Hiya bookish people!

I’ve been participating in the 2020 OWL’s Magical readathon, and this is my second checkpoint ( and my last before my wrap up! ) for my progress so far.

You can read my OWL’s TBR to become a Librarian or my first checkpoint with reviews for After You, Serpent and Dove, and A Heart so Fierce and Broken. If you’ve already read them, here’s a quick recap of my initial TBR:

So far I have completed all my above classes! I am so happy since I did not honestly expect to be able to finish all of them by the end of the readathon. In fact, I’ve even read a few extra.

I read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Lost Sisters by Holly Black, and have plans to read A Pack of Vows and Tears, finish American Royals, and maybe even start Red Rising by Pierce Brown! I know, I know, it’s super ambitious, but if I do finish all of these, I have more available options for what career I want in the Wizarding World! First though, let’s get onto reviews, which is one of the main points for this recap after all.

spacingsp🌷 Mini Review 🌷
    ↠   ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ / 5
I was encouraged greatly by Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight to read this book, her raving review was what inspired me to add it to my TBR, and with being in isolation and recently having watched Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses ( nostalgia, shoot me ) gave me the perfect inspiration to read it.

I am in love with everything about this book.

Annaleigh was such an amazing character that I loved reading about. She was strongly written and given a wonderful chance to display her individuality as a character, which I am sure would have been difficult as Erin A. Craig had to write 12 sisters! I did love the love interest sprinkled in without it becoming her character, but mostly. Mostly I loved how Annaleigh wasn’t the only one who wasn’t affected by the dancing because she’s sPeCiAl. It made the fear of the book far more tantalising.

I was unable to put this down, my heart raced everytime I tried. I needed to imagine more salty spray on my face, and the cliffs with waves beating down so hard it could turn your bones to sand. I found myself lost in the plot, right until the very twisted end.

However this follows similar lines to Damsel in the way that this fantasy novel is not to be taken lightly. It is gruesome, dark, twisted and intense, and not for the light hearted. You’ll love it. And can I just say that in the calmer moments where the dark and brooding atmosphere isn’t strangling, the idea of a salt and starlight aesthetic makes me swoon!

spacingsp🌷 Mini Review 🌷
    ↠   ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ / 5
It is no secret that this book took me a while to pick up. I think I had it on my TBR for three months in a row! ( I just checked, yes I did ) I don’t know why it took me so long to try and get into it! Haters to lovers, magical libraries? Thank you!

I had such high expectations from An Enchantment of Ravens that I think that when I originally tried to start this book a couple of months ago, I really struggled because I just couldn’t get over the author’s jump in fantasy. Now that I have had time to read more, and kind of get into a new groove, I found myself unable to put this book down and read it in one day! I even put a copy on my Kindle so I can reread it 🙂

I found Elisobeth and Nathaniel to be amazing, but I loved Silas the most. He was just a loveable character! He reminded me a little bit of Ronan from The Raven Cycle, only more mellow. This book got a lot ( and I mean a lot ) of hype around it’s release and I regret not picking it up sooner! I was made to feel so much with this book. Yes, I added a copy of this to my Kindle, too.

spacingsp🌷 Mini Review 🌷
    ↠   ☕ ☕ ☕ .5 / 5
This was a reread for me, and I honestly am a little bit worried. While I loved the entire Dregs dynamic again, and I loved diving back into a familiar story, I found that when I got to 60 percent or so that I was reading to finish it. Not to enjoy the book.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper, Wylan, and Matthias, but I just. Just.

I think that I wasn’t in the mood for a complex group mix when I opened this book again, rather looking for a sense of security and familiarity. I still love it though. I think it will be wise to postpone Crooked Kingdom for a while, though.

spacingsp🌷 Mini Review 🌷
    ↠   ☕ ☕ .5 / 5
The Lost Sisters is a super short novella told from Taryn’s point of view across her courtship with Locke during the Folk of the Air trilogy, which centers around Taryn’s twin sister Jude.

This told a secret story, but I don’t really think it made me view Taryn differently in any way or give me any more insight to the overall trilogy.

I read it though, and it was well written and the point was made. I think that if Holly Black was going to bother writing this then, she should have added a little more substance to it, maybe a couple of blending into the book rather than a completely separate novella where the reader has to piece it together.

And now for the next part! What categories can I apply these extra reads to, and my upcoming books? ( I ‘ctrl + f’d these titles in the O.W.L’s recommendation spreadsheet to get these categories and added the ones I think they belong to, too )

– Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs : creature with a beak on the cover

– History of Magic – Witch hunts : book featuring witches / wizards Mattias often refers to the Grisha as witches

Ancient Runes – heart on the cover or in the title

Arithmancy – balance / opposites : read something outside your favourite genre

Defense Against the Dark Arts – book set at the sea / coast

– Potions – Shrinking solution : book under 150 pages

– Astronomy – Night classes : read the majority of this book while it is dark outside

Transfiguration – Animagus lecture : book / series that involves shape shifting

– Muggle Studies – Book from the perspective of a muggle ( contemporary )

– Muggle Studies – Book from the perspective of a muggle ( contemporary )

And for a little bit extra… Here are Book Roasts three most recent OWL’s booktube videos!

How are your OWL’s going?

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    1. It definitely is perfect!
      And yay for finishing early! I am almost done with American Royals and then I will be through my second goal too! Yay for DADA partners 😂

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      1. You should! You could try the audiobook ( as an intro to them, it would be a really good one! ), the narrator was so good and didn’t read too slowly, so I found myself really enjoying it 🙂

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  1. Emma, your posts are so aesthetically pleasing and full of amazing details, I’ve missed them a lot.

    I’d like to ask for your advice… I cannot sleep when I read gore and extreme paranormal (I’m a baby, sorry) but at the same time, I’d LOVE to read House of Salt and Sorrows. Do you think I shall steer clear?

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    1. Hi hi hi! It’s so good to see you again! Thank you!! How are you??

      Here is my advice : read it! Play some upbeat music ( instrumental if you hate lyrics while reading, the Vitamin String Quartet is awesome and do versions of modern songs ) and read it maybe in the morning or midday. It’ll give you time to get over the creepy stuff and just think about ” oml Cassius and what will happen next! ” when you go to sleep 🙂

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      1. I’m fine, thank you! (Except for the shadows under my eyes, lol.) I hope you are well too!

        Thanks for your advice, Emma. I’ll be brave and worthy of it. (And as for the Vitamin String Quartet… !!! I just listened to their version of Take Me To Church and ahhhh, thank you for the rec!!!)

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  2. I really want to try the OWLs out sometime. Or possible the NEWTs later in the year. I guess it depends on how my reading goes. And whether or not I decide I’d rather do the OWLs first.
    Also you’ve read some fantastic soundings books!!! I can’t wait to finally get on with most of them.

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