Bookshelf Tour | …but it’s only one of my shelves…

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I have been debating whether to do a bookshelf tour for months and I understand these usually come in the form of YouTube videos but alas, I do not have a YouTube channel so a blog post will just have to do.

As the title of this blog post suggests, this is only one of my shelves as the other one is currently very messy and unorganised. There are also books currently floating around my room in each and every corner so it would take me a while to get them all together and sorted – I’m not even sure I would have the space for them all. I’m not entirely sure how this post is going to work out but let’s give it a shot.

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Vengeful by V.E. Schwab | Book Review

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A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intention – V.E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.

But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with dead, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought – and will use her newfound power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.

With Marcella’s rise, new enmities create opportunity – and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.’

 

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES, VICIOUS.

If you weren’t aware, Vicious is one of my favourite books so naturally I was very excited and intrigued for this sequel. Honestly? I was underwhelmed by the time I got to the end of this book. It’s not to say that I didn’t like it – it was generally speaking, good. I just came out of it at the end feeling a bit “meh” in want of a more coherent phrase.

Let’s begin with the characters. One of my favourite aspects in Vicious was the characters, especially Victor, Sydney and Mitch. However, Victor in particular felt different and I could allow that to pass, especially as I believe the events in Vengeful take place five years after Vicious but he just felt so different to me, especially as the book went on. The other characters who make an appearance in both Vicious and Vengeful felt pretty consistent.

Now, we do have a range of new characters who are introduced in this book – most notably for me, Marcella and June. Without giving away any spoilers, these are two very independent, powerful women, who I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. Despite these two ladies having that same kind of trait of being independent, they are different and unique in their own ways. I really like these new additions to this world.

I suppose I should also discuss Eli – although I don’t feel as though I have a lot to stay. It took a while for him to make his appearance, but, sure enough, he turned up. It was nice seeing a slightly different side to him than before. If anything, Eli’s role in Vengeful is interesting, but I’ll leave it at that.

The plot, I feel, took a little while to get going but overall, I really enjoyed the story even if it was a little different to what I expected. It’s very different to Vicious which is probably why I felt a little bit underwhelmed – especially as I felt that the plot in Vicious was exceptionally strong. I simply didn’t enjoy it as much. I didn’t find myself in a situation where I couldn’t put it down.

As with all of Schwab’s writing, I find it easy to settle into and I can read one hundred pages of so very quickly. I enjoyed the structure of this book as it was similar to the structure in Vicious – using various different timelines to show different characters and their lives. I found it was a very effective way to fill in the five years from the end of Vicious to the beginning of Vengeful.

I understand that all of this sounds very positive, so why did I come out of this book feeling disappointed? The only thing that I can put it down to is that I simply didn’t enjoy it. Objectively speaking, it is a good book, but when I put it down I wasn’t itching to get back to it. I also feel as though the ending should have shocked me or affected me more, but it didn’t.

I’m not saying this is a bad book, quite the opposite in fact. It is a good book and I can see why other people may enjoy it more than I did, I just didn’t. I’m glad this book is finally here and I am glad it I gave it a read and got to revisit these characters as well as get to know some new ones. I’m just disappointed it didn’t grip me more.

Rated: 3(.5) stars.

Holiday TBR

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As this post is published, I will have spent one night, out of seven, on a boat. Yes, for a week my family are going on a canal boat/narrow boat with no internet and minimal opportunities to charge phones/laptops. Of course, as a young person in 2018, the thought of not being connection to the wider world isn’t one I am overly keen on, but I do known from past experiences that time without the internet is very good for me.
This does mean that I am planning to take quite a few books to read when we’re just plodding along and in the evenings when usually I’d be watching TV or YouTube videos. Despite the fact that I do not “get along” with TBRs, I decided to make a list of the books I am taking with me.

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Get To Know Me Through a Photo

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This post is loosely inspired by the aesthetic tag which I saw somewhere a few days ago and frustratingly, I cannot remember where. I decided not to just do the tag because I came to the conclusion it would not be any good if I were to have a go; I just wouldn’t be happy with it. So, I decided I would take a photo and try to squeeze a few things which give an idea of what kind of person I am – especially as there’s not a lot on this blog specifically about me.

So, this is Be Aware of Books in a few photos…

These photos were way too hard to take so I did my best

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Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell | Book Review

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SYNOPSIS:

In the heart of Elizabethan England, young Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William.

But when Richard’s onetime gratitude begins to sour, so does his family loyalty. Then a priceless manuscript goes missing and Richard falls under suspicion, forced into a high-stakes game of duplicity and betrayal through the darkest alleyways of the city…’

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