(Spoiler-free) Review | A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V. E. Schwab

A terrific conclusion to a stellar series. 5/5 stars.

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The blurb: No blurb for book 3 here because I don’t want to spoil the first two books! If you want to know more about what’s gone before, check out my review for book 1 – A Darker Shade of Magic (5 stars) – and book 2: A Gathering of Shadows (4.5 stars).

My take:

This review will be spoiler-free. Please forgive the disjointed and brief nature of what follows: turns out reviewing the final installment of a trilogy while giving absolutely nothing away is rather tricky!

Every time I took an unwilling break from reading A Conjuring of Light I had to blink and re-orientate myself in reality, like a swimmer surfacing. This has been a hallmark of the quality of this series: Schwab draws the reader into the pages and spins words into worlds around them until they are completely immersed in her fiction. This is no mean feat and to pull it off so consistently is beyond impressive.

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My top 10 books of 2016

I only gave three books 5 stars this year. But, happily, I gave seven books 4.5 stars which means I can do a top 10!

I read and reviewed 117 this year. Only three of them got 5 stars. I think I may be getting pickier with my 5 stars as I get older!

There were also seven books which came very close to those elusive 5 stars, so I’ve included them here too.

Click on the book title for my full review. Click on the book cover to go to Goodreads.

Here we go!

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WWW Wednesday 20th July 2016

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Review | This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by V. E. Schwab

Schwab does it again ~ 4.5/5 stars.

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The blurb: Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

My take:

I’ve been a firm fan of Schwab’s writing since coming across Vicious last year. With This Savage Song, she’s come up with another brilliant and elegant concept: the monstrous consequences of violence become manifest as, well, monsters.

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WWW Wednesday 13th July 2016

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WWW Wednesday 2nd March 2016

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Review | A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V. E. Schwab

Shades of awesome. 4.5/5 stars.

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The blurb: Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like 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.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

My take:

This review will be spoiler-free. However, if you want to know absolutely nothing then just know this: if you enjoyed book 1 – A Darker Shade of Magic – then you will enjoy A Gathering of Shadows.

And if you enjoy fantasy fiction and haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic yet, what are you waiting for?! Here’s my 5* review.

That said, on to the review of A Gathering of Shadows

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WWW Wednesday 24th February 2016

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WWW Wednesday 17th February 2016

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Review recap: my top five books of 2015

In a happy coincidence, I gave five books 5 stars in 2015.

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I reviewed 70 books on this blog this year. Only five of them got 5 stars. I don’t feel able to say any of them is “better” than the others. However, I will rank them according to how wide an audience I think would enjoy them (my total guess here… other opinions are available!).

Click on the book title for my full review. Click on the book cover to go to Goodreads.

So here we go. Counting down…

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