Perfect In Every Sense Of The Word // REVIEW: It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

Title: It Only Happens In The Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Publication Date: October 1st 2017
Publisher: Usbourne Publishing
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Usbourne Publishing (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Audrey is over romance. Since her parents' relationship imploded her mother's been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn't mean things are easy. Because real love isn't like the movies...
The greatest love story ever told doesn't feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clich├ęs. Oh, and zombies... YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.
If you haven’t already seen me ranting OBSESSIVELY about Holly Bourne and all the books she’s written so far, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

Holly Bourne writes the MOST REALISTIC TEENAGE GIRLS in her gorgeously awkward and equally hilarious and most importantly, FILLED WITH FEMINISM books that will make you sit up and pay attention because the WORLD NEEDS MORE OF THESE KINDS OF BOOKS.
Yes, see, I RANT OBSESSIVELY ABOUT EVERYTHING RELATED TO HOLLY BOURNE.

Case in point: This Tweet:

I hadn’t even finished the Spinster Club series when the title was revealed for It Only Happens in the Movies and without even knowing what this story was about, I knew I would be reading it. Then, as if Holly Bourne + NEW BOOK wasn’t enough to sell me on reading this book, Usborne went and put ACTUAL FOOD on the cover of this book and I WAS SO EXCITED I HYPERVENTILATED around my room (Bookworm Cave) for a long time.

It Only Happens in the Movies definitely met my expectations of what I expected my latest Holly Bourne book to be like, even though it was more mature and a little different from The Spinster Club Trilogy.

Let’s break it down:

THINGS I LOVED:

1.       THE COVER: It’s yellow and happy and it has POPCORN on it? I honestly just wanted to eat popcorn through the entire time I was reading the book but YAY FOR FOOD ON BOOK COVERS. THEY’RE THE BEST. And so uplifting.

2.       ALL THINGS FEMINIST AND BRILLIANT: This book analyses MOVIE TROPES FROM A FEMINIST POINT OF VIEW ALL WHILE BEING AWKWARDLY HILARIOUS. Could you really ask for more? Each chapter starts off with a movie trope that we are SO USED TO WATCHING (Eg: The Bad Boy that reforms himself JUST FOR YOU) and then breaks it apart to something that Only Happens in the Movies. It will make you think every time you watch another movie, it will make you think regardless. It is BRILLIANTLY done, even if I am overusing the word because It Only Happens in the Movies DESERVES every bit of praise I give it.

3.       ZOMBIE FEMINIST BRIDES: Ever heard of them? No? I don’t blame you. I spent all the time reading this book in awe of everything about it. A zombie bride in the movie our main characters were shooting raged against the patriarchy as a zombie and it was BRILLIANT. It was funny, and even the ZOMBIES MADE YOU THINK ABOUT THE UNEQUALITY IN THE WORLD WE LIVE IT.

4.       STRONG FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS: If there’s one thing that Holly Bourne’s The Spinster Club series and It Only Happens in the Movies has in common is these strong, brilliant and REAL female friendships. I love reading about these in books because I have the privilege of having them in real life and it just makes seeing them in books so much more affirming.

5.       AUDREY AND HARRY: I loved BOTH of Holly Bourne’s main characters in this book. Audrey was a spectacular narrator, trying to find her own way with her family and dealing with the difference in the world that the movies show you and what she’s been experiencing. Harry, though I would have loved to also see this from his POV was your typical, charming boy and they were SO MUCH FUN TO MEET.

Honestly, you guys, THIS IS THE BOOK YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW YOU WERE LOOKING FOR. It’s awkward, hilarious, real, filled to the brim with feminism, cute boys and girl power. It Only Happens in the Movies is perfect in every sense of the word and YOU NEED TO BE READING THIS. 5 stars. 
Holly Bourne
Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. Her favourite things to complain loudly about are: the stigma of mental health, women's rights, and the under-appreciation of Keanu Reeves' acting ability.

Holly's first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the 'Normal' series, Am I Normal Yet?, has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and has inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs around the country.

Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor and relationship advisor for a charity website.

Have you read any of Holly Bourne's books? What do you think of them? 
What are some of your favourite books that highlight all things feminism? 
What is your opinion about Food on Book Covers? Are you a lover or a hater?
I'd love to talk movies, food and feminism with all of you!
 

Meet The Authors: Tracey Neithercott, Author of Gray Wolf Island - Character Interview + Giveaway

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the last day of Meet The Authors October. Finals start on Monday for me which means I'll mostly be exiting the blogging cave for at least the next week (unless I'm feeling brave and think I can do both studying and blogging) and entering the studying cave of last minute prep, anxiety and trying to remember whatever I can.

Which is not the point of today's Meet The Authors post at all. I have with me today the AMAZING Tracey Neithercott, debut author of Gray Wolf Island who has done on of the MOST FUN CHARACTER INTERVIEWS I've done in a while! (Or Ever?)

Now, there's two Tracey Neithercott giveaways going on on my blog - one is INTL and the other is US, just to include everyone.

Click here to enter the INTL Gray Wolf Island Giveaway.
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 *After some awkward fumbles and no doubt slightly embarrassing moments, clears throat to begin interview*

Aditi: I like your tattoos. I've always wanted one (or many) but I've never been able to decide what to permanently etch onto my body. Which was your first tattoo and what does it mean to you?

Elliot: Did you talk to Ruby about this? Because if she told you my tattoos are nostalgic, you should know she doesn’t even understand the correct definition of the word.

Ruby: It’s the sentiment, Elliot.

Elliot: Nostalgia is wistful longing for the past. I’ve been longing for Gray Wolf Island my whole life, but it’s only ever been my present and future. No, my first tattoo—a wolf for Gray Wolf Island, on the right side of my torso—is badass. I wasn’t even 18 and legal to get a tattoo at the time, but I found a guy who knew a guy. You know what that makes me?

Image result for gray wolf islandRuby: Don’t say it.

Elliot: A rebel.

Ruby: He’s really, really not.

Elliot: Get out of my interview, Ruby.

Aditi: My sources tell me that you're a great fan of linguistics. What's your favourite part about it and could you give us the origin and meaning of one of your favourite words - in any language?

Elliot: I started studying the treasure before I could even point to Gray Wolf Island on map. Mostly because Thornes are destined to discover it one day.

Gabe: Says nobody but Elliot Thorne.

Elliot: I know I’m destined to find it the way I know the treasure exists. And part of my studies were with my mom, who was called in by Wildewell’s most famous treasure hunter, Bishop Rollins, to translate the markings on one of the Star Stones. Everyone thought they were runes, but everyone is obviously an idiot. They’re nothing like the runic alphabet.

Ruby: You’re such a badass, Elliot.

Elliot: Anyway, I’m not really into that whole thing anymore. Language and words and all of that. But if I had to choose—like if someone forces me in an interview—I’d say it’s the Welsh word hiraeth. I read an article about it a few years back, how it’s a word with a definition that doesn’t really exist in English. Closest we can come is a deep longing for a place you’ve never been. A place that may never have existed.

Ruby: You feel it, don’t you? About the island.

Image result for gray wolf islandElliot: Yeah. I have a hiraeth for Gray Wolf Island.

Aditi: If you had to eat three of Gabe's dishes for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Elliot: Well, he makes really great pancakes.

Gabe: Of all the stuff I’ve cooked for you guys…

Elliot: I like pancakes. I’d also eat his chef salad for the rest of my life—one of the three meals should be slightly healthy so I don’t die when I’m 20. I’d also eat his mac ‘n’ cheese forever. He puts crispy bits of bacon in it.

Gabe: First off, that’s prosciutto, not bacon. Second, what about my paella? I rock that thing.

Elliot: It’s good. Everything Gabe cooks is good.

Gabe: Good.

Charlie: I’d want your paella for my last meal. Not that I’d be in a position to need a last meal. I mean, everyone eventually eats a last meal. It’s, like, a human thing. But I don’t think I’d need to request one from a jailer or anything.

Elliot: Aditi asked me the question. And I want Gabe’s pancakes, chef salad, and mac ‘n’ cheese.

Aditi: Let's talk about the mysterious Gray Wolf Island. When was the first time you heard about it? How long has your family been The Thornes who would find the treasure?

Elliot: I heard about it before I was born. So many stories passed down for so many years—that’s the sort of thing you understand before you take your first breath. And everyone knows my family is destined to find the treasure—they found an old shoe back in 1876. If that isn’t proof a Thorne will find a treasure, I don’t know what is.

Ruby: An actual treasure?

Elliot: So maybe everyone doesn’t believe a Thorne will find the treasure, but I do. It’s a pull inside me. I can feel the treasure out there—miles off the coast of Maine and nearly in my backyard. I’ll find it. I know I will.

Aditi: What would be some of the first things you buy/ do if you find treasure of Gray Wolf Island?

Elliot: Well, we wouldn’t actually keep the treasure. I’m sure whatever is buried there has great historical significance and belongs in a museum.
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Charlie: That defeats the entire purpose of a treasure hunt. 

Anne: Unless the purpose is the treasure hunt.

Elliot: You can’t keep priceless artifacts. That’s totally irresponsible.

Ruby: Such. A. Rebel.

Aditi: Since you're such a voracious reader, do give me a few treasure hunting TV/ Movie or Book recommendations that you think will get my in the spirit?

Elliot: Well, you could watch The Goonies, which I liked when I was a kid because of the treasure hunt (obviously) and the fact that it was a bunch of kids who found it. Even at 10 I knew age didn’t make a difference in a person’s ability to find a legendary treasure.

Anne: Well said! Though it does make a difference in their ability to sail a boat to the island hiding the treasure.

Elliot: There’s The Curse of Oak Island on the History channel, but those guys still haven’t found the treasure. I bet I could find it, if I could find a way up to Nova Scotia.

Ruby: Your confidence in your ability to do everything better than everyone else astounds me.

Charlie: I think you’re really starting to win Ruby over.

Aditi: And finally, Is there a significant other (or even someone you just like for now) in your life? Would you take him or her treasure hunting with you? And what would your ideal date with this person be? (Names aren't needed)

Elliot: There might be someone…significant.

Anne: There is.

Elliot: Okay, yeah. There is. And of course I’d take her treasure hunting. I already did.

Ruby: You’re such a Thorne. You took nobody treasure hunting. I took all of you.

Anne: Maybe just talk about the date part of the question?
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Charlie: That’s literally the last thing I want to hear Elliot talk about.

Elliot: Aditi, can you remind these interlopers that this is my interview? Because it’s my interview.

Gabe: No way could you plan a better date than I can.

Elliot: I can plan a date, Gabe. It’d be summer. I’d take her to the beach at night—late, when the sky’s a crisp black. I’d bring my comforter, and we’d lay down next to each other.

Gabe: I know where this is going.

Ruby: It better not be going there.

Elliot: Can you two stop talking? We’d lay down next to each other. I’d probably hold her hand because it’s better that way. And we’d stare at the sky, waiting for it.

Ruby: For what?

Elliot: The Perseid meteor shower. We’d watch it side-by-side, and when it was over, I’d walk her back to her house so she wouldn’t get lost.

Ruby: She might cry.

Elliot: I might hold her tight.

Ruby: Would there be kissing involved?

Elliot: Oh yeah. There’d be kissing. 
Tracey Neithercott
Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy coloredpencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now, she writes YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding Star Wars characters.
Title: Gray Wolf Island
Author: Tracey Neithercott
Publication Date: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: eARC via NetGalley for the SST Tour
Buy Links: Amazon US || Barnes and Noble || The Book Depository || Wordery || Kobo || Books A Million || Chapters Indigo || Google Books

Blurb Description: Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.
With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.
As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.
From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.

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A Beautifully Spun Tale // ARC Review: The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

Title: The Creakers
Author: Tom Fletcher
Publication Date: October 5th 2017
Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Random House)
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin Random House India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: The darkly magical new story about the monsters under the bed, from bestselling author of The Christmasaurus, Tom Fletcher.What silently waits in the shadows at night? What's under your bed, keeping just out of sight?Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did.Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared - as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy's town run riot. It's mayhem. It's madness. To most kids, it's amazing!But Lucy wants to find out the truth. Lucy lost her dad not long ago, and she's determined not to lose her mum too. She's going to get her back - and nothing is going to stop her . . .. . . except maybe the Creakers.

Actual Rating 4.5 Stars

Would it be appropriate to call 2017 the Year of Middle Grade Novels? Because for me, it has been. I don’t know if I’ve ever read this many MG novels, and, even more surprisingly, enjoying most of them!

It took me a while to decide to dive into Tom Fletcher’s The Creakers. It wasn’t anything about the book, but about the fact that it was targeted towards children younger than I was that kept me from diving into it quickly.

Once I did open the book, Tom Fletcher’s easy to slip into and HILARIOUS new world kept me engrossed and when I came out on the other side, I realised I’d fallen in love with this beautifully spun Middle Grade novel and that I would definitely read MORE stories about Lucy Dungston and her lovely little (Creaker filled) town.

There were honestly SO many things to love including:

1.       THE GORGEOUS ILLUSTRATIONS: Honestly, the illustrations brought this book to LIFE. I loved seeing the Creakers, the messed up town with no adults and all things Lucy and Norman brought to life beside the text. I truly marvelled at all of them.

2.       LUCY DUNGSTON THE FEARLESS: About fifty pages into the book, I was WISHING that I’d met Lucy Dungston through the pages of a book when I was her age. She was fearless, super smart and kind. She helped the children around the block, took care of some of them all while being this adorable kid herself, who just wanted her parents back. She was the Nancy Drew and Katniss Everdeen of this hilarious and yet slightly scary novel!
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3.       THE WOLEB: *The Woleb is the realm below ours where all Creakers and their Creaker families exist. It’s what you might, as a kid, have called Opposite World. Where up is down and right is wrong and adult become children and vice versa. I LOVED the very idea behind The Woleb and the illustrations that brought it out so well.

4.       THE CREAKERS: I couldn’t do a review about this book without mentioning how much I fell in love with the slimy, garbage craving Creakers. I know the exact moment I fell in love with them too – when Lucy manages to trap them under a laundry basket and their interactions with her and each other were SO FUNNY.
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Honestly, The Creakers is the PERFECT book to give children and middle – graders to encourage their love of reading. They’re sure to fall in love with Lucy’s bravery, be slightly scared of The Creakers and also learn to love and be kind.

One of the funniest books I’ve read in a while! 4.5 stars!
Tom  Fletcher
Tom Michael Fletcher is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, children's author and YouTube vlogger. Among his accomplishments, he is one of the lead vocalists and guitarists of English pop rock band McFly, in addition to being the group's founder and principal songwriter. He is credited as having written songs for bands including One Direction, Busted, The Vamps and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Fletcher released his first children's book in 2012. Co-written with band-mate Dougie PoynterThe Dinosaur that Pooped Christmassold over 72,000 copies and became the most popular debut children's novel of 2012. Fletcher has released his first solo novel, The Christmasaurus, on 6 October 2016.
What are some of your favourite books that have illustrations in them? 
What are some of your favourite MG books? 
Are you a McFly fan? What was your favourite song?
I can't wait to hear from you!

Meet The Authors: Caitlin Sangster, Author of Last Star Burning - Mood Board + Giveaway

Hi Everyone and welcome to the second last Meet The Authors Author! I'm so sorry that I've been inconsistent with posting them but I've just been SO SO BUSY with my finals coming up next week and getting my portfolios ready for my exams that I haven't had time to blog.

So, without further ado, please welcome debut author, Caitlin Sangster, author of the BRILLIANT sounding and GORGEOUS looking Last Star Burning that I can't wait to read myself.

Caitlin has put together a gorgeous Last Star Burning Pinterest Mood Board that shows you a little of what the novel is about and I hope you love it! Don't forget to enter the giveaway too!




Caitlin SangsterCaitlin Sangster grew up in the back woods of California and would rather go hiking, running, swimming, or general outdoorsing than just about anything else.At eighteen, she moved to XinJiang, and at twenty-one it was Taiwan. She did eventually buckle down and graduate from Brigham Young University with a BA in Asian Studies and is now that person you avoid at parties because she'll probably start talking about Shang dynasty oracle bones.

Caitlin has been writing since middle school. She always thought of it as a silly sort of compulsive habit until she realized that people like reading stories and she liked writing them and there wasn’t much silly about that. LAST STAR BURNING is her debut novel.
Title: Last Star Burning
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Publication Date: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/2 of the Last Star Burning Duology
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Blurb Description: Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.
Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.
When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.
But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

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A Truly Engrossing Book // REVIEW: The Secret History Of Us by Jessi Kirby

Title: The Secret History Of Us
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Harper Collins India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: In this gorgeously written, emotional novel that fans of Sarah Dessen will enjoy, a teenage girl must piece together the parts of her life she doesn’t remember after a severe collision leaves her with no memory of the past four years. 
When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a near-fatal car accident, she can’t remember how she got there. She figures it’s because she was in a coma for a week, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last week of her life—she’s lost all memory of events that happened years ago. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.
As Liv tries to sort out her family and friends’ perceptions of her, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance and the one person that has made Liv feel like her old self…whoever that is. With feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living. 
I read The Secret History of Us in record time for a book this year. And by that I mean that I DEVOURED this book in less than a day, managing to read over a 100 pages at a time without even realizing it, because this book was JUST THAT ENGROSSING.

The Secret History of Us managed to pull me in and get me hooked within the first few pages and it was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read recently!

My only problem was that I felt like the ending was too… rushed. The book until then had been going at JUST the right pace, with some heart breaking dialogue and a very engrossing plot but the end felt so rushed, that when I flipped the last page, I was actually hoping I’d lost a few pages.

Let’s go more into detail:

THINGS I REALLY LIKED:

1.       THE PACE AND THE PLOT: While I feel like I’ve read bits and pieces of this plot in other book, combine that with the pace and this book just pulled me right in and kept me engrossed. In fact, the first time I looked down at the page number, I was already a hundred pages in! :O It was simply yet addicting writing in a deep book and it just worked really well together.

2.       THE GREAT FRIENDSHIPS: I’m always talking about how vital best friends are to YA books because your best friends knows where all the skeletons are. Figuratively, of course. I loved that The Secret History of Us had friends that were there for each other even after drifting apart or some huge event because THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE LIKE. I do wish we got to see more Jules, but all in all I loved the strength and the genuineness behind the friendships.

3.       SIBLING LOVE: IT’S BEEN FOREVER SINCE I SAW A PROPER SIBLING RELATIONSHIP IN A YA BOOK (Where a sibling hadn’t died/ was pregnant/ just an all-around screw-up) and I absolutely LOVED Sam and Liv’s playful, food filled and teasing relationship. It honestly reminded me of the fun relationship I share with my brother and I loved it.

THE THING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:

1.       THE RUSHED ENDING: Don’t get me wrong, the actual ending was nice, if a little predictable. The pace of the ending, however was so rushed that, like I mentioned above, I honestly thought my copy was missing a few pages. I feel like the ending could have been done in a manner more befitting the book, and one that truly highlighted the change that Liv realises she’s gone through from the person everyone was telling her she was.
I probably would’ve rated this book five stars if the ending was written in a little better than what I got.


An addicting, engrossing read about finding yourself when you can’t remember who you used to me. 4 stars. 
Jessi Kirby
Jessi Kirby is a former English teacher and librarian. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two kids, where she writes stories and runs the beach every day. Well, almost every day. Her first book, Moonglass, was named an ABA New Voices Pick. She has also written three other novels—In Honor, Golden and Things We Know By Heart. Jessi works as a middle school librarian in Orange County, California, where she lives with her husband and two kids.

You can contact Jessi at jessi@jessikirby.com
What are some of your favourite books centered around memory loss and coming of age? 
Have you read any of Jessi Kirby's books? What do you think of them and which one is your favourite? 
I can't wait to hear from you!
 

Fun, Sassy and Assassin Filled // REVIEW: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas

Title: The Assassin's Blade (Throne Of Glass #0.1 - #0.5)
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publication Date: March 13th 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Part of a Series?: Yes, Novellas 1-5 of the Throne of Glass Series
I Got A Copy Through: I Bought It!
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Blurb Description: Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins' Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.
Arobynn's enemies stretch far and wide - from Adarlan's rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate - and cut her heart in two forever...
Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
I’m not a big fan of novellas or short stories, and that’s probably why you don’t see me reading them. I have nothing against them except for the fact that they’re too… short.

Now before you roll your eyes at me and say ‘WELL, OBVIOUSLY a SHORT STORY is short,let me explain. At just the time I start getting invested in the characters and the plot, POOF. IT’S ALL DONE. Which leaves me sort of invested and sort of mad and so, I don’t read them much. And by that I mean barely. BARELY EVER. Or, Ever.

When I got told, however that I should read The Assassin’s Blade before I pick up Tower Of Dawn to understand some characters better, I finally felt like it was time to give these novellas a try (despite owning the collection for years)

You should all also note the MAGNITUDE OF THIS ACHIEVEMENT because:

a)      I ACTUALLY READ A BACKLIST TITLE
b)      I ACTUALLY TOOK A BOOK OUT OF MY SHELF THAT I PROMISED MYSELF I WOULD READ WHEN I BOUGHT IT AND I… ACTUALLY DID.

Image result for the assassin's blade quotesNow that I’ve sufficiently praised myself, let’s move on to the actual book review: I REALLY ENJOYED Sarah J Maas’ Throne Of Glass Novella collection. We can attribute this to the fact that these five stories READ LIKE A FULL LENGTH BOOK that skipped forward at times but I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH.

I loved getting to know Sam and Arobynn and re-meet the assassin Celaena Sardothien. Let’s break it down story wise:

1)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD:

Reading this story made me wish SO SO BADLY that I had picked this book up before I dove into Empire of Storms last year because I would have LOVED to have met Rolfe and the rest of Skulls Bay in the context I was meant to. I loved that this story showed us how Celaena had always been someone who fought for the people and I LOVED THE BEGINNING OF SAM’S AND HER RELATIONSHIP. More than anything, I LOVED RE-MEETING THE SASSY ASSASSIN CELAENA BECAUSE I MISSED HER SO MUCH IN THE RECENT BOOK.

2)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE HEALER:

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I’ve pretty much figured while I was reading this book that the “Healer” who this story was about is the character I will meet in Tower Of Dawn, and it makes me so glad that I picked it up. If we saw Celaena brazen side in the last novella, we were introduced to the one with the kind heart here and I loved it.

3)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT:

This was the novella I was MOST excited for because this kept getting mentioned in the series and I was VERY excited to see what Celaena’s training was like, and it was also the novella that disappointed me the most. It had too little training and action and too much running across the sand and friendship. It didn’t seem like supremely hard training (but then again, what do I know?) and I was sort of waiting for it to be done with.

4)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD:

THIS WAS BY FAR MY FAVOURITE NOVELLA. Celaena is back at Rifthold, a changed Assassin, with Arobynn and Sam and I loved the tensions that arose and the characters we met (hello, Lysandra) and fine new Assassin outfits and well, IT WAS SUCH A GOOD MINI BOOK.

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5)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE:

If you’ve read Throne of Glass, you should already know what this book is about and how it ends. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it and I SO BADLY wanted everything to have a different ending but it didn’t. Still, definitely a good story but I ONLY WISH IT WAS ALSO TOLD FROM AROBYNN’S POINT OF VIEW.

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Even if you’re not a short story person (and I feel you) but you ARE a fan of the Throne of Glass series, I would DEFINITELY recommend this collection, preferably before you dive into Queen Of Shadows (There are some backstories you might not want to miss!)


I loved getting to know Celaena again. A fun, sassy and assassin filled origin story to one of my favourite fictional characters. 4 stars. 
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.
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