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November Wrap-up! |2017

November hasn’t been the best reading month for me, unfortunately. I have had a lot of college assignments to do, not much time for reading! *sad face*
Majority of the books I read were short and quick, hopefully, I’ll get to read some big epic fantasies soon!

The first book I finish was an audiobook, The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman.
It was a quick fun read, the audiobook is super short, performed by a full cast. The story was ok, nothing spectacular. Overall, I gave it 3/5 stars.

Image result for The Amber Spyglass by Philip PullmanThe second book I finished was The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, this was a reread in anticipation for La Belle Sauvage. I really enjoyed my reread, this book will forever hold a special place in my heart! Despite being a reread and knowing how it ended, the ending still killed me. I will never be over that ending. *cries*

This is the third and final book in the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, I highly recommend these books!


The next book I finished was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
Holy crap. I loved this book so so much. It was SO good. Why did it take me so long to pick this up!? I cannot wait to read the next book!!

If you are like me and are late to the Laini Taylor hype, I highly recommend you pick this up. Laini Taylor’s writing is wonderful. The story is so enticing, I finished this in a 24 hour period, I was hooked.
4.5/5 Stars. One of my new favourites!

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This book I won in a GoodReads giveaway. It was an ARC so I read it straight away. It was an interesting read, wasn’t mindblowing wasn’t bad.
If you’d like to know more you can check out my review here.

3.5 / 5 stars.



This is an essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in ebook form, I saw this for 99p in the Kindle store and thought it would be worth a read.
It has a great explanation and definition of feminism.
This may be short (52 pages) but it packed with words of wisdom. I highly recommend everyone pick this one up! It’s very quick and easy but very powerful.

4/5 Stars.

And lastly, I read  Invaders from beyond – by Julian Benson, Tim Major and Colin Sinclair
This is a collection of short sci-fi stories about alien invasions. I read 2 of the three included in this, therefore, I don’t have a final opinion yet, but so far it’s mediocre.
I may end up DNFing this one.
*Review post coming soon

Thanks for reading!
Comment down below on what books you read in the month of November, I’d love to know!

– Eleisha



Blackbird by ND Gomes | Review

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Plot; The story follows Alex, a 15-year-old, who lives on a very small island, her sister, Olivia, has gone missing, the same night 5000 blackbirds dropped dead. The story is very much Alex struggling with the loss of her sister and she becomes heavily involved with trying to find out what has happened.
There’s not much to say about the plot without spoiling.


  • Intriguing plot
  • Gripping from start to finish
  • Quick read
  • Deals with grief and loss very well
The blackbirds have nothing to do with why/how Olivia goes missing!
I personally, found this very disappointing. It’s put on the front cover of the book, I thought it would’ve had relevance to the story. But nope. Nothing.

Overall, the book is really enjoying, it keeps you on edge, it does a good job at hooking you into the story. Just don’t go into it thinking the blackbirds dying has anything to do with Oliva going missing and you won’t be disappointed.