Exciting news in the Grishaverse!!

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Guys. Hey guys. GUYS. Guess what!!? …Leigh Bardugo’s writing a new series!!!! I repeat, a new series, duology to be exact! And guess what about…?

Nikolai! Nikolai Lantsov is getting his very own two books, and I’m soooo excited. Seriously, I want these books now, just… please… write quickly!

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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.


Ahhhh, it sounds so good. And, if you aren’t a fan of blurbs (like me), see the book trailer here: http://ew.com/books/2017/09/26/leigh-bardugo-king-of-scars-nikolai-lantsov/

The trailer does a much better job I think. It’s just… argh I can’t wait already. Only bad news is… it’s not out until 2019. 2019!!! I can’t wait that long!!

Alright. Calm down Isis. There are other books to read in the meantime, including Bardugo’s newest release, The Language of Thorns. It has six new short stories, that will hopefully transport us to both old and new tales and places.


I was first introduced to the Grishaverse through reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, not realising that the Grisha Trilogy came before them. So, after becoming obsessed with every single one of the characters in Soc, I moved onto Shadow and Bone. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed this series, but it was not nearly as good as Six of Crows. It was The Darkling, and of course good old Nikolai Lantsov that kept me going. Therefore, I am quite obviously excited for King of Scars, because I get to see him again. Just… please not any of the other annoying characters, not naming any names *cough* Mal *cough*.

And now, Language of Thorns has come out, just in time to keep us going until King of Scars arrives in another… two years. Yeah I’m going to have to find lots of other things to read before that one. Luuuuuuckily, I’ve got a huge to-read pile at the moment, including Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Hopefully, this other Bardugo book is as good as the rest of her books, and as good as the Wonder Woman movie, because geeeez that was good. Again, told you, I have too many books to read.

Well, that’s my post done. I was struggling to write anything earlier this month, besides reviews of course, but this was a good enough topic to write about. If you’re new to the fandom, I definitely recommend reading every single one of Leigh Bardugo’s books, they’re all amazing. (Especially Six of Crows, EVERYONE needs to read it 🙂 )


Nineteen years later…

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Time to do a little Harry Potter appreciation post. Because of course it doesn’t get enough of that already… Oh well, after yesterday, I simply had to write something about it. Who else caught the date?? I’ll give you a hint… the 1st September 2017…

…is nineteen years later exactly, from the end of the Harry Potter books!! At 11 o’clock, Albus Severus, along with the Potter and Granger-Weasley families, would be on Platform 9 3/4, awaiting the Hogwarts Express. Isn’t that crazy? This is it! The last ever reference from the initial HP books…ever! I feel like the world is now moving on from this giant, magical era.

What made these books so amazing??

I’ve thought about this many times before, and have actually reached the conclusion that it’s not because of the writing. Before you get mad at me for accusing J.K. Rowling of a bad author, let me clarify: Harry Potter isn’t badly written, in fact it’s fantastic, especially for younger readers. But, in saying that, I’ve read a lot of other things that have much better language and writing, and haven’t got half as much popularity as HP.

I think that the allure of Harry Potter comes from the sheer magical imagination that Rowling had. The enchanting Diagon Alley, with it’s magical moving-brick doorway. Intelligent owls swooping into the Great Hall, dropping mail onto the laps of wizards and witches. Flying cars, flying broomsticks, flying snitches, it was all so amazing. To watch it of course made everything more real, but the first read of it was a truly fascinating experience. I think it’s due time I re-read them all actually…

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It was also that it was so big. The first book set everything up – setting, plot, characters, got everything started. And then, book after book, they just kept coming, with a new story in each one, adding characters, adding experiences, right up until Deathly Hallows, and it all comes together. So much planning would have had to gone into this series, to make sure everything played out in the end.

I think that’s what made it so impressive. Also that there really wasn’t anything like it at the time. Nowadays, all the magic type stories are said to be based on Harry Potter (which I don’t really agree with), but when HP was first released, it would have been so original. At least, I don’t really know of any other magic schools for witchcraft and wizardry from before it’s time. a4e103f38784490e2e41930f1043bca1

And to think, when I first began this series, I didn’t like it. Who knew that I would become just slightly-obsessed with its story. For me, it’s quite hard to believe what the world would be like without it. Luckily, we also have movies, and plays, and more movies to continue its legacy. While the world is moving on, continuing the story with characters such as Albus Severus, and Newt Scamander (Don’t get me wrong, I love Fantastic Beasts), I will never forget the wonder, and lure, and magic of Harry Potter. I hope you don’t either.


I’m back everyone!!

Okay. First of all, hello again!!! I haven’t posted for such a long time now, so let’s start with a big “HI!” I am super duper behind on my reviews, and I actually forgot about the July Wrap-up last month, so this post is going to have a bit of everything.

In the past two months, quite a few things have happened. Let’s see…

  • I returned from my school ski trip
  • Loooots of assignments
  • Quite a few exams
  • My birthday!!!!
  • Recieved lots of books
  • Read lots of books

As you can see, I’ve been busy. Let me know what books you’ve been reading, I’d like to know any new ones that are out. And hopefully, I’ll get stuck into some reviews later on, so I can share mine with you.

Okie dokie, let’s see what I’ve been reading. This is my ‘wrap-up’ for July and August:

  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh   (4 stars)

Am I the only one who didn’t realise that this was part of a series?? Because I didn’t know. And then when I got to the end of the book, and it didn’t finish, I was veeerrry confused. Anyway, regardless, I quite enjoyed it, if a bit slow to start.

  •  Rogue by Julie Kagawa   (4 stars)

This one was actually a re-read, so I was up to date with the series. When Legion was released (maybe 2 months ago now??) I bought it straight away, ready to re-read the series, and finish it off… and I still haven’t read it. Oh well, I’ll get there soon. I really really like this series, and definitely recommend to YA fans.

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab   (4 stars)

This was my first of Victoria Schwab’s books, and I have to say, it wasn’t as amazing as I thought. I mean, still 4 stars, but from the hullabaloo everyone made over this series, it didn’t live up to its name. What do you think?

  • Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton   (4 stars)

It seems this was the 4 stars month. Basically all of them I rated 4 stars, I’m only just realising. I’d been meaning to read these books for so long now, and was not disappointed. Rebel wasn’t far off getting 5 stars, but they were both really good. The second one took a little longer to get into for me, but other than that, I loved them.

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Don’t you just love school reading?? First Dracula and now The Crucible. I think next year we get to read Hamlet, which I’m quite excited for. This one wasn’t the most enjoyable, and being a play took quite a while to get started, but it was very interesting. (I could go on about it for a while, seeing as I had to write a speech and an essay about it)

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

Let’s start off by saying I LOVE LAINI TAYLOR!! She’s so amazing at writing, first it was Strange the Dreamer, and now I’ve read this series as well, I’m just in love with her books. Everyone must read them!!!

And that’s it! Nine books in all, over the two months, and most of them amazing!! I was also very lucky last Wednesday, with all the books I received. Has anyone heard of The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly?? I’ve never seen it before but it looks very interesting. And on top of this, I got two trilogies that I have been dying to read; A Darker Shade of Magic, and ACOTAR!! All three books each!! Crazy times, and now I can finally read them. They’ll probably be some of the first reviews I post.