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Top 5 Books I Want to Read by Spring

Hey, everyone!

Originally in January, I was going to post a Top 19 Books I Want to Read in 2019. However, the post was really long and I felt like I had dragged it out. So, I’ve decided instead to post a Top 5 Books I want to read every season.

These books are not new releases but books I have on my shelf that I want to read.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I would love to read this entire series by Spring. Also, the Six of Crows series and possibly get around to King of Scars. I’ve heard so many great things about this series, this world, and I know that I will love it. So, hopefully, I will get to it soon.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

This is another fantasy series that I really want to get to. I’ve heard so many great things about this as well. I will definitely get around to the first book by Spring.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

After reading Heartstopper earlier this month and I found myself quickly purchasing this book. I loved Heartstopper and I’m so excited to see how Alice Oseman’s writing adapts to the novel. Also, I’m very intrigued by the premise of her stories.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This one has been sat on my shelf for so long and I have no idea why. However, after realising that this is being adapted into a movie, it’s giving me the motivation to finally pick up the book. This will be one of the first ones I read from this list.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I’ve read Becky Albertalli’s other books; Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat and I loved them. I finally managed to get my hands on this book and I can not wait to read it.

What about you? Do you have any books on your list that you want to read as soon as possible?

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Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Book Description

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin
. – Goodreads

My Rating: 5/5

Review ( non-spoiler)

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is a spellbinding retelling of beauty and the beast. It’s the first book that I’ve read in 2019 that managed to take me out of my frustrating reading slump and back into the wonderful world of reading. I was enthralled from start to finish.

Instantly, I was intrigued by the characters in the novel. The main characters being Harper and Rhen. The novel is told through their perspectives and this shift happens through different chapters. The multi-perspective is handled with much care and consideration by Kemmerer. It allows the reader to see what is happen through the outsider, Harper, and through the cursed prince of the land, Rhen. It allows the reader to become more involved with the characters and to gain a deeper understand of the characters and the enchanting land of Emberfall. The writing is excellent! It doesn’t dwell or give too much description, it’s balanced in such a way that fully allows you to immerse yourself into the novel.

Kemmerer’s characters are written with depth and emotion that it makes it hard not to fall in love with them. Harper, a young girl from Washington and suffers from cerebral palsy, is a strong female character that everyone should get behind. She’s fearless! She is not defined by her illness and her strength is truly inspiring. She’s has quickly become one of my most favoured heroines. Rhen, the cursed prince, who has made poor choices in his past and can be considered to be quite withdrawn from others. However, throughout the novel, we go on a journey with this character and understand why he made his choices. Also, Grey, the prince’s royal commander is a fiercely loyal and completely opposite to the Prince. The characters interactions with each other leads to fun, witty comments whilst also delving deeper into the core of the relationships they have with one another. I adore this trio so much!

The magic system in this world is so captivating and darker than I expected. It sets the tone for this novel beautifully. I loved the setting of Emberfall, it had all the qualities I love of a fantasy kingdom. It had the dangers, the people and the vivid landscapes.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is an engaging, magical novel that left me completely in love. The writing is completely sensational and I can not wait to read more of Brigid Kemmerer’s work. She writes humanity with so much truth that it’s impossible not to relate to her characters, even if it’s just parts of them. I love this novel! I highly recommend it.

I’m so excited to read the second book in the series; A Heart So Fierce and Broken especially, after the plot twist at the end of A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

Thanks for reading! I hope you pick up this enchanting novel!

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January Book Haul!

Hi, everyone! It’s been awhile since my latest update but I am finally in place where I am able to write and get back into my routine.

One goal for 2019 was not to buy too many books and focus on my expanding TBR. However, this went through the window quite quickly! I found a lot of bargain books that people were selling on Instagram, AbeBooks and there were a few new releases that I wanted to get my hands on. However, this will be the biggest haul of the year. Well, I hope it will.

Here’s the list of the fourteen books I bought in January:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Puffins Classic)

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Furyborn by Claire LeGrand

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

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Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ( Waterstones Collector’s edition)

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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These two books were on sale on kindle and I managed to get them for a very cheap price!

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

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Lastly, I was given an advanced copy The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey in exchange for an honest review. If you follow me you know that I have been eagerly awaiting the third and final book in the Sovereign series. I can not wait to start reading. The Blood Prince will be released on February 20th.

I will be participating in the blog tour for this book and you can check out my review March 1st. For more information, follow me on Twitter. Links below.

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My Bookish Goals for 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope 2019 brings you everything you wish, happiness and health.

I never make New Year’s Resolutions for many reasons but the main one being; I find it hard to stick to them. However, I found that I wish to have goals for 2019. This is because there are many things I wish to achieve this year and now, that I have my yearly planner, I feel like I can do it.

So, here’s a list of bookish goals I wish to achieve in 2019.

  1. No TBR’s – for the most part of the year I want to read what I want without sticking to a schedule. I found myself getting into such a reading routine that it felt like a chore rather than it being for pleasure.
  2. Write more / Write my novel – I have had this idea for my novel inside my head since I was 13, that’s eight years! Yet, I have only ever written snippets and the first four chapters. However, after planning most of it this year, I am going to use 2019 to write my novel.
  3. Be more active on Blog / Instagram.
  4. Read at least three classics.
  5. Get my overall TBR down – I have at least 70 plus books that I haven’t read yet sitting on my shelves and I really want to get that down this year.
  6. Limit on how many books I buy – only sequels and 5 new releases.
  7. Read 80 books for my reading challenge.

This is all the bookish goals, targets or hopes that I have for 2019. I have other non-related goals such as lose weight, gain confidence, healthier eating. Yes, all of the traditional New Year Resolutions. However, I really do hope I will stick to them and will be tracking my progress monthly to make sure I am up to date.

Do you have any bookish goals for 2019?

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2018 Wrap Up: My favourite reads.

Hey everyone!

I’m back with my final update of 2018. It feels so surreal that 2018 has come to end already. Personally, so much has happened in 2018, that I still can’t fully comprehend on what has happened altogether. However, I have come out on top and feel much more confident in myself and my writing than I have ever been. Mostly, this is down to being a part of the book community and constantly being surrounded by bookish thoughts and ideas.

One of my best decisions of 2018 was to create this blog and I am so grateful for each one of you who read book reviews and other thoughts. I have managed to read a variety of novels and comics this year. My reading goal of 75 books read have been accomplished! I have currently 126/75 books read. I am hoping to finish two books that I am currently reading today so I can round the final total up to 128 books read in 2018.

I am currently reading Batgirl Volume 4: Wanted and Nightfilm by Marisha Pessl.

I’ve reached 500 followers on Twitter, almost 200 on Instagram and almost 150 on here. I’ll post my links down below. I couldn’t be happier and I am so grateful for everyone who has helped me get here. Thank you!

My Favourite 2018 reads:

This is not in chronological order. Also, I have probably forgotten a few books because I am useless. I tried to have a variety of books in this list and didn’t mention a full series of books because it wouldn’t be fair. I also haven’t read many new 2018 releases so not many will be on this list.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I feel like I have been waiting for this book for so long and it didn’t disappoint. It contained all of my favourite characters and explored my favourite relationships. It made me go on a dangerous adventure, broke my heart and made me feel all of the emotions. Cassandra Clare owns my heart.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

This year I read the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. It has quickly become one of my favourite series of all times. Any of the books in this series could have easily been on this list but I chose Kingdom of Ash. This was released this year and was the final book in the series. It was exceptional and had an incredible plot throughout. The ending was fantastic and thankfully, satisfying.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat is the sequel to Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It’s a YA contemporary following Leah as she comes to terms with her bisexuality and feelings for one of her best friends. I adored this book! It gave me all the feels and it was fantastic to see the return of our beloved characters; Simon, Bram from the first book.

The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

I adored this book and was another five star rating for me. Honestly, every book I’ve read by Josie has been five stars. The Silver Queen is the second novel in the Sovereign series. This book is filled with interesting characters, shocking twists and thrilling world. I can not wait to read the third book in this series!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls is a heart breaking story centred around a young boy who’s mother is dying with cancer. It’s a story about grief, love and family. I cried so much reading this story but I loved every second of it. The writing and plot was beautiful.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This was one of my absolute favourites of the year! I loved Nic Stone’s writing style and how she changed the format of traditional prose to fit in with what was happening in the story. Again, this was another heart breaking read that is extremely relevant to our society today. I can’t express how much I enjoyed this book.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Another Sarah J Maas book on this list. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses series before I began the Throne of Glass series. However, all of the books in this series is also incredible but I enjoyed A Court of Mist and Fury the most. It held so much character development, plot development and twists that I found myself unable to put the book down. This book really immersed me into the world. It was amazing!

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

This is a children’s fantasy that I read recently and I fell in love with it. It was a super quick read that allowed me to completely jump into Victorian Wales and get lost in Seren’s adventure.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand was a book that pleasantly surprised me. I knew I would enjoy it but I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It’s a captivating Mughal Indian inspired fantasy that follows a young girl, Mehr. This novel was filled with magic, adventure and an unexpected romance. I cannot wait to see what the sequel has in store.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor is a children’s fantasy that follows Morrigan Crow. From the first page I was hooked into the magical world. I fell in love with the characters and the world. Amazing! It is definitely worth the hype.

These are my favourite reads of 2018, what were yours?

Thank you for reading!

I will be posting my goals for 2019 on Wednesday.

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Book Review: The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow was read in my creative writing class one week when we were discussing and looking at children’s fantasy. I heard the first few pages and immediately wanted to read the rest. Eventually, I found the book and managed to read it for 25inFive readathon last week.

The cover is exceptional. It’s so beautiful. I love how the gold glistens on the cover against the dark blues and blacks.

Summary

‘Travelling to a new home with an unknown new family, orphan Seren Rees is shivering in a Victorian station waiting room, when she is given a mysterious newspaper parcel by a strange and frightened man, who then disappears. Reluctantly she takes it with her… But what is in the parcel? Who are the Family who must not be spoken of, and can the Crow help Seren find Tom, the boy who has been missing for a year and a day, before the owner of the parcel finds her?’ – via goodreads ( The Clockwork Crow Goodreads )

Review

The Clockwork Crow is a children’s fantasy novel that had me hooked from the very first page.

Firstly, I really loved the Victorian and Welsh setting as it created a very dark winter atmosphere for the novel. This is a perfect Christmas read filled with danger, magic, adventure and fun. I read it one sitting and found myself eager to turn the page to see what would happen next.

Catherine Fisher did an excellent job creating her characters. They were all completely different and made for a very interesting read. Seren, the protagonist, is highly entertaining and Catherine Fisher captures the child’s voice wonderfully.

The Clockwork Crow took unexpected twists and turns throughout the story which I really enjoyed. It’s about so much more than simply a mysterious package that was left with Seren at Victoria Station. It’s ultimately a novel about family and what it means to have a family. It’s a beautiful read.

This is a wonderful Christmas read. It’s fast paced, a gripping mystery, filled with magical characters and engaging plot.

It’s truly a fantastic read.

I highly recommend this novel! I rated it 5/5 stars.

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25inFive Readathon – Did I do it?

As you all know I recently took part in the 25inFive readathon on Instagram. A readathon which took place between 13th- 17th December. The main goal of the readathon is to read for a total of 25 hours over the space of five days.

If you haven’t seen this post check out the TBR I had given myself here: My First Readathon TBR! You can also find the links to the 25inFive pages on that post.

25inFive was my first readathon and I thought it would be a fairly simple challenge to get myself started into the world of readathons. However, I was wrong, very wrong. I found it extremely hard to read for the five hours a day because I was feeling quite tired and was doing my assessments for university as well. There didn’t seem to be enough time in the day! I kept forgetting to set my timer and keep track of how much time I spent reading. So, it didn’t go as well as planned.

However, I did get a lot of reading done!

I finished Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. This was my most anticipated read of 2018 and it did not disappoint! It was filled with everything I love about the Shadowhunter books and was a wonderful end to The Dark Artifices trilogy. I don’t want to say anything else as this a third book in the series and I don’t want to give spoilers. I rated it 5/5 stars.

The next book I read from my TBR was The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher. This is a children’s fantasy novel set in Wales. Young Seren Rees is an orphan, waiting at Victorian Station, when she is left with a mysterious parcel by frightened stranger.

This was a truly enchanting Christmas read that I rated 5/5 stars. It was so quick to read and highly mysterious. I highly recommend it!

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell was also on my TBR. This was a short read filled with two festive stories and cute illustrations. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing and these stories made me realise how much I need to read the rest of her books. This was an easy 5/5 stars as well.

Sticking to my TBR, the next book I read was Gaslight by Eloise Williams. This was a dark and thrilling novel set in 1899, Cardiff. It followed a young girl, Nansi, as she tries to find her mother after they were separated in accident that Nansi can’t remember. This was another enjoyable read which I rated 4/5 stars.

I then read Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. Nevermoor is a middle grade fantasy that has gained a lot of following and hype recently. It follows Morrigan Crow, a cursed child, who was destined to die on her 11th birthday until she is swept away to the magical land of Nevermoor by Jupiter North.

I loved this book. I wanted to be part of the world and the magic. I read it so quickly because it’s hard not to get lost in it. It’s amazing! I highly recommend this novel as it definitely worth the hype. I rated it 5/5 stars.

The last book I read over the readathon was A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Originally, this was not on my TBR for the readathon but I fancied a Christmas read and picked this up.

Despite reading quite a lot of books over the course of the readathon, I only read for twenty hours. However, considering everything else I had going on, I am very pleased with that result for my first readathon.

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My Week in Reading

I’m back with another weekly update on what I’ve been reading this week. Firstly, I finished the audiobook Sadie by Courtney Summers. This was such a thrilling fact paced story that had me constantly on the edge of my seat. The full cast narrative brought the story to life that I felt I was listening to a true crime podcast, which some of the novel is, rather than listening to a novel. It’s was incredible and the ending left me speechless. I rated it 4/5 stars.

The next book that I finished was Tower of Dawn, the last but one novel in the amazing Throne of Glass series. I can’t say too much about this novel due to spoilers but I really enjoyed it. I loved the introduction of the setting and new characters, the story that slowly unravelled throughout the novel. It set up a very interesting beginning for the final book in the series, Kingdom of Ash. I rated Tower of Dawn 4/5 stars.

Lastly, for the majority of this week I’ve been reading Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. Ah, I feel so emotions! I’ve completely binged read this series and to finally reach the climax of this series is bittersweet. I’ve loved this book so far, it’s filled with drama, tension, action, excellent plot, romance and everything I love about this world. There’s multiple perspectives so I get to read more of my favourite characters once more but it’s not confusing and doesn’t over complicate the story. I’m currently 82% the way through the story and determined to finish it this afternoon. I’m definitely predicting a 5 star read! Once I’ve read the whole series I’ll be posting a spoiler free series review of sorts on here.

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November Wrap Up – 16 Books Read!

Another month gone, another monthly wrap up to post.

November was a good reading month for me. I read a total of sixteen books and I’m not sure how that happened. I won’t be posting little reviews attached to the books because I write them in my weekly reading update.

The books I read this month were The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey, Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. These were all the physical books I read this month. I think my favourites out of these were The Silver Queen and Empire of Storms. However, most of these were five star ratings for me.

I listened to a few audiobooks this month, mostly books that I had to read for class. So, I listened to Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L.Sayers, The Night’s Watch by Sarah Waters and Sadie by Courtney Summers. My favourite audiobook was definitely Sadie. I loved the story along with the full cast narration of the audiobook. It was fantastic!

On my kindle I read Ms.Marvel Volume 2, Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes, The Walking Dead Volume 1, Flight of Broken Wings by Nupur Chowdhury, Giant Days, Volume 3, Through Blood, Through Fire by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman and Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. My favourites of these were definitely Outside and Empire of Sand.

Overall, I had a fantastic reading month once again. I’m so pleased with how I’m reading. I also read so many new favourites this month!

What was your favourite read this month?

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My Week in Reading

Since last Tuesday and my last update; I haven’t done that much reading. I’ve been in a moderate slump and worrying over my upcoming assessments. However, I have read one book this week and finished it. I have also nearly finished one book and another audiobook.

The first book I read this week was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The writing style was so elegant yet brutal. It really brought this dystopian world to life and all the people that were living in it. I rated this book 4/5 stars because I really loved the premise and what the book discussed in regards to our society. The book was written in the 1980s and it’s amazing that it’s still relevant today.

After this, I continued reading the Throne of Glass series. I am currently reading Empire of Storms. This book is filled with so much tension, drama, plot twists, magic and romance. It’s unbelievable! I’m hooked in this world and have fell in love with these characters. I only have a few pages left to read and then I have finished this book. I’m predicting another five star read! I’m hoping to finish this entire series by early December.

I’m currently listening to Sadie by Courtney Summers. This honestly one of my favourite audiobooks. Half of the story is told through Sadie’s perspective and the other half through a podcast. It’s a full cast audiobook with sound effects and different voices that make it seem so real. The podcast chapters are sensational and sound like a real podcast. The story is incredibly gripping. I have no idea how it is going to end. Sadie is mystery thriller that follows Sadie as she tracks down her younger sister’s killer. It’s a highly popular book that has been talked about on all social media. However, this book does have some dark content and before reading you should definitely look into it first. The trigger warnings for this book is child abuse, pedophilia and violence.

This is what I’ve been reading this week. I’m hoping to finish both Sadie and Empire of Storms today.

What have you been reading?

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