Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson – Review

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion. 

Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)This book was quite simply adorable. The drawings were hilariously relatable and I found myself laughing out loud at several of the pages. There were many times where I thought to myself ‘Thank God I’m not the only person who does that!’. Overall they were a joy to read and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

The book also had a small section at the end which contained more text than drawings, where Sarah gave advice to newer artists. As I’m not an artist myself, I didn’t relate as much to this section, but her message still spoke to me. I found her comments about the internet really thought provoking and her general encouragement to new artists to not be afraid to put themselves out there was lovely to read. She also had a few tips on how to deal with things like criticism, which I think can be applied to anyone, artist or not.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fast, funny, and relatable read. I’d highly recommend it!


Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo (SPOILERS!)

17415685._UY200_Siege and Storm is the second book in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I really enjoyed the first book so I was very excited to pick up the second, and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved it!

My favourite thing about this book was the protagonist, Alina’s, character development. I think Alina came a long way in the first book, but in Siege and Storm she developed even further into a strong, badass lady. I loved seeing her take charge of the second army and gain the confidence to become a powerful leader. She spoke her mind and really accepted and became the sun summoner.

I really loved the new characters that were introduced. Nikolai (aka Sturmhond in the beginning) has become my favourite character in the series. To start with, I didn’t trust him at all and even now I’m unsure whether he is trustworthy. But I really loved his charm, his quirky personality, and how he fought for what he believed in and what he wanted even if the fight would be long and arduous. Tolya and Tamar were also very interesting characters. I loved how strong and badass they were and their back story was very interesting. I loved the twist at the end that they had been working with the Apparat the whole time. I didn’t see that coming at all.

Mal annoyed me in this book. He became really whiney and unsupportive of Alina. At the same time it bothered me when Alina started hiding things from him. This is something I see way too often in YA novels and I find it really annoying to read about. If Alina was just honest with Mal about how she was feeling and what was happening to her with her visions of the Darkling etc then a lot of problems would be solved or not even started in the first place.

I really liked the political aspects of this book and how we saw the meetings where Alina and Nikolai tried to get things done. It was interesting to understand more of how the political system in Ravka works. The pirate aspect at the start of the book was really fun to read about and that battle at the end with the Darkling was incredible.

Overall I really enjoyed Siege and Storm. It was a really strong second book of a trilogy and I think I even enjoyed it more than the first! I can’t wait to read Ruin and Rising and see where this story goes!

The Hobbit Book Review (spoiler free!)

I finally did it! I finished The Hobbit! I am so proud of myself for finally finishing this book!

photo_5653_0-8I started reading The Hobbit a few years ago and got a few chapters in before I gave up and abandoned it to my bookshelf to collect dust. I decided on a whim to pick it back up and give it another chance, and I’m very glad I did!

I really enjoyed this story and I can completely understand why J.R.R Tolkien is such a beloved writer. I loved how everything he included in the plot was really well thought out and became more important later on. I fell in love with Bilbo Baggins, his character was so charming and I loved his development from a humble hobbit at the beginning to a hero by the end.

The world was truly fascinating. Having never read or watched Lord of the Rings I had no clue what to expect of this world before going into The Hobbit. Tolkien’s descriptions were so detailed and there were so many quirky little aspects of the world which were really fun to read.

That being said, the middle part of this book really dragged for me. Things were happening in the plot but at the same time I felt like nothing was happening. The descriptions were so long and detailed that at times it felt like a chore to read them. I think I’m more used to reading books with more dialogue and shorter descriptions which is probably why I had trouble staying focussed. And when I put the book down, I didn’t feel the urge to pick it back up and carry on reading, like I usually do with a book that I’m loving. However, the story did pick up again for me more towards the end and I really loved the last few chapters.

Overall, I’m really glad that I read The Hobbit. I really loved the world and the characters. There were parts that dragged and bored me a little but the ending was definitely worth it for me.


A Court Of Mist And Fury – Review (SPOILERS!!)

23766623Wow. How do I even begin to review this book? It was phenomenal, truly phenomenal. It’s probably a new all time favourite of mine – and I don’t take picking favourites lightly. When I finished reading it, I immediately picked it back up again to re-read. I just couldn’t bring myself to leave this incredible world and this extraordinary cast of characters who I have fallen in love with. There are no words that I can write here which could even begin to do this book justice, so if you haven’t already, you NEED to pick this series up!

ACOMAF is the 2nd book in Sarah J. Maas’ ACOTAR trilogy. I think it’s very rare to love a second book more than the first one (especially in a trilogy), but Sarah has blown me away and I don’t think I’ve ever read a stronger second book. There will be lots of spoilers and extensive fangirling below, so proceed with caution!

In the beginning, we see Feyre trying to adjust to life at the spring court with Tamlin, but she is haunted with nightmares of her time under the mountain, and guilt over the innocent lives she was forced to take. I think the portrayal of Feyre’s anxiety and panic attacks was done very well. It felt very real to me and I’m glad that we really saw her struggling with this and it wasn’t just glossed over or mentioned maybe once and then ignored. It was dealt with really well and made the situation feel very realistic, as it took a long time for Feyre to start to recover from her experience and to come to terms with her guilt.I think Sarah deserves praise for how well she handled this aspect of the story.

I began to really hate Tamlin at the beginning of this novel. Feyre was waking up in the middle of the night and being sick because of her nightmares, and Tamlin would just ignore her and pretend to be asleep. He never even acknowledged that she was struggling, apart from one time when he used it against her in an argument, when she wanted to leave the house. Tamlin’s behaviour was so shocking to me, even more so the second time that I read those scenes. It was difficult to read. It was an abusive relationship and it really scared me because, looking back, the signs were there in the first book. Feyre was scared of his powers, and that scene under the mountain where he used his one opportunity to get her out and safe to try and have sex with her instead. As a reader, I was just as blind as Feyre was to how unhealthy their relationship was, and it was truly chilling to realise this. I was beyond relieved when Mor came to the spring court to rescue Feyre after Tamlin trapped her in the house, and I loved that Alis didn’t put up a fight, because she knew that Feyre deserved better. That made me love Alis even more.

I loved how Sarah handled Feyre and Rhys’ relationship in ACOMAF. It would have been so easy for her to make it a love triangle and I’m beyond happy that she didn’t. Love triangles are not at all realistic, in my opinion. It was really great how Feyre had a relationship with Tamlin that didn’t work out, left him and took time to get over that break up, before starting to develop and pursue her feelings for Rhys. It was just so real and relatable and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it done in a book – which is just ridiculous! I think most people have more than one great love in their lives, and I’m so happy with the way this was shown in ACOMAF.

I loved Rhys’ inner circle so much! It was so much fun to get to know them all and learn about their backstories. They are so precious and if anything happens to them in the next book I will be heartbroken! Mor was probably my favourite member of the inner circle and I’m so intrigued about what her powers are. I really hope we get to see them in the next book! Mor’s backstory was so tragic but it made me love her character so much more, because she has been through so much but she still puts a smile on her face and carries on living – I think that is truly inspirational. Amren is so mysterious, powerful and a little creepy but I love her! I loved the scene after her and Feyre steal the book from the summer court and after almost dying in the process, they just dissolve into a fit of giggles together. I’m so curious about what Amren’s true form is (I really want her to be some sort of dragon…). I loved seeing Cassian’s friendship with Feyre. Their banter was hilarious but he was also really caring towards her. And I felt so sorry for Azriel. I just want him to be with Mor and to be happy! Azriel and Cassian’s friendship was incredible as well – the way Cassian sacrificed his wings to shield Azriel… I can’t even talk about it, it’s too emotional!

I loved getting to see the night court and learning the truth about Velaris. If I was a fae in Prythian I would definitely want to live in Velaris. The descriptions were just absolutely beautiful. I loved learning about the backstory of the night court and how Rhys sacrificed so much in order to keep Velaris and his friends safe from Amarantha. It was so interesting to find out that his whole personality in ACOTAR had been an act in order to protect the people he loved. Rhys is just so precious! I completely fell in love with him in this book. One of my favourite things is when an author can make you completely alter your feelings for a character – like when you hated them to begin with but by the end you absolutely love them – and Sarah J. Maas definitely achieved this with Rhys.

It was so interesting to see the differences in faerie politics between the night court and spring court. Even though he is the high lord, Rhys treats his people like equals and his relationship with the inner circle is brilliant. They’re all truly his friends and I love how much he loves them. Whereas in the spring court, Tamlin always asserts his dominance as the high lord. Even Lucien doesn’t dare to cross him or speak his mind sometimes, which is so sad. And the way Tamlin holds the tithe every year, demanding things from members of his court even when some of them are unable to feed themselves, it was just horrible. It really highlighted the differences between the two characters.

I loved how Rhys treated Feyre. He never treated her as anything less than his equal. He always lets her choose and never tries to stop her from doing things in order to ‘protect her’ or because it’s ‘too dangerous’. We need more male characters like Rhys. He knows exactly what she’s capable of and trusts that she can look after herself, because she clearly can. We need more of these healthy relationships that are built on mutual respect and trust in books.

The tension between Rhys and Feyre in the middle of this book killed me! There was so much flirting and I wanted to scream at them to just be together already! It was so cute to watch their relationship develop though and I love that it took time and didn’t just happen. Again, I think this is very realistic, especially considering Feyre’s recent situation with Tamlin. It was handled really well and it didn’t feel forced at all.

And then of course, Feyre finds out about Rhys being her mate. I loved her reaction and how she took the time she needed away from him to sort out her feelings. Again, this made it feel so real. I loved that Mor had her back and took her to a safe place so she could have the space she needed. And I thought it was so beautiful that while she was there, she finally started to paint again. And when Rhys came to the house and told her the truth about everything – wow that scene! We got answers to questions I didn’t even realise we needed answers to. It was so obvious that Sarah had everything planned out from the beginning of ACOTAR, because after Rhys’ explanations everything makes so much sense. It was literally flawless. And when he finishes talking and Feyre just gives him the soup – I was fangirling so hard!!

I knew it was a bad idea for Rhys to show the queens the truth about Velaris. It was so heartbreaking to see that beautiful city being attacked and destroyed. But I did love how badass Feyre was in that scene. She stood her ground and didn’t just go back to the house like Cassian told her to. She wanted to fight and protect the city that she loved – and she did. I’m so proud of how she’s grown as a character!

And then we go to Hybern. So much happened in those last few pages, it was crazy! I was crying throughout the whole thing and I couldn’t tear my eyes from the page. I was terrified for what was going to happen to Feyre, Rhys and the inner circle! And then when Tamlin and Lucien showed up – I was sooo mad at Tamlin!! I can’t believe he did that! Yes he was an idiot and a horrible partner for Feyre but I was so shocked to find out that he would work with the King of Hybern. And I can’t believe that even though he could see how Rhys and Feyre are mates and that they clearly love each other, he still thinks he has some sort of claim on her and that she belongs to him!? It’s so infuriating. If I didn’t hate him before, I definitely did then.

I can’t believe Nesta and Elain are now fae! There are so many possibilities with what could happen there. I loved how Elain is Lucien’s mate (plus that gives Feyre some leverage in the spring court) and I am a strong believer that Nesta is Cassian’s mate as well – I’m hoping that this is confirmed (and that his wings heal!!) in ACOWAR.

When Feyre was telling the King of Hybern to break the mating bond between her and Rhys I was literally shouting ‘No no no no no no!!!’ at the book – I was distraught! But then when we found out what really happened and that FEYRE IS THE HIGH LADY OF THE NIGHT COURT I was so relieved!!! Thank God that Feyre and Rhys knew what they were doing. Mor’s reaction to Feyre being taken back to the spring court was priceless – I love her! And the last line of the book – wow I had goosebumps. It was incredible.

So overall, this book was amazing! It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and it completely and utterly blew me away. Wow. Sarah J Maas is a genius and I can’t wait until ACOWAR is released on May 2nd!

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to know what you thought of ACOMAF if you’ve read it.

Chloe 🙂 x

SNEAK PEEK Alex and Eliza: A Love Story – Review (Spoiler Free)

I received a free sneak peek of Alex and Eliza: A Love Story from NetGalley. This in no way influenced my opinion.

32860355As a huge Hamilton fan, I have been looking forward to this novel for a long time, so I was so exited to get to read this sneak peek, containing the first four chapters of Melissa de la Cruz’s new novel about the romance between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. In the first few chapters, we get to see the Schuyler sisters preparing for the ball, Alex preparing to bring bad news to General Schuyler and the first meeting between the three Schuyler sisters and Alex.

I really enjoyed reading about the characters and I think Melissa really added an extra layer to them. I loved how snarky Alex was and seeing him struggling to impress the Schuyler sisters was entertaining. I loved how Eliza was portrayed as being super patriotic and how she really stood up for herself and what she believed in to her mother. I loved Angelica’s wittiness when she met Alex, it was so fun to read. The first few chapters really made me fall even more in love than I already was with these people and I can’t wait to read more of Melissa’s interpretation of them.

I thought it was really great how you didn’t necessarily have to have seen or listened to Hamilton to understand what was going on. It was set up just like any other novel and the characters and setting was all explained well. I also loved how it included things which Hamilton, being a musical, had to leave out, making it really interesting to read if you are a Hamilton fan, because it’s more than just a repetition of a story we already know. It definitely caters for everyone!

However I did think that the first few chapters had a lot of info-dumping, and there was a lot of telling rather than showing which made it quite slow. I get that it was necessary to give the novel some historical context at the beginning, so maybe this improves with the rest of the novel. But I do think it would have worked better by weaving the historical context into the story more, and showing things to the reader through character’s actions and dialogue rather than just giving us loads of information all in one go.

Nevertheless, I still really enjoyed reading the first few chapters of this novel, and I can’t wait to pick up the full version which is out now!

Thank you for reading!

Chloe 🙂 x

A Court Of Thorns And Roses Review (SPOILERS!!)

I recently finished A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas (I know, everyone and their mother has probably already read this book) and I absolutely loved it! It was such a gripping story and even when I wasn’t reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I fell in love with the characters and I’m now far too attached to them! The world was so incredible and 20170329_163154every time I picked up this book it was like I was really being whisked away to Prythian. I loved how much detail Sarah went into with everything. The world building was on point, and the backstories to her characters were amazing and so clever – everything made sense in the end and wrapped up so nicely. The ending left me wanting more but also concluded the first story really well, so there were very, very few unanswered questions. I’m now going to discuss some of my thoughts and theories in more spoilery (yes I just made up a word) detail, so if you haven’t read ACOTAR, then please do so before reading on. I can’t recommend this book enough. Prepare for some serious fangirling below.

So the first things I want to discuss are the Beauty and the Beast parallels within ACOTAR. I knew it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling before I began, and I loved seeing how this well-known story was incorporated within this brand new world. I think it was done so cleverly. The plot was definitely very similar to begin with – Feyre is forced to leave her family home to live with Tamlin (the beast), Tamlin’s powers mean he has a beast form, and the whole deal with the curse. However I loved that Sarah put her own twist on things. For example, Belle loves reading and is obsessed with books, but Feyre is illiterate. I thought this was a really fun alteration and I loved how the art gallery was Feyre’s equivalent to Belle’s library. All in all, I loved how Sarah managed to take the story of Beauty and the Beast and put it in her own world. She really made the story her own, and even though I knew the story of Beauty and the Beast, I was still shocked and surprised at several points throughout ACOTAR.

I also found the faery politics so interesting. We have seven courts, each with a high lord who rules over that court and has special powers. There are high fae, and then there are lower fae. It was so interesting to see how the faeries were ranked and to get a small glimpse at some of the tensions between courts. I loved finding out about Lucien’s back story in the autumn court and how the summer court had rebelled against Amarantha. We also learn a bit about Hybern (ruled over by a king) and the tensions between Hybern and Prythian which have been growing for centuries. I feel like this is definitely going to come into play later on in the trilogy.

One of my favourite parts of the book was Feyre’s third task. When Feyre is brought into the throne room that final time, she is faced with 3 faeries (their faces covered to begin with), each with an ash wood dagger. She has to stab all 3 innocent faeries with the daggers in order to complete the deal. Whilst this scene was quite horrifying to read, I loved how it was done. I feel like in most books, the main character always finds a way to get out of situations like this. There’s always some sort of loophole so that they don’t have to break their morals by killing an innocent person. I was really shocked when Feyre actually killed those first two faeries. I thought this was very brave of her character and I loved that Sarah wasn’t afraid to do this. She didn’t whimp out and offer her main character a get out of jail free card. She did what she had to do and I really appreciated this as it was one of the things that really set this book above the rest for me. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this whole scene, and I was convinced that one of the faeries was going to be Alis somehow. I was so relieved when the only female was revealed, and it wasn’t her. And then of course, the final faery was revealed to be Tamlin and I was so shocked I actually shouted at my book. I think Feyre was so clever for figuring out all the subtle little clues she’d overheard throughout the book and piecing them together in a theory and just going with it. It was crazy.


At the beginning of the story, we see Feyre’s family – and I hated them. Her sister’s were the biggest spoiled brats imaginable and it was infuriating to read about them. They had no appreciation for all that Feyre had done and sacrificed, just to keep them alive. They just complained the whole time and fought over what little money Feyre managed to earn, even though it was clear that Feyre was most in need. I did like how we got to revisit them and found out that Nesta had tried to go after Feyre, This redeemed her character a little for me, but I still don’t particularly like her. She was incredibly stubborn and even if she did love Feyre deep down and would be willing to go after her, I still can’t excuse her actions in the beginning.

I really liked reading from Feyre’s perspective and felt she was a great main character. I loved how strong she was and how much she was willing to do to stick to the promise she made to her mother, to look after her family, even though she received little gratitude in return. I also loved her determination and how she was willing to die in order to try and save Tamlin. She was incredibly brave. I loved how clever she was and the way she was always plotting her escape – she was always trying to think one step ahead. Occasionally she did annoy me when Tamlin and Lucien would tell her not to do something or to stay in her room (for good reasons) and she would just ignore them, putting herself in danger. But all in all, I think she was a great main character, and I did really like her.

I loved Tamlin so much! I loved how he cared so much for Feyre. His attempts at flirting with her in the beginning were so awkward that they were absolutely adorable, and I found it hilarious when Feyre just completely shut him down. It was so cute how he took her on little dates to the glen and that lake made of starlight. I loved how he was so protective over her and did everything he could to keep her safe in Prythian. He was also clever enough to allow her to overhear the things that she needed to overhear, and I loved that he trusted her to figure them out when the time came. I also loved how he made sure her family were taken care of and regained their wealth. In the beginning, I realise that some of his actions were a little bit problematic. He did forcibly remove Feyre from her family, all because of the curse. He only took her to Prythian to begin with because of that curse, not because he cared for her. He had reasons for his actions and a motive behind trying to get Feyre to love him. But I still can’t help but love his character.

Lucien was one of my favourite characters. I loved him so much. I loved his banter with Feyre and the sarcastic comments they shared. He definitely had the best lines of dialogue in the book and some of the things he said made me laugh aloud whilst I was reading. I loved his reactions when Feyre and Tamlin were flirting at the dinner table, I thought he was hilarious. Although it did take time for him to warm to Feyre, I loved how their friendship developed in the end, and how much Feyre grew to care for him. She gave away her name to Amarantha to save his life, and Lucien risked so much in order to help her during the tasks. His back story was so tragic it breaks my heart, and I really hope he finds happiness in the next books.

Rhysand was such a fascinating character, and one of my favourite kind to read about. I love characters which have a bit of a dark side to them, and you’re not really sure whose side their on – which is exactly what I felt Rhysand was like. Some of his actions were beyond creepy. Like how he embarrassed Feyre by sharing all of her ‘more intimate’ thoughts in front of Tamlin, and how he forced Feyre to sell herself to him for one week of every month for the rest of her life, in exchange for healing her arm. It creeped me out how he would have her body painted so he would know if someone else had touched her (this was kind of justified in the end – so Tamlin would know he only ever touched her waist and arms – but it’s still super creepy to me!) and the way he would drug her so she didn’t remember what she’d done during the night. It just didn’t sit right with me at all. But then he would do good things, like saving her life (and Lucien’s) during the second task, and how he turned on Amarantha at the end and helped her to be defeated. I’m not convinced even Rhysand knows whose side he was on. His backstory of how he ended up as Amarantha’s whore was so interesting and it really made me sympathize with him. I’m so conflicted with my feelings towards him. He’s such an intricate character and there is so much we don’t yet know about him. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about him in the next book.

Finally, Amarantha was such an interesting villain. She was cold-hearted, merciless and brutal. I loved finding out about her backstory, with her sister Crythia and her human lover, Jurian, who had betrayed them during the war. It really made her seem real to me, and I could understand her motives so well. Her actions were terrible, of course, but her motives were so understandable, it was quite scary. It was so creepy how she wore the necklace made out of Jurian’s finger bone, and the ring made form his eye, trapping a part of his soul in there so she could continue making him suffer. It was horrifying and really made her seem so much more bloodthirsty and terrifying. She was such a well-developed villain, Sarah did such a good job with her.

My Theories

So, I have a few theories about what is going to happen in the next books. These are just some of my thoughts and opinions, I have no idea if I’m on the right tracks or completely wrong, but I’m really excited to find out!

  1. I think that the King of Hybern (who is Amarantha’s father, if I’m remembering correctly) will be mad at Tamlin and the other High lords and faeries of Prythian for killing his daughter, and this is going to spark some sort of conflict between Prythian and Hybern
  2. There’s going to be a war between Prythian and Hybern, and the mortal realm are going to be involved some how as well. I feel like this won’t happen until the third and final book, and if it does, it’s going to be very bloody and I feel like quite a few characters that I love are going to die.
  3. Feyre is going to be permanently affected by being made to kill those innocent faeries in the third task. I think she’s going to feel incredibly guilty and it will take a long time and a lot of help for her to come to terms with it. I feel like she might try to shut Tamlin out and deal with it all on her own – which is a bad idea.
  4. I think that at the end of ACOTAR, when Rhysand was saying goodbye to Feyre and suddenly he looked really shocked, he realised that she was his mate (as it described in the beginning that some fae find their ‘mate’ and a sort of bond is formed between them). I don’t know how I feel about this. I really like Rhysand’s character as he’s very interesting, but I don’t want him to end up with Feyre. I think that Tamlin is much better for her. And I really hope that there isn’t some sort of love triangle. I feel like Feyre will be spending a lot of time with Rhysand in the night court in book 2… It will be really interesting if Sarah can pull this off though, because I don’t think I’ve read many books where the main character has more than one real love – but that’s more like real life, isn’t it? And if she can get me to ship Feyre and Rhysand when right now, I am a hardcore Feyre and Tamlin shipper, I will be very impressed!

Overall, this was probably my favourite book I’ve read so far this year, and it’s possibly a new all time favourite as well. I’m so glad I finally picked it up! The characters were amazing, the world building was fantastic and the plot was so clever. I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you love high fantasy or Beauty and the Beast! I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

If you’ve read ACOTAR then I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below. (Please no spoilers for ACOMAF!!) Thank you so much for reading my review!

Chloe 🙂 x

Angelfall review (mild spoilers!)

I recently finished reading Angelfall by Susan Ee. I am very late to the party with this one, and it has been on my to be read pile for years. Going into it, I was really unsure about whether I would like it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about angels (unless TMI counts?), much less a 20170221_171130book about evil angels. Also, I feel like the post-apocalyptic/dystopian craze has really fizzled out, and I wasn’t sure whether I would still enjoy reading a story of this genre. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised with this book!

In Angelfall, angels have come down to Earth, caused mass destruction and killed most humans, with the aim of wiping out humanity. The surviving humans are scared, hungry, and have pretty much given up all hope. Our main character is a girl called Penryn, and one day she witnesses a fight between some angels. Her sister gets taken by them and Penryn vows to do whatever it takes to rescue her sister, even if that includes rescuing an angel, severely wounded from the fight, and using him for information that can lead her to her sister.

I really enjoyed reading from Penryn’s perspective. In some respects, she was a typical strong YA female lead. But there were certain parts of her character which really set her apart from the rest. No one had to teach her how to fight in the story. She’d been taking self-defense lessons previously. She knew how to win a fight, and she knew how to take care of herself. She also knew what she wanted – to get her sister back. She didn’t get caught up in trying to save the world or bring down the angels. She did what she had to do and she stuck to her goals, which I loved. I also loved that the romance was minimal in this book. There were a few moments where a romance plot could have developed, but I loved that this was never the main focus, as it is with so many other YA stories of a similar genre.

I also loved Penryn’s mum’s storyline. I think it’s quite rare for a character with a mental illness to be included in this type of story and it was so refreshing to see it in this book. I cannot speak for whether it was good or bad representation for people who suffer with mental illness, but I loved that this topic was included.

Raffe took a while to grow on me. I wasn’t sure whether I trusted him to begin with (which I guess was the point, as he was the enemy), but I loved his sarcastic comments and his dialogue with Penryn was very fun to read. His character was very interesting, and I would love to know more about his past. By the end of the book, it’s safe to say that I was a little in love with him…

I thought the pacing in this book was so well done. It went by so quickly and the story was so action packed, it was difficult to stop reading. The chapters were very short, which I really love because I feel as though I’m getting through the book faster. Also, the story was a lot darker than I had anticipated. There was quite a lot of violence, a fair bit of blood and gore, and the ending had me completely horrified.
It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat!

The only negative thing I have to say about Angelfall is that I wish we had gotten a few more explanations. Like why are the angels even on Earth? What are their motives for causing such destruction? I also would like to know more about ‘angel politics’ which is mentioned a few times in the book and I feel like it is a key element of the story that I wish I knew more about. I felt like, as a reader, I was just dumped into the middle of the story with very little explanation about the world, and I had to figure out what was going on before I could start fully enjoying the story. However, this is the first book in a trilogy, so I’m hoping we’ll get some more explanations in the following books.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Angelfall. It was a refreshing take on the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre and it was done really well. The pacing, the characters and the action-packed plot made reading this novel a really great experience. I gave it 4 stars on goodreads and I would definitely recommend it, especially if you want something fast-paced that you can fly through, and don’t mind a more sinister storyline. I can’t wait to read the next book!

Thanks so much for reading! If you’ve read Angelfall, I’d love to know what you thought in the comments!

Chloe 🙂 x