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Pre-Raphaelite ask game (Part I)
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Are you a very passionate person? Does emotion or rationality rule you?
  • John Everett Millais: Do you mind what others think of you?
  • William Holman Hunt: Are you a proud person?
  • James Collinson: Are you religious? If so, how important is religion to you?
  • Frederic George Stephens: Would you rather express yourself through painting or the written word?
  • William Michael Rossetti: Are you a very organized person?
  • Thomas Woolner: Would you consider moving to a foreign country or do you like to live close to home?
  • Charles Allston Collins: Are you a determined person or are you prone to abandon things when hope/inspiration seems to be lacking?
  • Alexander Munro: Are you good at keeping secrets?
  • Walter Howell Deverell: Purely for aesthetic reasons, are there any modern-day celebrities or public personalities that you would consider your muse? Who might they be?
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
  • John Brett: The forest or the sea-side?
  • William Bell Scott: Would you ever consider a polyamorous relationship?
  • William Morris: Do you generally draw inspiration from life or from literature?
  • Simeon Solomon: Biblical stories or Arthurian legends?
  • Alice Boyd: If you could be the Lord or Lady of any estate, what would it look like?

A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab

Pages: 414 Pages
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Date Started: May 30th, 2017
Date Finished: June 3rd, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.06

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab is a breath of fresh air when it comes to recent YA fantasy novels. It had a feel similar to Howl’s Moving Castle with even less of a romance feel. The world building alone made it a story worth reading. It was unique and new and while some of the descriptions were vague, they still felt well-written and complete. The idea of four uniquely different Londons in four separate dimensions was a refreshing take on the idea of magic.

The characters are sufficiently fleshed out without spending too much time on the actual character building. Kell was a nicely written protagonist that didn’t come across as being overly perfect, and while he was one of only two “special” magic users, it wasn’t the end all/be all of powers. He could still lose a fight and he wasn’t infallible. Lila was a character that didn’t immediately come across as being likeable. And to be honest, even at the end of the book, I still had reservations about her. She just seemed a touch too forced. Her attitude didn’t seem as genuine. She did eventually grow on me and lo and behold, tragic back story was unlocked. But I don’t have any complaints, there are still two other books to read in the trilogy so there is plenty of room for both from all the characters.

The pacing of the novel was a bit slow. With all the world-building and plot development, it seemed necessary. The story did eventually take off and was enjoyable throughout. The ending alone was nicely written and wrapped up well. It’s a book worth reading and I look forward to the second book in the trilogy.

☆☆☆☆☆ out of 5 stars

the signs as stupid things people in my class have done
  • Aries: taken selfies with several teacher's asses
  • Taurus: asked the geography professor if he ships drarry
  • Gemini: called me daddy three days in a row because he didnt know of daddy kink and then got really disgusted when someone told him and never did it again
  • Cancer: had a meme war with someone who constantly stole printed out memes he hung up and actually planned to fake his death
  • Leo: nearly started a webcomic to get back at andrew hussie for ruining his life
  • Virgo: sang a song from a cat game that made another person break out in tears
  • Libra: hid in the closet of the room of some girls just to use his phone and then wordlessly walked out again and left the room and no one questioned it
  • Scorpio: unofficially married skrillex
  • Sagittarius: left school early to buy a rug, and wasnt there half the day once because she needed to return her snowboard
  • Capricorn: wore a nicolas cage mask half the day while other people visited the school and stared at them
  • Aquarius: actually just took a picture while making candles at night, but ended up looking like they were summoning satan
  • Pisces: had an asthmatic reaction on a school trip while the teachers were in some bar and searched the whole hotel for an asthma spray