The Unexpected Inlander Book Review

This book was giving to me by the Author, Kellyn Thompson, in exchange for an honest review. I’m so glad she did because I really enjoyed this book.

The Unexpected Inlander is filled with drama, action and romance. However, it’s not over the top. Instead, it’s a perfect blend of all three genres. It’s not too graphic or too forced, it’s woven excellently into the story being told.

The story is set in a fascinating dystopia where the world has been split into sectors and people are judged purely on their genetic and geography. In this new world, people are modified by their parents to make sure they contain traits and genetics that will be useful to society rather than harm it. There’s also a division between the upper class people who live on the Coast and those who live Inland. These divisions seemed to reflect our modern world filled with divisions and prejudice. I found this whole idea original and thoroughly interesting.

The narrative often changed between the two main characters; Chris Rockford, an assassin for the Government, and Jenna Macklemore, a purebred with a hidden history. However, I loved these switches in perspective because it felt like I was listening to someone tell me an oral story. Also, it was entertaining to read Chris and Jenna having similar thoughts about each other but not realising the other was thinking the same. I found this really amusing because you’re not dating someone don’t we all feel like this? Unsure but the other one is feeling the same. Even though, it’s set in a futuristic world the story related to the contemporary world.

Thompson manages to create two main characters that had me completely hooked. It was interesting to read about Chris and how he had been learned to profile people since he was a teenager. It was fascinating to read about Jenna’s undiscovered and hidden past when it came to light. Thompson really created rich and engaging characters that I couldn’t help but root for.

Thompson not only creates fascinating characters but managed to use their history, their beliefs and careers as way to build this world. She doesn’t overload the information to the reader. Her writing is concise and clear therefore this future world becomes far more understandable. The world was detailed. It was also very thought provoking as I found myself asking what would my opinion be if I lived in this setting? The book wonderfully demonstrated how we all need our flaws and how we are all different, that’s the way it should be.

Kellyn Thompson created a complex novel filled with action, a forbidden romance and exciting twists that kept me hooked.

I definitely recommend it.

Thanks for reading!

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Heart of Glass Book Review

I was incredibly lucky to have been given this book by Ivy Ngeow before the initial release on June 30. After reading, Cry of the Flying Rhino, I was eagerly anticipating this second novel. I loved Ngeow’s unique and informative style of writing. So, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to read and review Heart of Glass.

First of all I want to mention the cover of the book. I wasn’t expecting the cover of this book but I absolutely love it. It’s bright and colourful and mirrors the time and setting of the novel. It’s a wonderful cover.

This novel is another compelling read with an original and fast paced writing style. It keeps the story flowing and keeps you hooked on all the action. The twists and turns in the novel leave you shocked and desperately wanting to continue reading.

We follow the heroine, Li-An, as she begins her journey in Chicago during the 1980s. Li-An is a musician and finds herself playing the piano in Macau. However, this escape from her past leads Li-An down a dark spiral that leads to suffering, gambling, injuries and maybe even death?

Ngeow writes in such a talented way that you are completely immersed in the time and setting of her book. Once again I found myself learning about a time and place that I wouldn’t have learned about before. Its one of the many aspects of Ngeow’s writing that I adore. Her writing is incredibly informative but in a subtle way, it’s not over bearing on the reader.

The characters are incredibly flawed and are ultimately bad people, yet it makes such a fascinating read because you have to see what will happen. The heroine, Li-An, is an interesting character. She has a mixed heritage which makes her reading about her past enlightening. She is also incredible naive yet I found myself rooting for her, wanting her to be stronger and make the hard choices. I love reading about flawless characters because it’s more relatable to human life. No one is perfect. It made the book far more endearing to read.

This story is a fascinating literary thriller and incredibly original. I have never read anything quite like it before.

Ultimately, the story is about greed, desire and power.

You should read this book and find yourself back in the drama of the disco 80’s.

Here’s the link for the book trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRDowKLhuW0

Thanks for reading!

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They Both Die At The End Book Review

It was in the damn title and I knew it was coming but my heart is shattered. Wow.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera is the first book I’ve read of his. However, I promise you now it definitely won’t be the last. It was incredible.

A lot of people had been reading this book online and had been giving it great reviews. I seen the relationship between Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli online and that also made me want to read his books.

They Both Die At The End pulled me in immediately from the title. I loved the originality and the concept of the book; everyone gets a phone call to notify them that they are going to die at that die. I was intrigued on how an author could make me care about two characters in such a way when we only see one day of their lives.

However, Silvera created lively characters with engaging personalities that I found myself going through the experience with Mateo and Rufus. Each of them lived such different lives and were different people. Mateo fearful of life whereas Rufus, though carrying the burden of his family’s death, was much more carefree. I loved seeing how their personalities came together to truly bring out the best in each other.

Not only was I fascinated by Rufus and Mateo’s story but I loved how Silvera wrote in the perspectives of the friends and families of the two boys. This brought me closer to the characters and I felt like I was part of their friendship group.big made me feel like somehow I was a part of it all and I loved it.

Of course, my favourite relationship in the entire novel was Rufus and Mateo’s. I loved how special their relationship was and how they lived together on their last day. I don’t want to talk too much about their relationship because I feel you should experience it without knowing what is to come for the both of them. Make the memories with them. The representation in this novel is so important. There is LGBT and POC representation. I love reading a book where all people are represented, it brings the book to life.

This novel was incredibly thought provoking in a way that I didn’t initially expect. I found myself wondering so many things whilst I was reading: Would I tell anyone if I knew I was going to die? Would I be scared or live my last day to the fullest? Honestly, it probably would have been the first. However, after reading this beautiful novel, it made me realise how important life is. It made me realise how important everyone in your life is and even the small details. This book really made me want to live.

The writing was casual and quirky only making it more interesting. This is definitely one of my favourite reads, buy it and share in Rufus and Mateo’s last day.

Heroes and Villains Fan Fest London – Take me back!

If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that last weekend I attended Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in London. In fact, you’re probably sick of hearing about it. I loved every second of it. It was so chilled and relaxed compared to the Rogue Event, who no longer exist, conventions I’ve gone to in the past.

Saturday was the first day and I had no idea what to expect. We arrived in the queue for general admission. It was incredible. There were so many cool cosplays I couldn’t help but stare in awe. There was a female version of Scarecrow, purple Harley Quinn and the classic costumes of DC characters. I never seen anything like it.

When we was allowed in, we stepped into the Exhibition centre and it was surreal. It was like stepping into another world, one I would like to live in all the time. There was booths selling all kinds of cool merchandise, one stall was selling Viking drinking horns. Also, amongst the scattered stalls there was booths for different celebrities. They were actors and actresses from Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, The Gifted, Riverdale and Torchwood. There was panels for each show which were Q&As.

I managed to see all of the guests, all of whom were super nice! I had my pictures taken with so many; Brandon Routh, Emily Bett Richards, Katie Cassidy, John Barrowman, Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell, Tyler Hoechlin, Camila Mendes, Franz Drameh And Caity Lotz. It’s so great to see how interactive the cast are and they’re so appreciative. It’s wonderful.

There was so much independence with this convention, I loved it. At previous ones, I was discouraged from speaking to cast members because it took up too much time. Yet, the staff for this convention was so accepting and friendly. They were really willing to help! This was one of the most organised conventions I’ve ever been to. Yes, people said that the convention was disorganised but honestly, a convention is going to be a little chaotic. There’s so many people and guests having to be in different places that it makes it hard. However, at this one, everything was so organised. We were separated in groups for photo ops that made the queues go down quicker and once the autograph queues were full, they would stop people from joining until it went down again. It was run so smoothly. Even the photos were printed straight away! I had to wait all day for my photos to be printed at one con.

There was something so refreshing and cool about HVFF. I loved every second of it. Last year was the first time in four years, I didn’t go to con and I wasn’t bothered. Previous years had been so stressful and I couldn’t afford to. However, HVFF made me fall in love with cons all over again. You can’t help but feel united when you’re surrounded by people who love the same things as you. Honestly, it’s magical.

Hopefully, I will go again next year.

Thanks for reading!

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Cry of the Flying Rhino Book Review

This book was brought to my attention by the fantastic author, Ivy Ngeow. She contacted me to see if I would write a review for the novel. I’m so glad she did. This book was captivating! I couldn’t stop reading.

I read the ebook, which I usually struggle to read, but found myself flying through the text. It was based upon a Malaysian Chinese doctor, Benjie Lee, who has a one night stand with the mysterious Talisa. It was refreshing to learn about a different culture and find out about their norms, values and how they approach this situation.

In Cry of the Flying Rhino, Ivy Ngeow captivates the reader entirely. I was enthralled from the first page and curious about the setting of the Borneo. The novel is rich with details on cultural backgrounds and references, so much so, that you find yourself learning whilst reading. This was an aspect that I found fascinating and only compelled me to love the book further.

The novel is told through three different and very diverse characters. It was extremely intriguing to see how all these narratives joined together. It’s told through the Doctor Benjie, Minos, a criminal from Talisa’s hidden past, and Bernard, a priest who has a relationship with Minos. Ngeow’s use of character is creative and engaging, each one is terribly flawed but also has redemptive qualities. She portrays humanity accurately. This novel has the qualities of a thriller but yet it is something far greater! It’s embedded with a mixed cultures that I’ve never seen explored in this way.

This fast paced novel is incredible and had me hooked from start to finish. It’s no surprise that it is a Proverse Prize winner. I definitely recommend that you pick up this novel and read. It’s truly compelling fiction!

I’m also eagerly anticipating her second novel Heart of Glass which, I believe, is due for release next month.

Please get reading this book!

Thank you!

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Why I’m not doing a TBR this month

So, last month I set myself a TBR list and you’re probably wondering, well you probably don’t care, where this month’s list is. It’s non-existent. Last month, I set myself a list of five books to read and ended up reading ten books.

I was proud of that achievement considering I was in the midst of handing in final assessments and preparing for my exam. I was swamped with deadlines and lists of to do things which is why I don’t have a TBR this month.

This month I’m taking time to myself and going to read books based on what I’m feeling at the time. I’m honestly curious to see if this will lead to me reading more books or less. I can’t wait to see how much reading I get done.

Also, I want to spend this month writing. I want to write all the ideas that are floating around in my head and get them down on the page.

What about you? Have you set a TBR or are you a mood reader?

Comment below.

Happy reading!

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Everything, Everything Book Review

This book was so creative.

I loved the writing, the fast brisk pace of the text and the small illustrations and doodles in the novel that made me feel like I was reading Madeline’s diary. I haven’t read anything quite like it in a very long time. I’ve mentioned before how much I love when writers experiment and do new things that I haven’t necessarily come across in writing because it makes it a refreshing read.

This book, like so many others, have been sat on my shelf for way too long. I wasn’t kidding when I said I buy too many books and never have time to get through them all. Honestly, it’s insane. I am so motivated this year to read and get through my monsterous TBR pile.

The cover is so beautiful. I love how wonderful the illustrations are in this book. The cover completely pulled me in and made me want to read the book. I have never read a book, where the protagonist, actually lived in a bubble for her entire life. She’s so sheltered until Olly moves in next door.

The blurb didn’t give too much away. Once I read the book, I realised that the blurb told me the very basic plot for the story. I was incredibly grateful for it because there’s so much more to the story than what the blurb mentions.

I read this story in the space of two hours. I loved it. It was so incredibly beautiful! I love Madeline’s character and how vulnerable Olly was. It made for an interesting dynamic between them; both of them becoming stronger for each other.  It was such a heart warming and thought provoking read. I wasn’t expecting it.

It made me question my life and what I wanted from it. Am I doing what I want to be doing? I wasn’t expecting to think this during the book but I kept thinking it and found Madeline quite inspiring.

This book is such a wonderful, beautiful, quick read that you should read. If you haven’t already.

Happy reading!

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson Book Review

John Green you’ve stole my heart again and David Leviathan you’ve done it again too.

For some reason this particular book has been sat on my shelf for a while (at least a year) and I can’t give you a good explanation for it. There isn’t one. Now, that I’ve read the book I’m so mad at myself for not reading it sooner.

Besides, Turtles All The Way Down, this is the only book I haven’t read of John Green’s. His characters and plots are so creative, fun, and fills me so many emotions it’s impossible not to love his books. David Leviathan is the same for me, I need to read more of his books. I’ve only read How They Met and Other Stories which was one of the best modern short story collection that I’ve read. The stories were beautiful and unexpected.

I loved the cover to this book. So simple but colourful and I think that’s such a good representation of this book.

I was completely in awe of this book, however, and how they accomplished it by collaborating. They were the perfect combination. I loved how different the two Wills were. The first Will Grayson keeps to himself, quiet despite his best friend being a very loud character. The other Will Grayson is intrevorted, he’s gay but keeps it to himself. He doesn’t think it’s anyone’s business. I loved this attitude.

The story is surrounded in fun, love, friendships and families. It’s so modern and contemporary. I loved how original the second Will’s narrative. I love it when writers play and experiment with writing. It makes it far more exciting.

Also, the concept of the story? Its great. Like, can you imagine meeting someone who’s a similar age to you with the same name? I would be completely freaked out but I would love it.

I read this book on holiday and I couldn’t put it down. Also, the end was fantastic! I was completely hooked on the story. I could have read more and more. I’m so angry that I made myself wait to read this fantastic book. It’s original, fun and a beautiful story with so many interesting characters.

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Son of the Dawn Book Review

Son of the Dawn is the first in Cassandra Clare’s ebook series Ghosts of the Shadow Market and it follows Jem Carstairs during his time as a Silent Brother.

As you all know, I love the shadow world and Clare’s writing. She’s even better when she works with other writers. And, she does the same with this series. This book was co-written by Sarah Rees Brennan.

I loved the cover of this book. The light purple background and the illustration matched beautifully. It reminded me of the first edition covers of The Mortal Instrument series.

The blurb made me so excited to read it. The mention of a young Lightwood family taken in Michael Wayland’s orphan, Jace, and Raphael had me jumping straight into the book. I love these characters and it’s always delightful read when I get to read something new that involves them. Obviously, it was even better when I realised that Jem Carstairs was a huge part in it too.

The novella allowed readers an insight into the complicated mind of Jem as Brother Zachariah. It made my heart break to see him so determined to remember his past and there was a beautiful moment with his staff that I couldn’t help but smile at! I won’t spoil it for you.

It was so interesting to see how Clare and Brennan made characters like Alec, Izzy and Jace so innocent and young. In such a small amount of time, I felt so much sympathy for Alec, who was trying to hide himself from his family and becoming the unhappy teenager we met in City of Bones. It was interesting to see how open he was to getting know people, even a downworlder!

I also enjoyed seeing the first meeting of Alec and Jace. I loved seeing more Lily especially, her nicknames and her relationship with Raphael.

The story began in the Shadow Market and it was so clever how the story stemmed and grew together from there. I really enjoyed this first book in this new series Ghosts of the Shadow Market. It was filled with tender yet action packed moments that the world is so loved for.

Go read and take a comforting step back into the world of Shadowhunters.

A little side note: I really want to reread the Shadowhunter books and was wondering if this was something you would be interested in reading on here?

Comment and let me know. Thanks for reading!

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Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino Review

This series gets better and better! I’m obsessed. I’m a huge Disney fan, and to see the retellings of my favourite villains is enchanting. I love how Valentino manages to create sympathy and pain for these monstrous villains that make them human.

The covers to this series are honestly beautiful. I love the black background in contrast to the colours of the villains. I like how the two identities associated with the villains are on the cover. Half of one face on the front and their other half joining on the back of the book.

The Blurb doesn’t give too much away. It’s short and offers a brief insight to the book. It doesn’t give away the story which is what I like.

I am completely enthralled in the series and the introductions of the Odd Sisters.

I loved the twists and turns of the book and how relationships change in this retelling. The most important being the relationship between Ursula and Triton. This storyline emphasises how there are two sides to every story and how someone can alter a story to benefit them. Two characters use stories to make them appear far better than what they actually are. It mades me think about how there are two sides to every story and how easily we believe people.

However, not only was I completely hooked on Ursula’s story and her desire for revenge but also, enthralled by the Odd Sisters and the exposure of Nanny’s secret. However, there is a lot left to tell about who Nanny really is and I can’t wait to read the next one to find out. I’m hugely intrigued by the three witches and their little sister Circe. I’m highly anticipating their own novel at the end of the series and see how it all comes together.

This is such an easy wonderful read of villains, witches, princesses and love. I would definitely recommend you read it.

I’ve reviewed The Beast Within – Book Two in this series and briefly mentioned in that the first book; Fairest of Them All.

The Villian Series in Order:

Fairest Of Them All

The Beast Within

Poor Unfortunate Soul

Mistress of All Evil

Mother Knows Best – Tale of the Old Witch ( released in August 2018)

An Odd Sisters Novel (January 2019)

– Lauren