Thursday, 27 November 2014

Review: Sister's Fate by Jessica Spotswood

Book: Sister's Fate

Series: Cahill Witch Chronicles #3

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 360 Pages

Source: Purchased with my own money from Amazon

Where to Buy: Chapters Indigo, Amazon CA, Book Depository

BE WARNED! SPOILERS AHEAD! Even in the Goodreads Summary, there are spoilers for books 1 & 2! Read at your own risk!

Goodreads Summary

A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

My Review

If you read Star Cursed, you probably know why I was scared to read this one. There was a massive cliffhanger at the end of the second book, and there were so many ways where Jessica Spotswood could take the easy way out, and have the third book flop. I am so happy that that didn't happen, and I'm so happy with how the series ended.

SO i am desperate to have Cate as my best friend. She is honestly one of the most well rounded, relatable protagonists in YA right now. She's got her fair share of weaknesses, but it's what she chooses to focus on that is what makes her so incredible. There are a couple moments in Sister's Fate when you can see how much Cate has been through, and the toll it's taken on her, but she pushes on. She knows that she can't dwell on what has happened in her personal life if she's going to make a change within New London.

I felt like this book was just a step up from the others. Everything was heightened. The stakes were higher, the relationships were more intense, and everything was on the edge. Even while reading, you could tell that something was on the verge of happening. I loved the suspense that was written in, and how it affected the characters.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a Jessica Spotswood book without a little romance! This is where the spoilers come in. If you haven't read the first two, PLEASE SKIP THIS NEXT PARAGRAPH!! ....Alright! Let's keep going.

The end of Star Cursed slayed me. Like, I was on the ground bawling, unable to contain my emotions. Cate and Finn, in my mind, always made sense. It was like even they knew how bad things were, but as long as they were together, things didn't seem half bad. And to Finn have no recollection of their relationship was so heartbreaking. Even though I would have given anything to have had him remember, i'm so glad Jessica didn't just cheat and give him back all his memories. I think that it was what was right, and it fit the story. Cate needed to stand on her own, and focus on her sisters, and this was just the push she needed.

Sister's Fate was an incredible end to one of my all time favourite series. The Cahill Witch chronicles is a poigniant series that stands on its own. The series holds back no punches, and doesn't care what people want, instead focusing on what it needs. There are so many things that Cate and Tess and Maura have taught me, and this is a series that I will never forget.

5/5 stars. Goodbye, Cate, and thank you for all you've taught me. Goodluck on everything that is to come.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Books and Tea Pairings III The Winter Collection

This is going to be a longer post, containing all 5 teas from the DAVIDsTEA Winter 2014/15 collection! I've loved every tea from this collection, which makes me very happy :D Each tea has a very distinct flavour and tone, relating to each aspect of the holiday season. So let's get into it!

Main Ingredients: Walnuts & Pistachios
This book has got a bite to it. It really questions what it means to be human, combining sweet evils with spicy reality. It, like this tea, is a great blend of sweet and savory.

Main Ingredients: Plum & Star Anise
This book is like nothing you've ever read. And this tea is so distinct, you'll never be able to put a finger on it. All I know for sure about these is that they are something you'll savor for long after they're gone

Main Ingredients: Peppermint & Coconut
The romance, like the coconut, is super sweet and makes you smile, while the writing, peppermint, is super refreshing and addicting!

Main Ingredients: Apple
The presence of apples in Garden Spells add a smooth transition into magical realism, just as this tea is smooth, and leaves a magically sweet aftertaste.

Book: Great by Sara Benincasa
Tea: Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
Main Ingredients: Cinnamon and Vanilla
A sweet take on the classic chai tea, this book is a great (see what I did there?) retelling of Gatsby, that is super fun, sweet, and oddly, not what you'd expect.

What did you guys think of these pairings? Tell me which books, or which teas, you want paired! 

Happy reading, and happy steeping!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

ARC Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book: Black Ice

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Format: ARC

Pages: 392 Pages

Source: Sent to me in exchange for an honest review

Where to Buy: Amazon CA, Chapters Indigo, Book Depository

Thanks to Simon and Schuster for supplying me with an ARC!

Goodreads Summary

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

My Review

It's taken me a while to write this one. I finished this book a few weeks ago, but I couldn't collect my thoughts on it. There were parts of it that I love and thought were very entertaining, but there were some parts that just had me slamming my head against a desk, going 'Why? Why would they do that?' It was a weird rollercoaster that didn't really leave a great taste in my mouth.

Let's just get this started. Brit. Oh my god was she annoying. I couldn't get past her awful decision making, her one way mind, and her immaturity just irked me to no end. Even at the very beginning, and if you've read it you know what im talking about, the way she chose pride over safety really got to me. It was stupid and it made me want to stop reading right there. Throughout the book, I found myself not growing attached to her, but instead just hoping she wouldn't die to leave me on a cliff hanger.

This next thing I'm going to talk about is slightly spoiler, so skip this paragraph if you don't want to know anything! The other thing that really turned me off of this book was the relationship between Brit and Mason. it's hinted at in the synopsis, and it's YA so there had to be a romance, but It felt uncomfortable, forced, and I felt like it shouldn't have progressed as far as it did in the story. It was giving legitimacy to an unsafe relationship and in a way glamorized it. To me, it was saying - Oh no, i'm lost on a mountain with two killers on the loose, but if one of them wants to make out with me, I'll be fine with that! I was really uncomfortable with the relationship, and had it not happened, the book would have been a lot better.

The one redeeming factor of this book was the writing. Oh my God, Becca Fitzpatrick knows how to write suspense and intrigue well. The book, even while I wasn't attached to it, engaged me. Becca knew what to write to make sure that I would never know what came next, and she did a great job of it. I will definitely check out more of her work in the future, but I really think this one just wasn't  my cup of tea.

I gave this one a 2/5. I really didn't enjoy this one, if you couldn't already tell, but I think there are some people who would be more into it. Definitely don't take my word as law, and look around. I know this is either a love ir or a hate it book, and I just so happened to have fallen into the latter.

Thanks for sticking around through this lengthy and ranty review!

- Indigo

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Books and Tea Pairings II

Tea is a huge staple in my life, and I knew that I had to keep making these posts! They are just too much fun to stop. So, without further ado, here are 3 more book and tea pairings!

Main Ingredients: Bergamot oil & vanilla
Organic, sweet, and very original, this tea pairs perfectly with this book. A sweet spin on a classic tea, while Hideous Love is a sweet spin on the classic story of Frankstein

Main Ingredients: Cocoa & Raspberry
Chocolate Rocket, like The Art of Lainey, is strategically fresh. It's new, it's quirky, and it's got a bit of sweetness to it that you just can't say no to! 

Main Ingredients: Blueberry
Blueberry Jam lives up to its name, presenting a sweet blend of black teas and a mysterious blend of blueberries , while Miss Peregrine's is a great adventure story with some mysterious elements of its own

Hope you guys liked these pairings! Tell me what you think of them, and make sure to tell me which books to pair next!

Happy reading, and happy steeping!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Books and Tea Pairings I

So, if you know me, you'll know that i'm a little too obsessed with tea. And one of my favourite things to try and do is pick a tea that not only fits my mood, but that fits the style of the book i'm reading, so I thought I would show you guys some of the pairings i've made! Hope you guys like them!

Main Ingredients: Pomegranates & Rosehip
Pom Springs is a smooth green tea with hints of pomegranate. Just like Shatter Me,  it's got a bit of bite to it, but it's a flavour that you just can't forget. Also, pomegranates. If you know what I mean.

Main Ingredients: Raspberry & Coconut
Servants of the Storm has this whimsical, bittersweet feeling to it - just like this tea. It's sweet enough to draw you back, but it's got this taste to it you can't put your finger on, bringing you back again & again.

Main Ingredients: Apple & Spearmint
Wild Awake is this crazy, undefinable experience that just leaves you smiling. This tea is the same way. It's fun, a bit tart, but just so delicious that you'll want to keep drinking. 

What do you guys think of my pairings? Let me know which books I should pair next! Hope you all enjoyed this new feature, and I'll see you around!

Happy reading, and happy steeping!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Cover Reveal: Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius

Hey Guys! Here is the Cover Reveal for ANNE AND HENRY by Dawn Ius! You can read all about the book below, and learn a bit more about Dawn and where to find her online!

Book: Anne and Henry

Author: Dawn Ius

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: TBA

Add ANNE AND HENRY to your Goodreads!

Keep up with Dawn!


Twitter: @dawnmius



Book Summary 

Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Are you guys planning on adding ANNE AND HENRY to your TBR? What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments!