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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Book Review

39281503._SY475_Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Rating: XXXX

Published September 5th 2019 by Harper Voyager UK

“But to live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. And to burn in the memories of our friends is to never say goodbye.”

Spoilers for Nevernight and Godsgrave.

The greatest games in Godsgrave’’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic.

Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run. Pursued by Blades of the Red Church and soldiers of the Luminatii legion, she may never escape the City of Bridges and Bones alive. Her mentor Mercurio is now in the clutches of her enemies. Her own family wishes her dead. And her nemesis, Consul Julius Scaeva, stands but a breath from total dominance over the Republic.

But beneath the city, a dark secret awaits. Together with her lover Ashlinn, brother Jonnen and a mysterious benefactor returned from beyond the veil of death, she must undertake a perilous journey across the Republic, seeking the final answer to the riddle of her life. Truedark approaches. Night is falling on the Republic for perhaps the final time.

Can Mia survive in a world where even daylight must die?

Well…It took me far too long but I finally did it, I finished Darkdawn and with it, the Nevernight Chronicles has ended. How do I feel about that I hear some of you ask? Honestly meh. I think I have a very real problem with books that are the last in their series and it’s very very rare that one ever lives up to my expectations, thankfully most of the book is pretty damn good.

There are a lot of great moments throughout Darkdawn, not just for Mia but most of the characters which I enjoyed, we get to see things from the POV of others which was really enjoyable and helped to make the story feel bigger than just Mia and it was great to see all these different connections she’s made throughout the books come together. I feel like in Darkdawn we really get to see Mia’s true self and as much as we all love her she’s obviously not perfect and in some ways could be considered no better than those who she has set out to kill (or killed already) and the third book defintley doesn’t ignore that which was refreshing for a story with a trained assassin as the main character.

The footnotes are back and honestly, maybe better than ever. Don’t forget that if they bug you, they’re just extra world-building bits so you can skip them if you want but they’re pretty fun and thin out towards the end of the book so you’re not stopping every five seconds to read one (thanks Nevernight). I lost count of how many amazing quotes this book has too, some amazing writing has gone into this, not to mention the twists along the way and I absolutely had a good cry now and again with one really big ugly cry but I’ll leave the details of those for the spoiler-filled video and/or reading Vlog to come because I have A LOT of thoughts.

Unfournatetly, for me this book felt like it suffered from last book syndrome. Although there weren’t too many moments that really bothered me, one moment in particular really has me up in arms and I found some parts to be a little much I guess? It’s hard to articulate but I didn’t come away from Darkdawn with the kind of feeling I thought I would, which is not to say it’s inherently bad in any way because overall it was bloody good, but perhaps I had the conclusion hyped up a different way in my mind, I’m not sure. I’m still glad to have read it, even with the negatives it was an enjoyable and at times heartbreaking read and in Jay’s own words, “However it ends, at least you had a story to tell.”

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S4S – Characters who I think could be great friends

Six for Sunday
Another Sunday has arrived and with it, another Six for Sunday Prompt! Thank you to Steph at A Little But A Lot for coming up with these prompts each week. This weeks prompt is “Characters you’d love to be friends with” but I did something similar back in June (here) and my answers haven’t really changed that much so this week I’ve decided to do something a little different and instead this week I’m going to pair up characters that I think would make brilliant friends with each other (who aren’t already).

Ari (from Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capettea) and Mia (from the Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff)
This would probably be a fairly volatile friendship at times I think but I’d like to imagine that they would be good for each other. I also have a bad feeling that Mia would get Ari addicted to smoking and the idea of Ari letting Mia hold Excalibur or aboard her ship is kind of terrifying. I think they would defintley understand each other with all that destiny stuff going on.

Paige Turner (from The Bookshop Girl by Chole Coles) and Izzy O’Neil (from The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven)
Like Ari and Mia this could either be an amazing friendship or go terribly, horribly on but hopefully on a much lower level than mass murder and chain-smoking. I think Izzy is a little older than Paige so I feel there could defintley be some big sister vibes going on here and that (with time) Paige would enjoy having advice from her “big sister” but that Izzy would also appreciate the seemingly sage, (if not sometimes a little wacky) council from the bookshop girl.

Tyler (from Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and JayKristoff) and Far McCarthy (from Invictus by Ryan Graudin). 
I feel like these two hanging out would just always end up dissolving into both of them getting drunk and ranting about their respective teams. Tyler: “Finn has spent the entire two days replying to everything I say with ‘that’s what she said’ I’m losing my goddamn mind!” Far: “Have you ever woken up with a hungry red panda on your face?”

Bridget Jones (from the Bridget Jones books by Helen Fielding) and Betsy Taylor (from the Undead Series by Mary Janice Davidson. 
I would genuinely read/watch the hell out of this friendship because of what a force of nature they would be. I think the blood-drinking might be a little weird for Bridget to start with and she would definitely refer to Betsy and Sinclair as a smug married couple but after a while (and possibly witnessing an argument or two) they would totally be as thick as thieves. Betsy probably keeps offering to turn Bridget who doesn’t want to be turned until she’s her target weight and she’s actually doing really well because they just drink smoothies and go shopping all day (good exercise) but you can bet Sinclair is making sure Bridget is eating a good meal when the girls are back from said shopping excursion that almost certainly ended up with one of them getting into an argument about shoes and then some immortal enemy trying to off Betsy but Bridget absolutely ended up accidentally saving her life and now they’re best BEST friends. (This feels like strange a strange kind of fanfiction but now I really want to write it).

Issac (From the Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman) and Jace (from the Mortal Instruments by Cassie Clare). 
The Angsty boys club has arrived. I actually imagine this being slightly older Jace so maybe between The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices and Jace who is, at this point, a mostly reformed, sarcastic, beautiful, angsty boy would absolutely take Issac under his wing. A couple of months out of the town and away from the other founding families as well as the Gray would do wonders for Issac in the right company and I think that time could be well spent in the New York Institute. Jace could teach him some awesome moves as well as understanding when it comes to family abuse and drama as well as liking someone who you ‘should’n’t/isn’t good for you etc. I’m telling you, friends for life and think of super Issac coming back to town, kicking butt and breaking hearts. *Contented Sigh*

Rhysand (from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas) and Celaena Sardothien (from Throne of Glass, also by SJM) 
Another hilarious partnering. I think these would be another pair that would end up drunkenly ranting at each other as well as Celaena training with Cas and Az, giving Rhysand pointers with Feyre, flirting with Amren and getting into arm wrestles. Rowan would probably be crappy and overprotective but Rhsyand would totally woo him too and they would be best buds as well.

Okay so turns out that what I meant by, “great friends” means that I just friend-ship them I think and now, as quite often seems to happen I’m overcome with the need to expand on these ideas with fanfiction. I hope you’ve enjoyed my, slightly strange partnering and promise we’ll be back to the normal scheduled  Six for Sunday prompts next week! (Also my spoiler-free Darkdawn review is coming Tuesday!).

 

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The 100 Truths Tag

So I’ve been a little out of touch with my blogging lately, little man starting school has really thrown me out of the loop with a lot of things and my blogging and reading is something that’s taken a bit of a hit. I’ve gone from having scheduled posts or at least ideas/rough ideas for posts weeks in advance to sneaking in a bit of blogging and reading in the small moments I can get and I’m sure it’ll balance out eventually, it just might take some time. Today I decided to do a tag that’s been sitting in my drafts since about last year but I hadn’t got around to doing which is the 100 truths tag about myself. I saved it initially because it reminded me of those silly long questionnaires we used to do on MySpace back in the day so I hope you enjoy finding out a little more about me.

The 100 Truths Tag:

1. What is Your Name?

Jemma

2. Any Nicknames or Aliases?

Not hugely unless you count Mum from my little man, when I played a lot of WoW people knew me only by my character name which was Evvee. I still get called Jem sometimes which is cool too, I’m not hugely fussed.

3. Your Gender

Female – she/her pronouns.

4. Your Star Sign?

Capricorn and yes I’m as grumpy and controlling as the best of them.

5. How Old Are You?

29 – I honestly feel like I’ve been thirty forever now.

6. Your Relationship Status?

Married for six years as of a couple of weeks ago.

7. Any Children?

Just my little man, the fact he’s at school now is crazy.

8. Any Pets?

Jiji, my void familiar. (Black cat).

9. Any Tattoos/Piercings?

Four ear piercings (have also had nose pierced twice), five tattos but would love a couple more.

10. What Do You Like About Yourself?

 

11. What Do You Dislike About Yourself?

I’m hella clumsy despite being hyper-aware of my surroundings, I’m really bad at most kinds of social interaction, and often say stupid things or talk too much. I’m fickle and am quick to anger or upset.

12. Right or Left?

Right handed.

LASTS:

13. The Last Thing You Drank:

Apple and Blackcurrant squash.

14. The Last Thing You Ate?

Curry for dinner last night.

15. Your Last Phone Call:

According to my phone, it was my father in law!

16. Your Last Text Message:

From the husband apologising for forgetting to pick up a lasagne from work for the fourth day running.

17. Your Last E-Mail:

From Feline Trickster via Pateron with some awesome progress of two new prints she’s working on!

18. The Last Song You Listened To:

Well, I’m currently listening to “Hold me Tight, or don’t” by Fall Out Boy. Playing D&D tonight so got my Lucien playlist on.

19. The Last Book You Read:

It feels like it’s been so long, I actually had to check! I’m behind on my reading challenge and everything! The last book I read was apparently The Tea Dragon Festival which released this week! You can find my spoiler-free review here.

20. The Last Time You Cried:

Probably a few days ago…

21. The Last Blog You Read:

Cora’s (Tea Party Princess) NEWTS Wrap Up which you can check out here.

22. The Last Person You Spoke To:

My mum. She’s staying the night after playing Dungeons and Dragons with us and chatting while I type.

23. The Last Place You Visited?

Not including the school run twice a day and assuming you don’t mean somewhere mundane like the supermarket then I went to the O2 last Sunday to see Muse in concert.

24. Your Last Holiday Abroad:

A long, long, long time ago I went to Tenerife with my family, I was still in school so it was a fair while ago, I also had my arm in plaster after I badly fractured it which sucked.

HAVE YOU EVER:

25. Got Back With an Ex?

If you count Chris.

26. Been Cheated On?

Yes

27. Cheated On Someone?

Yes

28. Lost Someone Special To You?

Yes

29. Been So Drunk You Threw Up?

No

30. Fallen Out Of Love With Someone?

Yes

31. Met Someone Who Changed You?

Yes

32. Been In A Situation Where You Found Out Who Your Real Friends Are?

Yes.

33. Kissed Someone You Shouldn’t Have?

Yes

34. Found Out People Were Talking About You Behind Your Back?

Yes

35. Broken Someone’s Heart?

Unlikely.

36. Kissed A Stranger?

Yes.

37. Had Your Own Heart Broken?

Yes

38. Had Sex On A First Date?

Yes.

39. Been Arrested?

Yes.

40. Been Attracted To Someone That Isn’t The Gender You Usually Find Attractive?

I’m Pansexual so no, I’m attracted regardless of gender.

41. Done Something You Regret?

Yes

42. Had A Threesome?

Yes.

43. Embarrassed Yourself In Public

Yes

44. Misjudged Someone?

Yes

YOUR BELIEFS AND OPINIONS:

45. Do You Believe In God?

Sometimes something like it, haven’t figured it out yet.

46. Do You Believe In Yourself?

Occasionally.

47. Do You Believe In Santa Claus?

No

48. Do You Believe In Ghosts?

No

49. Do You Believe in Aliens?

I believe there are probably other lifeforms out there yes, believing we’re the only ones in the entire universe seems strange and big-headed.

50. Do You Believe In Miracles?

No

51. Do You Believe In The Power of Positive Thinking?

I believe it can help dependant on the situation.

52. Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?

No.

53. Can Money Make You Happy?

Absoloutley. I find a lot of people disagree with me on this and don’t get me wrong you can have money and be miserable as well as not have money and be relatively happy but having enough money to not have to worry about bills or food etc would make me a hell of a lot happier.

54. Would You Describe Yourself As A Feminist?

Yes, I am a person who supports feminism, i.e the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

55. Are You Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

Pro-Choice

56. Do You Have Strong Political Beliefs?

I never thought I did and I’m not smart or eloquent so I try not to talk about them often as I can’t articulate well but it turns out I do.

57. Do You Have Strong Religious Beliefs?

Not all all.

58. What Do You Think The Most Important Thing You Can Give A Child Is?

Love and safety – Keeping Ash’s answer here as it’s perfect.

RIGHT NOW:

59. Are You Eating Anything:

No

60. Are You Drinking Anything:

No.

61. What Are You Listening To:

Season one, episode one of Killjoys

62. What Are You Thinking:

It’s getting late and I should head to bed.

63. What Are You Waiting For:

Good question.

64. What Are You Most Excited For?

Christmas!

65. What’s Your Pet Peeve:

Just one? haha. Being late??

66. What’s Your Favourite Thing:

My family, my kitty, my books and my imagination. – Refusing to pick just one

67. If You Weren’t Answering These Questions What Would You Be Doing?

At this point? Probably housework.

FIRSTS:

68. Best Friend:

Not sure that I have one.

69. Kiss:

When I was 12 I think, some boy I met on holiday in Devon.

70. Celebrity Crush:

I think David Boreanaz from Buffy, swiftly replaced by James Masters as Spike obviously.

71. Holiday:

The first one I remember was our first family holiday to Dawlish in Devon, we stayed in a four story townhouse and I felt like a princess because I got to sleep in the room on the top floor (I was the only one who didn’t mind doing all those stairs every day).

72. Pet:

We had so many cats and rabbits and guinea pigs etc when I was younger but I guess my first pet would technically be Jack the Jack Russel who was born the same day as me or maybe our tabby cat Loki who was the first pet I owned myself.

73. Regret:

First regret? Who knows! Probably dropping that log on my foot on my first day of school and breaking two of toes?

74. Job:

I worked in a Morrisons cafe and it was fairly crappy but honestly a job I wouldn’t mind so much now.

75. Childhood Memory:

I don’t know how young I was, older than two though as my brother was a little baby and I’m two years older than him. I remember our car breaking down on a hill and everything getting out to push and I was sad I wasn’t allowed to help.

WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE:

76. Love or Money?

Love

77. Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook – purely because I use it to talk to my friends more.  I do love Twitter though.

78. Hook-Up or Relationship?

Relationship

79. Dogs or Cats?

Cats

80. Coffee or Tea?

Hot Chocolate.

81. Beer or Wine?

Coconut rum.

82. Sweet or Savoury?

Sweet

83. Introvert or Extrovert?

Introvert

84. Vampires or Werewolves?

Vampires

85. Seaside or Countryside?

Seaside

86. Summer or Winter?

Winter

87. Books or Movies?

Books

88. Horror or Comedy?

Comedy.

RANDOM:

89. Do You Wish You Could Change The Past?

Yes

90. Dream Job:

Book seller.

91. Guilty Pleasure:

The Vampire Diaries. I am absolute trash.

92. What Are You Afraid Of?

Falling and failing.

93. What Was The First Thing You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

A journalist, Xena or a mermaid.

94. If You Could Have Any Superpower, What Would It Be?

To be able to control time.

95. If You Could Change Anything About Your Life What Would It Be?

Having more money.

96. Would You Want Immortality?

No.

97. If You Could Interview Anyone Alive or Dead, Who Would You Choose?

Would saying Jay Kristoff be predictable?

98. Would You Say You Are Happy?

On a day to day basis, yes for the most part.

99. What Piece of Advice Would You Give Yourself at Age 18?

Save up, learn to drive, eat better, work out more, find a better job.

100. Where Would You Like To Be In Five Years Time?

Happy and healthy, I’d like to have lost some weight and have a job again.

So now you’ve found out about me tell me one fact about yourself! I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you’d like to do it, as always, consider yourself tagged!

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The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

42369064.jpgThe Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

Rating: XXXXX

Published September 17th 2019 by Oni Press

“Just because something comes easily to you, does not mean it has no value. You find it effortless because you love it, and that is why it is your gift.”

Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

I read The Tea Dragon Society earlier this year (review here) and absolutely fell in love with the wold Katie had created and was ecstatic to find a new book set in the world of the tea dragons, The Tea Dragon Festival, up on NetGalley! I was so happy when I was approved and dug in almost immediately.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the first book then you’ll be pleased to know that you can look forward to more of the same breath takin artwork and wholesome story. Equally, if this is your first foray into the world of Tea Dragons then never fear because this can absolutely be read alone no problem and is actually a prequel of sorts in that it’s set before the events of the first book and includes two characters we see in the second book, but they can easily be read in any order and still compliment each other.

The Tea Dragon Festival is filled with a brilliant cast of colourful and diverse characters, each more charming than the last, I particularly loved Aedhan and main character of sorts, Rinn, an aspiring cook who loves to gather fresh ingredients and help the people of her town. A new inclusion in this instalment which I really loved was the use of sign language which Katie has brought onto the page fantastically with the simple use of different coloured blocks of text to indicate if someone is communicating through sign and if they are signing and speaking out loud.

The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill is out today and I highly recommend this beautiful tale. You can find it in the large hardback version, akin to the first book as well as digitally through both kindle and ComiXology (release for digital is dated as September 18th, tomorrow according to Amazon).

 

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S4S – Classes I would love to take

It has been an absolute week and I’m pretty glad to see the back of it (one of my favourite sessions of D&D to date and seeing Muse this evening notwithstanding) so it’s time to crack on with this weeks Six for Sunday post! This weeks theme from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Schools you’d love to go to” and if you caught my post last week (this one) which was “Books set in schools” you’d probably realise pretty quickly that the list would be almost identical this week. SO instead for this week, I decided I would try “Classes I would love to take” (at bookish schools).

Weapons Training 
This is a basic class for most of the badass assassin or mystical defenders schools and would probably be my favourite by far. I’ve always been fascinated by different kinds of weapons and techniques and who doesn’t love a good bit of sparring?

Care of Magical Creatures
Another favourite class would defintley be Care of Magical Creatures, I actually qualifications in animal care and worked training animals for a while so this would be an absolute must.

Charms 
Memorising wand techniques and magical words actually sounds like my kind of thing. I’m not smart but I’ve always been a “book nerd” and I feel like all that studying would help me with charms. Plus I always thought it looked fun in Harry Potter tbh.

Enhanced History Lessons 
One of my favourite subjects at school was History and I love the idea in a few books that I’ve read where they have enhanced lessons, for example being able to walk through a hyper-realistic hologram of a historical monument or even better an interactive simulation? That would be AMAZING.

Glass Blowing 
A strange one right? In the later Study books by Maria Snyder, some students take up glass blowing lessons after the council finds out it’s possible to store magic in glass objects. I’ve always been fascinated by the process so this would be another class I would love to take.

Herbology
Seeing as I took floristry at college I think this would probably be another good shout. It’s been years and I’ve almost certainly forgotten a lot and would love to do a class that focuses more on the herb lore than just pretty bouquets and displays although you can bet I would do that too!

What classes would you take? Would you be joining me in any of the classes I picked already? Have a great Sunday and I’ll be back on Tuesday with a new release review!

 

Events, spoiler free

London Darkdawn Launch

event report

So, if you’ve been reading my blog for the past couple of years or so you might notice that I’m a bit of a Jay Kristoff fan. I fell in love The Illuminae Files and more recently, finally read The Nevernight Chronicles (although I’m yet to finish Darkdawn) and fell head over heels for everyone’s favourite knife wife, Mia Corverre, her friends, her companions and her enemies. So when tickets for the London Darkdawn launch with the man himself went live I frantically ordered myself and my husband (who adored The Illuminae Files too) one each right away.

We travelled up with friendlings and had lunch beforehand before heading to Goldsboro books to pick up our special editions of Darkdawn. I’d never been before and the store was small but lovely. I think the Goldsboro edition of Darkdawn may be one of the best-looking books I have ever seen and certainly my favourite. When we purchased our books the salesperson wrapped each one with a protective plastic covering which to me, was a beautiful personal touch and I certainly plan to order from there again in the future.

From Goldsboro we headed straight to the venue (give or take some coffee and ice cream), St James’s Church, just past the huge Waterstones Picadilly store. Having been to an event there before with Leigh Bardugo and then again with Cassie Clare and Holly Black we knew that arriving early was essential to getting a good seat and to be in with a chance of getting our books signed fairly quickly so we didn’t get back too late. We arrived at around 3pm and there were only two other people in front of us which was a bonus. I had brought my Waterstones copy of Darkdawn with me to read in the queue and my 3DS but in the end we actually all ended up chatting to each other and friends as they arrived. About 3:30/4 Jay actually popped out to see us which was awesome, he seemed genuinely shocked that we were waiting there for his event that didn’t start for another four hours. I maaay have embarrassed myself when I saw him, greeting him with a “Hey Loser” because I have no idea how to actually be cool and it seemed funny at the time? I’m not sure my friends or husband will ever let me live it down…

We were let into the venue (I think) a little earlier than seven which was nice and it was starting to get chilly and looked like it may rain. We managed to get one of the front seats which was brilliant, especially as I’m pretty damned short! It was nice chatting to everyone and in what felt like no time at all the event was underway, starting with a talk chaired by Samantha Shannon who I’ve seen chair a few times now and she’s absolutely fantastic at it. The talk lasted an hour with some questions at the end and it was probably one of the best talks I’ve been to, it was hilarious, heartwarming and informative. Some highlights were:

  • Finding out Nevernight came about after an argument between two friends one New Years Eve about the “dreaded” C-Word and whether it was an insult or not (If you’ve read Nevernight this will make a lot more sense).
  • World Building – Jay likes to address the broad first, i.e the key differences between our world and the fictional world.
  • The three things Jay can talk about at the drop of a hat are marvel comics, Lord of the Rings and Ancient Rome.
  • A lot of Jay’s inspiration for his writing comes from history, saying “The weirdest thing you can probably imagine has actually happened and it was probably weirder than you can imagine.”
  • “Jesus is okay with F*ck” (in response to not using the C-Word in church but dropping all of the F-Bombs.
  • Blowing Samantha Shannon’s mind when she discovered you could sleep with characters in some RPG video games, this example was The Witcher (Jay’s a Yen man y’all) and the unicorn scene. This moment was hilarious and as a gamer, it felt like chilling out chatting with a bunch of friends.
  • His number one piece of writing advice is to get to the fun (he used a brilliant Simpsons analogy “When are they going to get to the fireworks factory?!” Nevernight originally featured a ten-year-old Mia exploring Godsgrave.
  • Jay’s shadow companion would be a Jack Russell.
  • We got some more information about Jay’s next adult fantasy book “Empire of the Vampire” which I’m crazy excited for and may have whopped and cheered when he announced it.
  • The book that changed everything for Jay was The Hobbit, saying “I found my people in that book” and I actually got misty-eyed here because this was a big important book for me too for many of the same reasons.
  • I got to ask a question about his use of slang in most of his books (my favourite, “Son of a biscuit” it turns out was an Amie Kauffman invention) and he showed me how to correctly give someone the knuckles (I was SO close).

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After this came the signing and it was a little bit of a mess to be honest, some people were pretty peeved that those who had arrived after them were being let up to sign before them etc but we were still in the first row that were able to do so which was pretty awesome with me and we didn’t have to wait long at all. I was however incredibly nervous! After a joke about throwing his books, I had got a shirt personalised for myself (which I was wearing) and one for him saying “I only throw Jay Kristoff books” and felt like maybe it was a bit weird but it turns out he actually loved it (see vlog at the end of this post for reaction). He doodled a Mr Kindly in my copy of Nevernight, signed my copy of Godsgrave and a Nevernight poster I’d brought with me as long as our copies of the Illumine Files and chatted with Chris about getting back into reading etc which was lovely. We did have our picture taken with him too but honestly me and Chris look like nervous wrecks in it so have a nice picture of one of my signed books instead.

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I had a fantastic time and despite the organisational issues with the signing (which were a lot worse as time went on, we were very very lucky as a friend in the fourth row waited for over two hours). I really really hope Jay decides to come back to the UK in the future, maybe him AND Amie for one of the Aurora Rising releases or maybe Empire of the Vampire who knows!

Did you make it to one of the events? If so what was one of your highlights? If you couldn’t make it but would have liked to what would one question would you have asked Jay?

 

 

 

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WWW Wednesday September 11th 2019

Another fortnight has come and gone and I’m underprepared as usual (7am on a Wednesday morning instead of 8am is an improvement though neh? (Gone are those days too as now little man is at school 8am is a much more frantic time and leaves no room for panicked blogging! On the bright side, WWW Wednesday is a fun, easy post as I just talk about what I’ve read and what I want to read next and is probably one of my favourites.

If you want to join in with WWW don’t forget to send over a big thank you to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for keeping WWW alive and kicking.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

As I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about now, I’m currently reading Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (still). I’m making pretty slow going with it, not because I’m not enjoying it as it definitely as the least draggy start of all three books but I’m just so short on time to read at the moment and I defintley don’t want to rush this one, I feel like it needs to be savoured.

What did you recently finish reading?

I actually managed to squeeze in The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill and, much like it’s predecessor, it’s an absolute work of art.  I think it may actually be my favourite of the two! It comes out next week and my spoiler-free review will go live on the same day. Prepare for more tea dragon cuteness!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. I’m on a big vampire kick at the moment and have honestly just been rewatching Moonlight (slightly angsty vampire TV show from the 00’s and one of my favourites) in between battling the urge to read fanfic for the past week so I think some a fresh vampire story can only be a good thing, I’m so glad they seem to be “back in” for YA now!

What are you reading at the moment? Is anyone else still currently reading Darkdawn or is it just me now? Have you read The Deathless Girls? If so let me know what you thought! Feel free to link me to any spoiler-free reviews about it as I’d love to check them out. Have a great Wednesday!