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The Light of the Fireflies – A Review

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So this is one I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while. I had a few rants to friends just after I read it from the sheer shock and horror that I experienced from reading this book but the themes and plot of the book have finally settled enough in my mind that I can write about it.

*I will make a point to warn you, dear readers, that there are some dark themes present in this book that may be mentioned in this post (abuse, sexual assault) so do be aware and read further at your own discretion.*

Do you ever judge a book by its title or cover? Yep, me too and that is exactly what I did when purchasing this book on my kindle. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen was a book that was on sale on my Kindle a few months ago and I got a little notification on my phone for it. I thought, “why not?”, bought it for myself and I settled in for a nice read. Wow, was I naive? (Honestly, I saw “fireflies” in the title and thought it would be a nice, feel-good kind of book. Have you ever seen Grave of the Fireflies? That should have been my first insight that usually fireflies in titles means you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster).

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Bookshelf Tour

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So life has been all over the place with work and getting our flat ready for the arrival of our little baby in May (it’s so close, just 8 weeks now). We are currently staying in a one bedroom flat at the moment which meant that we had a lot of space to make for baby things. I have three bookcases at the moment and part of the compromise was that I had to reduce the amount of space that I was taking up with books (I love my books more than most things, but the baby is obviously more important!) So this meant that I had to condense down my bookcases and put some books away in the cupboard for now.

I thought that I would do a post on my bookcases before this happened because they won’t be looking too great by the end of this!

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The Immortal Rules (The Blood of Eden, #1)

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I find myself rereading the same books over and over again, scared to start anything new in case I hate it and then revert to rereading the same books anyway to get over the disappointment of any new books I do read. It’s a very miserable way to go. Anyway, I recently heard about a series called the Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. I’ve heard of the author and I know of some of her works (but have never gotten around to reading any of them) but I knew nothing about this series. I called out to a group on Facebook asking for opinions of the series and the general consensus was “100% YES read these books”. So I took a chance and picked up the first book of the series on my kindle and I was not disappointed.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 15

Day 15 – Your Five Literary Heroes

Life is so noisy right now, but it’s going in the right direction. So, part of my catch-up here is the next prompt.

In no particular order, my five literary heroes;

  • Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby I love The Great Gatsby. It’s the only F. Scott Fitzgerald book I can read but I love it. The thing I really love about this book and the characters is how truly over the top it all is. Hysteria is a great word for it. It’s infectious. There are so many flaws in Gatsby, but ultimately he just wants the girl he fell in love with the idea of. From someone that came from nothing, he built himself an empire just the prove to Daisy that he could give her the life she wanted in return for her affections. However, despite the parties and the lush life, he is a very lonely man in a crowded room. He is very misunderstood but eventually, someone sees him for who he is. Nick sees Gatsby for the real man that lies beneath the facade, but by then it is too late. (My first ever tattoo, which was of course book related was from The Great Gatsby and I love it).

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To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

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Hey guys,

I’ve got another gem of a book to share with you all. So I recently went on holiday to Berlin and needed some new reading material for the week away (I didn’t really need a new book, but you know how it is). I filled my kindle up with some golden oldies and some new books I found on the Kindle store, one of them being To Kill A Kingdom, and I was ready for a week in Berlin. The reason I chose this book was that I decided to read the reviews (for once!) and it mentioned the first line of the book which is more than enough to capture your undivided interest.

I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom.

Talk about an engaging opening for a book! As well as an excellent opening line, the book is also recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas books, whose work I adore, and Leigh Bargugo (I haven’t read her books, she’s the author of the Six of Crows series. Would you recommend I read this series?). So really I had no choice but to get stuck in about this book.

The book is told from two points of view, Lyra and Elian and it flicks between their points of view each chapter. Lyra is a siren who steals the hearts of princes and Elian is a Prince who longs for a life sailing the sea. Lyra is known as the Princes’ Bane among the humans, notorious for her desire to only steal the hearts of Princes, ripped straight from their chests. Lyra disobeys her mother’s orders and is punished by being turned into a human, left floating in the ocean. Elian is a siren killer and self-declared Pirate finds her and takes her aboard his ship. He wants nothing more than to put a stop to the notorious Princes’ Bane but takes Lyra aboard his ship, unknowing she is what he hunts in another form. The two embark on a journey to put a stop to the Sea Queen’s rule and recapture a long lost legend.

Something I loved about this book was the initial way that our two main characters both see themselves as bad people. Each of our main characters often takes the time to reflect back on the bad qualities that they both possess. Both of them very openly admit to being murderers, of varying degrees and their actions and views could be considered morally questionable at best. I find a relatable aspect of Lyra’s relationship with her mother (not to say that my mum is an evil sea-queen who steals hearts, but she isn’t entirely a saint either). But then, diamonds are formed under pressure. It just depends on how you chose to embrace. I feel it.

It was pleasant to see that Lyra didn’t give up who she was for a man. That much stays apparent throughout the whole book, although there is a very clear character development. She is by no means of the word good but, forged by something as twisted and cruel as the Sea Queen, it is unsurprising to see the values she holds at the beginning of the book. In a life where cruelty and bitterness are nurtured it is hard for love and compassion to bloom. But even in the darkest of hearts such feelings still bloom. Our anti-heroine doesn’t become soft, but instead alters her moral standing and forges a unity that stands to serve a much bigger picture. It is fair to say that this book is has a rather large undercurrent of romance to it but not in a conventional type of way. It grows but it is a very slow-burn but completely worth the journey. It very much progresses into it from two people not willing to find the time or care enough to try to two people drawn together under a common goal.

In the pits of our souls – if I amuse myself with the notion that I have a soul – Elian and I aren’t so different. Two kingdoms that come with responsibiliites we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mother’s murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.

Lyra sets out to steal the heart of a prince. In the end, he gives it up freely. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you chose your fantasy based on the romance factor but if you are willing to give it the time to bloom then you won’t be disappointed.

How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.

It is a dark and vicious story, fantasy with a slow-building romance. It has fairy-tale qualities and some parallels to The Little Mermaid (but it is in no way a retelling). Both of our protagonists are bad-ass and witty with such a dry sense of humour you might be tempted to drink the ocean water. It is a refreshing fantasy, if not a brutal at times.

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So I’m super excited about that.

Until next time, guys!

 

To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

ISBN: 978-1-4717-0740-6

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 5

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Day 5 – The Reason You Love Books

I tweaked this one a bit to suit. The prompt was originally “a book you love” and that’s just such a loaded question, being a bibliophile, and I could spend forever trying to pick something just to use for the prompt (which I 100% do not have time for). So this works better for its purposes.

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Angelfall – Penryn and the End of Days

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So I decided to re-read some of my old favourites, sifting through my bookshelves. I wasn’t going to write about this but the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy by Susan EE is so underrated and never seems to get the recognition that it deserves. The first book was released back in 2011 and from there I followed the release of the books, addicted in the same way I now am with Maas books. This is the first post of three and we’re starting with book 1, Angelfall.

The book starts with a family together, fighting off starvation in a world reduced to rubble by invading angels. The angel’s arrival on earth ripped the world apart and initially, there seems to be no motive behind the invasion other than to torment and kill humans. Penryn, her sister, and her unhinged mother have survived the initial few months and managed to stay together unlike many others. However, things very quickly take a turn for the worst when the family finds themselves in the middle of an execution of an archangel. A group of angels brutalise an injured angel before severing the angels’ wings and continuing to fight with the wounded angel. Continue reading “Angelfall – Penryn and the End of Days”