Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicles #2) by Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: 7th September 2017
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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Mia Corvere, destroyer of empires, has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry do not believe she has earned it.

Her position is precarious, and she’s still no closer to exacting revenge for the brutal death of her family. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it is announced that Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself into slavery for a chance to fulfill the promise she made on the day she lost everything.

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Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold, secrets are revealed and the body count rises within the collegium walls, Mia will be forced to choose between her loyalties and her revenge.

WELL SHIT HAS CERTAINLY HIT THE FAN HASN’T IT LADS?

Falling in love with Nevernight was such a surprise for me. I hadn’t heard of it, was given an ARC, and fell head over heels with the language, concept, the setting, and just everything about it. I still can’t decide whether to call it YA or not, and whether it would be insulting to assume that this is not for adults just because of the violence, swearing and sexual scenes (like come on, young adults watch Game of Thrones, it’s not like they’re new to it), but at the same time, I can never find these books in the YA sections of bookstores, so the marketing is different, who knows.

But I’ve always shied away from adult fantasy because of some of the content; primarily male writers who can’t or won’t write female characters, with plots that are all just Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones regurgitated en masse. And while Nevernight and it’s sequel, Godsgrave, don’t have the most unique plot you’ve ever heard of, I am still enthralled by the twists and turns that this series has, and what it will do to keep you on your toes.

It’s getting better and better too, I cannot wait to stick this on lists of fantasy reads you SHOULD be reading this year and talking about it lots all over my social medias. If you love foul mouthed, bloody thirsty anti-heroines who possess the magic of shadows and will stop at nothing for revenge against the death of her family, including competing in one of the deadliest fighting matches in the country, then look no further than Mia Corvere.

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 6th August 2016
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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Plot: Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

I received an eARC by Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve never read a Jay Kristoff book before. nevernight2

Yeah, I’ll probably get my head chopped off for saying that. But when I saw Nevernight on Netgalley I just went for it.

And oh my GOD IS IT FANTASTIC.

I hadn’t really known what to expect, I glanced at the plot, didn’t read any other reviews, and went ahead and stuck it on my kindle and had around 12 hours of travelling time to just read the shit out of it.

You’re immediately swept in, this very Italian inspired world full of dark magic and intrigue. It’s absolutely beautiful, from the descriptions of cities to the colourful language of the characters (which I’ll go on to in a minute), to the hilarious footnotes written by our comedic narrator.

Mia Corvere, despite only being a teenager, swears, a lot. I find it rather peculiar sometimes when a teenage character doesn’t swear at all, because it can’t be further from the truth. Despite being in a fantasy setting, Mia’s dialogue is funny and real and truthful. She’s furious, and why shouldn’t she be? Her family, her life, has been taken away from her. What better way than to just soak and boil in revenge and vengeance and be ready to slit the throat of anyone who crosses you? She’s so well rounded, so developed, and strong, in so many ways other than throwing daggers about.

This book was just a cacophony of awesomeness with so many elements drawn in to just make it a fabulous new release. It has action, violence, female friendship, and a whole lot of sex. I’ve always found sex in YA to be a bit timid and awkward, and that’s because it is when you’re a teenager. And while I agree that you can’t give a thumbs up to graphic violence in YA but turn your nose up at graphic sex, I think it’s best to just mention that while the scenes are definitely rather adult and sexy, you still might be a bit surprised that you’re reading a YA fantasy novel and not something from the passion section during these points.

Still, oh so imaginative and now I want to read everything Jay Kristoff has done. GET IT. READ IT. LOVE IT.


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