book review

Book Review: A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood

asosBook: A Snowfall of Silver
Author: Laura Wood
Genre: YA historical fiction, romance

A snow-dusted love story.

In the Autumn of 1931, eighteen-year-old Freya Trevelyan runs away from her home in Cornwall to follow her dream of becoming an actress. When she is invited to join a theatrical company about to head out on tour, Freya thinks the path to success is clear, and, amidst all the glamour and bustle of stage life, she finds – for the first time – a place to belong. But can reality ever live up to her expectations? What if her life – and falling in love – turn out to be nothing like she planned? An enchanting coming of age romance about following your dreams – even when they aren’t quite what you expected.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

A Snowfall of Silver is a historical fiction book set in the 1930s and is about Freya who wants to make it as an actress in the theatre. She runs away from home to her sister’s house in London and ends up travelling with a theatre group and making her own adventures.

I loved A Snowfall in Silver, it’s such a perfect book to read during the winter since it takes place during November and December. It snows a lot in this book and there is even a part in the book where the characters are snowed in, in a theatre and the whole book has such a cosy feel to it.

I loved Freya and I loved how straight forward she was about what she wanted from life, I also liked how she recognised her own naivety to things in life. I loved reading about her travelling with the theatre group and I loved the friendships she made with the rest of the group. I described the wintry setting as cosy before but I also think the characters made the book feel cosy too. They are such a tight knit group who (mostly) got along really well over the course of their travelling. The romance was so sweet and I loved how it wasn’t the main focus of the story but was still an important part of the book.

I loved the writing but I knew I was going to anyway since I’ve loved Laura Wood’s A Sky Painted Gold and Under A Dancing Star books. The writing style is very captivating and makes you love the characters, setting, plot and story even more. The story of A Snowfall of Silver is already dazzling as it’s about Freya being a part of this travelling theatre group who are touring different cities during the cold winter months but the writing makes the book even more dazzling.

Freya is the younger sister of Lou from Laura Woods’ A Sky Painted Gold. I loved A Sky Painted Gold but you don’t need to read it before reading A Snowfall of Silver since they are both standalones but I would recommend reading A Sky Painted Gold anyway because it’s a great book too.

Overall I loved A Snowfall of Silver. I loved Freya and her adventure as she tries to live her own life the way she wants and the thoughts she has along the way. I loved the cast of characters in this book and the wintry setting added so much atmosphere to the story. I loved the writing just like I had when I read other books by the same author. A Snowfall of Silver is a book that makes you smile so much when reading it and I really enjoyed reading it.

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My Winter 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books On My Winter 2020 TBR. I really enjoy doing seasonal tbrs even though sometimes I don’t stick to them. I recently did a post talking about the winter book releases I’m most excited for so I didn’t included any of those in this list but I do still plan on reading those too.

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If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
Unconquerable Sun (The Sun Chronicles #1) by Kate Elliott
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee
Protecting Her Mate (The Nightstar Shifters #2) by Ariel Marie
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

What books are on your winter tbr?

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Winter 2020 Book Releases I’m Most Excited About

There are so many new releases for the winter months so I decided to narrow down my list to just seven of my MOST anticipated releases of winter 2020.

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Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams
I love this series and I can’t believe the last book (I think it’s the last book anyway) is finally getting released. The second book was released in 2016 and I read it as soon as it came out so it’s been a long time since I’ve read these books but I’m still so excited for it. I’ll probably need to reread the first two books in the series to refresh my mind on it. I love Sandy Williams’ writing and can’t wait to dive right into this world again.

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews
I didn’t even know this book was a thing until recently which makes me feel like a bad fan of the Kate Daniels books. This isn’t about Kate, it’s about Julie and I’m very excited to read it. I think it was released on the author’s blog first but I haven’t read it yet and I’m glad it’s being bound up into a book.

A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas
I think this book will be on a lot of people’s most anticipated lists because it’s such a popular series. I love Sarah J Maas’ writing and every one of her books is an auto buy one for me.

Liberté (Enchantée #2) by Gita Trelease
I really enjoyed the first book in this series when I read it last year so I very excited for the sequel. I think I might have to reread the first book before reading this one to remind myself of the details since it’s been a while.

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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
I hope this one is as good as the blurb sounds because ever since I read the blurb I’ve been very excited about it. It’s been compared to City of Bones (which I love) and is an urban fantasy (which is one of my favourite genres). This book sounds so good and I can’t wait to read it.

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
I loved The Iron Fey series and the spin off series featuring Ethan and now The Iron Raven is being released. This book is about Puck and I hope it’s as good as the original series. I don’t know if I should reread the original series or not but either way I’m very excited about this book too.

Unchosen by Katharyn Blair
This is a book I only recently heard about but it sounds so good that I’m now very excited about it.

What winter releases are you most excited about?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Wintry Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie. For this topic I choose to go with wintry book titles. The book titles I’ve listed mainly feature the words Winter, Frost and Ice.

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Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5) by J.R. Ward
A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5) by Sarah J Maas
Frostbitten (Otherworld #10) by Kelley Armstrong
Ice Massacre (Mermaid of Eriana Kwai #1) by Tiana Warner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
Iced (Fever #6) by Karen Marie Moning
Home for the Holidays (Night Nightress #6.5) by Jeaniene Frost

What book titles do you think sound wintry?

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November Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In November:

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The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18) by J.R. Ward – 3 STARS

I feel that the BDB books have become more formulaic in recent years and that can be both a good and bad thing. It’s good because I still enjoy this world and writing but it’s bad because I feel like the characters are sometimes lesser versions of previous characters for example I feel that Jo (who is the main female character in this book) reminded me so much of Therese from the previous book, they were very interchangeable characters. As for the male lead Syn, I liked his darkness in previous books but when it came to this book (his book) he wasn’t as dark and brooding as he seemed. He reminded me a bit of Murhder where their reputations are really built up then in their own book they are nothing like what we’ve previously thought they were.

Delivering Evil for Experts (The Guild Codex: Demonized #4) by Annette Marie – 5 STARS

I loved this book, it’s the final one in The Guild Codex: Demonized series and I loved it. I loved how much this book centred on the relationship between Zylas and Robin. I’ve loved their interactions throughout this whole series but I definitely feel like this book took their relationship to a whole new level. Obviously the romance had ramped up but it wasn’t just that, I feel like the emotional connection between each other really deepened in this book and the ending was so good, I loved it.

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee – 4 STARS

Jade City is such a well written story and I loved how it was so easy to imagine it in my head, this book feels like a movie or tv show because the scenes definitely suit it. It’s such a complex story that centres around clan warfare and the familial bond of one of those clans. It was very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. There were also some twists I didn’t expect and I’m excited for the next one in the series.

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Reaper’s Pack by Rhea Watson – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this book and I liked how the characters were fleshed out and I felt like they all had their own personalities. I also liked the back story of the main character and I liked the premise of her being a grim reaper. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t find it particularly memorable which is why I gave it 3 stars.

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 STARS

I’ve been hearing non stop buzz about this book recently so I decided to just pick it up because it sounded like something I’d love. And I did really like this book, I enjoyed the characters and the overall story arc but I did think it dragged on a bit. I mean, I was liking what I was reading but this book is one of those books where you feel like you’ve read a lot of it and then you realise you only read a small percentage, I also found the big twists predictable but it was still an enjoyable read.

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith – 3 STARS

I loved the premise of this book. It’s about a librarian who’s tasked with keeping unwritten books and unwritten characters in order in a library in hell. The concept of this book is so interesting, I loved how it centred around books and I loved the writing of it, it’s so quotable. Even though I loved the premise and the writing, I did feel the characters were a bit lacking. I don’t know why, I just didn’t connect of feel for any of them which left me a bit unattached to them and the story but overall I do think it’s an interesting adventure story.

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I Hear the Sunspot: Limit 1 by Yuki Fumino – 2 STARS

I enjoyed the other volumes in this series but I was a bit disappointed in this one. I feel like not much is really happening in the story and even though I enjoyed the other books I feel like I might not end up continuing with the series.

Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews – 4 STARS

I really liked Emerald Blaze and the series overall. I love Ilona Andrews’ writing and how they write a story. Every book I’ve read by them has such a perfect balance between a great plot, fleshed out characters and a captivating romance and this book was no different. I loved reading about Catalina and Alessandro and their interactions between each other, especially after the ending of the last book.

Sailing With Her Wolf (The Nightstar Shifters #1) by Ariel Marie – 3 STARS

Sailing With Her Wolf is a short FF paranormal romance that I only recently heard about and decided to pick up. I liked the characters and their romance and I liked how Marley was a shifter, I wanted to read more about her and her pack. There wasn’t much to the story besides the romance but I still enjoyed it and I’m excited to read more books by this author.

Blog Posts I Did In November:

Books I Want To Read Before The End Of 2020

My Favourite Book Titles Of 2020

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum Book Review

Characters I’d Name A Pet After

My October Wrap Up 2020

What books did you read in November?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I’d Name a Pet After

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Characters I’d Name a Pet After. The character names I picked for this list and all interesting characters and I feel they all have names that I think would suit a pet.

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Bones (Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost)
Zylas (The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie)
Magnus (Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare)

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Callypso (The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa)
Xhex (Black Dagger Brotherhood – Lover Mine by J.R. Ward)
Manon (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas)

What characters would you name a pet after?