Dear Martin by Nic Stone Book Review


You need to read this book.

Everyone needs to read this book.

The cover to this book is exceptional. I love the colouring and everything about it. It’s so beautifully designed. It’s one of my favourite covers.

I read this book at the beginning of the month before I got into my reading slump. It wasn’t really a slump but I found myself taking so long to read books that I was actually enjoying. I just had no desire to read.

So, I was fully invested in this book. Honestly, it had me from the first page. It’s such an incredible, powerful and moving novel. Dear Martin is not just a story told through letters but is told through many narrative structures that simply make a great addition to the story telling. The letters to Martin Luther King that the protagonist, Justyce McAllister, allows us to truly see the thoughts and questions that he is raising about society unfiltered. It’s during these pages where the book becomes very thought provoking. Even though as a white woman, I can not relate to the racism Justyce faces, I found myself asking questions as well. Nic Stone did a wonderful job of really capturing the struggles that Justyce McAllister throughout the novel.

I fell in love with most of the characters in the book. It was hard not to. Stone created such interesting and different characters that really made it intriguing to read their conversations. The group of characters are often in discussion about race, gangs and other tough issues. Nic Stone did an excellent job of approaching these issues and offering a variety of perspectives from her diverse characters. These discussions are truthful, intense and uncensored, making readers truly see the faults within society. During these discussions, Stone did an excellent job of writing them. In life, when we have serious discussions or debates its a flurry of people speaking their opinions very fast. Stone conveys this by turning the usual narrative form into a script like form to truly demonstrate the fast paced conversation happening.

The way Nic Stone’s writing style changed dependent on the situation and what was happening within the novel. I loved it. It was slightly experimental but executed perfectly. It made the read, for me, so much more interesting. I love it when writers explore and play with the boundaries of writing. It keeps it original and fresh.

However, this story was not just intense read on race through discussions and letters. It was a story about friendships, relationships and learning about ourselves. Through the friendship between Justyce and Manny, Stone balanced the intensity with humour.

This book is not only filled with these powerful letters but it tells a beautiful yet heart breaking story of self-discovery, learning, friendship and race in America.

This has become one of my favourite books of all time. The story had my heart from the first page. It was a  heart-breaking yet gripping read. Nic Stone’s writing is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read her latest novel Odd One Out which, I believe, is to be released in October.

Please read this book. Its a short novel and is so worth reading. I highly recommend this read.

Thanks for reading!

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs Book Review

So, I’m a little late to reading this series but I’ve finally done it. The first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, has been sitting on my TBR for so long that I can’t actually remember picking it up for the first time. What initially attracted me to this book was the cover, the black and grey picture was incredibly haunting and intriguing. I didn’t know much about the series and, as you know, I’m always so grateful for this because it means I’m not getting any spoilers.

I didn’t think I would like this series as much as I did purely because I had never read anything quite like it before. I think that’s one of the many reasons why I fell in love with the series. It’s so original! The concept of the peculiars and the use of the time loops were so incredibly interesting. I loved the way Ransom Riggs incorporated the use of pictures into the story because it brought scenes from the book to life in such a refreshing way. It made the story more believable.

The first in the series; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children had such a wonderful setting and intrigue that I found myself completely pulled into this world. I read it all in less than twenty four. I couldn’t put it down!

It was incredibly fascinating to be able to explore the world of the peculiar with Jacob. It’s such a creepy and mysterious narrative that is filled with suspense. It’s such an enchanting world to be brought in to. The ending was filled with action and challenges for these peculiar children that I found myself begging for them to be okay and for them to make it somehow. The first book ended with an exciting unexpected cliff-hanger that had me reaching for the second in the book.

Hollow City, the second series, had me so much more engaged with the series. It was set in 1940s London and I just really enjoyed it. It was so captivating! The second book was filled with so many plot twists that I found myself, once again, unable to put the book down. Also, the ending to this book left me with my mouth opening and thinking ‘what just happened?’

Naturally, I grabbed the third book in the series, Library of Souls. This was definitely my favourite book in the series. The plot twists, the arrival of new characters, the struggles that the characters had to endure. It all added to a wonderful combination of drama and reached a whole new level of intensity. With each page, I was bracing myself because I wanted to make sure the characters were going to be okay. It was an epic conclusion to the story that had been told through the other books.

I was completely hooked!

I was wishing for them all to be okay. I wanted them to all have their happy ending. My heart was broken only for it to be restored with the final few pages. It had a wonderful satisfying ending!

I am super intrigued to see where the story will develop in the new book Map of Days that will be released next month. I know the book takes place after the third book which means the series going to take such an interesting, fun yet modern dynamic. I can’t wait!

Thanks for reading!

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas Book Review

So, this review has been a long time coming! I read this last month but I’ve been going through a lot the last few weeks that it’s left me unmotivated and with no desire to read. However, I’m back to post my reviews for you all.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is the latest book in A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It’s a small novella that is a starting point for the next part of the series that will see other characters as the centre of the story.

This has to be my favourite cover in the series. I loved the colouring, the pattern and the illustration on the front. It’s so beautiful!

I loved this book. It was so refreshing to read these characters in an environment that wasn’t so intense to read. It was always a rare moment in the series where we seen all the characters together and enjoying themselves without the threat of war looming over their heads.

That’s why I loved this book. I’ve grown so attached to these characters and this world and it was really nice to see all of the characters, no matter how troubled, come together to celebrate the Winter Festival.

This take place after A Court of Wings and Ruin and deals with the aftermath of the war. I know I said it once and I’ll say it again but I really enjoyed it. Nothing much happened in terms of plot but I really enjoying reading the dynamic between the different characters and their relationships. So, to read it was wonderful. Also, it brought a conclusion to Feyre’s story that lacked somewhat in the previous story.

It was interesting to see how the characters were dealing with the trauma of what they had encountered. I liked how Sarah J Maas had shown how each character was different now, something had altered in them since the war and what they had lost. It was incredibly realistic! It wasn’t glossed over.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is a book that shows characters trying to make the best of their lives now that they are free to do so. It was completely enhancing.

This was the perfect winter read and I wish I could have restrained myself a little bit longer to wait to read it. However, I have no self control and read it straight away. Oops!

I don’t know what I’ll do until the next book is released. It seems so far away. I guess I’ll just have to read the Throne of Glass series.

Thanks for reading!

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A Deeper Love by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson Book Review

A Deeper Love is the fifth story in the Ghosts of the Shadow Market series. I adore this series as you all probably know by now. I love seeing my favourite characters and introductions to new upcoming characters that exist in one of my favourite worlds.

I was eagerly awaiting this one since Cassandra Clare shared the cover on her Instagram some time ago. The Infernal Devices is one of my favourite trilogies. One of the reasons for this is because of the relationship between Tessa, Will and Jem. So, naturally, when I found saw the cover art for this story, and saw that it was about Jem and Tessa reuniting, I couldn’t wait to read.

A Deeper Love takes place in London during World War II. I loved the setting. It was written so incredibly well. It conveyed all the suffering and chaos of London during the bombings.

Catarina Loss also appeared in this novella, working alongside Tessa as a nurse. I love Catarina and it always makes me happy when we can see more of her character.

Not only did this novella explore the relationship between Tessa and Jem but once again, Clare and Johnson pull at our heartstrings by also showing the love and relationships they had with Will Herondale as well. It was such a beautiful emotional story.

In this series, with each novella, we seem to be getting more information about the lost Herondale. I love following Jem through this fascinating journey as he learns the truth. It’s setting up perfectly for what it’s going to be an heart wrenching ending to The Dark Artifices series. The last book which is finally being released December 4th.

I love this series so much and I can’t wait to read the next ones.

Thanks for reading!

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September TBR

Another month, another chance to get through my massive TBR pile. It’s ridiculous at this point!

I really struggled picking books for my TBR this month. There’s just so many I want to read but I know I won’t have much time to do so. I start back at University and my main priority will be the reading list for my classes and my work.

One of the main books I want to read this month is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. After being a huge fan of her A Court of Thorns and Roses series I’m eager to read more of her books. I also want to read this before the last book Kingdom of Ash is released in October. I don’t own of the series yet but I’m hoping, possibly, to get them throughout this month. If not, next month. I will be reading Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade this month as I already own them.

Another book I will be reading is A Bargain of Silver by Josie Jaffrey. The first book in her Solis Invicti series. I’m a huge fan of the sequel series, The Gilded King, so I can’t wait to start the original series.

I also want to read Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. This is the second book in The Darkest Minds series and I’ve been dying to read it after the heart breaking ending in the first book.

Other books I want to read is Crazy Rich Asians before the film is released. I have only got the first two books in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. Hopefully, I will be able to get the last book this month so I can read the series all in one go. Dear Martin by Nic Stone and Vicious by Victoria Schwab are the last two books on my TBR.

I can’t wait to get reading. What’s on your list?

Thanks for reading!

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August Wrap Up- I read 16 books!

Okay, so I read 16 books this month! I don’t even know how that happened especially how little I read last month.

I’m so happy! I managed to finish three different series, read a few new books and a comic book.

I started the month reading a book I had started in July, A Court of Mist and Fury. I then finished the series by reading A Court of Wings and Ruin and A Court of Frost and Starlight. I started the The Darkest Minds series and read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy. I read The Other Side and The Gilded King. Also, I read the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han. Wow, that’s a long list and this is just the paperbacks!

Please don’t ask me to pick a favourite read of the month because I can’t choose. All of these books were incredible and I’m so glad that I’ve finally read them.

I reread A Long Conversation by Cassandra Clare. I also read the newest instalment in her Ghosts of the Shadow Market series; A Deeper Love. These are both short stories that take place with my favourite characters in the Shadow world. I also read An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann. These were all read on e-books, a format I tend to struggle with but I found myself flying through these stories.

I also read one comic; Miss Marvel Volume One. It’s one that I’ve been dying to read so I’m so glad I finally read it.

August has been a great month for reading. I wanted to get through my TBR as much as I could considering in the middle of September I go back to University and will have a reading list.

I’m so proud of how much I’ve read this much. Honestly, I’m incredibly overwhelmed by it. This is definitely a new personal best! I have also read 67/75 books on my reading challenge this year.

I’m so happy!

Let’s hope I can continue this next month!

What about you? How did you do this month? What was the favourite book you’ve read?

Thanks for reading!

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Book Series Review

Okay, if you haven’t heard of this series recently then where have you been? These books and, most recent, the Netflix movie has been all over for the internet. I even read online that in some countries it’s hard to get the books at all because they’re selling out so quickly!

I read these books because of all the hype and anticipation for the movie that was released on August 17th. I was excited to read them. They seemed like fun young adult contemporary books. I picked up the first book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, on the 13th August…I finished it the next day!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a wonderful charming first instalment of the series. Lara Jean is such a quirky and relatable character. I fell in love with her instantly. All of her awkward moments and thoughts made me laugh and smile. Honestly, I fell in love with all of the characters. Lara Jean and her sisters had such a loving relationship with their father. Also, Peter Kavinsky had my heart instantly. Han writes such engaging relatable characters it’s hard not to root for them and want to be a part of their journey.

This book is about crushes and first loves and the impact they have on us. It’s about not being scared to falling in love. It’s about sisterhood. It’s about the defining line between a crush and being in love with someone.

The ending left me desperate for the second one!

P.S I Still Love You is the second novel in the series. Once again, I picked it up on the 15th August and finished it the same day! I was completely hooked on these characters. These books just makes you feel so many emotions. It’s cute. It’s fun.

However, this book had me not only smiling but had me furious at certain characters. It made me realise how easy people can make mistakes and how foolish some actions can be when you think you’re doing the right thing. I’m not going to mention the character because no spoilers just in case you haven’t read this one yet.

P.S I Still Love You had all the elements and new ones that made the first one so great. I love how flawed, how human, Han makes her characters because it makes it so much more interesting to read. Her characters are so real and full of depth. I love them!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the third and final instalment in the series. This one had my heart aching. It was so heart breaking to see characters that we have grown to love make decisions about their future and if they could include each other in that future. (I’m being very vague because I don’t want to spoil anyone). Also, it was so sad to see this series come to an end.

Once again, I started reading this book on the 16th August and finished it the next day. This one took me a bit longer than the rest because I was so nervous about the ending. I wanted all of them to be happy! I have never been so invested in characters.

This third and final book had me in tears. I cried during the ending because -minor spoiler??- I was relieved!

What I loved most about Always and Forever, Lara Jean was how far Lara Jean had grown since the first book. She’s so confident and sure of herself that I felt so proud of her. Also, Jenny Han managed to write so accurately about what the changes that young people face in their lives by going to college. She conveys so clearly how scary the transition can be to start somewhere new.

Overall, this series is just wonderful. It’s sensational! It’s so much fun. It’s so cute and endearing that I could read over and over again.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie was amazing too. The casting, I found, were brilliant choices and it made me feel the same way the books did. However, if you watched the film and not read the books I highly recommend that you do. The books are filled with so many more cute moments that you just have to read!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an excellent series. I enjoyed every second of it. I fell in love with the characters so quickly. It made me laugh and cry. It’s one of my favourite series of all time.

Please go and read it if you’re looking for some light-hearted cute contemporary.

Thanks for reading!

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

What initially attracted me to this series was all the hype that surrounded this month due to the movie adaptation being released. I haven’t seen the film but seeing so many people talk about it made me want to read it. I am always interested to read books when there’s so much hype around them.

All I can say the hype…DID NOT LET ME DOWN!

The Darkest Minds is a YA dystopian series that follows the main character, Ruby, in our world where children have died from an unknown disease or have been given abilities. This was such an intriguing concept for me because it reminded me of X-Men and I love the idea of normal people having different abilities and powers.

First of all, Bracken executes this dystopian world perfectly. The world is in chaos with children in camps and imprisoned because of their abilities. The descriptions wasn’t rushed and the detail was so excellent to fully submerge into this world. Bracken builds the setting of this story so carefully that’s impossible not to think it’s real. Also, not all of the information is thrown at you. It’s not overwhelming. Instead, as Ruby learns the truth of the world so does the reader and I love it when that happens. It brings you closer to the character, I think.

The characters were incredible. Usually, when reading I care about the main characters and one or two side characters. It’s only in rare instances where I really care about all of them and feel emotion towards characters that I dislike too. I found myself falling in love with almost every character. Of course, Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu were my favourites. I wanted to be a member in their group. Yet, I also found myself rooting for the other children they met along the way. I wanted all of these children to be okay and to be able to live in this world without feeling scared.

Even characters I disliked, I won’t say because of spoilers, I actually hated them. I have never felt so many emotions for so many characters! The characters were just sensational written.

Bracken constantly had plot twists throughout the book. I was constantly needing to read more and see what happened next. It was so addicting! The characters didn’t have an easy journey either. They were constantly having obstacles thrown at them. It wasn’t the expected ‘good journey’ and then it all goes wrong at the end. It was a realistic struggle for them.

The second half of the book only added to the tension. I loved the second half so much that I read it all in one sitting. I just couldn’t stop myself from reading!

Ruby, the protagonist, has such a journey in this first book alone. In the beginning, she’s frightened and scared and is completely different by the end of the book. Bracken had such a beautiful way of writing Ruby, I felt everything she was feeling. Bracken truly makes me you feel so connected to her characters. It’s exceptional.

The ending. I’m still recovering. It was heartbreaking. I cried and cried and cried. It was so heart wrenching and I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was a mess.

The hype surrounding this book was well deserved and I’m so glad that I’ve read it. I can’t wait to read the second book and continue the series!

The second book; Never Fade has arrived today so I will be definitely reading that in next month’s TBR.

Thanks for reading!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)



So whilst I was reading this book I have never felt such anxiety whilst reading! I was constantly bracing myself and panicking about what was going to happen to my favourite characters. I was a wreck.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third instalment in the A Court of Thorn and Roses series and it’s what the last two books have been building for.

Despite this book not being the final book in the series, it felt very much like a finale. This story was filled with tension from start to finish as it picks up where A Court of Mist and Fury left off.  I don’t want to spoil anything, just in case you haven’t read it, but there was constantly something happen this book. Maas wrote danger at every turn for our beloved characters and new characters. Something was constantly being put in their way, another obstacle they had to overcome.

Honestly, from start to finish, this book was incredible.

One of the most amazing aspects of this book is how Sarah J Maas writes characters. She’ writes exceptional characters with so much depth yet its not overwhelming when all of them are together in one room. This happens during a few scenes throughout the book especially when all of the High Lords come together. Also, Maas’ attention to detail means that the Courts come to life so vividly in our imagination that you can not help but picture yourself there.

I felt that in this book, Feyre, the protagonist, really found herself. She becomes so strong and fierce. She always been but in this book, there’s an edge to this character that I haven’t seen before and I loved it. Honestly, there’s so many strong female characters in this book that it’s hard not to love just for that reason.

Also, there is an introduction to LGBTQIA characters in this book. I’m not going to say who. Don’t worry. Reading about these characters and seeing their struggles was such a beautiful addition to this story. I haven’t read many fantasy series where there are LGBTQIA characters and until this series was one of them. There were was also a POC characters in this book. However, the representation is very little.

I cried several times whilst reading this book. Also, I found myself putting the book down because I didn’t want it to come to an end.

A Court of Wings and Ruin is a such a fantastic book. I know I’m repeating myself but Sarah J Maas is such a talented writer. She really grasps the fantasy genre and creates astonishing worlds and endearing characters. Her world building is enchanting and I love going back to this world of the Faerie.

This was such a wonderful instalment of this series! I’m in awe of Sarah J Maas’ writing.

I can’t wait to start the TOG series too!

Also, I can’t wait to see how this series develops and unfolds!

Thanks for reading.

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Every Exquisite Thing and Learn About Loss Reviews

Every Exquisite Thing and Learn About Loss are two short stories from the Ghosts of the Shadow Market series by Cassandra Clare. These are based in the world of the Shadowhunter Chronicles and follow Jem Carstairs through his visits to the market. I have been following these stories and eagerly awaiting their releases. However, these two magically slipped away from me and I had no idea that they had already been released. Disappointed and annoyed with myself, I quickly purchased and downloaded the books. I read them in one sitting.

I’ve decided to combine these two reviews as they deal with much smaller stories. Also, I have so many reviews to post. I am so behind but I don’t want to publish them all immediately because I’m sure that I will fall behind on my reading eventually.

Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

I fell in love with this book immediately.

Anna Lightwood is such a wonderful beautiful protagonist. She’s strong, independent and knows who she is, even in a time where she would be shunned for it. I loved reading and exploring this character as she will be one of the characters in the up and coming shadowhunter series, The Last Hours.

This book sees Anna’s first love and heart break. It also contains LGBTQIA representation which is so important. Clare and Johnson portray the difficulties of being part of the LGBTQIA community during this unaccepting time. They also demonstrate the struggles and pressures women face to behave a certain way and how society had expectations for them to live their lives.

This is definitely my favourite story from the Ghosts of the Shadow Market series. This an exceptional short story about love, first love, family, and most importantly, acceptance. Throughout there subtle hints about The Dark Artifices series which only made me that more impatient for Queen of Air and Darkness.

I definitely recommend this story. Clare and Johnson have come together to create a magnificent story about the power of love and much more powerful it cane be with acceptance.

Learn About Loss by Cassandra Clare and Kelly Link

Learn About Loss is focused solely on Jem Carstairs and his past relationships, ones that we adored whilst reading The Infernal Devices.

One of my favourite things about this story was the setting. I loved how the Market was placed in a Carnival. It made the story have this darker edge that the others hadn’t necessarily had before.

Also, this book the appearance of Emilia, an Iron Sister in training. Emilia was an endearing character who was lively and empowering. I also enjoyed the way Emilia and Jem seemed to bounce off each other, it made for an interesting and fun dynamic between the two of them.

This story didn’t have much connection to other books except a minor one to The Dark Artifices. However, it was a lovely and emotional read. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to give out any spoilers if you haven’t read this yet. Just know that if you loved the relationship that Will and Jem shared then by the end of this book, Clare and Link will have you crying happy tears.

I’ve been loving these stories from this collection. It’s been satisfying my need for the Shadowhunter world whilst I wait for Queen of Air and Darkness. They’re fantastic little reads that will have you feeling so many emotions in a such a short time.

Have you read these books? Or, any of the Shadowhunter books?

Thanks for reading!

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