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Book Thoughts: Godsgrave (Jay Kristoff)

Kristoff, Jay - The Nevernight Chronicle 2 Godsgrave

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: Godsgrave
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy   Pages: 455
First published: 2017
Edition: Paperback, published by Harper Collins in 2018

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows.

I admit it had been a bit long since I read Nevernight, but this book started with a handy recap, so I felt I went into the continuation of Mia’s story prepared enough.

The first chapters were hard for me. The jumps in timeline, combined with one of them being written in cursive script, for some reason made it hard for me to concentrate on the story being told. The writing felt a bit clumsy in those early pages and it took me way too long to get into the story.

When the story started to develop I realised I was really enjoying the plot, but was really struggling with the characters. I simply did not care enough about Mia or any of the other characters. I did not feel the character interactions were quite what I wanted them to be. The secondary characters were not quite interesting enough.

I did enjoy the gladiator trope running throughout and the ending was very strong. I just wished I cared for the characters the way I cared about the plot. It also really missed the wit of the first book, which was much of what I loved so much about it.

Overall, I was just a bit disappointed with this book, but I will definitely be reading Darkdawn in a few months.

4 out of 7 stars

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Perfect Books? Seven 7* Predictions

So, in my bookish world seven stars is the highest rating I give to books. Both six or seven stars equate to five stars on Goodreads, but only an almost perfect book gets a seven-star rating from me. Since starting my blog, I have rated exactly TWO books seven stars. Conincidentally both of these were non-fiction.

Of past novels I have read the only books I could think of that may just rate that high are Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), which are my favourite books. I also love William Horwood’s writing, which I am hoping to re-read some of soon…

I was watching Booksandlala’s 5 star Prediction video and I thought it would be a marvellous idea to look on my shelves for books that could possibly reach the elusive 7 stars.

So, these are my chosen ones:

1. Feathers (Thor Hanson)

Non-fiction, written by an author whose latest book Buzz was a strong 6 stars. This book is, well, about the miracle of feathers and I have a feeling I will love it.

2. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

This is one of those books that could end up feeling so important and heartfelt that it may end up being just THAT awesome.

3. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

The queen of mystery and this is one of her most beloved books. Worthy of this list, I think. I hope to read it before the year is out

4. The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson)

I have yet to read a Sanderson book, but I have read the last books in The Wheel of Time series, which he wrote with the help of Robert Jordan’s notes. Since I loved those, there is a possibility I will absolutely love his writing.

5. Godsgrave (Jay Kristoff)

I really loved Nevernight, which I rated 6 stars. There is a possibility that the follow-up will be even better. If it is…. A seven-star could be on the horizon.

6. Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)

I have never read any of Du Maurier’s books, but so many people say this is their favourite book that I am both excited and apprehensive to read it. It always seems like an autumn read to me, so I might read this one sooner than later.

7. I, Claudius (Robert Graves)

Another classic that I have been wanting to read for ages! Classic historical fiction in this case. I am hopeful it will be at least six stars, possibly seven?

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What do you think? Which of these books is most likely to be a top-scorer?

 

 

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Book Thoughts: Nevernight (Jay Kristoff)

Nevernight

★★★★★★☆

Title: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
Author:  Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy   Pages: 643
First published: 2016
Edition: Kindle e-book

This is a book I have seen floating around the Internet a lot. I never felt compelled to read it, but a special offer enticed me. I am glad it did.

Nevernight was not at all what I expected. I expected it it to be some gritty tale of war and kings and battles. It was not that. It was something else entirely. A strangely enticing mixture between a light hearted YA fantasy novel and something far darker and I liked it!

This is the tale of Mia, a girl who saw her father executed as a traitor, who will stop at nothing in her quest for vengeance. And how better to get close to the ones you dream of murdering than training as a Blade, the most dangerous of assassins.

I love Kristoff’s dry witty writing style, but at the same time I do not think it is for everyone. Personally, I loved the tongue-in-cheek tone, so refreshing in this genre, and it was a treat to read this book. I loved how a dark tale of a girl with murder on her mind could be so amusing.

I really enjoyed the footnotes as well. Although mostly completely unnecessary, on my Kindle they were very easy to tap on to read and tap away again, which made it a breeze to include them in the narrative. I am not sure how this was done in the physical book.

I really enjoyed the plot. Some of the twists in this book I could see coming a mile off, others took me by surprise. The ending was satisfying and I am looking forward to reading the second book Godsgrave and catch up with the characters.

6 out of 7 stars