Dear Martin by Nic Stone Book Review

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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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Time to Write Tuesdays Update

I forgot to post last week and this week I haven’t actually wrote anything. It’s been a super busy week so I haven’t really had a chance. So, I’ll write about what I wrote last week.

Last week, I hadn’t written much at all. I hadn’t felt inspired. I felt like I was in a writing slump. I think it was because it was the end of the month.

However, last Monday I felt inspired. I give myself the writing time of 2 hours. In all honesty, I don’t think I intended to write that long. I surprised myself.

My fingers were tapping so quickly on the keyboard, my ideas spiralling as I wrote. I love that feeling when you have a surge of ideas and you can’t get them down quick enough. It’s one of the best feelings as a writer.

I managed to write 2,000 words in one and half hours. I was so excited by this!

Just typing this up as made me super excited to get back to writing and continue where my story left off.

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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The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey Book Review

The Gilded King was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and I can’t tell you enough how happy I am that it was sent to me!

The novel is the first in Jaffrey’s Sovereign series. This is a sequel series to her first; Solis Invicti. I haven’t read the first series that takes place in this political vampire world, however, after reading this book I was itching to see where it all started.

The cover to this book is gorgeous. I love how the cover brings together the red and blue. It’s so beautiful designed.

The Gilded King is a compelling new twist on vampire myth. I haven’t read any vampire fantasy in so long but Jaffrey’s new way of approaching vampires made me excited to read about them again. Jaffrey creates a thrilling and excellent world that is dominated through division and blood.

The book is told through two perspectives; Cameron and Julia. These two characters are very different characters and we see the workings of this flawed world through the both of them. Jaffrey’s direct and clever narrating means that both characters are explored thoroughly and confidently throughout the book. She pays attention to both characters and their story in excellent depth that it’s impossible not to become wrapped up in their stories.

I fell in love with both Cameron and Julia, both of them on the opposite side of the division. It made it so interesting to see the world of the Red through Cameron and the working world of the Blue through Julia.

I was addicted to this book from the first page. I was quickly thrown into this world and I didn’t want to leave. I’m already counting down the days for the second book! Also, I’m beyond excited to read the first series that takes place in this intriguing world.

Throughout The Gilded King, I was in awe of the enchanting plot devises and twists that had me eagerly turning the pages. The ending left me speechless! I was just staring at the book and thinking I really need the next one. I have to see how this unfolds!

Also, Jaffrey writing was so clear and concise that I didn’t feel like I didn’t know information from the first series. Everything was explained.

In The Gilded King, Jaffrey’s writing is wonderful and entertaining. I can’t to carry on reading these books. They’ve quickly become one of my favourite series. I know I’m repeating myself but I honestly fell in love with this world.

I highly recommend this book filled with love, politics, adventure, manipulation and danger at every turn.

Thanks for reading!

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