Saturday, 22 July 2017

Series Review // Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab

My love of Schwab's fantastical worlds is not a love I keep secret. Every book of hers I have read is conceptually unique, and it is these wondrous worlds that keep me coming back to her stories. The Monsters of Verity duology were not my favourite of her books, but they still hold a place in my heart.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Books I Almost Put Down But Thankfully Didn't

It's rare for me to put a book down with no intention of picking it up again. When I do this, it's normally because I get super frustrated in my inability to get into a story, and it's often made worse if the book is very hyped.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Diversity Spotlight #4

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks, and involves featuring 3 diverse books every week. This week I have chosen to focus on diverse Science Fiction, because truthfully there aren't a lot that come to mind. I'm so glad that with the surge for more diversity in our fiction there are authors who are challenging our expectations of what kind of characters can lead a sci-fi, and I think a lot of these authors are also challenging the entire conventions of what the genre can be.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Book Review // Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor has the most beautiful ability to shape worlds from words. It was her world and her words in Daughter of Smoke and Bone that had me instantly captured, and wondering this: how can one mind create such curious beauty?

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Meddling Kids // a darker, more adult and twisted version of Scooby-Doo

Meddling Kids is a book totally outside of my comfort zone, and a completely unexpected new love. It took me some time to get into, but once I did I was so hooked that I didn't want to stop.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Fellow Bloggers: I Need Your Advice on Custom Domains!

I've been considering getting a personal domain for my blog for a while now (basically cutting out 'blogspot' from my URL), but I just don't know how/where/if it's worth it.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

May & June Wrap Up

I've combined my wrap up post for May and June because I did really little reading in May and was also on a blogging break for most of that month. But I am back once more, and after a bit of a struggle to get back into reading, I actually found a couple of books I really loved.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Ash and Quill // a world and characters I can't get enough of

My reviews for The Great Library series: Ink and Bone (#1) | Paper and Fire (#2)

Ash and Quill was one of my highest anticipated books of the year, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

9 Five Star Books of 2017 So Far

Only having 9 five star reads out of the 34 books I've read this year looks really sad. And it kind of is. It's even sader when you know that 3 of these books are rereads. It's been a bad reading year so far for me, and I've been in a bit of a slump lately which doesn't help. Last year 30 out of 71 books I read were 5 stars, but I don't know what's changed this year that I've been struggling to find books I actually like. Hopefully that will change in the latter half of the year (although probably not if my required reading has anything to say about the matter!).

Friday, 23 June 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue // exciting, funny, and adorable

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is the most fun I've had reading in a long time! Set in the 18th century, three friends steal a magical object that leads to them being chased across Europe, whilst also trying to escape the paths that life has laid out before them.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Series I Have Yet to Start

I'm thankfully on top of most of the series I'm currently in the middle of, but there are a bunch more on my TBR that I haven't touched yet. Starting a new series is a lot of commitment! Especially if you know it's going to have more than 3 books and is unfinished. Hopefully I'll be able to get to some of these this summer.

Monday, 19 June 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi // great representation but not so great a story

I was looking for a cute summery read to get me out of my reading slump, and after hearing so much love for When Dimple Met Rishi, I thought this would be the book to do it. But maybe my slump or my inexperience with entirely romance centred novels got in the way, because I don't think this book was for me.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Diversity Spotlight #3

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks, and involves featuring 3 diverse books every week. I'll be participating once a month, but I hope I'm able to convince you to get your hands on these books, and maybe in the process get some recommendations too! This week I will be looking at an alternative history series and an outer space sci-fi - two genres I haven't read too much of.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

False Hearts // not as awesome as I'd hoped

False Hearts is the first in a series of standalone novels set in the same universe. Set in a futuristic San-Francisco with advanced drugs and technology, the story focuses on Taema, a previously conjoined twin, who must assume her sister Tila's identity in order to bring down a crime syndicate and clear her sister's name.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Summery Covers

I know that this week's Top 10 Tuesday challenge is meant to be a Fathers Day Freebie, but I couldn't think of enough books to fit the theme. So instead, I'm going back to a TTT I missed, and will be doing May 23rd's Summer Reads Freebie instead.

Friday, 9 June 2017

My Summer TBR

With all my exams and assessments recently, I've had barely any time to read. Now that they're all out of the way I feel like I have a lot of reading to do, and too little time to do it! So I've made a list here of 12 books I really want to read this summer.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Sensational Sci-Fis on my TBR

I absolutely love a good sci-fi, yet somehow I've read very little from the genre. Sci-fis often contain beyond-reality concepts that I either struggle to understand or I struggle to believe (as much as I enjoy The CW's The Flash some of the time travel and science aspects just seem too absurdly impossible, no matter how many clever words they throw into it).

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Anticipated Releases in the Second Half of 2017

Continuing on from my post about anticipated releases in the first half of 2017, here are some for the second half. Again, the majority are continuations of series I have started already, but there are a couple on the list that are very new to me but sound very cool.

Friday, 5 May 2017

May Hiatus - I'll be back soon!

I'm going to be taking a little blogging break this month. I've been blogging for almost 2 years now I don't intend to be leaving permanently any time soon! But I do have a lot of assessments due that I need to be working on, and I haven't had time to write anything for the blog ahead of time.

I'll still post the odd review in May here or there if I get the time to read, and I'll still be online visiting people's blogs and checking social media (although probably not posting much there either),  so I'm not fully gone! If I get all my assessments in ahead of time I might even make an early return. But for now I have to prioritise my studying and essay writing rather than my blog.

See you all soon <3 xx

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Noteworthy // theatre-y fun

Noteworthy is like a super fun movie-musical-comedy in book form that completely subverts your expectations.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

April Wrap Up

Amazingly, I managed to read all the books I planned to this month! Although I really would have liked to read more. Sadly that won't be improving for the following months because of all the exams and assessments, but hopefully I'll get a ton more reading done in the summer.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

January-April Book Haul

I rarely do book haul posts because I never buy enough books in one month to make a post about it. So I decided to collate my hauls from the first 4 months of 2017 to make this one big post. Turns out I bought wayyyy more books than I thought I did. I might need to set restrictions on myself for the rest of the year!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Things That Make Me NOT Want to Read a Book

Following on from last week's topic, here are 10 things that make me NOT want to read a book.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Whisper to Me // unique, vivid, and incredibly beautiful

I'd heard nothing about this book before I picked it up, and truthfully I didn't expect much of it. But I love to be surprised by a book, and Whisper to Me did just that, by being unique, vivid, and incredibly beautiful.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Running Girl // generic and a little forgettable

I've been wanting to read more mystery novels for a long time, and although Running Girl had its flaws, it was a good starting point and a not a bad read.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Angel: After the Fall // the perfect finale the show never had

Buffy and Angel are brilliant TV shows that you NEED to watch. Season 5 of Angel ended on a cliffhanger before it got cancelled, which resulted in the story continuing in comic book form. The After the Fall series will make very little sense to anyone who hasn't seen Angel, but these reviews will contain no spoilers for the show or the comics themselves, so anyone is welcome to read them. I'll be writing a post on why you should watch Buffy and Angel at a later date, but for now, my focus is on the brilliance that is After the Fall.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Things That Make Me Really Want to Read a Book

I'm super picky when it comes to choosing books to read or even adding them on my TBR. 'This blurb sounds good' isn't really enough for me - it's more of a starting point. From there I have a mental checklist of a bunch of other things that will make me want to read the book even more. If it checks off at least 2 or 3 of these things, I will then add it to my TBR. I know it sounds crazy to be so fussy, but I can't deal with long lists or the fear that a book will disappoint me!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Diversity Spotlight #2

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks, and involves featuring 3 diverse books every week. I'll be participating once a month so I don't run out of recs too quickly, but I hope I'm able to convince you to get your hands on these books, and maybe in the process get some recommendations too! This week I have a pair of sci-fis (one of which is a duology, so you get a 2-in-1!) and an upcoming contemporary, all by authors I've read and loved before.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Unique Books I Have Read and Loved

I have such a bias towards unqiue books. Regardless of actual quality, I'm always tagging on an extra star for that feeling of 'I've never read anything like this before and I doubt I'll ever read anything like this again'. And when they're actually written successfully? You can garuntee that I'll be throwing paperback copies of whoever comes my way.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

My 3 Biggest Fandoms

I don't particularly feel like I'm part of any proper fandoms anymore. This wasn't an intentional shift - fandoms are great! It just sort of happened when I stopped going on tumblr (the fan wars and abuse got too much for me). Don't get me wrong, I'm still a hardcore fangirl. But my enjoyment of things is no longer as community based as it once was. That's why this TTT is just going to focus on 3 of my more recent fandoms that I'm still not over.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

March Wrap Up

I've been kind of out of it in the latter half of March, hence the lack of a photo header for this wrap up post. Hoping to be back on the ball in April.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Ten Authors I Have Met

Book signings and events are the best. I scan through the events page on the Waterstones website far more than the average person ought to, because book signings are just so fun. Not only do you get to meet authors you admire, but you also get to meet people with your shared love for reading, which I often find more memorable than the signing itself. This topic works perfectly for me this Top 10 Tuesday, because there are actually only 10 authors I have met. The images of the books below will be of the ones I got signed.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Does Good Sci-Fi Need to be Realistic? (and is it really different from fantasy?)

There can be a fine line between science fiction and fantasy, so much so that they can occasionally be hard to distinguish from one another. So what makes the two genres different?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Wonderful Books to Read in One Sitting

It's really difficult to find the time to read a book in a single sitting. It's even rarer to find a book that CAN be read in a single sitting. But sometimes I come across a book that is just so easy to glide through - like they were designed to be devoured in a day. Here are 10 lovely books that I think you can do just that with.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Upside of Unrequited // a truckload of diversity and relatable experiences

Before I even picked up The Upside of Unrequited I was quite nervous to read it. I loved Becky Albertalli's debut novel, and I didn't want to find myself comparing the two. But despite the two stories existing in the same world, they ended up feeling very separate. And although I didn't like it as much as I loved Simon, I found that Upside was cute and relatable in a whole different way.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

5 E-ARCs I Need to Read

I've been marvellously on top of my Netgalley and Edelweiss requests this year. Instead of focusing on catching up with older requests, I've been reading my newer requests the month they are released so they don't pile up. That way I can publish my reviews in good time in the hype build up around the release dates. However, that does leave a couple of ARCs that I need to reserve for further down the line, not to mention a few e-copies I requested many moons ago back when I was a mess and when the releases had come and gone. That leaves a total of 5 books that I really ought to be reading this year, and I'm hoping with this post I can get some encouragement on which books to read next!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

My Spring TBR

I'm looking to mix it up with a bunch of different genres this Spring, so my TBR for the season is pretty varied. I have some Historical Ficiton, 2 Sherlock Holmes adaptations, 3 Contemporaries, and 3 books by Sci-Fi/Fantasy books by Laura Lam that I'm hoping to get through.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Oliver Twist // a mini review for a massive book

I had significantly low expectations for reading Oliver Twist. I attempted to read it once before when I was much younger and found it incredibly slow and painful to power through. But over 6 years later and I found that I really quite enjoyed it.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Diversity Spotlight #1

I have discovered a wonderful blog meme and I knew the second I saw it I had to take part. Diversity Spotlight Thursday is hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks, and involves featuring 3 diverse books every week. I'll likely be participating once a month, but I hope I'm able to convince you to get your hands on these books, and maybe in the process get some recommendations too! This month I've decided to focus on contemporaries.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Riverdale Review 1x01-06 // dark and intriguing vs. problematic and sensationalised

After seeing a lot of media popularity surrounding Riverdale (and hearing my friend's passionate recommendation) I thought I'd give this show a shot. It was The CW after all, and my experiences with their shows, although a little too teen-angsty, have generally been more positive than negative.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

February Wrap Up // a ton of boring plays and amazing novels

This February I read an epic total of 13 books. That's more than I've ever done in one month. Ever. And a huge improvement of January's pathetic 4 (one of which was a DNF). The majority of them were plays I needed to read for class, which I wanted to get out of the way ASAP. I didn't really enjoy any of them which was a disappointment, but as plays they were thankfully pretty short, and have really helped boost my reading challenge for this year. As for the books I read of my own free will, they were all fantastic! I wrote reviews for all of them, but this definitely won't be the last of you hearing about them from me.

Monday, 27 February 2017

A Conjuring of Light // conjured my heart right out of my chest

When a finale is capable of making your heart ache as though it has been taken from your chest, you know that something must have been done right.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

My Totally Irrational LOATHING of People on Book Covers

Is there anything in particular on a book cover that puts you off a book all together? Something that stops you from even questioning what the story is about? Because I have that big time. I hate images of people on books. I can't explain why - I just do. It's something about having a face on a cover with eyes that stare into your mind and try to steal your soul that is a big nope for me. But this dislike is a very specific one.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Gathering of Shadows // a series that I don't want to end

It takes a really good author for me to fall in love with their characters, their words, and their world in the way that V.E. Schwab had me fall in lover with hers.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Underwhelming Reads - Books I Thought I'd Love But Didn't

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
You know those books that you just assume you'll enjoy? NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING. It only leads to disappointment. Okay, that's not entirely true - but it's better to make absolutely no assumptions so you aren't let down by yourself either.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A Darker Shade of Magic // hooked from the very first page

The first book in V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic had me hooked from the very first page.

Schwab's universe contain four parallel universes, all connected by one city with a shared name: London. The doors between Londons have been long closed, but as a rare blood magician, Kell can travel between them. In his travels Kell finds a relic with a corruptive power, and with the help of Lila, a thief and aspiring pirate with a habit of violence, they must travel between worlds to eliminate it.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Fictional Couples I Just Don't Ship

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I'm not big on romance-led stories, but it's no surprise I'm surrounded by them anyway. Truthfully, if I'm into a book or a tv show I'm normally there for the characters or the plot and not really the angsty romances. Don't get me wrong - there are a zillion romantic storylines that have me totally hooked and I ship ALL THE THINGS, but sometimes I'm put off by a romance and other times I simply just don't care.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Hate U Give // a genuine voice and a narrative that needs to be heard

The Hate U Give is a book filled with so many often unspoken truths. These are the truths that need to be heard, and Angie Thomas did them the ultimate justice.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Books I Wish Were More Diverse

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Diversity is super important as I'm hoping you all know by now, but there could always be more. I've read excellent books that have been severely lacking in diversity. Plus sometimes there are books that try to be diverse but aren't doing it quite right. Obviously there's no changing what's already been published, only improving with future books. But I can't help but think 'only if' sometimes. So with that, here's a mix of a list of books I've loved and some I haven't and how I think in an alternate universe they could be more diverse.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Nowhere Near You // a captivating, heart-stealing, unbelievable book

Title: Nowhere Near You (BYNMM #2)
Author: Leah Thomas
Genre: Sci-Fi Contemporary
Rating: 5 stars
You can find my review for book 1 in this series here.

I described Because You'll Never Meet Me as something that 'grew on me like a flower grows from a flower bed'. The characters and all their peculiarities lodged themselves in my chest and stayed with me for weeks. Well, Nowhere Near You stole my heart. My heart now lives inside the pages of this book, and I doubt it will be leaving any time soon.