Books I Read!
The Fallen Angel (The Great Devil War #5), by Kenneth B Andersen – eARC from the author – review below.
A Darker Shade Of Magic (Shades Of Magic #1), by VE Schwab – own copy (paperback) – review below.
Circe, by Madeline Miller – Library ebook/kindle copy – A story that follows Circe, daughter of Helios, as she is shunned and overshadowed until she eventually learns she has the power to use Witchcraft.
The Cruel Prince (Folk Of The Air #1), by Holly Black – own kindle copy – review below.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern – Library ebook/kindle copy – A beautiful story of a magical competition spanning years and a love story that grows in the middle of it.
The Flat Share, by Beth O’Leary – own kindle copy – A romcom that is hilariously brilliant but also deals with more serious issues, this friends to lovers story is a delight.
The Bone Shard Daughter, by Andrea Stewart – Physical ARC from Orbit/@Gambit589-Nazia – A phenomenal fantasy filled with bone magic, magical animal companions, deceit, and deadly plans.
Mo Dao Zu Shi, by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (Roughly translated to The GrandMaster Of Demonic Cultivation) – I read the ‘Unofficial’ Translated version of the full Novel on Exiled Rebels Scanlations (to my knowledge it is a highly accurate translation)! I also read the Manhua of this story – though this is unfortunately incomplete right now, watched the donghua, and watched the C-Drama ‘The Untamed’ which is a live action adaptation (I watched this on Netflix – subbed).
This is an epic M/M fantasy story, though each format differs in terms of censorship due to Chinese Laws: The Novel is the original therefore the most explicit in terms on the MC’s relationship with physical affection and vocal declarations of their love and has the original storyline. The Manhua follows in terms of censorship with (so far – it is incomplete) kisses staying included – the translation however, is not as accurate as the novel. The Donghua (so far – incomplete) and CDrama are level in terms of showing no loving physical affection between the two MC’s or vocal declarations of their feelings- though the CDrama does an excellent job of showing how they care for each other without this. However, in terms of story the CDrama deviates a little more (though not too extremely but still with some significant changes).
Usually I will read the book before watching the show, however in this case I did not. I started with the live action CDrama because I am unfamiliar with the rules and culture of ancient China as well the correct pronunciation of the names and places used so I decided to start with the live action so I could familiarise myself with each of these things before attempting to read the book. Each character has multiple names, their birth name, courtesy name, and some have titles – so watching the Drama made it easier to understand how this worked as well as allowing me to understand the honorifics and pronunciation. Then I watchd the Donghua, which follows the book plot a little more accurately, again to help with my understanding of the novel as it is over 1400 pages and is quite complex. Finally, I read the book, followed by the Manhua (for fun), as I was much more confident in my understanding of the setting and name usage! I highly recommend this story, it is absolutely phenomenal in all formats, and the acting in the Drama is outstanding, I loved all of this from the characters, to the world, to the magic!!
For those unfamiliar: Manhua is the Chinese equivalent to Manga or comics. Donghua is the Chinese quivalent to Anime. The C-Drama is a live action adaptation that, unless you speak Mandarin, you will need to watch with subtitles. The Novel has been translated from Chinese to English by fans, and is widely regarded as an accurate translation.
So, I read 8 books this month and one incomplete Manhua, 7 of these were on my tbr so I’m pretty thrilled!
Mini Book Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic (Shades Of Magic #1), by VE Schwab – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Kell is an Antari, he can travel through the doorways from Red London to White and Grey London. Once, however, there was also a Black London… This was a fun, magical and delightful read with dark and deadly undertones.
Mini Book Review: The Cruel Prince (Folk Of The Air #1), by Holly Black – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Jude and her sisters watched their parents murder and were stolen away to Faerie. Jude can see the deadly manipulation beneath the grandeur of the fae but she cannot stop herself from being drawn into a deadly web of deceit and politics. I love crueld, dark and deadly Fae so naturally I loved this story!
Book Review: The Fallen Angel (The Great Devil War #5), by Kenneth B Andersen – ⭐⭐⭐✨(3.75) – Philip has long since returned home, unable to go back to Hell – that is until God himself brings him back. Another fun and dark but delightful instalment in this phenomenal series.
Book Review + Blogtour: The Wrongful Death (The Great Devil War #3), by Kenneth B Andersen -⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟 (4.5) – run by the amazing @TheWrite_Reads – the third book in this amazing series that is just as endearing as its previous instalments.
Book Review + Blogtour: Harrow Lake, by Kat Ellis – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Run by the awesome @TheWrite_Reads – a YA thriller/horror, perfect for those who want a strong and creepy atmosphere!
The Obsidian Tower, by Melissa Caruso and The Once And Future Witches, by Alix E Harrow – two very pretty books that sounds amazing! I cannot wait to dive into these reads! Thank you to @Gambit589 (Nazia) and @Orbitbooks for the physical ARC’s!
So reading wise has been pretty decent for me this month! But, I have not been as active as usual, this month has been pretty busy and I have been slightly unwell so apologies for how behind I am with blog hopping etc and for how quiet I have been. This month was full of amazing books though and I am thrilled with what I managed to read.