Tuesday, 27 December 2016

TRUTHWITCH RECAP


DISCLAIMER: This post is full of spoilers on the book Truthwitch. Do not continue further unless you have read the book.

Before you begin I would like to state that I divided this into 3 acts so that is easier for you to read. The acts are just how I felt the book flowed. 

Also Jordan from The Heart of a Book Blogger helped out with this so go check out her awesome blog!!


ACT 1


First Safi (Truthwitch) loses a game of Taro to Chiseled Cheater which somehow tricked her magic and then lied to her about a carriage. Safi and Isuelt (Threadwitch) ended up attacking the wrong carriage belonging to the Gold Guild Master, Yotiluzzi. They fought Aeduan (Bloodwitch) and then jumped off the Cliffs using their escape plan.

Then they sneaked back into Venaza City and guards followed them into Matthew’s Coffee shop which got broken into by the guards. Later Safi and Isuelt meet Merik (Windwitch) whilst they were killing a Cleaving Tidewitch.

They got separated and Isuelt was told to go to the Hawthhorn Canal Inn by Habim for the night but she left a secret message for Safi. Safi in the meanwhile was told that she had to attend the Truce Summit Ball and she found out what the secret message Isuelt had sent her meant.

Isuelt escaped the City because Aeduan was chasing her and she went to the Midenzi Settlement. Merik received a miniature Aetherwitched ship that Vivia (his sister) meant to use to track down a ship and steal all its supplies using the Foxes(Pirate ships used to defend Nubrevna before Nubrevna had a naval fleet.)

Isuelt found out that Corlant, her mother’s stalker from the past and a purist priest (Purists believe all magic is a sin), is a Cursewitch. She also found out that the three threads she could see after someone cleaved were the same threads this mysterious witch was supposed to be able to see, the witch was nicknamed The Puppeteer, she also couldn’t make threadstones just like Iseult. After trying to convince the tribe she wasn’t other, Gretchya (Isuelt’s mother), Alma (Gretchya’s Threadwitch apprentice), and Isuelt escaped the settlement after the tribe turned against them. Isuelt got hit with a cursed arrow and she found out that Gretchya and Alma had planned to escape all along. Isuelt got a horse from her mother and ran towards where she had told Safi to meet her, at the road at which Monk Evrane (aunt to Merik and sister to King Serafin of Nubrevna) had found and saved her.

Safi attended the Truce Summit Ball and ended up dancing a Nubrevnan Four Step with Merik which he issued as a subtle challenge. Afterwards, Henrick called to make an announcement. Safi was then surprised as anyone to hear that Emperor Henrick’s great announcement was that she was his betrothed. Guildmaster Alix’s, Matthew’s, Habim’s, and Uncle Eron’s plan worked and they got Safi out. She then was being taken out of the City when she escaped from Matthew’s Wordwitchery and she ran. Aeduan smelled her and then she was followed from there by several Monks and Aeduan to the path she was supposed to meet Isuelt on.

Isuelt and Safi met on horseback and fought the Carawen monks until they backed off because they thought Safi and Isuelt the Cahr Awen because of the way their cloaks ended up inside the lighthouse. Then Merik saved Safi from Aeduan. Isuelt kept fighting Aeduan and she then jumped from a window, Aeduan jumped after her and he landed on his back while she landed on top of him, she spared his life. Aeduan also couldn’t smell Isuelt nor could Isuelt see his threads. Isuelt was then carried by Kullen’s wind to the Jana(Merik’s ship named after his mother).


ACT 2


On the ship, Monk Evrane tries to heal Isuelt with her own magic (Waterwitch healing) as well as some bewitched salves. Later on Safi finds out that a trade agreement, with her uncle Eron, was why Merik had saved her. She also found out by looking at the contract behind Merik’s back that she couldn’t even shed blood or the contract would be nullified because it was Wordwitched.

When Aeduan wakes up he goes to Yotiluzzi’s place as he has a contract with him but when he hears of the new search for Safi he decides to break the contract with Yotiluzzi and go find her on his own so that he makes all the money. He then gets half of the 5000 piestras he requested from Leopold (the prince to Cartorra and nephew of Emperor Henrick) and he is told that Leopold would be going on the journey with him.   

Safi and Isuelt met when an Earthwitch was cleaving next to Safi and Isuelt saved her from the Cleaving Earthwitch. Back on the ship Isuelt notices and hears the Puppeteer for the first time in one of her dreams.

Vivia capture’s a Marstoki war galley and Merik goes to meet her. Then Marstoks attacked them with four warships, demanding Safi. While everything was happening Isuelt was healed by a Firewitch healer which was on Vivia’s ship. They then escape onto the Jana after the seafoxes appeared and they sailed away using all their tidewitches and Kullen’s winds.

Leopold and Aeduan find the broken ships and talk to Vaness but they do not help her. Isuelt has another dream with the Puppeteer in which she tells her to break Safi’s Threads.

Safi, Isuelt, Merik, and Evrane make it to Nubrevna through a secret family (Nihar) cove. They make it to a village nearby called Noden’s Gift. The river nearby was clean unlike most rivers in Nubrevna which were poisonwitched. They also found out that Isuelt hadn’t fully healed from the cursed arrow so Evrane, Safi, and Isuelt went to the Dead Water Origin Well of Nubrevna. When they get to the well Safi and Isuelt make it to it’s very center which in turn triggers an earthquake and the well seems to have come back to life because it healed Isuelt. Monk Evrane then jumps to the conclusion that they healed the Origin Well because they are the Cahr Awen (which has the power to heal the Dead Origin Wells).

Aeduan and Leopold land on Nubrevna and after abandoning Leopold for a while Aeduan hides his talers (the money he was given by Leopold).

Isuelt, Evrane, Safi, and Merik make it to Lejna on horseback. On their journey Isuelt was visited by the Puppeteer again. The Puppeteer tells her that the magic Isuelt and herslef have is that of a Weaverwitch and she also reveals that she is in Poznin and that her King is called the Raider King.

Aeduan kept getting enraged by the elusive smell of Clear lakes and Frozen Winters. He also figures out that Leopold was distracting him from Safi.

Meanwhile Merik left to join Kullen on the Jana again as they were alerted that the Marstoks sailed to Lejna and that Aeduan was following them. Evrane stayed to wait for Aeduan and slow him down while Safi and Isuelt made it to Lejna.


ACT 3


Isuelt and Safi switch clothes as to confuse the Marstoks.

When Aeduan meets Monk Evrane he decides not to kill her and instead left her very tired but she also hit him with throwing knives and so he was slowed as he made his way to Lejna because he needed to heal.

Isuelt and Safi’s plan worked and the Marstoks followed Isuelt but they found out who she was but as they were leaving the Puppeteer cleaved the Marstoks. Safi was going through the piers trying to succeed in getting Merik’s contract with her Uncle to be fulfilled but she didn’t know which was Pier 7 and so she had to go through them all but as she was going through them she met  the Empress of Marstok, Vaness, and they fought. She didn’t know that she was fighting the Empress at first and thought she could win but the Empress which looked like a weaponless harmless Adder (Marstok soldier) was the Ironwitch Empress.

Isuelt was saved from the Cleaved by Aeduan which was repaying his life debt to her. She didn’t trust him at first but then he said to her "Mhe verujta" which is a Nomatsi saying that means "trust me as if my soul were yours."

Kullen cleaved and tried to save Merik from his wraith in his not so conscious state, he also asked Merik to kill him but Merik refused.

Isuelt spotted Evrane but she thinks that Evrane is dead because she saw the Cleaved jump on her. Then Isuelt blames herself for all the deaths in Lejna including Evrane’s as the Puppeteer had thanked Isuelt for the plans she stole from Isuelt’s mind the last time she talked to her.

Vaness admits to Safi that she had gone after her herself because she was “a servant to my people.” Than Safi makes one last effort to fulfill Eron’s contract with Merik and runs to the last pier. She makes it just in time as just afterwards Vaness damages her left leg pretty badly with her flail. She then made a deal with Vaness. Vaness would send an envoy to Nubrevna and make a trade agreement with them in exchange for Safi’s loyalty as her Truthwitch.

Later we find out that Aeduan saved Monk Evrane and taken her to the Water Origin Well of Nubrevna where she begins to heal and when he comes out of the water he also feels his powers fully restored as he had depleted his magic while getting to the Origin Well fast and keeping Evrane alive.

Merik was saved from under collapsed buildings by Isuelt and was taken to Noden’s Gift where his aunt healed him and he also received the news of the Marstoks wanting to open trade with Nubrevna. He also found that the agreement with Eron had a letter from Safi written on it now, a letter to Eron in which Safi tells Eron to change the agreement which he did and the part of "no blood spilled" was removed thus the agreement was fulfilled and Nubrevna now has two trade agreements.

In the end Empress Vaness tells Safi that the 20 year Truce dissolved early and that Cartorra was already preparing an attack to reclaim her.


Where and with Whom the characters are:

Isuelt is alone in a Coffee shop in Lejna waiting for the person that is coming for her;
Ryber (Kullen’s heart thread) escaped on her own after Kullen’s cleaving;
Safi is with Empress Vaness heading to Azmir, the Capital of Marstok;
Aeduan is alone going to join his father, the Raider King and
Evrane and Merik are at Noden’s Gift.

I hope you enjoyed and are ready to read Windwitch!! If you want, you can read my Spoiler-Free Review of Windwitch here and make sure to share this post with anyone who read Truthwitch and needs to refresh their memories in preparation for Windwitch!!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

REVIEW #5 - WINDWITCH ARC (SPOILER FREE)

Genres : YA, High Fantasy
Series : The Witchlands
My Rating : 

Disclaimer : The copy I read was and Uncorrected ARC sent to me by TOR(Publisher of Windwitch)

Review

WINDWITCH A MASTERPIECE LIKE NO OTHER.

Truthwitch was my favorite book of all time because of it's action packed, suspense and amazing magic system but Windwitch is on a whole new level. It has all the good things Truthwitch had but they are even better. The suspense and action start from the very first line in the Prologue and the magic system which was already a weave of unimaginable size has now expanded and is even more complicated and thus more interesting than any magic system I have every read about. 

Windwitch starts around 2 weeks after the end of Truthwitch and it starts off with Merik's POV as expected because it is called Windwitch after all but all the POV's from Truthwitch are still there and a new one as well. There a few new characters which are really important and exciting as well as characters were in Truthwitch but now have a much larger role. Some characters which played small but important roles in Truthwitch were missing except for a few mentions of them.

I love world-building and although there was quite a bit in Windwtch there wasn't as much as there was in Truthwitch but it helped Windwitch in my opinion because it allowed for more character development and made the story more character driven as such it was easier to understand the characters. 

We also got to see an entirely different view of many characters most of all Safi and Isuelt. Because of their circumstances they were quote different and you could clearly see them progress through their journeys towards their goal.

All in all Windwitch is the best book ever and I only wish I could give it 1x1021 which in my quick research means all the stars in the observable universe. You can find my favorite quote, the trailer and purchase links below.I already preordered my copy and you should to. If you do don't forget to sign up for the pre-order campaign : US and Canada ~ UK


My favorite quote is : 




Purchase Links

Paperback (UK Version): Book Depository |
Hardcover (UK Version): Amazon | Book Depository |
Hardcover (US Version): Amazon | Book Depository |
Ebook: Kindle | iBooks | Nook |

Thursday, 27 October 2016

WHY YOU SHOULD DO NANOWRIMO

NaNoWriMo, is the best thing you can ever do if you are trying to write but you can't seem to be motivated enough or you can't find time and on that note as someone(I don't know who) once said you can't find time to write, you make time to write. 

Here are some reasons NaNo can help you:

1. It sets a definite deadline.

When starting NaNo you know you have till Novemeber 30th to finish your project.

2. It creates a huge community.

You also instantly get a huge community with which you can interact with on Twitter or NaNo's website itself. This can help by maybe having brainstorming sessions with other members or a writing sprint which can really help with the making of time since most times you have to schedule it beforehand.

3. It rewards you.

Each and everyday you write it rewards you with the most unlikely rewarding thing ever, THE GRAPH!! I had heard about it last year before I did NaNo and believe me I didn't believe anyone about the satisfaction of THE GRAPH but it is so gratifying when you see that graph going up or even better reach your daily goal. Other brain stimulating rewards are the badges you earn as you go along and at the end when you get your Digital Winner's Certificate and some awesome Winner Goodies.

I hope that I have convinced you to do NaNo if you weren't going to. If I did add me on the Website and/or tell me on Twitter.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

BOOK REVIEW #4 - AIR AWAKENS (SPOILER FREE)




Genres : YA, High Fantasy, Romance
Series : Air Awakens
My Rating : 


Review

I had been waiting to get my hands on this book for a while and now that I have read it I am mad at myself for not reading it sooner. This book captured my attention early on although it wasn't too action packed in the beginning but Elise Kova wasted no time in beginning world and character building as well as building some anticipation and mystery.

Her writing captivated me and I finished the book within about 2.5 days(I usually take a week per book no matter the length). The romance wasn't instalove and it built up and I connected to the main character, Vhalla, quite easily and I was surprised with most things that Vhalla was surprised with.

Overall the book was fantastic and although there was magic, I could have used a little more but I think that in the sequel there will be much more magic and I can't wait to get the rest of this series and the upcoming         'The Alchemists of  Loom' by Elise Kova as well.




Synopsis

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.




Purchase Links

Paperback: Amazon | Book Depository |
Hardcover: Amazon | Book Depository |
Ebook: Kindle|


Sunday, 14 August 2016

#READTHEMALLTHON TBR UPDATE

Disclaimer: Pokemon belongs to Nintendo.


So we are on Day 1 of the #READTHEMALLTHON and I have decided to change my Marsh Badge Book Choice from Zenith to ... Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I have come upon this decision after I heard on Sasha's Channel that there will be changes to Zenith and that they will be releasing it all at once. I also decided on this because I need to write a Spoiler Free Review and a Spoiler Review(AKA Me gushing about how Truthwitch is perfect), as well as a Theories post and a secret post which is nothing special but I am keeping it secret for now.

So yeah. Also now that I am writing this post here is my progress so far:
I am on Page 128 of Truthwitch and I found this really coll Automated Spreadsheet by Windie @Geek Apprentice as well as Aentee @ReadAtMidnight was kind enough to make me my own trainer card.



Monday, 25 July 2016

#READTHEMALLTHON TBR

Disclaimer: Pokemon belongs to Nintendo.

The #ReadThemAllThon is a new Read-A-Thon created and hosted by Aentee @ReadAtMidnight. She also made all these beautiful graphics that I will be using in this post. If you want to check out the announcement post with all the details you can check that out here.

This Read-A-Thon will be between 14th August and 4th September and there are 8 reading challenges in all which you can complete using one book fr each challenge or one book for multiple challenges although that would affect the CP of you Pokemon if you are doing so. Again these are the very basics of this Read-A-Thon and you should check out the main post for the full details.

Now onto my TBR for the Read-A-Thon.

For the first Gym I will be reading Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I have been wanting to begin the series for a long time and I guess this would be the perfect opportunity to begin this series.


For this I can literally choose any book which I want that I think I might like because I always cry if I like a book. And my pick for this is A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab because I utterly loved A Darker Shade of Magic and I did cry during the book thus indicating that I will most probably cry during this as well which makes it a perfect candidate for this Gym.


I think this an immensely hyped book and I already have it. This book will be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I am really interested in the plot of this book thus I hope that I will fall in love with it just like thousands of others have already.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I still have not yet read what this book is about and I do not want to read the synopsis or have any details but I am pretty sure it was for some kind of Goodreads Diversity Award and thus I think it makes it eligible for this category. I have no idea why but I don't want to know the slightest thing about this book and I just hope that I will like it.



A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I am currently reading ACOTAR and I am loving it thus I know that I am going to want to read ACOMAF and I don't know if this is considered as an Epic Romance but on the Goodreads page it says Romance sooo I guess it has some kind of Romance.


For this Gym I am going with Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. I have heard a lot of good things about this and since it is so short it can help boost me towards my end goal of being one of the top 20 in Pokemon CP at the end of this amazing Read-A-Thon.

Since I think I am going to like Air Awakens, I will be reading Fire Falling by Elise Kova for this Gym Badge.


For this I am choosing The Last Star by Rick Yancey as I still have to read it and I really liked The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea.



Last of all my Pokemon will be Gastly. And Although I will be doing the Pokemon part and I do wish to be one of the top 20 (probably won't happen) I think this will be great fun. Good Luck to everyone and please comment with the Pokemon and/or books you are gonna be using if you are going to do this Read-A-Thon.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

BOOK BLITZ - THE DREAM PROTOCOL BY ADARA FLYNN QUICK

This is the first ever Book Blitz I am taking part in. I hope you enjoy and make sure to enter the giveaway. The prizes for the giveaway are 2 signed copies of the book and a painting framed in silver leaf. The giveaway will end on the 26th of May. A preview of the painting can be found in the rafflecopter.


The Dream Protocol : Descent 
Author :  Adara Flynn Quick 
Publication Date : May 18th
Genres : Dystopia, Young Adult


Synopsis

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T GET OLD. In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday. Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.

Find the book on : Goodreads and Amazon


Author Bio

Irish-American author, Adara Flynn Quick, is the writer of The Dream Protocol series.  Early in her career, Adara was fascinated by dreams, the unconscious, and the healing stories of many cultures.  As a contemporary author, she writes young adult literature that brings ancient myths and legends into futuristic worlds.  She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her background as a psychotherapist to inspire the finest and darkest moments of her characters. 

Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand.  Pen and paper are two of her favorite things.  The author tortures her husband with a passion for down tempo electronica and too many pillows. She is a firm believer that there are never enough pillows.

Where to find the author : Website, Facebook and Twitter

The Rafflecopter Giveaway


Thursday, 12 May 2016

NEW WRITING PROJECT: FREE-WRITING


As Susan Dennard in Tapping into the Power of Free-Writing and many other of her newsletters, free-writing improves your writing. Tapping into the Power of Free-Writing is what inspired me to begin this project. Although I am not yet ready to free-write everyday, I will be free-writing every other day starting from Friday 20th May. I am not limiting myself to anything for this project. That means no word minimum or maximum word count and no genre limitation. These free-writing sessions can be anything from a poem to an idea for a new project I want. 
I will stop this around the end of June when I will begin a High-Fantasy project that I wanted to start for a very long time, now. During the time I am writing it I will still be free-writing(More or less I have no idea) but I will probably only post very few of them. So if you want to check out the first free-writing session click here. The official starting date of this project is today but because of some finishing touches I have to do on some important projects for school, I will be starting the every other day thing next week.

I hope you all enjoy this and support me. Disclaimer: I won't edit all of the things I post but if there is any constructive criticism you want to give me please DM on Twitter or Wattpad or anywhere else you want to contact me. Also, sorry for the cover but I didn't want to spend too much time on it.  

Friday, 29 April 2016

WANDERING THE PAGES ANNOUNCMENT


I am sooo excited to announce Wandering The Pages!! It is a group blog that my co-bloggers and blogging BFF's, Claire @BlankSlaters Reads and Em @Piplup's Shadowy Bookshelf. We have been working on this for months and after many Skype calls and a lot of Twittter DM's we are finally ready to launch.

This idea started when Claire posted on Twitter, if there was anyone who wanted to try out having a group blog and I instantly grasped at the opportunity. I will be posting on the new blog every Friday but the launch post for the blog that was written by all three of us will be posted next Sunday, May 1st.

On the blog we will also be posting a post a month that is written by all three of us. These posts will usually be posted at the end of each month. These posts can range from Discussions to Book Reviews to Tags. For the first month we are doing "The Ultimate Book Tag" and I really enjoyed writing it and discussing each others answers.

The posts on this blog won't vary. Which means that I will still try to be posting one post a week. And although you don't have to I would really like if you checked out 
WanderingThe Pages. I hope you too are excited for this new phase in my blogging life!

You can check out the social media links for Wandering The Pages here:





Wednesday, 20 April 2016

WEEK 7 - THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG (TRUTHWITCH QUESTIONS PART 1)





















These are the discussion questions for Chapters 1-20 of Truthwitch for THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG.


1. Who is your favorite Character so far and why?

2. Susan specifically said she tried not to write any characters as obvious villains. Do you think of anyone as a villain?

3. What is your favorite witchery so far and what do you think of the magic system?

4. What do you think of Safiya so far? Do you agree with the decisions she made?

5. Any Theories? If yes what are they?

Blogs Participating for this Discussion: