GODSGRAVE BOOK REVIEW!

GODSGRAVE BY JAY KRISTOFF BOOK REVIEW:

(This synopsis and review contains spoilers from the first novel, please read with caution. No spoilers for Godsgrave itself though!)

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

Godsgrave was just as badass as Nevernight, filled with complex and badass characters and a plot that leaves you in a constant state of ‘what the fuck’ I was beyond in love with Godsgrave just as much as I was book one.

The plot of this novel was A+ and had so many twists and turns and was completely and utterly beautiful and also very brutal at the same time. Mia has got to be one of, if not the most badass main character to read about and it’s honestly such a breathe of fresh air to see a main character stand up for herself instead of having a male lead ‘save her’ like some of the other fantasy novels I have read. There was also bisexuality rep explored more in depth in this book which was good to see more explored in Godsgrave.

The characters in Godsgrave were just as sassy and mysterious as Nevernight. Mia somehow grew EVEN MORE on me which I didn’t even know was possible? Mister Kindly was back at it again being his usual shadow self. ALSO TRICCCCC – That’s all I’m gonna say about Tric for now before I turn this into a spoiler review.

Overall, this book was fucking badass, filled with blood, sarcasm and beautiful writing. I can’t wait to get my hands on book three already because I have so many unanswered questions. If you loved Nevernight, then I highly recommend you get your hands on this book asap!

STAR RATING: ALL THE STARS

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Godsgrave-Jay-Kristoff/9780008180034?ref=grid-view&qid=1504053176414&sr=1-1

Huge thanks to Jay, for providing me a copy an early copy of Godsgrave so I could devour it in a day

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THE HATE U GIVE BOOK REVIEW!

THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book left me with so many different thoughts and feelings, I couldn’t and still can’t fully put together all of my thoughts into words but I really wanted to share some of the thoughts and feelings I have as I feel as though I need to convince everyone to read it.

This book dealt with so many deep and powerful issues that are very relevant to today’s society and was based off of the Black Lives Matter movement and also deals with the topics of racism and I really liked that there wasn’t many white characters at all and it was really great to read a book that was for the most part POC characters.

This book was also an Own Voices book and also Angie’s debut novel, the plot and characters were the best aspects of the book and Starr was such an empowering, strong and smart character to read about and the importance of family was a very big plus for me as a lot of books these days seem to neglect the importance of a characters family. This book was filled with both sad and funny moments and also had a wide range of Harry Potter remarks, this book makes you feel a lot of emotions and deep emotions at that.

The one thing that I would say I didn’t like was the writing style at some points wasn’t as strong or didn’t flow as I wanted it to but honestly the plot and the storyline made me overlook this very easily and because it was a debut novel I totally didn’t expect it to be perfect (It was better than some books that aren’t even debut let me tell you that).

Overall, this book was filled with honesty, it had me both in tears and in laughter and I learnt so much and it honestly made me think of a lot of things that I hadn’t before and being a young adult white reader I was very educated by this book and I can’t wait to meet Angie later this month at Melbourne Writers Festival. If I could I would give this book all the stars in the universe, I also would love everyone to read this book as it was just so educational and I can’t stress that enough.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Huge thanks to Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Hate-U-Give/9780062498533

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