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Review: The Demon World

Book: The Demon World

Author: Sally Green

Click here for my review of book one, The Smoke Thieves!

Year Published: 2019

  • Plot: 4/5
  • Characters: 4/5
  • Writing: 4/5
  • Overall: 4/5

The Demon World was the gripping sequel to The Smoke Thieves, bursting with political intrigue, love and divided loyalty. In some ways it was better then the first book, in some ways it was not, but overall I enjoyed it very much.

Just like The Smoke Thieves, this book had five main point of view characters: Catherine, Ambrose, Tash, Edyon and March. Tszayn also got one point of view chapter and it was really interesting to get into his head for once. I think that the character perspectives were better allotted and spread out between the characters than the first book but that is probably because we didn’t need to be individually introduced to them all like before. I felt like each character got sufficient time in their perspective to tell their story. Nevertheless, it did feel like not as much happened in this book as in The Smoke Thieves and I got the sense that the characters were moving into position for whatever was going to happen in the next novel in the series.

— Catherine —

I loved how Catherine‘s character grew and developed even more in this book as her power grew. She took charge and led with confidence despite all the people around her who doubted her capabilities. People labelled her as ambitious and greedy for wanting to rule and lead the army because apparently those were jobs only for a man but she didn’t let that stop her from proving them wrong.

— Ambrose —

Ambrose was still struggling with all of the events from the previous book and all he wanted to do was to keep Catherine safe. To be honest he annoyed me because I thought he treated Catherine unfairly and didn’t understand the motivations behind her actions but at the same time she could have been more sensitive to his feelings.

— Tash —

Tash‘s story was super interesting as she went from hunting demons to trying to understand them. She was as stubborn and headstrong (but also adorable) as usual but her persistence allowed her to discover an important secret. Through her we get to discover more about the demons and the demon world and I found it fascinating. However, the cliffhanger at the end was terrifying and I really hope Tash is alright!

— Edyon —

Edyon didn’t have such a great time in this book (I felt quite bad for him) and he carried on his journey with March to Calidor to find his father. He was his usual exaggerated and comic self and he spent most of the book complaining and complimenting March. Just when I thought he was going to have some happiness, it was promptly ruined.

— March —

Throughout the book I was inwardly screaming, ‘Tell Edyon the truth, March! Tell him!’. Sadly, March didn’t listen. I think he has come so far from the angry, vengeful person he was at the start of The Smoke Thieves and I wanted him to have some happiness as well but he ruined it for himself. He knew that Edyon was in love with him and he loved him back and even though he knew continuing the lie would hurt them more in the long term he still didn’t come clean. I think if he’d told Edyon much, much earlier they might have managed to get over it. After the ending of The Demon World, I have no idea what he’s going to do next!

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I’m very excited to read the final instalment of the series. It’s a novel perfect for fans of fantasies that have no magic and a lot of politics, war and treachery.

Thank you to Penguin for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Review: The Orphanage of Gods

Book: The Orphanage of Gods

Author: Helena Coggan

Year Published: 2019

  • Plot: 1/5
  • Characters: 1/5
  • Writing: 2.5/5
  • Overall: 1/5

I very rarely give books one star but I found The Orphanage of Gods so pointless I couldn’t possibly give it anything else.

The book was based in a world with gods and humans. The gods had silver blood and special abilities and the humans had red blood, however, the humans rebelled and killed many of the gods. They tried to wipe them out at all costs. At first I found the premise intriguing (I thought it was like an inverse Red Queen) but my interest quickly sputtered out.

The plot made no sense. Two gods, Hero and Joshua went to save their human friend Kestrel from the Guard. They saved her then ended up joining a rebel group and then lots of things happened but ultimately they all amounted to nothing and I finished the book with a pervasive feeling of disappointment.

I felt like the book had no direction. It took me here and there, up and down, side to side, over hills and under starry skies and then at the end of the day, nothing much happened or at least nothing worth caring about happened. Whilst I was reading I thought, ‘This story is going somewhere, right?‘ and I kept thinking that thought until the very last page. Then I realised that unfortunately, the story was always going nowhere.

Furthermore, the book was split into three parts with three different points of view and I didn’t understand why I was reading the story from those perspectives, especially because I couldn’t care less about the characters and their motives. The second perspective was a ten-year-old girl called Raven who apparently was very special and was supposed to be in charge someday. I had no idea why her point of view was included because during the book she didn’t do much.

The romance was unrealistic because Kestrel and Eliza had only known each other for a few days and they were suddenly throwing around declarations of love. Also, Eliza was a complete maniac and Kestrel seemed to not mind at all no matter what terrifying things she did.

In conclusion, I thoroughly disliked this book and I would love to have the hours I spent reading it refunded to me so I can spend them on a different book.

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Liebster Award!!!

Hello bookdragons!

Thank you so, so much to Alex @ Whimsy Pages for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Go check her blog out! It’s great!

I’ve never done this award before and I’m super excited to answer the questions as I love doing these types of tags.


The Rules:

(1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

(2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

(3) Nominate 11 blogs.

(4) Notify those blogs of the nomination.

(5) Give them 11 questions to answer.

P.S. I am reducing the number of nominees / questions to 5.


My Answers:

(1) How many books do you own and how do you organise them?

Okay, so I actually counted and I found that I own 187 books! (106 if you exclude e-books). I thought that I had way less than that because I clear out books that I’ve read and don’t want anymore regularly.

On the level of my bookshelf that’s most visible I put all of my favourite books so I can see them whenever I walk past. I tried to organise it in a gradient from bluey purple colours to orangey red colours. It’s not perfect but I like it. Also paperback books have to be separate from hardcovers.

(2) Do you have a blogging schedule?

Yes, I do. I try to plan out everything that I want to post in advance. However, it’s a very flexible schedule and lately I’ve been really busy and I haven’t been able to stick to it as much I’d like to.

(3) Share the favourite post written by you!

My favourite post was the one that I wrote on Valentine’s day about roses and slavery. I think it’s important that more people are aware of the extent of modern slavery in our world today as it’s a very serious issue. How many broken hearts were behind last Valentine’s day?

Click here to read the post called ‘Roses: Symbols of Romance or of Suffering?

(4) If you had to choose only one book format (physical, e-book, audiobook) to read for the rest of your life, which one would you choose? Why?

I’d choose e-books because as much as I adore physical books, e-books are more practical and portable- they’re also cheaper.

(5) Did your book tastes change? Tell us about your reading journey!

I’ve always adored fantasy since a young age. Anything magical has always fascinated me. I think the only thing that has changed is that my reading tastes have matured.


My Questions:

(1) How do you choose which books to read?

(2) Which three book characters do you wish were real? Why?

(3) Which themes or tropes do you dislike in a book? Why?

(4) Who are your top three favourite authors? Why?

(5) What do you think is more important in a book, well-developed characters or a gripping plot?


I nomimate:


If I haven’t nominated you but you still want to answer the questions then feel free!

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The Book Character Awards | Voting Round 1

Hey bookdragons!

The first voting round of The Book Character Awards are now open! Click on the link below to vote for your favourite bookish characters and take part in this exciting event. Thank you again to all the amazing people who nominated characters.

For those of you who don’t know, The Book Character Awards is an event hosted by me where bookworms get to nominate and vote for characters in various categories. The nominations round has already happened. There will be two voting rounds then the winners will be announced!

The first round of voting closes on 14th April 2019.

>>> Click here to vote <<<

The Categories:

  1. Best Dramatic Performance (a character that’s a drama queen/king)
  2. Best Supporting Character
  3. Best Bookish Ship
  4. Worst Bookish Ship
  5. Best Friendship
  6. Kindest Character
  7. Best Villain
  8. Funniest Character
  9. Most Annoying Character
  10. Most Fashionable Character
  11. Weirdest Character
  12. Best Character Arc (someone that has undergone the best character development)
  13. Best Leading Lady
  14. Fiercest, Most Fearless Character
  15. Best Love Interest
  16. Worst Love Interest
  17. Best Bookworm Character
  18. Best Female Morally Grey Character
  19. Best Male Morally Grey Character
  20. Most Charming Character
  21. Most Brutal Backstory
  22. Best Fantasy Badass Female
  23. Worst Love Triangle
  24. Best Love Triangle
  25. Best Parental Figure
  26. Overall Best Book Character

>>> Click here to vote! <<<

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Review: The Bird King

Book: The Bird King

Author: G. Willow Wilson

Year Published: 2019

  • Plot: 3/5
  • Characters: 4/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Overall: 3/5

The Bird King was a historical fantasy book set in 1491 in Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain. There were many things I liked about it, however, there were also many things I disliked- that’s why I gave it three stars.

It was about Fatima, a Circassian concubine who fled from the palace of Granada with her childhood friend, Hassan, who could make magical maps that altered the layout of places in real life. They were escaping from the Spanish Inquisition who wanted Hassan dead as they claimed he was a sorcerer. They went on a sprawling journey through Spain with the help of the jinn and people they met along the way to seek refuge in Mount Qaf, a mythical place which they had read about in a poem called The Conference of the Birds that was supposedly ruled by The Bird King.

I liked the way Fatima pursued the hope of a better life and took her life into her own hands. She definitely came a long way in the book as she went from a sheltered girl to a fierce woman who knew her own worth. However, she was a bit annoying at times and the entire book was from her perspective so that did frustrate me slightly.

The plot of the book was very, very slow-paced and although the writing was simply gorgeous there were lots of things that happened that just felt a bit unnecessary and could have easily been missed out without affecting the understanding of the story and characters. Also, many parts of the book were really confusing and even when I reread the same bit again and again I still had no idea what was going on! The magic was barely explained and the ending happened so quickly I barely understood what was happening.

I loved the message of the book though. It was a message of tolerance. Whether you’re searching for Mount Qaf or Avalon or Antillia, it’s all the same, we all just want to have peaceful, safe lives no matter which name you give it. The book showed people from all corners of the world who were completely different living in peace without any hate and that’s the kind of world we have to try to create. We’re all humans- no matter what we believe or look like- and that’s what matters most.

Thank you to Grove Press and G. Willow Wilson for providing me with an e-arc of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


The Bird King is being released tomorrow so look out for it! Although I gave it three stars it is still a book I would recommend due to its important message.

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The Book Character Awards! | Nominations

Welcome to first Book Character Awards!

I’ve been inspired by Awards season to create this event where people will be able to nominate characters for each of my categories and then later on vote on which nominated character will win the award!

You can nominate any character, from any genre, as long as they appear in a book. You can nominate a character for more than one category.

Nominations close on 17th March 2019.

Click here to vote!

The Categories:

  1. Best Dramatic Performance (a character that’s a drama queen/king)
  2. Best Supporting Character
  3. Best Bookish Ship
  4. Worst Bookish Ship
  5. Best Friendship
  6. Kindest Character
  7. Best Villain
  8. Funniest Character
  9. Most Annoying Character
  10. Most Fashionable Character
  11. Weirdest Character
  12. Best Character Arc (someone that has undergone the best character development)
  13. Best Leading Lady
  14. Fiercest, Most Fearless Character
  15. Best Love Interest
  16. Worst Love Interest
  17. Overall Best Book Character

Click here to vote!


Have you voted? Who did you nominate? Let me know in the comments!