Ink spells Hello

The ink runs, stills for the breath of a moment and then settles further and further down, till it spells the word hello.

We use ink to create a visual images of lines and shapes, which then create a combination of comprehensible letters, that form words. I find it a calming notion that everyone, no matter where they’re from, is connected by some form of communication, particularly words. Words are found in literature, in lyrics and as we speak to one another—a connection to each other, to memories and to humanity.

I can turn to that day as though it were a page in a book. It’s written so deeply upon my mind that I can almost taste the ink.

—Hannah Kent, Burial Rites

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August TBR Pile

The month has already started and my reading has dropped so much because I've started university again. My blogging has also become near nonexistent as well, so I'm trying really hard to get back into it but I'm also focusing on my Bookstagram (@lifeofinkandwords if you're interested) and also assignments started from day 1 this semester as well!

Regardless, I have a semi-list for what's on my TBR for the month (though it is common for it to just continuously roll over into the next month or drop off the list just because I'm unorganised)

Title || Author || Series

Lady Midnight || Cassandra Clare || The Dark Artifices
The Iron Trial || Cassandra Clare || Magisterium
Silver Silence || Nalini Singh || Psy/Changeling Trinity
Archangel's Heart || Nalini Singh || Guild Hunter
A Darker Shade of Magic || V. E. Schwab || Shades of Magic
Shadow of a Dark Queen || Raymond E. Feist || Seprentwar Saga
Firstlife || Gena Showalter || Everlife
The Good People || Hannah Kent

Some of these have rolled over from July because I don't have funds to buy a copy or just haven't been able to get a copy from the library. Who's read these? What did you think of them?
 

A Court of Wings and Ruin: The Imperfectly Perfect Finale [Spoiler-free]

Title

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author

Sarah J. Maas

Genre

Fantasy Romance (Young Adult/New Adult)

Synopsis

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

(All synopsises and blurbs are retrieved from Goodreads unless otherwise specified)

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Review

The finale of the ACOTAR trilogy had me torn; on one hand, fangirling over Feysand and just the ACOTAR universe in general was the most incredible feeling but on the other hand, it was the third of a trilogy and I was way too close to the last 100 pages. I spent the five hours of my reading it on a rollercoaster of being overly excited about everything and at some points, so overwhelmed that I had to physically put the book down and take a deep breath. This was how much I enjoyed the finale of this trilogy.

Of course, like all good things, they must come to an end and this was one of the books that had me sitting at 100 pages left and thinking to myself, I don’t want this to end but also wanting to know what happens next.

It was amazing to see how Maas has evolved her writing around the characters as the characters themselves also evolved through their adventures. Maas tied off some character storylines, opened new ones and delved straight into the ones we didn’t know existed. She introduced character relationships that had not been described before and other perspectives of events that make the next ACOTAR universe book an even more anticipated release for me!

The magic of this fantasy universe had me hooked from the beginning and I’m so happy that I finally took ACOTAR off my TBR pile. I highly recommended this book and series.

Please see below to find the first two books of the series!
 

Helpful Information

Book 1 of this series is A Court of Thorns and Roses

Book 2 of this series is A Court of Mist and Fury

ACOWAR is book 3 of this series

Maas plans to release more books set in the ACOTAR universe. News to be released—hopefully soon!

Buy it

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I have included two online stores that offer FREE worldwide shipping if you would like to give this book a read.

Only Slightly Shattered: Throne of Glass Review [Spoiler Free]

Title

Throne of Glass

Author

Sarah J. Maas

Genre

Fantasy Romance (Young Adult)

Synopsis

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

(All synopsises and blurbs are retrieved from Goodreads unless otherwise specified)

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(Ink Stains are an equivalent to stars in any other form of rating, ranging from the standard 1 to 5)

Review

I fell in love with Sarah J. Maas’ writing when I finally picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses and completed that series within three days, so I had high hopes for her Throne of Glass series.

Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed with the first instalment of this series. I found it started quite slow and only pushed through to the end because it got mildly interesting with the introduction of Elena and I found myself intrigued by Nehemia and her role in the story. Elena brought in that element of fantasy that I really enjoyed (it is one of my favourite genres) and Nehemia brought in this semi-foreign aspect that I wasn’t present in Maas’ ACOTAR series, with a language barrier and different customs. It was enjoyable to see Celaena and Nehemia’s friendship build throughout the book.

I wasn’t too fond of the male protagonists in this book. I found Dorian portrayed a little weak (not in writing, just as a character) and I found Chaol difficult to like in general. Though it was nice to see flawless shifts in points of view to show what both these males saw when they looked at Celaena.

I was very glad that the story picked up about halfway through and ended in a way that made me want to continue the series, and I realised after I finished TOG, was a setup the rest of the series, laying the groundwork for an epic opportunity that I’m sure is to come in the next books in the series.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the fantasy romance genre, likes writing by Sarah J. Maas and a little bit of fantastical mystery!

Helpful Information

Throne of Glass is the first of this series.

Book 2 of this series is Crown of Midnight.

Book 3 of this series is Heir of Fire.

Book 4 of this series is Queen of Shadows.

Book 5 of this series is Empire of Storms.

Book 6, to be release May 2018, is Tower of Dawn.

Throne of Glass is set to become a TV show on Hulu, under the name Queen of Shadows. Find out more info here!

Buy it

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Wordery

 

I have included two online stores that offer FREE worldwide shipping if you would like to give this series a read.

Whoever said that the sequel is always worse than the first book lied: A Court of Mist and Fury Review [Spoiler Free]

Title

A Court of Mist and Fury

Author

Sarah J. Maas

Genre

Fantasy Romance (Young Adult/New Adult)

Synopsis

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

(All synopsises and blurbs are retrieved from Goodreads unless otherwise specified)

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(Ink Stains are an equivalent to stars in any other form of rating, ranging from the standard 1 to 5)

Review

Sarah J. Maas books have been sitting on my TBR pile for more than a year, and recently I finally picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses, only briefly knowing what I was in store for me. I knew three things about the book before I’d picked it up: one, there was a guy named Rhysand of the Night Court who everybody loved to pieces (and at the time, I was so confused because the ACOTAR’s main male is Tamlin of the Spring Court); two, that my French sister had already read the first two of the series and absolutely adored it (and I take her opinion very seriously, as we like a lot of the same books and genres); and three, that it’s loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast and the story of Eros and Psyche from Greek mythology (if you don’t know who they are and what their story is, check out a summary here!)

It was the second reason that really pushed me to start reading it, and the third that made it intriguing to purchase for my TBR pile in the first place. By the time I was finished (three-and-a-half hours after starting it), I knew that I’d picked the wrong reason to start it and was subsequently hooked on a series that I knew would break my heart and torture my soul.

So it was a good thing that I had already borrowed A Court of Mist and Fury from my library and had it ready to read. Six hours and a lot of pausing to hyperventilate and freak out over Feysand ships and emotional overload from Maas’s writing in general, I was wondering why I hadn’t thought ahead to borrow the third instalment.

Maas has created such a vivid and enthralling world that you can’t tear yourself away from. With female protagonist, Feyre, who has an unbreakable strength in spirit and deep devotion for her family’s survival, I could never have ever imagined how incomprehensibly amazing ACOMAF turned out. And though it started out a bit slow for me—though that may have been due to Rhysand withdrawals—I see how it earned the title of best book in the series.

It has a compelling story that made it difficult to put down (see above: six hours!) and after the first 3 chapters I found myself in a place where time was nonexistent. Each chapter got better and better, until my heart couldn’t take the emotion because I was really really in love with all the character development and connections—it’s always a good thing when a book is so good that you need to force yourself away from it (especially as I felt the need to lengthen out the reading process with ACOMAF so that it wouldn’t end).

Maas takes us on an adventure of deception, war and love, all tied up in a neat bow of masks and starlight. It leaves you wanting more, every time.

This is a highly recommended read for anyone who enjoy fairytale inspiration, deep character connections and story arcs that hold secret connections throughout its series.

Helpful Information

Book 1 of this series is A Court of Thorns and Roses.

ACOMAF is book 2 of this series.

Book 3 of this series is A Court of Wings and Ruin.

Buy it

The Book Depository

Wordery

I have included two online stores that offer FREE worldwide shipping if you would like to give this series a read. If your online bookseller is similar (i.e. free shipping, cheap books etc.), share it with the book world in the comments!

What did you think of ACOMAF? [PLEASE KEEP THOUGHTS SPOILER FREE]

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Book Loot of June/July

So this is me when it comes to anything book related, particularly as I started exploring the oh-so-wonderful world of online shopping.

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Not only in the last month (June) did I purchase bookish things for my French exchange for her birthday, but it just so happened that several different stores were having sales for one-year, two-year anniversaries or birthdays OR I accidentally stumble across a bookstagram account who is a rep and has a 10% off discount code OR it’s a store based in Australia, so shipping is REASONABLE!

And let’s not forget the wonderful wizarding world has been with us for 20 years this year and amazing editions were released and you’ll be pleased to know I refrained from spending over $100 buying all 8 copies (don’t look at me like that, you’d have bought them all too!)

Currently, the list of things I have bought in the last month that are related to books and where you can go find them too! (All links open in a new tab, either to the store’s homepage or directly to the items page)

  • 2 x custom quote necklaces from The Locket Library. Location: Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Single 4oz soy wax candle from CreativeChapters. Location: Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1 x To the stars who listen bookmark from ReadandWonder. Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1 x The Night Court quote magnetic bookmark from ReadandWonder. Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1 x Princess large magnetic bookmark from ReadandWonder. Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1 x The Seven Courts magnetic bookmarks from ReadandWonder. Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1 x Gryffindor bookmark from BlpDesign. Location: Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • 2 x Feyre and Rhys bookmark from bookbuddiesbookmarks. Location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 1 x Beauty and the Beast bookmark from readthestarsco. Location: Australia
  • 1 x Stars Who Listen bookmark from readthestarsco. Location: Australia
  • 1 x Bibliophile bookmark from readthestarsco. Location: Australia
  • 1 x One More Chapter bookmark from readthestarsco. Location: Australia
  • 20th Anniversary Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Gryffindor Edition from The Book Depository. (May I just add that not buying all of these was such a feat for me and my book-buying habits?)
  • Lord of Shadows from Andrew’s Bookshop. Location: Ivanhoe, Melbourne
  • A Court of Mist and Fury from Wordery.
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin from The Book Depository.
  • Shadow of a Dark Queen from an op-shop.
  • Rise of a Merchant Prince from an op-shop.
  • Rage of a Demon King from an op-shop.

Any additional purchases within this month (July) will be added below as an edit.

So some of this stuff was for my French sister, but most of it is mine. As you can tell, I have no control over my spending and I am very thankful for Australian based Etsy stores and opportunity shops that sell secondhand books in good condition. Bookmarks are the cheapest things to get shipped to me, so more often than not I’ll buy a bookmark instead of a candle or something larger (though candles I want are currently waiting in a saved list to purchase at appropriate intervals but shhh!) And not that I was supposed to buy more books, because that just means more packing for me but oh well—what’s done is done and now I get to enjoy my loot until the reality sets in that I can’t keep wasting money. But by then, I’ll have a whole other list of loot to showcase!

To see some of the unboxing of this loot, check out @lifeofinkandwords on Instagram (link in the social media menu below!)

What’s your months loot so far? Or do you have better control around bookish things than I do? What’s your secret?!

July’s TBR Pile

The month has already started and I’ve done a lot less reading than I’d planned!

Title || Author || Series

Lady Midnight || Cassandra Clare || The Dark Artifices

The Iron Trial || Cassandra Clare || Magisterium

Wicked Abyss || Kresley Cole || Immortals After Dark

Shadow’s Seduction || Kresley Cole || The Dacians/Immortals After Dark

Throne of Glass || Sarah J. Maas || Throne of Glass

Silver Silence || Nalini Singh || Psy/Changeling Trinity

Archangel’s Heart || Nalini Singh || Guild Hunter

A Darker Shade of Magic || V. E. Schwab || Shades of Magic

Shadow of a Dark Queen || Raymond E. Feist || Seprentwar Saga

Firstlife || Gena Showalter || Everlife

 

So it’s unfortunate that I’ve already started packing boxes to move and didn’t think about what I was going to read so most of these are in boxes already I’m pretty sure, so they might roll over into the next TBR pile unless I can snag a copy at the library to borrow!

Has anyone read any of these yet? What do you think of them?