Bookish Feels: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Aaahhhhh the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic!

The Book: Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall. (From Goodreads)

My Feels: Can I just say that I love Kell and Rhy? They are the swooniest (is that a word? ha) brothers in fiction! Lila is pretty bad ass, but I feel like feisty woman are always in books as of late, so I'm afraid I overlooked her a bit. BUT the chemistry she has with Kell! I'm all over it, and will ship them to the ends of the earth.

So as a sequel, this book did not disappoint despite the cliffhanger. From the twittersphere, I knew it was coming and I had a good idea when it could come. So that said, I think the sequel really set up the overall story for books 2 & 3 and left the reader wanting more.

Schwab created this awesome world that's so captivating (can someone please find me an Antari to bring me to Red London? I will take the high chance of being blown into a million pieces just so I can see it). She also did a great job with character development. I love seeing these characters I care about get into a mess of trouble and continue to grow from it.

great characters + awesome setting + magic = AMAZING!!!

The book's been out for more than a week now and I am so happy for the author for hitting the NYT Bestseller list! She truly deserves it, and I cannot wait for the last installment of this magical series.

So if you haven't started the book, I suggest you do so now and help me get over my FEELS, because I am suffering from a book hangover.

I will say chapter 2 of the last section of the book was my favorite scene so far in the series. When you get to that part, let me know so we can swoon together!