Audiobooks · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood


“As they say, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.”



When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her–freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.


I was one of the few people who actually wanted a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, I was never satisfied by the ending. I wanted to know all of Offred’s story and although thinking back, it isn’t necessary, it is still nice to finally get some closure.

This book brought an interesting, new perspective on Gilead, from the view of an Aunt (or THE Aunt, Lydia), a teen who lives there and a teen who lives in Canada.

The teen characters gave The Testaments a more ‘lax’ feel. Although this book isn’t really a necessary addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, it definitely is a more ‘enjoyable’ read. The Handmaid’s Tale is a great book, there’s no denying that but it isn’t ‘enjoyable’ – it is quite scary and harrowing at points, especially for women.

I really enjoyed learning more about Gilead, the Aunts etc. It was interesting, I think the world Margaret Atwood created is fascinating. I always wondered what happened to Offred at the ending of The Handmaid’s Tale and how Gilead falls, so I was curious enough to pick this up. I know a lot of people complained that they didn’t want/need a sequel… which is fair enough; simply don’t read it!

I listened to this on audiobook – I am very glad I did. It had a full cast narration, which was really, really good. All the narrators were great to listen to and very engaging.

I really liked the contrast between the two teenagers. They’re both products of their environments and it interesting to see their views and ways of thinking. Especially, the one from Gilead, growing up with the mindset Gilead is good and the outside world is bad etc. It was interesting. The younger perspectives mad the novel feel more relaxed, as I stated earlier, this was more enjoyable than THT, in my opinion.

It wasn’t what I thought it would be, I was pleasantly surprised. There were some good twists, it was well-paced and well written. It’s not the best novel in the world but I can’t fault it either. It was a good read. If/when I reread THT, I would probably reread this too.

Rating: 4 Stars


Have you read The Testaments? What were your thoughts?


Books · Tag

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Book Tag


Hey guys!
I don’t know about you but Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken over my life (in the best way possible!). When I saw this tag over on Two Book Thieves’s blog I just had to do it!

Past Villager – Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?

Lyra from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
It was the first fantasy series I ever read and will forever remain in my heart. I always loved Lyra as a character!

Blather’s Blatherings – Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read.

I don’t really read historical fiction… But I’ll go for one I actually love; The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – It’s kinda historical fiction? It’s set early 19th century I believe. It’s more of a mystery/thriller. It’s so so good!

Celeste’s Wish – What is a future book release you wish you could read now?

Other than The Winds of Winter *cough cough*

I really, really want the sequel to Starsight by Brandon Sanderson because OMG that bloody ending. Biggest cliffhanger and the next book isn’t out until 2021? 2022? ughhhh.

Timmy and Tommy – What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?

The Starks in A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

The Easter Bunny – A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of.

I have a few…
Alina from the Grisha Trilogy
Nesta & Elain from ACOTAR
Kvothe from The Name of the Wind

…and probably more but those are the ones that come to mind.

Nook’s Loans – An author you’d give all your money to.

Sarah J Maas.

She writes the most addicting characters and stories ever.

The Sisters Able – What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?

Again, I have a few:
Blue Sargent’s family & The Gangsey in The Raven Cycle
The Lannisters & The Starks A Song of Ice and Fire
The gang in The Lunar Chronicles

It’s a C+ – What is a book trope that you don’t like that keeps popping up?

Turning the love interest into a bad guy just because the MC falls out of love with them… You can just make them fall out of love. No need to make everyone the villain…

The Wedding Camel – What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?

Since fantasy worlds don’t count -t would be so hard to choose from anyway – I’ll go with the same as Becky from TwoBookThieves said in her answer: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I ADORED that book and its Prague setting.

What Would Dodos Do? – A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?

Velaris. Get me to the City of Starlight!

Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this 🙂

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Books · Recommendations

Cheerful/Happy Book Recs!


Hey everyone!
Hope you’re all doing well and staying safe.

Today I’m going to recommend some happy/cheerful/light reads since that’s currently all I’m in the mood for. During these times it’s nice to read something light and fluffy to cheer you up!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare: O'Leary, Beth: 9781787474406: Books

One of my favourite reads last year, I cannot recommend this book enough.
It has such a cute premise and the execution is amazing.
It does deal with some heavier topics, so definitely check the trigger warnings, I included the few I spotted in my review.  Other than that, it is a very cute read. Very quick and easy to get through.

Review here!

*Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown: Talia Hibbert ...*Audiobook provided by

Another favourite from last year, this was surprisingly really good.
It has chronic illness rep, which is the main reason I read it but it was also so adorable.
Chloe Brown is probably the most relatable protagonist I’ve ever encountered. I connected with her on a whole other level.
*Just a warning it does contain explicit sex scenes*

Review here!

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper Volume One: Alice Oseman: Books

A very recent read of mine which rapidly became a favourite.
Probably the most adorable graphic novel ever. It was just everything. So wholesome and pure. It was definitely the pick me up I needed. This made me smile so much; it was a joy to read.

Review here!

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Of course, I had to include some fantasy. I hardly see anyone talk about The Remnant Chronicles anymore but it is such a good series. I loved the first book, which is why I am recommending it here. I read it in like a day, it was addicting and compelling.
It is quite possibly the only love triangle that works in YA. It wasn’t cringy or annoying and didn’t involve cheating. It was very well written.

The Remnant Chronicles Series Review!

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Spellslinger (Spellslinger, #1) by Sebastien de Castell

Another fantasy. For this, I highly, highly recommend the audiobooks. The narrator is absolutely incredible, he enhancing the story so much. The story itself is very lighthearted and funny. It’s laugh-out-loud funny; the whole series is. I found myself giggling frequently throughout.

Review here! (It’s old, probably needs updating)


Books · TBR

Currently Reading/ April TBR

Hello everyone!
Thought I’d do a little reading update today, I don’t usually set tbrs but there are some books I really want to get to this month. Plus I thought I’d talk about what I’m currently reading etc…

Currently reading:

 Goddess of the Hunt by Shelby EileenGoddess of The Hunt eBook: Shelby Eileen: Kindle StoreThis is a poetry collection, I’ve seen it around Instagram and since I love Greek Myth I thought I’d give it ago. I’m not usually a poetry person but I’ve been wanting to try it more and read out of my comfort zone. So far, it’s okay, I’m not hugely in love with it but it’s an enjoyable read.


Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell
The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times Audiobook by Cressida ...

I have been waiting SO long for this to come into my library’s catalogue, I listened to the first two on audio and wanted to continue in the format.
The narrator is David Tennant. Need I say more?
He is INCREDIBLE. These books are so much fun, I cannot wait to finally listen to this!

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom: Rothenberg, Jess: 9781509899388: Books

Someone from twitter kindly sent me this from my Amazon wishlist back in December and I have been dying to read it ever since. I will finally be reading it this month!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City): Maas ...
This is maybe… I really, really want to read this but I know it will take over my life and I have essays to write. I also want to enjoy it as much as possible and don’t want my essay stress to hinder my enjoyment. I hope to at least start this, this month.

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts!

Books · Graphic Novels · Review

Review: Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman


Heartstopper Volume One: Alice Oseman: Books


Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

My Thoughts:

I had heard nothing but amazing things about this graphic novel series, so naturally, I was sceptical. I have been lured in by hype before and been very disappointed. However, this, oh my god, I see the hype.

Firstly, the artwork – LOVE. I don’t usually go for b&w graphic novels but it fit the art style and story really well. I love the illustration style, it was adorable.

This made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It put me in such a good mood, it’s definitely a great pick-me-up book! I was feeling depressed and was in a major reading slump and this was PERFECT.

I like that it’s a British school setting, which I’ve rarely seen in YA. It’s nice to see something familiar and different from the usual American high school setting I’ve mostly seen in YA. It was a breath of fresh air!

This is a different kind of graphic novel for me, I tend to go for more sci-fi/fantasy based ones, but this was a nice change. A contemporary romance definitely works well as a graphic novel. Also, I really appreciate the fact it was very cute and adorable without being cringy or awkward. My main complaint with YA romance is that it’s just too cheesy and cringe for me but this has none of that! No cringe but all the mushy feels!

If you haven’t picked this up yet, PLEASE DO! It’s so wholesome, you won’t regret it!

Rating: 5 Stars


Books · Wrap-up

Reading Wrap Up | March 2020


Hey guys!
Wasn’t March the longest month ever? I cannot get over how much it dragged. Feels like a year instead of a month.


 Firstly I read Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs Dalloway (Penguin Modern Classics): Virginia ...

This was for a Modernist class, I don’t really have much to say about this. I read it for academic purposes, not pleasure. I will be writing about it in an essay, it’s pretty interesting to study. Woolf’s writing style is a drag though.

Next, I listened to an audiobook: Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown*

Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard ...(Gifted by

This was not what I was expecting at all. It was an incredibly touching read.
It’s a memoir, based on the author’s life with a fantasy twist.
There’s a lot going on in this one, definitely check the trigger warnings (I put some in my review)

Rating: 4 Stars
Full review here!

Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oseman

Recap: 'Heartstopper' Vol 1 + 2 by Alice Oseman | The Nerd Daily
I definitely needed a light, fluffy read after Black Girl Unlimited and all the coronavirus stuff going on. This was perfect. It was adorable!!
I bought the first one on kindle since it was only 99p, I’d heard loads of good things so I thought why not!
The second one I used the app Tapas, which has it broken up into little episodes. (This is where it was originally published, I believe) It’s completely free to read there!

Rating: 5 Stars (for both)
Reviews coming soon!

How was March for you? Any new favourites?