Wishlist Wednesday (#141)

Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Dani @Pen to Paper where we’ll post about one book that has been on our wishlist for some time – or recently added – and which we can’t wait to get our hands on.

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The Last Magician
Lisa Maxwell
Publication Date: July 18th, 2017

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Tessa is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Tessa can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Tessa’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Tessa to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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Review: Gathering Deep

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Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: October 8th, 2015
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 336 (Paperback)
Format: PDF
Genre:
 YA | Fantasy | Witches
Idiom: English
Series: Sweet Unrest #2
Read: from August 25 to September 2, 2015
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 9780738745428
(Paperback)
Cups:
3 Cups
Amazon

Synopsis

When Chloe Sabourin wakes in a dark, New Orleans cemetery with no memory of the previous days, she can hardly believe the story her friends tell her. They say Chloe was possessed by a witch named Thisbe, who had used the darkest magic to keep herself alive for over a century. They tell her that the witch is the one responsible for the unspeakable murders that nearly claimed the life of Chloe’s friend, Lucy. Most unbelievable of all, they say that Thisbe is Chloe’s own mother. As she struggles with this devastating revelation and tries to rebuilt her life, Chloe wants nothing to do with the magic that corrupted her mother…especially since she feels drawn to it.

Now, a new series of ritualistic killings suggests that Thisbe is plotting again, and Chloe is drawn unwillingly back into the mystical underworld of the French Quarter. To stop Thisbe before she kills again, Chloe and her friends must learn what they can from the mysterious Mama Legba. But when her boyfriend Piers vanishes, Chloe will have to risk everything and embrace her own power to save the one person she has left… even if that means bringing down her mother.

My Opinion

Disclaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Flux for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sweet Unrest was one of my favourite books from last year. I loved it so much I had to get Lisa Maxwell as a guest-post for my read-a-thon. I was so happy when she accepted my invitation I was simply over the moon. If you haven’t seen her guest-post, check out her places to visit in New Orleans here.

I was surprised when I realised that Gathering Deep worked as a sequel to Sweet Unrest but through another character’s perpective. Whereas in Sweet Unrest we met Lucy and read her story, now we got the chance to meet Chloe deeper, to know her side of the story. Though it was an interesting point-of-view, Chloe didn’t convinced me as much as Lucy had done in the previous book.

Actually, Gathering Deep was not my favourite book in this series. And I truly blame on the short period of time the book is set and also Chloe. I mean, Chloe was a great character, but her voice didn’t touched me as much as Lucy’s. A pity really since having the opportunity to read Chloe’s version had me super excited.

In Gathering Deep we pick up after the events of Sweet Unrest. Chloe had been possessed by a spirit called Thibe who was in fact her own mother. She doesn’t remember anything at all and she struggles with it. Not to mention that the fact that all her reality becomes shattered with the discoveries of her mother’s dark side. And while Chloe has to deal with that, she realises that something supernatural is happening to her and when bodies with strange markings begin to appear in New Orleans, she suspects that her mother might be behind it.

Chloe was a character I had previously enjoyed and had actually hoped to know more about her. Unfortunately, there was something lacking in her character in this book, something that didn’t feel right about her perspective. Of course that in the beginning of the book we are too sympathetic towards her due to the fact that she doesn’t remember what happened. But that sympathy soon changes and I found myself struggling with her character. There were moments when she was so confused, that she was so uncertain about what to do that I got tired. However, her determination was something I did in fact enjoy. Not to mention the fact that she would place others before her. I liked that trait in her. 

Her relationship with her boyfriend, Piers, changed so suddenly from the first book and we owe it to the events of Sweet Unrest and Chloe’s confusion. She kind of treats him slightly bad in the begin, feeling that he’s being too protective. I found that she did not understand how much he cared for her. And that nagged me a little bit. Plus, the possible love-triangle in the book (though I’m totally fine with triangles) felt slightly forced and unnecessary. I’m still hoping for another sort of development towards this particular part of the story and if there’s another sequel/companion, I hope to see Piers and Chloe’s old sparkle back.

The visions that Chloe had were, for me, the best part of the book. I loved reading them. The fact that we got to know so much more about Thisbe and Roman was amazing and I wanted more. I’m hoping for some sort of novella or even a specific book about Thisbe’s past. 

Of course that the writing, the story and the setting were simply amazing. Lisa Maxwell really knows how to make you feel the creepiness crawl under your skin with just a few words. The way she describes pretty much everything is beautiful and I’ve never been so curious about visiting New Orleans as I am now thanks to her books. 

Overall, Gathering Deep works fine as a companion novel to Sweet Unrest but for me it didn’t reach the same level as the first book. Maybe it was the whole amnesia that Chloe suffered and the fact that book happens in a couple of days. I felt it slightly rushed. Still, a nice book for those who continue to wish a great Voodoo story set in the South with creepy tales and supernatural elements.

Ner

Monthly Wrap-Up | August

Wrap-Up

How is it possible that August is over and we’re already in September? Weren’t we in the beginning of August like, yesterday?! Jesus… time is going waaaay too fast!

As you can imagine, August wasn’t that good of a month. Again!! However it was a nice month to read and I did end up reading one of my favourite books of the month *oh yeah!*

So… check out what I read in the month of August:

Wrap-Up | August

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And that’s a wrap!!!

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Friday Reads (#13 – 28/08/2017)

Friday Reads

Hi guys!! *insert waving hand emoji*

Oh man… August is almost over and this next Monday I have to enrol on my last (hopefully and finally) year at Uni. Though I’m quite excited for it, I’m also very scared because of all the work I’m going to have to do. And I’m also going to do a minor (a small part of your degree out of your degree area) in History and I’m super pumped and frightened for that. Pray for me 😉

So, this weekend I’m reading a book I was really excited about. Last year I read Sweet Unrest by this author and really liked it so, when I found out about this book, I had to read it. And since I had to put Hunter aside (really, it wasn’t working for me), I couldn’t have asked for a better book to stop a reading-slump from taking its toll on me.

Also, I enjoyed Sweet Unrest so much that Lisa Maxwell was one of my Falling for Autumn’ guest authors with a top 10 places to visit in New Orleans.. 

Check out that book that I’m reading this weekend:

Gathering Deep [Sweet Unrest #2]
Lisa Maxwell

When Chloe Sabourin wakes in a dark, New Orleans cemetery with no memory of the previous days, she can hardly believe the story her friends tell her. They say Chloe was possessed by a witch named Thisbe, who had used the darkest magic to keep herself alive for over a century. They tell her that the witch is the one responsible for the unspeakable murders that nearly claimed the life of Chloe’s friend, Lucy. Most unbelievable of all, they say that Thisbe is Chloe’s own mother. As she struggles with this devastating revelation and tries to rebuilt her life, Chloe wants nothing to do with the magic that corrupted her mother…especially since she feels drawn to it.

Now, a new series of ritualistic killings suggests that Thisbe is plotting again, and Chloe is drawn unwillingly back into the mystical underworld of the French Quarter. To stop Thisbe before she kills again, Chloe and her friends must learn what they can from the mysterious Mama Legba. But when her boyfriend Piers vanishes, Chloe will have to risk everything and embrace her own power to save the one person she has left… even if that means bringing down her mother.

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Unfortunately last night I couldn’t read anything of this book because I had a terrible headache. I had planned on reaching at least 55% last night but life got in the way and ruined my plans. Still, hopefully I’ll be able to read a lot today and during the weekend. I really want to finish this book still in August ’cause my wrap-up is going to be pretty pitiful :S

So far I’m enjoying this book. This works as a sequel to Sweet Unrest but told from Chloe’s perspective. I admit, stupidly, that I thought this was other story until I started the book. Don’t know why I thought than when the synopsis clearly tells you what’s going one. I guess I had a mental breakdown.

It has been a while since I read Sweet Unrest so there are a couple of things I don’t remember that well. But one of the great things about this book is the fact that the whole story rushed back into you when someone mentions it. There were things I had forgotten in Sweet Unrest that came back to me when I started reading this book. I think that’s incredible. 

I’m hoping for a great gothic/magical book just like Sweet Unrest was. I only hope there won’t be an ending like the previous one. Trust me, Sweet Unrest had one of those endings that left in shock. It was good but I was in shock.

Insta Gathering Deep

What about you? What are you reading this Friday? Which book(s) will accompany you this weekend?

You can leave me a comment or share what you’re reading via Instagram (you can follow me here) and/or Twitter (you can follow me here) by using the following hashtag #FridayReadsandCoffee 🙂

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TBR | August

*For those who had received it – I had published this post by mistake before August even started! Sorry about that!*

July was a terrible month… I had so high expectations for that month and it ended up the worst! Still, I’m hoping that August will be better and that I’ll be able to read most of my TBR 🙂

TBR | August

TBR

Hunter and Spelled are again part of my TBR since I really but really want to read them. And this time I’m not allowing any reading-slump to mess up my read/review schedule.

This time I have decided to do a bit of a Readers’ Choice but instead of you picking up the book I’ll be reading next month, you’ll be picking up the book I’ll be reading after Spinning Starlight. It’s pretty simple: from this list, you choose the book I should be reading after R.C. Lewis on by commenting on this post. Easy, right? As soon as I’m done with Spinning Starlight, the book you guys voted the most will be the one I’m reading 🙂

I had planned on adding a Doctor Who story but I looked at my NetGalley list of books to read and review and pretty much had a stroke. I have so many things to read and so little time. Let’s pray I’ll be able to tackle down my NGTBR *fingers crossed*

What about you? What are your reading plans for this month? 

Ner

Wishlist Wednesday (#108)

Wishing on Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Dani @Pen to Paper where we’ll post about one book that has been on our wishlist for some time – or recently added – and which we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Gathering Deep
Lisa Maxwell
Publication Date: October 8th, 2015

When Chloe Sabourin wakes in a dark, New Orleans cemetery with no memory of the previous days, she can hardly believe the story her friends tell her. They say Chloe was possessed by a witch named Thisbe, who had used the darkest magic to keep herself alive for over a century. They tell her that the witch is the one responsible for the unspeakable murders that nearly claimed the life of Chloe’s friend, Lucy. Most unbelievable of all, they say that Thisbe is Chloe’s own mother. As she struggles with this devastating revelation and tries to rebuilt her life, Chloe wants nothing to do with the magic that corrupted her mother…especially since she feels drawn to it.

Now, a new series of ritualistic killings suggests that Thisbe is plotting again, and Chloe is drawn unwillingly back into the mystical underworld of the French Quarter. To stop Thisbe before she kills again, Chloe and her friends must learn what they can from the mysterious Mama Legba. But when her boyfriend Piers vanishes, Chloe will have to risk everything and embrace her own power to save the one person she has left… even if that means bringing down her mother.

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