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Review: Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal SutherlandIMG_20170816_112156_500

Synopsis

Henry Page, a hopeless romantic and film buff, is smitten as soon as Grace Town walks into his classroom. But Grace – who looks in need of a good bath, is dressed in guy’s clothing, and walks with a cane – is unlike any leading lady he’s ever obsessed over. And when Henry and Grace are both offered positions as editors of their high school newspaper, the mystery of Grace begins to captivate him. Why does she visit a graveyard every afternoon? What secret does she keep locked away in her bedroom? Above all, why is Grace Town so deeply sad? Before he knows it, Henry is sure that he is the one to unlock her happiness. But Grace is capricious, changeable, infuriating, and, above all, damaged. Henry will need to be the strongest he has ever been to survive this particular love story.

My Thoughts

I really liked this book, not as much as some of the other Contemporary YAs I’ve read but it was good nonetheless. The Character’s were great and complex although that kind of left them a little lacking in the way of actually making an emotional connection with because the writer seemed more focused on the plot rather than the characters which I know some people love but I just wanted something more from them. I wanted to be able to feel for them the way I have with characters for other Contemporary YAs.

Grace was a somewhat confusing person for the male MC and the reader but everything came to light in the end about why she was how she was but it kind of felt a little anti-climactic to me though still an understandable if a little strange for the situation she was in. I know it sounds liked I’m mostly moaning about this book but it really was a fun read, just a couple of things let it down a little which happens. The characters are great, especially the support who just bring a little depth and comic relief which is always good and the story idea in itself was decent and opens your eyes a little to how grief and love can effect people.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes Contemporary YA and loves a tragic love story with lots of random and strange things happening in between. Also people who like books with humour, I found some parts brilliantly funny.

Awarded: 4 Stars


Until next time, have fun reading!

Rachel x

Review: Eeny Meeny

Eeny Meeny – M J Alridge20170806_103604

Synopsis

Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.

It’s a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn’t spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn’t believe them.

Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case—with its seemingly random victims—has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense…

My Thoughts

This book was brilliant, I loved the plot and the characters so much, mainly the character of Helen Grace but the others were as vital to the story as she was and it all made for a very twisty read. The story isn’t exactly graphic but it definitely doesn’t make for the most comfortable read in some places. The way the antagonist goes about their killing is very interesting and makes for a few very intriguing plot twists that you may have suspected but still shock you when they do come to fruition.

Helen Grace is an amazingly complex leading lady and has great supporting characters but it is Helen that  I cared most about. The others, such as Charlie and Mark, are great characters but I didn’t really for any emotional attachment to them even though I feel that I should have because of where the plot led. But throughout the entire book you feel yourself rooting the victims (and occasionally taking sides) and rooting for Helen as she hunts down the person playing these sadistic games which gives and slight air of Saw to the story and most people know how disturbing the plots of saw only these books are far less graphic but still make you wonder about the antagonist mental stability.

Awarded: 4 Stars

TBR Top 5 – Fantasy

Lately I’ve been reading a lot more Fantasy than I did about a year ago so because of that I’m very thankful for Bookstagram! I love Fantasy now and have ended up with more book of the genre than I ever thought I would own so, here is my TBR Top 5 for Fantasy books!


1 – Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire20170220_161231

Synopsis

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!

Expectations

With the length of this book I’m not sure what to expect besides the probability of their being more detail that the film being extremely high. But saying that, there’s dragons in it so I’ll probably love it either way because absolutely adore dragons, they are my favourite mythical creatures. I’m hoping it will be a fun and quick read because for me long books tend to drag and that’s quite off putting and occasionally lands me in a reading slump.


2 – City Of Ashes20170707_102509

Synopsis

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Expectations

As you know I’ve already read City Of Bones and it was my first reread but back when I was 16 I also started to read this but gave up less than 100 pages so I’m hoping when I try to read this again I’ll actually manage to finish it. I don’t know why I stopped last time but I hope my new love of fantasy will help reach the end of the series and continue onto the other Shadowhunter books. Why? Because I really want to find out what happens for myself, I mean, I already know some things thanks to Bookstagram and the like but I still need to find out a lot for myself so I really want to read through this series and enjoy it!


3 – Throne Of Glass20170612_110906

Synopsis

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Expectations

Hype. Along with ACOTAR this book series also has a lot of hype but now that I’ve read some of Sarah’s books I can understand it which only makes me want to read this series more. I do have some issue as whether to read ToG or The Assassin’s Blade first and I still don’t have a Scooby (why am I using Cockney Rhyming Slang?) but I’m looking forward to reading the series nonetheless. There’s assassins in it after all so I’m hoping for a lot of action in the series which would be amazing but I’ll find out when I read them I guess.


4 – Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children20170721_101840

Synopsis

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Expectations

These books look like they will be full of bizarre fun and I can’t wait to read them. I think the pictures in them have really heightened my interest just from how intriguing they look. Plus I think we’re just programmed to want to know about strange and peculiar things and this book definitely looks like it will deliver! I’m not entirely sure what the book is about but I know there are children with peculiar gifts and I really want to find out more!


5 – The Girl Of Ink And Stars20170706_101819

Synopsis

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

Expectations

This is aimed more at younger readers I believe but the story just intruiged me because it’s just the idea of escaping. I think I relate to it because I live on what is technically an island, it is water locked, and I’v never been anywhere anyway from the UK, I’ve been in England all my life and once ventured as far as Scotland when I was 2 so I can’t even remember so this story just makes me feel some relation to MC ever before reading it because sometimes I just wish I could wander off to new places like Italy, Australia, Greece etc. So yes, I’m really excited to read this book too!


So, that’s my Top 5 TBR books in Fantasy, I will hopefully have a few more of these kinds of posts for you in the future so you’re always welcome to leave a comment letting me know what genre you’d like to see next! Have any of you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x

Review: ACOTAR Series

ACOTAR Series – S J Maas

Warning: Major plot spoilers may lie ahead, proceed with caution!


A Court Of Thorns And Roses20170505_110357

Synopsis

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

My Thoughts

I decided to read this book because of all the hype I saw about it on Bookstagram which was a lot so I honestly wasn’t sure it would live up to it but I actually think it did. Besides a few annoying tropes like Feyre’s naive damsel in distress thing and Tamlin being the Prince Charming everyone wants the Characters were good. ACOTAR seems to be more story driven anyway (but if you prefer character driven stories then read on) with the all “you must win back your love by doing three trials that will probably (hopefully) kill you” thing going on because let’s be honest, Amarantha is just a mega mardy bitch who was upset that Tamlin didn’t want her. Cliche!

Anyway, apart from that the story is fun. You get to meet  a fair few characters that bring entertainment to the story, even evil Lord Of The Night Court throws in some comic relief while poor Feyre is trapped under the mountain practically dead the entire time. Along with that you also have the riddle that will confuse you until the end of the book unless you can actually figure it out and then it’s a little anticlimactic anyway (more proof that Amarantha is just mardy and scorned after Tamlin rejected her).

Oh, but let’s not forget Calanmai which is described as “very fairy” which roughly translates as “there will be sex” which, in the modern age is normal even in the Human realms because let’s be honest, the all “sex please we’re British” does really work anymore because not many can keep it in their pants, just like Tamlin! But don’t worry, if you’re mainly reading for the smut and you’re a little let down because there wasn’t as much as you thought even with the “Mature Content” warning on the back page, there’s more to come in the later books, believe me!

Awarded: 4 Stars


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Synopsis

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two.

My Thoughts

Now we’re at the Character driven book. Yes this is the book where the Characters begin to develop and show their true colours but don’t worry, there’s lots of big plot twists you may not have seen coming!

This is the book in which Feyre stops being naive and whiny and becomes practically insane instead thanks to the love of her life… Yes, we get to see why everyone calls him Tamlin The Tool. Short story, because he’s a moron! Seriously, your fiance just spent months trapped under a bloody mountain and the best thing you think do when you get home is lock her in her own home? Well done Tamlin, you’re a prat! But never mind, good old Mor comes and saves her when she burns the living hell out of her guards, looks like Tamlin’s plan really back fired.

Even better than Tamlin being a complete Prat, we also find out that Ryhsand has been the good guy all along! Yes, that evil High Lord of the Night Court is actually just a dreamer looking for his mate, the probably is, his mate is to marry another and it’s all just a little complicated. Even worse is, he doesn’t tell her, the bloody Suriel does while he’s recovering from the torture he incurred at the hand of Hybern. I told you it was complicated.

Anyway, with Feyre saved from the controlling hand of the High Lord of Morons (sorry, the Spring Court), Feyre is able to train and learn what powers she has without going insane with the help of Rhys, Cassian and Azriel. Oh, wait, did I say Feyre had stopped being naive? Nah, she called Cas Lord for Christ’s sake, definitely still naive! But don’t worry, she might become less naive in time with the help of the others, unless they’re stupid enough to fly into a trap… (Maybe I spoke too soon). Oh, and if you want more of the old rumpy pumpy (yes that is a real British synonym for Sex) then just you wait for Chapter 55!

Awarded: 5 Stars


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Synopsis

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

My Thoughts

And in this installment we get to meet all the High Lords! Oh yes, we also get to meet Beron, Tarquin (okay we met both these in the previous books but shhhh), Kallias, Thesan and Helion. Oh and Feyre is now High Lady of the Night Court making her Rhys’ equal because he’s all about equality! We also get to meet up with Tamlin again who is now acting like Amarantha in the first book, you know, mega mardy bitch who’s upset Feyre didn’t want him. Oh but by far the best Character’s are Nesta and Elain by far. With Nesta’s fiery fury and Elain’s sweet nature how can you not love them? Well, you can love them even more when it turns out Elain is the real badass of the two but Nesta will always be by her side protecting her!

There are more monster’s than you can shake a stick at (that saying never made sense) and massive armies from every court but never enough to beat the army that Hybern has masses or is there? With the 6 queens of the human realm apparently working with Hybern you would have never thought that the human’s would come to help but they did and it was such an emotional moment because Nesta showed she actually has a heart!

7 High Lords, 1 High Lady, and 1 King. Sounds like the start of a bad joke but actually it’s the beginning of an epic battle to save the lands of Prythian but how will it end? Hopefully with the King Hybern’s head on a spike! Oh, and if you’re wanting sex the yes there’s some in this one too don’t worry!

Awarded: 5 Stars


The ACOTAR Series is a massive rollercoaster of emotion that will make you wish you didn’t have a heart because by the end of this adventure it will have broken more times than you can count. It does have heartwarming and funny moments too though so don’t be discouraged by the overwhelming, heartbreaking, soul shattering experience of it all because I promise, it’s worth losing your heart over!

Until next time, have fun reading guys!

Rachel x

Review: City Of Bones

City Of Bones – Cassandra Clare

Synopsis20170324_144014

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

My Thoughts

City Of Bones (the first book in the Mortal Instruments series) is my first ever reread. I had never read a book more than once before last month. The thing is, I originally read this book when I was about 16 so at least 5 years ago and while reading through once more I couldn’t remember much of the book at all. I remembered the Characters and a few details like the Vampires and Werewolves, Magnus Bane, the end plot twists but had completely forgotten some major details that you’d think I wouldn’t. Anyway, for that memory lapse on my part I am really glad I reread this book because I loved it. When I originally started the series when I was 16 I lost concentration for it quite easily and stopped after about 100 pages of the 2nd book but with a new found love of fantasy over the last year I think I’ll actually be able to complete the series and continue onto the other Shadowhunter books!

This book is quite a fun read, okay it has some annoying tropes like the unremarkable girl who thinks little of herself, the broody male MC who she’s to fall for and the best friend in love with the MC but, that doesn’t take away from how fun it is. I’ve seen a lot of people slate City Of Bones for taking lots of little bits from other books and films and throwing them in to the book but that not easy to avoid when nearly every story is recycled in a new way (probably why Fairytale retellings are so popular right now), I can see where these people are coming from but the book is still a good one.

It has good character development which I can only imagine will continue in the other books and the plot twists you may see coming but they’ll still get a gasp out you when they are revealed. Some parts are sweet, some tragic but with plenty of funny moments too. This is a great read if you like fantasy that mixes demons, werewolves, vampires, warlocks and fairies (alas no dragons)… So all the usual stuff you’d find in a book aimed at teen fantasy readers that can be read by anyone!


Until next time folks, enjoy your reading!

Rachel x

TBR Top 5 – Thrillers

I’ve decided that I’m going to try and post at least 3 times a week so over the next week or so I’m going to do a tiny series on “TBR Top 5” where I’ll post my top TBR reads of different genres starting with Thrillers. These posts will include a synopsis and why I am looking forward to reading them most.


1 – Eeny Meeny20170806_103604

Synopsis

Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.

It’s a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn’t spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn’t believe them.

Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case—with its seemingly random victims—has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense…

Expectations

I wasn’t sure whether to add this because I have already started reading it although I’m only about 30 pages in and it’s over 400 pages long so I decided I would add it.

So, why am I excited to read this book? Well, I managed to get the first 6 of the DI Helen Grace books and from the blurbs they all sound amazing and suspenseful. Obviously being on Bookstagram I hear about books a lot and every time I heard about these they always had so much praise and love so of course I wanted to see if the hype was real for myself. Anyway, I always love a murder mystery, especially when the “murderer” is pegging people against each other in a fight for survival and no one knows whether to believe the “victims” or not. After all, who believe that someone killed their boyfriend because they were told to do so even if you loved them so dearly?

Honestly this book sounds to intriguing and exciting (is that the right word for people dying) and from what I’ve read so far it is although I’m not sure I’m liking how short the chapters are? I don’t particularly like long chapters but I do like a good mix of long and short so I’m not sure how I’ll go with how short these chapters are but we’ll see. For now I’m just really excited to get stuck in to reading this and seeing what happens!


2 – The Trap20170421_104503

Synopsis

For 11 years, the bestselling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister–who she discovered in a pool of blood–and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda’s hermit existence helps her cope with debilitating anxiety. But the sanctity of her oasis is shattered when she sees her sister’s murderer on television. Hobbled by years of isolation, Linda resolves to use the plot of her next novel to lay an irresistible trap for the man. As the plan is set in motion and the past comes rushing back, Linda’s memories — and her very sanity — are called into question. Is this man a heartless killer or merely a helpless victim?

Expectations

What isn’t to love about this book? It has a book within a book and a trap to catch a killer! It sounds like the perfect thriller to me. A girl murdered and a vengeful sister who wants revenge for the murder and goes about it by writing a new novel that is set as a trap for the one who killed her sister? Honestly, if my siblings were murdered, I don’t think I’d come up with such a creative way for catching their killer as this but I can’t wait to see how this book plays out when I eventually read it.

It seems to me to probably be slow paced to begin with but I honestly expect a lot of suspense and fast paced narrative as the book gets further into the story and how the trap works out!


3 – Girl UnknownIMG_20170801_110804_472

Synopsis

‘I think you might be my father . . .’

When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family – particularly his wife Caroline – which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.

A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?

Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.

A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children . . .

Expectations

This book is my TBR Jar book for this month so I should have hopefully have read by the end of this month. I don’t really know what to expect from this though. Of course I expect a mysterious girl to turn up a guys work and and tell him that she thinks he’s her dad but after that? Is she someone to be suspicious of? To fear? Is she their for money? For murder? Or is she just his daughter?

I don’t what to expect but I am looking forward to finding out what happens and who the long lost daughter is and why she has suddenly turned up at her “father’s” work place! I reckon this book may have more twists than old Christmas lights and I cannot wait to find out!


4 – Baby Doll20170505_110726

Synopsis

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

This is what happens next…

…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor.

Expectations

This book just sounds like a mass of unexpected plot twists and suspense! I mean there’s always things about people who have been held captive for years or all their lives but they generally focus on while the people are captive and what happens to them whilst captive but it’s rare you get the aftermath! What happens to the person held captive after they escape or are rescued?

Now I don’t know whether this is going to be a psychological thriller that focuses on what happens to the girl and her daughter, mentally, after she escape or showcases what actually, physically, happens to them? Whether the captor tries to find them to reclaim their prize or seek revenge for them actually escaping and running back home? Or even if this will turn into a cliche Stockholm Syndrome story but whatever it turns out as (please not the latter) I can’t wait to read it!


5 – The Long Drop20170425_094840

Synopsis

The “trial of the century” in 1950’s Glasgow is over. Peter Manuel has been found guilty of a string of murders and is waiting to die by hanging. But every good crime story has a beginning. Manuel’s starts with the murder of William Watt’s family. Looking no further that Watt himself, the police are convinced he’s guilty. Desperate to clear his name, Watt turns to Manuel, a career criminal who claims to have information that will finger the real killer. As Watt seeks justice with the cagey Manuel’s help, everyone the pair meets has blood on their hands as they sell their version of the truth. The Long Drop is an explosive novel about guilt, innocence and the power of a good story to hide the difference.

Expectations

This is another book that I don’t know what to expect from it. Why? It’s based on a True Story. Peter Manuel was a real man who was sentenced to the Gallows for 7 murders but it is believed he actually killed 9. However, it will be interesting to see how the fact is mixed in with the fiction. I know sometimes books about true events can be great but sometimes I think authors will focus too much on either the fact or the fiction making the whole book drag a little so I’m hoping that this one has an healthy balance where everything feeds into the story nicely and gives it life and energy instead of draining.

So yes, what to expect from a book based around a real murderer who was hung for his crimes in Scotland? Well, murder I guess?


So, that’s the top 5 books on my Thriller TBR! Anybody read these or what to read them? I can’t wait to read them all and I hope to read at least a few before the end of the year! But for now, I’ll continue on with Eeny Meeny and see what’s happening with this sadistic game of survival.

Until next time, have fun reading guys!

Rachel x

My Favourite Books So Far Of 2017

I was going to keep going with a sort of theme to my posts but I decided instead I’ll just what I like when I like whilst keeping  Reviews, Recommendations, Book Hauls and Wrap Ups but it’ll be better for me because I won’t feel so obligated to write everything up beforehand and it’ll make it more fun for me and everyone reading! Or at least I hope, so without further ado, here are my favourite books of 2017 so far!


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In January I only actually read one book and I didn’t even finish in January but nevertheless it was a great book and the first I reviewed of here if I remember correctly.

That book was Banquet Of The Damned by Adam Nevill, a supernatural tale or demons, witchcraft and Brummie rockers in search of their big break! It was a really fun read and even gave me palpitations at times from the strange goings on and phantom creature. It’s a really well written book with lovely suspense and amazing detail. I honestly loved that book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes horror and occult based books!

Awarded 4 stars


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Now for February I would talk about All The Bright Places because I adored that book but something far better happened in February. I read Harry Potter for the first ever time! I know, 21 years old and hasn’t read Harry Potter, well in my defense I didn’t start actively reading until I was 15 and I wasn’t much into fantasy until I was about 20 so I have my reasons but I am ever so glad I finally gave in to the temptation.

I honestly didn’t think it would live up to the 20 years worth of hype but boy oh boy was I wrong. I loved Philosopher’s Stone and Neville instantly became my favourite Character of the books as well as the films. Of course the Golden Trio were and always will be great but Neville has a special place in my heart! Maybe it’s because we’re both so clumsy!

Anyway, it also prompted me to take the Pottermore quizzes and I found that I am a Slytherin (always knew I would be), with a wand of  apple wood with a Dragon heartstring core 12 ¾” and Surprisingly Swishy flexibility. I also found out my Patronus which is a Dragon (my favourite creature!) Oh, and my Ivermorny house is Pukwudgie! All very exciting I know!

Awarded 4 Stars


Marchcircus

The Night Circus is one of my most favourite books of this year! It’s just so magical, quirky and tragic. It’s such a perfect and fantastical story to me, I utterly loved it when I read and is one of the few books I would definitely want to read again, maybe sometime near Christmas! I loved it so much I even got myself a candle inspired by it which smells amazing and I’m really not one for candles usually but Bookstagram can change a girl!

The love story between Celia and Marco is so beauty and yet so tragic that you have to love it yourself and they are such strong characters. They easily draw you into the story and the Circus builds up around you as you read as if it really is a dream. It’s so adorably amazing and keeps you between the pages until the very last. I will always recommend this book to anyone who likes a mix of fantasy, romance and pure quirkiness!

Awarded 5 Stars


Aprilragdoll

My next book is a Thriller. I’m usually more of a Horror girl but I decided to get a few thrillers that I found fairly cheap online and I am kind of hooked now thanks to this book. It’s a book called Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. It’s about a body that has been found but the body is made up of multiple people’s body parts and Detectives Fawkes and Baxter have a race to stop the killer before anymore creative cadavers are found.

It’s a fairly grim tale and can be quite graphic at times so if you don’t like things like that then I would warn you to be cautious if you read Ragdoll but it is a great book nevertheless! It goes deep into the workings of both the minds of good and evil and shows how we can act in desperate situations. The Characters are written well just as the gore and mental development is meaning for a suspenseful read that makes you question your own mind and judgement.

Awarded 4 Stars


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A Court Of Thorns And Roses. A lot of people know this book and the hype for it is unreal but it is worthy of the hype. I was originally very suspicious of all the hype but then I actually bought all three books and read them all back to back which I usually can’t do because I can lose concentration if I try to read a series back to back. But, these books didn’t only keep my attention, they always left me wanting more and to continue reading even if it was nearing the dawn.

Okay these may just been some fantasy crap but this fantasy crap for the big kids, there is blood, there is swearing and by the cauldron is there sex! These books even have a warning because of the adult themes you can find within the pages but here’s the thing. It’s not smutty, it’s not offensive, it’s truthful and compelling and develops the Characters and the story constantly. Don’t assume this will be some fairy 50 Shades because I said there was sex. It is so much more than that and hell is it classy and funny and sincere. If you have not read these books yet then I suggest you do because you are missing out!

ACOTAR – Awarded 4 Stars

ACOMAF – Awarded 5 Stars

ACOWAR – Awarded 5 Stars


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Who loves a good tart? Well the Queen of Hearts of course! Heartless is a lovely prequel to Alice’s Adventure’s In Wonderland. Baking, mock turtles and tea parties! What else could you want in the work of Wonderland? Well, besides love and tragedy and trying to follow your dreams of course you want to know how the sweet Catherine became the terrible Queen Of Hearts, a woman so heartless she won’t hesitate at cutting off a crooks head!

Between the quirkiness and the love story between Catherine and Jest the story subtly develops Catherine’s character in a way that even though you know she will turn cruel and wicked it still knocks you off your feet when she does. It’s so unexpected ever though you knew it would happen from the moment you picked up the book but you just can’t help but feel sorry for the Queen Of Hearts anyway.

Awarded 4.5 Stars


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I’m going to be a little bias on this one. So, something you don’t know about me is I’m fairly big, I mean personality wise and physically so when I read Holding Up The Universe I fell in love because I could relate so much to the story of Libby Strout. Okay I’ve never been beg enough to be America’s Biggest Teen (I’m from England anyway) but I’ve always been big. Ever since I was little I’ve been chubby and I don’y care, it’s who I am and I love myself enough to be comfortable with my big build.

Why am I telling you this? Well, if you have ever felt self conscious about any part of yourself then read this book! Okay it seems a little problematic at times but stick with it does all make sense in the end. I mean, the only think I though seemed slightly problematic was that Jack questions his attraction to Libby but that’s probably because he’s always acted like a stereotypical jerk and with reason. So, even for that little glitch (which makes sense in the end) it is a fantastic book and made me feel so proud to be who I am and how I am. It tells no lies, it doesn’t sugarcoat or airbrush! It shows you every stretch mark and extra tire and makes you love who you are whether you’re short, tall, fat, skinny. No matter your race or your sexuality. It makes you proud to be you no matter what other people might say or think!

Awarded 5 Stars


So, they’re my favourite read of 2017 so far and there are so many more I have to read including the rest of the Harry Potter series (only up to Goblet Of Fire). I hope the second half of the year is as cram packed with books as the first and they’re all just as amazing!

Have fun reading and remember to love yourself no matter what! Until next time!

Rachel x

August TBR

IMG_20170801_110804_472For the last few months I haven’t had a monthly TBR pile. Why? Because I have never completed one in the given month. So what do I do now and why am  I making a TBR post if I don’t have a TBR? Well I’m glad you asked (even though you probably didn’t).

Instead of a TBR pile I now have a TBR Jar from which I pick one book a month to read, that way I don’t get stuck in a reading slump if I lose interest in my TBR pile and only have a commitment to one book a month. It also means I have free reign for what books I read throughout the month making it far easier and enjoyable for me to read! As well as this it means what I read next isn’t obvious because I can read anything I want instead of what’s  on the pile.

Now I know TBRs  aren’t set in stone but some people to live by them even if they’re not enjoying the book they’re reading so I much prefer it this way as I can guarantee that I’ll be reading something I enjoy throughout the month. I’m sure some of you love the order and organisation of a TBR pile but we all know I’m a little more go with the flow. Organised chaos and all that, it’s just how I like things!

So, from my TBR Jar this month I got the Thriller novel Girl Unknown by Karen Perry. This book sounds really interesting. It’s about a girl who shows up at a professor’s class claiming to be his daughter but he and his family are all suspicious of her. Maybe even think she’s there for malice sake. And eventually their lives starts to fall apart.

I’m really excited to start reading this and maybe a few other Thrillers this month because I have so many that need to be read but I may through a little fantasy or contemporary into the mix too, we’ll see!

Have a great August of reading everyone!

Rachel x

July Wrap Up

So after last months reading slump I’m finally back to reading a decent amount of books again! Last month I was trying to finish The Fireman by Joe Hill butIMG_20170731_105230_254 it was so long and took me so long to read because I’m not used to reading long books (my average 300-500 pages, The Fireman is 762) but aside from that it was a really good book and a really interesting take on the Apocalypse SciFi genre.

So, this month I read:

The Fireman – 4 Stars

The Sun Is Also A Star – 5 Stars

Three Dark Crowns – 4 Stars

Holding Up The Universe – 4.5 Stars

I also started rereading City Of Bones which is nothing like I remember it but it is about 5 years since I first read so I’m not surprised! Anyway, all the books I read this month were great and I love them and I’m looking forward to reading more next month.

Happy reading in August everyone!

Rachel x

July Book Haul

This month I haven’t bought a single book. You heard me right, not a single book, but I have received a book nonetheless.

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For this month I refrained from buying books so I could buy some other bookish things instead that I wouldn’t usually buy. This included Candles and a Book Buddy.

What I Bought

  • Small Fox Book Sleeve – Sold by MelvisMakes (can be found on Etsy)
  • Daylighter Candle, inspired by Simon in The Mortal Instruments series – Sold by PaperFlamesCandleCo (can be found on Etsy)
  • Le Cirque Des Reves candle, inspired by the book The Night Circus – Sold by PaperFlamesCandleCo (can be found on Etsy)

What I won

  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, 20th Anniversary Slytherin edition (other houses are available but Slytherin Pride) – Sold by Book Depository (but can be found in any book selling establishment or site with decent book taste)
  • Lucien candle, inspired by Lucien in ACOTAR – Sold by BookwormCandlesAndCrafts (can be found on Etsy and http://bookwormcandlesandcrafts.bigcartel.com/ )

As well as these I also ordered some Harry Potter starter tins (2oz) from BookwormCandlesAndCrafts but as they are made to order I won’t recieve them until next month and I can’t wait to get them!

So, as you can see, I didn’t get much this month but what I did get I absolutely love so smiles all round. And now I can have the wonderful scent of Daylighter burning while I try to read through the Mortal Instruments series!

Until next month, enjoy your reading!

Rachel x