poetry, writing

My Writing #2 – Writer (Poem)

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Writer

My imagination,
has always been the problem,
the cursed habit
of seeing what doesn’t exist
and fabricating lies to
make a good story.
Every time,
I spin the tale,
to make it romantic
or turn it to magic.
Ignorance is bliss,
reality is harsh,
better to make believe,
within my own head.

                                     – LK

 

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Book Review

Book Review: Pretending by Holly Bourne

Ever since I read The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne. I have wanted to read everything by her. I pre-ordered Pretending which was released earlier this month.

5/5 stars
18/04/2020-20/04/2020

Summary

He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’.

April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.

If only April could be more like Gretel.

Gretel is exactly what men want – she’s a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems.

The problem is, Gretel isn’t real. And April is now claiming to be her.

As soon as April starts ‘being’ Gretel, dating becomes much more fun – especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua.

Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending? Goodreads

Non-Spoiler Review

Pretending by Holly Bourne is the second novel I have read by her. It’s also her second adult novel.

The first book I read by her completely changed my life. The Places I’ve Cried in Public is YA, and deals with a teen dealing with abusive relationship.

Pretending has similar themes. However, Pretending is for an adult audience and we follow April as through her emotional journey as she deals with her trauma. Holly Bourne’s writing is brilliant as she writes for an older audience. She conveys the complexities of being an woman, society’s expectations, romance and adulthood so well.

Our protagonist April is 33 years old, however, I completely resonated with this character. I am only 22 years old but Holly Bourne creates these female characters that are timeless. She writes the problems, the trauma, the violence that woman experiences in a way that is incredibly relatable to the author. As a woman, I don’t think you can feel anything but understood and sympathetic when reading.

Pretending follows April as she pretends to be someone else, a woman that all men “want.” She’s also pretending that she is completely fine to the trauma that she experienced two years ago. Her character journey throughout this book is incredible. I don’t what to say too much about it because I want you all to experience it firsthand. Just know, this is an emotional journey filled with empowerment, heart break, friendship and romance. This is definitely emotional ride.

Holly Bourne writes about domestic violence and sexual violence with care. She understands these issues and that people react differently to their own experiences.

This isn’t a book that hates men. This is a book about overcoming trauma, learning to live with the trauma, and trying to find hope in a world with so many flaws.

Pretending is a fantastic adult contemporary that will have you smiling, laughing and crying. Holly Bourne has done it again and I can’t wait to read more of her books.

Have you read any books by Holly Bourne? If so, what were your favourites?

If not, what’s some of your favourite adult contemporary fiction?

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re all safe and well.

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Book Review

Book Review: Crescent City, House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas is the first book in her new fantasy series, Crescent City. This book is new adult and follows Bryce Quinlan, who’s searching for her best friend’s murderer.

Read: 10/03/2020-15/03/2020
My rating: 5/5 stars

Summary

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love. (goodreads)

My Non-Spoiler Review

House of Earth and Blood is a sensational new adult fantasy that has a diverse supernatural beings; fae, angels, witches, werewolves. Sarah J Maas creates a complex rich world that uses modern technology. The use of modern technology such as CCTV, cameras, computers and mobile phone’s add a contemporary aspect to this world that makes it more accessible. I love the layers to this world, it’s incredible how intricate it is.

Bryce Quinlan is the main protagonist of this captivating novel. She’s an excellent female character who is headstrong, determined and completely fierce. Also, at the beginning of the novel she’s incredibly flawed and makes poor decisions which only adds to her appeal. These qualities truly bring the characters to life and make her extremely relatable. Throughout the novel, we watch her character grow and it’s remarkable reading her journey.

Every character in this novel are so well developed and endearing characters. As the novel progresses, we learn more and more about each individual character. We’re constantly learning. I love Hunt, who is angel that finds himself working with Bryce. I can honestly say, I LIVED for the scenes between these two. They had such an endearing dynamic that always makes for an interesting read. Also, I loved Prince Ruhn, Prince of the Fae, who’s so kind and interesting. I loved watching his and Bryce’s relationship develop as well.

This novel kept me interested from the first page. I was pulled in by the characters and the world. Sarah J Maas truly has a talent for writing incredible characters.

Not only, does this incredibly story keep you reading and hooked throughout. It offers so much, there’s romance, mystery, and fantasy all in one book!

House of Earth and Blood is a fantastic first novel in this series. I couldn’t put the book down, I was fascinated by the characters, the mystery and the world. Truly exceptional!

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new fantasy that will you entertained.

Thank you reading!

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Recent Reads

Recent Reads

Hi everyone! I’m back with a recent reads post. These are books that I read from the 4th March – 12th March.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

5/5 stars
04/03/20-06/03/20
I listened to this on audiobook and it’s the only book I haven’t read by Alice Oseman. Even though, I own the physical copy of this book, I decided to listen to the audio book. I’m glad I did because there were two narrators for the two main characters: Jimmy and Angel. It was narrated beautiful and really brought these characters to life, they were so vivid in my head.
Jimmy is in a worldwide famous band, the Arc, and is suffering with anxiety. He’s also a transgender character. Angel is a fan of the band and manages to find herself wrapped up their world. This was such a wonderful book, as always with Alice Oseman’s books, and filled with a great diverse characters. This book deals with anxiety, identity, reputation and fan culture in a way I haven’t seen before. I adored it!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who deals with these issues themselves or if you have ever been a massive fan of a celebrity, especially a boy band.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

4/5 stars
06/03/20-07/03/20
This is the second book in the Wayward Children. Once again, I listened to this on audiobook. This story takes place before Every Heart A Doorway.
This story is just as good as the first, it follows Jack and Jill in the dark world that they step through. It reminds me of gothic literature as well. I love how enjoyable and intriguing these novellas are.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

5/5 stars.
05/03/20-09/03/20
Chain of Gold is an excellent YA fantasy and worth all the hype it’s getting. I’ve posted a full review here for you to read.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

4/5 stars
07/03/20-10/03/20
Again, another audiobook! This is Historical Fiction that follows the women during Plantagenets and Tudors reign in England.
This is my favourite period in history and I have been wanting to continue this series for so long.
This one in particular follows Anne Neville, who finds herself a pawn in her father’s, the Kingmaker, war. She later is married to Richard III.
I loved this book a lot. It gave me an insight into Anne’s life that I have never read or seen before. The narrator really brought the character to life.
I highly recommend this series for anyone a fan of historical fiction and women in history.

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

3/5 stars.
10/03/20-12/03/20
This is the third book in the Wayward Children series. This follows the same characters in the first book and the introduction of a new character. We follow them as they step into a candy coated world.
I enjoyed this story but compared to the rest it didn’t hold my interest. I found myself having to rewind the audiobook to keep reminding myself what happened.

These are all the books I read. Have you read them?

What have you been reading?

I will be posting another recent reads post Monday.

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Thanks for reading!

Also, happy reading and stay safe.

Book Review

Book Review: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare is the first book in the brand new The Last Hours series. This series takes place in the Shadowhunter world and after, The Infernal Devices.

Read: 05/03/2020-09/03/2020

My Rating: 5/5 Stars!

Summary

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. ( – goodreads )

My Review (Non-Spoiler)

Chain of Gold was my top most anticipated releases, along with Crescent City by Sarah J Maas, and it didn’t disappoint!

Honestly, I think this one of the best first books in the Shadowhunter world. The plot, the pacing, the characters all added together made for a fantastic story.

The YA fantasy is told through multiple perspectives; James, Cordelia, Lucie , Matthew and others. This multiple narrative only added to the charm of this novel. Clare’s characters become so strong and vivid in your mind that the narration isn’t confusing or too much. Also, each character is dealing with different issues that keeps each perspective unique and interesting.

Not only we do have multiple perspective, the story is also told through flashbacks. These flashbacks explore character’s relationships and past events that helps us understand where the characters are now.

Despite being set in Edwardian London, we have a set of diverse and LGBTplus characters. For example, our protagonist Cordelia is Persian, Anna Lightwood dresses up in men’s clothing and is know to break women’s hearts. There are other characters too but I don’t want to mention them and give too much away. You need to go into this book without much information to gasp, cry and shout out your frustrations when reading. Cassandra Clare knows how to play a reader’s emotions!

The plot of this book was delivered brilliantly. There was so much going on, even in small amounts that helped make this book such a fantastic read.

This is one of my favourite reads of the year!

I highly recommend reading this book!

Have you read Chain of Gold? What were your thoughts? Please let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

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Readathons

My PositiviTEA and Books Readathon & 24in48 Readathon TBR

Hi everyone!

So this weekend two readathons are taking place and I’m going to be taking part in BOTH!

Yes I’m feeling ambitious.

The first Readathon is the PostiviTEA and Books Readathon hosted by @booksnest and @katelovescolour on Twitter.

The Readathon is taking place from this Friday 20th March 6pm – Sunday 22nd March 11:59pm.

There are five prompts in total for this Readathon:

A book that will make you laugh: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

A book with yellow on the cover: We are all Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne

A book with a world you can escape into: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

A cute or sweet book that will give you heart eyes: The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

An uplifting story of any kind: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

There will be reading sprints for this Readathon throughout the weekend. I’m excited to get reading tomorrow. I can’t wait to see how much I read.

I will be posting a wrap up post too!

The other readathon 24in48 is from Saturday 21st-11:59pm Sunday 22nd. You can follow their Instagram here. I will be reading these books for this Readathon as well.

This Readathon is all about reading for a total of 24 hours in the space of 48 hours!

I’m excited for this weekend and can’t wait to read.

I hope you’re all safe and healthy in these horrific times.

Keep reading and keep going.

Thanks for reading!

Will you be taking part in these readathons?

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Recent Reads

Recent Reads

Hi everyone!

I am back with a new post. This is my recent reads that follows from the 24th February to 4th March.

The Poppy War by R F Kuang

5/5 stars
24/02/20-01/03/2020

The Poppy War follows Rin as she takes charge of her future and finds her self gaining a scholarship to a prestigious school. This is a story of war, friendship and magic. It completely hooked me from page one. I was caught up in Rin’s character. She was such an interesting protagonist that doesn’t always make the right decisions but a wonderful female character.
There’s so much more to this series than what I can say. I went into this not knowing much information and I think that is the best way to go into this book.
If you’re looking for interesting characters, a great developed world and fantasy, then you really need to read this book.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

5/5 stars
28/02/2020-03/03/2020
This is the final book in The Infernal Devices. This is a reread for me and I listened to the audiobook.
Clockwork Princess is an exceptional conclusion to this series!

Death Note Volume 3 by Tsugumo Ohba & Takeshi Obata

4/5 stars
01/03/2020-03/03/2020
This is the first ever Manga that I have ever read and it’s amazing! I am loving this series. It’s filled with so many twists and turns. The characters and their relationships are so interesting. I love Light and “L”‘s dynamic.
I can’t wait to see what happens next and continue with the series.

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link and Robin Wasserman

4.5/5 stars
03/03/2020-05/03/2020
Ghosts of the Shadow Market is the latest novella bind up in the Shadowhunter world. It follows Jem Carstairs throughout the years, with various characters, as he tries to find the Last Herondale.
I listened to this on audiobook. There were so many good stories in this bind up such as “The Land I Lost” and “Every Exquisite Thing.” There are some stories that I wasn’t as interested in that lowered the overall rating.
However, if you’re a fan of the Shadowhunter books and Jem Carstairs, I highly recommend this book.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

4/5 stars
04/03/2020-04/03/2020
Every Heart A Doorway is the first novella in the Wayward Children series. I listened to this on audiobook and I couldn’t stop listening in work. It was a dark story that was weird and whimsical.

These are the books I read in the first week of March (kind of). What have you been reading?

I will be posting my next Recent Reads post next week.

Thank you for reading!

Hope you’re having / had a lovely day!

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Monthly Wrap Up

February Wrap Up: Audiobooks

Hi Readers!

Here’s my February Wrap Up for the audio books that I read in February. You can check out my physical wrap up for February ….

I will be posting recent reads post instead of monthly wrap up because it will allow me to write more in depth book reviews.

Here are the audiobooks I listened to in February.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

4.5/5 stars.

This is a reread for me. I loved this book just as much as the first time I read it.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

4/5 stars
I started reading this physically but found that I wasn’t in the mood to read physically. Instead I picked up the audiobook!
I loved this book. I found the beginning to be quite slow but halfway through, I fell in love with the book. As always with Adam Silvera, the ending was heartbreaking and left me speechless.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

4.5/ 5 stars!
Again, this was a reread for me and I loved it!

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

4.5/ 5 stars
Another reread in anticipation of Chain of Gold. I loved this reread and reading them in this format as it gave a totally different perspective on the story.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

4/5 stars
This was amazing! I loved how it was narrated by Death. It felt so original and wonderfully written.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

5/5 stars!
Another reread and I loved this book even more than the first time I read it.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

5/5 stars
A great reread!

Our Stop by Laura Williams

4/5 stars
This is a fun adult contemporary that finds two adults desperate to meet. I couldn’t put this audio book down! I listened to it in one day. I loved the characters and they made me laugh throughout the novel.

These are all the audiobooks I read in February. I will be posting my recent reads blog posts next week to catch you up on what I’ve been reading in March.

Thanks for reading!

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Monthly Wrap Up

February Wrap Up: Physical Books

In the month of February, I read a total of 14 books! I have been reading so much this year and it makes me happy. I am finally getting through my TBR and I am loving the majority of the books I’m reading.

However, because I’m reading a lot I have split this wrap into two posts. I will be posting the audio book wrap up later this week.

From now on I will be posting Recent Read posts for every five books I read. Otherwise these posts become too long.

Joker: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder

4/5 stars
I enjoyed this bind of this story arc. The Joker has returned to Gotham to cause chaos amongst the Bat family and Harley Quinn. This was a dark read that kept my interest. I loved the interaction between the characters and the dynamic between the Joker and Batman.

Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

5/5
This was novel told through poetry. It is one of my favourite books that I have read this year. I loved the poems. I loved following X as she dealt with finding her voice as a young black female in society. Exceptional!

Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

5/5
This is the third volume in this graphic novel series. Once again, it made me smile and have all the feels! I loved how this had more serious themes; eating disorder, and how it was dealt with. I love this graphic novel series and can’t wait to read the next Volume.

Legend by Marie Lu

3.5/5 stars.
This is a book that has been on my radar for awhile now and I’m really glad I got to read it. I enjoyed the politics of the Dystopian world and the main characters. However, the plot seemed to move along very quickly and it didn’t work for me. Also, I found myself pushing through the book.

I will be continuing with the series.

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

5/5 stars
This is the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely which is a modern day Beauty and the Beast retelling. I loved the first book so much but wow the second one was exceptional! We got to see so much more of the fantasy world of Emberfall, we got introduced to new characters there were incredible. Lia Mara is one of my favourite female characters of all time. The plot, the setting and characters all made book two such a fantastic read. The ending left me speechless! I really need to read book three!

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

4/5 stars.
This is book two in the Percy Jackson series. I really enjoyed it, the beginning was a little slow for me but once the characters faced deadly challenges once again, I found myself loving it. I love these books and the use of Greek Mythology. I was huge fan of the movies but now that I have finally read the books, I prefer them massively. I can’t wait to continue this series and continue with the rest of Rick Riordan’s works.

These were all the physical books that I read in February.

Thank you for reading!

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What was your favourite book you read in February?