I just read: The Wild | K Webster | 3/5

Blurb

I brought them to the wilderness because we couldn’t cope with our reality.
The plan was to make a new life that didn’t include heartache.

No people. No technology. No interference.
Just us.
A chance to piece together what was broken.

But the wilderness is untamed and harsh.
Brutal and unforgiving.
It doesn’t give a damn about your feelings.

Tragedy lives there too.
No escaping the truths that won’t let you go.

All you can do is survive where love, no matter how beastly, is the only thing you can truly count on.

Confusing. Wrong. Twisted. Beautiful. Sick.

Love is wild.
And we’re going to set it free.

Warning:
The Wild is an extremely taboo story. Most will find that the themes in this book will make you incredibly uncomfortable. This book is only for the brave, the open-minded, and the ones who crave love in even the most dismal of situations. Extreme sexual themes and violence in certain scenes, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. If you are sensitive to heavy taboo themes, then this story is not for you.

Review

OK, so, I went ahead and read this book. Given that I not only survived, but somehow enjoyed, the dark twisted work of K Webster in the pretty little dolls series…  I thought,  let’s go for it.. Let’s read the book that was so taboo it got banned from Amazon.

And my verdict? Yes,  it’s taboo,  uncomfortable,  gratuitous and pretty gross… But honestly,  I don’t quite know why people got their knickers in such a huge twist about it… Read it, or don’t,  and move along…

 

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I just read: A gathering of shadows | Shades of Magic 2 | VE Schwab | 4/5

Blurb

It has been four months 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.

Review

A bit slower than the first book,  but I still enjoyed it. Hoping for more from book 3 though…

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I just read:: A darker shade of magic | Shades of Magic 1 | VE Schwab | 5/5

Blurb

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

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.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then 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.

Review

Wow. Wow. Wow. This book is amazing! Unlike anything else I’ve read, I became totally absorbed in this world of magic. Flawless world building,  unique characters, action and adventure, and a plot that came together seamlessly,  but without me ever really knowing where it would go next. Thank goodness there are another two books in the series,  I need more! Brilliant!

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I just read: Redemption Island | L.B. Dunbar | 4/5

Blurb

The Island

Welcome to the island.
This is no fantasy.
You’ll face fears.
You’ll face travesty.
You’ll face yourself.

One deserted island.
Two heinous crimes.
Two convicted hearts.

When decent people do bad things,
there’s only one place for forgiveness:
Redemption Island.

The island knows what you’ve done.

Review

Well, I devoured this in a day. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it made me think of the TV show Lost, and it’s perhaps for that reason that I kept waiting for something more to happen,  something bigger,  something surprising… I found myself losing a little interest halfway through, but I kept on,  waiting for that ‘something’… which of course came at the end in the form of the cliffhanger! Yep… I need to know what happens next,  so I’ll be reading book two!

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I just read: Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman | 5/5

Blurb

Under the streets of London there’s a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There’s a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining . . . And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

Review

Finally finished Neverwhere after my original copy had 50 pages missing! LOVED this book!! So good to read something different… It felt so original and the characters were brilliant. I became thoroughly absorbed in this world, didn’t want it to end!

I just read: Where sleeping gods lie | Yolanda Olson | 4/5

This book is DARK! Proceed with caution! It took me a while to adjust to the writing style and I must admit, I sometimes found myself a bit confused! BUT, I very quickly became hooked and read it in one sitting! Despite the twisted-ness, knowing it was going somewhere nasty, I couldn’t put it down… I just had to keep watching it unfold until the full horror whacked me in the face!

Author Yolanda Olson

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I just read: King | King Series 1 | T.M. Frazier | 4/5

Honestly, halfway through this book I started to get a bit bored. It seemed like it was all a bit predictable. But then at 88% my heart was actually ripped from my chest and it came out of nowhere. Then it did it again, and again. Emotional wreck!! Given the amazing reviews for the rest of the series, and how much it hooked me in the end, I’m excited to read the others…

Author T.M. Frazier

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