Bookish Feels: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Instead of my normal book reviews, I've decided to do something new on my blog. No more 'book review' posts; in its place will be 'Bookish Feels.' Basically, it's my way of fangirling over the books I'm reading instead of rating them. Then you can decide for yourself if you'd like to pick it up and have some FEELS of your own! Got it? Cool.

The Book: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

(blurb from goodreads)

My Feels: So I read this in like two days (I would have stayed up all night to finish, but I'm cranky if I don't sleep, and I didn't think the best way to show up Monday to work would be cranky with a book hangover--because so many FEELS).

The best way to describe the adventure within these pages is a rollercoaster. You creep up, slowly, slowly, slowly, anticipating that drop, and suddenly your plummeting into the ride and you're going with it, not stopping until the coaster slows down to an abrupt stop.

That's how I felt the whole time I read it. The up, up, up feeling from the immersive world, getting my bearings, and then once that inciting incident happened, I was plummeting through the plot, devouring it all--the characters, the setting, the dialogue.

And then you have me today. At that abrupt stop, because I pre-ordered the sequel (which comes out today), but it wont be delivered until Thursday. AAGGGHHHH! The agony!!!

So here I am, licking my wounds, while everyone else is devouring the words and I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for my copy.