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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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Book Review | The Rain Belongs Here by Julie Rogers

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Title – The Rain Belongs Here.

Author – Julie Rogers.

Publication Date – 1st November 2019.

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Synopsis

If she succeeds in finding him, he’ll be charged with murder. If she fails, he won’t likely survive on his own.

It’s 2064. Ana lives in the City, an experimental community that has had little contact with outsiders in decades. When her older brother Finn disappears on her 22nd birthday, a seemingly impossible event given the City’s extensive monitoring, she quits school, moves into her station wagon and embarks on an obsessive manhunt. Unable to find him on her own, she’s forced to partner with Aaron, a detective with his own complicated history and agenda.

Together they comb the dregs of the outside world, encountering both the horrors of lawless survivor communities and the unclaimed beauty of the old world. As Ana comes closer to understanding her brother’s disappearance, she’s forced to confront the truth about herself and her place in the City.


My thought on the book

4 star book review

* I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*

The Rain Belongs Here follows Ana as she desperately tries to find her older brother Finn. The book is set in 2064 in an isolated city with no access to the outside world.

The author has built this incredible, addictive world. Firstly, we have the city where people have been made to fear the outside world. It was so interesting to read about this new city that had been created to protect people from the horrors of the outside. When we head out into the old world, it was just as compelling. The different factions we read about are fascinating and I only wanted to find out more about them.

Ana was a great protagonist. Her dedication and obsession with finding her brother drew me into the story. I found myself just as invested as she was in finding her brother. I also found it interesting following her journey into the outside, and how she reacts to this strange, new world she had feared her entire life.

I was constantly guessing about what happened to Finn and what his goal was on the outside. I found myself not believing he would leave his sister, not for anything small, it had to be something big or important.

The writing was incredible – it kept me engaged and reading when I probably should’ve been doing other things. The only disappointment is that this isn’t going to be a series, as I’m not ready to let go of these characters and world. (I have since found out the author is writing a sequel which I’m so excited for!)


Have you read The Rain Belongs Here? If so, what did you think?

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6 Awesome Books I’m Super Excited For In 2020

I love browsing for books, especially those due to be released soon, it’s so exciting!

2019 was full of the great, the funny, the unique and of course the bad. Books every year seem to get better and this year was no different. It’s exciting to wonder what the new year will bring and how many more books will become firm favourites.

Here are the 6 books I’m most looking forward to.


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Expected publication date – 19th May 2020

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Book Cover

Synopsis

‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.’

I love the Hunger Games series, and when Suzanne Collins announced she was releasing another book set in the same universe I couldn’t contain my excitement. I love that it’s set before the events of the first book. I’m so excited to read about new characters, and see if any original characters will make an appearance that im prepared to look past the snake on the front cover lol!.


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Expected publication date – 3rd March 2020

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare book cover

Synopsis

‘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 fed up with the amount of Shadowhunter books there are, however, I am so down for it. I’m excited it’s set in Edwardian times and we get to see more of the past Herondale’s. Cassandra Clare has created this beautiful and infinite universe I just can’t get enough of.


Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. 

Expected publication date – 2nd June 2020

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Synopsis

‘In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.’

This book gives me Caraval vibes and I’m in love with that series. This book seems similar, whilst also having it’s own original aspects. I love anything to do with magic and circuses so I’m excited for this book to release.


Loveless by Alice Oseman.

Expected publication date – 30th April 2020.

Loveless by Alice Oseman book cover

Synopsis

‘Georgia feels loveless – in the romantic sense, anyway. She’s eighteen, never been in a relationship, or even had a crush on a single person in her whole life. She thinks she’s an anomaly, people call her weird, and she feels a little broken. But she still adores romance – weddings, fan fiction, and happily ever afters. She knows she’ll find her person one day … right?

After a disastrous summer, Georgia is now at university, hundreds of miles from home. She is more determined than ever to find love – and her annoying roommate, Rooney, is a bit of a love expert, so perhaps she can help.

But maybe Georgia just doesn’t feel that way about guys. Or girls. Or anyone at all. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe she can find happiness without falling in love. And maybe Rooney is a little more loveless than she first appears.

LOVELESS is a journey of identity, self-acceptance, and finding out how many different types of love there really are. And that no one is really loveless after all.’

I’m not a huge contempary fan, however, Alice Oseman is one of my favourite authors. I read her previous book Radio Silence as an ARC a few years ago and I fell in love. Her writing and character development are breathtaking and it made me fall in love with her books. She is now an auto buy author for me.


Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry. 

Expected publication date – 27th August 2020.

Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry book cover

Synopsis

‘Six teens must band together to survive after a shooting breaks out.

When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices—run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.’

Whilst researching for my latest work in progress, I found my love for YA thrillers. With all the recent shootings in the last few years I think this book is relevant, I just hope the author has done it justice.


Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer.

Expected publication date – 3rd March 2020.

Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer book cover

Synopsis

‘Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.

And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.

With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping, mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutal mythology set against a backdrop of contemporary Ireland that’s impossible to put down.’

Any book featuring witchcraft and I’m almost guaranteed to pick it up. I love that this book has been advertised as blended with celtic mythology. One thing I’ve wanted to see more in the Fantasy genre is representation of mental illness. I find it’s never a thing in the genre so I’m excited to see how that’ll be potrayed in this book.


What books are you excited for in 2020? 

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3 Exciting Books I Hope To Read This December

I don’t know about anyone else but I can’t believe Blogmas has come around again already. It only feels like yesterday I was sat here writing last years posts! In today’s post (and my first for Blogmas 2019!) I’m talking about the 3 books I’m hoping to read this month.

I don’t have an amazing track record with TBR’s, tending to be more of a mood reader, but I love picking out books anyway. My concentration hasn’t been the best lately, in between studying and writing my book, I haven’t had much concentration.

However, I’m hoping this to get back into it this month. There’s nothing like curling up with the Christmas lights shining and reading a good book.


Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. 

 

Synopsis

‘Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.’

I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long, and since I’ve been writing a lot of poetry lately (and preparing my first collection of poetry I’m hoping to publish!) I thought it was about time I picked it up. I’ve heard such great things about this collection so I’m excited to get into it. It’ll also hopefully be an easy read to transition me back into reading more.


Everless by Sara Holland.

Synopsis

‘In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.’

I received this editon in a Fairyloot box, and the books included are always amazing so I have high hopes for this. I haven’t read a fantasy book in so long so it’s exciting to go back to one of my favourite genres.


The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher. 

Synopsis

‘The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible.’

It wouldn’t be December without a Christmas book. I love Christmas and the whole festive period, and this book sounds like the perfect one to get into the Christmas mood. Me and my best friend will be doing a readalong starting from the beginning of December so I’m looking forward to it!


What books are on your December TBR?

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26 Years, 26 Books – My Ultimate Favourite Reads

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog. I turned 26 on the 22nd January, and in honour of this I decided I wanted to share 26 of my ultimate favourite books! This was harder than I anticipated! I wanted to include some of my childhood favourites as well as some from my teenage and adult life. All these books have impacted me in some way and made me who I am today. Grab yourself a cup of your favourite drink and get comfy, because this is going to be a long one..

(All book titles go to Goodreads)


1. Harry Potter Series.

There are never enough words for me to explain what Harry Potter means to me. It’s more than just a favourite book, it’s a world that will stay with me forever, and I mean it when I say I wouldn’t be who I am without it.

You can read my review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone here.

You can read my book review of Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets here.


2. The Faraway Tree Series by Enid Blyton.

All of Enid Blyton’s books have a special place in my heart, but one series that has stuck with me is The Faraway Tree series. I mean what little girl wouldn’t want to climb up a tree and meet so many unique people.


3. The Story Of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson.

I was obsessed with Tracy Beaker when I was young (and I still watch the spin off today!). I had the books, watched the tv series, was obsessed with the film and I even had the magazine. I haven’t read many of Jacqueline Wilson other books, but I’ve been reading them as an adult and think they are fabulous.


4. Wasted by Marya Hornbacher.

This was a book I first read when I was entrenched in my eating disorder. Marya Hornbacher’s writing is beautiful, raw and emotional. I really appreciate how brutally honest she is and how she shows what really goes on when someone is suffering from an eating disorder.


5. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen.

One of my favourite authors of all time – Tess Gerritsen’s writing just blows me away. I was obsessed with this book and I love every single book in the Rizzoli and Isles series – not one book has disappointed me and I look forward to the next book she releases.


6. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

This series will always hold a special place in my heart. I didn’t read the books until I was an adult, but after watching the film I knew I had to. I went through a period in my life when I couldn’t sleep until I had the film on in the background, and when I read the books I fell in love even more. The characters, the settings, the plot, I love everything.


7. Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.

This is another book I didn’t read until later in life. However, one of my fondest memories of my childhood was watching the VHS on the tv in my Nana’s back living room. I related to Harriet because, like her, all I wanted to do was be a writer.


8. The Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S Lewis.

Who wouldn’t love this book as a child? A secret world inside a wardrobe, a snow covered land and quirky characters. There were so many times I wished I could escape to Narnia, and the book let me do just that.


9. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden.

I discovered this series after my best friend set me a reading challenge – one of the prompts was ‘a book published in the year you were born’. I’m so happy I found this gem and I feel like it’s an underrated series. The entire series is fantastic and I’m looking forward to rereading it!


10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

I don’t read too much sci-fi, but the structure of this book caught my eye. I’m so glad I gave it a chance because I loved it. I was really surprised at how real the characters felt and how well the emotions were portrayed because of the structure, but it was like I was right there in the story.


11. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

I love retellings and this one is my favourite and also the most unique I’ve ever read. Unfortunately, I haven’t finished the series yet but hopefully it will be worth the wait.


12. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

This was the first book I read by thus author and boy had I been missing out. Alice Oseman has a way with words and her characters are just out of this world.


13. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

I have only good things to say about this book. I was late to the party but at least I didn’t have to wait for the second book, aha! I’m so excited for the final book in the series to be released in May, I need to know how it will all end!

You can read my review of Caraval here.

You can read my review of Legendary (the second book in the Caraval series) here.


14. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace.

I love poetry, it’s one of my favourite things to write and I love reading other people’s work. This book was a surprise – but I related to so many of the poems and I loved it.


15. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

This resonated with me on a whole new level. I didn’t feel like there was much of a plot but it didn’t need one. The character were stunning, the relationships, the emotion was all so beautiful.

You can read my review of We Are Okay here.


16. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy.

I am fascinated with anything to do with witches and I always have been. This book is so fun and really enhanced my love for witchy things.


17. The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess.

A very recent read but it has become a firm favourite. I received an ARC from Netgalley and immediately began reading. By the end of the book I was moved, emotional and so invested in this story.


18. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.

This was one of those unexpected books that I wasn’t sure I would like but ended up loving. The setting is stunning, the characters well developed and relatable and the plot was so action packed I would nearly forget to take a breath.


19. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

I recently reread this book and loved it just as much as the first time. I have a special place in my heart for dystopian books and this one topped the charts for me.


20. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

Jodi Picoult is a master writer and has a knack for creating characters you find hard to hate. I haven’t read all of her books yet, but this one is my favourite so far.


21. Legend by Marie Lu.

Although I didn’t particularly like the other books in this series, it didn’t ruin Legend for me. It was a shame I didn’t like them, however I’ll pretend it’s a standalone to make me feel better.


22. Madness by Marya Hornbacher.

Another book by the talented Marya Hornbacher, except this one deals with her Bipolar disorder. Again, like Wasted, I appreciated her raw emotion and her honest portrayal of her disorder with nothing left out.


23. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

This was another book I read whilst entrenched in my eating disorder, except this one is fiction, not a memoir. I loved the storyline and instead of the typical plot we normally see in eating disorder stories, it was unique and a different take. The writing is also stunning, and I’m a big fan of beautiful prose.


24. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne.

Another series of books that I feel is underrated. This was a action packed story that took me a wild adventure full of twists and turns.


25. The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan.

Another lot of witchy books and another series I discovered during a reading challenge. I haven’t completed the Series yet (it’s a long one!) but the first few books blew my mind and I rushed through them like my life depended on it.


26. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton.

Lastly we have the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I can’t tell you how much I love these books. When I was a child I used to be desperate to get back to my book so I could go on more adventures with the five. Nothing much has changed now!


Well, congratulations if you’ve made it this far and I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. What are some of your ultimate favourite books?

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!

The Dreaded Reading Slump (And How To Pull Yourself Out!)

We all know the situation – you pick up a book and YOU JUST CAN’T READ! It’s the bane of a readers existence and personally I feel like, in the reader world, there’s nothing worse than a reading slump. I went through so many slumps this year and at times I thought my brain might explode from lack of reading! I’m here today to pick out some of the reasons why slumps happen and also offer some tips to get out of one…


Possible causes..

Too much Netflix!

I can lose hours and hours of time binge watching a new tv show I just discovered. 77 episodes later and I’ll emerge from the shame and realise I haven’t picked up a book in days. This is also happens with YouTube – I watch one video and then fall down the black hole of clicking every video that pops up..

You’ve just finished the best book ever.

The times when nothing will ever compare to the book you’ve just finished and everything else beside it is going to be rubbish. This happened to me with Caraval and Legendary this year, and was responsible for my big slump around July. I sulked because all I wanted to read was the 3rd book in the series and it wasn’t out yet!

You can’t get into the current book you’re reading.

This happens to me a lot. It’s when you don’t connect with the book but you’re too stubborn to move onto another one. It then causes you to lose the oomph to pick up the book and actually read it.

You’ve read too much.

I wish this wasn’t even a thing. This is when your brain basically tells you to stop reading before it explodes. It’s the times when you want to read but your brain doesn’t.


My top tips for getting our a reading slump.

Re-read an old favourite.

For me, it’s Harry Potter. If I’m struggling with a slump I’ll pick up this series. It always reminds me of how exciting I find reading and inspires me to explore other worlds. Plus, I know the story back to front so it doesn’t involve much concentration.

Try an audiobook.

I love audiobooks! They help me get out of a slump if I’m struggling with concentration. The beauty of them is that you don’t have to do anything but listen. I recommend Scribd – they provide audiobooks and ebooks. Unlike Audible which only allows you 1 audiobook per month, you have unlimited use for the entire month for £7.99 (which is the same as audible)

Try short stories.

This is a brilliant trick for reading slumps. Something short and quick to read usually helps me find the joy in reading again.

Don’t try to read.

Sometimes your brain just needs a break so listen to it. Do anything other than reading for a few hours or days and then try again!

Don’t be stubborn and DNF a book you’re not enjoying.

There are too many books in the world to read – that you’ll probably enjoy – to stay hung up on a book you’re not into. It took me a long time to realise this so I’d always force myself to finish every single book I picked up. Don’t do it to yourself – it’s not worth it and you’ll probably miss out on great books with all the time you’ve wasted on trying to finish a book you’re not connecting with.

Try a different genre.

Maybe you’re having what I’d like to call a ‘genre burnout’. If all you ever read is fantasy, then maybe try contemporary. Or if you read sci-fi, then try fantasy and so on.

Head on to Goodreads or Instagram etc.

I do this all the time when I’m in a reading slump because when I see others flying through books, it reminds my brain of how much joy I get from reading. However, air on the side of caution as this could backfire and make your slump worse if you find yourself getting frustrated that you can’t read.


These are just some of the tips I find help me when I’m in a reading slump. What are some top tips that help you get out of a reading slump?

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?