanging on his head while Rocío has to prove to everyone that her family name does not mean that she cannot be powerful.

The determination of the characters inspired me so much. They were willing to do anything to prove themselves and I find that so admiring. The pace of the book was quite slow at first which is why I was confused in the beginning, but once the tests started, I was hooked. At some moments in the book, it was even keeping me at the edge of my scene, wanting to know more about what would happen. The horrible things they have to do and endure kept me reading to know more about those characters.

The writing was easy to understand and well-written. The author made a great job at describing the world and I could imagine it clearly in my head. Also, the magic system was so creative and exciting. The competition aspect of the book was what sold the book for me. I just adore whenever characters have a clear goal and would do anything to attain it.

I would like to add that I was quite confused at times about whose of point of view I was reading since it does not specify. For the next book, I would like that it is more obvious or that it is mentioned from which characters are we reading.

The book was filled with action packed adventure for people who want to start reading YA fantasy. Although, having read many books with the same setting and genre, it did not stand out for me. I was not entirely blown away by it, but it is definitely a good book to start with if you want to start with YA fantasy.

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Nevernight Review| By the Gods, Bless this book

Nevernight

Title: Nevernight

Series: Nevernight series

Author: Jay Kristoff

Published: August 9th 2016

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Rating: ♛♛♛♛♛

“Never flinch. Never fear. And never ever forget”

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In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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This book contains mature content; you have been warned.

For me, that book was pretty much everything I dreamed of in a book. Mia is willing to go to an assassin school where she will learn the greatest techniques to avenge her family.

It was fascinating to see a perspective that was surrounded by revenge. I thought that the characters were very well-built and the way they interacted with each other was utterly wonderful. For once, the characters were not perfect; they did not have perfect look with perfect hair and all that nonsense. I found myself being able to relate a lot to Mia throughout this book. I feel like young adult book tend to always have characters with perfect body and face which is not representative of the reality at all; and you might add that we read books to escape that reality, but I found it refreshing for once that the characters were not with the flawless faces.

Another thing I deeply loved about this book is the way the characters are being taught at school. I do not know about you, but I love books where the characters go to school to either learn magic, the art of death, etc. And this book did not disappoint on this aspect; I found myself wanting to know more and more about this amazing world and how the politics of this society differs from ours (I mean..they do praise the god of death).

One thing I found myself having trouble with was the writing at first; I am not sure if it got better afterwards or if I simply got used to it back then, but at the beginning, the writing and the world building was not that easy at all. The book is written in a very poetic way that might make your head swoon and make you want to stop reading, but for the love of god, do not stop reading because you’ll really be missing out.

Lastly, if anything stopped me in the beginning to read/buy this book was the price since you might have noticed is not cheap, but to be honest, I do not regret at all since this story is moving and simply breath-taking.

Did you hear about this book before? What type of genre interests you the most?

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I had to include a part where I rant about everything I absolutely loved about this book.

First of all, can we talk about the school (although I really wouldn’t call it a school). Just the steps to get there got me sweating. So they get inside this mountain (which awfully reminded me of ACOTAR to be honest) and there is this ceremony where we first learn about Cassius (which for half of the book, I called Cassian before realizing that this is not ACOMAF…yeah sorry not sorry) and I immediately knew there was something with him. But he died at the end and we were left with some unanswered questions…sigh. I actually thought that he was an interesting character and I see no use of killing him since he could have helped Mia a lot; and someone picked up on the fact that he called her sister? If I’m not mistaken, it was also mentioned a second time in the book.

Second, the classes they had to take were so intense. Like can you imagine going to a school where your teachers are trying to kill you!? And seeing your friends die if they are not smart and good enough. Loved the school but I probably would have died while climbing the mountain so yeah.. not really for me.

I am not going to mention Tric because my heart is actually not ready to explain what happened yet. Hopefully, some sort of magic will bring him back in the second book…hopefully (I am not in denial phase…nope).

The last thing I want to talk about is the betrayal of Ashlinn. I was actually devastated when we found out that she was planning on taking Cassius and that she was the one who killed Charlotte. I was hoping that the friendship between Ashlinn and Mia was true and that they would fight for each other since it is rare to see that in fantasy books. And I think that she could have been pardoned by Mia (after some time of course), but she totally ruined it by killing Tric. My poor Tric…

Here are some quotes from the book :

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.” 

“You’ve got the look of a girl who’s no stranger to the page. I can tell. You’ve got words in your soul.” 

“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.” 

“You’ll be a rumor. A whisper. The thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the nevernight. The last thing you will ever be, girl, is someone’s hero.”

“Iron or glass? they’d ask.
She was neither.
She was steel.”

That is it for my review of Nevernight and I hope you liked it.

What was your favorite moment of the book?

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Is the bookish community important?| Discussion post!

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Today I’m going to be discussing about the book community. I decided to talk about this topic because I feel like to some people, it feels like people who love to read are a joke/unimportant. Has it ever happened to you that some people say that “the bookish community” is just something irrelevant? Sometimes, it feels that way.

Is the bookish community important?

Being an avid reader, of course I’m going to say yes. It is 100% important to me because not only books, but also my book friends has been with me since the beginning of my blog journey. Honestly, I would not know what would I do without them. I would just feel so empty and would not even know what I want to do with myself in the future if it weren’t for them. I’m not saying that I know exactly what I want to do in the future but because of books and the people that support me, I have a direction in which to go. And for that, I am forever thankful, which is why sometimes it frustrates me how some people think that books are not important.

Some people think that because a book is YA and not non-fiction, it is less important, which is not true at all. Books in general are important because even the YA book is going to teach you something at the end. There’s always going to be a message at the end of a book and calling it “not important” makes you look like a fool. Okay, I’m kind of off-course of the topic here so this is a post for another time.

Now back to the question! When I’m talking about the bookish community, I’m talking about book blogs and booktube. They are the widest source of our community and I often find people thinking that the videos or that the posts are irrelevant to life in general or that it is a joke. Here to the people who think that:

It might not be relevant or important to you because you have no interest whatsoever in books, but trashing or thinking that it is irrelevant to everyone is really offensive. It isn’t important to you, but for others, it is something that they can count on and even something they can call a second family. And yes, watching those videos or reading those posts are probably not going to tell you how you’re going to be able to change a tire or something like that, but it is here for entertainment! That’s right, it’s entertaining to book lovers because we can relate, fangirl and talk about the best parts of a book that we loved.

And that’s my discussion post! I’m sorry if this post was just all over the place, but it has been such a long time that I didn’t write a discussion post. I hope I get better at it!

What do you think? Tell me in the comments

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Do you let other people’s opinion affect your own? | Discussion

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Since it was a long time since my last discussion post, I decided to write one today. Don’t forget to write your opinion in the comments 🙂 I would love to read them.

So this is a question that have been bothering a lot of people. Do the opinion of others affect your own? If you really think about it, it’s a bit tricky because let’s admit it, we pick up new books because others are telling us how good it is and because you read so many good reviews on it. So is it the same thing as not liking or liking a book because others say so? Continue reading