Queen of Nothing Review👑

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Hi guys,

I’m not entirely sure how to write a proper composed review for this book, but I promise I’m going to try my best!

Before I start let me just say that there WILL be minor spoilers in the review! Do NOT read if you haven’t read the book! Or do, if you are that reckless!

I also want to be real soppy for a second and say how much these books mean to me! I bought The Cruel Prince on a whim because it was in the sale for £5 and the cover was pretty. And then I read it. I don’t think I’ve ever been SO changed by a book series before! Jude is officially my book girlfriend, I love her and I would do anything for her. Thank you Holly Black for creating such a magical and enticing world for so many people to get lost in. I will be forever grateful.

Ok now that’s done, I guess it’s time to actually talk about the book!

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including squaring up to a cannibalistic faerie.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

I’m in awe. Honestly I don’t know where to start. I love love LOVE the way Holly Black incorporates the faerie word into the mortal world. The introduction and explanation of how far folk survive and live in the human world is so COOL and I’m almost hoping we get a book all about a certain group of people trying to live on the mortal world!

I adore all the new characters, on both sides! I love the new enemies, the old enemies, the new allies and the old allies. There isn’t a character in the book I don’t adore with my whole heart. But what kind of a review would this be if I didn’t mention Cardan at least once?

Cardan. Where do I start? I love that disaster boy, that chaos king. I’m (still) obsessed with his whole character design. Specifically that tail. I’m in love with his tail. I’ve seen some people say that they don’t like how Cardan ‘softened’ in this book but?? Did we read the same book? Personally I haven’t seen Cardan stronger, braver or smarter than in this book. My boy was on the top of his game, he killed it the whole way through and I’m compel they obsessed with him.

JUDE. My wife. I love her. I know some people are sick of seeing her horn hairstyle but I’m so pleased that it was bright back, it was such a lovely homage to the first book and kind of helps to show how much has changed. She is the strongest woman I know and I will stand by Jude no matter what. I relate to her in a lot of ways, so seeing her overcome so much, and doing so well for herself despite how scared she is all the time is so reassuring.

This is the first book series to elicit an actually physical reaction from me. When a certain thing happened near the end of the book I wept so hard it actually gave me a headache. I have shed so many tears of sadness and joy over this series and I couldn’t be happier with the ending. And no doubt I will probably not be able to wait and start rereading the books again by February, so I don’t have to wait long to cry all over again!

I have so much to say about so many things, but I will literally end up writing a whole novel. I’m planning costumes, tattoos, art and lifestyle choices because of these books. Holly Black has truly changed my life with this series, and there aren’t enough stars in the sky to give this book a high enough rating.

But I will sum it up as being about a 10/5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m still not over this series and will be re-reading it all at least once a year for the rest of my life.

Do you love this series as much as I do?

Until next time!

Elizabeth

My Fictional Bucket List!

Hello!

I had this idea to make a ‘Fictional Bucket List’ after working on my real one and thinking about how many thing I would love to do that aren’t real!

I will admit, this list could go on for a very long time, so I am just going to do my top 10! Let me know if you would also like to do some of them, or what some of your own Fictional Bucket List things would be!

1. Go on a Road Trip with the Gangsey!

I would literally cry if I could transport myself into The Raven Cycle books and join the gang on a road trip! Even if it was into a creepy cave to find a long dead king! They are my favourite fictional friendship group, and to be apart of them for just one day would be the best😭 Just imagine driving to Cabeswater and hanging out or exploring mountains or even just being at Monmouth!! The Dream!!!

2. Solve a Mystery with Miss Audrey Wadsworth!

Obviously, crime is not fun BUT if I happened to be thrown into the victorian era and happened to be friends with Audrey and we coincidentally ended up in the same place as these crimes, it would be the most fun to try and solve it with her!! She is so cool, one of my favourite fictional women and I like to think we would be friends! If I was less anxious I truly think I would’ve pursued a medical profession, in which case we would be outcomes together!

3. Go on a Pirate Adventure with Felicity Montague!

Felicity is my main girl, I love her and again with the medically inclined woman! I would totally be down to travel with her on a pirate ship, especially is Sim and Joanna are there too! That would just be the most fun and honestly we would probably be like the pirate version of a powerful girl group and I don’t know what my role would be but it would be FUN so it’s not that important!

4. Fly to Neverland!

Peter Pan is my favourite Disney character, so to go to Neverland for a long weekend would be incredible! I would probably hang out most of the time in Mermaid Lagoon, because it’s so magical and honestly not opposed to being drowned if it meant I then became a mermaid too! Love Peter but probably wouldn’t fit in very well with the Lost Boys so he would pretty much just be my ride there.

5. Find Narnia In a Wardrobe!

I don’t even think I need to say how cool this would be!! I’m alone you are on holiday or something, and there’s an old wardrobe in your bedroom. Just for a laugh you check the back and it’s TREES! And then you get to go and have tea with Mr Tumnus and Mrs Beaver cooks you a nice meal and you get to see the Lamp Post!!! I would pass out with joy, that would just be the most amazing thing!!!

6. Train With Jude Duarte!

I would request we used foam swords instead of real ones, but I would LOVE to be trained by Jude! I’m huge into leaping, so to learn some actual sword fighting from someone as skilled as Jude would be so amazing! Plus…. I might also get to see Cardan sometime….

7. Go to The Ritz with Aziraphale an Crowley!

I love those Ineffable Husbands so much, and it’s always been my dream to have tea at The Ritz, so why not two birds with one stone? Especially if I got to ask them about history!! Oh my I would have so many questions, and me and Aziraphale could totally bond over a love of books!!

8. Attend Hogwarts!

I mean, I think we all knew this would be on here somewhere!! I would love to go to school at Hogwarts, even though I have been out of high school for 4 years, I would totally do it all over again if it was Hogwarts!! The classes would be so interesting, and the robes!!! Just the coolest thing!!! Although I would hate Snape being my head of house….

9. Visit the London Institute!

If I could visit the London Institute whilst Tessa, Jem and Will were there…. that would be the best!!! I would love to explore the halls and the library and see the sanctuary!! I am hoping to go to London in real life and try and find the building/area it’s based on!! If only the Shadowhunters were actually inside😭

10. Stay at Green Gables!

Who wouldn’t want to stay on a cute farm with a wild Anne running around? I imagine it would be so much fun, and I would love to be able to act like a kid again with flowers in my hair and puffy sleeves!!! I would also love to help out in the kitchen and see the animals!! I would also love to meet Diana!!

These are my Top 10 things on my Fictional Bucket List!!! There is actually a never ending list of things but I didn’t want to go on forever!

What would be some things on your fictional bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

See you next time!

Elizabeth

The Wicked King Review

Hello again!!

I’m back with another book review! This time I will be talking about ‘The Wicked King’ by Holly Black! I read The Cruel Prince last summer and became completely obsessed! I absolutely love Jude and how Holly Black write about Faeries! And when I heard that she was putting out a sequel I couldn’t have been more excited!

I finally got my hands on a copy of The Wicked King back in February and eventually got round to reading it last week!

Anyway, here is my review on ‘The Wicked King’ by Holly Black!

After learning that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. Someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves. Now she must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan, in order to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

The continuation from ‘The Cruel Prince’ was very well done, there is a chapter in the beginning that helps refresh your memory about what happened and who these characters are, which I really liked because I usually struggle to remember if there’s a really long time between books!

Jude Duarte is one of my all time favourite characters, she is so strong and clever and literally sacrifices so much to protect her brother. Being Human in a Fae world, Jude has to work twice as hard to make sure that she stays ahead of everyone, which includes protecting herself from any of the Fae influences! She is such a strong character, and although there are elements of romance in this book, it never overshadows her control and power.

One of the things I like most about Holly Blacks ‘Elfhame’ is that although it is a Faery land, it is still on Earth, just of the coast of a real place in America, it’s just protected with magic! This means that all the characters have to do to get into the ‘real world’ is get in a boat! I also like how there are items from the real world bright into the story, like certain foods and items of clothing! It makes the Fae world almost more relatable, or at least easier to imagine it’s real!

Without giving to much away, I swear the ending of this book nearly gave me whiplash it turned so fast and I did not see it coming! So much happened in the last chapter or so and I am anxiously awaiting the release ‘The Queen of Nothing’!

I always find Holly Black’s books so easy to read, because to me they are just so enjoyable! The way they are written makes the story flow so smoothly and she manages to make you like characters that are kind of assholes (*cough* Cardan *cough*).

I liked everything about this book, and I can’t find a single negative thing to say. I love all the characters, I love the story, the twists, the surprise betrayals, the setting and mostly, my girl Jude!

‘The Wicked King’ is definitely a book I would recommend, especially if you have read the first book, ‘The Cruel Prince’! If you haven’t read that, I recommend you read that first and the come back to The Wicked King! I rate this book 5/5 stars!

See you next post!

Elizabeth