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ARC Book Review | Little White Lies by Philippa East.

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Title – Little White Lies.

Author – Philippa East.

Expected date published – 4th February 2020.

Publisher – HQ.

Series status – Standalone.

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Synopsis

She only looked away for a second…

Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.

But seven years later, Abigail is found.

And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…


My thought on the book

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book*

An intense web of secrets, a mysterious lie hanging over them. Little White Lies was a riveting read showing how complex trauma is, and how it destroys not only the victim but also their families.

The two different perspectives worked well and the voices were distinct. I found Jess naive and somewhat childlike and I felt sorry for her. I didn’t connect well with Anne but only because I knew she was hiding something and I couldn’t trust her.

It was intriguing to see what could happen when a missing child is returned after so many years. How it can tear families apart and change not only the kidnapped child but also the ones closest to them.

I quickly realised that all was not as it seemed and some of the characters were hiding things. Anne’s reaction to her daughter coming home was somewhat strange and angered me at points. I couldn’t understand why she reacted the way she did, however, it all becomes clear at the end.

Overall, this book was riveting, exciting and kept me engaged. I had so many questions and I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know the whole truth. A great debut novel and I’m so excited for the author’s future books!


Have you read Little White Lies? If so, what did you think?

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20 Dystopian Writing Prompts To Inspire Your Next Novel

A writer can never have too much inspiration. The next instalment in my writing prompt series is Dystopian. If you’d like to check out my other posts in this series, I’ll leave the links below;

20 Winter Writing Prompts For An Inspiring December

30 Fantasy Writing Prompts for a Creative November

3 Word Creative Writing Prompts (For The Horror Writer In You)

Keep writing and stay inspired!


1. A plague hits your walled-in town, but instead of people dying, they just disappear into a poof of smoke.

2. All men are gone from the world, how do women conceive in this new world?

3. Don’t go outside after dark or you won’t even be around to regret it.

4. A siren sounds off every evening and every morning, why?

5. The government is stealing babies and you were one of them 14 years ago.

6. Everyone has to enlist in the army when they turn 16. This year it’s time for you to begin your training.

7. A meteor strike 100 years ago sent the remaining humans underground. Today is the day you emerge..

8. A deadly cat and mouse game takes place in a walled off city.

9. After a nuclear bomb destroyed the world, a new society was created where teens have developed strange powers.

10. Parents have the choice to kill you or send you to be imprisoned. Your parents chose to hide you underground..

11. The government is killing people to save money on the healthcare service.

12. Every human is born with a certain animal tattooed on their skin, why?

13. When they reach the age of 10, every child is sent to the lab to be tested on. When they emerge 6 years later they are not the same as they once were..

14. The world freezes over and humans disappear into bunkers. Write what happens when they emerge.

15. Every child must learn about how their community was formed – except everything that is taught is lies.

16. A competition is held every 5 years to weed out the weak. This year – the rules have changed and the participants are now teenagers.

17. You discover your entire life has been a lie..

18. Global warming destroyed the world as we know it, what is it like 200 years later..

19. The government drove everyone mad and many people died. What community was born after the fallout?

20. An underground community has strict rules. What happens if you break those rules?


Let me know if you use any of these, I’d love to read what you create 🙂

How To Avoid Stigmatising Mental Health In Your Novel

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog. In today’s post I’m going to be talking about how to avoid stigmatising mental health in your novel. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness (and in my opinion made worse by social media) and people seem to be determined to see mental illness in a certain way. Every single person suffering from an illness is completely different, and everyone’s experiences are individual. The portrayal of mental illnesses in popular fiction (books, TV, film etc), if done incorrectly, can make the stigma worse and is damaging to those of us who suffer. Below, I’m going to share some tips to help you portray mental illness in the best way you can..


Although not everyone will feel comfortable sharing their experiences, as long as you are respectful and remain non judgemental some sufferers will be perfectly happy to give you some insight. Talking to actual sufferers of mental illness can be enlightening and give you valuable first hand accounts on what it’s like to live with a condition. This information can enable you to to craft a realistic portrayal of a character suffering from a mental illness.

Side note – remember never use information that enables anyone to be identified. Remove all identifying features, change their histories and/or life experiences so your character is a new person. Lots of writers use bits and pieces from all different kinds of people to create characters, because basing a character too similar to someone in real life can open you up to problems.


Use proper, respected sites to gather your information about the mental illness you are including in your novel. Remember that there are many different symptoms related to mental illnesses and you don’t always have to just use the typical, well known ones in your novel.

Some greats sites include Mind | Childline | Rethink | Beat.


Don’t scrimp on research, and make it a priority to check and double check before the final manuscript is released. Also, take your time when you are developing characters to make sure that every aspect is weaved into the story. Make sure you have accounted for things like possible causes, a detailed history and how it affects their everyday life.


It can be easy to observe mental illness in films/books/tv shows and automatically assume the portrayal is correct or that’s the only way someone with a mental illness presents. Sadly, many fictional portrayals (especially films) can be highly stigmatised and often show sufferers to be dangerous. Also, don’t use information from tabloid newspapers. These articles can be harmful for stigma and often contain incorrect information.


This irritates me because recovery is not something that happens overnight and it’s unlikely to happen without treatment of some sort. These things take time and hard work. Acting like miraculous recovery is the norm may make people believe that that’s how it happens in real life, or that all you have to do is think positive and boom, you’re cured.


Have you written a fiction book including mental illness? Do you have any tips for writers on this topic?

What’s In My Writer Toolkit? (And Tips On Creating Your Own!)

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing what’s in my writer toolkit and how you can go about making your own. There are many definitions as to what a writer toolkit is but to me it’s anything I need nearby or anything I find helpful when I’m writing. I keep the majority of my items in the above Harry Potter bag one of my close friends got me for Christmas (you can check out her blog here!) Without further ado, here is my writer toolkit..


Novel bible.

This is probably the most important item in my toolkit. If you don’t know what a novel bible is it’s basically a collection of all aspects of your novel – character information, locations, scenes, research etc. It’s so when you’re writing you have all the information at hand. Although there are computer programs that are great for this, I find there’s nothing like good old pen and paper. It also saves having 10 tabs open and getting easily distracted from writing. At the moment I’m currently in the process of trying different things to discover which works best for me as a writer, but for now I am just using an A4 notebook.


Bullet journal.

At the present time I just have one bullet journal for all of my needs – including my personal planning as well as my writing life. I’m in the process of deciding on whether or not I want a separate one just for writing, but for now my one bullet journal always needs to be nearby so I know where I’m up to and what I need to do next.

If you’d like to see inside of my bullet journal you can see my 2019 Bullet Journal post here. 


Scene cards.

It took me a long time to discover the advantages of using index cards for my scenes, but it’s honestly the best way I’ve found to organise my outline. In my toolkit I keep my current novel’s scene cards as well as some spare ones in case I need to add anything in as I go.


Emotion thesaurus.

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while after seeing it recommended in a YouTube video. I struggle a lot with ‘show don’t tell’ especially when it comes to emotions. This book is helping me so much with finding different ways of describing emotions whilst also improving my writing. This should be a staple in all writer’s toolkits!


The Witch’s Journal and The Green Witch.

I am fascinated by anything to do with Witchcraft and the Pagan religion so it’s only natural it creeps into my novels. I was pleased to receive these books for Christmas from my best friend, and I put them straight into my toolkit. They are an amazing reference for writing my current and future novels.


1000 Words To Expand Your Vocabulary.

This was another book I received for Christmas from Channie! As a writer I am fascinated by words and this is a great book for learning new words!


iPad keyboard.

Lastly, I have my iPad keyboard. It’s nothing fancy, just a bog standard Bluetooth keyboard. I do the majority of my writing on my iPad because I find writing on a computer hurts my eyes and because it’s heavy I can’t use it for long periods of time. However, there’s nothing like typing on a keyboard so this was an essential purchase for me.


  • What are some essentials you can’t write without? Maybe it’s things you absolutely must have before you can even start writing. Notebooks, laptop/tablet, pens, novel bibles, scene cards are some ideas.
  • Are there any reference books that you find useful when your writing, or that relate to your current work in progress? For example – my witch’s journal. However, this could also mean dictionaries or thesaurus, or vocabulary books.
  • Are there any books on the craft of writing you like to dip in and out of while writing?
  • Do you like to keep a planner for your writing? Somewhere you write down your goals, deadlines, ideas? Whether that’s a bullet journal, Filofax, page a day diary etc.
  • Anything you use/get inspiration from – favourite books, pictures, music, quotes.


Do you have a writer toolkit? If so, what’s in yours?

December Wrap Up + Goodreads Challenge Final Update

Welcome to my last Blogmas post and final blog post of 2018. Today I’m going to be sharing what I read in December and also wrap up my 2018 Goodreads challenge. 2018 hasn’t been the best reading year for me – in between a massive move and starting 2 modules at university I’ve been busy, too tired or lacking concentration to read as much as I normally do. However, looking back at all the books I’ve read this year I’ve been really lucky to read many amazing books. I’m surprised because I’m not always one to rate 5 stars and as you’ll see I had a lot of 5 star reviews. You’ll notice I don’t have any 1 or 2 stars reads this year and that’s because 9 times out of 10 if I’m not enjoying a book I’ll abandon it. Without further ado, here is my wrap up!


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

I also read the Assassins Blade this year and loved it. I have had this series on my shelf for the longest time and I finally got to read it. I’ve only read the first one and part of the second one so far, before I got distracted with my Christmas books. However, I’m enjoying the series so far and I’m excited to see what happens next.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling.

So I started my reread this month and once again I have fallen more in love with Harry Potter (who even knew that was possible!). It’s exciting to read and remember all the little things I’ve forgotten.

You can read my review for this book here.

Another post that may interest you is Harry Potter Scenes I Wish Were In The Movies Part 1.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.

This month I decided to try a free trial of Scribd. I love it – and unlike Audible you can listen to as many books as you want in a month for the same price. This was my first book by Victoria Schwab and it’s safe to say that I fell in love with her writing. I’m excited to read all her other books in the new year.

Mr Greedy, Mr Mischief and Mr Happy by Roger Hargreaves.

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter.

The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter.

Castle of Doom by Sarina Hossain.

The last few books I read in December were very short. With only 6 hours to go until midnight I was determined I was getting to my goal of 50 books. I have never failed a challenge yet and I wasn’t having it beat me. I crammed in the last 6 books and I did it!


Goal – 50 books.

Final count – 50 books.

5 star book review

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter.
  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter.
  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.
  • Mr Bump by Roger Hargreaves.
  • The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore.
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  • The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore.
  • I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen.
  • My Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih.
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber.
  • The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  • The Doll by J.C Martin.
  • Mr Greedy by Roger Hargreaves.
  • Mr Mischief by Roger Hargreaves.
  • Mr Happy by Roger Hargreaves.
  • The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

4 star book review

  • Night of the Living Dummy by R.L Stine.
  • The Blob That Ate Everyone by R.L Stine.
  • Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
  • The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Last Days of Lorien by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore.
  • Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis.
  • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Rain by Virginia Bergin.
  • The Storm by Virginia Bergin.
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud.
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter.

3 star book review

  • The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter.
  • A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke.
  • Island by David Almond.
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.
  • Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
  • The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Seed by Lisa Heathfield.
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.
  • Immortal Girls by Griffin Stark.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Signal Failure by David Wailing.
  • Castle of Doom by Sarina Hossain.

What have been your favourite books this year? I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve. I’ll see you all in the new year!

Book Review | Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Title – Day 21.

Author – Kass Morgan.

Publication date – 16th September 2014.

Publisher – Little Brown Books.

Series status – 2nd book in the 100 series.


Synopsis

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.


My thought on the book

4 star book review

*Minor spoilers ahead*

Oh my life!! There were so many twists and turns in this book. They just kept coming and coming!

I loved the survival aspect of this book. I thought it was pretty cool when they started to build their own cabins at the beginning. The world building was amazing and I really enjoyed reading about Earth as it is in the book. It kinda made me forget for a while that this book is a work of fiction.

I felt like the characters started to really develop in this book. They all had their own problems and were all determined to sort them out.

I liked how the author showed ya what was happening up on the ship as well as down on Earth.

Back up on the ship, it must have been terrifying to know that the oxygen reserves were running dangerously low and realised you were literally suffocating to death. When Glass realised the air vent was blocked on the other side I felt disheartened for her. Her and Luke had finally gotten back together and for a while it looked like they were going to make it.

I was intrigued by the Earthborn’s and what they wanted, and how they even survived the radiation. There were a lot of surprises in this book – some were obvious, some weren’t but all the same it made the book exciting and fast paced.

I was literally holding my breath the entire time Glass and her mother were fighting their way to the dropships. It was SO tense and then the guard demanded Glass get off so he could take her place. I could feel everyone’s terror as they fought for a space, knowing if they didn’t get a place they were going to die.

Overall, I loved this book. It had lots of surprises however some parts were predictable and I found myself yelling out that I knew something was going to happen.


How you read Day 21? If so, what did you think?

Book Review | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Title – Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets.

Author – J.K Rowling.

Publication date – 2nd June 1999.

Publisher – Bloomsbury Publishing.

Series status – 2nd book in the Harry Potter series.

(Click here to read my review of the first book). 


Synopsis

‘The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?’

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My thought on the book

“There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.” – Dobby.

*may contain minor spoilers.*

5 star book review

Going into this book I was surprised with how much I re-learned about the Harry Potter universe. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve re-read the series, but I honestly cannot imagine ever getting bored of it.

Aw, Dobby, I love him! He was so cute and protective of Harry. He tried so hard to keep him from harm even if he didn’t do it in the best way possible.

Again, I love all the details I forget about when I haven’t read the books in a while, and the things the films leave out (you can read that post here!). I love how we learn so many new things about Hogwarts and the characters in this book.

I loved visiting the Burrow and reading about all the magical things Harry hasn’t experienced before. It was lovely to find out more about Mr and Mrs Weasley and Ginny too. I loved Mr Weasley’s enthusiasm with everything muggle related like for example a telephone. I’m fascinated by all the entire Wizarding world so a telephone is super boring compared to that. I love Ginny, and I hate how the films hardly feature her and and we don’t get to see the Ginny we know and love from the books.

I really loved how Mr Weasley’s car had a mind of its own and how angry it got with Harry and Ron for making it fly so far. It got so angry it spat them out and drove off into the distance. However, I also loved how it came back in their time of need.

My first impressions of Gilderoy Lockhart was he was so full of himself. He just seemed to get more and more annoying and self-absorbed as the story went on. Sometimes I wanted to reach through the pages and punch him in the face!

I never really noticed all the similarities between Harry and Voldemort when I first read the books. However, over the years I’ve picked up different bits each time I’ve re-read it. They were both brought up by muggles, both stubborn and determined, both orphans. The only difference they didn’t share was that Harry had good in him and had friendship and love around him, something Voldemort would never know because he was so obsessed with power.

I’m excited to get back into the 3rd book and discover more I’ve forgotten! This book series honestly has my whole heart and I don’t know what I ever would have done without it!


Have you read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? If so, what did you think of it?

Book Review | The 100 by Kass Morgan.

Title – The 100.

Author – Kass Morgan.

Publication date – 3rd September 2013.

Publisher – Little, Brown and Company.

Series status – 1st book in the 100 series.


Synopsis

‘Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

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My thought on the book

4 star book review

*minor spoilers*

The first chapter of this book really gripped my attention and I thought wow, I’m really going to enjoy this book and that I did!

I’ve read quite a few bad reviews of this book, mainly saying that the TV show is better. I’m probably at an advantage because I haven’t watched the show yet, and maybe that’s why I enjoyed this book more than others. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series before I watch the show.

I loved Kass Morgan’s writing style! Her writing was super captivating and it made it incredibly easy to whizz through.

My first thoughts of Clarke was that she was a badass! When the 100 went down to Earth I saw a different side to her. When she was caring for the injured people, she was very caring, even to those she didn’t know. She was also super protective over Thalia and I love to see that in a character.

I enjoyed the different point of views as it allowed me to get to know all the main characters. It was interesting reading the flashbacks as they happened, rather than just being told in the story.

I felt like I really connected with Glass as she reminded me a lot of me. I couldn’t believe why she was confined – I should’ve worked it out but I didn’t. When her and Luke were reunited properly I had so many feelings.

I couldn’t stand Wells. I thought his insane jealously was so dangerous. I can’t believe he held Clarke back from saving the only friend he had, yeah maybe he was trying to protect her but she was trying to save her friend!

I like Bellamy – his dedication to protecting his sister was beautiful, and I loved seeing that softer side to him. I also loved Clarke and Bellamy’s relationship and I thought they were so suited although their personalities are quite different.

I did find it rather predictable. Of course they weren’t going to be alone on Earth, that would have made it a rather boring series! However, overall it was a great book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.


Have you read the 100, if so what did you think about it?

11 Awesome Books I’m Excited To Read In 2019

There are so many books I can’t wait to read in 2019 so it was really difficult to narrow this down. I have a feeling that 2019 could be the best year for books yet..


Finale by Stephanie Garber.

Expected release date – 7th May 2019.

‘Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .’

I read the first two books in this series this year and became obsessed. As you will know if you’ve read my blog for a while, I have a terrible track record of not liking hyped books. This was an exception and I can’t wait to find out what happens next and how the series concludes.

You can read my review for Book 1 – Caraval here, and Book 2 – Legendary here.


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare.

Expected release date – 19th November 2019.

‘Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.’

I know some people are getting fed up with more Shadowhunters books but I honestly can’t get enough! I also will need my fill now that the Tv series has been cancelled.


Slayer by Kiersten White.

Expected release date – 8th January 2019.

‘Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers – girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. 

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever. 

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not the only the newest Chosen One – she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period. 

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested – because someone she loves might be next. 

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.’

I am obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer so when I heard that this book was coming out I couldn’t contain my excitement. Some of the early reviews sound promising so this is one I’ll be buying and reading as soon as it’s released.


We Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia.

Expected release date – 26th February 2019.

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Can we just first talk about this stunning cover? I love books that involve a resistance of some sort and I love that it sounds like part of the book will be set in a school!


The Cerulean by Amy Ewing.

Expected release date – 5th February 2019.

Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.

Is it just me or do book covers seem to get more stunning every year? This book sounds like everything I love in a book – magic, strange worlds and curiosity.


The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees.

Expected release date – 12th March 2019.

The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more—until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

Give me a book about witches any day and I’m happy. There’s also something about creepy, mysterious forests that peak my interest so I’m excited to get into this one.


Heroine by Mindy McGinnis.

Expected release date – 12th March 2019.

Three screws in her hip.
Two months until spring training. 
One answer to all her problems.

Mickey Catalan is no stranger to the opioid epidemic in her small town. There are obituaries of classmates who “died suddenly” and stories of overdoses in gas station bathrooms—but none of that is her. No, Mickey is a star softball catcher—one part of a dynamic duo with her best friend and pitcher Carolina—about to start her senior season with hopes of college recruitment. Until a car accident shatters that plan, along with her hip and Carolina’s arm.

Now Mickey is hurting. She can barely walk, much less crouch behind the plate. Yet a little white pill can make it better. After all, it is doctor prescribed. But when the prescription runs out, Mickey turns to an elderly woman who pushes hot meatloaf and a baggie full of oxy across the kitchen counter. It’s there Mickey makes new friends—other athletes in pain, others with just time to kill—and finds peaceful acceptance, a place where she can find words more easily than she ever has before. But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her desire for pills becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

I think this could become such an important book on the relationship between pain and opioid addiction. I’m excited to see how this book will handle it!


How To Make Friends With The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow.

Expected release date – 9th April 2019.

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

I’ve heard some amazing things about this book from the early reviews. Books involving mental health are close to my heart so I’m looking forward to seeing how this book deals with the topic.


The Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle Van Arsdale.

Expected release date – 22nd January 2019.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

This book sounds mysterious and exciting. I love books about rural or cut off communities so the fact that the protagonist isn’t allowed to leave her family’s farm piqued my interest.


Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young.

Expected release date – 19th March 2019.

The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.

I absolutely loved ‘The Program’ series by this author so I’m super excited to see what she’s written next.


Wilder Girls by Rory Power.

Expected release date – 9th July 2019.

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

Island? Check. School? Check. Weird infectious disease? Check. I mean what more could I ask for in a book! This one is top of my list to read in 2019.


What books can’t you wait to read in 2019?

Book Review | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Title – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Author – J.K Rowling.

Publication date – 26th June 1997.

Publisher – Bloomsbury Publishing.

Series Status – 1st book in the Harry Potter series.


Synopsis.

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

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My Thoughts.

5 star book review

*very minor spoilers*

I didn’t think it was possible to love Harry Potter anymore than I already did but every time I re-read the books I fall more in love. Reading the books again and again has allowed me to appreciate all the little things that the films leave out. The magic and the mystery surrounding the books is so important and fascinating for me. I’m so excited to be back in the magical world and I can’t wait to get started on the next book. I could (and will!) read this series again and again and never get bored, ever.

I still really hate the Dursley’s – why they have to treat Harry like a piece of dirt is beyond me and there could never be any excuses. Dudley is a spoilt brat who gets everything he wants and more and I can never believe just how ungrateful he is. I don’t think I ever realised how vile the Dursley’s are and how badly they treat Harry. Despite all this – Harry turns out alright and I don’t know how he learnt manners living with a bunch of bullies. It’s lovely to see Harry develop throughout the first book as he finds his way through his first year at Hogwarts.

J.K Rowling’s imagination never fails to amaze me. The amount of detail that’s gone into this book is phenomenal – from the little things like sweets, to the history of the supporting characters and the magical world itself.

I loved how we meet Ron and Hermione on the train and Ron says ‘I hope she’s not in my house’. I guess they never saw the future coming because they become the very best of friends and more. I just love the relationship the three of them have and how loyal they are to one another.

Hermione is by far my favourite character and I also think she comes the furthest. I always forget how snobby she was at the very beginning and how terrified she was at the very beginning of breaking even the tiniest of a school rule.

Hagrid also became one of my favourite characters and I feel like he becomes something of a father figure towards Harry. Harry has never had that and Hagrid is always there for him, right from the very beginning when he delivered Harry to the Dursley’s.

I even missed reading about Draco Malfoy and all his sliminess. Oh how different things could have turned out if Harry had taken up his offer of friendship.

Reading about the troll on Halloween is my favourite part of this book because it’s when Harry, Ron and Hermione’s friendship really begins. Ron was so rude to Hermione to begin with and it’s amazing how their friendship blossoms over time. I can’t wait to go on more adventures with my favourite trio.

I can’t help but be annoyed about the parts that the film left out. Especially Hermione’s moment when the trio went from the trapdoor. Ron had his moment with the chess game and Harry with the stone, but they didn’t show Hermione solving the puzzle. I know it’s something small but it’s always annoyed me.

Ah, I have so many good things to say about this book. I don’t think I could ever say one bad thing about Harry Potter and if you haven’t read the books, what are you waiting for?!


Have you read Harry Potter? If so, what did you think?