ABC Book Challenge – C

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ By Sarah J. Maas was my first introduction to Fae worlds. I absolutely love the way the Sarah J. Maas portrays Fae it is always a good read.

I read ‘The Cruel Prince’ By Holly Black after completing the Court of Thorns and roses series and these Fae are quiet different! The focus in ‘The Cruel Price’ is more politically based and I really enjoyed that mix of Fae and a somewhat political Drama.

‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ By Claire Luana made this list for a different reason. I really enjoyed the book, I loved the concept of guilds surrounding food but it took me forever to read. I still have no idea why.

‘Children of Blood and Bone’ By Tomi Adeyemi is one that I’ve had on my TBR for so long, I just haven’t picked it up for some reason. Hopefully I can get to it soon!

‘Children of Time’ By Adrian Tchaikovsky is a SciFi that I haven’t heard too much about but looks really interesting. Its another one that I am super keen to get too!

Review: ‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ By Claire Luana

‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ 
By Claire Luana
Book #1 in the Confectioner’s Guild Series

Publisher: Live Edge Publishing
Publish Date: 2018
Pages: 311
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy/Mystery
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia 

Wren knew her sweet treats could work wonders, but she never knew they could work magic. She barely has time to wrap her head around the stunning revelation when the head of the prestigious Confectioner’s Guild falls down dead before her. Poisoned by her cupcake. 

Now facing murder charges in a magical world she doesn’t understand, Wren must discover who framed her or face the headsman’s axe. With the help of a handsome inspector and several new friends, Wren just might manage to learn the ropes, master her new powers, and find out who framed her. But when their search for clues leads to a deep-rooted conspiracy that goes all the way to the top, she realizes that the guild master isn’t the only one at risk of death by chocolate. 

If Wren can’t bring the powerful culprit to justice, she and her friends will meet a bittersweet end.

I’m going to be straight up… This book took me ages to finish! I finally marked it as read today and I had started it on the 13th of November and finished it on the 10th of December! For a 300 page book this is insane. 

It definitely didn’t have anything to do with not wanting to read it or finding it boring or anything like that. It was 100% because the last term of the year was winding down and I was/am absolutely EXHAUSTED! So reading was kind of on the back burner for me for a little bit. 

To the book… 

‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ follows a confectioner named Wren. She begins her journey as an apprentice before being whisked away to the Confectioner’s Guild where she learns more about herself and is given the opportunity to continue to bake and create but also to move up in the guild. We continue to follow Wren as things take a turn for the worse and Wren is accused of murder! 

I was so intrigued to work out who the murderer was that I genuinely was frustrated with feeling to tired to read at night (and by that I mean I genuinely would almost fall asleep after work and then go to bed at 8pm) The writing is well done and I feel as though the characters were well developed. I enjoyed their nature and characteristics and definitely felt as though I was following Wren as she experienced these things for the first time. 

If you like a not intense but still interesting mystery with a side of fantasy then I would definitely recommend this book/series!

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars:  4/5

December TBR

Even though the last month of 2018 has already started and the countdown to Christmas and the New Year are upon us I still wanted to post a TBR for the month. 

We are already 5 days into December (as I am writing this) and I’m going to be honest, I’ve been awful at reading and haven’t made much progress. With the end of Term T minus 3 days away, I am pretty flat out from arrival to leaving in the afternoons. I’ve also been trying to keep up with Vlogmas which I have a love/hate relationship with. I love all the videos but I also struggle to keep up with them all! 

During December I am also planning to take part in the ‘Christmas at Hogwarts’ Read-a-thon. The books of which I will include in this post. 

So my reading plans are: 
* Finish ‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ By Claire Luana
* ‘The Explorer’ By Katherine Rundell 
* ‘Shadow and Bone’ By Leigh Bardugo 
* ’50 Ways to Yay’ By Alexi Panos
* ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas
* Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ By J.K. Rowling

Lets hope that this list isn’t to ambitious! 

What is on your December TBR?