• I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #beauty #beautyblogger #diptyque #perfume #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram
  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #wrapup #holiday #manga #fantasy #scifi #contemporary
  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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  • Off to Southport today with some of my favourite people💕
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Pass me the fish and chips🍟
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There’s a new review of Volume Fourteen of Seraph of the End up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What makes you think of the seaside?🍭🧜🏻‍♀️🐟
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#blogger #book #bookblogger #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookreview #bookshelf #manga #qotd #dateday #seaside #seraphofthend
  • Still playing a little bit of catch up with content I had planned...
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Admittedly, spending two weeks drinking cocktails was well worth it😏
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Tomorrow I’m off to Southport with Sam and some friends, then this weekend we’re off into Manchester for food and a night out🙊
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There’s a review up of Seraph of the End Volume Thirteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?
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  • I’m back after a semi unplanned little hiatus😂
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Halfway through my holiday I just started to enjoy the slight disconnect from socials...then I had to unpack.
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Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t travel light😂
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Anywaaay, I have returned with a review of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry...WHAT A BOOK.
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QOTD: Are you an over-packer, under-packer or just right?🙊
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  • Just about to head down for dinner🤤
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One things for sure, you never go hungry on a @royalcaribbeanuk cruise!😂
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There’s also a new review up of Seraph of the End Volume Twelve (Link in bio✌🏻)
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Books Fantasy Reviews

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab

September 27, 2017

It had been a little while since I'd read A Darker Shade of Magic and I wasn't sure whether or not I should've reread it. I started A Gathering of Shadows, immediately fell straight back in love with the world and the characters. The opening was fantastic - I adore Delilah Bard and always will. Throughout the book I felt like she was the one that had the most personal growth. I'm going to keep going on about it but when I met V.E Schwab she said that each character on the UK cover arguably has the most development. I'm also starting to realise I share her enthusiasm for pointy things and that has me slightly concerned. 

I have always appreciated how V.E Schwab focuses more on the familial relationships than on romantic relationships. Regardless of whether they are positive or not. Rhy and Kell's relationship was one of my favourites in this novel. They still loved each other, that was clear as day but they fought all the time because of how they were tethered together. Though both of them were alive they were slowly killing each other. 

V.E Schwab has a way with words and its absolutely phenomenal. Her description of the stadium and the costumes had me salivating. And the plot. My god. I couldn't believe all the twists and turns. Heading back to White London, when the King revealed himself I got chills. 

It's lovely to see that the dreaded second book slump is a thing of the past. I haven't yet picked up A Conjuring of Light but when I do I guarantee that I'll love it even more. 

I'm so happy that Lila got her pirate ship. Well, that she ended up aboard one. From the start whilst on The Night Spire she didn't see herself as one of them, despite being called exactly that. Slowly, she began to warm up to the idea of sticking with a group of people. The little moments were she reprimanded herself for getting soft were so heartwarming. I particularly enjoyed how her relationship with Alucard developed - and how he saw through a lot of her guises. Noticed that her ticks weren't so much habit as they were a necessity. And of course, Alucard knew Kell and Rhy which added a wonderful complication. 

I will never not be slightly in love with both Rhy and Kell. Their dynamic has always interested and the events of the first book has definitely changed it. Being bound by one life, though it saved Rhy had them both feeling like they were living. Hence - entering the Essen Tasch. The sounds I made as Lila and Kell fought whilst in their respective disguises was not humour and frightened though near me on the train. 

When Holland appeared as the King of White London I lost any and all chill I once had. Again, people on the train were scared. I couldn't believe the turn the series took with Holland and Osaron. And I'm excited to see where the story goes. 

INFO

Name: A Gathering of Shadows

Author(s): V.E Schwab

Publisher: Titan Books

Pages: 508

ISBN: 9781783295425

Rating: 5/5

Have you read A Gathering of Shadows? 

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x 

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