• Getting ready for the first day of my final year as an Undergrad!
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I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone🙊
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Then I’m off to Birmingham with my favourite person for the weekend💕
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There’s also a new Fairyloot unboxing on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - my favourite box to date!
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  • Back to university in seven days...
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I’d much rather be looking over the harbour of Villefranche again.
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At least I get to go back there next year with my favourite person💕
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There’s a few holiday posts gone up about this last cruise (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Spending the day with my laptop catching up on posts, emails and everything I’ve let slide over the past three weeks😂
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Oh and I start third year in eight days....😱
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I’ve finally put my August Wrap up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I had a real good reading month 😂
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  • #throwback to a lovely Sunday breakfast with my favourite person💕
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After a lovely night in Manchester we headed to @pkbcoffee - a favourite place of ours.
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And the best eggs royale I’ve ever had! Sam’s breakfast tacos were pretty good too😉
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#nightout #datenight #manchester #thelowry #peterstreetkitchen #potkettleblack #blogger #travelblogger #foodblogger #eggsroyale #drinks #couple #dateday #foodphotography
  • On a rare Saturday off my favourite person and I ventured off to Ikea on a furniture hunt.
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Did we get furniture? No. But I do now have new lamps and a very cool teapot.
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Ah the power of IKEA.
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There’s a review up of This Cruel Design on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - IKEA meatballs, yay or nay?
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  • Well and truly a victim of the plane lurgy😂
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A night of netflix and tea for me.
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I’m thinking about starting the Dark Crystal tonight too.
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There’s a review up of This Mortal Coil by @emily.suvada which I adored! •
And there’s a little recommend post up for the Slytherins out there (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - what superpower would you want?
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  • I am wrapped up in a blanket and determined to finish Supermarket by Bobby Hall! I have about ten pages left😱
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But this headache is making it so difficult 😫
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There’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - how do you deal with headaches. I need help😂
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#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #bookblog #bookblogger #blogger #bookreview #scifi #thelongwaytoasmallangryplanet #beckychambers
  • All unpacked and getting back on track with little jobs, posts and also going back to Uni....
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Before Sam and I went away I fully intended to keep posting on my blog and on here.
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That really didn’t end up happening and the little digital break was so nice☺️
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Equally as nice to be back and there’s a full review of Dark Age by Pierce Brown up on my blog - be warned it’s full of spoilers 😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - Beach holiday or city break?
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#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookshelf #darkage #piercebrown #redrising #scifi #book #books #bookworm
  • Home and nearly unpacked from an amazing ten days with this one💕
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Now I need a brew and a nap😂
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Can’t wait for the next adventure ✈️
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  • Half way through my last shift set before we go on holiday💕
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I can’t wait to be in Sicily with my favourite person eating all the pasta and pizza.
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I can’t wait to get some more sun and take lots and lots of pictures🙊
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There’s a new post up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - the first in a new series: The Cruise Diaries🚢
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#QOTD - last film you cried at?
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  • Soon off to get my hair done...I don’t even want to acknowledge how bad my roots are again😂
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Then meeting my favourite person for some drinks in our local💕
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In the meantime I’m still in laptop mode contemplating how long it’s going to take me to write my Dark Age review🤦🏻‍♀️
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There’s a significantly smaller review up of Seraph of the Age Volume Sixteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd: do you review everything you read?
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

June 22, 2019
Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

What a fantastic conclusion to one of my favourite duologies, I'm just sad it's over now. Melinda Salisbury creates absolutely masterful political intrigue. Sorrow isn't your typical sword-wielding, martial arts proficient heroine. Her battles are won with logic and tactics instead which I've found so refreshing. As much as I love a good sword battle it's nice to see a book that favours its characters brains rather than brawn.

In this instalment, we see our favourite and not so favourite characters appear again and are introduced to some new. Every character is well crafted and complex. They aren't perfect by a long shot which I say time and time again is one of my favourite things to see in a character.

This book surprised me and ended in a way I never thought possible but I loved it. Well and truly. I can't wait to see what Melinda Salisbury brings out next.

 

Final Spoiler Warning...

 

This book was a rollercoaster from start to finish.

It began with Sorrow's ceremony to become the new chancellor and just went down from there. I have never read a book with so many plots and schemes. I found it so interesting how it was through this that Vespus Corrigan managed to trap Sorrow in a web of lies she was an unknowing victim too. The scene where she moved the bones from the crypt I found truly harrowing, more so that any battle could've been. However, that scene came second to Vespus manipulating Sorrow and her old flame Rasmus who happens to be Vespus' son. The way he forced them together whilst Rasmus was on Star Water was horrifying but you have to commend Rasmus for his will. He still loved Sorrow but knew that she didn't feel the same way. He didn't take advantage in any way shape or form.

I adore Luvian, so much. His reunion with Sorrow was everything I ever wanted. There was one specific scene that I thought was truly beautiful for a few reasons. Their 'love scene'. It wouldn't be right to call it a sex scene as there was no sex. So, why I loved it, well, it was revealed that Luvian was a virgin which was so refreshing. Usually, its the girl that is placed in that situation but the display of male vulnerability was so heartwarming. He asked Sorrow to guide him and that she did...until he got cocky and stated he'd read how to do certain things. It was lovely and promoted safe and healthy sex as they both agreed not to as there was no available contraceptive. YES YA NOVELS. TEACH THIS MORE.

The ending was exactly what I didn't expect but loved. Luvian and Sorrow lived together whilst she was at University on the weekends and he worked for the new democratic government. Sorrow stepped down as Chancellor and decreed that now it would be given to a person after a vote by the different members of the council.

Oh! Mael and Arkady are adorable together.

Honesty, I have no faults for this series.

INFO

Name: Song of Sorrow

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 370

ISBN: 978-1-407180-28-1

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Song of Sorrow?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Jessica at Booked J
    June 22, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    It’s always sad to say goodbye to a favourite! This sounds truly brilliant, though.

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      June 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Oh I agree! I end up with such a book hangover when I finish a series.
      It’s well worth a read, as is Melinda’s other series. The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Such an amazing and atmospheric set of books.
      Katie x

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