• 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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  • Greetings from sunny Naples☀️
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Yesterday I got a massage for the first time and I’ve never felt so zen in all my life!
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Today is being spent by the pool with cocktails and a little bit of laptop time.
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Speaking of there’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • A little belated considering I’ve been away for a little while now but my holiday TBR is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Three things: 
I am tanned.
I have read one book so far.
Peach Daiquiris are my new favourite drink🍹
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  • All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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Books Fantasy Reviews

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

March 22, 2018

After adoring the first book in this trilogy I didn't think I could love it any more...I was wrong. There's so much character growth throughout the novel, with all the characters. Vasya somehow becomes even more courageous, she's such an incredible protagonist. The new characters introduced I also really enjoyed reading about. Particularly Dimitrii Ivanovich, the Grand Prince of Moscow. It was interesting to see how he perceived Vasya both when she was in disguise and when she wasn't. He didn't get an awful lot of page time but was presented very well in the time that he did get. He was clearly a young man with the weight of the world on his shoulders but he rose to a challenge and didn't back down. I respected that. What I didn't like was again his attitude towards women, an attitude that seems to be the general consensus in the Mid Fourteenth Century. Yet again, another reason why I love Vasya. She doesn't allow her gender to define how she lives her life.

In comparison to the first book there was no where near as much magic, it was focused far more on both court and gender politics. I didn't mind that because I love political intrigue within fantasy novels but occasionally I fund myself missing the whimsy the first novel had.

Now for the Spoiler-y section...

If you haven't read this series yet then I warn you now. Spoilers ahead.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

Following the aftermath of the first novel Vasya decides that a life as a traveller would suit her better than a convent or marriage. She struggled and had to ask for help every now and again from the Winter King, which he willingly gave but she did it. I love how complex their relationship is and I can't wait to see how it develops in the final book. The last scene with the two of them in the fire, my god. I was weeping. It was so beautiful.

One of my favourite things about this novel is how certain people can speak to the horses. It adds another layer to the novel and makes the horses more than just 'props' they become another character. Solovey is such a delight. Even when he isn't able to directly communicate with people you can imagine how he would respond, simply because of how consistent his characterisation is.

OLGA AND SASHA. I loveeeeeeed seeing how Vasya interacted with her siblings all these years later and how things had developed. Both Olga and Sasha, like Vasya, changed dramatically but still had a lot of love for their sister. For the most part. The scene in which Olga gives birth to a stillborn child was harrowing, I again was weeping about this. It wasn't just the fact that she lost the child but also how awful Vasya felt about it. It broke my heart.

Overall, this is another incredible book. Katherine Arden is now an auto buy author for me.

INFO

Name: The Girl in the Tower

Author(s): Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey

Pages: 346

ISBN: 978-1-78-503106-9

Rating: 5/5

Have you read The Girl in the Tower?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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