Books I Didn’t Think I’d Love But Did (2.0) | Discussion

I enjoyed writing up the first post (click here to see it) and it was well received, so here I am doing part two. I’m pretty excited and I hope y’all like this part two as much as part one. I think after this I’m going to try “books I thought I’d love but hated” because the list of those books is ridiculously long. I may also do “books I knew I’d hate and I did” because I hate myself and have even more of those (actually probably just one post).

Enough waffle though, let us jump into these books! I’m super interested to hear your thoughts so make sure to comment below!
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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | Review

Thank you to Harper Voyager Australia for sending me a copy in exchange for a review. All thoughts remain my own and receiving the copy did, in no way, affect my opinions. 

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: September 5th, 2017

Pages: 448

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads Synopsis:

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.


WARNING THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BOOK ONE, NEVERNIGHT. HOWEVER, THIS REVIEW WILL HAVE NO SPOILERS FOR GODSGRAVE.


R A M B L E

I loved Nevernight. I’ve made that pretty clear since I read it. I also love Assassin’s and murder, something I don’t think I’ve made clear enough. So, obviously, Godsgrave was exactly this and more. If you loved Nevernight, you will adore Godsgrave because it is everything and more. I was even more excited when I was told I would get the opportunity to receive and review this book. I have never been lucky in my life, but in that moment I think I was the luckiest I’ve ever been.

I went in with high expeditions and every single one was met. The beginning was slow, but I feel like that’s the way Kristoff writes – reals you in with a false sense of security and then stabs you in the eye with feels after the first hundred pages. If you can stick around with that for both books it will be worth it.

It was also clear to see how Mia had grown throughout this book. It got a bit confusing in some places, but by the end, I was cheering for our anti-hero and blood covered girl. I felt some things with her character could have been improved but I’m sure it will come in the final book.

I just have so much love for this series. I can’t even begin to describe it. It’s truly everything I want and need in a book.


P L O T 

The plot was intense. Mia is now a Blade after the events in Nevernight and is now followed by two daemons, Mr Kindly (her original shadow cat) and Eclipse (a shadow wolf). The pair drink her fear and make it so she is able to go into situations that would normally have people shitting their pants and come out victorious.

We expand a lot on the revenge plot that was created in book one, adding more names to her enemies list and discovering all is not what it seems to be. It was wild, to put it in one word. The side character also make this book. I won’t name names because that’s a major spoiler and if y’all are as big of a Nevernight fan as me you’ll be pissed if I spoiled it. Trust me, you’ll be shocked with this addition to the plot.

Basically, the plot is even more exciting than the first. Mia is no longer training and is willing to murder anyone who gets in her way. It’s difficult to explain it in any other way without giving away spoilers because truly you need to read this book and reach the end.

This series is just so badass, it’s amazing. I’m both nervous and excited to see what Jay Kristoff will be doing for the final book. I have no doubt I will be back screaming and crying like I was at the end of Godsgrave.

Seriously, make sure you know someone who has read this book because you will want to scream.


C H A R A C T E R S 

#M I A

Mia is one of my favourite characters. Ironically, I’m compared most to her and Nesta from A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m not sure what that says about me. Whatever though, I adore Mia. She’s kickass and in this book she goes through some serious growth. The character development blows me away.

Mia goes through more than just the classic revenge; she learns about her sexuality, deals with grief and discovers things about herself and others she had never anticipated. The way she deals with them is so beyond realistic that I could barely separate reality from the book. I related to a lot of emotions and feelings in this book. I think Jay Kristoff tackles these issues well, though I can’t speak too much on the representation of sexuality it seemed to work seamlessly with the plot (I will keep an eye out for reviews from people speaking on the rep to include here).

I should also mention, I loved the romance. I wasn’t sure I was going to, but I quickly grew to love it as the book progressed and find myself rooting for the pair.

However, Mia isn’t afraid to do what she has to. This may be murder or simply having to make a decision. It was interesting to see what choices she made; both in her eyes and the eyes of others.


O V E R A L L 

Jay Kristoff creates the world that I would not like to live in but I would I adore reading about. The snarky footnotes, the gruesome murder, the smut that makes me uncomfortable to be reading the book on the couch in front of my family…all equal a fabulous read that I can’t help but rave about.

I can’t wait to read the final book in this series, I know it is going to completely shatter me but after the cliffhanger that this book left me on I have serious grabby hands. I also can’t wait to find out who the narrator is.

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I’ve seen everyone doing this tag and I was pretty curious so here I am. Ignore the weird format of the pictures throughout, I was learning how to add photos to a blog post!

1. BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

So, so, so many! But to list a few (because I could go on for a while) here we go:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord of Shadows by far has been the best sequel I have read this year. I was blown away by how much Cassandra Clare has improved as an author.

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU WANT TO

This one is a pretty hefty list, but to name a few

 

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Caraval was a book I had small expectations going into but it let me down even more than I expected!

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE

Not Your Sidekick & The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice & Virtue!

7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR AUTHOR TO YOU)

Cale Dietrich

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Can I say Julian Blackthorn? That’s a continuous fictional crush I’ve held since last year. No? Fine. Since I just finished it the other day, Monty from The Gentlemen’s Guide.

9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Kit Herondale in Lord of Shadows!

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY 

What doesn’t make me cry?

I sobbed in Lord of Shadows & The Gentlemen’s Guide, I got a tad weepy in A Court of Wings and Ruin and I had tears running down my face the whole time I read A List of Cages.

11. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY 

I’m not sure I’ve read too many happy books this year, so I’m going to pick The Hating Game by Sally Thorne which I actually re-read.

12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

I haven’t watched too many but let me just say not Shadowhunters.

13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR? 

I’ve only just started blogging but my favourite reviews on Goodreads are the ones where I dislike the books. I think my favourite one was probably my Caraval review.

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT OR RECEIVED THIS YEAR?

Or my limited edition Waterstone copies of Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare! 

15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Way too many. Don’t let me check my iBooks library either because then we are entering dangerous territory!