Review of A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)  by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows Final

Review: Ok, I’m going to try to do a better job on this review then for the first one.

Alright, first I would like to say-GRAND MAGIC TOURNAMENT!!!!

Yes you did read that right. Red London is hosing something called the Element Games, which is magical. And our favorite characters are back again, Kell, Lila,  and Prince Rhy, along with some news one too. Everything in this book was so beautiful, I mean I could just picture it all so clearly while I was reading. And I do have to say Lila sure knows how to dress.

I just have to say if this series ever became a movie or TV show in the future, they would have a heck of a time trying to match/ make the outfits for these characters.

Along with reading this book till I was breathless and sleep deprived, I had managed to get my hands on the cards the author was giving out at her signings. Which were of Kell, Lila, and two other competitors in the element games. They are all very beautiful and I recommend getting your hands on some, so you might want to follow the author on Instagram and twitter because she talks about them and the artist behind them a lot. They will hopefully be sending out the Prince Rhy ones soon, they look really nice!

The end of this book is not at all like the first, because you will want to cry and rip out your hair and roll around on the ground. Mostly because the next book is still being written and will not be out for at least another year, which is oh so sad.

5 out of 5 stars.

512 pages. Hardcover.

Young Adult. Adult Fiction. Fantasy. Romance. Adventure.

Published by Tor Books.

SummaryIt has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift – back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games – an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries – a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)  by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Review: Although it took me a little while to start and finish this book because college sucks butts. I really enjoyed reading it, like super enjoyed it a whole bunch!!

Yeah I know, I’m a dork. Anyway this book’s fantasy world is one of which I have never in my whole life had the pleasure of reading. It felt really good to get so immersed within this world, to feel as if I was walking next to the characters the whole time. It was amazing.

Kell and Lila are some of the coolest characters I have ever read about. I mean that Schwab writes them in such a way that I felt everything they felt and fought when they fought. Ad I shipped them so hard I thought I might explode.

Man its just so hard to find the right words to use in this review, because this was a super cool book to have read and right now I’m blowing this review guys. You just have to read  it to find out the really cool stuff that happens that will leave you breathless. Trust me, okay?

5 out of 5 stars.

400 pages. Hardcover.

Adult Fiction. Young Adult. Romance. Adventure. Fantasy. Fiction.

Published by Tor Books.

Summary: Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

-Summary from GoodReads.com